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POST-GAZETTE,JANUARY 24*, 201 , Jackson Lumber & Millwork 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: Website: 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-GAZETTE - 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. 118 - No. 4 Friday, January 24, 2014 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 EDITORIAL WE ARE BECOMING A NATION OF TAKERS by Edward P. Shallow The problem with granting 11 million illegal immi- grants citizenship status is that the vast majority will end up on the dole and it is an undeniable fact, they don't care about liberty and freedom. I have already heard liberals are planning to give them voting rights and everyone of them will vote democratic. That is the object right from the start. Five years ago 10.2 million people were under em- ployed or unemployed -- as of December 2013 10.4 mil- lion are (the left calls this "economic recovery"). It is an undeniable fact in America today; 47.6 mil- lion are collecting rather than producing. Five years ago 31 million were on food stamps, today 47 million are. Even if the Democrats lose the Senate in 2014, they still win having packed the federal courts with academic professors willing and dedicated to the abolition of our Jeffersonian Republic. America is rapidly becoming a nation of takers. An increasing number of Americans expect the govern- ment to take care of them from the cradle to the grave, and they expect the government to dig into the pockets of others in order to pay for it all. Consider what hap- pens when the number of takers eventually outnum- bers the number of producers? My research indicates there are 11 different states where that has become a reality. They are California, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Maine, Kentucky, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, New Mexico and Hawaii. A RETURN TO REAGANOMICS IS THE SOLUTION What America needs to reinvigorate its policies is a return to "Reaganomics" which was based on supply- side economics, which implemented his economic poli- cies in 1981. The four pillars of the policies were to: I. Reduce the growth of government spending; 2. Reduce marginal tax rates on income from labor and capital; 3. Reduce regulation; 4. Control the money supply to reduce inflation. By reducing or eliminating decades-long social pro- grams and significantly increasing defense spending, while at the same time lowering taxes, Reagan's ap- proach to handling the economy marked a significant departure from that of his predecessors. When Reagan entered office, the country faced the highest rate of inflation since 1947 (11.83% in Janu- ary 1981, and high interest rates. These were consid- ered the nation's principal economic problems, and are all components of "stag-flation." Reagan sought to stimu- late the economy with large, across-the-board tax cuts. (Continued on Page 7) First New England-Based Building Materials Supplier to Win National Recognition as Dealer of the Year Headquartered in Lawrence, Massachu- setts, Jackson Lumber & Millwork serves contractors, remodelers, and homeowners throughout eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Owned and oper- ated by the Torrisi family for 68 years, the company is committed to incorporating in- novative business practices into their daily routine in order to produce better outcomes for their customers. This commitment to quality and innova- tion caught the attention of ProSales Maga- zine, the leading national resource for the building industry, and on January 1 lth, Jack- son Lumber & Millwork was honored with the prestigious National Dealer of the Year Award by ProSales editor, Steve Campbell. When accepting the award, Jackson Lumber & Mill- work president, Mark Torrisi, stated "We are greatly honored to be selected as National Dealer of the Year for 2014, and we want to especially thank the talented and dedicated team of professionals at Jackson Lumber and our incredible and supportive customers." Only one construction supply dealer is cho- sen annually by ProSales out of approximately 7,500 dealers nationwide. The Dealer of the Year Award honors outstanding achieve- ments in construction supply operations, . management, and innovations, as well as meritorious service to the dealer's commu- nity and to the lumber and building material industry. As the National Dealer of the Year, Jackson Lumber & Millwork is featured in the cover story in the January/February is- sue of ProSales Magazine. Both the story and a video are featured on the magazine's website, "The Torrisi family of Jackson Lumber & Millwork in Lawrence, Massachusetts, dem- onstrates a willingness to examine their op- erations and, when needed, make major changes with the ultimate goal of better serv- ing their customers," said Steve Campbell, editor of ProSales Magazine. "Mark, Jay, and Joe Torrisi used lean manufacturing prin- ciples not just to eliminate wasted time and effort in Jackson Lumber's Raymond, New Hampshire, door manufacturing facility, but to also improve performance throughout the company from sales to shipping. They solic- ited the advice of staff and put those ideas in place, creating a sense of ownership across the entire organization." The National Dealer of the Year award also recognizes the Torrisi family and the staff at Jackson Lumber & Millwork for the way they use data and analytics gathered through a computer software system they created. The data not only provides management with a constant pulse on performance across all sectors of the company, but it is also shared with employees so that every staff member knows how well he or she is performing and how that affects the company's financial well- being. Jackson Lumber & Millwork's long stand- ing commitments to giving back to their com- munities and to active participation in lum- ber industry associations were also key fac: tors in the National Dealer of the Year award. With a millwork manufacturing facility in Raymond, New Hampshire, lumber yards and retail stores in Amesbury, Massachusetts and Lawrence, Massachusetts, and a state- of-the-art kitchen design showroom in North Andover, Massachusetts, Jackson Lumber & Millwork is poised to successfully continue their mission to "provide customers with quality products, services & solutions on- time and in-full every day." Remembering a Good Friend Named by Sal Giarratani "(Robert Quinn' s) legacy as a statesman and advocate for justice will be felt for generations to come." -- Mayor Martin J. Walsh Bob Quinn was one of my mentors growing up in Boston back in the '50s and '60s as a kid in the South End and lower Roxbury. I was always inter- ested in politics as a kid and remember an actual five minute conversation I had with the legendary James Michael Curley in the lobby of old Boston City Hospital. He was 81 years old at the time and running in his final mayoral election in 1955. I knew every- thing about him from my mother who came from Charlestown. Other politicians I liked were my State Rep. Charlie lannello who once gave me a puppy to take home and who once won in a landslide from inside a cell at the Charles Street Jail. However, even as a teen I knew who Bob Quinn was; a young state representative from Savin Hill. I still remember my first Quinn sighting outside the Fenway Park gate to the right field grandstands. I knew him right away because to me he looked like actor William Bendix from the "Life of Riley" TV sitcom. He was at Fenway shepherding a bunch of Dorchester kids off a bus to see the Red Sox that day. My state rep never did that but I had to acknowledge my state rep was lots older than Quinn. This quite large state rep looked Very youthful as he lined up his young constitu- ents. I wouldn't bump into him again for several years. He went on to be Speaker of the House and then Attorney Gen- eral of the Commonwealth. Next I saw him; I was a 22- year-old student at Boston State College attending a gov- ernment class lecture in early 1971. The college annex build- ing was on Ipswich Street across from that same right field grandstand gate. I did a story on him in the campus newspaper and mentioned my first sight- ing of him across the street. He laughed and said I had a great memory. Over the years, he and I kept in touch and our love of poli- tics bounded us together. The last time I saw him was by chance. I was at the Sunoco Station by Freeport and Dot Avenue. He was pumping gas into his own car and holding his shillelagh. We talked for a few minutes in the cold. He still had that Quinn smile of his. Many called Hubert Humphrey the "Happy Warrior" but I think that expression should go to Quinn too. He was an old school politician who repre- sented his Savin Hill constituents and the entire Commonwealth quite well in a life committed to good public service. I attended his wake for one final good-bye and thank you for a great friendship over the years. !