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Page2 4 ' POST-G ,ZETTE,'JAN U J RY 24 2014 i by Prof. Edmund TurieUo k lIHIl A weekly column highlighting some RIIIIll ofthe more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. During previous issues we examined the most promi- nent literati of the Early Age or Age of Greek influence in Rome. This week we enter the Golden Age, but must note that it is divided into two periods. The first is called The Ciceronian Period and the sec- ond is called The Augustan Period. The Ciceronian Period hon- ors Lucretius, the Roman poet who is said to be second only to Vergil. Lucretius is followed by Cicero, states- man, man of letters, orator, _master of composition and the most upright man in all of Roman history. Then came the famous historian named Sallust. The com- mentaries of Julius Caesar on the Gallic Wars are included as is Varro, the most learned of Roman LUCRETIUS scholars, and most prolific of all Roman authors. The full name of to- day's celebrity is Carus Titus Lucretius, a Roman poet and philosopher who was born about 98 B.C. It is claimed that he was made insane from a love potion. He com- posed six books of poetry during some sane periods in his madness and finally com- mitted suicide. His work is entitled De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things), an instructive type of poetry containing about 7,500 hex- ameter lines. It emphasizes the theories of Greek think- ers like Democritus and Epicurus which deal with the origin of the world and the functions of natural forces. His desire was to free man- kind from the fear of the gods and of death, which he believed to be the main cause of human grief. His first book deals with the fundamental truths and that nothing can come from nothing. Book two deals with atoms and their combina- tions that produce sensation and feeling. The third book deals with the mind and soul and his attempt to prove that the soul dies at the same time as the body. Book four deals with the extraordinary theory of sense-perception -- claiming that matter is continually rising from the surface of all objects. This rising matter strikes our senses and the immediate result is perception. Tile fifth book treats of the origin of life by spontaneous genera- tion and the preservation of life in accordance with the law of the survival of the fittest. In his sixth book he attempts to explain the natural phenomena (thun- der, lightening, etc.) and magnetic power. It is said that in his work, Lucretius succeeded in pre- senting the main features of the physics and psychol- ogy of Epicurus in a clear and concise manner. His De Rerum Natura is consid- ered to be one of the finest poems ever written in the Latin language and is also regarded as the greatest didactic (instructional) poem of all literature. Just imag- ine what he could have done if he had both oars in the water. NEXT ISSUE: Cicero MassDOT and the City of Revere Offer E-ZPass Transponder Sign-Ups at Stop & Shop pm; Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Stop & Shop, 40 Fur- long Drive, Suffolk Downs, Revere, MA 02151 Beginning in the spring of 2014, motorists will no longer have the option to stop at a toll booth and pay cash for their Tobin Bridge toll. Tolls will be collected electroni- cally in one of two ways: either through the motorist's E-ZPass transponder or via a program in which a camera captures the license plate MassDOT and the City of Revere have scheduled upcoming E-ZPass sign-up sessions ahead of the tran- sition to All Electronic Toll- ing on the Tobin Bridge. The E-ZPass Street Team will be enrolling new customers in the E-ZPass program at the following locations: Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Stop & Shop, 540 Squire Road, Revere, MA. Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 and the vehicle's registered owner is billed by mail. E-ZPass is free to join and customers receive a tran- sponder onsite. In addition to these sign up sessions, motorists may also join E-ZPass online, or by phone, 877-627-7745. An E-ZPass Customer Service Center is now open at the Square One Mall in Saugus, Hours: Tue-Wed-Thurs-Fri from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pro, Sun-Mon Closed. In 2009, the Massachu- setts Department of Trans- portation was created to unify the state's various transpor- tation agencies. MassDOT now includes the Highway Division, the MBTA and Rail Transit Division, the Aero- nautics Division, and the Registry of Motor Vehicles. MassDOT is committed to providing a safe and reliable transportation system to all those who travel in the Com- monwealth. MassDOT has been nationally recognized for its innovative approach to transportation, including the Accelerated Bridge Program, the "Where's My Bus and Train?" apps and "Fast 14" work. For more information, visit MassDOT at our website: massdot blog: http:// blog. / transportation/ , or follow MassDOT on twit- ter at MassDOT and Facebook at massdotinfo. by DavPidUb--~~il~Q ' The Primary Objective The 2014 Republican State Convention will be held on Saturday, March 22"d, at the Boston University Agganis Arena. Election of delegates and alternate delegates to the convention will take place at caucuses in cities and towns between January 11th and February 1st. Anyone who is a registered Republican as of December 1, 2013 is qualified to be a delegate. Interest in the convention has started rising with the news that Charlie Baker, Republican can- didate for Governor (his second time, he ran in 2010 as well) will face an opponent for the support of the delegates. Mark Fisher, small businessman, owner of Merchant's Fabrication in Auburn and TEA Party member, announced last month that he, too, is seeking the Republican Party nomination for Governor. Assuming both men garner at least 15 percent support at the Convention and obtain the' necessary 10,000 certified signatures on their nomination papers we'll have a Republican primary election to deter- mine the party's nominee. Already many "establishment" Republicans are calling for Fisher to back down in order to avoid a primary fight. The establishment in the party, for as long as I can remember, has preferred a hand-picked favorite rather than having a primary. They argue that a primary fight wastes resources and that by avoiding a primary the GOP's anointed one can concentrate, from the start, on running for the final November election. They are wrong and that kind of think- ing is one of the reasons the Republican Party does so poorly in this Commonwealth. Primaries are good for the party for several reasons. 1. The winning candidate gains the experience from the primary campaign. 2. The press will cover the race rather than using all its ink to cover the Democratic primary. 3. Independent voters who decide to vote in the Republi- can primary are more likely to vote for a Republican in November. If there is no GOP primary, voters may vote in the Democratic primary and then may have a tendency to stick with the candidate they supported in the primary. 4. While we cannot know who someone votes for in the primary we can know whether they voted in the GOP primary, which gives us a list of independent voters who are favorable to the GOP. The key to winning in Massachu- setts is getting the independent vote. Knowing which inde- pendents (technically "unenrolled") voters lean Republican is very helpful, but expensive to find out. Here in Massa- chusetts the Commonwealth will tell you, for free, which unenrolled voters took a Republican ballot. 5. The primary can be a practice run for the November get-out-the-vote effort. If the objective is to elect more Republicans, then give the voters more opportunities to vote for Republicans. 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