Mariano: So, what now? | “While it may seem hard to believe, this campaign was not about Clinton or Trump. It was about the rest of us and about the kind of America we hope for.
If our government remains as divided as we are and our leaders refuse to work together, we are all the worse for it.” Ray Mariano on how to make the best of a Trump America.
Nangle: Why Trump won | “Would issue-based reporting have produced a different result? The best story in this election right now is to find the people in swing states who voted in 2012 but not this year, and ask them, Why? One wonders if we’ll ever get to read or see it. Clearly once again journalism has largely failed the American public by paying too much attention to the presidential horserace and not enough to the policies of the candidates.” Veteran reporter and journalism professor Richard Nangle examines the forces that steered Trump up Pennsylvania Avenue.
Sina-cism: An exceptional nation will endure together | “The mutual demonization in our contemporary politics masks the reality that whatever party or philosophy we may espouse, most Americans believe that these United States do have a special role to play in the world. I believe we all believe in American exceptionalism. But not an exceptionalism of isolationism, xenophobia, and the ‘America First’ school.” Chris Sinacola takes a look back to find the way forward.
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 110]: A vote of confidence for Worcester | It was those famed political observers Keith Richards and Sir Michael Phillip Jagger who once said, “You can’t always get what you want.” This was, of course, in response to the 1968 U.S. presidential election, in which Richard Nixon narrowly defeated Hubert H. Humphrey (in the popular vote), and up to which today’s America should hold a mirror to observe just how lucky we are. What with all the progress made last Tuesday, you just might find you’ll get what you need with Hitch, who sees high times ahead at the ballot box.
Editorial: Valor to remember, a Powerful Worcester message | Heroes have a way of being where they’re needed, and when. We reflect on the rededication last week of the memorial to World War II veteran John “Jack” Vincent Power outside Worcester City Hall, and the lessons we should be sure to never forget from the story of his bravery.
Ashley Jordan’s path to music stardom winds through Worcester | Many musical influences, lots of talent and her own take on “country” make Ashley Jordan one-of-a-kind as a singer and songwriter. Venue by venue — many of those along Park Avenue and in the Canal District — song by song, she’s working hard and enjoying it all. Find out about a hometown musical up-and-comer before it’s too late to jump on the bandwagon.
On Beacon Hill: Massachusetts was with Hillary, but many of state’s poorer towns backed Trump; Pike clears its plate for Thanksgiving | “From Royalston to Pepperell — with Winchendon, Ashburnham, Ashby and Townsend in between — a line of six towns in a row along the New Hampshire border backed Trump. If you started at that northern border, you could drive straight through to Connecticut or Rhode Island, along multiple routes, without ever passing through a community that supported Clinton.” … Also this week, the new-look Pike is ready for its first holiday test, officials say.
The unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia continues …
Part 26: A Very Long One Week | “I had a call from my neighbor who was a youth minister in the Jammeh government. He was called Sheriff Gomez. He was a kind, quiet man, and he liked me too. He said I should be careful. Perhaps he heard the president’s men discuss me. The security forces are dangerous and seeking a way to squeeze me back into custody.” With freedom from The Gambia coming into focus, Augustine remains in the government crosshairs through his final days in West Africa.
Worcester Weekly: Holy Cross basketball + 5 more things to do, Nov. 13-20 | Can you believe it’s been five years since the Crusaders played at the DCU Center?! I mean, College Hill’s great and everything — and it’s tough to beat that Hart Center charm — but downtown shouldn’t have to wait that long between visits from the Sons of Bob Cousy. Lucky for you, the wait is over, and you’ll get to see a talented UMass team too. That and more fun stuff, including Dracula and Mrs. Massachusetts 2017, just a click away.
Inbox [Nov. 13]: MassDiGI game gurus team up against income inequality, Assumption talks religious freedom, Unity in the Community hosts Thursday event, shred documents at Sutton UniBank | 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.