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!!EXCLUSIVE!! … !!FLASH!! MORANDI, CONNELL WON’T RE-UP … TRIPLES ALL AROUND … STATE REPS GET FATTER TAKING IT OUT OF THE KAPANSKIS’ HYDES.

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JAN. 18, 2021) — We precede our Monday column with information THE PLANET just learned from reliable sources. Ward 2 city councilor Kevin Morandi and Ward 4’s Chris Connell will not be seeking re-election when all council seats open for the municipal elections […]

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MEANWHILE ON BIZARRO WORLD … or WHAT COUNTRY DID YOU SAY THIS IS, AGAIN?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JAN. 15-7, 2021) — Now that the NFL is into the divisional round of the playoffs and the world is back where it should be on Tom Brady GOAT Standard Time, we must be approaching Jan. 20. The “uh-oh” day dawns. […]

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IGNORANCE, IRRESPONSIBILITY MAKING FREE SPEECH A THING OF THE PAST … or … WHERE’S ADOLPH?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY Editor’s fair warning: This column contains content that might “offend” some people. Be advised. Open minds and engaged intellects should have no problem. (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JAN. 13, 2021) — Lots to digest this week from the doing on Capitol Hill, both sides of the aisle. […]

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INVOKING THE 25th WON’T DO AND WON’T HAPPEN, WHICH IS BEST FOR AMERICA

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JAN. 11, 2021) — Who woulda thunk that Donald Trump — developer, magnate, magnet, shyster, tycoon, typhoon, icon, con man, human volcano, walking archetype, precedent of the United States of America — would go down as a great teacher of constitutional government? That’s […]

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AFTERMATH OF A RIOT: LOVE, UNITY, & PEACE — BUT ONLY IF THEY’RE NOT POLITICAL

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JAN. 8-10, 2021) — These days in fractured America, nothing is as it seems and everything seems like nothing. Politically, both wings of the two-party body politick have proven equally capable of mob violence, although the left does it with more […]

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ARMSTRONG DEFENDS CITY RESPONSE TO COVID OUTBREAK BUT MELISSA SEES ‘A SLAP IN THE FACE,” SHARES TIMELINE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY Part Two of Two (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JAN. 6, 2021) — Today THE PLANET concludes our series on the Mazzeo’s/Methuselah COVID Controversy with the response from Pittsfield’s director of public health, Gina Armstrong, followed by a redirect from for city council president and mayoral candidate Melissa […]

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MAYOR (UN)COMMENTS ON ‘MAZZEO’s CHRISTMAS MIRACLE’ … or … ‘O COVID, ALL YE FAITHFUL’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY First of Two Parts (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY Jan. 4, 2021) — THE PLANET recently heard from former city council president and mayoral candidate Melissa Mazzeo regarding the COVID-19 outbreak that involved several Pittsfield restaurants. Mazzeo and husband Tony own Mazzeo’s restaurant  Restaurant at the former Yellow […]

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FROM THE PLANET: TO A BETTER YEAR FOR ALL

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, JAN. 2-4, 2021) — As we transitioned from last year to this, THE PLANET heard a lot of talk about what a bad year it’s been. And yes it has, if that’s the object of your focus. Our gaze, as we […]

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THE ORBIT AWARD ANNOUNCED! … plus … INITIAL WINNER OF THE BHWADA & FIRST INDUCTEES TO PLANET HALL OF FAME

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY DEC. 30, 2020) — It is fitting that THE PLANET‘s final post for this miserable year should wear the capstone of honor. We say that because in life, we must learn to honor all experience, up or down, good or bad. And today, […]

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THIS WEEK ON THE PLANET: HONORS AND AWARDS WEEK … NOMINEES SOUGHT BEFORE WEDNESDAY’S ANNOUNCEMENT

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY DEC. 28, 2020) THE PLANET closes out both the week and the year with Honors and Award Week (HAW). The highlights will be naming the winner of our Coveted Orbit Award — plus two introduction of two new honors!! Over the years, the […]

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD PLANET WITH LOVE FOR ALL

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION @ CHRISTMAS, DEC. 25-7, 2020) — Our message today is simple: Merry Christmas to all who have made THE PLANET the area’s most popular, most hit upon site. It’s not only for the content we and our secret Squadron relentlessly and […]

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AS PITTSFIELD SEARCHES FOR NEW SUPT. BOBO, RACIAL DISCRIMINATION WILL BE A PRIORITY

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY DEC. 23, 2020) — Question of the Day: “Why does the local chapter of the NAACP have a place on the search committee charged with finding the new person to head the Pittsfield Public School System?” THE PLANET wishes it could provide a […]

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CHINA’s RISE TO THE TOP WILL PROFOUNDLY AFFECT ALL OF US

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY DEC. 21, 2020) — As the last day of fall becomes the first day of winter, THE PLANET muses about a story that will have as much impact on Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and America as the calamities of the city council, the […]

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MOON REMAINS IN TOTAL ECLIPSE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION DEC. 18-20, 2020) — Lost in the panic over snow and the hours of snow plows — Imagine! SNOW! In the Berkshires! In mid-December! — just another vibrant, dynamic time in Pittsfield. Submitted for your approval, as Rod Serling used to […]

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CLEANING OUT THE NOTEBOOK: ORBITS, VACCINES, BUDGETS, GLENDORA, HOMELESS, ROOFS, BIKE LANES, & … HELEN MOON

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY DEC. 16, 2020) — Time for THE PLANET to clean out the notebook. In Orbit — Nominees so far for THE PLANET‘s Coveted Orbit Award (COA) are Chuck Garivaltis, Tony Maffuccio, Dina Lampiasi, and Chris Connell. We will take COA nominees until the […]

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CANDID CAMERA SHOWS ALL … MAFFUCCIO IN ORBIT WITH QUESTION ON BEHALF OF BEDRAGGLED CITIZENS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY DEC. 14, 2020) — THE PLANET opens with a call for nominations. Who should win our coveted Orbit Award? This annual prize acknowledges a person for no other reason than acknowledging the person. It is the ultimate Kantian ding an sich, PLANET style, our […]

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