Mariano: We created this mess. It’s up to us to fix it | “Today, in America we seldom take responsibility for the messes that we create. Someone else is always to blame. Think of the biggest political problems facing our nation; it is always someone else’s fault or someone else’s responsibility to fix.” Ray Mariano on the nation’s pathological passing of the buck.
Sina-cism: Oh, but it’s for the children, after all | “While advocates for district public schools object vociferously to every dollar ‘drained’ by public charter schools — which, in their illogic, amounts to the ‘privatization’ of public education — no one seems to mind when public schools pursue actual private funding.” Chris Sinacola on public school administrators’ paradoxical relationship with dollars and sense.
No more pencils, no more books? Pen in a Box supplies needy schools | David Byun noticed that he and his fellow students at Holy Name were too quick to throw away usable school supplies — pens, notebooks and other items less fortunate kids would be happy to have. So he started an organization a couple of years ago, and it’s grown way beyond Worcester. Patrick Sargent goes back to school for the full story.
Local Business Spotlight
You bet your purdy neck, Worcester loves its Bushel N Peck | Growing up from its Oliveri Family roots and now run by a pair of former employees, the longtime city sandwich staple has branched out to Grafton and Clinton. But it’s an old-fashioned sensibility that keeps the popular deli standing strong: putting the customer first. Which also makes it a perfect menu addition to our Survivor Series, highlighting Worcester small businesses standing the test of time.
Editorial: Attention, passengers | Worcester’s progress on public transportation has taken some hits in recent days. We urge city officials to continue to push for support from the state, and remind residents that it all comes down to them buying train and bus tickets, and filling the seats.
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 138]: Star of the day, who will it be? | It’s getting harder and harder in America these days to impress your audience and keep it engaged. Take the president. Please! We’re here all week folks. … But if the man who brought Frederick Douglass back from the dead and won, like, all the Electoral College votes that were ever available can’t get a standing ovation, then what are the rest of us to do? Funny, Hitch was wondering the same thing.
On Beacon Hill: Got a light? Burning issues and simmering feuds | Besides legal marijuana, a budget morass and 2018 re-election, Gov. Charlie Baker has his plate full dealing with a new White House administration that challenges, on a near daily basis, his desire to remain above the fray, and getting a new Supreme Judicial Court nominee confirmed by a Governor’s Council that increasingly makes Congressional infighting look like child’s play.
Worcester Weekly: School vacation, Professional Bull Riders + more, Feb. 19-25 | The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you might just learn something, too. Here are five of the best things to do, places to go — and reasons why — the next few days.
Inbox [Feb. 19]: Court advocate program for kids nets grant, Clark website design lauded, Petty and Augustus pen letter to MBTA, WPI offers research experience for high schoolers | 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.