By Carl Benander
Tony Hmura brings up the big increase in the number of state jobs; this, at time of extreme budgetary shortages.He calls attention to terribly excessive wages to certain state workers, wages that are not enjoyed by most workers in the Commonwealth.He mentions the difference between the retirement policies between State and Private sector employees.
First of all, being a reader, I make it a practice to read as much as possible that with which I may disagree. InCity Times fits this bill nicely. However what I like about it is the fact that you do not hesitate to “make waves, or “rock the boat”. I see very little of this in the T & G. Continue reading A two-party political system
By Congressman Jim McGovern
Recently, in the back and forth over the health care issue, we seem to have taken our eyes off the ball.
Most of the news coverage has focused on the “debate over the debate” – who shouted down whom at a town hall meeting. I believe we must refocus on the underlying issue at hand – namely, how is our health care system broken and how should we fix it?
First, the problem. Right now, the United States spends more per person on health care than any other country in the world. And what do we get for all that money? In terms of the life expectancy of our people, we rank 30th, just behind Bosnia. Continue reading Health insurance reform: beyond the town hall meetings
By Richard Schmitt
We do not think much about the cost of war. A few years after the end of the latest military engagement, we erect war monuments—plaques with names, statues of soldiers, civic buildings. We call our soldiers heroes, especially if they did not come home and that’s about it.
But a spate of recent news stories about the Iraq war cannot be ignored. They force us to face up to the horrendous cost of this war. Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, 4328 soldiers are officially listed as killed, 31,431 officially listed as injured. Unofficial numbers for injuries are much higher. Many of the injured have brain damage. We need to pause a minute with these numbers to consider that for every soldier killed, there is a grieving family—parents, brothers and sisters, often grandparents, uncles and aunts. Friends and neighbors are affected as well. Many soldiers killed are fathers and mothers who leave their spouse behind and often also their children. More than 900 children in the US lost one parent in Iraq. The war memorials we erect so diligently do not mention the wide swath of grief left by each death or the lives seriously affected by the loss of a son, a life companion, or a parent. Continue reading The Cost of War
By Rosalie Tirella
I have been reading the shit-storm that has engulfed Christina Andrianopoulos. When I first read about her, I thought, knowing what I know: keep out of it, Rose; you have enough to write about; have a bit of restraint. But I can’t resist! This is just too juicy!
Two funny Christina stories that just show you what kinda “star” this old gal is: I go out with a guy who is a contractor/carpenter. He told me this story about Christina, only he called her “the cunt.” Several years ago, Christina hired him to do some handyman work at her house. He did the work. Then she called him Christmas eve – the night of her big holiday party at her home. She asked him to come down and trim the door he had just put in. She had just installed new wall-to-wall carpeting, and the door wasn’t closing properly. He – wanting the cash – made a house call to Christina’s home on Christmas eve. He did the job. The door closed the right way. He gave her her bill.
He said Christina was rich and lived in a fine house and hung out with this old guy, also rich. He didn’t think she would balk at the price. She gave him some money, but she wouldn’t give him the rest. The balance? A whopping $50. She told him no way, Jose. Continue reading More on Christina Andrianopoulos!
By John Monfredo, Worcester School Committee
When I look back, I am so impressed again
with the life-giving power of literature.
If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of
myself in the world, I would do that again by reading,
just as I did when I was young.
~ Maya Angelou ~
During the month of June, “Worcester: the City that Reads” committee, co-chaired by my wife Anne-Marie and me, collected over 20,000 books from our four-month long book drive. Every student – from pre-Kindergarten to grade seven – received a book for summer reading. Thanks to the generosity of the public, we were able to reach and surpass our goal. What we would like to do now is to continue our literacy program and have the schools participate in a “Book Swap” program during the week of September 21.
Thus far, close to 20 Worcester Public Schools have volunteered to participate, Every school that wished to be part of the literacy program received about 100 books as part of the “Book Swap” program and will be in the mix for the Book Swap program. These books were collected by me during the summer and donated by generous citizens and businesses who continued to collect books for our drive.
Again, our main goal is to encourage reading and put books into the hands of ALL our students. As a community, let us continue to make literacy a priority in Worcester.
Well, this is it!
Tonight, at the Venice Film Festival, I will premiere my new movie, “Capitalism: A Love Story.” After 16 months of production, I am proud to present this work of mine to you. It is unlike anything you’ll see on the silver screen this year.
Twenty years ago this week I premiered my first film, “Roger & Me.” Continue reading A note from director Michael Moore …
Although I decided not to go through the rigors of a political campaign this fall, the election for State Representative in the 13th Worcester District is one year away (the fall of 2010). I shall use the next few weeks and months to assemble a strong campaign committee, recruit volunteers, raise money, and plan the strategies we’ll need for a successful result next fall.
And this man that you have labeled as old is going to use that foolish statement as encouragement and motivation. As a former teacher at Wachusett Regional High School, many families still remember and respect me for the fine education I gave their children. And soon I’ll be getting some needed exercise this fall into the early winter by leisurely walking the town of Paxton, knocking on doors and talking to registered voters.
But don’t worry, Rosalie, I have the intellect, ability, energy and character to serve the people of the 13th Worcester District quite well.
By Rosalie Tirella
Yup! That was my first, true, gut – “visceral,” if you want to get fancy – reaction when I heard that these three guys are most likely going to run for State Rep. Bob Spellane’s seat when he vacates it next year to become a grown up.
While I have always liked City Counilor at Large Gary Rosen, at 64 years old, he’s simply too old to run for this seat. It’s like he’s embarking on a political career when he should be … gardening. It’s strange: Gary dropped out of the Worcester mayoral race last month because he said he wasn’t up to campaigning. Too energy-sapping. Too much work. But he would have done pretty well (won reelection to his city councilor at large seat) if he had just kept his name on the ballot and spent the rest of the fall sorting his sock drawer. But yeesh, Gary, a run for state rep slot? How many people in Paxton know you? How are you gonna reach all these voters? Think of all the Gary-Rosen-for-State-Rep combs you’ll have to pass out!
It just goes to show you: some people are 9 parts ego and 1 part human being. Continue reading Joff Smith, “Rick” Rushton and Gary Rosen! Gak!!!
By Paula Moore
If your hair is thinning and you can’t remember where you left the car keys, last night’s fish fillets just might be to blame. According to a new study released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), over a seven-year period, scientists found mercury in every single fish they tested from streams across the country.
This study should put to rest once and for all the old fish story that fish is a “health food.”
From 1998 to 2005, USGS scientists tested more than a thousand fish collected from nearly 300 streams nationwide. All the fish were contaminated with mercury, and more than a quarter of them—27 percent—had mercury levels that exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency’s safety limits for the average fish-eater. Numerous other studies have also found worrisome levels of mercury and other contaminants in farmed fish and lake and ocean fish, including tuna and swordfish. Continue reading In a fog? It could be the fish