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IT’S NOT FAREWELL; IT’s ‘UNTIL NEXT TIME’ AS IN ‘AUF WIEDERSEHEN’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY NOV. 14, 2022) — Now that THE PLANET safely navigated through the electoral swamps of September and November, we have a special announcement to make. As of today, THE PLANET shall be going dark, as they say in Vegas. Our next scheduled column […]

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CRIMSON AND CLOVER: VETS, BAZAARS, ELECTION SCUTTLES, MAYORAL MUSING, and ‘HOUSELESSNESS’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION NOV. 11-3, 2022) — The election bore now over, time to empty the files of the clover. To the Vets: First up, THE PLANET acknowledges all veterans, with gratitude and thanks for their service and selflessness. Battle of the Bazaars: St. […]

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THE DARK SIDE OF YESTERDAY: ARMAGEDDON or ARMISTICE? DISRUPTION or DESTINY? WHATCHY’ALL THINK?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY OCT. 9, 2022) — Yesterday. Okay. You voted. Or maybe you were smarter than that and didn’t vote. Either way, you once again got the results you deserve. Or maybe you got the result you didn’t deserve. The point is, the mid-terms are […]

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TOMORROW: THE VOTE … GET READY FOR A WILD RIDE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY NOV. 7, 2022) — Tomorrow. Tomorrow is the first day in the final act of the worst presidency of modern times. THE PLANET doesn’t place the entirety of blame on Syracuse Joe Biden. He’s pushing 80, an old 80, and jokes aside, his […]

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QUESTIONS 1 (SHOULD YOU VOTE TO RISE YOUR TAXES?) and 4 (SHOULD YOU GIVE ILLEGALS THE VOTE) BOTH NEED A ‘NO’VOTE … Q2 (DENTAL INSURANCE) & 3 (LIQuOR LICENSES), WHO CARES?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION NOV. 4-6, 2002, 2022) — With the mid terms looming, THE PLANET weighs in on the questions that adorn the ballot statewide. There are four of them. Your cheat sheet: Vote “NO” on Q. 1 and 4. Qs. 2 and 3 […]

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PART TWO OF ‘HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY’: ON THE RADAR, TYER … KAVEY … PERSIP

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY Second in a Series (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY NOV. 2, 2022) — Continuing with How They Got That Way, THE PLANET continues to uncover the manner in which certain of our public officials stumbled upon their careers in public life. HOW LINDA “FLAT” TYER GOT THAT WAY […]

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TOM & GISELLE SPLIT, FREE SPEECH, BLACKLESS, GENDER MATH, TAX GAPS, AND POLICE BODY CAMS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY OCT. 31, 2022) — Join THE PLANET for some fall cleaning. Get your Lysol, Mr. Clean, and help bring all the sun in: No Ands, Ifs, or Butts: In announcing their divorce on social media, Tom Brady and Giselle issued matching statements acknowledging […]

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ORANGE v. FIGHTING IRISH IN SOLD OUT DOME TOMORROW IS MERELY THE FOLLOWUP TO WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY IN SYRACUSE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (SYRACUSE, NY, THE WEEKEND EDITION OCT. 28-30, 2022) — It’s been and will continue to be quite the weekend in a hoppin’ Salt City. Tomorrow, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame invade an already sold-out JMA Wireless Dome, with 50,000 expected in the Loud House when #16 […]

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‘HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY’: A NEW SERIES … FIRST UP: KERWOOD, WHITE, & LAMPIASI

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY First in a Series (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY OCT. 24, 2022) — When interviewing someone, especially at length, one of THE PLANET‘s favorite lines of inquiry is to ask people how they got involved in their careers. The most interesting stories ensue. Applying this to city government, […]

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PARALLEL UNIVERSES: CHINA’s REMOVAL OF HU … or … THE FAILURE OF DEMOCRACY AND THE IMPOSSIBLE NATURE OF FREEDOM

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY OCT. 24, 2022) — The most interesting video THE PLANET saw over the weekend came from China. It came during the conclusion of the weeklong Communist Party congress, when officials escorted a confused for president Hu Jintao, prominently seated to the immediate left […]

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PANHANDLING SCOURGE HAS SOLUTIONS, BUT PITTSFIELD OFFICIALS ARE TOO PARALYZED BY ‘WOKENESS’ AND POLITICAL CORRECTNESS TO ADOPT THEM

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY ADD 1 SAT. OCT. 22, ’22 — This received from the Pittsfield Police Department. More proof of how “vibrant and dynamic” has become under Flat: On 10/21/2022 at approximately 5:48 PM, Pittsfield Police were dispatched to the area of Dalton Ave and Dartmouth Street for a report […]

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DOWNTOWN CRITICS SPEAK OUT; NORTH STREET DETERIORATION CONTINUES WITH LOSS OF KEY BUSINESS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY OCT. 19, 2022) — If it occurs, as seems likely, THE PLANET can harken to earlier this year, when in a column we predicted that downtown Pittsfield would lose at least one key business by the end of the year. If scuttlebutt can […]

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SHADES OF ORANGE IN AUTUMN AND FOOTBALL … or … SUFFERING A DELIGHTFUL DELUSION

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY OCT. 17, 2022) — It’s about a mile and a half walk from the State Tower in the heart of downtown Syracuse to the Dome, refurbished last year to the tune of $128 million. Makes for a delicious walk on a glorious fall […]

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STATE AUDITOR WARNS OF ‘FRAUD AND ABUSE’ IN LOCAL AWARDS OF THE ARPA BUX … FACTS OF MAYOR’S $$$ GIVEAWAYS SHOULD BE IN AN INDEPENDENT AUDITOR’S CROSSHAIRS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION OCT. 14-6, 2022) — On the flip chart, the mechanisms of government work flawlessly. In practice, not so much. That might well service as the controlling idea of many of THE PLANET‘s thousands of columns over the years. Government is a […]

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SPACE CADET PEE PEE WHITE: THE FACE THAT LAUNCHED A THOUSAND QUIPS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY OCT. 12, 2022) — Let it sink in at its own pace. The following is a recent picture of YOUR city council vice president: NOTE: This photo has not been edited, retouched, photoshopped, altered, cropped, sized, tampered with, or fished out of The […]

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VULTURES PICKING CLEAN THE BONES OF A DYING DEMOCRACY

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY OCT. 10, 2022) — “In the middle of the road, you see the darndest things” — The Pretenders. Democracy is not a middling thing but a middle thing. In media res. It you were to plot it, democracy would trace a bell curve, […]

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