Mariano: Michael Gaffney was right and wrong

“Michael Gaffney is leaving the City Council. It is fair to say that he is one of a kind. I can’t think of another local elected official with whom to compare Gaffney. … Michael Gaffney is universally disliked by his colleagues at City Hall. I think he likes it that way.”

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.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 213]: On a draining Worcester election season

You might have heard something about the myriad changes underway and on the horizon in the Heart of the Commonwealth.

For many in Worcester it is an exciting time. Time to buy in. Time to get involved. But then, there are limits.

Not everyone wants to see how the sausage is made. And public service doesn’t come with the same cache it used to. No, now it comes with relentless scrutiny and unfettered criticism. Which means, amid all these changes — election year or not — city leadership remains mostly static.

Hitch isn’t so sure that’s a good thing.

Lukes: Allies and endorsements, checks and balances

In this election, more than ever, character, experience, promises and enthusiasm are not the only criteria  to judge the worthiness of a candidate. A candidate’s alliances must also be considered, either as an advantage or a handicap.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 212]: Flipping through Worcester election options

The time is here for your voice to be heard, Worcester voters.

Consider the city’s promising development boom, if you like. Or maybe its nagging struggles with the opioid epidemic. Be heartened by the experience and earnestness of the candidates for City Council and School Committee. Or lament that there are so few to choose from.

Vote your conscience, the saying goes.

For Hitch, the choices are clear — in high-definition, even.