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.

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.

Sina-cism: Montaigne is not on this inconsequential Worcester ballot

Several times this summer and fall I have asked myself whether I ought to gin up more enthusiasm for the upcoming Worcester municipal election.

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

But every time I looked at the ballot, heard a candidate speak, or read a profile or election story, I woke up the next morning feeling refreshed for the extra sleep.

If the French philosopher and essayist Michel de Montaigne were running, I’d feel differently. We’ll get back to him later. But he’s not, and the truth is that this Worcester municipal election is about as inconsequential as an election can get.

Perhaps, like incumbent Mayor Joe Petty, you believe Worcester is a city on the rise, with abundant investment, strong schools, great restaurants, a new hockey team, and a can-do spirit that has left its gritty mill city reputation in the past.

Perhaps, like challenger Konnie Lukes, you believe there is another Worcester, one missing out on prosperity, where gangs run rampant, drug-dealing is rife, there are too many empty storefronts, an opioid epidemic spirals out of control, and councilors fail to address problems like an over-reliance on property taxes.

More Sun commentary:

Inbox [Oct. 22-28]: News and notes from WCTI, Latino Education Institute, Mass. Symphony, Veterans Inc., Comparetto committee and library

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[Editor’s note: This roundup contains a political endorsement notice from a campaign group. The Worcester Sun sharing these publicly available statements in no way constitutes an endorsement on our part of the corresponding organization’s or individual’s choices or opinions.]

WCTI to host rocket pitch on Tuesday

Local hardware startups will pitch their unique problems and products to a panel of manufacturing and supply chain experts, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Worcester CleanTech Incubator, 44 Portland St.

Hosted by WCTI in partnership with Adam Rodrigues of the Greentown Labs Manufacturing Initiative, the event will include such startups as Kinetic Batteries, which is developing an innovative solution to make more efficient the battery manufacturing process, and ShakeWhey, which is developing a touch-screen vending machine designed to mix protein shakes.

Seating is limited.

Mariano: Petty vs. Gaffney, Round 2

In many municipal elections, candidates have to work hard to show the distinctions between them. Often the differences are a matter of degree – candidates agree more or less on what needs to be done. Not in this one.

Mayor Petty answers Ray Mariano’s questions

Twenty-two questions, 22 unedited answers. Find out what the current mayor told the former mayor about the safety of Worcester, the dual tax rate, #WooSox, and the greatest weaknesses of Augustus and Binienda.