Worcester Sucks and I Love It

Bill Shaner
A newsletter on Worcester and how bad it sucks and how much I love it
Created 17 Jun 2020
  • Another one bites the dust
    13 Oct 2021 • 10 min read • 5 0
    Before we begin, a friendly reminder that this newsletter is 100 percent reader-supported, independent journalism. I don’t run any ads, I don’t have any grant funding, I rely solely off individual con...
  • Why bother? An Idiot’s Guide to City Elections Pt. 1
    08 Oct 2021 • 15 min read • 1 1
    Kong with his damsels in distress. Drawing by Chelsea Zona (IG: @chelsea_zona) First of all, you’re not an idiot, sorry about that. And you’re especially not an idiot if you don’t know about city elec...
  • Shanel Soucy: The PornHub Lawn Sign Candidate
    26 Sep 2021 • 12 min read • 5 0
    Consider this post a follow-up to last week’s, in which we looked at Richard Cipro, an active duty police officer running for City Council, and all the problems inherent in that. Generally speaking, C...
  • The Cipro situation
    16 Sep 2021 • 10 min read • 2 2
    Richard Cipro, the walking Punisher logo challenging Sean Rose for the District 1 City Council seat, came away from the preliminary election this week with a clear mandate. That sucks big time. He bea...
  • A quick guide to the preliminary election tomorrow
    14 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 3 0
    It’s entirely possible you have absolutely no idea that tomorrow there’s a preliminary election for City Council here in Worcester, and while that sucks, it’s understandable. It’s not really all that ...
  • Buh-Bye Binienda!
    08 Sep 2021 • 14 min read • 4 1
    This is something of a grab-bag post touching on a lot of different topics. It’s long. Some email services may not allow you to read the whole thing and you’ll have to open it on the internet the old ...
  • "They shouldn't be in health care but they are"
    25 Aug 2021 • 12 min read • 5 0
    Well, this week in the ongoing horror that is the Saint Vincent Hospital nurses’ strike is the new wrinkle that some of the striking nurses may not have jobs to return to because the hospital filled t...
  • The gentrification of The Bridge begins
    19 Aug 2021 • 16 min read • 1 0
    The dream of the Bridge Academy is still alive in the hearts of everyone involved with it, but the space around which said dreams coalesced, the old factory building at 300 Southbridge Street, is dead...
  • Oh the lengths they'll go
    09 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 3 0
    A picture I took waaaay back in March, when the strike first started. So Tenet, the company that owns Saint Vincent Hospital, announced today that they’re going to start hiring permanent replacement n...
  • "This whole thing stinks"
    04 Aug 2021 • 9 min read • 3 0
    If you’ve served four terms as mayor of a city as well as terms on both the City Council and the School Committee, you’d know how contract negotiations work. You’d have to. It’s one of the most import...
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