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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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FROM THE WILD WOOD: BABY, YOU CAN DRIVE MY CAR or MORE MASS. MADNESS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, OFF THE MAP SOMEWHERE, MONDAY SEPT. 9, 2019) — To James and all, THE PLANET is still out of civilization and enjoying every microsecond. We are not, however, out of touch, thanks to Al Gore’s invention of the internet. It’s interesting that — in […]

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ONCE MORE TO THE LAKES

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION SEPT. 6-8, 2019) — Calling to mind E.B. White’s brilliant essay “Once More to the Lake,” THE PLANET has taken flight, this one to a lake district so remote that a couple of the bodies of water aren’t even on a map. […]

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MORE WEST SIDE CHAOS SPILLS ONTO NORTH STREET … MAZZEO ISSUES STATEMENT … WYNN, HARRINGTON CONTINUE TO FAIL THE PUBLIC … KILLER(S) STILL ON THE LOOSE, CITIZENS STILL IN THE DARK

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY SEPT. 4, 2019) — “And the beat goes on.” Yesterday, at 3:29 a.m., gunshots were heard at Daniels Avenue and Union Street. Police “recovered evidence of a shooting” there, according to Pittsfield police Lt. John Soules. Officer Lupisella spotted a Jeep Cherokee driven […]

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IT’S LABOR DAY, A DAY FOR NO LABOR BUT ALSO A DAY TO ‘HAVE YOUR SAY’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, LABOR DAY, 2019) — Can we all take a breath for a moment? The recent spade of mayhem, murder, and violence has the city of Pittsfield on edge. Meanwhile, its top officials tell everyone that everything’s A-OK. Choose to believe what you will, but […]

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MORE INFO TRICKLES OUT ON THE COLUMBUS AVENUE MURDER

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION AUG. 30-SEPT. 1, 2019) — The murder of Stephanie Olivieri, coupled with the “Tyjaye and Zyir Shoot-O-Rama” (T & Z, two of the finest courtesy of JIV and your Pittsfield Public Schools), piled onto the savage beating and stabbing of two […]

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DEBATES, MEDIA, GUNPLAY, VIOLENCE, AND OTHER PITTSFIELD ONE-LINERS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY AUG. 28, 2019) — Thirty-six years ago today, THE PLANET produced a pair of concerts at the Boys’ Club in Pittsfield starring “King of the One Liners” Henny Youngman. Not since then has Pittsfield been the site of so many yuks in so […]

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‘TYJAYEs’ and ‘ZYIRs,’ and WHAT YOU WON’T HEAR AT TONIGHT’s MAYORAL DEBATE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY AUG. 26, 2019) — If Dan Valenti were moderating tonight’s mayoral debate, he’d do it PLANET style: Roving moderator with hand-held mic 90 minutes Candidates on bar stools and not behind desks or podiums, each holding a wireless mic, no notes or time […]

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HONG KONG DEMONSTRATORS: CLUELESS YOUTH MEETS SOCIAL MEDIA

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION AUG. 23-5, 2019) — In 1997, China finally won back Hong Kong from Britain, returning to the great Pacific Rim nation what England had stolen from it in the mid-19th century at the end of the first so-called Opium War. That […]

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MAZZEO RESPONDS TO MONDAY’s COLUMN, PLANET’s QUESTION

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY AUG. 21, 2019) — Early this week, THE PLANET exchanged queries and responses with the Melissa Mazzeo for Mayor campaign concerning Monday’s post. After that, we heard from the candidate herself. We relayed a question that’s been brought up on this board and […]

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OPENING VOLLEY: MAZZEO SUPPORTER UNLOADS ON TYER

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY AUG. 19, 2019) — Not if but when. National and local campaigns have an inverse relationship. Nationally, as we learned the day after Donald Trump became president, campaigns never end. If you’re serious about national office, you become a full-time huckster wheezling endlessly […]

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WOODSTOCK 50th MANIA AND A PITTSFIELD BAND CALLED ‘THE QUARRY’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION AUG. 16-18, 2019) — The 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival praise be has been thrust upon us. You may have heard about it.  Many of you might also know that a band from Pittsfield, Mass., The Quarry, played the most […]

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CAMPAIGN ’19: ‘IT’S QUIET OUT THERE … TOO QUIET’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY AUG. 14, 2019) — As we approach late summer and early fall, THE PLANET will be sharing periodic coverage of Campaign ’19. In this semi-annual dog-and-pony show, the corner office (four years), council, city clerk, and school committee will be up for grabs. […]

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EPSTEIN’s DEATH: WAS IT AN INSIDE HIT?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY AUG. 12, 2019) — THE PLANET‘s not buying the “suicide” of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, he of the billionaire lifestyle and friends among the crème de la creeps. Officials found Epstein “unresponsive” in his cell at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Facility. The shocker […]

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THE A-BOMBINGS OF HIROSHIMA, NAGASAKI: A STAIN ON THE NATIONAL CONSCIENCE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION AUG. 9-11, 2019) — THE PLANET deliberately introduced the previous column (“Shoot Everybody”) with a reference to the “unnecessary” bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We did so to counter the prevailing view that contemporary circumstance justified Truman’s decision to drop the […]

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