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SCHOOL VIOLENCE, McCANDLESS, & YON MAKE MOCKERY OF PSD’s ‘ANTI-BULLYING’ POLICY

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY Third of a Series (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MAY 6, 2019) — On the Pittsfield School Department website, you’ll find the city’s fictional anti-bullying statement. Words. Lying words. That Mean Nothing. Verbal halitosis. You’ve likely never actually read this document. Now’s your chance to put the dipstick into […]

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JOINT STATEMENT OF MAYOR, SUPT., AND D.A. on REID-SPRINGSIDE VIOLENCE A FARCICAL ADMISSION OF FAILURE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY Part Two of Three in a Series (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MAY 3-5, 2019) — THE PLANET can tell you the only reason The Boring Broadsheet ran a story about the out-of-control violence at Reid Middle School and Springside Park is the testimony of outrage published here […]

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CAUSE-EFFECT? SPIKE IN PITTSFIELD YOUTH VIOLENCE, PARTICULARLY REID-SPRINGSIDE, COMES AFTER PASSAGE OF CJRA

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY First in a Series (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY MAY 1, 2019) — The root of the recent uptick in violence in the middle schools, particularly activities at Reid and Springside Park, can in part be traced to the passage of the little-known and misunderstood Criminal Justice Reform […]

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THANK HEAVEN FOR SUPERMAJORITIES / COUNCIL SHOOTS DOWN MAYOR’S LATEST GIVEAWAY SCHEME

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY APRIL 29, 2019) — Thank heaven for supermajorities. Otherwise, another dubious giveaway of taxpayer money would be in the works. You can thank the city council. You can blame the city council. On Tuesday last, THE PLANET‘s Right Honorable Good Friends defeated mayor Linda […]

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MUELLER REPORT AN ‘UGLY WIN’ FOR THE PRESIDENT

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY Before we being, allow THE PLANET to pay our respects for one of the all-time great sports figures, who, off the court, was even greater as a human being. R.I.P. John Havlicek. Bill Russell called “the best basketball player I ever saw.”  (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND […]

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!! EXTRA!! MAZZEO TO MAKE IT OFFICIAL TOMORROW AT 10 … THE BORING BROADSHEET SLATES ‘CONVERSATION’ ON INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING … BUT READERS OF THE PLANET KNOW ALL ABOUT THAT

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (ADD 1, APRIL 25, 2019) — THE PLANET has word from sources in the know that Melissa Mazzeo will take out nomination papers for mayor tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the city clerk’s office at city hall on Allen Street in Pittsfield. Mazzeo made the decision after a […]

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