February 12, 2017

Worcester Sun, Feb. 12-18: Mariano tallies sanctuary city votes, tells us what he thinks + much more

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Sam Doran / State House News Service

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots Super Bowl victory parade weren't the only things moving slowly through Boston this week: Happy with their new raises, state lawmakers pretty much ground legislating to a halt.

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Mariano: Should Worcester be a sanctuary city? The votes are in.

Ray Mariano

Last week, my column gave people an opportunity to vote and comment on whether Worcester should become a sanctuary city. Here are the results and my thoughts.

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Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

Sina-cism: Hating Trump no substitute for a real policy |  “‘Here in America, we increasingly treat immigration as if it were a sacred civil right possessed by 7 billion foreigners.’ It can be no such thing unless one is willing to erase national borders and admit anyone. While I don’t believe that most of those protesting Trump’s orders favor open borders, neither do they seem to have spent much time thinking about what a rational immigration policy should include.” Luckily for them, Chris Sinacola has a few ideas.

Sunday conversation

Courtesy authorofgen.com

“Linda and the Real World” is available on Amazon.

Nick Duffy: Grafton Hill free spirit, self-published author, ‘real-world’ skeptic |  “This book is a necessary part of something bigger — both a bigger body of work and a bigger idea of myself as an artist. I know, eventually, I’m going to reach the audience I want to reach. It’s a high aspiration, I understand that. But I can fathom it. My goal is to reach a universal audience.” Patrick Sargent stops being polite and starts getting real with a Worcester up-and-comer.

What if … Worcester

Martian returns home: Native-born astronaut spent 185 days on Red Planet |  “After working for several years as a veterinarian, Dr. Riham Ahmadi was accepted to NASA’s astronaut training program in 2064. Ahmadi’s parents were one of 73 families who immigrated to Worcester during the Syrian Crisis of 2013-19.”

Author BJ Hill takes us on a fantastic, fictional voyage into the possibilities of a not-too-distant tomorrow in the latest installment of What if … Worcester, the Sun’s serial glimpse into the future.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 136]: On the bright side of blizzards |  In Worcester we don’t need no stinkin’ snowstorm to grind our commute to a hair-pulling halt. There will be a construction detour somewhere along your way. And soon you’ll run into that black 1990s Lincoln with livery plates attempting an ill-advised left and clogging the intersection. So clearing the roads is a year-round exercise in futility. But then there’s always a little optimism that falls with all those frustrating flakes. So, of course, Mr. Sunshine himself has some thoughts.

Editorial: Scout’s honor: ‘I know in my heart who I am’ |  Trevor Huntley was born with severe disabilities, but that did not stop him from dreaming about — and at last achieving — the rank of Eagle Scout. Worcester’s Troop 37 accepted him years ago, and adapted requirements so that he could participate as fully, and as fully challenged, as possible. Trevor’s example shows what can happen when we offer support instead of walls.

Sam Doran / State House News Service

House Speaker Robert DeLeo

On Beacon Hill: For DeLeo and Legislature Pats’ ‘Do Your Job’ mantra can wait |  As giddy New Englanders were quickly reminded Thursday that Punxsutawney Phil wasn’t joking around when he said there would be six more weeks of winter, the Legislature’s hibernation continued. Since taking office in January, lawmakers have barely poked their heads from the den except to gavel through a pay raise bill for public officials.

Sun Serial

A Mother’s Journey [Part 38]: The time trials |  “I always think I can do more in the next 24 hours than I did in the last 24, and while that optimism can be considered a strength at times, not accepting the limits of time can hinder my progress. The apple does not fall far from the tree with Brooklyn.” As Giselle Rivera-Flores builds up her business, she also must maintain focus on her daughter’s so-far-successful transition to homeschooling.

Worcester Weekly: WPI-Clark showdown, Ukraine invasion + more, Feb. 12-18 |  The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you might just learn something, too. Here are six of the best things to do, places to go — and reasons why — the next few days.

Ananth and Moore

Courtesy Sen. Michael Moore's office

State Sen. Michael O. Moore congratulates Shrewsbury resident Jonjy Ananth, left, on his appointment to the state’s Asian American Commission.

Inbox [Feb. 12]: Idea Lab adds membership options, CHL promotes mindfulness in kids, Shrewsbury resident appointed to state commission, Assumption prof to join national seminar |  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 info@worcester.ma. 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.

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