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.

Wagner: Puritanism or Positivity? ‘Young Goodman Brown’ comes of age

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.

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.”

Marotta: Time for education system to evolve — just ask the teachers

“The system that I teach in is not designed for how my students grow up,” says one veteran Worcester Public Schools teacher. “They all have phones; they grew up in a digital age … [but] we still have to teach them in a form that they are not going to encounter when they enter the workforce. This is how they grew up taking in information, and it’s the opposite of what we do in our classroom.”

Sina-cism: Yes, Thanksgiving is a religious holiday

“Along with the critical role capitalism has played in the development and prosperity of our nation, there is religion. Those who would deny the religious nature of Thanksgiving must grapple with formidable opponents named George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.” And, of course, the Sun’s right-wing rabble-rouser, Chris Sinacola.