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A QUARTET OF ITEMS — STRAW POLL: WHO WON THE MAYORAL DEBATE? … CITY OF SECRETS … FIGHTING FIRE WITH FIRE … DUMPSTER EARL GETTING BUSY AGAIN?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY OCT. 16, 2019) — The more things remain the same, the more they will eventually change. And so it is with THE PLANET. Next week we will unveil our new and improved site. It will load faster, feature a more refreshed look, and […]

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HELLO, COLUMBUS: INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY A CELEBRATION OF SLAVERY & HUMAN DEGRADATION

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY OCT. 14 COLUMBUS DAY, 2019) — Replacing Columbus Day with “Indigenous People’s Day” is not about honoring the red man. It’s about punishing those of Italian heritage for the crime of being white and European. Chief among the pencil heads who bullied this […]

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BIC DESIGN, EMA’s PROSED USE OF STONTIUM-90, TOO GREAT A RISK FOR ENTIRE CITY

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION OCT. 11-13, 2019) — Happy Columbus Day weekend (you know where you can stick “Indigenous People’s Day,” JIV and Kathy Yon). For THE PLANET, the most troubling aspect of EMA’s proposed use of Strontium-90 for the test facility it wants to […]

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THE CITY’S SLIP IS SHOWING: ADMITS ‘ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT’ IS REALLY ALL ABOUT SOCIAL ENGINEERING

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY OCT. 9, 2019) — Allow THE PLANET to present a most interesting press release, this from the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corp. (PERC). Betcha didn’t know there was a PERC! There’s also the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority, the Office of Community Development, the Office […]

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CLOSE SCRUTINY OF EMA PACKET SHOWS DANGEROUS IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR TYER, PEDA, & BIC, BUT IT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR TAXPAYERS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY OCT. 7, 2019) — Myor Linda Tyer’s Ode to Pittsfield, in the form of a political announcement disguised as an “economic engine,” has more odor than ode to it. A closer examination of the packet presented by the city (mayor Tyer, community development […]

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EMA PLANS TO USE DANGEROUS STRONTIUM-90 BUT HASN’T PRODUCED A PLAN … BLUMIN PETITION SPOT-ON … MAZZEO BLASTS TYER AFTER LATEST SHOOTING … TYER: NO COMMENT … MEANWHILE, TYLER STREET AREA ON EDGE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, OCT. 4-7, 2019) — At last night’s Economic Development Committee meeting, it was revealed for the first time that EMA, the space cadets asking for $140,000 in taxpayer money to set up at the BIC, will use highly radioactive Strontium-90 in […]

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MORE ON PEDA SPACE OPERA … plus … TYER PHOTO-OP A BLUNDER, SURVIVABLE BUT CAMPAIGN’S FIRST BIG STUMBLE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY OCT. 2, 2019) — It didn’t have to happen, but one wondered since the day after the preliminary elections if it would. And it has. THE PLANET refers to the first big blunder of this year’s mayoral campaign. It wasn’t a photo-op. More like […]

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‘SPACELY SPACE SPROCKETS’ PLAY FOR PUBLIC MONEY: JUST ANOTHER FLIM IN THE FLAM?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY SEPT. 30, 2019) — “Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the Star Ship Pittsfield, whose four-year mission is to explore new scams, seek out new hustlers, and boldly go where most mayors have gone before: Into the Kapanskis pockets.” So […]

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TRANSCRIPT ON UKRAINE SUGGESTS WHISTLEBLOWER IS BLOWING IN THE WIND

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION SEPT. 27-9, 2019) — The new business courting Pittsfield, Spacely Space Sprockets, tempted THE PLANET for The Weekend Edition. Alas, space provides too big a topic with not enough information, though the early signs are troubling, especially Mr. Spacely’s threat to […]

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PLANET EXCLUSIVE! MAZZEO CLARIFIES ALLEGATION OF JOB PROMISE TO GRAVES … plus … CAMPAIGN ’19 HAS ONLY ONE ISSUE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2019) — There are only three issues to Campaign ’19 in Pittsfield. All other public problems and social concerns serve as offshoots. Before that, however, mayoral candidate and councilor-at-large contacted THE PLANET with a statement relating to claims that she promised […]

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SNOWFLAKES WEASLE ANOTHER DAY OF HOOKY, CALLING IT ‘CLIMATE PROTEST’ (YEAH, RIGHT)

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY SEPT. 23, 2019) — So the lil’ high school snowflakes got their free day off. Bully for them. They disguised it as a “protest,” as if they would know the first thing about actual remonstrance. Of course, intimidated public school administrators, having lost […]

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EVEN OUTSIDE UTOPIA, IN THE ‘REAL WORLD,’ THERE ARE LIFE LESSONS TO BE LEARNED

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION SEPT. 20-22, 2019) — That was the week that was. This one will be, too. Last weekend, THE PLANET visited the campus of Syracuse University, where we addressed students in the journalism, business, and engineering schools. We told them nothing of […]

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PLANET CALLS IT, RIGHT DOWN THE LINE: MAZZEO, TYER MOVE ON TO THE FINALS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY SEPT. 18, 2019) — THE PLANET yawned along with 78% of the electorate yesterday for a sleep study known at the Pittsfield preliminary election. Every race turned out as we predicted. With 6,078 voters of an electorate total of 27,893 (22%), you can […]

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!!ELECTION DAY PLANET EXCLUSIVE!! CANDIDATES ON CRIME: MAZZEO ‘WANTS OUR NEIGHBORHOODS FREE FROM TYRANNY’ … TYER CITES ‘COLLABORATIVE EFFORT BETWEEN PPD AND D.A.’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY [ED. NOTE: When THE PLANET went to press late Sunday evening with the first edition of this story, we had not heard from the Tyer campaign. Our initial story reflected that. At 9 a.m. Monday, Mayor Tyer got back to us with her responses. We present them […]

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D.A.’s ‘TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE’ POLICY WILL WORSEN PITTSFIELD’s CRIME WAVE … MAZZEO WANTS ‘ACCOUNTABILITY’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, SOMEWHERE-ANYWHERE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, SEPT. 13-15, 2019) — One of the great lies being shoved down the gullets of Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski is the counter-intuitive approach to crime being championed by the radical left — politicians, jurists, social activists — in Massachusetts. […]

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IDLE THOUGHTS WHILE PONDERING ARRIVALS AND DESTINATIONS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, STILL OFF THE MAP, WEDNESDAY SEPT. 11, 2019) — THE PLANET, here at the most remote and idyllic camp this side of Breezely Bruin’s Camp Frostbite, nonetheless maintains a link to civilization. Some of our spies have been in contact, with the county’s top […]

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