Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 162]: For Petty and Gaffney, it’s child’s play

Kids don’t interact they same way they used to. Mostly we peg the lack of discourse and facility with understanding disparate viewpoints on our ever-accelerating attachment to technology.

But what it really comes down to is a lack of grownup good examples.

If a youngster ever does look up from their phone, what do they see? Bitter hyperbole. Sarcastic nonsense. Egomaniacal posturing. And that’s just in City Council chambers.

Hitch, for one, has heard enough.

Editorial: City Council’s dog squabble deserves motherly rebuke

Don’t have children? Or are the children grown and gone?

Well, if you live in Worcester you can take heart this Mother’s Day anyway.

You’ve got the City Council.

Just kidding — mostly. But the word “childish” did get bandied about like a birthday balloon at last Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

And what, this time, caused the yapping and snarling that broke out in the chamber?

A dog, of course! A free, smart, useful, probably cute-as-a-button K-9 proposed for the police department.

Worcester Sun, May 14-20: Mariano on church closings, thoughts on Petty and Gaffney, growing up at City Hall + Mother’s Day

What if … Worcester sees a future with shorter pregnancies. Giselle Rivera-Flores takes a look back for Mother’s Day. And a whole lot more of the best commentary and storytelling in the city in your May 14-20 Worcester Sun.

Worcester Sun, April 19: Mariano on Petty’s PCBs response, Valentino’s vies for heart of Shrewsbury Street + more

It’s a jam-packed Wednesday, April 19, Worcester Sun. Get in there!

Mariano: Half-truths and alternative facts about PCBs at Burncoat and Doherty

“And now that everyone knows the truth, the mayor and School Committee still refuse to admit that there is a potentially very serious health risk in these two buildings. They refuse to cooperate with their own teachers and involve the EPA in testing so that everyone knows exactly what they are facing. They hide behind language like there is ‘no conclusive proof.’ “

Mariano: The problem of PCBs at Burncoat and Doherty high schools could be worse than I thought

“This issue is important to me. Certainly, I feel strongly because my wife is one of the teachers who has had cancer. But Burncoat was my high school and my wife was a student at Doherty. These are our classmates, our friends and our neighbors. These are the students who fill my wife’s classroom.”

Mariano: Shame on the mayor, superintendent and School Committee!

“In Worcester, we have a mayor who does not lead, a superintendent who minimizes serious health concerns because there are not enough people waving placards in her face, and a School Committee afraid to tell the mayor and superintendent to do their jobs.”

Worcester Sun, March 8: Mariano takes city officials to task on PCBs + OPEB needs attention ASAP

In the unlikely event you need more reasons to check out this edition, we have Hitch on Gary Rosen, Top 5 Stories, a big move for Becker’s Robert Johnson … and a bunch of other good stuff. It’s your Wednesday, March 8, Worcester Sun.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 140]: Taking the temperature at City Hall

The weather outside was only frightful last week if you were a sheet of ice. Or an avid outdoor figure skater.

The Worcester Common Oval waved goodbye to winter a few days early as the mercury soared to record levels for late February. But up those cool marble steps a few yards away, the atmospheric conditions were quite a bit different.

Hitch takes the Sun-on-the-Scene weather van on location for a closer look.

Worcester Sun, Feb. 26-March 4: Mariano gets mayoral, Worcester’s ‘barstool poet,’ journalists vs. Trump + much more

Sinacola and Hitch — with assists from Charlie Baker, Joe Petty, Mike Gaffney and Mother Nature — push all your political buttons. Giselle Rivera-Flores. Inbox. Worcester Weekly. On Beacon Hill. It’s your Feb. 26-March 4 Worcester Sun.