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WILL COUNCILORS BACK CONNELL AND KEEP FLICKER OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVT. ALIVE, OR WILL THEY BOW TO MAYOR? AT STAKE: A CRUEL TAX HIKE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY [EDITOR’S NOTE: UPDATED WITH YUKI COHEN’S RESPONSE] (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION APRIL 24-6, 2020) — In our previous column, THE PLANET presented Ward 4 councilor Chris Connell’s challenge to the proposal of the mayor and finance director to enter as a separate line item in […]

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NEEDS MASKS? PLANET CAN HELP … POLICE SEEK BIG Y ROBBERY SUSPECT … ‘CRAYOLA’ — A NAME WELL DESERVED

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY APRIL 22, 2020) — THE PLANET begins with two announcements, both involving masks. One mask is for virus protection. The other hides a criminal. ANNOUNCEMENT 1 — If you or anyone you know needs protective masks, we know a young woman who makes them, and […]

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CONNELL LEADS DRIVE TO DEFEAT ADMINISTRATION’S LATEST DRIVE-BY ON TAXPAYERS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY APRIL 20, 2020) —  THE PLANET caught the Tyer Administration trying to pull another fast one. Mayor CRAYOLA-19 has set up a double-whammy on taxpayers, and we have sniffed it out. With a courageous stand by at least six city councilors, we can […]

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HOW DOES SMALL BUSINESS SURVIVE ONCE THIS IS ALL OVER?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION APRIL 17-9, 2020) — The headline asks the most pertinent question of all. THE PLANET thinks it’s a more important question than “Will consumer spending return?” That spending dropped 30% in the first quarter. Analysts anxiously awaited the figures, since they […]

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RECOVERY IS CERTAIN, BUT IS IT “V” OR “U” SHAPED? GUEST COLUMN BY DR. CHARLES TRZCINKA

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENT (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY APRIL 15, 2020) — The health aspects of COVID-19 have dominated the concerns and coverage, but eventually the virus will be conquered. No harm, no foul, except for the untidy fact that, while it’s relatively easy to shut down the world’s No. 1 […]

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MAYOR CRAYOLA, COUNCIL PREZ JELL-O TRIED TO HIDE COVID SLUSH FUND … PLANET FIRST TO EXPOSE IT

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY APRIL 13, 2020) — THE PLANET has been to “Tucson to Tucumcari, Tohachapee to Tonapah” as the song goes. Been around, in other words. We’ve never thought, though, that we had “seen it all.” Life’s surprises come like three-forked lightning. Perhaps that’s why […]

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WAS ECONOMIC SUICIDE JUSTIFIED? … plus … PLANET EXCLUSIVE! LATEST LEAKED BHS MEMO; HOSPITAL REVAMPS SICK-LEAVE AFTER PLANET EXPOSE’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION APRIL 10-12, 2020) — In a sense, all decisions in life reduce to cost-benefit analyses. Is enabling Plan A and its benefits worth the cost in terms of its deleterious effects? Death, taxes, and tradeoffs, life’s three certainties. With that, THE […]

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FALSE NUMBERS CREATING FALSE HOPE MAY DOOM PITTSFIELD … ‘SOMETHING BIG’ HAPPENING IN NURSES’ UNION?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY APRIL 8, 2020) — Various models predict April 15-17 as the apex of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Bad news, on several fronts. First, THE PLANET has already heard a false sense of relief from some folks, laxity masking as confidence. We expect more of […]

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‘THY BROTHER DEATH CAME, AND CRIED’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY APRIL 6, 2020) — It is borderline impossible for a journalist or writer of any kind not to report or ruminate on COVID-19. There is so much happening so fast, with so much to say and so many unknowns. Today, however, we must […]

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PLANET BREAKS LEAKED BHS MEMO ORDERING INFECTED STAFF TO KEEP WORKING

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION APRIL 3-5, 2020) — THE PLANET has confirmed with sources connected to Berkshire Health Systems the contents of a leaked, internal memo first published by this website. The memo indicates the alarming nature of the spread of COVID-19 in the city […]

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PITTSFIELD 4TH WORST CITY IN THE WORLD — THE WORLD — FOR C-19 … STAY THE F%^& HOME … plus … PLANET ISSUES ‘LICENSES TO KILL’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY APRIL 1, 2020) — THE PLANET shall skip the obvious, that is, an April Fool’s jest, by giving you something that, if it weren’t life-and-death serious, would be the biggest joke of all. “Submitted for your approval,” as Rod Serling would say, “one […]

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PLANET CHARTS COVID-19 IN PITTSFIELD … CITY HIT BY TYER-19 VIRUS; NO KNOWN CURE … COME OUT OF HIDING, MADAME MAYOR, LIVES ARE AT STAKE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MARCH 30, 2020) — THE PLANET begins today with two charts with the kind of information the mayor of Pittsfield refuses to share with citizens and local media don’t care to publish. They are self-explanatory and give you some idea of the progression […]

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THIRSTY QUITTING PEDA? NOW AIN’T THAT A KICK IN THE HEAD

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MARCH 27-9, 2020) — Can we take a break from the COVID-19 wall-to-wall carpeting and enjoy some humor? THE PLANET says yes, and with that we submit news that PEDA director Corydon Thurston will be retiring at the end of April. […]

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TOO LATE NOW, BUT SHOULD WE HAVE LET THE VIRUS RUN ITS COURSE AND KEPT AMERICA AT WORK?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY MARCH 25, 2020) — COVID-19. Would we have been better off doing nothing except let the virus run its course? THE PLANET offers you this scenario for consideration. Before that, we share one of the best informational round-ups we’ve seen, this from USA […]

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COVID RAGES BUT CITY, STATE LEADERS REMAIN CLUELESS: THOUGHTS AND SAMPLINGS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MARCH 23, 2020) — With COVID raging, THE PLANET hunkers down with Ovid … and Pericles, Sir Kenneth clark, and Strat-O-Matic — what eclecticism. Reports stream into the FORTRESS, and we present today some thoughts and samplings. BORING-ER — “Everyone here is working […]

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COVID-19 ROUNDUP: OFFICES AT WAR IN BLAME GAME, EXACTLY WHAT PITTSFIELD DOES NOT NEED … plus MUCH MORE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MARCH 20-2, 2020) — As the pandemic continues in what appears to be the end of the beginning and approach its middle phase with more suffering ahead, the local narratives get more strident. It’s ironic that at a time when the […]

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