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Guest commentary – worcester.ma https://worcester.ma The Worcester Sun, local news worth supporting Wed, 22 May 2019 17:31:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 STEM education vital to fill millions of job openings by 2024 https://worcester.ma/2017/12/stem-education-vital-to-fill-millions-of-job-openings-by-2024/ https://worcester.ma/2017/12/stem-education-vital-to-fill-millions-of-job-openings-by-2024/#respond Wed, 27 Dec 2017 05:09:34 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=213570 STEM employment growth is double that of other jobs, and 93 out of 100 STEM careers had wages above the national average. IT expert Monica Eaton-Cardone calls for expanded STEM education to improve career opportunities for women.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/12/stem-education-vital-to-fill-millions-of-job-openings-by-2024/feed/ 0 Love for Jesus can bring Christians, Muslims together https://worcester.ma/2017/12/love-for-jesus-can-bring-christians-muslims-together/ https://worcester.ma/2017/12/love-for-jesus-can-bring-christians-muslims-together/#comments Sat, 23 Dec 2017 09:27:56 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=211395 It is well known, particularly in the holiday season, that Christians follow the teachings of Jesus. What is less well understood is that Muslims also love and revere Jesus as one of God's greatest messengers to mankind.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/12/love-for-jesus-can-bring-christians-muslims-together/feed/ 1 Holy Cross Prof. Avery-Peck: Hanukkah’s true meaning is about Jewish survival https://worcester.ma/2017/12/holy-cross-prof-avery-peck-hanukkahs-true-meaning-is-about-jewish-survival/ https://worcester.ma/2017/12/holy-cross-prof-avery-peck-hanukkahs-true-meaning-is-about-jewish-survival/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 04:57:27 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=210279 https://worcester.ma/2017/12/holy-cross-prof-avery-peck-hanukkahs-true-meaning-is-about-jewish-survival/feed/ 0 Wagner: Puritanism or Positivity? ‘Young Goodman Brown’ comes of age https://worcester.ma/2017/12/wagner-puritanism-or-positivity-young-goodman-brown-comes-of-age/ https://worcester.ma/2017/12/wagner-puritanism-or-positivity-young-goodman-brown-comes-of-age/#comments Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:25:38 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=208099 Worcester can still play a role in celebrating an open, healthy, sex-positive culture, but let’s also use the moment to see something clearly: Sex and love are separated at great cost. Literature has instructed us quite clearly on this, and it would be at our peril that we abandon the great lessons of the likes of Hawthorne — and Shakespeare and Sappho, too.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/12/wagner-puritanism-or-positivity-young-goodman-brown-comes-of-age/feed/ 1 Polito: Commonwealth makes inroads against opioid crisis https://worcester.ma/2017/12/polito-commonwealth-makes-inroads-against-opioid-crisis/ https://worcester.ma/2017/12/polito-commonwealth-makes-inroads-against-opioid-crisis/#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:49:35 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=204926 When Gov. Charles Baker and I ran for office, the opioid epidemic was not an issue we expected to focus on. But we’ve heard heartbreaking stories from people about loved ones struggling with an opioid-related addiction everywhere we’re gone.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/12/polito-commonwealth-makes-inroads-against-opioid-crisis/feed/ 0 Literacy Volunteers give the gift of language https://worcester.ma/2017/12/literacy-volunteers-give-the-gift-of-language/ https://worcester.ma/2017/12/literacy-volunteers-give-the-gift-of-language/#respond Wed, 06 Dec 2017 05:02:09 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=203572 All their adult lives they have attempted to live without the verbal survival skills the rest of us take for granted. Finally admitting their need for help, these native-born Americans, as well as our core adult student population of immigrants, come to us for help. What you, as a Literacy Volunteer, can offer will change their lives immeasurably.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/12/literacy-volunteers-give-the-gift-of-language/feed/ 0 WPI professors: Data science can help us fight human trafficking https://worcester.ma/2017/11/wpi-professors-data-science-can-help-us-fight-human-trafficking/ https://worcester.ma/2017/11/wpi-professors-data-science-can-help-us-fight-human-trafficking/#respond Wed, 29 Nov 2017 04:11:39 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=200797 https://worcester.ma/2017/11/wpi-professors-data-science-can-help-us-fight-human-trafficking/feed/ 0 A New England dairy farmer gives thanks https://worcester.ma/2017/11/a-new-england-dairy-farmer-gives-thanks/ https://worcester.ma/2017/11/a-new-england-dairy-farmer-gives-thanks/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:51:25 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=198194 “What am I thankful for? Good neighbors. Our local communities support and appreciate dairy as a vital part of the landscape and the economy. Not only do dairy farms offer local employment, they add scenic beauty to the rural landscape and offer seasonal tourist dollars through corn mazes, holiday tree farms, farm-to-table dinners and other activities.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/11/a-new-england-dairy-farmer-gives-thanks/feed/ 0 The toxic connection between mass murder and domestic violence https://worcester.ma/2017/11/the-toxic-connection-between-mass-murder-and-domestic-violence/ https://worcester.ma/2017/11/the-toxic-connection-between-mass-murder-and-domestic-violence/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:50:54 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=198181 “By now, it’s a well-established pattern: male, usually white, often disgruntled ex-military, with a narcissistic grudge against the world, and, oh yes, a history of controlling, beating, raping, and tormenting the women in their lives. Isn’t it time we looked at the pattern before the mass shooting starts?”]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/11/the-toxic-connection-between-mass-murder-and-domestic-violence/feed/ 0 WPI Prof. Albert Simeoni: As wildfires expand, fire science needs to keep up https://worcester.ma/2017/11/wpi-prof-albert-simeoni-as-wildfires-expand-fire-science-needs-to-keep-up/ https://worcester.ma/2017/11/wpi-prof-albert-simeoni-as-wildfires-expand-fire-science-needs-to-keep-up/#respond Sun, 19 Nov 2017 05:15:21 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=193640 https://worcester.ma/2017/11/wpi-prof-albert-simeoni-as-wildfires-expand-fire-science-needs-to-keep-up/feed/ 0 HC Prof. Cynthia Hooper: How does an oppressive government celebrate a revolution? https://worcester.ma/2017/11/hc-prof-cynthia-hooper-how-does-an-oppressive-government-celebrate-a-revolution/ https://worcester.ma/2017/11/hc-prof-cynthia-hooper-how-does-an-oppressive-government-celebrate-a-revolution/#respond Wed, 08 Nov 2017 04:12:11 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=191271 In 1967, to honor the Soviet Union’s first half-century, leaders staged countrywide displays of mass jubilation. They ordered sausages be made with the number “50,” in white fat, running through every slice. But today, though Lenin remains embalmed and on show in a giant mausoleum in Red Square, Moscow is strangely silent. Why this official disinterest, even as the upcoming centennial generates global headlines?]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/11/hc-prof-cynthia-hooper-how-does-an-oppressive-government-celebrate-a-revolution/feed/ 0 Lukes: Allies and endorsements, checks and balances https://worcester.ma/2017/11/lukes-allies-and-endorsements-checks-and-balances/ https://worcester.ma/2017/11/lukes-allies-and-endorsements-checks-and-balances/#respond Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:29:57 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=192465 In this election, more than ever, character, experience, promises and enthusiasm are not the only criteria  to judge the worthiness of a candidate. A candidate's alliances must also be considered, either as an advantage or a handicap.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/11/lukes-allies-and-endorsements-checks-and-balances/feed/ 0 Wagner: On Thoreau in Central Massachusetts https://worcester.ma/2017/11/wagner-on-thoreau-in-central-massachusetts/ https://worcester.ma/2017/11/wagner-on-thoreau-in-central-massachusetts/#respond Sun, 05 Nov 2017 04:24:13 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=191730 Thoreau never married and remained childless. And he continued to walk and lecture in Central Massachusetts, working toward the understanding that “Life consists with wildness. The most alive is the wildest. Not yet subdued to man, its presence refreshes him.” Worcester would be the city in which he lectured most often. Mark Wagner, director of the Binienda Center for Civic Engagement at Worcester State, takes a walk on the wild side.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/11/wagner-on-thoreau-in-central-massachusetts/feed/ 0 HC Prof. Cynthia Hooper: Why are Russian media outlets hyping the Mueller investigation? https://worcester.ma/2017/10/hc-prof-cynthia-hooper-why-are-russian-media-outlets-hyping-the-mueller-investigation/ https://worcester.ma/2017/10/hc-prof-cynthia-hooper-why-are-russian-media-outlets-hyping-the-mueller-investigation/#comments Wed, 18 Oct 2017 02:53:50 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=184040 Four major Russia investigations are underway in Washington, along with at least six related federal inquiries. Anxiety currently swirls around the Kremlin’s manipulation of popular social media platforms Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. Cybersecurity sleuths claim Russia used Pokemon Go to inflame racial tensions and accuse Twitter of deleting crucial data detailing Russian efforts to sow […]]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/10/hc-prof-cynthia-hooper-why-are-russian-media-outlets-hyping-the-mueller-investigation/feed/ 2 Marianne Clyde: It’s National Mental Health Awareness Week — here’s why this is a big deal for employers https://worcester.ma/2017/10/marianne-clyde-its-national-mental-health-awareness-week-heres-why-this-is-a-big-deal-for-employers/ https://worcester.ma/2017/10/marianne-clyde-its-national-mental-health-awareness-week-heres-why-this-is-a-big-deal-for-employers/#respond Wed, 04 Oct 2017 04:08:54 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=178515 “What if everyone in your workplace was healthy mentally, emotionally and had enhanced relationship skills?”]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/10/marianne-clyde-its-national-mental-health-awareness-week-heres-why-this-is-a-big-deal-for-employers/feed/ 0 Holy Cross Prof. Joanne M. Pierce: Why Pope Francis is reviving a long tradition of local variations in Catholic services https://worcester.ma/2017/10/holy-cross-prof-joanne-m-pierce-why-pope-francis-is-reviving-a-long-tradition-of-local-variations-in-catholic-services/ https://worcester.ma/2017/10/holy-cross-prof-joanne-m-pierce-why-pope-francis-is-reviving-a-long-tradition-of-local-variations-in-catholic-services/#respond Sun, 01 Oct 2017 05:01:51 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=177254 At stake here is the language used for the Mass and the question of who has the responsibility for translating the Catholic liturgy into regional languages. So why should this issue be so very controversial in the 21st century?]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/10/holy-cross-prof-joanne-m-pierce-why-pope-francis-is-reviving-a-long-tradition-of-local-variations-in-catholic-services/feed/ 0 Vanita Gupta: Bipartisan congressional action required to prevent Census 2020 disaster https://worcester.ma/2017/09/vanita-gupta-bipartisan-congressional-action-required-to-prevent-census-2020-disaster/ https://worcester.ma/2017/09/vanita-gupta-bipartisan-congressional-action-required-to-prevent-census-2020-disaster/#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:41:37 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=173003 “The Census Bureau needs a steady and significant ramp-up in funding to test new technologies and procedures and to create an effective outreach and advertising campaign. However, the Trump administration’s budget request for next year is woefully inadequate. Necessary testing has already been cut back due to lack of sufficient funds.” The former Obama Administration official details what’s at stake.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/09/vanita-gupta-bipartisan-congressional-action-required-to-prevent-census-2020-disaster/feed/ 0 Holy Cross Prof. Mathew Schmalz: Are natural disasters part of God’s retribution? https://worcester.ma/2017/09/holy-cross-prof-mathew-schmalz-are-natural-disasters-part-of-gods-retribution/ https://worcester.ma/2017/09/holy-cross-prof-mathew-schmalz-are-natural-disasters-part-of-gods-retribution/#comments Wed, 13 Sep 2017 02:29:04 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=168002 https://worcester.ma/2017/09/holy-cross-prof-mathew-schmalz-are-natural-disasters-part-of-gods-retribution/feed/ 1 WPI Prof. Patricia Stapleton: Will CRISPR fears fade with familiarity? https://worcester.ma/2017/08/wpi-prof-patricia-stapleton-will-crispr-fears-fade-with-familiarity/ https://worcester.ma/2017/08/wpi-prof-patricia-stapleton-will-crispr-fears-fade-with-familiarity/#respond Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:06:14 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=161991 While still a long way from clinical use, the recent news that scientists in Oregon had successfully edited genes in a human embryo brings us one step closer to changing the DNA that we pass along to our descendants. As the state of the science continues to advance, ethical issues need to be addressed before the next big breakthrough.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/08/wpi-prof-patricia-stapleton-will-crispr-fears-fade-with-familiarity/feed/ 0 Dark tourism: Why tourists go to sites associated with death and suffering https://worcester.ma/2017/08/dark-tourism-why-tourists-go-to-sites-associated-with-death-and-suffering/ https://worcester.ma/2017/08/dark-tourism-why-tourists-go-to-sites-associated-with-death-and-suffering/#respond Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:10:02 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=159695 “I am an educator of the Holocaust, and my travel course takes students through Central Europe to a number of Holocaust sites. The aim is to provide students with a hands-on learning experience. However, some could well argue that this course is just another form of ‘dark tourism’ – an interest in locations that are associated with human suffering and death. What is so problematic about dark tourism? And are there redeeming features that make it worthwhile?” Daniel B. Bitran is a Professor of Psychology at the College of the Holy Cross. This article was originally published on The Conversation.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/08/dark-tourism-why-tourists-go-to-sites-associated-with-death-and-suffering/feed/ 0 Sen. Moore: Solving the Alzheimer’s puzzle https://worcester.ma/2017/08/sen-michael-moore-solving-the-alzheimers-puzzle/ https://worcester.ma/2017/08/sen-michael-moore-solving-the-alzheimers-puzzle/#comments Sun, 13 Aug 2017 04:17:05 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=156110 Alzheimer’s permeates nearly every community in our country, forcing millions of families to suffer through the pain of having loved ones gradually forget the people and memories they previously cherished. The burden placed on these families can be overwhelming.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/08/sen-michael-moore-solving-the-alzheimers-puzzle/feed/ 1 Mandell: A San Francisco/East Bay wake-up call — will Worcester’s renaissance benefit all? https://worcester.ma/2017/08/mandell-a-san-franciscoeast-bay-wake-up-call-will-worcesters-renaissance-benefit-all/ https://worcester.ma/2017/08/mandell-a-san-franciscoeast-bay-wake-up-call-will-worcesters-renaissance-benefit-all/#comments Sun, 06 Aug 2017 04:20:46 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=154035 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.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/08/mandell-a-san-franciscoeast-bay-wake-up-call-will-worcesters-renaissance-benefit-all/feed/ 6 Tips from the Pros: Top six myths about MBEs https://worcester.ma/2017/08/tips-from-the-pros-top-six-myths-about-mbes/ https://worcester.ma/2017/08/tips-from-the-pros-top-six-myths-about-mbes/#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 04:16:59 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=152556 Myths have a negative impact on MBE [minority business enterprise] success because legends can reinforce or encourage bad decisions by aspiring entrepreneurs and MBEs -- decisions that can be critical and sometimes fatal to the establishment or growth of the businesses. Joset Wright-Lacy, president of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, explains.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/08/tips-from-the-pros-top-six-myths-about-mbes/feed/ 0 She’s always been a hustler: The Soofi family story https://worcester.ma/2017/07/shes-always-been-a-hustler-the-soofi-family-story/ https://worcester.ma/2017/07/shes-always-been-a-hustler-the-soofi-family-story/#comments Sun, 02 Jul 2017 04:50:19 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=140112 Imrana Soofi and her two sons, Ali and Shahbaz, are many things. They are Bengali-Americans, with Imrana immigrating here to the United States in 1981 as a young girl. They are Muslims. They are entrepreneurs, hustlers, inspiring hard-workers and, perhaps most of all, givers.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/07/shes-always-been-a-hustler-the-soofi-family-story/feed/ 1 To the editor: After years of negotiations, Worcester Central Catholic School teachers plan protest to urge fair compensation https://worcester.ma/2017/06/to-the-editor-after-years-of-negotiations-worcester-central-catholic-school-teachers-plan-protest-to-urge-fair-compensation/ https://worcester.ma/2017/06/to-the-editor-after-years-of-negotiations-worcester-central-catholic-school-teachers-plan-protest-to-urge-fair-compensation/#comments Wed, 14 Jun 2017 04:22:47 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=131209 “Since 2010, the central office has offered only four step increases, and has not agreed to a cost-of-living increase during any of those years. It is DELTA's hope that the central office will recognize the need for meaningful change and come to a salary agreement that will begin to fairly compensate their teachers, thereby ensuring that the students in the Catholic schools continue to benefit.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/06/to-the-editor-after-years-of-negotiations-worcester-central-catholic-school-teachers-plan-protest-to-urge-fair-compensation/feed/ 1