There’s always lots going in Worcester. Union Station and the commuter rail, new restaurants, PCBs, sanctuary city status and City Hall open mic nights.
While we all revel in the Railers’ future hockey glory and fret over the fates of beloved landmarks like Mount Carmel and Notre Dame churches, there’s one Little Headline That Could earnestly steaming toward an unsightly conclusion.
The Massachusetts Legislature is considering raising the state’s minimum wage to $15. House bill No. 2365, sponsored by Worcester Rep. Daniel M. Donahue, and Senate bill No. 1004 seek an escalation of the minimum wage to $15 by 2021.
Locally, Councilor at-large Khrystian E. King proposed a resolution calling for the City Council to support the Legislature’s efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15. The Council passed the resolution last night by a vote of 8-3.
Worcester’s favorite perennial political runner-up and adjunct public servant is a regular presence, well, pretty much anywhere in the city.
But mostly at City Council meetings, where he tries to keep councilors on the ball and constantly stokes awareness for often important under-the-radar issues. Sometimes, though, Coleman’s suggestions miss the mark — such as his recent request to more than double the mayor’s salary.
Hitch, predictably, found that notion for the birds.
Republicans’ years-long, devil-may-care and glaringly unprepared push to repeal and replace Obamacare has households across the country today confused and scared, and rightfully so.
Last week, the national sickness that is politics took a turn for the worse.
The U.S. House barely passed its atrocious healthcare legislation, then gathered in all-Republican force at the White House Rose Garden as if in triumph.
It’s not, first of all, a triumph in the furious quest to overturn Obamacare just yet. This dishearteningly flawed bill, the House’s second try at writing a healthcare measure since President Trump took office, must next face the Senate, where the knee-jerk “repeal” reflex is less pronounced.
Some Republican senators have already signaled a more cautious approach to this serious and complex matter. And in terms of party representation, the Senate makeup leaves them less margin for error.
We will surely get better from that chamber. The hope, now, is that Americans in need of universal, high-quality health care will get far better treatment than received from the House.
“So, when I heard about Bill O’Reilly and his creepshow, I tried to imagine how I would feel if he had done something like that to my daughter. … I asked other local fathers, who have raised strong, independent daughters, to offer some advice from their own experience.”
It’s hard to imagine creating art, or looking carefully at art, without connecting it to yourself.
Maybe that’s what a participant in Arts Alternative meant when he or she said, “In art, I will always find my peace.”
That quote from a troubled youth was among several read by a Worcester Art Museum volunteer to a group gathered April 20 to celebrate an art exhibit that was displayed for several days at Worcester Trial Court.
When we elect our state legislators, we expect certain things from them. We expect them to represent our interests and those of our neighbors and fellow community members with integrity, urgency and forethought.
And when it comes to spending our hard-earned tax dollars, maybe even a little discretion and transparency.
Well, last week, urgency was certainly on display. Hitch, though, is beginning to wonder where all the other qualities went.