Sina-cism: Some lamentable signs of our times

“My fellow Americans, where to begin? The claims about race, women’s rights, science, and human sexuality are anodyne until you start asking questions, at which point it quickly becomes clear that the sign owners are claiming a moral high ground that is not nearly as broad as it might appear.”

Sina-cism: DACA’s demise clears way for real reform

“However much we may feel for anyone caught in the politics of DACA, the key issue is not their moral character or intent, or what becomes of them — it is finding a long-term solution to our immigration questions. Trump has rightly put immigration back with the legislative branch.”

QCC’s Pedraja among college leaders defending DACA

In a joint statement with the Boston Public Schools, the 15 public community college presidents in Massachusetts said they are committed to educating all who pass through their doors.

Niki Tsongas

On Beacon Hill: Something to talk about

As state legislators wined and dined 6,000 of their colleagues from around the country at places like Fenway Park, the New England Aquarium and more, U.S. Rep Niki Tsongas plugged the void of late summer on Beacon Hill when she announced she would not seek a seventh full term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Plus, McGovern, Chandler, health care cost containment, inflation and concerns over over immigrant detainer bill.

Worcester Sun, Aug. 13-19: Mariano on the battle for District 4, an artist’s ritual, solving the Alzheimer’s puzzle + more

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Mariano: Gaffney vs. Rivera — the battle for District 4

Get your lawn chairs out and bring the popcorn. This campaign could be a real barnburner. More Mariano on Worcester politics:

Breaking down candidates in District 1 | District 5
Why no one wants to run for public office

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 188]: Beetles, barely — and other rare Worcester species

News came earlier this month that the once pervasive Asian longhorned beetle has all but disappeared from the Burncoat-area neighborhoods they once ravaged.

Baker response to SJC’s ICE detainer ruling decried by ACLU, immigrant group

As foreshadowed last week, Gov. Charlie Baker filed legislation Tuesday that would allow state and local police to honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests for individuals already in state custody on criminal charges or for sentences related to past violent crimes.