Mariano: Why I can’t quit Worcester

I am a Worcester guy. I know everyone does not love our city, but I truly do. Oh sure, there are things that we should fix: Worcester could be much cleaner, our roads and sidewalks could be in better shape, and Kelley Square is a mess. But, warts and all, Worcester fits me perfectly.

Mariano: Thanksgiving turkeys for all

“Unfortunately, in our nation’s capital and right here in Worcester, we have a number of turkeys, both large and small, that did not qualify for a presidential pardon. In fact, we have a rafter of them.”

Mariano: Michael Gaffney was right and wrong

“Michael Gaffney is leaving the City Council. It is fair to say that he is one of a kind. I can’t think of another local elected official with whom to compare Gaffney. … Michael Gaffney is universally disliked by his colleagues at City Hall. I think he likes it that way.”

Mariano: Democratic leaders are tone-deaf

“For the past decade, the Democratic Party has been losing voters who used to be the bedrock of their support: blue-collar workers, even union members. … Democrats need an agenda and a message that shows the American people what they stand for – who they are willing to fight for. Democrats must offer a vision of hope.”

Mariano: The President’s New Clothes

“As I listened to Sen. Jeff Flake speak on the floor of the United States Senate and announce that he would not be seeking reelection, I could not help but think of a popular children’s story.”