Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 151]: It pays to be with the ACLU

The ACLU has been around for nearly a century, and it claims to have appeared before the Supreme Court more than any other entity besides the Department of Justice. We’ll take their word for it.

That much courtroom time doesn’t come cheap either. In its lower-court legal triumph over Worcester’s unconstitutional panhandling ordinances, the local chapter racked up a $1M bill it wanted the city to foot. A judge recently awarded them about half that.

Hitch breaks out the ol’ gavel for a verdict of his own.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 150]: Weighing symptoms of Worcester health deficit

Remember the four food groups? … Anybody? … Bueller?! … That was the old days. Now there’s a pyramid, and all sorts of rules and limits and labels. And tofu. Oh, the tofu!

But still, despite ubiquitous analysis and advice, a healthy lifestyle seems increasingly difficult to come by. All those experts, with all their charts and graphs, never quite capture the true effects of certain, specific environmental factors.

And when it comes to Worcester, there’s no one else to call for a diagnosis but Dr. Hitch.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 149]: Ill-advised advice for Advisory Council

When the Boston Herald calls your idea “wacky,” it’s probably time to go back to the drawing board.

Of the Worcester Human Rights Commission’s proposal to invite undocumented immigrants to serve on city boards (by switching out “Citizens” for “Community” in the name of a city manager’s advisory panel), the right-leaning tabloid wrote “it might be worrisome if it weren’t so ridiculous.”

Speaking of drawing boards, Hitch wasn’t going to miss his chance at this one.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 148]: The Holy Cross Fighting Crusader Debate Team

OK, so by now you know students and faculty at the “most beautiful college campus in Massachusetts” are busy trying to figure out how much trouble they’ll be in with the P.C. Police if they keep The Crusader name atop the student newspaper’s front page.

You’re also likely aware that Holy Cross + controversy = gold mine for Worcester-centric pontificators of all stripes. So, y’know, Hitch wasn’t gonna be left out.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 147]: Tuning out Elizabeth Warren

Did you know our fair senior senator, Elizabeth Warren — defender of the middle class, denouncer of Wall Street, Trump Enemy No. 1 — was once a Republican?

For reals, yo! [Old-person translation: “It’s true.”] Now a standard-bearer for the Democrats, favorite of progressives and potential 2020 Trump challenger, she’s been ubiquitous on screens, through earbuds and over the airwaves, even more so lately.

But is her audience growing tired of the same, old act? Hitch, for one, won’t be buying the greatest hits album.

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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