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. ,[ ., . I l!,I,!.!::,:!!,:l!,,lh,,,Jl,:lJ!h,J-l,,J J,II,,,!,,l! ""* ................... MIXED ADC 010 F,L. jE'FFK, 5;:,i. , vvl.; F;,FE3, ,-I. 5026 CAUFORNIA AVE. SW SEATTLE WA 98136-1208 T THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS l TTE LJ (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) i VOL. 114 - NO. 4 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JANUARY 22, 2010 $.30 A COPY i sco rT BROWN'S Come-from-behind Victory Like a "Rocky" Movie by Sal Giarratani "The stakes have never been higher. We need your help and support. It's up to us." -- Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Boston Herald, January 19. That's what former US Sena- tor Edward M. Kennedy's widow told voters at a recent campaign stop in Framingham. I agreed with that very sentiment since the December primaries. The stakes have never been higher. Both state and national Democrats thought they had the election wrapped up back in December. The script was written. Everything seemed in place. US Senator Paul Kirk was in Washington in case of an emergency. It was assumed he would hand off to another Democrat after January 19. However, something hap- pened along the way. The people woke up and looked around and didn't like what they were seeing and hearing. Democrats continued to blame radical right-wingers who fostered hate. Coakley herself blamed bullying Brown backers for negative attacks. In the last few days both former President Bill Clinton I Newly Elected Massachusetts United States Senator, scott Brown on the campaign trail in Boston's Nogth End. (Photo by Sal Giarratani) came to town and then President Barack Obama himself. When the votes were counted, liberal Democrats got a big dose of politi- cal reality. Republican Scott Brown won and will be the first Massachusetts Republican elected to the US Senate since Ed Brooke did it last in 1972. The bluest of Blue states also sent a message to the Nation's Capitol about ObamaCare. Democrats on Capitol Hill were about to ram the healthcare overhaul down our throats but now with Brown's victory, it's back to the future again. The script is old and it is time for a re-write. The results were clear (Scott Brown 52%, Martha Coakley 47% and Joseph L. Kennedy 1%). This victory was like the combination of every "Rocky" movie ever produced and like the 1967 Impossible Dream season ending without a loss in Game 7 over Bob Gibson and like the crumbling down of the Berlin Wall under President Ronald Reagan's watch. ObamaCare is now on the danger list. The people have spoken here in the Cradle of Liberty. The shot heard 'round the world was fired in Lexington back in 1775 by a bunch of rebels holding pitchforks. Today, in 2010, the shot heard 'round the nation was fired again as the people struck a blow from lib- erty again. Scott Brown ran because the people, not the special interests needed a voice. Scott Brown on the campaign trail summed it all up saying, "I'm alarmed that our nation's spending and debt has risen along with unemployment. I want to stop terror- ists who are plotting to strike our country again. And while I believe every American deserves health insurance, I do not think we should plunge ahead with a healthcare bill that will raise taxes, increase spend- ing and lower the quality of care. I'd like to see us start over and take our time to do it right." That was his message since day one of the campaign. In response all Coakley could say was that, "Not only is Scott Brown a roadblock to progress, he wants to go back to the failed poli- cies of .,. Bush-Cheey." Voters listened to both of these candi-dates and wanted an independent voice to change business as usual in Washington. Massachusetts is once again the one and only state" to save America from the likes of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the Obama White House. They saw victory sratched from their hands by an uprising of the Ameri- can people. We arehe original tea party people and we still hate bad tea. Today, the new Pul Reveres are riding and chanting, "The backlash is coming, the backlash is coming." As Abraham Lincoln once said, "You can fool some of the people all the time and all of the people some of the time but you can't fool all the people all of the time." This was the true meaning of January 19, 2010. Now, it is time for Scott Brown to fill up the tank of his pick-up truck and head for the parking lot at the US Senate to begin work. News Briefs by Sal Giarratani I St. Joseph's 2010 Party Huge Success The Saint Joseph Society held a 2010 party on Saturday evening, January 9 at the Char- ter Street Club. The food was catered by Lucia's Ristorante on Hanover Street. What a feast and great way to start a new decade. This looks like a new Society tradition in the making and before you know it, the Society's annual March banquet will be here. Baby, It's Cold Outside I often listen to the great music on 740am WJIB and many times, Bob plays that old tune, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" but it really is cold outside. I worked overtime the other night. The temperature fell to about 10 degrees. It could have been 12 or, maybe, 15 but it was cold no matter how you sliced it. I envy my nephew who relocated southwest to Austin, Texas where January is very mild as is all Mayor's. Column by Thomas M. Menino, Mayor, City of Boston We paused earlier this week to honor the life and legacy of one of America's greatest civil rights leaders -- Dr. Mar- tin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King's message of justice and equality is still as i relevant today as it was during the civil rights movement, and his commitment to ser- vice is a powerful reminder that we can all do our part to improve the lives of others. In a city rich with history, I'm proud that Dr. King's personal history is rooted here in Boston. On Monday, I joined hundreds of com- munity members for the 40thl Annual Martin Luther King Day BreakfaSt at the Hynes Convention Center. The ielebra- tion of his life and work continued at Faneuil Hall during a tribute that fea- tured musical selections by the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra comple- mented by readings from several of Dr. King's works that were provided by the Museum of African American His- members of all ages and backgrounds together to reflect on the immense con- tributions of one of Boston's proudest citizens. Dr. King's philosophy lives on as an in- spiration for generations of Americans, as his story shows us that ordinary people have the power to change our world. In keeping with this spirit, the City of Boston partnered with Boston Cares to host "A Day ON, not a Day OFF," a day of service and reflection that brought over 1,000 people together at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Cen- ter to participate in a variety of service projects during the holiday. Volunteers had the opportunity to choose from projects that included writing letters to soldiers, making fleece blankets, scarves, dental care kits, flash cards for Boston Public School students, book- marks, recess booklets, and even cat beds. (Continued on Page 15) tory. The events brought community (Continued on Page 12)