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. 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.