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D.A. DRAMA: MAZZEO SAYS HARRINGTON THREATENED HER IN PHONE CALL; DEM NOMINEE DENIES CHARGE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, SEPT. 21-23, 2018 THE WEEKEND EDITION) — Two simple, declarative sentences neatly sum up the state of the race for Berkshire County district attorney: (1) “This is going to be a wild one.” (2) Did she or didn’t she? (1) This is going to […]

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‘OCTOBER SURPRISE’ IN SEPTEMBER: DOUBTFUL ALLEGATIONS SET OFF ‘#ME TOO’ DOGS IN KAVANAUGH WITH HUNT

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY SEPT. 18, 2018) — Just as THE PLANET predicted, we got the October Surprise. This time, it came in September. President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, U.S. District Judge Brett Kavanaugh, seemed headed for a smooth confirmation after the usual and grueling […]

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INSIDE PERSONAL SOURCE SAYS CACCAVIELLO WILL NOT PURSUE A STICKER CAMPAIN FOR D.A.

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY SEPT. 17, 2018) — Acting D.A. Paul Caccaviello will not attempt a write in candidacy against Democratic nominee Andrea Harrington, according to a well-placed source who requested anonymity. The source, self-described as a “close confidante” of Cacc, also says it appears “likely” that […]

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TAX CUTS ARE IMPERITIVE FOR THE CITY OF PITTSFIELD

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION SEPT. 14-16, 2018) — What’s the surest, most-proven, practical, and time-tested way to drive economic improvement  for any size community by any governmental authority? Tax cuts. Once again, we have seen this nationally, with investors reaping huge profits, particularly from smaller […]

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AS FLORENCE ‘BEARS DOWN’ THE PLANET SAYS ‘LET ‘EM DROWN’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY ADD 2, Sept. 12, early evening — Our first addendum, intended to explain our remarks on 9/11/01, apparently did the trick. No one responded directly to our points made either there or in my answers to reader’s comments. So be it. Let us therefore be brief. First, we […]

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‘GUEST’ COLUMN: WINNERS AND LOSERS OF THE D.A.’s SEPTEMBER PRIMARY

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY SEPT. 10, 2018) — Even after the primary, the D.A.’s race in Berkshire County refuses to go away. It will not until Paul Caccaviello makes his decision on a sticker campaign for the November general election. Though it is far from unanimous, many […]

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