Sina-cism: What if Trump is right about something?

I realize some of you would prefer to simply dismiss everything Trump does, says, or believes as wrong, simply because he did, said or believed it.
Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

It has been three months since Donald Trump occupied the White House, and I can’t decide which has been more amusing: Watching the administration learn as it goes, or watching the left demonize its every move.

To be sure, our nation’s forty-fifth president is often less than presidential. Botched immigration orders and tweets worthy of junior high school come to mind.

But Trump’s resolve to stand up to the Assad regime in Syria and Vladimir Putin’s heinous role there could mark a refreshing change from the Obama years — provided Trump follows tough talk with clear goals and coherent strategy.

And Neil Gorsuch was a superb choice for the Supreme Court — with a brilliant legal mind, personal grace, and a nonpartisan attitude the nation needs.

Usually, however, things aren’t so clear. That is the case when it comes to H-1B visas.

Worcester Sun, April 23-29: Mariano and Sinacola double up on Trump, Melifonwu takes aim at NFL dream + much more

Local blogger and urban planning expert Joyce Mandell’s five-point plan to invigorate Worcester’s Renaissance. Worcester Police on the run for city kids. And a whole lot more in your April 23-29 Worcester Sun.

Sina-cism: Fear what’s just around the corner

What more evidence does one need to conclude that distractions are killing us — drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians alike?
Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

In 1935, Grant Wood produced one of his most iconic paintings, “Death on the Ridge Road,” a dark commentary on the perilousness of life on the American road — and perhaps a commentary on life itself.

In the painting a red box truck and two sleek black cars seem to be headed for a fatal encounter on a narrow country road.

The 1930s were hard times in many ways in the U.S., and not least on the nation’s roads, where nearly 35,000 perished, at a time when there were many fewer vehicles and a lot less driving. The death rate stood at an astounding 15.09 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles of travel (VMT).

Things have gotten a lot better since 1935. Recently, however, the data have veered in the wrong direction.

Worcester Sun, April 16-22: Mariano on A Better Life, Sunday conversation with Cliff Rucker, Mount Carmel crystal ball + much more

Worcester Sun is the proud media partner of Jane Week in Worcester — find out what that even means, and peruse a calendar of events. Plus lots of other good stuff, too, in your April 16-22 Worcester Sun.

Last week’s most popular, April 2-8

Here are the most popular Worcester Sun articles April 2-8

Area artist molds a new career, city narrative with Mugged in Worcester [April 2]
Mariano: The man nobody wants but every neighborhood needs [April 2]
Worcester teachers union wins PCB battle, will begin testing at Burncoat and Doherty [March 31]
Sina-cism: ‘Coming Apart,’ at Middlebury and elsewhere [April 2]
State’s highest court hears arguments for and against ICE immigration detainers [April 5]

Worcester Sun, April 12: Step up for Worcester by stepping out + Hitch, Top 5 stories and more

State targets spending priorities and considers bill to keep pensions from teachers convicted on child porn charges. A free look into Worcester’s future. Inbox is full of news on Music Worcester, Clark, the YWCA. All that and more in your Wednesday, April 12, Worcester Sun.

Sina-cism: When it comes to education, licensure has nothing to do with it

Do you know the difference between schooling and education?

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

A recent cover story in Worcester Magazine — which touched upon the difficulties of obtaining a teaching license and concerns about teachers in the Worcester Public Schools whose licenses may be nearing expiration — reminded me of that distinction.

“Not all schooling is education nor all education, schooling,” economist Milton Friedman wrote in “Capitalism and Freedom,” his 1962 manifesto on economic and political liberty. “The proper subject of concern is education. The activities of government are mostly limited to schooling.”

When Friedman wrote those words, the federal Department of Education did not exist. It was created by President Jimmy Carter on Oct. 17, 1979. In 2016, the DoED employed 4,400 people and had a $68 billion budget — proving Americans possess a genius for creating useless bureaucracies.

Worcester Sun, April 9-15: Mariano on Mount Carmel, a visit to the other Worcester, scholastic lacrosse + much more

Augustine Kanjia returns with his incredible tale of survival. Sinacola on schooling vs. education. Hitch on the Midtown Mall. Our thoughts on more support for police officers. Plus all your weekly favorites, in your April 9-15 Worcester Sun.

Last week’s most popular, March 26-April 1

Here are the most popular Worcester Sun articles March 26-April 1

Mariano: Half-truths and alternative facts about PCBs at Burncoat and Doherty [March 26]
Editorial: New hope for Notre Dame church? [March 29]
Worcester teachers union wins PCB battle, will begin testing at Burncoat and Doherty [March 31]
Youth baseball official frustrated by city’s tag days stance [March 26]
Mariano: The problem of PCBs at Burncoat and Doherty high schools could be worse than I thought [March 19]
Sina-cism: On guns, what professors ‘know’ just ain’t so [March 26]

Worcester Sun, April 5: Hitch v. ACLU, Dear Chris Christie, Nick Duffy runs free + more

Also, a jam-packed Inbox, ICE detainer requests before the SJC and a $22B black eye. All in your Wednesday, April 5, Worcester Sun.