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Ray Mariano: Losing friends over the election | “Somewhere along the way, we stopped seeing the other side as friends and neighbors. We no longer just disagree with them; we have no respect for them.” Ray Mariano has seen the inside of many political campaigns. One of Whitey Bulger’s goons even sought him out in South Boston once. The former mayor and housing authority director — and the Sun’s newest contributor — has advice all of us can follow on the day after the election. It just might help make our nation stronger.
Sina-cism: They shoot horse tracks, don’t they? | “Question 1 was written by and for the benefit of Eugene McCain, head of the Horse Racing Jobs and Education Committee, and owner of a four-acre parcel in Revere that abuts Suffolk Downs. Whether you favor the further legalization of gambling, and whether you like horse racing, there are serious problems with Question 1, which is the latest chapter in an increasingly distasteful story about the kinds of patronage and special pleading that have made Massachusetts infamous.” Chris Sinacola weighs in on the Nov. 8 ballot as only he can.
Editorial: ‘No’ on Question 2 | The state’s second ballot question is not an easy decision. The proposal to raise the state’s cap on charter schools requires study and thought, including weighing passionate arguments and sometimes conflicting information. The way becomes clearer when we step back from the bitterness of this fight and focus on the public school system’s core purpose. Check back with Worcester Sun for our thoughts on Question 4 and Trump vs. Clinton.
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 104]: On the stump with John Fresolo | Go ahead and Google John Fresolo — y’know after you’re finished getting through another jam-packed edition of Worcester Sun. Can’t be easy being him these days. All he wants to do is gain election, again, to the state Legislature, but rare is the election-season story that has focused on his actual election bid, what with his own checkered past and curious present, his Canal District bar’s penchant for serving young’uns and even his daughter’s indiscretions. Funny thing is, good ol’ John fits right in with Election 2016’s basket of incorrigibles. Hitch knew it all along.
On Beacon Hill: DeLeo backs charter schools, Rosenberg’s fired up for legal pot, but what do voters think? | DeLeo on charter schools: “I decided to do what I feel is best for students, whatever the political ramifications may be. I think, again, it’s the right thing to do.” Rosenberg on marijuana: “You ought to be able to follow the law and be able to have a few plants growing on your property.” A poll of likely voters shows the Bay State agrees with one of them. But which one? Also this week: Baker on automated cars and the budget; and Polito on state employee layoffs.
Local Business Spotlight: More than a century of sweet sounds at Union Music | “I started working [here] when I was 9 years old (1955), which was about the same time that my grandfather gave me a guitar. … And I still play classical guitar,” said Carl Kamp, owner and president of this three-generation family business. Trusted for instrument purchases, repairs, lessons and expertise, Union Music’s rambling old store on Southbridge Street echos with notes of history as it keeps today’s musicians supplied and inspired. Which makes it an apt entry in our Survivor Series, highlighting Worcester businesses standing the test of time.
Ukulele players string together a community at Union Music | “I couldn’t have the club meet in a bar or a hotel. But I knew that Union Music has a performance space that can hold 50 performers. So I approached Carl and he thought it was a great idea,” said Rich Luefstedt, who considers himself more of a facilitator than leader of the Ukulele Club, which he started with five or six people per month six years ago. That figure has now grown to 20 to 30 per month at Union Music. Art Simas tiptoes through the tulips to tell this timeless tale.
A Mother’s Journey [Part 30]: The movement keeps moving | “The maker movement isn’t about a trendy template of instruction, instead it is about full exploration of inner creativity. This is why many school systems are a bit behind because teaching with step-by-step, standardized instruction can’t reach all the students who learn differently or come from different backgrounds.” Since last September, we have chronicled the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other families find affordable educational support and assistance. Don’t miss what’s next.
Worcester Weekly: ‘Rocky Horror,’ early voting + more things to do, Oct. 23-29 | Well played, Hanover folks, well played! College town + “Rocky Horror” + Barry Bostwick + downtown on a Friday night = what more could you ask for?! More convenient parking, better lighting and safer crosswalks, for starters — and maybe not forgetting that there’s about 3 miles of Main Street south of the downtown area that could use some attention. But wait, this was supposed to be fun! Did we mention Barry Bostwick — Brad Majors himself — will be in town? Plus, we’re getting out the vote … and much more to do this week!
Inbox [Oct. 23]: Unity Radio plans Monday announcement, city offers employment training on disabilities, Anna Maria Board appoints student rep to board, Clark lecture talks Holocaust | Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about. Have a release or a photo you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and send Sun members your way.