Our editorial focuses on the leadership failure amid the fallout from a city board rejecting a qualified candidate because of her ties to Turtleboy Sports. What if … Worcester is back — with invisibility cloaks. Augustine Kanjia. Sinacola and Hitch. All that and more in your June 18-24 Worcester Sun.
The city’s spending plan for fiscal 2018 comes with a healthy bottom line of about $632 million, some $13 million more than last year.
That, of course, after those intrepid souls on the City Council bravely hacked a whopping $622,112 from the city manager’s original proposal. While a large majority of the new spending will go to schools, many observers decried the lack of scrutiny on how their tax dollars are spent.
Hitch takes a little off the top to get to the bottom of this.
Sadly, the media doesn’t focus on the science at all, but almost exclusively on the politics of climate.
Much ink has been spilled and many BTUs of hot air generated since President Trump announced on May 25 that the United States will pull out of the Paris climate accord, but it wasn’t until Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty declared his support for the deal — joining dozens of other mayors nationwide — that I realized just how ridiculous the whole thing is.
Look, there is plenty of evidence that climate change, or global warming (or whatever term is in vogue this week) is taking place. I don’t want the Earth’s flora and fauna to die. I have nothing against residents of the Netherlands, 47 percent of whom are threatened by rising sea levels. And while I’ve never been to the South Pacific, I hope the low-lying island nations there do not sink beneath the waves.
But the Paris climate deal was never going to save the planet — and never will — regardless of what the United States does.
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Augustus, Petty vow to continue battling climate change
Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty and City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. reaffirmed Worcester’s commitment to battle climate change locally, continue investing in green technology and maintain the city’s place as a leader in clean energy.
In the wake of the announcement that the federal government would back out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Petty will join more than 80 mayors across the country in signing onto a U.S. Climate Mayors statement, pledging to “adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. We will intensify efforts to meet each of our cities’ current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy.”
“As our federal government retreats from its responsibility as steward of our environment, it is vitally important for state and municipal governments to uphold our commitment to the future of our planet,” Petty said. “If the president doesn’t want to do it, we will.”
Chris Sinacola gets the word on Trumpian truths from an Assumption professor. Augustine Kanjia’s harrowing journey from Sierra Leone to Ghana to Worcester takes another remarkable turn. Plus all the rest of your Sunday favorites in your June 4-10 Worcester Sun.
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