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KRONICK’s PETITION RE: ‘HOUSELESSNESS’ REVEALS THE INEPTITUDE OF COUNCIL COLLEAGUES, FLAT’s ADMINISTRATION

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION OCT. 7-9, 2022) — At the previous meeting of our Right Honorable Good Friends, the Ward 2 member introduced the following: A petition from Councilor Kronick requesting to postpone all future funding requests and grant approvals by the Parks Department until […]

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AG’s RACE: DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN FOR BERKSHIRE VOTERS; WHO DO YOU TRUST AS ‘THE PEOPLE’S LAWYER?’ AN EXPERT LITIGATOR OR AN INEXPERIENCED INCOMPETENT NAMED ANDREA? … PLANET ENDORSES McMAHON

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY OCT. 5, 2022) — A key vacancy to be filled on Election Day will be state attorney general. Having just been in a contest for district attorney, where voters chose expertise over incompetence, the Berkshire County electorate should have no trouble choosing the […]

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KERWOOD JOINS LAMPIASI IN WiNNING THE PLANET’s NEW C.O.I.N. AWARD

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY ADD 1 10-5-22 — From Lt. John Soules, Pittsfield Police Dept.: On Monday October 3, 2022 at approximately 3:31 pm, members of the Pittsfield Police Department (PPD) responded to Springside Avenue near the intersection of Parker Street for a ShotSpotter activation.  Several residents also called to report […]

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FLAT MAKES KERWOOD A ONE-MAN BAND … MAYOR IGORES DIRECT CONFLICT OF INTEREST … KUFFLINKS NOW HEADS FINANCE, TREASURY, TAXES, AND JOINS ASSESSORS … KRONICK SHINES (BUT NO ONE ELSE)

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2022) — You might have missed it Tuesday night at the Pittsfield City Council meeting. THE PLANET‘s Right Honorable Good Friends took up a curious appointment by Mayor Linda Tyer. She nominated Matthew “Kufflinks” Kerwood, finance director, to […]

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THREE PHOTOS: THE “NOW” THAT ONCE WAS AND IS TO NEVER BE AGAIN, BUT EVEN THEN …

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE WEDNESDAY Sept. 28, 2022) — Today, THE PLANET presents three photographs. Here’s the first. Photos two and three appear at and as the finis to this column Let us begin with the reason for posting them. What the cause here? Only THE PLANET can […]

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MID-TERM IN NOVEMBER plus MUNICIPAL VOTING NEXT YEAR ARM VOTERS WITH THE TOOLS OF REMEDY FOR (LLL) PoLiTiCa(LLL) InSaNiTy

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE MONDAY SEPT. 26, 2022) — “The pandemic is over” — President Joe Biden. “The border is secure” — Vice President Kamala Harris. “The check is in the mail” — Every swindler, hustler, and con artist. Both sides do it, especially on the extremes, but […]

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THE PLANET TURNS 2,500 TODAY … JOIN THE CELEBRATION

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION SEPT. 23-5, 2022) — It’s been 2,499 outings that led up to today. Yes, THE PLANET celebrates our 2,500th column — enough for more than 30 full length novels. And it all began as a lark, a morning writing exercise, the […]

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EVERY VOTE COUNTS, BUT WILL EVERY VOTE BE COUNTED? ELECTION INTEGRITY IN DOUBT AS MIDTERMS NEAR

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY SEPT. 21, 2022) — Every voted counts, but is every vote counted? Fall’s first day is as good a time as any to confront an ever-growing problem in election integrity. Can the electorate believe in election results? Radical elements of this country’s two major […]

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KRONICK’s ‘HOUSELESS-NESS’ DISCUSSION NO PLAY (3-8) FOR COUNCIL’S IDIOT OCTET … or … ‘BOOTLICKERS OF THE DAIS’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY Sept. 19, 2022) — Why did our Right Honorable Good Friends on the Pittsfield City Council react like Bela Lugosi to a necklace of garlic when colleague Charles Kronick’s presented a petition to air the status of homelessness in Pittsfield? THE PLANET would […]

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THINGS WE DON’T WANNA SEE … plus … KARINE … ‘LOVE PITTSFIELD’ … HOUSELESS? WHAT HOUSELESS? … QUESTIONS FOR TRISH … IRA IRATE … SPLLEING

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION SEPT. 16-8, 2022) — Idle thoughts while wondering if the long-suffering Buffalo Bills will finally win the Super Bowl this year. Things We Don’t Want to See — Lauren Hutton, 78, posing in her underwear huckstering for a new bra called […]

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GRACIOUS LOSING V. SORE WINNING … MATTOON EMPTIES THE SPITTOON … or … HOW TO LOSE FROM VICTORY

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY SEPT. 14, 2022) — Now that all is momentarily calm, THE PLANET extends hearty congrats to Tom Bowler for his landslide win in the Democrats’ race for sheriff. If only his campaign manager and a tiny number of others could do the same. […]

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BIDEN’s “DIVIDE AND CONQUER SPEECH” USHERS IN “NIGHT OF THE LONG LIES,” SHREDS THE CONSTITUTION

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY SEPT. 12, 2022) — While we’ve been distracted here in Berkshire County by the tumult of the sheriff and D.A. races, something happened that deserves commented by THE PLANET: Syracuse Joe’s “divide and conquer” address last week. The President goose-stepped in footsteps put […]

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THE PLANET PRESENTS NEW ACTION-ADVENTURE FLICK: “AUTOPSY OF TWIN ANNIHILATIONS’ … SHUGRUE, BOWLER THROW PERFECT GAMES

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION SEPT. 9-11, 2022) — Now that the Jacks have all returned to their boxes, time for THE PLANET‘s autopsy results. DISTRICT ATTORNEY SHUGRUE CLOBBERS THE INCUMBENT, WHAT’S HERNAME. After Andrea Harrington gave a four-year-long seminar in “How to Botch the Opportunity […]

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HMS SHUGRUE SINKS ‘S.S. ANDREA OUTTHEDOORIA’ while BOWLER BIDS ALF AUFWIEDERSEHEN … A CUP OF TEA, Y’ALL, & CHILL BEFORE THE HYSTERICS BEGIN FOR NOVEMBER

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY SEPT. 7, 2022) — Let us just say “See? Just like we indicated. Keeping this one brief: HMS Shugrue sinks S.S. Andrea OutTheDooria to the bottom of the drink. Bowler bowls Alf into the gutter with perfect game. Congrats to both winners. Well […]

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ELECTION ROUNDUP: NOTES AND VOTES, ONLY ON THE PLANET … plus … WE’RE FILMING ON ELECTION DAY!

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY SEPT. 5, CHRISTMAS EVE 1, 2022) — Typically, THE PLANET takes Labor Day off. Not this time. We’ve pulled a Padre Pio and bilocated. “Dan Valenti” and family have headed off the map. THE PLANET, though, wants to get in one more column […]

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SHERIFF’s RACE: WHERE’S THE REPORT? … DEATH CERTIFICATE RAISES HUGE QUESTIONS ABOUT PITTSFIELD WOMAN’S DEATH 3 DAYS INTO LOCKUP AT WOMEN’S JAIL IN CHICOPEE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY ADD 1, Sept. 2, 2022 — Here’s the latest PLANET VALENTI VIDEO from our YouTube channel. In it, I share an hour’s worth of thoughts and notes on the campaigns for sheriff and district attorney. No notes. All improv. Just THE PLANET. Give it a watch. As […]

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