Worcester Sun, May 24: TIFs add up to developing success in Worcester, ISIS attack raises local concerns + more

Plus, top Sun stories, Hitch on First Night, a new free-to-read, nursing homes in crisis and a jam-packed Inbox. This is your Wednesday, May 24, Worcester Sun.

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.

Editorial: Is $15 worth the fight?

The origins of the movement for a $15 minimum wage, the Fight for $15, began with a one-day strike in November 2012 by fast-food workers in New York City.

After years of high-profile victories such as in Seattle, California and New York City, the movement is either becoming an international phenomenon or in its death throes depending on your point of view.

The Massachusetts Legislature is considering raising the state’s minimum wage to $15. House bill No. 2365, sponsored by Worcester Rep. Daniel M. Donahue, and Senate bill No. 1004 seek an escalation of the minimum wage to $15 by 2021.

Locally, Councilor at-large Khrystian E. King proposed a resolution calling for the City Council to support the Legislature’s efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15. The Council passed the resolution last night by a vote of 8-3.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 160]: Paying tribute, with Bill Coleman

Worcester’s favorite perennial political runner-up and adjunct public servant is a regular presence, well, pretty much anywhere in the city.

But mostly at City Council meetings, where he tries to keep councilors on the ball and constantly stokes awareness for often important under-the-radar issues. Sometimes, though, Coleman’s suggestions miss the mark — such as his recent request to more than double the mayor’s salary.

Hitch, predictably, found that notion for the birds.

Worcester Sun, May 7-13: Mariano on a larger-than-life Worcester Warrior, Gedman still pitching in for Sox, Altea’s Eatery, Trumpcare + more

Augustine Kanjia’s unbelievably true story of perseverance continues. Hitch on Bill Coleman. Sinacola on 290. And, still, there’s more — so quit dragging your feet and check out your May 7-13 Worcester Sun.

Editorial: Discussing a taxing problem

As the state and its municipalities begin to formulate their budgets for the next fiscal year, it’s worth considering the major components of government funding.

Income tax is the largest contributor, representing 23 percent of state revenue. The sales tax, which represents 10 percent of the budget, is third largest single source, behind federal reimbursements.

When it comes to cities and towns, property taxes represent the largest single portion of the city of Worcester spending plan, roughly 46 percent of the $611 million fiscal 2017 budget.

However, revenue from those three taxes — income, sales and property — has been affected, and continues to be affected, by the rise of the nonprofit sector of the economy.

Worcester Sun, April 26: McGovern’s imperfect storm, Rosen’s taxing mission, Hernandez fallout + more

Top 6 stories. Bushel N Peck hits the Free to Read section — and we don’t stop there. It’s your Wednesday, April 26, Worcester Sun.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 156]: The Next Greatest Show on Earth

Dating back to its first visits to the city in the late 1800s, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus would parade elephants and other performing animals around the streets of Worcester.

Recently flagging attendance and escalating feuds with animal rights groups conspired to bring down the curtain for good on the once revered circus. Ringling Bros.’s last Worcester show was April 16.

But don’t be sad: Hitch knows just where you can find similar high-wire, fire-breathing entertainment — and it’s smack in the middle of downtown.