Mariano: He who lives by the sword, gets skewered! | Donald Trump is not the originator of fake news – but he has certainly become its master.
There has never been another political figure that has personally spread more vicious lies about his opponents than Trump.
Sina-cism: 2017 minimum wage increase raises false hopes | “Economist Thomas Sowell put the case eloquently: ‘The unemployed are made idle by wage rates artificially set above the level of their productivity.’ It really is that simple. If your labor is worth, say, $8 or $10 per hour, but any employer must offer you $11, you are not likely to be hired. If hired, you are likely to soon be out of work again, since your employer will soon be bankrupt.” Sinacola cuts right to the chase in the Fight for $15.
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Hidden Gem: Belmont Vegetarian a true calling for owner — and its many fans | “Owning a vegetarian restaurant is a lifestyle choice for me. I am not a meat-eater selling vegetarian dishes. I am a vegetarian offering vegetarian dishes I find interesting. It is something I’ve done throughout my life, and I travel to taste the best vegetarian meals I can find, so I can continue to learn and grow.” Giselle Rivera-Flores squeezes into the Bell Hill staple to get Stephen Jones’ story from the beginning.
Randell: City Council talks Mount Carmel, keeps passing the buck | “Mount Carmel has become the latest ‘most important’ job of the City Council — and it looks like that will continue over the next couple of months. I can’t argue that this is an important issue to many residents (and, it doesn’t hurt, many important people), but does the council really need to be heavily involved?” Bill Randell pinpoints councilors’ real “most important” job.
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 128]: On Konnie Lukes, ‘we’ll call it a draw’ | Maybe you heard something about our venerable longtime councilor, former mayor and perennial pot-stirrer having some landlord issues down in Green Island? OK, so everybody’s heard about! This is Worcester, after all — backhanded whispers are more common than well-placed potholes. Eventually those whispers cross the bridge from Rumortown to Scandal City. If only we had a brave knight to keep watch over these salacious details. Hitch knows someone for the job.
Editorial: ‘Tables of brotherhood’ in Worcester | As it does every year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day reminds us that we Americans have something big to believe in. It takes patience, effort and even strife, but peace is achievable. Worcester has a long record of keeping this message alive at MLK breakfast gatherings.
On Beacon Hill: Obamacare, the Trump effect and a budget boondoggle | President-elect Trump has called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) a failed “disaster,” and House Speaker Paul Ryan described Obamacare repeal as a “rescue mission,” but Gov. Charlie Baker defended and promoted key aspects of the law in a letter to Congress while a state lawmaker took up the fight on Capitol Hill. Oh, and then there’s the future of MassHealth and a lingering budget problem …
A Mother’s Journey [Part 36]: The model students | “Through our homeschool discovery, not to mention our Learning Hub work, we have explored various teaching methods for children who struggle to learn in more traditional ways. We know that all the work we have done, no matter how chaotic it was, has led us to a good platform for us as a family and for Brooklyn as a student.” Giselle Rivera-Flores gets back to what inspired her quest in the first place: helping her oldest daughter learn.
Worcester Weekly: MLK on ice, big-time basketball + more to do, Jan. 15-21 | The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you might just learn something, too. (Plus your mom says you really need something to do.)
Inbox [Jan. 15]: Women’s Initiative announces new leaders, Girl Scouts seek area chefs for event, LGBT youth support group starts, Community Harvest program set for February vacation | Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about. Have a release or a photo you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and send Sun members your way.