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WINNER OF THE DEMOCRATS’ FIRST TWO DEBATES? PRESIDENT TRUMP

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JULY 3, 2019) — They couldn’t fit on one stage, so 20 of the 24 trying to win the Democrat Party’s nomination for president found themselves on two stages, two consecutive nights. THE PLANET‘s first question concerns timing. We’re eight months before the […]

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FOR THE BORING BROADSHEET, SADLY, THE CLOCK IS TICKING

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JULY 1, 2019) — Until the late 1830s, daily newspapers were too expensive to build mass circulation. The Sun, New York City’s largest paper, for instance, had a circulation of about 2,600 and sold for six cents (source: The Atlantic), a prohibitive cost […]

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THE PRIVILEGE TO POST HERE IS A PRIVILEGE NOT A RIGHT. HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT? THEN START YOUR OWN SITE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JUNE 28-30, 2019) — The time has come again for THE PLANET to dish some “inside baseball.” This site has grown beyond our expectations. It has done so for one reason: content. Over the years, we have covered and uncovered stories […]

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PICTURES OF AN EXHIBITION: BASEBALL COMES CALLING

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JUNE 26th, 2019) — Perhaps the most enjoyable phase of THE PLANET‘s career came during the 1980s as a baseball writer covering MLB from Florida, producing newspaper articles, radio pieces, and books. We got to meet countless players, umpires, front office people, writers, broadcasters, […]

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WHAT IS A ‘CITIZEN’? 2020 CENSUS WANTS TO KNOW ‘WHO’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JUNE 24, 2019) — What is a U.S. citizen? Who are they? No, it’s not an Abbott and Costello routine (“What’s on second, Who’s on first”). It should be clear. You’re a citizen if (a) you’re born in America or one of its […]

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WE ARE NOT FORESTS; OUR WARFARE IS WANTON

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND AND BEYOND EDITION, JUNE 21 to …) — A campfire. Snow-covered mountains reflecting in a lake that does not appear on a map. End of day. It’s amazing how a setting like this can free the mind and spirit. Thoughts wander, needing […]

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