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BTG’s ‘EARNEST’: ‘I AM HE AS YOU ARE HE AS YOU ARE ME AND WE ARE ALL TOGETHER’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI ARTS  EDITOR’S NOTE — THE PLANET presents what we hope will be the first of periodic theater and art reviews. For the 2021 inaugural effort, we are pleased to announced the signing of the world famous critic, the Max Factor and footlights, the Poobah of Paragraphs. We speak of none […]

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GAZETTE’s JONATHAN LEVINE DIES … CANCEL CULTURE IS DESTROYING AMERICA FROM THE INSIDE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY EDITOR’S NOTE: Before we begin, we would like to pass along news of Jonathan Levine’s death. For 30 years, Jonathan published the Pittsfield Gazette, essentially as a one-man operation running on fumes. For those 30 years, readers received an alternative view of city politics and happenings. Jonathan […]

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A PLANET SMORGASBORD: WRITER WANTED … CEILING CAVING … AUTOPILOT … NUKES … GOING DOWN … PAYTON PLACE … NEPOTISM

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JUNE 21, 2021) — It’s time for the next Round Up, a smorgasbord of this ‘n’ that. Writer Wanted —  Beginning this week (Thursday) we hope to be presenting reviews of area plays. We did this a few years ago as an experiment, […]

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TEXAS VOTING BILL : VOTER SUPPRESSION or SAFEGUARDING ELECTIONS? IT’s THE LATTER

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JUNE 18-20, 2021) — “Voter suppression” or “Safeguarding elections?” THE PLANET speaks of efforts to tighten security at ballot boxes in state legislatures. In the Democratically controlled federal government, the House has been crafting a measure that would expand voter participation, […]

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IS STATE BOARD OF BAR OVERSEERS INVESTIGATING D.A. HARRINGTON?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY Part Two of Two (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JUNE 16, 2021) — The legally contentious matter of District Attorney Andrea Harrington’s letter to Judge Paul Dalwey, Chief Justice of the District Court System, asking that Judge Jennifer Tyne be removed from the case, continues to reverberate within the […]

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*REVISED* LEGAL SOURCES OPEN UP ABOUT D.A.’s EX-PARTE LETTER; RETIRED JUDGE: ‘IT’S TOO POLITICAL’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY  Part One of a two-part series This story has been updated with new information. (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JUNE 14, 2021) — For news hawks, Berkshire County D.A. Andrea Harrington is the gift that keeps giving. Daily she makes another headline to a story that erodes faith […]

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DEFENSE LAWYERS BLAST D.A. IN SCATHING LETTER … SPEAK UP, MAYOR … BURKE’S LAW … D-DARK … ‘RESTORATIVE JUSTICE’ … ‘200 HOURS’ RUSSO … PLAYING VICTIM … THE CLAPP

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JUNE 11-13, 2021) — Scraping off the barnacles of items left in port for the overhaul. It’s one of the regular duties of maintaining THE PLANET, with far more stories than there are photons in the type case. MACD CALLS OUT […]

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ATTORNEY SULLIVAN LETTER: IS DA RESIGNATION A FORCE THAT WON’T BE DENIED OR A CALL THAT WILL BE CRUSHED?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JUNE 9, 2021) — THE PLANET received a copy of what appears to be a letter written by Pittsfield attorney Robert D. Sullivan Jr. calling for the resignation of Berkshire County D.A. Andrea Harrington. THE PLANET contacted Sullilvan’s office for comments on and […]

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‘RESTORATIVE JUSTICE’ HAS CAUSED AMERICA TO LOSE ITS MIND

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JUNE 7, 2021) — In Minneapolis, the denizens of the deep are at it again, rioting, burning, and looting. The latest occurred when U.S. Marshals tried to served an arrest warrant on Winston Boogie Smith on federal weapons violations. Boogie was parked in […]

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RUSSO, NORTH STREET BIKE-DEBACLE AUTHOR, GOT THE GIG THE OLD FASHIONED WAY

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JUNE 4-6) — Not counting Pocket Pool, invented in Pittsfield during the Year of Our Lord 1791, Pittsfield’s favorite sport is political nepotism. Scratch many public employees or contractors, and you get “someone who knows someone.” After the usual nationwide search, […]

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DA AH SERVES UP TWO MESSAGES

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JUNE 2, 2021) — THE PLANET presents two unedited releases from Andrea Harrington, Berkshire County district attorney. She’s taking “a quick minute to check in.” Her “quick minute” Consists of 29 seconds of primping, 17 seconds of posing, and 14 seconds of photo-ops. […]

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A TRIBUTE TO ALL WHO DIED TOO SOON AND THOSE WHO CAME BACK NOT SOON ENOUGH

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, Memorial Day 2021) — On this day of remembrance, THE PLANET respectfully asks its readers and especially its commentators and respondents to honor the tenor and tone of today. Those of us who had loved ones that served, those of us who had loved […]

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FREE SPEECH UNDER FIERCE ASSAULT BY THE LOONLIBS

BY DANVALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MAY 28-30, 2021) — Allow THE PLANET to paraphrase the late, great Tip O’Neill: All news is local. John Donne told us no man is an island. The great Buddhist monk Thich Nat Hahn shared his notion of Interbeing, which refers to […]

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JUNETEENTH NOW A PAID DAY OFF FOR CITY WORKERS, BUT WHY STOP THERE?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY MAY 26, 2021) — THE PLANET presents the following announcement from Mayor Linda Tyer: PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City of Pittsfield has added a holiday, Juneteenth, to its roster of municipal holidays. As Juneteenth, which is celebrated on June 19, falls on a […]

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OFFICE OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION? NOPE. MORE LIKE SAMENESS, INEQUITY, and EXCLUSION

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MAY 24, 2021) — At a time when the city of Pittsfield needs to cut spending as well as taxes, once again it will boost both. Alas, the city has fallen  for a social trend that shall prove little more than a fad. […]

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HAS SHELF LIFE EXPIRED ON VIRTUAL MEETINGS? SHOULD BUDGET HEARINGS BE IN-PERSON?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, DATE, 2021) — Do you remember along with THE PLANET with kids’ show on “educational TV” back in the ’70s? The theme song went: C’mon and Zoom. C’mon and Zoom. C’mon and Zoom-zoom-zooma-zoom. It’s not exactly “A Day in the Life.” And yeah, the […]

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