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IS GILARDI, CELL TOWER SPOKESWOMAN, RUNNING IN WARD 4 BUT DOES SHE VOTE IN LENOX?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY ADD 1, 4/2/21 — After writing this and it being active since Thursday night around 10 p.m. EST, THE PLANET has once again proven prescient. Today, Courtney Gilardi took out papers to run in Ward 4, a mere hours after we posted the following column. Once again […]

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ARMED ROBBERY IN DOWNTOWN … TENSION AND THE TOWER PT. 2: AS AN ARGUMENT, NIMBY IS A LOSER

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY ADD 2 — 4/1/21 No April’s Fool joke, this latest in a series of crimes plaguing the city. From the PPD release: On Wednesday 03/31/2021, at approximately 8:30 PM, members of the Pittsfield Police Department responded to the Mobil Mart located at 580 North St for a […]

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TENSION & THE TOWER: CELL SELL HAS SHACKTOWN IN SMACKDOWN, PT. 1

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY First in a Two-Part Series (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MARCH 29, 2021) — There’s a clan war going on between some residents of the Shacktown section on upper Holmes Road and the city of Pittsfield over a now-built and running cell phone tower there. In 2017 Verizon petitioned […]

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CELL TOWER TUSSLE … COVERT COVID … NSA IS WATCHING … SU ORANGE IN SWEET 16 … plus YOU

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MARCH 26-8, 2021) — A few items to clear off the desk this Madness weekend, and then THE PLANET turns to discussion over to you. NEIGHBORS NOT BUYING CELL TOWER — On upper Holmes Road, technically in the 800 block of […]

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USA Today RANKS PITTSFIELD #4, BUT POLITICS HAS THE CITY STEPPING IN #2

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY MARCH 24, 2021) — USA Today recently ran a story on cities that should fare well and poorly after the COVID-19 pandemic retires. The article asks what will happen to workforces when more companies continue or initiate the option of working at home?  Where […]

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A RECAP OF ‘THE VACCINATED CHRONICLES’ … or … ‘ONLY IN PITTSFIELD’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MARCH 22, 2021) — Spring has sprung, and with that, THE PLANET presents the flowering of the COVID vaccination debate, what we call “The Vaccinated Chronicles.” Of course, this would be unnecessary if Pittsfield were run by competent, honest officials. But alas … […]

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GUEST COLUMNIST EXPLAINS WHY PITTSFIELD, COUNTY ‘A COMPLETE MESS’ RE: COVID SHOTS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MARCH 19-21, 2021) — Somehow, Bay Staters knew that when it came to COVID vaccinations, Massachusetts — the purported world leader in health care, with its vaunted medical centers — would blow it. As soon as politicians got involved, those in […]

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BIDEN THROWS CUOMO A LIFELINE, AND IT WAS THE RIGHT CALL

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, ST. PATRICK’S DAY, 2021) — Shocking news. Investigators have actually found a woman who does not claim she was sexually harassed by New York Gov. Andrew “Born on Third” Cuomo. Stop the presses! Press the stoppers! Call the roller of fat cigars! Erin, go braless. […]

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DEATH OF BASEBALL, DEATH OF GOVERNMENT: WE ARE ALL PALL BEARERS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MARCH 15, 2021) — To paraphrase Andy Griffith, “What it was was baseball.” What it is is something unrecognizable. Major League Baseball continues to destroy the game that became The National Pastime and has now become the National Passgas. Not content with dumb […]

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BOTH SIDES SPILL ON MOON v. HARRINGTON

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MARCH 12-14, 2021) — The floodgates have yet to open on the Moon v. Harrington damned dam, but there have been considerable leaks. THE PLANET has received information from both camps. They are obviously jockeying for position if and when an […]

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MOON v. HARRINGTON: BOTH SIDES ADMIT HUSH MONEY WAS ON THE TABLE AS STORY CONTINUES TO LEAK ACID

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY MARCH 10, 2021) — Berkshire County D.A. Andrea Harrington’s flack says Helen Moon, the office’s former director of special projects, demanded $150,000 in hush money to keep quiet about what she knows of the inner workings of the county’s top criminal-justice office. Moon […]

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MOON-HARRINGTON WAR APPROACHES THE NUCLEAR OPTION, TO THE DETRIMENT OF ALL

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MARCH 8, 2021) — There’s a crisis at the nation’s southern border, Uncle Sam’s “leaders” just released an unaffordable $1.9 trillion freebie, and a full Moon over Harrington has eclipsed the any remaining semblances of semblance at the D.A.’s office. It ironic that […]

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14 PRESIDENTS, 14 MAYORS: THE PLANET’s RANKINGS AND RATINGS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MARCH 5-7, 2021) — THE PLANET has been on this earth for 14 U.S. presidents and 15 Pittsfield mayors. How do we discuss so many? The question was put to us recently at a small gathering of a secret society meeting […]

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FEDS AND THE CITY: SPEND, SPEND, SPEND, SPEND, SPEND

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY MARCH 3, 2021) — Spend. That’s the word on THE PLANET today. Spend spend spend. Spend, spend, spend, spend. spendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspendspend. In 2020, the federal government spent $4 trillion to provide economic relief from the hardships caused by the  COVID-19 virus. This year, a […]

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WALL STREET JOURNAL REPORT: PITTSFIELD, THE INCREDIBLE, SHRINKING CITY

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, DATE, 2021) — While the dynamic, inclusive, diverse vibrancy of Pittsfield continues to dazzle your senses and the B.S. continues like sausage-making from the Tyer Administration about the wonder of it all, THE PLANET thought you might be interested in a more objective, third-party […]

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LOCAL COPS ON PARB ADOPTION OF ‘RACIST’ LAW: ‘IT GIVES CRIMINALS ALL THE LEVERAGE,’ ENDANGERS PUBLIC SAFETY

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION FEB. 26-28, 2021) — In our previous column, THE PLANET presented a hot link to the statement of the Pittsfield Police Advisory Review Board (PARB). In it, the board announced it signed on to the state’s new regulations regarding policing with […]

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