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THREE SHOOTINGS IN TWO YEARS, ONE A MURDER, BUT DRINKS STILL FLOWING AT LACH’S LOUNGE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION OCT. 8-10, 2017) — At 1:20 a.m. Sept. 10 in the Fenn Street parking lot adjacent to the building that houses Lach’s Lounge, a 32-year-old Pittsfield man was shot multiple times. Judging by the cold bullet casings littering the ground and earwitness testimony, the gunman […]

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LACH’S LOUNGE IN THE CROSSFIRE ONCE MORE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY OCT. 7, 2017) — In the glorified Trashcan that has become the city of Pittsfield, a tree falling in the forest with no one there to hear is heard by everyone. Conversely, gunfire, gangs, drug activity, and scumbags with firearms can engage in mayhem […]

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MURDER AFTERMATH: TYER, WYNN AND CITY’S LESSER DIM BULBS AS CYNICAL AS IT GETS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY OCT. 4, 2017) — The only silence you hear in the bedraggled city of Pittsfield comes from when the mayor, police chief, council president, and school committee chairwoman in that rank refuse to officially speak to the public through the press following yet […]

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THE INEVITABLE, ANCIENT DISCUSSION POST-VEGAS MASS MURDER: FREEDOM VS. SECURITY

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY OCT. 4, 2017) — Our series on the Berkshire Museum‘s art sale put several planned topics on hold. Today we thought THE PLANET would handle them, albeit briefly. Then, on Sunday evening in Las Vegas, Stephen Paddock broke a window on the 32nd […]

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MUSEUM’S INTERNAL ‘TENSIONS NEAR BOILING POINT’ BUT FOR THE REST OF US, A LOST LEGACY

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY ED NOTE 10-2-17 — THE PLANET shall be back tomorrow with a column on the mass murder in Las Vegas. (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY OCT. 2, 2017) — Sources close to Ground Zero inside the imploding Berkshire Museum (BM) tell THE PLANET that the “deeply conflicted” Board of […]

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SCHISM, FEAR WITHIN MUSEUM GUARANTEE FAILURE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY Part Four of a Series; Editor’s Note: THE PLANET is extending this series one more installment. (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, SEPT. 29-OCT. 1, 2017) — THE PLANET heard again from our inside source at the Berkshire Museum (BM), Sunny. He/she relayed how our series has been received by […]

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