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‘THE PLANET’ HITS 1,900!

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY FEB. 27, 2019) —  Today marks THE PLANET‘s 1,900th column on this board. What started out as a simple writing exercise blossomed into Berkshire County’s most read site. It’s still an exercise that serves its workout purpose, and we still enjoy the intellectual and rhetorical challenge of coming up with new material on what can seem a relentless basis.

We can think of only two reason to discontinue THE PLANET: (1) Workload (bread-and-butter stuff takes precedence) or (2) We are no longer having fun or enjoyment. As for one, fortunately, technology allows us to ply our wares anywhere on earth. In the old days, we had to travel “there.” Today, we don’t have to “be” anywhere. Two (2) could happen tomorrow or years from now. In truth, at times researching, writing, editing, and publishing THE PLANET can seem a drag, but not often. Besides, as our form of public service, it helps keep the conscience clean!

In honor of our 1,900th, we open up The Comment Line to you, our valued readers. THE PLANET remains an important link for We The People to their community, their government, their daily lives. It is, for many, their morning “cuppa joe,” their sounding board, a chance to share and exchange viewpoints. True, this being cyberspace, the level of “debate” often does not rise above day-old yeast, but there’s enough good reader contributions to keep that vital feedback feature. We are proud to be the unrivaled local home for free speech, and our vigilance in weeding out the occasional foolishness has kept our comments section a model of how it is to be done in this photonic format.

THE PLANET remains free of commercial, communal, or governmental restraint. It is enterprise writing, commentary, and muck-raking journalism in its purest form. We probably have doled out more sleepless night to politicians and The Suits than an ocean of No-Doz pills, although that is never our intention. Such anxiousness, if and when it happens, exists only as an ancillary effect of our main pursuit, which is the good-faith tracking, discovery, and uncovery of stories, issues, and concerns that swirl about.

THE PLANET never has and never will “go after” anyone. The only thing we “go after” is truth. We write what we like, and like what we write, following our instincts and interests as curiosity bids.

With that as preamble and with all good blessings, we turn the discussion over to you.

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“Both quack medicine and the Internet were born when the first knave met the first fool”Sir Tiberius Fruitjuice.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Joe Pinhead
Joe Pinhead
2 years ago

This Pinhead has been entertained, enlightened, thought provoked and at times intellectually challenged all sometimes in a single column. I know I am not the only one appreciative both of and for the Planet. 1900 Thank you’s a million more well wishes! congrats and thanks

Johnny99
Johnny99
2 years ago

Thank you for letting us Kapanski’s vent, And congratulations!

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  danvalenti
2 years ago

Both fun, informative and cathartic! Thank you.

dusty
dusty
2 years ago

Thank you Dan for allowing those of us without special interest connections to speak out. Your contribution to free speech in the Berkshires is immeasurable.

Spagirl
Spagirl
2 years ago

Congratulations Dan, and thankyou for a forum for all. Many well wishes for your continued success.

The school committee
The school committee
2 years ago

The Planet has a great forum.Thanks for the great fun of expressing opinions .I pose two questions ,How has School Choice benefited the Pittsfield Public Schools and their students ?How has Ed Reform benefited the students of Pittsfields taxpayers?

LW
LW
Reply to  The school committee
2 years ago

School choice has benefited the students greatly. Parents now have a choice to send their kids to a school with no thugs, less bullies, no weapons, and less drug addicts.
But because it actually benefits the students the teacher unions and Pittsfield school system are against it.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
2 years ago

Congratulations Dan, and thank you for the intellectual stimulation and opportunity to express our points of view!

Pat
Pat
2 years ago

Dan V., I hope that Planet Valenti is around for a long time!!!

Pat
Pat
2 years ago

The public school teachers need to teach the young how to think not what to think. The Dianne Feinstein video with the young children showed very clearly that the teachers are pushing their political beliefs on to the children. When Dianne Feinstein asked one of the children if they voted for her, the young boy said “No, but she did”, pointing to his teacher. They are also being scared into believing that climate change will kill all of them in 10-12 years if the Green New Deal isn’t passed. Obviously, their teachers are giving these impressionable students an earful everyday about their political leanings and this is going on across the country.

LW
LW
Reply to  Pat
2 years ago

What’s worse, all these lying politicians or the folks dumb enough to believe them?
This planet has survived numerous Ice Ages and Green Ages, and yet the misinformed, ignorant, and downright stupid believe we can end the world with pollution.
With how we’ve misused this planet, if somehow we destroyed all of mankind, the planet would probably hold a celebration. Because it would move on just fine.

Brian C. Marquis
Brian C. Marquis
2 years ago

Thanks fer blocking me; love ya too!!

Brian C. Marquis
Brian C. Marquis
Reply to  Brian C. Marquis
2 years ago

And the saga continues . . .

I’m guessing by the above posting, my privileges have been reinstated or restored.

Life’s Good.

Brian C. Marquis
Brian C. Marquis
Reply to  danvalenti
2 years ago

You’re still the man, Dan Valenti.

And that’s the bottom-line!!

Spider
Spider
2 years ago

What would we do without The Planet? Congratulations and wishing you many more years!

Roman Nose
Roman Nose
Reply to  Spider
2 years ago

Spider you nailed it!!

Mr. G
Mr. G
2 years ago

Thanks Dan. Always a fun read even when I vehemently disagree. And isn’t it great not to have to “be” anywhere?!? Now if only we could generate that same effect in time as we have in space, we’d really be doing something!

Milt Plum
Milt Plum
2 years ago

Personally i believe that 1791 columns was a bigger milestone.

LW
LW
2 years ago

Congratulations, Dan! And thank you for this site – I’ve found out many things about local politics and corrupt local politicians I would never have found anywhere else.

LW
LW
2 years ago

Today, on full display for the American people, is undeniable evidence that the 2 party political system we use has been an abject failure. Only in America can a disgraced, disbarred, proven liar be called before Congress as a jump start to impeachment proceedings that will get nowhere once they hit the Senate.
A complete, total waste of taxpayer dollars and everyone’s time. Thanks for nothing, hateful Democratic party.

Pat
Pat
2 years ago

Can we believe anything from the left that thinks it’s OK to not save babies born alive after abortion?!?

The school committee
The school committee
2 years ago

We are living with and paying for regressive right wing teach to a test.Public education died with liberal exposure to many things before the late 80s demanded we compete with Japan

LW
LW
Reply to  The school committee
2 years ago

Incorrect. MCAS was created in 1993 when Democrats controlled both houses in MA. So the standardized testing you whine about was a Democratic supported initiative.
The idea is to ensure students have a basic standard level of knowledge. It helps prevent teachers from passing students who are in fact failing. Teachers hate it because it requires them to work harder and keeps them from handing out freebies to under-performing students.

LW
LW
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
2 years ago

Thanks. It was good reading. And clearly shows the current state of MA EDU was made by decisions at the state level by Dem Patrick and Rep Baker, and while Obama was in office.

The school committee
The school committee
2 years ago

There was no choice as Fed money was attached to ed reform.

LW
LW
Reply to  The school committee
2 years ago

No Child Left Behind, if that’s what you are referring to, was 2001. And who was prez in 1993? What I’m trying to say is you are trying to blame Republicans for standardized testing and that simply isn’t true. Blame them for the bad things they actually did, like DOMA.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
2 years ago

Dan,

I love the way you approach your writings without attaching your emotions to them.Sometime ago people in your position would just report the news on an issue and it was difficult to figure out what party they were from. Your a rare breed that in my opinion still reports on the facts and leave it to the readers to decide what to think of those facts you talk about. I firmly believe that if the local powers in government and media had the chance to shut you down, they would. You are definitely the Huckleberry they don’t want.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
2 years ago

I want to ask Kerwood how much it is costing the city for repairs to city police cars, fire trucks and school buses to bounce around the pock marked Pittsfield roads. The cost for new tires, tie rods, shock absorbers and broken springs has to be substantial.

But I guess it would look stupid to have decent roads in a city with a failing school system, trash everywhere and a thug or beggar on every corner.

Gigi
Gigi
2 years ago

Congratulations Dan on 1,900!
I’ve enjoyed reading your columns and the comments that follow.

The school committee
The school committee
2 years ago

We have a very expensive failed school system .Superintendent attached superintendent status to every department head including the business department so that common services would never be combined.A real business person needs to be hired to conservatively spend money.Close the Hibbard stockroom tomorrow and start consolidating the 1600 high school kids into one medium sized high school going into the future.More kids and staff and services under 1 building.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
2 years ago

Why is Pittsfield going with ballasted floculation when it’s a proven fact that ozonation is cheaper and vastly more effective on a wider range of pollutants? Why does the mayor and the majority of the city council dig their heels in? I’m beginning to smell corruption here. Or maybe it’s just stupidity. They both smell a lot alike.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  12 Gauge
2 years ago

BarryClairmont pleaseweigh in on this

Magoo
Magoo
2 years ago

Mr Valenti
Your ingenuity and passion in defense and effort to educate the masses on the vital importance of the 1st amendment,is inspirational.
Often it’s not financial wealth that defines a person,but the sum and results of their actions,
Which in the case of your site,has created an environment of critical thinking and mostly honest and productive debate.
While occasionally politeness is less than optimal,the value of the site you have created and Nourished, has accomplished that important goal.

Well done Dan
Congratulations

The school committee
The school committee
2 years ago

I’m Mayor Tyer and the council and I will raise taxes to pay for the School Department bad planning .Mr Curtis and Mr McCandless figure in 8 years we will have only 3200 students to teach.Our plan is to have students go to other schools.Be patient Pittsfield is our slogan.

Pat
Pat
2 years ago

The 3 ring circus that the Democrats put on yesterday will be back today with a lot of racist name calling by a known liar encouraged by the Democrats in Congress. Let’s face it, calling people racist is a big part of what the Democrat party has turned into. President Trump has done so much more for African Americans than Obama ever did and many African Americans including Lynne Patton are coming forward to sing the praises of President Trump.

Just several day previous, under silence from the in bed with the Democrats media, all but 3 Democrats voted to NOT TRY TO SAVE babies born alive after abortion. This included all of the candidates running for President in 2020 on the left. Such a morally wrong position speaks volumes about them.

Spider
Spider
Reply to  Pat
2 years ago

You are not alone, Pat. As an independent, Conservative Pro-Lifer I am also disgusted with the Democratic party. And some of my friends who are Pro-Choice are equally shocked.

This will destroy the Democratic Party and those candidates running for ANY office.

They have gone TOO FAR!!!!!!

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Spider
2 years ago

Meanwhile, the republican party is looking great.

hee hee

Spider
Spider
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
2 years ago

Actually , Johnny, compared to the Democrats, (and thanks to the Democrats) they really do look great!

hee hee

LW
LW
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
2 years ago

Both parties have been abject failures, as has the 2 party system. Wars – both parties. Debt – both parties. Unnecessary impeachments – soon to be both parties. Corruption – both parties.
Do you choose between being poisoned to death or shot to death? That’s what every election is.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  LW
2 years ago

The far left, however, will take the country down a lot quicker and permanently in my opinion. Our country will become a police state controlled by the far left. The ONLY way they can implement all of their control over healthcare, the police, transportation, finances, and any other area of life in this country that you can imagine, is through force. Americans will NOT allow their freedom to be taken away.

Only the young, who have been brainwashed by the far left school system, support the Green New Deal. The far left wanting control over the police is extremely worrisome and says a lot about what they want for the future of this country.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Spider
2 years ago

The Dems support gun control, infanticide, socialism, open borders, globalism, global warming, higher taxes, medicare for all, and freebies galore. Look at the field of presidential candidates – all nutjobs.
Bravo President Trump – MAGA!

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  danvalenti
2 years ago

I disagree Dan. Biden is old as dirt nd has many skeletons in his closet.
I believe a lesser-known and not yet declared candidate will emerge later in the season, and take the Dem presidential nod.

Dick Flimsy
Dick Flimsy
Reply to  danvalenti
2 years ago

Biden is very left. His foreign policy expertise is the type of thinking that has made many a mess.

LW
LW
Reply to  danvalenti
2 years ago

Dan, if Starbucks Schultz decides to run, what do you think of that? Don’t know if I’d vote for him but it would be nice to have a 3rd real choice for a change.

Trump Train
Trump Train
Reply to  danvalenti
2 years ago

My prediction for the democratic presidential candidate… John Hickenlooper. The former governor of Colorado.

Why? Sometime in 2017 or 2018 he was paraded before the globalist elites at an annual “Bilderbirger Meeting”. His success in making Colorado a great place and no Washington DC baggage makes him a clean outsider. If I was a betting man, I would say he is your candidate, not this current crop of losers and perpetrators.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  danvalenti
2 years ago

Biden really isn’t that great, but that he now looks like the savior of the Democratic party, tells you all you need to know about the terrible characters of the other candidates.

The school committee
The school committee
2 years ago

You angry Pat and I understand why.Trump was exposed and you hanging on desperately to the dream.There is honor among thieves.We fount out why Trump called him a rat.Trump has been exposed on many levels.Trump has never told the truth.If he was the student he says he was why did he have Cohen threaten every school he attended.He never expected to win.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  The school committee
2 years ago

Sorry, School Committee, but it’s ALL of the far Dems and even many moderate Dems and ALL of the 2020 far left presidential candidates who have been exposed. They all support killing babies born alive after abortions done in the 3rd trimester and sometimes right after delivery. That says all we need to know about their morals and characters.

Trump 2020
Trump 2020
Reply to  The school committee
2 years ago

Cohen said Trump never expected to win he also said Trump would do anything to win . The guys full of it. Just tryin to lessen his prison time.

Ed Check
Ed Check
2 years ago

Dan,

Congratulations on your long running blog. It gives a unique opportunity for citizens to vent their frustrations with their elected officials and problems in the city.

I no longer post comments as I vowed to do, however I still read your articles. I find them well written, well informed, and informative. Unfortunately, several of the commenters on this blog cannot say the same. That is the price of free speech.

With regards to advertising, you should go for it, however, make it clear to sponsorship that you will not alter your communication if it offends. Just save the money for retirement and don’t depend on it, so if it drops off you’re not in a pickle (or should I say pickle ball).

Many more…

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  Ed Check
2 years ago

I agree with the advertising part. Business is business, politics is politics. A business buys advertising to sell its products, not to enrich the newspaper or any media. If one owned a business and advertising here increased the bottom line the buyer would not care a whit what Dan Valenti or Pat posted.

LW
LW
Reply to  danvalenti
2 years ago

Dan, I for one am glad you don’t take advertising. Not only does it keep you ‘clean’ but ads will slow down your site so badly it will drive viewership down.

Sgt. Bazooka
Sgt. Bazooka
Reply to  Agent 86
2 years ago

Pine pollen. Did the tree have a MAGA hat?