Mariano: Vows of love

I have had a few occasions to perform wedding ceremonies for family and close friends . . . I try to make each ceremony a little different. But, they all include the wording “in sickness and in health … until death do us part.”

Mariano: President Trump is right

I do not think that every Trump policy is wrong. Sometimes it is hard to see past his deplorable personal behavior to see the value in a Trump policy. But, even though there are only a few, there are some instances where I think President Trump is right.

Mariano: Trump’s Medicaid work requirement is only half-baked

“Unfortunately, while the overall idea has considerable merit, in my opinion, the Trump proposal is only half-baked. Rather than a thoughtful program that will accomplish the laudable goal of helping more people get back to work and off of government assistance, this program is thin on program details and lacks the financial wherewithal to make it work.”

Mariano: Ideas worth considering for Worcester

“It is important that city officials focus on the day-to-day operation of our city departments – on routine services, both big and small, that we receive. Many departments do a good job, but all of them can do better. Here are a few ideas worth considering.”

Mariano: The real danger of the Trump presidency

“President Trump and his legion of darkness has caused so much pain and committed acts that have caused such great harm that it is hard to measure the damage that he has caused. As we begin 2018, I wanted to look back at Trump’s first year. What is the real danger posed by his presidency?”

Mariano: Wishes for the New Year

“This past year has been exhausting. But, it is a new year and hope springs eternal. Maybe, just maybe, things will be better in 2018. Here are my wishes for the New Year.”

Mariano: Guardian angels

They stand watch like guardian angels protecting and caring for infants so small and so vulnerable that it’s hard to imagine that, one day, these tiny spirits will most likely grow into chubby-cheeked little babies.