Mariano: Donald Trump is breaking my heart — the five stages of Trump
“I am no snowflake! … In my entire life, I have never been referred to as overly sensitive or fragile. But the callous, insensitive and damaging actions of Donald Trump are hurting so many that I am truly heartbroken.”
Mandell: A San Francisco/East Bay wake-up call — will Worcester’s renaissance benefit all? | “No, this is not India, but the United States. How can this injustice be sustainable? How would it be different here if we all were committed to building fair, healthy and loving places? Maybe I do need the Kleenex the homeless man tried to give me on the BART train ride. … Not only is the renaissance on the horizon, but we need to plan for the negative impacts of growth as well — that many of us will be closed out of its benefits.”
More on the city’s gentrifying ways:
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- A visionary Worcester under fire
- An outsider’s inside look at city’s developing future
- Mariano: Developing Worcester and making progress
First in the Sun
MassDevelopment purchases Money Stop building in Theatre District | The Main Street building, also home to popular new bar The Muse, is the first included in the Downtown Urban Revitalization Plan to have sold. Also known as the Ransom F. Taylor Block and built as early as 1894, the building was added to the list of targeted properties because of “vacant upper or lower floors that could be developed for housing, commercial or office space.”
A Mother’s Journey: The sincerest form of thievery | “Imitating your creative heroes and entrepreneurs is hard not to do. It is most often the influence of others that sparks our own inner conversations about what is important to us as entrepreneurs and business owners. At some point, though, imitating turns into downright stealing.”
Sina-cism: Bee regulations? How about doing nothing? | “Anyone who grew up around or maintains beehives understands these creatures are both vital to the pollination of many of the crops we rely upon, and — when left alone — are extremely unlikely to cause any harm. Unlike a lamentably large number of human beings, they have no interest whatsoever in bothering or assaulting their neighbors.”
Editorial: CRISPR and the future | Only a lucky few are able to be at the cutting edge of scientific discovery — even here in Worcester, with our many universities and biotechnology companies. But we’re all qualified to contemplate science’s implications. So, what should we think about last week’s report that CRISPR technology has edited out harmful DNA from viable human embryos?
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 186]: What the dickens happened to sales tax holiday? | The first time Massachusetts gave businesses and consumers a tax-free weekend, in 2004, the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years. Just sayin’ — maybe it has special powers. Of course, these days the powers-that-be at the State House aren’t feeling so charitable under the pall of a murky fiscal future. So much for a discount on that new bedroom set … or a championship parade. Hitch visits an old friend to get to the bottom of this.
On Beacon Hill: No detour for sales tax on Holiday Road | The governor filed a bill to make the weekend of Aug. 19-20 a sales tax holiday. Sure, he could have just issued a statement calling on the Legislature to return from its recess and pass one of the several tax holiday bills already filed this session, but he didn’t. He filed his own, and it was just about dead on arrival. Plus, McGovern, Warren, Moore and a moment of marijuana clarity.
Worcester Weekly: ‘Evita,’ Redcoats and Creative Hub Kick-Off, Aug. 6-12 | The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too. Here are some of the best things to do, places to go — and reasons why — over the next few days.
Inbox [Aug. 6-12]: News and notes from American Cancer Society, Assumption, Auburn and Solomon Pond malls, Hanover Theatre, UMass Medical School, state | Have news 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.