Sina-cism: Yes, Thanksgiving is a religious holiday

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

If you’re even a bit like me, you’ve spent much of this weekend with family and friends, throwing gastronomic caution to the November winds, conveniently ignoring calorie counts, enjoying some concussion-filled football games, and giving thanks to God, capitalism and farmers for making it all possible.

To all such I say, “Happy Thanksgiving!”

Or perhaps you’re worrying about your carbon footprint, enjoying a tasteless turkey alternative, denigrating the current occupant of the White House, gritting your teeth at the presence of any conservatives who might happen to be seated around your dinner table, and trying to decide exactly who or what is responsible for the dubious blessings of your calorie-free desserts and non-alcoholic beer.

To all such I ask, “Have you considered a new holiday?”

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 217]: The real elephant in the room for state GOP

Sure there are red states and blue states, even a couple purple states, but Massachusetts is a commonwealth with very particular political tastes.

We like to dish out our own special blend of legislative action, often with a powerfully Democratic State House making sure a Republican governor toes that thin blue line. Indeed, Baker is charged with cooking up an intricate menu of compromises at every turn, which leaves most of his party on the outside looking in.

Hitch, for one, is hungry for a full-grown GOP.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 216]: Fishing for answers in State Police scandal

While it’s no surprise to anyone paying attention that sometimes those in power benefit disproportionately by the connections and positions they’ve cultivated, once in a while a particularly egregious example slithers its way into the spotlight.

Enter an alleged heroin addict, her drug-fighting judge dad, his buddy the Worcester DA and the state’s top cop.

Indeed, Alli Bibaud’s altered arrest report has prompted two federal lawsuits, two early retirements and cacophony of opinion. Not one to miss out, Hitch drops his line in the water.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 214]: Celebrating Mike Gaffney’s departure

What a long, strange trip it’s been!

Quibble with the means to his ends all you want, but the most polarizing politician in recent Worcester history sure knew how to stir up support and keep his name in the headlines before his bizarre decision to exit stage left.

He abruptly abandoned a platform — and ardent group of backers — that two years earlier made him a legitimate challenger to Mayor Petty. Voters, clearly, have had enough of his antics.

Hitch thinks he’ll still be missed, though.

Sina-cism: Yet s’mores liberal hypocrisy on display

If you’re like most Americans, you don’t read much of anything. If you’re like most liberal activists, you only read things you agree with.
Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream fame came to Worcester on Nov. 4 to sweeten the effort by “People Govern, Not Money” to gather signatures to put a question on the 2018 state election ballot that seeks to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.

I’ll never eat his ice cream again.

It’s not that I don’t like ice cream. I do, and Ben & Jerry’s is tasty enough. But I really don’t like people tampering with the First Amendment, and if it takes giving up a primary source of cholesterol to make that point, count me in.

The Supreme Court issued the Citizens United ruling on Jan. 21, 2010. If you’re like most Americans, you don’t read much of anything. If you’re like most liberal activists, you only read things you agree with, so I’ll bet you haven’t read much more than a couple excerpts from the 183-page Citizens United ruling.

You should, for it illustrates as only landmark Supreme Court rulings can how fine a creation our Constitution is, and how perilous it would be to chip away at it.

More Sina-cism: Let’s reclaim the liberal arts from today’s liberals

Clark Grad School of Management

The Quad [Nov. 12-18]: Four things to know from Clark, Becker, Assumption and Anna Maria

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Clark Graduate School of Management named a ‘best’ b-school by Princeton Review

The Graduate School of Management at Clark University is an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles the school in its 2018 annual business school rankings online.

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior VP/publisher, “We recommend The Graduate School of Management as one of the best to earn an MBA. We chose the 267 on-campus MBA program schools on this list based on our high regard for their academics and our assessment of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicited and greatly respect the opinions of 23,000 students attending these schools who reported on their experiences at their schools on our 80-question student survey.”

Worcester Sun print edition coming Dec. 9

“Along with features our readers have come to rely upon and expect, we will expand our news coverage as well as our coverage of sports, education, politics and city life. We have a few surprises up our sleeves, as well.”

Watch: DeLeo, Rosenberg, Baker address sexual harassment allegations

The leaders of the House and Senate both acknowledged their offices have received complaints of sexual harassment occurring at the State House, but neither would blame a unique culture on Beacon Hill for the recent stories of women being abused by men in power.

A “comprehensive” review of State House policy is already underway [9 minutes, 22 seconds].