Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 193]: On the campaign trail with Elizabeth Warren

The only thing Republicans love more than shoveling trillions of dollars into the gilded pockets of the military-industrial complex is dreaming up ways to rid themselves of the grand sorceress of fiscal accountability — and liberal nonsense — known as Elizabeth Warren.

We’re starting to think Hitch has a thing for Elizabeth Warren. Scroll down to find some their best “collaborations.”

In the Bay State, the GOP is already flush with candidates to vie for her Senate seat in 2018. Hitch does a little math for an early outlook on the race.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 192]: Worcester’s ‘statue of limitations’

Much has been made of the battle over our nation’s many monuments that salute people or ideas whose time has passed, or which many feel should never have been celebrated in the first place.

Advocates for protecting tributes to Confederate leaders fear, ostensibly anyway, that we’re erasing our history. If only inflamed rhetoric was the worst of it.

For his part, Hitch believes it’s high time Worcester dismantles one of its most monumental mistakes.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 191]: Catching Z’s with Worcester School Committee

It’s a topic school board members say they’ve been studying for years: how to navigate the logistical and financial hurdles between them and getting the city’s many restless high schoolers more precious sleep.

Forget parental — or even personal — discipline, the only solution is to start school later. Which of course will cost millions of dollars and likely force elementary school kids to bus home in the dark during the coldest days of winter.

Hitch, unsurprisingly, has thoughts.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 190]: A total eclipse of the Heart

So, Monday’s a pretty big deal. How big? Bonnie Tyler big.

The songstress will commemorate the first total solar eclipse to dawn over America since 1979 by singing her iconic 1983 hit right as the moon blots out the sun.

But while the fancypants will all their science tell us we’ll only see a partial eclipse, Hitch knows better.

Head to Kelley Square and bang a left, or a right, or a U-ey, and you’ll encounter a site to behold.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 189]: On pot, Mass. lawmakers show green thumb

Maybe it was an earnest and honest diligence that kept state lawmakers from finishing their rewrite of the voter-approved legal marijuana bill that wallowed behind closed doors for months.

Or maybe they just figured most of the interested parties were busy restringing their ukuleles and crushing it on the ultimate Frisbee course.

Either way, what the joint committee came up with finally earned the governor’s signature. But, Hitch wonders, does it leave any room to grow?

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 188]: Beetles, barely — and other rare Worcester species

News came earlier this month that the once pervasive Asian longhorned beetle has all but disappeared from the Burncoat-area neighborhoods they once ravaged.

Some 35,000 trees in North Worcester, Boylston and West Boylston fell victim before years of vigilance quelled the scourge. That persistence is certainly missing in other corners of the city.

For Hitch, there is, indeed, a certain political animal that could use a wake-up call.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 187]: Throwing the book at Worcester trash scofflaws

For years cynical visitors and disenchanted residents have called our fair city a dump.

And for far too long they all had a point, as jaded and/or careless folks turned hillside knolls, little-used parking lots and neglected street corners into their own private rubbish and recycling centers.

City officials, though, have had enough. Cameras are on the lookout and illegal dumpers are on notice.

Hitch, for one, thinks it’s about time offenders were put in their place.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 186]: What the dickens happened to sales tax holiday?

The first time Massachusetts gave businesses and consumers a tax-free weekend, in 2004, the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years.

Just sayin’ — maybe it has special powers.

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Of course, these days the powers-that-be at the State House aren’t feeling so charitable under the pall of a murky fiscal future. So much for a discount on that new bedroom set … or a championship parade.

Hitch visits an old friend to get to the bottom of this.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 185]: Holden Little League and the (David) Price of fame

With summer at its apex baseball season, from the big leagues to the Futures League to Little League, is at a fever pitch.

And while the Sox battle it out with the Yankees, and the Bravehearts vie for a playoff spot, a gaggle of 11- to 13-year-old all-stars from Holden recently brought home the town’s first state title — and now have a chance at the national stage.

What kind of motivation could a certified (or is it certifiable?) ace like David Price offer such a team on the rise? Hitch was wondering the same thing.

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.