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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 4, 2013 Page 5 The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings CITY HALL TO GO The North End, Back Bay, Beacon Hill and Charles- town may not need a City Hall to Go but most of the remaining city neighbor- hoods certainly could use it. Hey, if the U.S. Postal Ser- vice can set up Post Offices to Go during the Christmas season in Downtown Boston, why isn't City Hall to Go not even better. In the wireless computer age, wouldn't it be nice not to have to travel into City Hall for many services you might need from time to time? Folks in East Boston wouldn't have to travel across the Atlantic Ocean and folks in West Roxbury wouldn't have to take the commuter rail. Especially with Govern- ment Center MBTA station closing down for two years, it would be much more con- venient for City Hall to come to them rather than the reverse. I HOPE THIS DOESN'T TURN INTO SOUTH BOSTON SHORE Reality television is com- ing to South Boston on cable. We can only hope it doesn't do to Irish Americans what Jersey Shore did for Italian Americans. The last thing South Boston needs is to be "Snookied." Southie Rules airs by Sal Giarratani on Tuesdays beginning Jan- uary 29 th on A&E. The last thing Boston needs is to be seen as a battle between Irish drunks and the yuppie rich. I just finished getting re-angered again as I recently watched The Town on TNT. I am proud of my Townie roots which go back over 100 years and Holly- wood's idea of Charlestown seems like an expletive to me. Charlestown isn't a four- letter word or a community of losers. Ben Affleck's Charlestown was as phony as his put-on Boston accent. GOOD FOR TIM CAHILL I was so glad to see my long- time Quincy friend Tim Cahill's ordeal hopefully over. I never understood why Attorney General Martha Coakley went after him. It made little sense. The jury in this case was hopelessly deadlocked on the charges. Coakley has yet to say whether she will seek a re- trial and I hope she doesn't. Hasn't she already caused enough harm to him and his family? She should drop the whole case like a hot potato. Any hope she had of re- launching a bid for higher office certainly went out the window when the case ended in a mistrial. Never mind running for governor or U.S. senator, she might even face a Democrat oppo- nent in the primary. Cahill's reputation has been unfairly tarnished and he didn't deserve this to happen. Coakley owes him and the taxpayers an apology for the waste of both time and money. After a 16 month investigation and a 26 day trial, Cahill is a free man but it all hurt him so much. It was good to see that smile on his face when he left the courtroom. DONNA SUMMER IN THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME Donna Summer has fi- nally been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. It is too bad she died before this induction. I saw her perform last sum- mer in Boston at the Bank of Boston Pavilion. I didn't know it would be her last show ever in her hometown but I was grateful in hind- sight to be a part of it. Tick- ets to the 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction cer- emony go on sale January 25 th at www.rockhalkcom. HBO will air the taped show on May 18 th at 9:00 pm. News Briefs (Continued from Page I) The Republicans Need to,be More than he Anti-party During Campaign 2012, the Republican Party too of- ten came across as the Party of No when it needed to be the real Party of Yes We Can! The Democrats came across like everyone's nice uncle. Lovable and non-judgmental and also not worrying about passing around money to the little nieces and nephews waiting for a handout. Who wouldn't like a nice uncle like that? The Democrats were talking about extend- ing unemployment benefits while the GOP was talking about ending those benefits and giving folks real jobs. The Latino vote was prac- tically handed over to the Democrats by Republicans appearing so negative to- ward this growing voting bloc. Political parties don't grow by subtraction; they need to fo- cus on addition for a change. The GOP doesn't have to sell its soul or brand-name for votes. It needs to offer some- thing positive to all voters including those the Demo- crats think they own. Repub- lican principles like strong families building a strong economy or lower taxes and increased personal liberty are principles most Ameri- cans would wish for, espe- cially now with the economy still so sick. The Democrats continue to offer yesterday when most Americans are looking to the future and better days. Great leadership isn't just smiles and promises; it is offering the hard truth of where we are, why we got here and how to make things right for us once again. Newark Mayor Won't Take on Gov. Christie Many Democrats in New Jersey had been rooting for Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, to take on Republi- can Governor Chris Christie in 2014 but Booker has ruled himself out of that political fight. He is still con- sidering a race against U.S. Senator Frank Lautenburg, D-NJ who is 88 years old. Some Democrats also think Lautenberg might even re- tire opening a wild Demo- cratic primary fight. Booker says he will complete his full second term as mayor but added "I will explore the possibility of running for the United States Senate in 2014." Time for Action (Continued every five law enforcement officers slain in the line of duty is killed with an assault weapon. The time has come to review the federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 and draft a new law that will take these weapons out of our communities. Make gun trafficking a federal crime: Today, there is no clear and effective stat- ute making gun trafficking a crime. Prosecutors are in- stead forced to rely on a weak law prohibiting the business of selling guns without a fed- eral license, which carries the same punishment as trafficking chicken or live- stock. Mayors Against Illegal Guns supports proposals to empower law enforcement to " 'investigat and prosecute from Page 1) gun traffickers and their criminal networks. As the nation engages in a dialogue on legislation and policy to make communities safer, our own Boston Police Department continues to remove illegal guns from Boston's neighborhoods. De- spite some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, our law enforcement officials continue to remove weapons due to glaring loopholes in federal law. This year, the Boston Police Department has removed more than 500 illegal firearms from our streets. Sixty percent of all crime guns recovered by BPD come from outside the state, demonstrating a clear need for nationwide laws. ' Preventing gun violence -- whether a mass shooting in a school or a murder on a street corner -- will take much more than strength- ening our gun laws. We must reverse the culture of violence in our nation so that a violent act isn't the first response to set- tling a difference or com- pensating for a wrong. We need to strengthen and more adequately fund our mental health system so that we can identify troubled individuals earlier and get them the help they need. But strengthening our gun laws should not have to wait for these other actions to occur. It's clear: The time for action is now. . e., .,- , , ,  ., ,  7 by Sal Giarratani  ..... - Is RMV Playing Fast and Loose with New Law? Critics are blasting the Registry of Motor Vehicles for watering down a new state law passed following several high-profile fatal crashes by illegal immigrants and in- tended to stop unlicensed drivers from being able to register motor vehicles. Starting this month, the RMV has enacted new poli- cies that will allow car own- ers to produce a utility bill, or other document such as , rental leagc'lroof of legal residence," a require- ment of the state law passed in July. Prior to that law, vehicle owners did not have to show proof of residency. Registrar Rachel Kapriel- Jan defended the RMV's new policy saying a utility bill is proof of a legal residence. She added, "That is our in- terpretation of the law as it was written. Those docu- ments suffice." However, the actual state law seems much more stringent and states no vehicle registra- tion shall be issued unless the person has a license, a state ID card, a Social Secu- rity number or "other proof of legal residence." State Senator Bob Hedlund, R- Weymouth who has long pushed for legislation re- quiring anyone registeririga vehicle to be licensed and has reportedly accused the RMV of circumventing the spirit of the law which was vetoed by Governor Deval Patrick but over-ridden by both Houses in the state leg- islature up on Beacon Hill. According to Hedlund, 'It is not only flouting the intent of the law but it's watering the bill down to the point where it was before." I think it is time for Senate Presi- dent Teresa Murray and House Speaker Bob DeLeo to fight to get this law enforced at the Registry of Motors Ve- hicles. If they don't, then they are apparently allowing a state agency to flout the law and last time I heard the Registrar of Motor Vehicles is an officer of the common- wealth and under her juris- diction, I don't believe she can twist the wording to al- low her the presumption of not enforcing a law clearly written by pretending it isn't. The whole purpose of the law was to make it difficult to be an illegal driver in Mas- sachusetts. I assume that was why it got a gubernato- rial veto and had to be over- ridden into law. Now the RMV is mumbling double- speak like in that old George Orwell novel where up is down and down is up and where laws : are seemingly defined by interpretation of the speaker. , T@Ui s 00I00OUU Per Ounce! 24K 781-286-CASH We Buy Diamonds, GoM and Silver lewelry We Buy Gold and Silver Coins J J B(X 345 Broadway, Revere sellgoldmass.com .... Hours lO-5:30 pm every day. Saturdays until 3:30pm P00LLFS rFUNCTION FACILITY Specializing in the art of celebration Wedding, Anniversary, Quinceaera, Reunion, Birthday, Social and Corporate Events. Convenient location and valet parking makes Spinelli's East Boston the perfect location. We are dedicated to the highest level of service and professionalism to ensure the success of your special occasion. 280 Bennington Street, East Boston, MA Please Call 617-567-4499 spineilis.com WWW. BOSTON POSTG AZ ETTE.CO M POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 4, 2013 Page 5 The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings CITY HALL TO GO The North End, Back Bay, Beacon Hill and Charles- town may not need a City Hall to Go but most of the remaining city neighbor- hoods certainly could use it. Hey, if the U.S. Postal Ser- vice can set up Post Offices to Go during the Christmas season in Downtown Boston, why isn't City Hall to Go not even better. In the wireless computer age, wouldn't it be nice not to have to travel into City Hall for many services you might need from time to time? Folks in East Boston wouldn't have to travel across the Atlantic Ocean and folks in West Roxbury wouldn't have to take the commuter rail. Especially with Govern- ment Center MBTA station closing down for two years, it would be much more con- venient for City Hall to come to them rather than the reverse. I HOPE THIS DOESN'T TURN INTO SOUTH BOSTON SHORE Reality television is com- ing to South Boston on cable. We can only hope it doesn't do to Irish Americans what Jersey Shore did for Italian Americans. The last thing South Boston needs is to be "Snookied." Southie Rules airs by Sal Giarratani on Tuesdays beginning Jan- uary 29 th on A&E. The last thing Boston needs is to be seen as a battle between Irish drunks and the yuppie rich. I just finished getting re-angered again as I recently watched The Town on TNT. I am proud of my Townie roots which go back over 100 years and Holly- wood's idea of Charlestown seems like an expletive to me. Charlestown isn't a four- letter word or a community of losers. Ben Affleck's Charlestown was as phony as his put-on Boston accent. GOOD FOR TIM CAHILL I was so glad to see my long- time Quincy friend Tim Cahill's ordeal hopefully over. I never understood why Attorney General Martha Coakley went after him. It made little sense. The jury in this case was hopelessly deadlocked on the charges. Coakley has yet to say whether she will seek a re- trial and I hope she doesn't. Hasn't she already caused enough harm to him and his family? She should drop the whole case like a hot potato. Any hope she had of re- launching a bid for higher office certainly went out the window when the case ended in a mistrial. Never mind running for governor or U.S. senator, she might even face a Democrat oppo- nent in the primary. Cahill's reputation has been unfairly tarnished and he didn't deserve this to happen. Coakley owes him and the taxpayers an apology for the waste of both time and money. After a 16 month investigation and a 26 day trial, Cahill is a free man but it all hurt him so much. It was good to see that smile on his face when he left the courtroom. DONNA SUMMER IN THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME Donna Summer has fi- nally been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. It is too bad she died before this induction. I saw her perform last sum- mer in Boston at the Bank of Boston Pavilion. I didn't know it would be her last show ever in her hometown but I was grateful in hind- sight to be a part of it. Tick- ets to the 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction cer- emony go on sale January 25 th at www.rockhalkcom. HBO will air the taped show on May 18 th at 9:00 pm. News Briefs (Continued from Page I) The Republicans Need to,be More than he Anti-party During Campaign 2012, the Republican Party too of- ten came across as the Party of No when it needed to be the real Party of Yes We Can! The Democrats came across like everyone's nice uncle. Lovable and non-judgmental and also not worrying about passing around money to the little nieces and nephews waiting for a handout. Who wouldn't like a nice uncle like that? The Democrats were talking about extend- ing unemployment benefits while the GOP was talking about ending those benefits and giving folks real jobs. The Latino vote was prac- tically handed over to the Democrats by Republicans appearing so negative to- ward this growing voting bloc. Political parties don't grow by subtraction; they need to fo- cus on addition for a change. The GOP doesn't have to sell its soul or brand-name for votes. It needs to offer some- thing positive to all voters including those the Demo- crats think they own. Repub- lican principles like strong families building a strong economy or lower taxes and increased personal liberty are principles most Ameri- cans would wish for, espe- cially now with the economy still so sick. The Democrats continue to offer yesterday when most Americans are looking to the future and better days. Great leadership isn't just smiles and promises; it is offering the hard truth of where we are, why we got here and how to make things right for us once again. Newark Mayor Won't Take on Gov. Christie Many Democrats in New Jersey had been rooting for Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, to take on Republi- can Governor Chris Christie in 2014 but Booker has ruled himself out of that political fight. He is still con- sidering a race against U.S. Senator Frank Lautenburg, D-NJ who is 88 years old. Some Democrats also think Lautenberg might even re- tire opening a wild Demo- cratic primary fight. Booker says he will complete his full second term as mayor but added "I will explore the possibility of running for the United States Senate in 2014." Time for Action (Continued every five law enforcement officers slain in the line of duty is killed with an assault weapon. The time has come to review the federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 and draft a new law that will take these weapons out of our communities. Make gun trafficking a federal crime: Today, there is no clear and effective stat- ute making gun trafficking a crime. Prosecutors are in- stead forced to rely on a weak law prohibiting the business of selling guns without a fed- eral license, which carries the same punishment as trafficking chicken or live- stock. Mayors Against Illegal Guns supports proposals to empower law enforcement to " 'investigat and prosecute from Page 1) gun traffickers and their criminal networks. As the nation engages in a dialogue on legislation and policy to make communities safer, our own Boston Police Department continues to remove illegal guns from Boston's neighborhoods. De- spite some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, our law enforcement officials continue to remove weapons due to glaring loopholes in federal law. This year, the Boston Police Department has removed more than 500 illegal firearms from our streets. Sixty percent of all crime guns recovered by BPD come from outside the state, demonstrating a clear need for nationwide laws. ' Preventing gun violence -- whether a mass shooting in a school or a murder on a street corner -- will take much more than strength- ening our gun laws. We must reverse the culture of violence in our nation so that a violent act isn't the first response to set- tling a difference or com- pensating for a wrong. We need to strengthen and more adequately fund our mental health system so that we can identify troubled individuals earlier and get them the help they need. But strengthening our gun laws should not have to wait for these other actions to occur. It's clear: The time for action is now. . e., .,- , , ,  ., ,  7 by Sal Giarratani  ..... - Is RMV Playing Fast and Loose with New Law? Critics are blasting the Registry of Motor Vehicles for watering down a new state law passed following several high-profile fatal crashes by illegal immigrants and in- tended to stop unlicensed drivers from being able to register motor vehicles. Starting this month, the RMV has enacted new poli- cies that will allow car own- ers to produce a utility bill, or other document such as , rental leagc'lroof of legal residence," a require- ment of the state law passed in July. Prior to that law, vehicle owners did not have to show proof of residency. Registrar Rachel Kapriel- Jan defended the RMV's new policy saying a utility bill is proof of a legal residence. She added, "That is our in- terpretation of the law as it was written. Those docu- ments suffice." However, the actual state law seems much more stringent and states no vehicle registra- tion shall be issued unless the person has a license, a state ID card, a Social Secu- rity number or "other proof of legal residence." State Senator Bob Hedlund, R- Weymouth who has long pushed for legislation re- quiring anyone registeririga vehicle to be licensed and has reportedly accused the RMV of circumventing the spirit of the law which was vetoed by Governor Deval Patrick but over-ridden by both Houses in the state leg- islature up on Beacon Hill. According to Hedlund, 'It is not only flouting the intent of the law but it's watering the bill down to the point where it was before." I think it is time for Senate Presi- dent Teresa Murray and House Speaker Bob DeLeo to fight to get this law enforced at the Registry of Motors Ve- hicles. If they don't, then they are apparently allowing a state agency to flout the law and last time I heard the Registrar of Motor Vehicles is an officer of the common- wealth and under her juris- diction, I don't believe she can twist the wording to al- low her the presumption of not enforcing a law clearly written by pretending it isn't. The whole purpose of the law was to make it difficult to be an illegal driver in Mas- sachusetts. I assume that was why it got a gubernato- rial veto and had to be over- ridden into law. Now the RMV is mumbling double- speak like in that old George Orwell novel where up is down and down is up and where laws : are seemingly defined by interpretation of the speaker. , T@Ui s 00I00OUU Per Ounce! 24K 781-286-CASH We Buy Diamonds, GoM and Silver lewelry We Buy Gold and Silver Coins J J B(X 345 Broadway, Revere sellgoldmass.com .... Hours lO-5:30 pm every day. Saturdays until 3:30pm P00LLFS rFUNCTION FACILITY Specializing in the art of celebration Wedding, Anniversary, Quinceaera, Reunion, Birthday, Social and Corporate Events. Convenient location and valet parking makes Spinelli's East Boston the perfect location. We are dedicated to the highest level of service and professionalism to ensure the success of your special occasion. 280 Bennington Street, East Boston, MA Please Call 617-567-4499 spineilis.com WWW. BOSTON POSTG AZ ETTE.CO M