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Election Day is today! … Worcester, America decides!

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THE FUTURE: Chef Joey’s baby girl – Gigi!   pic: Chef Joey

By Rosalie Tirella

Dear Worcester and America:

Today’s the day – ELECTION DAY! We all make the somber, joyful, vindictive?, salutary amble to our local churches, neighborhood centers, senior centers to pull the lever, color in the ovals – X marks the spot! – in our hearts! No bludgeon-wielding thug can coerce us into saying how we voted or make us vote for this one or that one! This is America! The grand land of Lincoln – not Putin!

Today, Election Day, every American 18 or older can partake in the ultimate American  pot luck dinner: a FREE, NONVIOLENT, OPEN election! An election whose results are accepted by this sea-to-shining-sea country of millions and millions of people who show the rest of the world what true day to day, cheek by jowl DIVERSITY is – a people – and we are “WE THE PEOPLE” – who accept election results in peace … go back to the drawing board to get our guy or gal or point of view in next time. Our elections do not trigger beheadings, civil wars, coups d’etat.

Remember: We are the land of Lincoln – not Putin!

Today we can choose as our next president: A brilliant, seasoned stateswoman, a public servant who’s advocated for women, children and families her entire political life – which spans decades – OR we can choose a megalomaniac, racist, sexist nut job whose most substantial and consistent character trait is his fake goldy-locks-comb over. Republican nominee Donald Trump was all over the place this election cycle – but his hair, each and every follicle – never wavered!

Do we want a bad comb-over as our next president?

Do we want to empower Donald Trump to make that 3 a.m. phone call that could end the world as we know it? Madness! Choosing between Hillary Clinton, a former Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, First Lady and Donald Trump, a bloviating, mentally unstable blow hard reality TV show star WHO HAS ZERO GOVERNING/POLITICAL experience and who loves only himself. We are all just tools or toys with which Trump can play to feel GREAT about himself and all his other delusions. He is a vulgarian who has criminally assaulted women, ogled naked 15-year-old girl models, a man who, at the slightest puerile provocation (like, hey, Donald you’re a wimp!) would blanket the Mid East with bombs – children and women be damned.

Of course, Trump wouldn’t have gotten this far if the Republican Party weren’t a shambles. The Republicans have dismissed, forgotten, NEVER SERVED, the people who’ve given them their electoral prowess ever since Tricky Dick: the white working class, the lower middle class with high school degrees and God on their side. Their wages have been depressed for years, they’ve been down sized without new free training for the global economy, they visit food pantries after working all day at Wal Mart. THEIR VOICES MUST BE HEARD!

The Republican political elite got their votes and closed their ears and hearts. Now the slumbering have awoken!  American democracy, the Republican hoi polloi have puked up Donald Trump.

Good. The Republican Party deserves it. Now it will be forced to retool itself for 21st century America: a land of young people, immigrants, people of color, the LBGT community, the working poor, the poor, women, women, women… the majority of whom will not be white in a generation. THE FUTURE!

Today! PLEASE VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON AS OUR NEXT PRESIDENT!

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Referendum Questions:

YES ON Q 3 – So that Mass doesn’t accept animals or their bounty from places where the animals live in quarters where they cannot lie down and fully extend their legs, stand up or turn around in.

HUMANE LIVING QUARTERS FOR VEAL CALVES, PIGS, CHICKENS now!!!

YES ON Q 2. Poor parents stuck in the inner city without academic choices for their kids…NEED TO BE EMPOWERED TO MAKE CHOICES, to send their kids to the schools they think will most benefit them – academically, socially, emotionally. On this website I wrote of my wonderful, late mom and why she would vote YES ON Question 2.  She was a loving person who adored little kids. She always wanted the best for them. She would take union politics and paycheck bullshit right out of the equation and see a YES on 2 as  a YES for  Mass kids!

YES ON Q 4. Legalize Mary Jane! I’ve come around on this issue: Arresting half the young men in our inner city ‘hoods for a non-gateway drug is folly. We’re destroying young lives – especially black, brown and poor young lives.

NO ON Q 1. NO MORE CASINOS IN MASS. We’re the smart state. We can innovate our way to a gangbusters economy! Go, Massachusetts, go!

And You! GO OUT AND VOTE TODAY!

This is it! ELECTION DAY! Get out and VOTE!

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You could say, notwithstanding the sunny disposition, this guy was the beginning of the end … pic:R.T.

By Edith Morgan

This is it! Our final chance to vote! If you did not take advantage of the two weeks of early voting that ended on November 4, TODAY, Tuesday, November 8, is your big chance!

In case you are hesitating because you “don’t know the ropes,” here’s what you need to know:

The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If you have not moved very recently, and have voted recently, just show up at your assigned location…

… check in (address, then your name)

… get your ballots (THERE ARE TWO PAGES this time, because of the 4 referendum questions). So be sure to look at both sides of the first and then fill in the second, before you check out.

Be sure to use the pen that is provided, and carefully fill in the oval by the name of your selected candidates. Fill in the oval by YES or NO after each of the four referendum questions. Voters will be deciding who’ll be our next president! Also, there are the Massachusetts Senate and House contests! If you need to review what is on the ballots, there are samples posted at the entrance to the voting area.

Once you have marked your ballots, check out at the tables and insert your ballots (pages 1 and 2) into the machine. Wait a few seconds until the machine says thank you!

Take – and proudly wear! – your free “I VOTED” sticker! Some polls even have coffee and donuts for all. Everyone is very helpful!

If you are not certain where you are registered, please call the City of Worcester Election Commission office at 508-799-1134 for information.

If you are a first-time voter please bring ID with you.

If you are an inactive voter (“I” by your name,) you will be asked to fill out a voter certificate, and then you will be able to vote. Bring proof of residency (something with your present address on it) Most people have a current driver’s license, or other photo ID.

Fear not! Just come! Everyone who works at the polls will do their best to enable you to cast your vote. Poll workers will answer your questions, help you in any way they can and see that your vote counts.

You can bring along a translator, or helper if handicapped – or your children if there is no babysitter at home.

JUST COME OUT AND VOTE TODAY!

This past weekend Worcester’s inner city was alive with fall fun!

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On Cambridge Street, in Maloney Field, we saw scores of kids and their parents playing soccer. All the families were, pretty much, folks of color. Poverty, struggles do NOT stop kids from playing – nor interested parents from joining in the fun.

So important for Worcester politicians to keep Worcester’s older neighborhoods in mind. The middle class can always buy themselves out of problems and dilemmas. The poor face them every day – and surmount more than you think!

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PLEASE VOTE TODAY FOR WORCESTER POLITICAL CANDIDATES WHO STAY TRUE TO THE PROMISE OF OUR INNER-CITY!

I’m a former (and present-day) Worcester inner-city kid: Worcester Public Schools student, kindergarten – grade 12; participant in Worcester’s Summer’s World; dreamer in the Worcester Public Library’s children’s room; belly flopper in Worcester’s Crompton Park swimming pool, mad dasher at the Girls Club on Vernon Hill, quiet girl at St. Mary’s church and catechism class in Green Island … eons later owner and editor of InCity Times.

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The City of Worcester services, parks and schools worked for my single mom and us kids. The WPS teachers supported the work ethic that my mom was all about, the Worcester parks and our public library and their city events – the Fourth of July fireworks at East Park, the free musical instrument instruction at Lamartine Street School – kept things interesting and fun for us. FOR FREE. For kids and grandkids of immigrants.

The American Dream in ACTION – WORCESTER!

Worcester politicians need to remember first and foremost we’re a Gateway city. They must INVEST in the kids and parents and adults of our urban core. We’ll most likely be here for the rest of our lives, giving the city its true feel … .

… Its every day music.

– pics and text: Rosalie Tirella

VOTE TODAY!

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By Edith Morgan
 
It’s here: Decision time has come, ready or not! TODAY Worcester votes! We elect or re-elect our local government officials.  And against all reality, I am still hopeful that we will erase the dismal figures of past local elections and show up in greater numbers.
 
Before casting our ballots, we should give a few moments’ thought to some very fundamental questions: because local government touches most of us most directly – in our homes, our streets, our children, our neighborhoods, our daily lives, we should be most concerned who makes decisions about these things, but we should also learn what the limits of the powers of the local officials really is.
 
I am often amazed at how little so many of us really understand about the structure of our government, the powers that each position actually has, and how to get things done by our local leaders.

Too many of us go directly to our councilors for help with things that are better and more quickly taken care of by the established bureaucracy – like filling potholes, trimming trees, reducing traffic, picking up trash, etc A call to DPW and P, at 508-929-1300 is the best way to go – they will direct you to the right department if needed, or give you a number to refer to if they can not help you immediately.  

For help with school matters, it is best to go up the ladder – from the classroom teacher, to the principal, to someone at 20 Irving Street, then as a last resort, to the elected members of the school committee.
 
I always encourage people to start with those most likely to be able to solve problems directly, because that is their job, and because they are the most likely to have the answers.
 
So, what can our elected officials really do?

While we are accustomed to expect “favors” from those we elect,  I do NOT expect that. That is the road to nepotism and corruption. Rather, I expect that those I elect will provide leadership, long range planning ideas, make sure that the city is governed by the basic philosophy that we can agree on. Often, a single occurrence bring out the hysterics, so we end up with ordinances that are not well thought out and affect too many of us negatively.  

There is always a temptation to win votes by taking on tasks that should be done by hired employees, but I look to my elected representatives to keep their eyes on the broader picture – they all represent the entire city, whether they are elected from a district, or at large.
 
I look for a person who has a vision for the future, who knows and understands our city, who is well-informed, and can listen to other viewpoints.

I am not impressed by buzzwords, by “kissing babies”, hiring relatives, being seen at all events, ( we grew up believing that “:fools’ names and faces are often seen in public places”) – and I also hope that voting for people who represent a variety of viewpoints will bring good discussions to our meetings.

Above all, I want to be represented by people who are guided by FACTS, not emotions or the drive to power.
 

Today, Worcester! Get out and vote!

By Rosalie Tirella

The Worcester of 2015 is multiracial, multicultural and multi-voiced. It’s a city with a healthy middle and upper-middle class and biz community. But it is also a Gateway City filled with immigrants, second generation Americans … lots of poor families, hungry children … youth violence, racial strife – BIG CITY CHALLENGES!

We need city leaders who can work our problems with: INTELLIGENCE, SENSITIVITY, OPTIMISM.

So, today, ELECTION DAY, please vote for:

Mayor – Joseph (Joe) Petty (incumbent)

Great person! Smart, thoughtful on the issues, won’t be swayed by the naysayers or the alarmists. Rebuilt Elm Park, pushed for a recovery high school AND a high school for the gifted, working to upgrade so many of our public schools, working with the police department to keep our schools safe, building playgrounds and safe spaces for our inner-city kids. THIS IS WHAT JOE PETTY IS ABOUT. COMMUNITY. All of us sharing the good things,feeling we have a say … that we ALL matter: black, white, poor, straight, gay, inner city, suburban style …

He’s our QUIET MAN – and we mean the JOHN WAYNE flick! Don’t let his modesty fool ya! Petty’s tough and determined! Go, Joe, go!

RE-ELECT JOSEPH PETTY!

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Councilors at Large

PLEASE VOTE FOR:

Joseph Petty (see above. You have to vote for Petty in this category too, if you want him to be re-elected mayor).

Morris (Moe) Bergman

A steady voice. A calm, thoughtful, smart guy who LOVES our public schools. He’s had three kids go/going through the system – so he’s not just talk! He knows the school buildings, the teachers, the courses. He is PROUD of what our public schools offer kids and their families. Moe is also for a brighter downtown, economic development … a better Worcester for all.

Juan Gomez

We love Juan! He is so real! Warm, yet tough! Fun and cute but biz savvy. We have been a Juan fan for years, back when he was a Worcester city councilor who was business friendly but never forgot the peeps! He was always honest about the issues, where he stood. Sometimes that cost him a vote or two but, for us, that spells INTEGRITY.

Ronald O’Clair

InCity Times writer and long-time Main South community activist Ron O’Clair KNOWS THE ISSUES, KNOWS THIS CITY. Ron is a life-long Worcester resident and truly enjoys the people and our zippy Woo vibe. He gets a kick out of the great things, but the guns, violence, drugs bring him down, like it does all of us. He wants to help us save our inner city – stop the violence and the drugs! And that is a wonderful thing!

VOTE RONALD O’CLAIR!!

Philip Palmieri

This District 2 guy wants to graduate to At Large! And why not?! The district Phil’s been serving for years encompasses downtown Worcester, the bustling Shrewsbury Street, parts of Green Island, pretty middle class neighborhoods – in other words: Worcester in microcosm. And Phil has NEVER been shy about weighing in on city-wide issues anyways – or beginning the conversation on some important Worcester issue, outside his district. This has always been a good thing for Worcester.

Phil Palmieri is an experienced Worcester city councilor, works the problems Hard and SMART, like there’s no tomorrow!

Worcester needs Phil! GIVE him your vote!

William Coleman

Billy Coleman has been a pal for years. What you don’t see when he’s kinda got the spotlight all to himself is: HE REALLY IS A VERY CARING, LOVING PERSON WHO IS THERE FOR ANYONE. Billy is a GREAT PERSON! Which means he’ll work hard for ALL THE PEOPLE OF WORCESTER – meet you, talk with you, hear your side of the issue. He’s a gentle soul who doesn’t hurt folks, and he is especially sensitive to the poor, the homeless, city kids … the people others sometimes forget.

VOTE WILLIAM COLEMAN!!!

District 2:

Vote for Candace Mero Carlson!

She wants to take Phil’s place – she’d be a great voice and advocate for D 2. Candy holds a special place in my heart because she is a GREAT DOG LOVER! Has had English bull dogs that are just gorgeous! And spoiled, like my Jett and Lilac. Candy is also people focused, has done so much volunteer work, community advocacy ….LOVES WORCESTER! She knows District 2 and would represent it with smarts, grace and intelligence.

VOTE CANDACE MERO CARLSON!

VOTE TODAY! Vote for the Worcester you hope to see!!!!