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Holiday open-house Sun., Dec 6!

Wishing all the homeless dog and cats, puppies and kittens, (as well as mice, ferrets, gerbils) of Worcester County have loving homes for the holidays?

Then check out tomorrow’s (SUNDAY, DEC. 6) open house at the Worcester Animal Rescue League on Holden Street (Worcester)! From 1 p.m to 4 p.m. Dec. 6  WARL staffers and volunteers will treat you to holiday yummies, music, tours of the kennels and facility and more! Best of all you can visit with all their animals – and hopefully adopt one or two. I visit WARL all the time – adopted both my dogs from WARL. Continue reading Holiday open-house Sun., Dec 6!

Illusions of security

By Richard Schmitt

President Obama has decided to escalate the war in Afghanistan. In his speech he was very clear about the purpose of that escalation: “I make this decision because I am convinced that our security is at stake in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is the epicenter of violent extremism practiced by Al Qaeda. It is from here that we were attacked on 9/11 and it is from here that new attacks are being plotted as I speak.”

Many commentators have questioned whether the means chosen by the President are feasible: Will we be able, in a year and a half, to train an Afghan army and police force able to keep the Taliban in check? Will we be able to persuade the Afghani government to eschew corruption? Few people believe that these goals can be reached in less than 5 years — if ever. Continue reading Illusions of security

Post-election analysis!

By Cheez Wiz

Plan E government makes it easy to blame others in leadership roles. Who’s gonna pay for the mess? The economy gets worse. And all we are hearing about from the political class lately is how Guy Glodis’ effort at state auditor brings with it a political domino play. Silly me, I actually thought the political class cared for us. But it seems more like they just want to get another shiny title and a bump in their state-funded retirement accounts. The police will get their salary bump because of that outdated Quinn Bill. Maybe the Worcester City Council members will be able to blame City Manager Mike O’Brien – even though the Council members were the main beneficiaries of the union funding.

The only bump the property owners of Worcester will get is in their property taxes.

Blaming Mike O’Brien might be the way to push Mike out and to give the Timmy-Jimmy-Joe alliance the “strong mayor” title that has been so elusive with a Plan E government. Continue reading Post-election analysis!

Visiting the Elephant Sanctuary

By Deirdre Healy

October was Elephant Awareness Month in Tennessee because of the efforts that the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald has made toward improving the lives of elephants throughout the world. 

Interestingly enough, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the sanctuary in October.   The Tennessee sanctuary has volunteer days about once a month.  Kathy, Marissa and I traveled from Massachusetts to Hohenwald, TN for a long weekend so that we could work outdoors one Saturday for the benefit of “the girls,” as the elephants are lovingly called. 

The sanctuary houses 15 female Asian and African elephants.  Most are Asian elephants.  There are only 2 African elephants.  Apparently it is natural for female elephants to live together.  In the wild, they live in matriarchal herds.  Male elephants, by the time they reach the age of 20, spend most of their time alone. Continue reading Visiting the Elephant Sanctuary

An open letter to President Obama

By film maker Michael Moore

Monday, November 30, 2009

Dear President Obama,

Do you really want to be the new “war president”? If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm) and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and simple. And with that you will do the worst possible thing you could do — destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they’ve always heard is true — that all politicians are alike. I simply can’t believe you’re about to do what they say you are going to do. Please say it isn’t so.

It is not your job to do what the generals tell you to do. We are a civilian-run government. WE tell the Joint Chiefs what to do, not the other way around. That’s the way General Washington insisted it must be. That’s what President Truman told General MacArthur when MacArthur wanted to invade China. “You’re fired!,” said Truman, and that was that. And you should have fired Gen. McChrystal when he went to the press to preempt you, telling the press what YOU had to do. Let me be blunt: We love our kids in the armed services Continue reading An open letter to President Obama

The College of the Holy Cross and the culture of alcoholism

By Rosalie Tirella

Three or so years ago, after scores of InCity Times articles/Tony Hmura ads decrying the lewd, thoughtless and stupid behavior of dead-drunk Holy Cross students (one of our readers wrote us that a HCross couple was having sex in the hallway in the three decker in which she and her child lived!!!), I was at a corner store in the Madison Street/Southbridge street area of Worcester. I was heading to my car when a prepped-out (short haircut, loafer-wearing, no socks) late-40-something-year-old guy came up to me and told me: 1. He was visiting his kid at Holy Cross and could I give him directions to the school and 2. Could I also give him directions to the nearest package store (I think he even said “packie”!).

I was appalled. Here he was: the Holy Cross frat guy all grown up! Just as arrogant as he had been during his Holy Cross days – and, more important to me, just as big an alcoholic.

This weekend he was helping/enabling his kid to become an alcoholic.

I put two and two together: I gave boozer-dad directions to Holy Cross, but I didn’t tell him where the nearest package store was.

Then I got into my car thinking alcoholism IS A GENERATIONAL CURSE. It is passed on and on and on … from grandparents to parents to kids … from holiday parties to birthday bashes to summer cook-outs to wakes and to gatherings of all sorts (both happy and sad), with Holy Cross college being some kind of milestone for young alcoholics. Here the kids were: at school, away from home, under all sorts of pressure, enjoying all sorts of new experiences. Boozing, somehow, made things seem more real. Alcohol was/is a big part of Holy Cross students’ lives. And when Dad visits Holy Cross, he drinks, too, he parties, too. (Especially if there’s a football game! Go Crusaders!) Continue reading The College of the Holy Cross and the culture of alcoholism

Good news from North High School

By John Monfredo, Worcester School Committee member

It is the nature of society that the only news to make the press is doom and gloom. I want to reverse that trend and let you know good things are happening in our schools.

Despite the recession, budget woes and many other problems that plague the current school climate, our talented and dedicated Worcester Public School professionals have once again risen to the challenges facing them and demonstrated their worth.

As reported last year in InCity Times, North High School was part of the Mass Insight and Research Institute project. This independent non-profit organization works with public schools across the nation Continue reading Good news from North High School

Ask your legislator to help elephants by supporting S. 1870

Dear InCity Times readers,

In July 2009, PETA released the findings of an undercover investigation of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus that spanned several months and took place in more than a dozen U.S. states. Our investigator documented routine abuse of elephants and tigers at the hands of Ringling workers, including an animal superintendent and a head elephant trainer.

One of the implements that Ringling employees routinely use is a bullhook—a heavy, hard-handled device with a sharp, steel hook at one end that trainers use to beat elephants on the head, the ears, the trunk, and other sensitive areas. The use of bullhooks is standard in the circus industry, and its use on elephants results in pain, suffering, and trauma, including lacerations, puncture wounds, and abscesses. While an elephant’s skin appears tough, it is actually so sensitive that the animals can feel a fly land and the pain of an insect bite. Trainers typically embed the hooks into the elephants’ skin and soft-tissue areas. Continue reading Ask your legislator to help elephants by supporting S. 1870

A change of heart

By State Senator Robert L. Hedlund, minority whip

I didn’t consider myself an “animal protection” person. I wear a leather motorcycle jacket. I sometimes eat meat. And I oppose forming a union for pigeons that “act” in movies, as one of my colleagues is pushing for.

Yet, I am now and have been for several years, one of the Legislature’s leading advocates against cruelty to elephants, and other animal protection issues.

I owe it all to members of the South Shore Humane Society, who brought to my attention one day the physical and mental abuse leveled against non-domestic animals that are forced to perform as part as circuses or traveling exhibits. Continue reading A change of heart

Give ’em shelter!

To most of us, the start of winter means that our warm clothes come out and the heater gets switched on. We can cope comfortably with the coming chill. But to neglected “backyard” dogs, the change of seasons means that they must endure many months of long, cold nights with nowhere to go to get out of the wind and sleet. It means aching joints and uncontrollable shaking—no matter how small a ball they try to curl into.

You can change that.

For many of these animals, a sturdily constructed doghouse can make all the difference in the world—it can sometimes even be the difference between life and death. Continue reading Give ’em shelter!