Sina-cism: Undermining your rights in the name of gun safety

“The Massachusetts bump stock ban is a case of government overreach that is unlikely to do anything to reduce gun violence. Most mass shootings come with warning signs that should have been recognized beforehand. But prevention is difficult and rarely makes the headlines. Tragedies do, and lawmakers are willing to do anything to show they are responding.”

Sina-cism: Adam Smith’s cure for Trump Derangement Syndrome

“Now, the wine is drained, the sweet cheats gone. The sound of the angry commuting horn is once again heard in the land. What will 2018 bring? To hear many tell the tale, 2018 will be a race: Will the forces of good impeach an insane Donald Trump before he can ignite a global nuclear cataclysm? I very much doubt that we will, a year hence, be remembering 2018 in such terms.”

Sina-cism: Resolve to ignore the net neutrality debate

“I don’t work in telecommunications. I don’t really know or care about things like ISPs, LANs and VPNs. Most importantly, I am not under 35 years old, and do not spend my every waking hour worrying over the fate of the internet. For these reasons, I am perfectly qualified to explain why the debate over net neutrality is nonsense.”

Sina-cism: A new city rises to our east

“The debate over Framingham’s future evoked strong feelings and heated arguments. Traditionalists, including some of my in-laws, saw the city movement as a mix of power grab and spending opportunity, and worried about the loss of a hard-to-define small-town feel.”

Sina-cism: Lessons from a modern witch hunt

Today, Americans are in the grip of another kind of witch hunt, as one powerful public figure after another loses their job, reputation and influence in the face of withering accusations of sexual impropriety. This time around, the demons are real.

Sina-cism: Remembering the Benchley brand of humor

“At book club last week, a friend gave me a copy of Nathaniel Benchley’s 1955 biography of his father, comedian Robert Benchley, who remains — more than 70 years after his death — one of Worcester’s most famous funnymen.”