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Eating turkey Thanksgiving Day – NEVER in style!



Thanksgiving: Disgrace to Turkeys!

Thanksgiving can be the scariest time of year if you’re a turkey.

More than 45 million of these fascinating birds are killed to disgrace Thanksgiving tables each year.

In hopes of empowering kids everywhere to speak out as their families adorn their Thanksgiving tables with dead birds, PETA offers its Thanskgiving ad: In the ad, you hear from one straightforward little girl as she tells it exactly like it is for turkeys who are killed for holiday meals when asked to say grace around her family’s dinner table.

When not forced to live on filthy factory farms, turkeys spend their days caring for their young, building nests, foraging for food, taking dust baths, preening themselves, and roosting high in trees.

Regarded by many as little more than a holiday centerpiece, turkeys are as varied in personality as dogs and cats.

They relish having their feathers stroked and like to chirp, cluck, and gobble along to their favorite tunes. This year, give turkeys something to be thankful for—pledge to go vegan and leave them off your plate.

For a festive centerpiece that is more appealing than a stuffed avian body cavity, go faux!

Turkey alternatives are available at many national grocery store chains or you can make your own faux-turkey at home. You can also tempt your taste buds with vegan versions of all of your favorites, like green bean casserole and sweet potato biscuits.

Try Tofurkey; At Trader Joe’s!


The real turkey – I mean child molester – this holiday season:

Main South’s Clark U – always in style!

But first …


Clark University students to host ‘Splash,’ offer free workshops to area youth on November 19

Clark University’s Educational Studies Program, a student organization, will host Splash on Sunday, November 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on campus at 950 Main Street, Worcester. This day-long event allows area youth in grades 5-12 to take free classes taught by Clark students.

Sample Splash classes include American Sign Language; History of Westerosi (on which ‘Game of Thrones’ is based); Fidget Spinner Physics; and Autism: Fact and Fiction.

Classes will also be offered in geography, history, economics, public speaking, photography and ballroom dance. Parents of Splash participants can attend workshops on secondary education. Lunch will be provided.

Registration for Splash workshops ends Wednesday, November 15. For more information, email

Splash was started at MIT and has since spread to over 20 colleges nationwide, including Clark, Boston College, and Smith College by way of a nonprofit organization called Learning Unlimited, founded by MIT graduates. Clark’s Splash program began in the spring of 2012.

Edith – always in style!

Fall back! Autumn is here!

By Edith Morgan

pics: Rose T.

“Fall” is such a multipurpose word, but perhaps at least some of its several dozen meanings apply to this season. I personally prefer to call it “Autumn” – that has a more defining and descriptive ring to it.

Most of the birds have by this time migrated, and those that remain are already at my feeders, making sure that the feeders will be full every day. It has really been too warm (72 degrees on November 3rd!!) for hibernation – the squirrels are still active, and the air feels more like summer.

On the 5th, we will go back to daylight saving time – and catch an extra hour of sleep. (Does this mean that now the adolescents who need an extra hour of sleep to perform better in school, will improve their morning performances?)

But mostly autumn means we gather the leaves, cut down the yellowed growth of the lilies, glads and other garden plants, empty the rain barrel, and prepare the lawn for its long winter sleep.


The grass will get a final feeding and, once the snow arrives, a sprinkling of seed on the snow, to melt down in and fill in empty spaces where weeds might pop up in the spring. This year the city will sweep our streets last, so all the leaves will have fallen from the trees, and all we need to worry about is an early snow.


And, of course, this is the time of year we vote – this year for our local representatives. Usually the turnout is shamefully low, despite the fact that our city councilors and our school committee members have jurisdiction over the things that affect our lives daily and directly!

Autumn is a time of endings: the end of our growing season, the end of mild weather before the winter comes, the end of flowers and vegetables in the garden.

It is also the time for the last hurrah of our maple trees, as their leaves glow in the sunshine, bright red, orange, yellow and finally brown. Some plants reserve their most magnificent display for now: day by day we watch our neighbors’ flame bush grow more red, until now all its leaves are cherry red. Soon only the stately pines will be green and unchanging. It is almost as if nature puts on a final great burst of magnificent color, and then goes silent.

For us, this is a good time for reflection: we will be indoors and at home more. That means more time for reading and thinking, as we edge into the year’s end. It’s a chance to “batten down the hatches” and be ready for winter.

Above all, this is the season of Thanksgiving – a time to look back and be grateful for all that we have, for all the good things we have experienced in the past year … . So, let’s celebrate and be grateful. And share what we have.

Don’t waste your votes next Tuesday! I got this in the mail from the WDCC …

pics: R.T.

Remember: A vote for either Gaffney is A VOTE FOR HELL!!!!

(What we mean is … A vote for Coreen or Michael Gaffney is a vote for: scapegoating minorities, refugees and poor people; political discourse at its basest level; all around incivility; a ringing endorsement of the Gaffneys’ best friend and partner-in-hate, TURTLE BOY-AIDAN KEARNEY and his vile vile blog, which Michael Gaffney links to on his FB page and uses to dump his vile assertions – together, Aidan+Mike have been the catalyst for  Woo’s ugliest community-splitting battles in recent memory; community discord almost weekly as Mike throws political “bomb” after bomb into our community; cultural wedge issues; making groups of folks feel bad; making groups of folks feel mad; lies too numerous to keep track of – a la Trump; demagoguery; carpet baggery; nastiness; an unwillingness to see a complex, multicultural Worcester; a willingness to throw anyone under the bus for political gain; a willingness to say anything for political gain; misrepresentation/contortion of facts; untrustworthiness; immaturity; mini-Donald Trump style and talking points;  just plain old bizarreness.)

Neither one of these two individuals  should be elected to the Worcester City Council!

They suck!!

The Gaffneys are no friend to the people of Woo’s inner city!

Rosalie Tirella

Go, Jim, go! … City Councilor Mike Gaffney = Worcester’s Tricky Dick … and more

Tricky Gaffney

By Rosalie Tirella

Worcester City Councilor Mike Gaffney is a fraud. He or his agents paid for a 3-candidate telephone poll to be conducted a few days ago. It was not Worcester City Councilor at Large Moe Bergman who paid for the poll – as Gaffney lied, straight-faced, crooked-souled, to Worcesterites on his FB page. Then he asked folks for their votes! (How twisted is this guy?)

Gaffney or his agents did this because Gaffney wants to know how he will do next Tuesday, election day, not running but running for city council, and he wants to PUSH voters to vote for him. Some “polls” do that … lead the voters to favor the political candidates who paid for the polls. Fake polls. Marketing really.

Moe B and fellow City Councilor at Large Krystian King were the lowest at large vote getters last election. Would a MIA Mike Gaffney garner more votes than two city councilors who are actually doing THE HARD WORK OF RUNNING FOR OFFICE? Putting themselves out there at forums, answering various and sundry candidate surveys, responding to the emails of  pesky reporters and columnists? Will the Gaffney phone calls lead voters to fill in the bubble next to the Gaffer’s name next Tuesday? His name and his wife Coreen’s are still on the ballot because Mike announced their withdrawal from their respective races just a week or so ago – right before election day!

Gaffney said he and Coreen, who was recently let go from her high paying job at Hanover Insurance, were heading to greener pastures – goodbye, Worcester! But Gaffney didn’t divulge their plans. We are thinking: Gaffney, being Gaffney, made up the rosy scenario to cover up their bad luck/ dim prospects!

Gaffney is a conniving snake … We can never read him, trust what he says. He seems to hate people – and himself. His self-loathing is palpable – and sad. He is Woo‘s very own Richard Nixon. How can anyone  believe/believe in Tricky Dick???



Congressman Jim McGovern, New England Members of Congress Demand Explanation for Silencing of EPA Scientists

Congressman Jim McGovern joined yesterday fellow New England Members of Congress in a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt demanding answers after the EPA canceled presentations by its scientists at a workshop on the health of Narragansett Bay.

The presentation was to be made at an event focusing on the challenges climate change and other threats pose for the critical economic resource.

Joining Congressman McGovern on today’s letter were Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Jack Reed (D-RI), as well as Representatives Richard Neal (D-MA), Jim Langevin (D-RI), David Cicilline (D-RI), Joe Kennedy (D-MA), Katherine Clark (D-MA), and Seth Moulton (D-MA).

In the letter, the lawmakers asked Pruitt how he would react if the federal government silenced experts from his home state on a topic of the utmost importance to local communities’ health and economic wellbeing.

“You would not have taken kindly to Washington bureaucrats telling scientists in Oklahoma they couldn’t speak with Oklahoma organizations to come up with ‘neighborhood solutions’ to better protect public health and a critical economic asset,” McGovern and the New England lawmakers write. “Neither do we.”

The State of the Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed workshop took place in Providence, RI, on October 23, and centered on the release of a 500-page report detailing the health of the Bay, problems it faces, and the progress made to address these issues.

The EPA, which helped fund the research through its administration of the National Estuary Program (NEP), was scheduled to send three EPA-affiliated scientists to present material they had contributed to the report and share their expertise on the challenges facing the Bay.

Just days before the workshop and without explanation, the EPA barred the scientists from presenting.

The EPA’s actions were a “blatant example of the scientific censorship we all suspected was going to start being enforced at EPA” under Administrator Pruitt’s leadership, chair of the science advisory committee of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program John King told the New York Times. According to the Times’s reporting, at least one of the EPA scientists had planned to address climate change and related factors in her presentation. “They don’t believe in climate change, so I think what they’re trying to do is stifle discussions of the impacts of climate change,” King added.

“Narragansett Bay is one of Rhode Island’s and Massachusetts’ most important economic assets,” McGovern and the lawmakers note. “The [Narragansett Bay Estuary Program] and other environmental organizations in the Narragansett Bay watershed have long relied upon the expertise of EPA scientists to provide the data and analysis needed to plan for its future. . .

.  If EPA scientists are not allowed to participate in a workshop discussing the results of scientific research because that workshop included a discussion of climate change, that begs the question whether EPA will censor NEP grantees from discussing climate change . . . .”

Full text of the members’ letter below:

October 31, 2017

The Honorable Scott Pruitt
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

Dear Administrator Pruitt:

We write to request information on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) role in cancelling planned presentations by three EPA-affiliated scientists in Rhode Island. On Monday, October 23, the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program (NBEP) hosted a workshop to present findings from its recently released report, The State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed. This report, funded in part by EPA and the culmination of three years of work among universities, not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies, offers a look at the status of Narragansett Bay and the challenges it faces. It identifies 24 factors affecting the health of the Bay. Climate change played a significant role in this comprehensive analysis.

The State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed focuses on three climate change stressor indicators—temperature, precipitation, and sea level—because of their ubiquitous impacts on other stressor, ecosystem condition, and public health indicators. Based on datasets spanning nearly a century or more, analysis of these climate change indicators reveals long-term trends that are useful in understanding past environmental changes and projecting future changes in the Bay and its Watershed.[1]

Autumn Oczkowski, an EPA ecologist, was scheduled to give the workshop’s keynote address. Rose Martin, an EPA scientist, and Emily Shumchenia, an EPA consultant, were scheduled to speak on a panel titled, “The Present and Future Biological Implications of Climate Change.” All three scientists directly contributed to the report. The event was structured so that EPA scientists would not participate in the press conference with elected officials. On Friday, October 20, EPA informed NBEP Director Tom Borden that the three scientists would not be allowed to speak at the October 23 workshop. No satisfactory explanation for this decision has ever been provided to the organizers of the event.

Narragansett Bay is one of Rhode Island’s and Massachusetts’ most important economic assets. The NBEP and other environmental organizations in the Narragansett Bay watershed have long relied upon the expertise of EPA scientists to provide the data and analysis needed to plan for its future. During your confirmation proceedings, you appeared to support this kind of federal-local partnership, writing in response to a question from Senator Whitehouse, “I am fond of saying that we need national standards and neighborhood solutions. I think that should shape the work of the EPA.” The NBEP’s workshop was part of an ongoing, statutorily required process of local stakeholders collaborating with scientists to come up with “neighborhood solutions.” You would not have taken kindly to Washington bureaucrats telling scientists in Oklahoma they couldn’t speak with Oklahoma organizations to come up with “neighborhood solutions” to better protect public health and a critical economic asset. Neither do we.

We are also alarmed by what EPA’s decision to muzzle its scientists means for the future of the National Estuaries Program. All National Estuaries Program participants (NEPs) receive annual financial support from EPA. They are required by statute to develop and implement Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plans (CCMPs) to address water quality issues and the health of estuaries. NEPs submit to EPA an annual work plan consistent with their CCMPs, which EPA must approve for funds to be released year to year. Congress recently recommitted its support of this program by reauthorizing it through FY 2021.

If EPA scientists are not allowed to participate in a workshop discussing the results of scientific research because that workshop included a discussion of climate change, that begs the question whether EPA will censor NEP grantees from discussing climate change in their management plans, annual work plans, or other public documents. It also calls into question EPA’s commitment to provide ongoing scientific support to the 28 NEPs across the country. So that we may better understand EPA’s current policies with respect to these issues, we ask that you provide responses and responsive documents to the following questions:

Were Autumn Oczkowski, Rose Martin, and Emily Shumchenia prohibited from presenting their work at the NBEP’s workshop because it addressed climate change? Were there any other reasons why they were prohibited from participating in the workshop? Did that decision reflect official EPA policy? If so, please provide a copy of the relevant policy.
Who made that decision? At what level was it approved? Please provide all communications related to that decision, and any documents that reference the NBEP October 23 workshop.

Please provide all communications between Autumn Oczkowski, Rose Martin, and Emily Shumchenia or any other representative of the Atlantic Ecology Division and (1) Region 1 EPA Headquarters and (2) EPA’s main headquarters in Washington, D.C., related to the participation of any EPA employee’s or contractor’s participation in NBEP’s October 23, 2017 press conference and workshop, or the EPA research to be presented at that conference.

EPA spokesman John Konkus was quoted as saying “EPA scientists are attending, they simply are not presenting, it is not an EPA conference.”[2] Is it the policy of EPA to prohibit its scientists from presenting their work at anyplace other than “an EPA conference”? Please provide a copy of EPA’s policy governing the attendance and participation of its scientists at conferences and workshops, including how EPA defines an “EPA conference.”

Going forward, will EPA scientists be able to contribute to the work of the NBEP (and other NEPs), the recommendations put forth in The State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed, and the broader protection and restoration of the Narragansett Bay? Will there be any subject-matter limitations on what EPA scientists can research or discuss? If so, please provide a list of forbidden topics.

The Washington Post has previously reported that Mr. Konkus, who is deputy associate administrator in EPA’s Office of Public Affairs, “reviews every award the agency gives out” and “has told staff that he is on the lookout for ‘the double C-word’ — climate change….”[3]

– What role will Mr. Konkus have reviewing annual work plan submissions and long-term CCMPs for National Estuaries Program sites? Please provide any guidance used by Mr. Konkus or any other EPA staff used to review these submissions.

– Please provide a copy of Mr. Konkus’s resume, or any other documentation that would help explain Mr. Konkus’s ability to assess annual work plans and CCMPs that NEPs propose to address the environmental conditions in the estuaries they serve.

The New York Times reported that “political officials from E.P.A. headquarters in Washington spent two days last week in the Rhode Island office reviewing the lab’s work.”[4] Was that a regularly scheduled review of the lab’s work? If not, why was it performed?

Please identify the officials and provide all guidance related to the determination of research topics and priorities at EPA’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, including but not limited to the Atlantic Ecology Division in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Will NEPs that seek to address the effects of climate change be penalized in any way? Please provide a copy of the criteria by which NEP annual work plans and other CCMP-related submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by EPA.

We request the courtesy of a response to this letter no later than November 17, 2017.

[1] Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, The State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed, p. 42, available online at:

[2] Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis, EPA Yanks Scientists’ Conference Presentations, Including on Climate Change, Washington Post, October 22, 2017.

[3] Juliet Eilperin, EPA Now Requires Political Aide’s Sign-off for Agency Awards, Grant Applications, Washington Post, September 4, 2017.

[4] Lisa Freidman, EPA Cancels Talk on Climate Change By Agency Scientists, New York Times, October 22, 2017.

Mike Gaffney … never in style … The Poll

Two days ago, I got a purported “survey” call, asking only three questions, and I was not quick enough to jot down the source of the survey, as my suspicions were not aroused until the actual questions were asked:

They were: about my voting for/against only three of the Worcester City Council candidates:

Krystian King

Moe Bergman

and Michael Gaffney.

Since Gaffney had publicly announced that both he and his wife Coreen were withdrawing from the race (although neither had formally notified the Election Commission), I called around to see what this might mean.

Moe Bergman did not do this. Tonight he told CECELIA: “I had no connection with this. I would not even know who to call to conduct a poll like this.”

Bergman thinks Gaffney is behind the poll.

And while I did not call Mr. King, I do not see how this survey would benefit him either.

At this point, I believe that someone is trying to influence the voters.

While in this national political climate of legally accepted shenanigans (anything goes, just so long as you win), I think voters need to be warned that they are being duped.


We should take them at their word, even if they did it too late to be taken off the ballot. Their timing is suspicious, too.

Too bad this sort of thing is making its way into Worcester politics!!!

– Edith Morgan

Fall gatherings, always in style …

Rose cookin’ up a storm for the CECELIA pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving gathering. (Cece is no help whatsoever!)


City of Worcester Veterans’ Day Ceremonies

Friday, Nov. 11

A host of activities, including the annual Veterans’ Day Parade, are planned:

Pancake Breakfast: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Veterans Inc., 69 Grove St.

Parade – 11 a.m.
Parade begins at the corner of Glennie and Grove streets. It will proceed down Grove Street and end at 69 Grove St.

For information regarding parade participation, please call (508) 791-1213 ext. 123.

Wreath Laying Ceremony – 2 p.m.
At the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Green Hill Park, off Lincoln and Belmont streets.

Wreath Laying Ceremony – 2 p.m.
At the Korean War Memorial on Worcester Center Boulevard.


Nov. 9 at Clark U: Distinguished poverty researcher to present “Visual Poverty Politics”

Clark University’s Graduate School of Geography will host distinguished poverty researcher Sarah Elwood for “Visual Poverty Politics,” a Wallace W. Atwood Lecture, at 7p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in Tilton Hall, 2nd floor of the Higgins University Center, 950 Main St.

Elwood is professor of geography at the University of Washington; she conducts collaborative research on middle class poverty politics in mixed-income neighborhoods in Buenos Aires and Seattle as well as research on visual politics in poverty activism.

She is co-founder, along with fellow UW professor Victoria Larson, of the Relational Poverty Network (RPN). Funded by the National Science Foundation, the RPN convenes a community of scholars who work within and beyond academia to develop conceptual frameworks, research methodologies, and pedagogies for the study of relational poverty. Relational poverty shifts from thinking about ‘the poor and poor others’ to thinking about relationships of power and privilege.

During her talk, Professor Elwood will discuss her research, and analyze the creative visual practices used by Real Change, an economic and racial justice organization in Seattle that confronts the city’s ongoing shelter crisis.

Professor Elwood’s research contributes to relational poverty, urban geography, visual politics/methods, and critical digital geographies. Her work has appeared in publications including Progress in Human Geography, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, and the International Journal of Geographical Information Science.

The annual Wallace W. Atwood Lecture, hosted by the Graduate School of Geography, honors the founder of the Graduate School and President of Clark University from 1921 to 1946.

Holy Cross college – always in style! … and more!!

At the College of the Holy Cross, South Worcester:




And at Clark University:

Oct. 24: NAACP leader to discuss climate and racial justice

Jacqueline Patterson, director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, will discuss links between climate and racial justice as she presents “Upholding the Beloved Community,” a free, public lecture beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Jefferson Academic Center, Room 320, at Clark University.

Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist on issues such as women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV and AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental/climate justice.

She holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University.

She serves on the International Committee of the US Social Forum, the Steering Committee for Interfaith Moral Action on Climate, Advisory Board for Center for Earth Ethics and is on the Boards of Directors for the Institute of the Black World, Center for Story Based Strategy and the US Climate Action Network.

This lecture is sponsored by A New Earth Conversation, which is an open-ended collaborative process among members of the Clark community, aimed at cultivating new ways of responding to the unprecedented conditions and questions raised by environmental degradation and climate disruption.

Go, George, go!

A rebuke to Trumpism (and, locally, Mike-Gaffney-poopy-doop):

From VOX:


WAM – always in style! Great new WAM exhibit! Starting tomorrow!!

From WAM website! Please check out these photos! WAM is FREE Saturday mornings! – R.T.


Rediscovering an American Community of Color: The Photographs of William Bullard

William Bullard, James and Jeannie Johnson Family

October 14, 2017 – February 25, 2018

Itinerant photographer William Bullard left behind a trove of over 5,400 glass negatives at the time of his death in 1918. Among these negatives are over 230 portraits of African Americans and Native Americans mostly from the Beaver Brook community in Worcester.

Rediscovering an American Community of Color features eighty of these unprinted and heretofore unpublished photographs that otherwise may have been lost to history.

Bullard identified over 80% of his sitters in his logbook, making this collection especially rare among extant photographic collections of people of color taken before World War I and enables this exhibition to tell specific stories about individuals and recreate a more accurate historical context. Moreover, Bullard’s portraits examine the role of photography as the vehicle for a “new Black identity” during the nascent years of the New Negro movement.

Offering a photographic narrative of migration and resettlement in the aftermath of Emancipation and Reconstruction, Bullard’s portraits address larger themes involving race in American history, many of which remain relevant today, notably, the story of people of color claiming their rightful place in society as well as the fundamentally American story of migration, immigration, and the creation of a community in new surroundings.

A comprehensive website hosted by Clark University ( offers teaching resources for educators, all of the photographs and sitters featured in Rediscovering an American Community of Color, a map of the Beaver Brook neighborhood (circa 1911), and additional research written by the Clark students who participated in a seminar related to the exhibition.



Saturday, October 14, 12 pm:

Musical tribute to Bullard portrait sitter and musician David T. Oswell by his descendents, Raymond T Jackson, D.M.A. (piano), Emma Jean Boyd (violin) and Joshua Allen Boyd (cello). Free with Museum admission.

Thursday, October 19, 5:30-8pm:

Reception with cash bar. 6pm: Master Series Third Thursday including performance by Native American flute player Strong Eagle Daly and art talk by Maurice Wallace, Ph.D., Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies, University of Virginia.

Hosted by the Worcester Art Museum’s Members’ Council and free with Museum admission.

Presented with support from Mass Humanities. Additional support is provided by the Bernard and Louise Palitz Fund.

Master Series is sponsored by:

Rediscovering an American Community of Color was organized in partnership with, and with support from, Clark University. The Museum extends its gratitude to Mass Humanities, the McMillan Stewart Foundation, and Stephen J. Javaras and Robert A. Collins for their financial support. This project is also funded in part by the Hall and Kate Peterson Photography Fund.

In addition, Frank J. Morill generously provided the Museum with the Bullard negatives and years of dedicated research. Finally, the Museum thanks the members of the community and descendants of Bullard’s sitters who offered advice, told stores and filled in crucial gaps that deepened the power of these portraits.


Clark University Bullard Experience
Ten students from Clark University spent the spring semester in 2017 connecting with Bullard portrait descendants and doing archival research for the exhibition Rediscovering an American Community of Color: The Photographs of William Bullard.

The final product of their work appears in extended web entries found at and in content found on the walls of the exhibition. Each student wrote a short reflection on their experience of working on this project.

City Councilor Michael Gaffney drops another bomb

A few days ago: Rose walking her mutts. With the leaves turning color, her thoughts turn to the fall city election … pic: R.T.

By Rosalie Tirella

No, it is not the usual City Councilor Michael Gaffney political hate bomb, right before this Tuesday, September 19, the last date all Woo city councilor candidates at large must officially declare their intent to run for mayor. No, this time, it’s not Gaffney: demonizing minorities, refugees or immigrants; accusing the editor of a local paper of being a sexual predator after the paper runs A FEW PARAGRAPHS! on him that he doesn’t like – Gaffney does this to cost the editor his job and stop the stories – not to help women; lying about and twisting the intentions of present Worcester Mayor Joe Petty; cynically thinking he’s smarter than every one else in the room so he boldly obfuscates and manipulates his way into the voters’ psyches.

No. It’s not the usual Gaffney scheme, taken straight out of the Donald Trump Shit on the Other – Prey on the Weak Handbook. No. This is something new: Gaffney’s declared that this fall, this election season  – when he runs for mayor of Worcester for the second time – HE WILL NOT BE TAKING ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE MEDIA – pertaining to his mayoral run!

That’s right: He will be answering zero Q and A-where do you stand on the issues? candidate surveys. He will be participating in zippo candidate profile pieces, shunning any kind of forum hosted by any paper, radio or TV station  … saying NO to any media-sponsored forum that will help voters make informed decisions in the voter’s booth this November. 

A guy who runs for mayor of the second largest city in New England but refuses to tell the voters what he is gonna do, if elected mayor! That’s Gaffney!

Endorsements? Screw ’em! The Gaffer, who never shuts up when it comes to spreading falsehoods about his perceived political enemies, is clamming up when it comes to talking facts, ideas and goals for Worcester! Unless he is planning to spend $40,000 on advertising, like he did last election cycle, so he can control his message, totally. Because he’s got the dough. … Very presidential candidate Donald Trump! Money money money.

Boycotting voter education, while doling out a ton of voter miseducation on Turtle Boy!

Even though Gaffney thinks he’s merely poking a thumb into the local media’s eye ball, grabbing control of his message, he’s  hurting himself. You wonder: What is Mike Gaffney so afraid of? What is Mike Gaffney trying to hide, ashamed to admit, unwilling to own? Why can’t he be a part of this very American tradition? What doesn’t he want to discuss?

Obviously, quite a lot. Basically the way he does politics – his political m.o.

For starters:

Gaffney’s Sanctuary City lies/race-baiting debacle that messed up Worcester for weeks;

his vindictive political style and bashing of poor people a la his political supporter CHANGE WORCESTER FB PAGE ANONYMOUS AUTHOR PAUL COLLYER – a guy who is so NEGATIVE about Worcester it hurts!

… or may be it’s Gaffney equating – like his buddy Aidan Kearney, owner and writer of Turtle Boy – minorities and poor people with crime and stupidity, an America on the cusp of moral collapse

… or, like Aidan Kearney, like Donald Trump, it could be Gaffney’s stoking the prejudices of people who fear a changing Worcester/America – and refusing to admit to the fact in order to keep feeding the red meat to  his political “base”

… or, coordinating hateful stories with Turtle Boy … and Paul Collyer’s FB page, Change Worcester, becoming an echo chamber – though Collyer has often been the original source from which some of the puke was first puked up.

When you think about it, every puke-y, ugly Worcester political  hate-storm, every nasty Woo political scream fest, every depressing headline about one Woo group pitted against another can be traced to City Councilor Michael Gaffney. Or, if not the source, the Gaffer’s fanned the flames of misunderstanding and prejudice. For political gain. To win.

Now why would we want a guy like this to be Mayor of Worcester?

Worcester is the second largest city in New England. A complicated, diverse, growing metropolis! We deserve better! Incumbent Mayor Joe Petty is better – he is a BETTER man than Gaffney will ever be. He’s a bigger man, a man whose heart is not capable of hatching all the shifty, soul-shriveling political schemes of a Mike Gaffney. And, for this Woo voter, that’s what it comes down to: Petty is perfect for my city of 2018 and beyond not just because he’s a guy with the smarts and collaborative instincts to create a Woo on the move but because he’s got Modesty and Grace. Grace: a quality the spiritually vacuous Gaffney knows nothing about. Being a good person who never exploits the OTHER in our society, the weariest and weakest among us: refugees, the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the men, women and kids struggling with drug addiction. Mayor Joe Petty works hard to make our city a millennial playground, but he also keeps his eyes on our kids in our schools, our families in our inner-city neighborhoods, our workers who need good jobs and job training … even our pups in our dog parks! He is a GOOD PERSON WHO DOES RIGHT BY EVERYONE. In a multicultural city, with a minority-majority public school system, a lot of poor folks who the global economy has abandoned … during these awful Trump Times in which cities are gut-punched daily, courtesy of our insane President, we need Grace in City Hall. We need Joe Petty.

We don’t need schemer, never-dreamer Mike Gaffney!