Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 182]: Pedestrian safety at a crossroads

Much attention was paid last week to the safety — or lack thereof — of the city’s bustling byways, boulevards and thoroughfares.

One city councilor, possibly driving for pole position in what could be a contentious election this fall, suggested a reduced speed limit, while an independent study showed Worcester to have the most dangerous intersections in the Bay State.

Hitch, of course, always draws his own conclusions.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 181]: Charlie Baker and sanctuary status

Even his detractors would have to admit, Charlie Baker has had a pretty decent run as governor of the Bay State.

The Republican’s ability to work with a deep blue Legislature has earned him accolades nationwide — just this week a poll found him to be America’s most popular governor.

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Of course a good deal of his detractors belong to the GOP and they’re not so enthusiastic about Baker’s bipartisan attitude toward issues like health care and immigration.

Hitch explores the schism.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 180]: When Dukakis, Bulger and Trump collide

Former Bay State governor and Democratic nominee for president Michael Dukakis has not been shy in his critiques of the Tweeter-in-Chief, Donald Trump.

In a recent Boston Herald column, Dukakis says his wife, Kitty, “sees all the signs” of a serious personality disorder in the president. Billy Bulger, another power broker from years past, knows a thing or two about dangerous personalities.

So, Hitch thought it wise to bring everyone together to get to the bottom of this.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 179]: Speaking of that $40.2B state budget …

While many Bay Staters were packing their hybrid SUVs for a trip to the Cape or StoryLand, or someplace farther away or more exotic, lawmakers on Beacon Hill were packing 10 pounds of you-know-what into a five-pound bag.

Filed early Friday, the state’s first $40B spending plan was held back by confoundingly lagging revenues but nudged forward by House and Senate leaders eager to have the chore of their shoulders.

Concerned, Hitch isn’t optimistic about getting a word in edgewise.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 178]: In Worcester, everybody’s doing the PawSox dance

Is it just a dream? Could it be real?!

It seems that whenever the prospect of wooing the Red Sox’ top minor-league affiliate to the city resurfaces, business leaders, residents and municipal officials become moths to the proverbial flame.

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The T&G even gave the speculation-driven story blanket coverage last week with several pieces devoted to the topic.

We don’t think they’ll mind if Hitch cuts in.

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Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 177]: Beacon Hill budget fireworks

It seems our fair state legislators have had just about enough of deadlines — whether they be arbitrary, self-imposed or, like, totally for real.

Sure, they can pass monumental raises for themselves in a flash, but assemble a balanced spending plan in time for the new fiscal year? Nope — that notion’s a dud. Less than sparkly revenues and quickly rising uncertainty in D.C., indeed, have rained on the annual budget season parade.

Hitch wonders if the grand finale will be worth the wait.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 176]: WRTA needs some fare-weather friends

It gets more expensive to live in Worcester by the day.

Amid the bustle and excitement of new buildings climbing toward the sky, come hiked fees, escalating taxes and fancier shops charging even fancier prices for your morning coffee.

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The one silver lining is, generally when you pay more you get more. The RTA, though, with a July 1 fare increase playing sidekick to wide-ranging service reductions, is trying a different approach.Hitch is skeptical that this is the best route.

Hitch is skeptical that this is the best route.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 175]: At Wild Willy’s, reservations for Maura Healey

You can always count on a little extracurricular excitement in and around Worcester’s myriad bars and restaurants. And once summer gets into full swing, tempers tend to flare faster than the mercury rises.

So it was that a regional burger chain became a crime scene last weekend after one employee allegedly stabbed another.

Where does Maura Healey, the state’s liberally ambitious (or is it ambitiously liberal) attorney general, fit in? Stay cool — Hitch will tell you!

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 174]: A blunt assessment

As it turns out, regulating marijuana is no piece of cake. Did somebody say, cake? Man, I could go for some cake right about now. Frosting’s the best! Wait, what? Oh right

While State House leaders seemed to put out the fire after bungling their first pass at a legal pot law, voters are still feeling the burn from a proposed tax that could go as high as 28 percent.

With deliberations set to continue this week, Hitch is hungry for some real answers.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 173]: Checking in on Worcester Citizen Advisory Council

You maybe heard a little about this committee’s unorthodox interview technique last week — probably in another blockbuster Sunday edition of Worcester Sun — so we won’t bore you with all the gory details.

Liberal do-gooders — well-meaning and civically engaged as they may be — can’t seem to get out of their own way when it comes to freedom of expression. Guilt by association appears to be their preferred legal theory.

Unfortunately for them, Hitch holds the gavel — and is ready to rule.