Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 146]: Worcester springs into action

With our president slathering his indelible imprint on the future of health care, the environment and international relations, not to mention flaunting his facility with Irish proverbs and awkward handshakes, local officials certainly have their hands full wondering which Trumpian decision will be the next to ruin their day.

But, of course, they still have to sweat the small stuff too. Hitch doesn’t necessarily dig one of the city’s latest priorities.

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Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 145]: Green Day, coming soon

Green Day, a seminal early-90s punk rock band whose mid-career resurgence vaulted the trio into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, will be playing a sold-out show at the DCU Center (that’s right: “sold-out” and “DCU Center” in the same sentence) appropriately enough on St. Patrick’s Day — which has become a customarily green (-clad) day for just about everyone.

That, of course, got Hitch thinking about things like classic TV shows and cashing in.

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Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 144]: Extended forecast calls for Frosty reception

According to Auburn’s Republican state rep, there is a limit to “doing the right thing” — and that limit is a set of three votes.

Paul Frost toed the GOP line in opposition as the Democrat-dominant state Legislature pushed through pay raises for themselves that reached 40 percent for some. But then, once the Dems prevailed and his votes were in the rear-view, so apparently, was his conscience.

“I’m not allowed to get that bonus because I took the right vote? No, I don’t agree with that,” he said, according to the T&G. “I did the right thing three times.” Hitch, for one, sees trouble ahead.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 143]: Splitting hairs, with Gary Rosen

As a longtime public servant, Gary Rosen has certainly been around the block — usually checking for potholes or a wooden bucket of perennials slightly askew at an intersection somewhere in “Beautiful” — not to mention mostly well-heeled — District 5.

The former School Committee member plans to ditch his local City Council post for a bid at one of six at-large seats, in which he feels he can make more of an impact. This is a development Hitch couldn’t simply brush off.

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Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 142]: A leisurely Sunday drive with the WRTA

Who doesn’t love a good bus ride?

OK, so maybe it’s not the first choice for many of us, but it is an invaluable resource the Worcester Regional Transit Authority provides to the city and three dozen surrounding communities. Thing is, it’s 2017 and fewer people are climbing aboard for myriad modern reasons, which means those who do are footing more and more of the bill.

It’s a vicious cycle — one that Hitch thinks needs a tune-up ASAP.

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Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 141]: A little direction for Charlie Baker

Everyone knows being a Republican in Massachusetts is a lonely assignment.

Heck, unless you’re running against Martha Coakley or live on the North Shore it’s near impossible to even get elected, but hizzoner, the guv’nah — with his steady hand and bipartisan approach — appears well-positioned for an extended run.

Where he stands on key issues, though, often confounds his party mates. Hitch, for one, knows a shortcut to the real truth.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 140]: Taking the temperature at City Hall

The weather outside was only frightful last week if you were a sheet of ice. Or an avid outdoor figure skater.

The Worcester Common Oval waved goodbye to winter a few days early as the mercury soared to record levels for late February. But up those cool marble steps a few yards away, the atmospheric conditions were quite a bit different.

Hitch takes the Sun-on-the-Scene weather van on location for a closer look.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 139]: Hell, no! We won’t show … any common sense

So, it turns out modern protesters and the city of Worcester might just be a bad match after all.

Never mind the rich history of anti-establishment icons — Abby Kelley Foster, Abbie Hoffman, heck Major Taylor, even — in recent history demonstrations have led to a hail of post-protest accusations and assumptions from the Kelley Square 4 to the Great Hot Mic Incident of 2017.

Mix in a little Gaffney-Petty magic, and — voila! You have yourselves a Hitch Masterpiece.

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.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 137]: Elizabeth Warren’s Songs in the Key of Strife

The senator from Massachusetts certainly has had no trouble getting airplay.

Her ubiquitous Trump serenades (or retorts and attacks — whatever) date back to early in the presidential campaign and have become rallying cries for many on the left. Award-worthy even.

Of course, Warren’s approach doesn’t quite strike the same chord with conservatives scurrying to manage the daily Donald fallout. Hitch presses play and gets lost in the chorus.