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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 20, 2012 Page 3- POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: postgazette@aol.com Website: www.BostonPostGazette.com Subscriptions in the United States $30.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZEITE P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 116 - No. 3 Friday, January 20, 2012 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. GUEST EDIT( )RIAL NY TIMES: RULE GIVES ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS A BREAK by Sal Giarratani According to a recent New York Times news story, the Obama administration on Friday, January 6 has made it easier for illegals related to U.S. citizens like Ameri- can-born children to seek legal U.S. residency, a rule hailed by immigrant advocates and attacked by those supporting strict policing of our borders. Up till now illegals must go through legal hoops to join up a spouse or child born here. Obama will now enable the immi- grant to remain here for the process. The change would take place later this year and I am certain before November to benefit liberal Democrats on the ballot this year. This new change would reduce the time U.S. citizens are separated from spouses or parents who had been in this country unlawfully. Obama is reportedly seeking to create a pathway to citizenship for some 12 million illegals. Apparently tired with fighting Congress which is the constitutional approach, the Obama White House is seeking an end-run around Capitol Hill. We have three co-equal branches of government for a reason. Today, we seem to have an imperial president acting more like King George III than King George Ill ever dreamed of doing. Whether it's amnesty by fiat or making recess appointments when the US Senate isn't in recess, this president doesn't seem to believe in shar- ing power with anyone when he thinks he's right. The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development/Clean Energy Program 2011 Northeastern Economic Developers Association Program of The Year Award Recipient! The Northeastern Eco- nomic Developers Associa- tion (NEDA), the leading eco- nomic development organi- zation in the Northeast USA, and representing members including: NY, NJ, PA, the six New England states and DC., awarded the Merrimack Val- ley Chamber of Commerce the prestigious NEDA Pro- gram of The Year Award at their recent annual conference. The NEDA Program of The Year Award recognizes effectiveness and efficiency in addressing a clear objec- tive, demonstrated results, strategic thinking, commu- nity partnership building and clear economic benefit. In making the award, NEDA judged that The MVChamber program is a model business program not just for the northeast but for the nation! The MVChamber wishes to commend Alex Sherman of the MASS Department of Energy office and Nexamp Pictured L-R: Mike Ross of Pennsylvania, former NEDA Chairman and Chair of the Award Committee; Chamber President Joe Bevilacqua; Chamber Asst. Vice President and energy program coordinator Michael Bevilacqua; and John Butera, office of the Governor of Maine and NEDA Chairman of the Board. our energy program partner. If your business is in- terested in learning about energy savings opportuni- ties, please attend the corn- plimentary energy program breakfast to be held Janu- ary 30, 2012 at Salvatore's Conference Center begin- ning at 8:00 am. MAYOR MENINO HOSTS "Welcome Home Breakfast" for Returning Veterans Joined by Veterans' Services Commissioner Francisco Ure00a, and Other City Officials, Mayor Greets Returning Military Veterans and Informs Vets and Their Families about Available Services and Programs On Thursday, January 12, 2012 Mayor Thomas M. Menino hosted Boston's first- ever "Welcome Home Breakfast" to thank recently returned military veterans and their families for their service to our nation. The event was attended by Veterans and their families, as well as Veterans' Services Commissioner Francisco Urefia and city officials who briefed them on the benefits and support services available to them. "Every month, 10-20 veterans return to the City of Boston after completing active military service, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan," Mayor Menino said. "This is a chance to personally thank them for their service and let them know that we are here to help them feel at home again." The Welcome Home Breakfast provided an opportunity for the mayor and other city officials to personally meet these career and reservist veterans, many of whom are returning from overseas supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 10 veterans and several family members met the mayor, enjoyed an intimate meal with their families, and received vital information on the many benefits and services offered to veterans in the City of Boston. After the breakfast, Commissioner Urefla gave a briefing to inform the veterans -- and spouses, parents, and children in atten- dance -- about various local, state, and federal benefits, including education, health- care, and employment assistance. "I'm delighted to give these men and women a welcome home they deserve," said Commissioner Urefla. "It is vital to let them know about the programs and services available from the City of Boston, the state, and the federal government to better assist them in their transition to civilian life." Commissioner Urefia, appointed in Sep- tember 2011, is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served eight years in the United States Marine Corps and was awarded the Purple Heart for sustained combat injuries as a tank commander in Iraq. In 2008, while he was working for the City of Lawrence, he was awarded Veterans' Ser- vices Officer of the year under Secretary Thomas Kelley, of the Massachusetts Depart- ment of Veterans' Services. RESPECT by Don Wilson Respect is a lesson that everyone should learn Respect must be given before an expected return Respect is something that's given for free Respect is about us and never about me Respect is the basis on which relationships are founded Respect is the anchor that keeps a person well grounded Respect builds the character and defines who we are Respect sets the standard and raises the bar Respect is magnanimous and helps to fulfil Respect is the partner that sits with good will Respect is like honey so sweet it's perceived Respect a taste to savour for when it's received LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 f NEMPAC Names Evelyn Harper as Merit Scholarship Recipient The North End Music & Performing Arts Center names Evelyn Harper as Merit Scholarship Award Recipient for the 2012 Winter Quarter. Evelyn is one of NEMPAC's more ad- vanced students, studying violin with Sarah Glenn for over two years. She has continued to show growth in her tech- nique and musicality, and is a very dedi- cated, diligent student at NEMPAC. We congratulate herl Honorable mention awards go to Lucy Rosenberg, Piano Student of Ben Xia and Elisabeth Abeyta, Piano Student of Ben Xia. NEMPAC's Merit Scholarship Program awards one private instruction student each quarter free tuition in recognition for their commitment to learning and dedication in their musicianship. J