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Worcester City Clerk David Rushford (hog at the municipal trough) and my Christmas gifts …

By Rosalie Tirella
I could write about how I believe Worcester City Councilors Konnie Lukes and Phil Palmeiri are absolutely RIGHT when they say  City Clerk David Rushford needs to get off the city trough and give up all the dough he is making marrying people, as justice of peace in our City Hall – but I won’t. It’s Christmas. 
But I will say this for now since it will come up for a city council vote soon: If Rushford, who makes over $150,000 between his City Clerk job, his Elections Commission job and his private Justice of the Peace business which he is allowed to run out of City Hall  using City Hall space, time etc ,  wants to do the marrying  job on city time using city resources then he should not be allowed to collect the $60 – $100 fee he charges every time he marries a (1) couple. THAT MONEY SHOULD GO TO THE CITY. IT IS A JOB HE IS PERFORMING IN CITY HALL ON CITY TIME.
Doesn’t the guy make enough money? Hasn’t he hogged three jobs all to himself? Does he need to be the justice of peace from hell? I pity his poor clerks this holiday season. They are working for a prima donna – and can’t utter a peeep.
SO: Let’s take Rushford’s windfall – which Rushford won’t disclose to the public (thousands of dollars) – and use his justice of the peace fees to open up a city branch library or run a program for city kids. We hope Worcester follows Boston, whose city coucilors are also pushing for the same reform, when it comes to keeping the “marrying” fees. Let’s hold our city leaders feet to the fire so they do the right thing.
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Here’s my Christmas gift … I read this in the NYTimes recently.  
 InCity Times has been railing against using chimps for medical experiments (most researchers don’t need them to do their research). We wrote story after story about the issue. And now finally – progress.
 Also,  Congress is moving to ban exotic animals in cirucuses.  California is always ahead of the curve – great op/ed in LA Times:
This is exactly what ICTimes has been pushing for …  for YEARS!
Hooray!
So things like this never happen again: Ringling Bros was fined big time for animal abuse/neglect. One violation: Carting away tiger shit in a wheel barrow and then using the same  wheelbarrow to bring the big cats their food.
Pathetic.

Why would anyone give a hoot?

By Rosalie Tirella

The royal wedding. It’s tomorrow, and it’s a lot of make-believe and phoniness wrapped in taffeta. A total waste of time! And yet the world gawks and gawks! Amazing! We love famous people – even if they are famous for accomplishing nothing – or, as in the prince’s case, having had the good luck (or bad, depending on how you look at it) of popping out of the late Princess Di’s too tragic uterus.

America is (supposed to be) a meritocracy. We rejected all this royal pain in the ass stuff more than 200 years ago. And yet American tourists, along with other crazies, are supposed to converge on England and dump around $80 million in tourism bucks (according to NPR). What’s more, the Brits seem just as besotted. Reports say they are pleased as punch about the nuptuals; in surveys Brits say the royal wedding will get them out of the doldrums.

While I love Shakespeare, Ricky Gervais and Monty Python (cuz they’re brilliant), I don’t give a damn about the prince (is he the one who stupidly wore the Hitler outfit?). Thank you, but I prefer to get excited about England’s health care system: universal health care, which means all Brits – like everyone else in Western Europe, Canada and Cuba – get excellent care for nothing. If you are rich, poor, middle class, black, white, dying of cancer, struggling with a brain tumor, strong as an ox – your medical bills are ZERO. Nothing! No matter what your situation – no matter what your state of health. The Brits understand that sometimes WE matters more than ME. They, like the folks in France and Canada, have longer life expectencies than Americans. In fact, our health care systems are so fucked up that we rate way down the list – just above Slovenia. And guess what? A baby born in El Salvador has a greater chance of surviving than a baby born in Detroit, Michigan.

Pathetic.

So tomorrow, while the rest of the world oohs and ahhs over England’s royal couple and their wedding guests, gowns, gropes, grips and gripers, I will be toasting their health care system.

If America had universal health care, Worcester – along with every other city and town in America – would not be in the fix she’s in with her municipal unions and their ever skyrocketing health care costs. We would have branch libraries and art classes and free college for everyone!

England, here we come?