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Sun 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 Love and the machine: Invasive algorithms help make ‘perfect’ match https://worcester.ma/2018/02/what-if-worcester-love-and-the-machine-invasive-algorithms-help-make-perfect-match/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/what-if-worcester-love-and-the-machine-invasive-algorithms-help-make-perfect-match/#respond Sat, 10 Feb 2018 14:09:43 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=226499  “L.T.R.’s programming has regularly evolved to identify users’ best dating experience. As breakthroughs are made in Artificial Intelligence and data-mining techniques, we’re ready to perfect those advances and pass them on to our users.” ]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/02/what-if-worcester-love-and-the-machine-invasive-algorithms-help-make-perfect-match/feed/ 0 Ed Hyder, the shopkeeper who won Worcester’s heart https://worcester.ma/2018/02/ed-hyder-the-shopkeeper-who-won-worcesters-heart/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/ed-hyder-the-shopkeeper-who-won-worcesters-heart/#respond Sat, 10 Feb 2018 14:09:19 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=226446 https://worcester.ma/2018/02/ed-hyder-the-shopkeeper-who-won-worcesters-heart/feed/ 0 Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 240]: On the fall of Stan Rosenberg https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-240-on-the-fall-of-stan-rosenberg/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-240-on-the-fall-of-stan-rosenberg/#respond Sat, 10 Feb 2018 14:08:19 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=226504 On the bright side, being the former president of the Massachusetts Senate is probably better than never being Senate president at all.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-240-on-the-fall-of-stan-rosenberg/feed/ 0 Sina-cism: Undermining your rights in the name of gun safety https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sina-cism-undermining-your-rights-in-the-name-of-gun-safety/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sina-cism-undermining-your-rights-in-the-name-of-gun-safety/#comments Sat, 10 Feb 2018 14:07:47 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=226427 “The Massachusetts bump stock ban is a case of government overreach that is unlikely to do anything to reduce gun violence. Most mass shootings come with warning signs that should have been recognized beforehand. But prevention is difficult and rarely makes the headlines. Tragedies do, and lawmakers are willing to do anything to show they are responding.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sina-cism-undermining-your-rights-in-the-name-of-gun-safety/feed/ 1 Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 239]: The Purple P.C. Eaters https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-239-the-purple-p-c-eaters/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-239-the-purple-p-c-eaters/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:26:07 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=225853 Are you telling us we got Tommy Heinsohn all worked up for nothing?]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-239-the-purple-p-c-eaters/feed/ 0 The Balancing Act: Owning your place among entrepreneurs https://worcester.ma/2018/02/the-balancing-act-owning-your-place-among-entrepreneurs/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/the-balancing-act-owning-your-place-among-entrepreneurs/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:25:20 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=225793 'An entrepreneur is someone who rarely wants things to stay the same. Entrepreneurs want to disrupt the market, while small business owners tend to adopt the business styles and structures of pre-existing businesses.']]> https://worcester.ma/2018/02/the-balancing-act-owning-your-place-among-entrepreneurs/feed/ 0 Mariano: What’s wrong with Charlie Baker? https://worcester.ma/2018/02/mariano-whats-wrong-with-charlie-baker/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/mariano-whats-wrong-with-charlie-baker/#respond Sat, 03 Feb 2018 13:56:06 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=224893 "So why would anyone run against Charlie Baker? What is he doing so wrong that a candidate thinks he or she could bring Baker’s stratospheric numbers back down to earth?"]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/02/mariano-whats-wrong-with-charlie-baker/feed/ 0 Worcester’s Power Players, a more definitive list https://worcester.ma/2018/02/jane-jacobs-woo-worcesters-power-players-a-more-definitive-list/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/jane-jacobs-woo-worcesters-power-players-a-more-definitive-list/#respond Sat, 03 Feb 2018 13:55:18 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=224807 If we are going to honor the developers, we also have to acknowledge the role of those who create the crucial infrastructure of a vital built environment – the artists, the preservationists, the tree huggers and the tree planters. … They too are the “power players.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/02/jane-jacobs-woo-worcesters-power-players-a-more-definitive-list/feed/ 0 School system’s program for older immigrants deserves chance https://worcester.ma/2018/02/editorial-school-systems-program-for-older-immigrants-deserves-chance/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/editorial-school-systems-program-for-older-immigrants-deserves-chance/#respond Sat, 03 Feb 2018 13:53:48 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=224901 https://worcester.ma/2018/02/editorial-school-systems-program-for-older-immigrants-deserves-chance/feed/ 0 Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 238]: The ascension of another Kennedy, a response https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-238-the-ascension-of-another-kennedy-a-response/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-238-the-ascension-of-another-kennedy-a-response/#respond Sat, 03 Feb 2018 13:53:15 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=224890 President Trump gave his State of the Union address last week. It was as tremendous as we all expected.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-238-the-ascension-of-another-kennedy-a-response/feed/ 0 Sina-cism: When MLK preached in Worcester https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sina-cism-when-mlk-preached-in-worcester/ https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sina-cism-when-mlk-preached-in-worcester/#comments Sat, 03 Feb 2018 13:52:25 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=224896 “King’s words that night serve both as a capsule history of the civil rights movement in the United States, and a fair assessment of the progress made and the distance yet to go.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/02/sina-cism-when-mlk-preached-in-worcester/feed/ 1 Craft beer is becoming the wine of New England by redefining ‘terroir’ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/craft-beer-is-becoming-the-wine-of-new-england-by-redefining-terroir/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/craft-beer-is-becoming-the-wine-of-new-england-by-redefining-terroir/#respond Wed, 31 Jan 2018 05:22:47 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=224091 https://worcester.ma/2018/01/craft-beer-is-becoming-the-wine-of-new-england-by-redefining-terroir/feed/ 0 Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 237]: Head games with Gronk and the Patriots https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-237-head-games-with-gronk-and-the-patriots/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-237-head-games-with-gronk-and-the-patriots/#respond Wed, 31 Jan 2018 05:22:21 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=224141 Amazing to think that Pats fans in their mid-20s -- first- and second-graders when Bill Belichick and Tom Brady birthed a sporting dynasty -- scarcely remember a fandom without dominance.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-237-head-games-with-gronk-and-the-patriots/feed/ 0 Mariano: President Trump is right https://worcester.ma/2018/01/mariano-president-trump-is-right/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/mariano-president-trump-is-right/#comments Sat, 27 Jan 2018 07:42:53 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=223145 I do not think that every Trump policy is wrong. Sometimes it is hard to see past his deplorable personal behavior to see the value in a Trump policy. But, even though there are only a few, there are some instances where I think President Trump is right.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/mariano-president-trump-is-right/feed/ 12 Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 236]: Team building, with Baker, McGovern and friends https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-236-team-building-with-baker-mcgovern-and-friends/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-236-team-building-with-baker-mcgovern-and-friends/#respond Sat, 27 Jan 2018 07:40:47 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=223245 It’s Mark Zuckerberg’s and Donald Trump’s America, and we’re all just living in it.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-236-team-building-with-baker-mcgovern-and-friends/feed/ 0 Touches of Spag’s at Whole Foods a classy move https://worcester.ma/2018/01/editorial-touches-of-spags-at-whole-foods-a-classy-move/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/editorial-touches-of-spags-at-whole-foods-a-classy-move/#respond Sat, 27 Jan 2018 07:40:20 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=223253 https://worcester.ma/2018/01/editorial-touches-of-spags-at-whole-foods-a-classy-move/feed/ 0 Sina-cism: At a minimum, think about the economics of wages https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sina-cism-at-a-minimum-think-about-the-economics-of-wages/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sina-cism-at-a-minimum-think-about-the-economics-of-wages/#respond Sat, 27 Jan 2018 07:39:50 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=223159 “Would you like an increase in pay? Sure you would. Even minimum-wage workers in Massachusetts earning the state’s $11 per hour rate would likely answer the same way. More money, after all, can’t be bad. Except when it is.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sina-cism-at-a-minimum-think-about-the-economics-of-wages/feed/ 0 The incredible story of Augustine Kanjia continues … No End to My Doubt https://worcester.ma/2018/01/the-incredible-story-of-augustine-kanjia-continues-no-end-to-my-doubt/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/the-incredible-story-of-augustine-kanjia-continues-no-end-to-my-doubt/#respond Sat, 27 Jan 2018 07:38:33 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=223157 “The day came, and I boldly asked Duran when I would return home to my grandmother. He did not like the way I spoke to him. I spoke soft but stern for my age. All my rights were seized.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/the-incredible-story-of-augustine-kanjia-continues-no-end-to-my-doubt/feed/ 0 Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 235]: Worcester trash solutions? Bin there, done that. https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-235-worcester-trash-solutions-bin-there-done-that/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-235-worcester-trash-solutions-bin-there-done-that/#respond Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:56:31 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=222418 In most cities and towns, all you have to do is fill a plastic bin and leave it someplace conspicuous once a week.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-235-worcester-trash-solutions-bin-there-done-that/feed/ 0 Mariano: Trump’s Medicaid work requirement is only half-baked https://worcester.ma/2018/01/mariano-trumps-medicaid-work-requirement-is-only-half-baked/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/mariano-trumps-medicaid-work-requirement-is-only-half-baked/#comments Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:42:52 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=221566 “Unfortunately, while the overall idea has considerable merit, in my opinion, the Trump proposal is only half-baked. Rather than a thoughtful program that will accomplish the laudable goal of helping more people get back to work and off of government assistance, this program is thin on program details and lacks the financial wherewithal to make it work.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/mariano-trumps-medicaid-work-requirement-is-only-half-baked/feed/ 9 Beyond #MeToo, Brazilian women rise up against racism and sexism https://worcester.ma/2018/01/beyond-metoo-brazilian-women-rise-up-against-racism-and-sexism/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/beyond-metoo-brazilian-women-rise-up-against-racism-and-sexism/#comments Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:40:28 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=220989 Women’s empowerment recently got a big boost at the Golden Globes, but the United States isn’t the only place having a feminist revival. The viral success of #MeuPrimeiroAssedio spurred a spate of social media activism in Brazil, where despite decades of feminist efforts gender inequality remains deeply entrenched. A Holy Cross professor explores.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/beyond-metoo-brazilian-women-rise-up-against-racism-and-sexism/feed/ 1 Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 234]: City Council terms of endearment https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-234-city-council-terms-of-endearment/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-234-city-council-terms-of-endearment/#respond Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:39:56 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=221575 Funny how this conversation never came up when Mike Gaffney was on the council.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-234-city-council-terms-of-endearment/feed/ 0 Sina-cism: Bitcoin may be as good as gold https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sina-cism-bitcoin-may-be-as-good-as-gold/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sina-cism-bitcoin-may-be-as-good-as-gold/#respond Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:39:06 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=221558 “To critics who say that Bitcoin is speculation in something whose ‘real value’ is less than tangible, I ask, ‘Isn’t cash much the same thing?’ ”]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sina-cism-bitcoin-may-be-as-good-as-gold/feed/ 0 The Balancing Act: The disconnect https://worcester.ma/2018/01/the-balancing-act-the-disconnect/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/the-balancing-act-the-disconnect/#respond Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:37:46 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=221573 “Social movements are the case studies most entrepreneurs are not reading. While their eyes are rampantly skimming through business books in search of the Golden Rule of success, they have overlooked the possibilities made through social movements and have failed to adopt some of their practices.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/the-balancing-act-the-disconnect/feed/ 0 Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 233]: Dealing with critics, the Patriot Way https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-233-dealing-with-critics-the-patriot-way/ https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-233-dealing-with-critics-the-patriot-way/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:33:47 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=221031 Sustained superiority inevitably gets old for those of us not on the bandwagon.]]> https://worcester.ma/2018/01/sun-spots-with-hitch-vol-233-dealing-with-critics-the-patriot-way/feed/ 0