Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 242]: Sign of the (high) times in Canal District

Let’s get one thing straight: Smoking marijuana — inside, outside, wherever — is not a new phenomenon for this or any other neighborhood in the city.

A college town and centrally located transportation hub? Yeah, there’s been plenty of pot around from long before it became legal.

Now that a private club is planning to welcome cannabis aficionados for a legal, social smoke (and a small fee), though, city officials are aghast.

Hitch couldn’t pass on this opportunity.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 241]: Barking up a taxing tree

The state Supreme Judicial Court has begun hearing arguments related to a potential 2018 ballot question that would implement an additional surtax on Massachusetts’ wealthiest taxpayers.

And while nobody doubts the high-priced accountants of the well-heeled will leap this latest regulatory hurdle with aplomb, a healthy dose of consternation lingers.

Hitch thinks it’s time to put a leash on this debate.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 240]: On the fall of Stan Rosenberg

On the bright side, being the former president of the Massachusetts Senate is probably better than never being Senate president at all.

Amid deepening reports of his allegedly meddling husband incinerating the “firewall” Rosenberg says he built to prevent such corruption, the pioneering lawmaker’s fall from grace continues.

When will it end? How far will it go?

Only a political observer the likes of Hitch could know for sure.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 239]: The Purple P.C. Eaters

Are you telling us we got Tommy Heinsohn all worked up for nothing?

Before he was a mercurial, referee-hating color commentator for the Celtics, Heinsohn was a legend on the hardwood whose career began on College Hill, back when men were men and Crusaders were Crusaders.

Tommy was among throngs of Holy Cross alums aghast at the idea of changing the school’s mascot to prevent religious and cultural offense. Well, he can rest easy … for now.

As for Hitch, he’s still on the warpath.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 238]: The ascension of another Kennedy, a response

President Trump gave his State of the Union address last week.

It was as tremendous as we all expected.

Since 1966, the annual dog-and-pony show has been followed by a rebuttal from a rising or established star of the opposing party. Future presidents George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton have all had the honor.

This time it was Bobby Kennedy’s grandson, Joseph P. Kennedy III, a fresh face for the aging Dems.

Hitch, much like Tomi Lahren, was not impressed.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 237]: Head games with Gronk and the Patriots

Ho-hum. Another Super Bowl week for Patriots Nation.

Amazing to think that Pats fans in their mid-20s — first- and second-graders when Bill Belichick and Tom Brady birthed a sporting dynasty on Feb. 3, 2002 — scarcely remember a fandom without dominance.

No Scott Secules or Dick MacPherson or TV blackouts for the millennials — nope, straight Lombardi trophies, son … and Hater-ade showers. Absolute power annoys absolutely.

With Gronk and Co. days away from another Big Game, Hitch thinks Pats detractors need their heads examined.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 236]: Team building, with Baker, McGovern and friends

It’s Mark Zuckerberg’s and Donald Trump’s America, and we’re all just living in it.

If that doesn’t keep you up nights, well, you’ll probably do very well in the Bay State’s burgeoning bud industry. If you are, in fact, paying attention, then you know reaching across the political aisle has somehow become an even more precarious proposition lately.

Except, maybe, in Massachusetts, where Charlie Baker and the Dems routinely find common ground.

Hitch isn’t so sure about this latest instance, though.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 235]: Worcester trash solutions? Bin there, done that.

It took a couple decades, but it seems as though a majority of Americans are now on board with the necessity of recycling.

In most cities and towns, all you have to do is fill a plastic bin and leave it someplace conspicuous once a week. Most of us know little about where it goes from there. Unless you live in Worcester, in which case most of it is in your lilac bush, courtesy of the uncovered bin next door.

So, we know the problem, but Hitch is more interested in solutions.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 234]: City Council terms of endearment

At-large Councilor Moe Bergman brings a thoughtful, often centrist, approach to the string-pulling at City Hall.

Entering his third term on the heels of the most votes he’s ever received, the council’s even-keeled litigator wants officials to consider extending councilors’ terms from two years to three.

Funny how this conversation never came up when boorish and combustible litigator Mike Gaffney was on the council.

Hitch has his reservations.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 233]: Dealing with critics, the Patriot Way

Much like the New York Yankees, Montreal Canadiens, the Ming Dynasty and Apple, the New England Patriots — headed to their seventh straight AFC Championship — appear to have overstayed their welcome at the top of the heap, engendering a disdain that is hard to match.

Sustained superiority inevitably gets old for those of us not on the bandwagon.

And the only thing more fun than watching a once-preeminent power falter is embarrassing them on the way down. Sometimes a well-planned schism even hastens the fall.

Hitch thinks Pats fans know better, though.