Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 200]: On health care, McGovern’s a Bernie Bro

What do you do when you have an upstart Republican challenging you in your district and a Trump confounding you in the White House?

If you’re Worcester Rep. Jim McGovern, well, you pretty much keep on doing your thing — with a little lean further to the left. Long an advocate for improved health care, particularly better nutrition in schools, McGovern recently latched onto progressive pied piper Bernie Sanders’ latest push for universal coverage.

For Hitch, though, something still doesn’t quite add up.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 199]: On Gaffney’s battle with the media

Michael T. Gaffney may well be the (self-proclaimed) People’s Councilor® — he certainly won’t be the People’s Mayor for at least the next two years — but he’s proved to not be much of a media darling.

There are several plausible reasons for this. Sure, the city’s GOP standard-bearer has built an impressive base of support while earnestly serving his community, but that hasn’t stopped columnists and commenters — a largely liberal set — from painting the agitating attorney with a Trumpian brush.

And now, Gaffney has told the media he has nothing more to say to us. Hitch thinks he knows why.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 198]: State cannabis commission needs more green?

At long last, state leaders in absolutely no hurry to abide by the will of the voters when it comes to legal recreational marijuana have assembled a quintet of commissioners to craft the regulatory framework that will guide the burgeoning industry into existence next July … maybe.

Turns out, the $2.5 million set aside for this endeavor could be cause for concern (less so, you’d think, if there was more pot available!). Hitch thinks lawmakers should stop blowing smoke.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 197]: Winds of change hit downtown landmarks

Mother Nature has spared us New Englanders for now as historic Hurricane Irma mercifully sputters to her demise over the Southeast after Harvey’s similarly destructive sojourn.

But natural disasters aren’t the only thing powerful enough to spin Worcester’s world upside down.

In the span of six days we learned that Shack’s clothing store and Elwood Adams Hardware — and their combined 324 years of Main Street history — are not long for downtown.

A gut punch to the city’s soul. Hitch, for one, was whipped into a frenzy over the news.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 196]: Big question looming over Worcester election

Having our voices heard in the Democratic process has been a touchstone of American values since a bunch of angry Bostonians took out their frustrations on a shipment of tea.

And every time an election or town meeting or referendum comes up, the chorus begins anew: The right to vote is a privilege too sacrosanct to take for granted.

So, what should we expect in a preliminary race loaded with serious, qualified and interesting candidates? Hitch has an idea.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 195]: Charlie Baker deals drug peddlers a losing hand

When it comes to the lingering opioid crisis that has devastated families from coast to coast, Massachusetts remains at the vanguard of the battle to bring the scourge to an end.

Much of that fight has come straight from the top, marshaled by Gov. Charlie Baker, who has pushed new state laws, encouraged regional collaboration and been recognized for his efforts most notably by being chosen to serve on President Trump’s federal opioid task force.

Now he’s proposing manslaughter charges for dealers whose sales lead to a user’s death. With a topic like this, Hitch couldn’t “just say no.”

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 194]: Driving at trouble on Yawkey Way

There’s a lot going on at Fenway Park these days.

The youthful Red Sox are in the thick of a pennant chase. Billy Joel recently piano-manned center field for a bravura performance. An Irish hurling exhibition and college football series are also on the horizon.

But it’s Fenway’s past — seen through the prism of a present societal furor — that’s on the mind of Sox owner John Henry, Worcester’s favorite newspaper baron.

And from where Hitch is sitting, the multi-millionaire with the two-cent personality should probably stick to the boardroom.

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.