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PLANET TO MAYORS OF THE PITTS AND N.A.: THE ANSWER DOES NOT LIE IN AIRPORTS OR GRANTS … or … HOW ‘THE BB’ ONCE AGAIN LANDS FACEDOWN IN THE PORCELAIN GOD

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY AUG. 1, 2018) — An example of our previous column on the shortcomings of the local daily newspaper could be found over the past weekend, when The Boring Broadsheet had on page one, above the fold, a puff piece with a headline blaring that […]

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CRASH AND BURN AT ‘THE BORING BROADSHEET’ NEEDN’T BE THAT WAY

BY DN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JULY 30, 2018) — And as the glorious summer takes the clubhouse turn, THE PLANET has to laugh at the “story” in The Boring Broadsheet polling readers about the Berkshire Mall. While it ignores significant news and presents such nonsensical fluff, The BB actually presents […]

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WHAT ‘SHAMES’ HUMAN WORK … ON THE WEEKEND EDITION, THE TALKING STICK IS YOURS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE-ESSEX, THE WEEKEND EDITION, JULY 27-29, 2018) — Late July on the farm delivers the fruits of labor, both literally and figuratively. For the first, we list the raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, honey, tomatoes, lemon balm, feeding plantains to the goats … ah, THE PLANET could go […]

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THE PROVERBIAL “THEY” AREN’T FIGURATIVE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JULY 25, 2018) — Once of anything is a fluke. Two is a pattern. Three a trend. When the proverbial “They,” in this case the board of that erstwhile great institution formerly known at the Berkshire Museum, brought in a new executive director, […]

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SOURCES ADD CLAIMS, CLARITY TO THE MUCK GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES IN THE DA’s RACE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JULY 23, 2018) — Andrea Harrington, who with Judith Knight is challenging heir-apparent Paul Caccaviello for Berkshire County District Attorney, has to decide, not soon but now, because time is running out: Does she want to be the next DA? If that answer […]

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TALES FROM THE DA’s OFFICE … plus … THE HANGING BOOTS: THE DRUG LORDS ISSUE A WARNING

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JULY 20-22, 2018) — When you operate a site such as this one, after a while the news comes to you. Each happening, civic joy or shame, crime, or subterfuge possesses a cast of characters. No matter how hidden, someone always […]

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