Sina-cism: Adam Smith’s cure for Trump Derangement Syndrome

“Now, the wine is drained, the sweet cheats gone. The sound of the angry commuting horn is once again heard in the land. What will 2018 bring? To hear many tell the tale, 2018 will be a race: Will the forces of good impeach an insane Donald Trump before he can ignite a global nuclear cataclysm? I very much doubt that we will, a year hence, be remembering 2018 in such terms.”

Sina-cism: Resolve to ignore the net neutrality debate

“I don’t work in telecommunications. I don’t really know or care about things like ISPs, LANs and VPNs. Most importantly, I am not under 35 years old, and do not spend my every waking hour worrying over the fate of the internet. For these reasons, I am perfectly qualified to explain why the debate over net neutrality is nonsense.”

Sina-cism: A new city rises to our east

“The debate over Framingham’s future evoked strong feelings and heated arguments. Traditionalists, including some of my in-laws, saw the city movement as a mix of power grab and spending opportunity, and worried about the loss of a hard-to-define small-town feel.”

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.

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.”

Sinacism: Seeing the light in December’s dark days

Because we denizens of the Northern Hemisphere are heading into the longest and darkest days of the year, and since we punctuate so many of those days with candles, strings of colored bulbs, bonfires and fireworks, I’ve been thinking a good deal lately about light and dark.

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.

Sina-cism: Voter turnout more than a numbers game

“Turnout for its own sake does not guarantee a more robust democracy, but it does run the risk of mob rule. A long and steady investment in civics education, on the other hand, would serve all residents of Worcester and our nation well.”

Sina-cism: Yet s’mores liberal hypocrisy on display

Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream fame came to Worcester on Nov. 4 to sweeten the effort by “People Govern, Not Money” to gather signatures to put a question on the 2018 state election ballot that seeks to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. I’ll never eat his ice cream again.