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EVEN WHEN SHE’S RIGHT, SHE’S POLITICAL

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY NOV. 30, 2020) — Even when Berkshire County district attorney Andrea Harrington advocates for a much-needed adjustment of courtroom policy, she manages to taint the corrective with self-serving politics. As she herself unwittingly reveals, she’s “acting.” Case in point, Harrington’s Nov. 18 letter […]

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COURTHOUSE SOURCE SAYS ‘CHAOS’ IN DA’s OFFICE HARMING PUBLIC SAFETY; JUDGE AGOSTINI BLASTS HARRINGTON

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION NOV. 27-9, 2020) — What’s going on in the Berkshire County district attorney’s office? Two recent stories indicate a melt-down . THE CASE OF THE SPIKED STORY Recently, THE PLANET received this comment from a reader: The Eagle did follow up […]

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CHUCK GARIVALTIS: FROM SWAT KING TO TRUE PITTSFIELD HERO

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY NOV. 25, 2020) — For decades THE PLANET has been hearing about this nation’s lack of heroes, as far back as the July 1959 issue of SPORT magazine, where writer Dick Young wondered where America’s heroes had gone.  Priests, social scientists, and the […]

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PLANET GETS IT FIRST: BIDEN NOMINEE FOR SECRETARY OF STATE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY. NOV. 23, 2020) — As THE PLANET shared before, we have a VEDDY CLOSE source within the inner circle of presumed president-elect, Syracuse Joe Biden. He/she shared a decision that hasn’t been announced yet. Should President Trump’s attempt to overturn the election results […]

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THE WEEKEND EDITION: MORE COVID … PITTSFIELD TOP IN COUNTRY FOR ‘MISERABLE’ … THE D.A. DOES IT AGAIN … & NOV. 22, 1963

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION NOV. 20-22, 2020) — This weekend, we present a bit of a round-up, the odds and ends that invariably accumulate when doing journalism of this sort. MORE COVID — In covering the COVID violations and appropriations with respect to Pittsfield’s taverns […]

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COVID AND WIFE-SWAPPING: STRANGE BEDFELLOWS AS CITY PLANS MORE ‘free” CASH GIVEAWAY TO CERTAIN EATERIES

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY NOV. 18, 2020) — One of the more interesting wrinkles to emerge from THE PLANET‘s exclusive coverage of Pittsfield’s COVID-19 situation is the mention of a long-standing wife-swapping practice. The “switcheroo” gatherings have been forced into more “creative” methods for hooking up now […]

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EVEN IF SYRACUSE JOE TAKES THE PRESIDENCY (LIKELY), DEMS HOPES WERE SUNK BY ‘THE SQUAD’ & LOON RADICALS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY NOV. 16, 2020) — THE PLANET understands the desire to go “all pandemic, all of the time,” and we will stay abreast of the local situation, but the country does have a little matter to settle. You might have heard of it. Does […]

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COVID FOLLOWUP: PLANET’S COVERAGE SPURS CITY TO ACT … STATE PUTS PITTSFIELD IN ‘CODE RED’ … EMERGENCY DECLARED

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION NOV. 13-5, 2020) — In large part due to THE PLANET‘s coverage and the relentless nature of the community’s ensuing discussions, the City of Pittsfield has issued emergency orders to combat an alarming uptick in new COVID-19 cases. “You were the […]

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UNRAVELING COVID ‘SUPER-SPREADER’: METHUSELAH’S AT CENTER OF CONTROVERSY … OWNER YUKI COHEN DEFENDS TAVERN’S PRACTICES

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY NOV. 11, 2020) — On Nov. 6, the City of Pittsfield, mayor’s office, sent out the following press release. We present it in full. Then we present the actual story. The press release only tells a part of what happened. Conspicuously missing was […]

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ORANGE LOSSES AND WINS (BUT THEY NEED QUOTATION MARKS)

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY. NOV. 9, 2020) — THE PLANET was going to a local story — the comeback of COVID-19 in Pittsfield due to what appears to be a “super spreader” event at Methuselah’s gin joint on North Street, but two things intervened. First, we wait […]

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THE BIRTH OF A NEW NATION IS NO ‘ODE TO JOY’ AS ELECTION OUTCOME STILL IN DOUBT

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION NOV. 6-8, 2020) — One things is clear: Nothing is clear. We still don’t know and may not for some time. The worst of all possible outcomes occurred on Election Day, which, regardless of who comes out ahead (no one will […]

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WHO WON THE OVAL OFFICE? THE PLANET KNOWS WHO KNOWS … AND WHO DOESN’T KNOW.

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY NOV. 4, 2020) — THE PLANET doesn’t know who won it. CNN doesn’t know who won it. Fox News doesn’t know who won it. The New York Times doesn’t know who won it. USA Today doesn’t know who won it. The Washington Post […]

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WHEN AND WHY DID ELECTION DAY BECOME AMERIC’S SECOND CIVIL WAR?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY NOV. 2, 2020) The best comment by a reader of THE PLANET during this entire election cycle came as the first on The Weekend Edition a couple days ago. My friend Jerry Packard wrote: “Folks, it’s time for us to come together. What […]

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PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: PLANET PIX PROMT, PROVOKE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION OCT. 30-NOV. 1) — For this weekend preceding the Tuesday election, THE PLANET offers — what shall we call it? A time out? A breather? A magician’s misdirection “here” while he performs the trick “there?” A moment of sanity? A lark? […]

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BARRETT APPOINTMENT AND OBAMACARE: GETTING RID OF A.C.A. CAN’T COME SOON ENOUGH

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY OCT. 28, 2020) — After Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas swore in judge Amy Coney Barrett to become the ninth Supreme with President Donald Trump witnessing, lamenting Democrats warned of doom for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a.k.a., Obamacare. Good riddance. Dumping the […]

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DEABTE II: A PRESIDENTIAL TRUMP, A BIDEN BIDIN’ HIS TIME

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY OCT. 26, 2020) — Donald Trump and Joe Biden both did what they wanted to do in the final debate. Trump came off as measured, and Biden held serve. Was it enough? Was it enough for the President to reclaim the presidential high […]

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