Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 184]: A word, or two, with the WRTA

When you hear the phrase “action plan,” you know you’re at a junior management seminar or a municipal meeting.

So, of course it’s fitting the pair of buzzwordy words would come out of a powwow involving a City Council committee and WRTA officials. Fear not, frustrated bus riders. They hear your complaints. And soon — OK, soon-ish — they promise — like, really for real — there will be an action plan to address them.

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Hitch unpacks the B.S. and spins up some synergy to address this paradigm shift.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 183]: This is your brain on drugs, Massachusetts

Legal recreational marijuana is coming to a storefront near you!

Well, actually, the “where” might just be the final piece of this hazy puzzle to come into focus — the “who,” “what,” “when,” “why” and “how” have finally been dealt with now that state lawmakers pushed a compromise bill onto the governor’s desk.

Some of those details, though, have left many observers dazed and confused. Hitch, for one, is jonesing for better answers.

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!