Mariano: Ideas worth considering for Worcester

“It is important that city officials focus on the day-to-day operation of our city departments – on routine services, both big and small, that we receive. Many departments do a good job, but all of them can do better. Here are a few ideas worth considering.”

On Beacon Hill: No way, Jose — a cloudy forecast for health care

In about 13 months, Charlie Baker and Elizabeth Warren will most likely be the highest-profile candidates on their respective party’s ticket. But last week, with the threat of block-granting Medicaid bearing down, they were on the same page. That wasn’t the case for GOP leaders in D.C. Plus, Markey, Sanders, Polito, Evangelidis and the Worcester-Amazon dance.

On Beacon Hill: Vienna sausage making, the State House way

A budget document unveiled when President Trump’s approval rating exceeded his disapproval rating sauntered through its eighth month, still not truly final, as the House replaced $275 million of the $360 million in vetoes Gov. Baker made in July. The next step in the saga must be taken by the Senate — whenever it decides to reconvene formal sessions, that is. Plus McGovern, Warren, Polito and Worcester Airport.

Editorial: A week’s worth of fireworks in Worcester

In recent days there’s been some rapid-fire good news in Worcester. For instance: If you’re stuck in Cape traffic over the holiday, imagine being able to take a plane there from Worcester instead. That service debuted Thursday. (Now imagine being able to afford flying instead of driving. Oh, well — can’t have everything.) Here’s a look at some of the latest reasons things seem to be looking up for our city.

Last week’s most popular, Feb. 26-March 4

Here are the most popular Worcester Sun articles Feb. 26-March 4

Ray Mariano: If I ran for mayor
 Editorial: A double dose of good news for Worcester Regional Airport
 John Dervishian, Worcester’s ‘Barstool Poet’ pours out his soul
 Sina-cism: On healthcare reform, Baker earns his ‘D’
 Free to read: Kevin Mensah looks to end whirlwind year with scholarship

Editorial: A double dose of good news for Worcester Regional Airport

Yesterday’s announcement that JetBlue will begin offering service to New York’s JFK International is a home run for Worcester-area travelers seeking a convenient way to see the United States and the world. That’s just half of the equation, though. We look at how else this moves Worcester forward.