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.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 232]: On Rhode Island’s WooSox curveball

For a while it seemed most folks in the Ocean State wanted the Pawtucket Red Sox to move to Worcester as much as anyone in the City of Seven Hills this side of Jake the Lion and the Creedon family.

But the team is inextricably linked to its community, and politicians with visions of extra revenue dancing in their heads often have trouble sticking to their guns when the real votes come around.

Hitch, for one, thinks we’ve seen this movie before.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 231]: WRTA storms into the New Year

For all the things we adore about Worcester, our beloved city is not exactly King of the Hill when it comes to navigation and traffic.

Add in a powerful snowstorm, punishing winds and dangerous cold, and getting around becomes all the more treacherous. A lot less fun too. And when the WRTA suspends service, well, it’s every Worcesterite for themselves.

With a decision like that, Hitch isn’t quite sure what the RTA’s driving at.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 230]: A bill of goods from Elizabeth Warren?

Our fair senior senator has long been at the vanguard of calls for campaign finance reform, railing against the Supreme Court’s Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, even pledging to limit spending while running against former Sen. Scott Brown to win the seat she now holds.

But now that she stands at the forefront of the Democrats’ “Beat Trump in 2020” hopes, might she be singing a different tune?

Hitch certainly isn’t sold on her good intentions.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 229]: Weeding out wasteful resolutions

Be kinder, find a hobby, drop a few pounds, maybe even shed a bad habit or two.

While the practice of New Year’s resolutions can be traced to the religious rites of ancient Babylonians and Romans, modern folks kneeling at the altars of WhatsApp, SnapChat and Twitter generally take their January promises somewhat less seriously.

Not one to blow smoke, Hitch thinks Worcester folks should take a pass this year.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 228]: New Year, same old Beacon Hill

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Politicians politic. Complainers complain. And state and municipal employees take full advantage of generous pension, vacation time and other benefit loopholes that leave Average Joe’s head spinning and shaking all at once.

So, here we are at the end of a volatile, divisive, often confounding 2017, and wouldn’t you know it? More compensation consternation. Hitch, for one, has had enough.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 227]: Petty, Gaffney and the big chill

Before erstwhile “People’s Councilor” Michael T. Gaffney’s mysterious and abrupt self-evacuation from the Worcester political scene, the irrepressible upstart had spent most of the past few years fashioning a confounding and confrontational relationship with Mayor Joe Petty.

But after abandoning his re-election bid and slinking away from the public eye, Gaffney has left a significant void in the city’s collective consciousness.

Hitch doesn’t think he’s the only one longing for the good, old days.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 226]: Songs in the key of Trump, with Jim McGovern

Newsflash: U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern and President Trump don’t see eye-to-eye on much, not even death and taxes.

Indeed, Worcester’s esteemed representative in Congress has spent much of the past year lamenting practically every Trumpian decision to ooze out from under the Oval Office doors.

Hitch, for one, wouldn’t mind tuning it all out.