Mariano: Making Worcester safe doesn’t involve horses! | “The City Council has abdicated its role as the voice of the people. Instead of establishing the city’s agenda, the council has chosen to sit on the sidelines and cheer on the city manager while he does his job and theirs. Worcester needs an agenda focused on making our community safe. From what I can tell, that agenda doesn’t exist and if it does, no one is telling the community about it.” Ray Mariano on mounted police, public safety and a trusty steed named Silver.
Editorial: Clinton for president | Arguably the strangest presidential election in U.S. history holds lessons, if only we’ll listen: The process suffers when flaws and attacks claim most of the focus. Excessive divisiveness in Washington frustrates the electorate. Character and integrity are still essential in a leader, and must hold up no matter what’s thrown at him or her. We’re with her.
Sina-cism: Obamacare needs to see a specialist | “Now, after six years, major court rulings, and mountains of regulations, it isn’t clear whether or how Obamacare can be saved or reformed. It is unlikely to respond to the usual political nostrums we apply to insurance markets for one simple reason: Obamacare isn’t really insurance at all.” Chris Sinacola says the Affordable Care Act is “running a high fever.” Find out his prescription.
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 108]: Political animals, a Sunday morning revue | You know all about the donkeys and elephants roaming from the Redwood forest to the gulf stream waters, leaving ignominious signs of their herd’s migration patterns on front lawns across the country. These highly domesticated, if not entirely sophisticated, animals we are very familiar with, indeed, these days. Hitch has an eye on some other species that could leave Worcester thinking about opening a zoo.
On Beacon Hill: Question 4 to legalize marijuana sparks down-to-the-wire debate — an Election Day primer | “I’m reminded of Big Tobacco. Their first job — make no mistake about it — is to make money. They will always put profits over people,” AG Maura Healey said last week. Public polls indicate Mass. voters are inclined to approve the question, despite overwhelming opposition from the state’s political establishment. But Healey says voters should not put their faith in the Legislature to fix perceived problems with the law. All you ever wanted to know about Question 4, and more.
PCBs: Where Worcester delayed, Princeton was decisive | Indignant at potentially exposing town residents and workers to PCBs through no fault of their own, Princeton officials wanted payback. They decided they would go for it in the form of a lawsuit directed at Old Monsanto, the company that made virtually all of the potential human carcinogen (98 percent, according to the lawsuit). To do so, they hired a heavy hitter in the environmental field: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Richard Nangle reports.
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Hidden Gem: Eggroll Lady & Fish Shack | Visiting the Eggroll Lady for lunch or dinner is like dropping by your grandmother’s house — it’s filled with laughter, comfort food and tradition. The sweet (egg roll) lady in the kitchen doesn’t worry about how much money she makes, but instead focuses on the quality of her foods and the love with which she makes them. Giselle Rivera-Flores takes a closer look.
A Mother’s Journey [Part 31]: The picture of serenity? | “Entrepreneurship is the one job that takes a life commitment, the one job that takes your hard work and serves you the best results and the one job that truly showcases your ability to succeed. Entrepreneurship is not for everyone, but it is for anyone.” Looks like Giselle Rivera-Flores has inspired someone to follow in her business-building footsteps. Find out who, and how it’s going.
Worcester Weekly: Election Day, Assumption football + more to do, Nov. 6-12 | Massachusetts has a number of questions on the ballot, but it may be high time to kickstart a referendum on incessant complaining in America. To hear, well, anybody tell it these days, the 2016 presidential election is the most horrific single event the country’s faced since Roseanne Barr sang the national anthem. … In his fourth season, Assumption coach Bob Chesney has turned the Greyhounds into a Div. II football power. Consider a road trip.
Inbox [Nov. 6]: Continued growth expected for Worcester economy, Out to Lunch concert series up for $25K grant, Anna Maria receives $25K for fire extinguisher study, Ascentria to screen refugee movie | 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.