(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MERRY CHRISTMAS, 2018) — No news today and no commentary. Today, let remove ourselves from “the game” to focus on something more important.

Though it’s been said many times, many ways, Merry Christmas, to you.

May the fullness of blessings and all good things be in your life. You don’t have to be religious to understand the intent of the iconic nature of “the reason for the season.” We would all do good and be better if we let some of that mythos soak into our deepest selves. Do this, and watch how the vista will broaden and your point in it take on a new, more fulfilling perspective.

Thank you, one and all, for making THE PLANET a success.

We have one simple request and wish that EVERYONE abides by it. We would ask for this once that we all stay away from politics, Republican-Democrat, pro-Trump-anti-Trump, name calling, hostility, and their ilk so as to keep in tune with the spirit of the season. THE PLANET has faith that what we ask lies within the capacity of everyone who comments on this board.

Enjoy the times.


“O holy night, the stars were brightly shining …” — Traditional Christmas carol.



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  1. Unwanted Carl
    December 23, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

    Ten four Dan. Anyone know where I can get some pot? I plan on smoking myself well into the New Year.

  2. Cos
    December 23, 2018 at 7:35 pm #

    Merry Christmas to the Trumps.

  3. Dilly Dally
    December 23, 2018 at 8:05 pm #

    Merry Christmas Mr. Stanley.

  4. Joe Pinhead
    December 23, 2018 at 8:13 pm #

    I wish to each on the Planet and of the Planet a Merry Christmas filled with Love hope happiness and family.
    We have Troops stationed all over the globe who by a sense of both duty and Honor will be separated from their families, their loved ones and their traditions. I wish them and their families the merriest of Christmas’s and as always will set a place at my table so at the most sacred and warmest of times we remember.
    To all Merry Christmas

    • danvalenti
      December 24, 2018 at 8:56 am #

      Appreciated, JP. THE PLANET knew, just knew, that there would be those who just HAD to bring in politics, Trump, the Dow, and all the rest of the B.S. So we thank you and all who honored our humble request that, just this once, we keep it all on the light. It says much about the times in which we live that even that simple ask is unrealistic. Merry Christmas to you.

      • Halo
        December 24, 2018 at 2:17 pm #

        Hopefully everyone is happy and healthy this season. Merry Christmas as to everyone on the Planet, and a special thanks to the G Man and his tireless effort to help those on a ride from hell to deal with these water rates. Currently there are people working in Government and not drawing a paycheck because the spirit of Christmas does not exist, and it is from one man who by all accounts has created more chaos than a fox chasing a flock of baby chickens from the barn. And whoever thought that the downfall of good will would come from a President, who should be spreading the good will and health and happiness, along with the thought of the American Dream which is now..lost

  5. Jonathan Melle
    December 23, 2018 at 9:09 pm #

    Merry Christmas to Luciforo

    • Dilly Dally
      December 24, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

      Really,no Carmmmmm?

      • Jonathan Melle
        December 24, 2018 at 9:15 pm #

        Merry Christmas to Carmen Massimiano & Angelo Stracuzzi, as well.

        • danvalenti
          December 25, 2018 at 4:55 pm #

          They say Christmas is beautiful in Biddeford, Maine.

  6. Mr. Fritz
    December 23, 2018 at 9:31 pm #

    Let’s not water down the message of Christmas – which is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, son of God, sent to earth to rescue man from his sin.
    “For unto us is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” Luke 2:11
    Merry Christmas to all!

    • Art Seller
      December 24, 2018 at 9:07 am #

      The Gman asked me to wish a very merry Xmas to all those who post on this board and a very special thanks to those who have supported his efforts to save the tax and rate payers 28 million dollars for upcoming work at the sewage treatment plant. He will continue his efforts to do all he can to insure the ratepayers are not being robed of their hard earned dollars. He also asked that we all remember our military people who are serving all around the world. He knows first hand what it was like to spend two Christmases in the jungles of Viet nam while being just a boy of 19 years of age. He says anyone can send a greeting card to any military member via the USO orginazation and that military people are glad to receive them

    • Joe Pinhead
      December 24, 2018 at 2:52 pm #

      Mr. Fritz,
      You are so absolutely correct . Merry Christmas

      • danvalenti
        December 24, 2018 at 3:27 pm #

        I second that, JP.

    • Hondurans for Trump
      December 24, 2018 at 4:49 pm #

      Fake fake news,prove it.

  7. dusty
    December 24, 2018 at 1:27 am #

    Merry Christmas to all. Be safe.

    and thank you very much Dan for this site and the window into what goes on around us, good and bad. This is the kind of site that makes evil doers grind their teeth at night. Shine the light and make the cockroaches scurry under the floor boards.

    • danvalenti
      December 24, 2018 at 8:55 am #

      Well said, DUSTY. Thank you for the nod.

    • u
      December 24, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

      Come on dusty Where’s the Christmas Cheer? Good Will?

  8. The school committee
    December 24, 2018 at 5:09 am #

    Let’s remember on Christmas that a Wall to keep keep certain people away from America is Symbolism not substance.The idea of a Wall is a wink and a nod that dark skinned minorities are taking over America.In public the Wall is to keep out MS13 ,rapist,murderers.The real reason is racism and the fear that is fueled by Trump rhetoric who fuels it.Shumer and Pelosi will never cave to the symbol of the Wall.Liberals want a 100% secure Wall that keeps out everyone who want to enter illegally.But they will never,never ,never let this Symbol survive in America…..Merry Christmas to the Planet who provides the seeds for discussion. Merry Christmas to all .

    • Fake News
      December 24, 2018 at 5:59 am #

      Very fake information.

      • Minister of Intoxication
        December 24, 2018 at 3:01 pm #

        Merry Christmas to the savior of the taxpayer, the Wiz. And to the secretary, bah humbug.

  9. AlaskanBushClowns
    December 24, 2018 at 5:53 am #

    Merry Christmas to the shutdown.

  10. Cos
    December 24, 2018 at 6:04 am #

    I agree with s c about aligning human beings by the color of their skin and ethnicity, or stature by wealth, an important other one, the way people look,many are judged by that,we don’t need a world leader in our own backyard inciting hatred,that is why we should all be thankful and come together at Christmas and reflect with Joy and Peace for a couple of days anyway. Remember the scriptures, the Meek shall inherit the Earth. Merry Christmas To Everyone those who ask questions,and want to express an opinion. Dow looks to be DOWn again today. Just sayin…..

  11. H
    December 24, 2018 at 9:21 am #

    What happened to the one man show over at topix. Merry Christmas to that.

    • Art Seller
      December 24, 2018 at 10:12 am #

      When I was young my father would give me a silver dollar for Xmas and the day after Xmas I would go to Carl Tyler’s hobby shop on Columbus ave and buy a model car and assemble it and place it on the TV for everyone to see. One year after I received the silver dollar my brothers and cousins played football in the backyard of our home and somehow I lost the si!her dollar. I looked and looked for it but could never find it. Two or three years latter I was mowing the lawn at our house and low and behold shining in the sunlight was that silver dollar. I have kept it all these years and tonight I will be holding it and I will remember my mom and dad and all my family members who have passed. This silver dollar is my link to the past and I will cherish it till the day I die. Merry Xmas to Dan and all who post and read the planet and may you all have good health and many more xmases. Make some memories yourself. They will help you get through the holidays if your lucky enough to live into old age

      • danvalenti
        December 24, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

        A lovely story. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Cos
    December 24, 2018 at 11:21 am #

    What a beautiful story Mr. G. Always a class act,Merry Christmas and thank you for what you have done and what you hope to do to make Christmas a little brighter for the non gonsigs

    • Tump did Up
      December 24, 2018 at 2:20 pm #

      Thanx G Man Merry Christmas, to you and yours and also many on the Planet.Ho Ho Ho

  13. Johnny2Shoes
    December 24, 2018 at 12:38 pm #


    I wish you and entire family a Merry Christmas. As someone who follows and enjoys your columns,I want to thank you for putting issues out there from A -Z in your columns we cannot find anywhere else (Beagle) that includes both sides of an issue that allows people to take in and determine where they are on any given issue that you bring up. I would also like to wish all my fellow posters a safe and wonderful Merry Christmas! You guys are the best even though I don’t always agree with every post or response, I’m grateful for the fact that you participate.

    • danvalenti
      December 24, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

      Superbly stated!

  14. May Hemm
    December 24, 2018 at 3:05 pm #

    I want the know how a one man crew can be more popular than a newspaper employing100s Merry Christmas Mr.Valenti.

    • danvalenti
      December 24, 2018 at 3:27 pm #

      The answer is that the One Man provides more real news and vital views than the Newspaper That Employs Hundreds (tens, anyway) gives the people all year. Merry Christmas.

  15. Unwanted Carl
    December 24, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

    That story by the professor of water was magnificent made my night Merry Christmas,master of the universe and water.

  16. Cosbies
    December 24, 2018 at 5:08 pm #

    The Gaetani Sliver Story is a classic. A movie on the Horizon?

  17. Nota
    December 24, 2018 at 6:40 pm #

    Gaetani Christmas present….The Orbit?

    • Mr. Fritz
      December 24, 2018 at 7:13 pm #

      For crying out loud – give it a rest – as you were asked!

      • H
        December 24, 2018 at 7:53 pm #

        Merry Christmas Pat.

  18. The School committee
    December 24, 2018 at 7:48 pm #

    America’s women and minorities will save our country from Trump wealthy policies. It will take a bit but they will finally usher in healthcare,education not teach to the test conservative test ed,and we will get Social Security without threats of bankruptcy….I love The American minorities who with make the country great again.

  19. Shelly aliver
    December 24, 2018 at 8:13 pm #

    Th Eagle never presents both sides of the story. Am I the only one to notice that? Merry Christmas Planet,good man.

  20. Cos
    December 24, 2018 at 9:28 pm #

    The media never sleeps. There is a event a time clock on the government shutdown on the majors.Christmas Eve or not.

  21. B. Clairmont
    December 25, 2018 at 7:12 am #

    Merry Christmas, everyone!


    • danvalenti
      December 25, 2018 at 4:55 pm #

      The same to you and LINDA from all of us at THE PLANET. We especially thank you for participating on this board and added the gravitas. Stout fellow, that.

      • Joe pinhead
        December 25, 2018 at 5:44 pm #

        Barry and Family,
        Merriest of Christmas wishes to you and to yours. Never a respectful question unanswered always a professional and courteous reply.
        Best to you and yours in the New Year as well

  22. tito
    December 25, 2018 at 7:17 am #

    Merry Christmas to our Government workers. And alien peacefuls that were shagged from the Country.

    And my Swamp Award for 2018 which symbolizes Troy Landry famed Alligator Hunter, who states…., “you can go to the bayou and hunt alligators, but you will have to do the work”. And the Win-ner is”……….

    Johnny 99….Congrats Johnny

  23. Miss Vito
    December 25, 2018 at 8:12 am #

    ,MerryChristmas everyone,got a brand new BMW…yes. I was nice.

  24. Local Yokel
    December 25, 2018 at 9:10 am #

    Happy Holidays to everyone. Merry Christmas to you Ms Vito,lucky duck .

  25. C. Trzcinka
    December 25, 2018 at 11:36 am #

    Merry Christmas! (from Bloomington Indiana, flyover country).

    Your opinions and the lively discussion of the issues people in the Berkshires care about are one of the ways I keep touch with the place where my roots are so deep. I am often using your blog and the back and forth to understand what my family is going through there. I hope it continues with even more informed discussion and less personal attacks. I hope to contribute where I can in the coming year.

    All the best to you who are living in one of the best places in the world.

    • danvalenti
      December 25, 2018 at 4:53 pm #

      Your posts are treasured here at THE PLANET. All our best to you and yours.

  26. Spagirl
    December 25, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

    Merry Christmas to the Planet, and all who contribute. May you enjoy Christmas as it was meant to be. Peace onearthfor all mankind. I was awestruck by the love and kindness that Otto’ s has extended to the Community for anyone who may enjoy a spaghetti dinner at their establishment today. Pay what you can, or not if you can’t. The true meaning of giving. God Bless.

    • danvalenti
      December 25, 2018 at 4:53 pm #

      Beautifully said, SPAGIRL.

  27. Unwanted Carl
    December 25, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    Thanx spa and !merry Christmas, Nice of Ottos, they have given many times over the years.

    • Art Seller
      December 25, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

      I just talked to the Gman and he wanted to thank all who had good wishes for him and to let you know that he will continue in the new year to do all that he can to put a halt on the water and sewer projects. He said the EPA gave a gift to the city by suspending the clean water act on DEC.12 and he said this changes everything. The city now can put the brakes on the projects and look into better technology. Whether the city will do the right thing by the ratepayer is to be seen. The Gman wishes everybody a merry Xmas and hopes that more citizens will join him at CC meetings in the future. If you do not have the time to come to these meetings its ok as he will represent you but you at least should watch the meetings to see who is trying to help you and those who have no concern about you and your hard earned tax dollars. The Gman says he has to stop being nice to the mayor and council in the new year and they need to start being nice to the tax and rate payers. If they,’re not he may have to start playing hard ball. The Wiz knows everybody reads the planet and wishes all his adversary’s a merry Xmas.

      • Cosbies
        December 25, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

        GMan, The main thing is the Plants.,and only 5 million in updates.

        • Art Seller
          December 25, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

          Cos;; Maybe less than 5M

          • Shakes
            December 25, 2018 at 7:35 pm #

            Art: the clean water act is not suspended. If you and the G(oober) man really think this then you are bigger idiots than I ever imagined. You should take a lesson on how the government works, because you clearly do not understand it.

  28. Pat
    December 25, 2018 at 3:09 pm #

    Merry Christmas to all.

  29. Joe pinhead
    December 25, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

    Christmas celebrated at a Midnite Mass then viewed through the eyes of a small child in the morning is the best. To see the innocence the amazement the joy the magic and the wonder is so warming and even more humbling

    Merry Christmas to all

    • danvalenti
      December 25, 2018 at 4:52 pm #

      You just outlined the “It doesn’t get any better than this” Christmas. Thanks, JP.

  30. Minister of Intoxication
    December 25, 2018 at 5:00 pm #

    G E logo on Celts Jerseys? Eery Christmas .