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GUEST COLUMNIST: IN SUPPORT OF IMPEACHMENT

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY DEC. 23, 2019) — One of the lessons imparted to THE PLANET years ago by the redoubtable Peter Arlos of Pittsfield and the indomitable Mary Flynn of Stockbridge was always listen to your critics. They both knew that in public life, one would […]

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CONNELL & CO. SCORE FOR THE KAPANSKIS, BUT TYER, KERWOOD OPEN RAW WOUND WITH WATER RATE HIKES.

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION DEC. 20-22, 2019) — Watching Pittsfield city council president Peter Marchetti preside over the group’s most recent hit-job (Tuesday 12/10), THE PLANET thought of a beached whale. Moby Dick? Well, half right. The disoriented gasping indicated a creature out of its […]

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PLANET PRESENTS FULL, UNEDITED TEXT OF PRESIDENT’S LETTER TO SPEAKER PELOSI

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY DEC. 18, 2019) — On Monday, THE PLANET presented a guest column related to the Impeachment of President Donald Trump. Today, our guest columnist is the President himself. We print here the full text of a letter he sent to House Speaker Nancy […]

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DEMS HAVE ‘WEAPONIZED’ IMPEACHMENT: GUEST COLUMN BY DEREK HUNTER

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY DEC. 16, 2019) — When THE PLANET or anyone other analyst speaks of democracy’s erosion, we refer to a process of cheapening a political and governmental system going back generations and assuming its virulent beginning with the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt. FDR instituted […]

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“ALL’s WELL THAT ENDS WELL” — IMPEACHMENT FARCE WILL END IN SENATE WITH ACQUITTAL

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION DEC. 13-5, 2019) — In case you haven’t heard, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee filed two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Committee chair Gerry Nadler and House speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke of the “solemnity of the moment.” Fittingly, […]

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CLAPP MYSTERY DEEPENS … PROJECT SCALED BACK BUT TAKING LONGER AND COSTING MORE … CITY CLAIMS ONE THING, PLANET’s INVESTIGATION SUGGESTS ANOTHER

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY DEC. 11, 2019) — What in the name of Larry Bossidy is going on at Clapp Park? Or, as Casey Stengel said of his 1962 Mets, “Can’t anyone here play this game?” Parks are the toy box of the city. A healthy parks […]

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SNOW AND SNOW JOBs CONTINUE TO PILE UP IN PITTSFIELD

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY DEC. 9, 2019) — The snowier it is, the more “behinder” Pittsfield gets. Parking and snow removal: Two fundamental services of city government that have now become Rubik’s Cube. You’d think by now the city would have figured out how to deliver these […]

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MAYOR, COUNCIL : ‘”UP YOURS” AGAIN, TAXPAYERS’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION DEC. 6-8, 2019) — They did it again. They did it to anyone who owns property in Pittsfield — a home, apartment building, business, or set of 1964 Topps Beatles trading cards. If you own it and you’re not one of […]

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THE DEMISE OF PITTSFIELD: A RIBBON AT A TIME

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY DEC. 4, 2019) — Just a reminder. Sir Tiberius Fruitjuice, our beloved chairman, has opened the nomination period for THE PLANET‘s coveted Orbit Award, the announcement of which takes place before year’s end. If you have one, let us know. Question: How does a […]

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LYING LIZ STRIKES AGAIN … plus … IMPEACHMENT: IS THAT ALL THERE IS?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY DEC. 2, 2019) — While THE PLANET waits for reader reports of snowplow screwups, let’s look at the Democrats vying for the chance to take on President Trump in 2020, then a word on the House impeachment proceedings. We’ve kept our tongue on […]

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BLACK FRIDAY GIFTS FOR COUNCILORS, MAYOR, & CUPPLA OTHERs … plus … A TRIBUTE TO JIM’s HOUSE OF SHOES

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, NOV. 29-DEC. 1, 2019) — THE PLANET officially opens Black Friday with heavily discounted gifts for city “leaders” (a word that now requires quotation marks thanks to idiot pols like the emotional Pee Pee Pete Marchetti, who with some of his […]

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EXHUMED BALLOTS REVEAL ‘IRREGULARITIES’ … ‘NONSENSE,” TYER SAYS; MAZZEO MULLS NEXT STEP

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY NOV. 27, 2019) — Thanksgiving dawns tomorrow, and THE PLANET gives thanks for a Havana boatload of blessings — for loved ones, family, friends, and foes who don’t know they are friends and perhaps never will. Our thanks include gratitude for our readers, […]

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MAYORAL RECOUNT: STRANGE DAYS ARE UPON US … or … WRINKLES IN THE RE-TALLY

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY NOV. 25, 2019) — With the mayoral recount going into the books, THE PLANET has picked up interesting developments. These wrinkles in the re-tally may escape other local media, but because of our presence in the offices of Berkshire County, through our Secret Squadron THE […]

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!!UPDATED!! MAZZEO RELEASES STATEMENT … SAFE SPACES: VOTE RECOUNT MONDAY … DA WANTS SHOOTING GALLERIES FOR JUNKIES … PPD ‘PRIORITIES’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION NOV. 22-4, 2019) — Two days ago, a Pittsfield Police officer delivered a letter to Melissa Mazzeo. The letter said the mayoral recount will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday in City Council chambers. As you know because THE PLANET scooped all […]

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!! UPDATED!! BEATLESQUE CONCERT FRIDAY! … plus … SHOCKING QUESTIONS RE: STUCK ELEVATOR HAUNT DEATH OF THS TEACHER

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY ADD 1, THURSDAY NOV. 21 — Not even the dead are safe in Pittsfield. Last night, a thief or thieves broke into Devaney-Condron Funeral Home on 40 Maplewood Ave., stealing jewelry from the upstairs rooms. Police were called, and they began immediately interviewing the cadavers. The dead […]

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TYLER STREET LAB: A MONSTER FROM ITS SLAB BEGINNING TO RISE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY NOV. 18, 2019) — There’s a vortex swirling in and around Pittsfield, especially city hall. Its gravitational spirals attract the most dubious kinds of “economic development.” THE PLANET is talking fly-by-nighters (damagatis patricatis muracas), the incompetent (beaconat et cinematicum), and projects that couldn’t […]

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