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APROPOS OF NOTHING and A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MARCH 4, 2019) — Apropos of nothing but dipping from everything: Rico — Watching Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen, it occurred to THE PLANET that he looked and sounded like former Red Sox shortstop-3b Rico Petrocelli if you took about 25 years off […]

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TRUMPS WALKS, COHEN TALKS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MARCH 1-3, 2019) — THE PLANET watched enthralled as two unprecedented demonstrations of high political theater played out on the global stage. We refer to the second meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jung Un, as well as […]

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‘THE PLANET’ HITS 1,900!

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY FEB. 27, 2019) —  Today marks THE PLANET‘s 1,900th column on this board. What started out as a simple writing exercise blossomed into Berkshire County’s most read site. It’s still an exercise that serves its workout purpose, and we still enjoy the intellectual […]

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COMMUNISM, CAPITALISM, AND SOCIALISM: LIFE IN THE RIGHT MIDDLE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY FEB. 25, 2019) — This year, with ideologues such as Alexandria Ocascio-Cotez, Kamala Harris, and Bernie Sanders presidentially chirping from the extreme left-leaning branches, THE PLANET offers a few thoughts on a topic often mentioned by commentators on this board when debating the […]

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PITTSFIELD ANNOUNCES MAJOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECT, ‘KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES’

BY DANA VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION FEB. 22-24, 2019) — Through the Secret Squadron, THE PLANET has obtained a copy of a soon-to-be-released press release from the mayor’s office announcing a dramatic new economic development project worth countless millions to the city. Here is the Good News Memo: […]

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AMAZON’S STUNNING PULLOUT A CASE STUDY IN ‘HOW TO BLOW THE BIG ONE’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY FEB. 20, 2019) — They blew it. Or perhaps the passive voice might be better, since “they” depends on your politics, hence: It was blown. Amazon’s pullout from Long Island City, Queens, will be a Harvard Case Study in the not-too-distant past. Why […]

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