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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 27, 2012 Page3 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: 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. 116 - No. 4 Friday, January 27, 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. Carl il-dYl A retirement luncheon for Carl Salvi was held recently which many friends and co- workers attended. Carl has been a dedicated employee for 33 years for the Common- wealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston Veteran's Services. Congratulations Carl! lvi Retires Carl Salvi receiving citations. L-R: State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, Commissioner Francisco Urena, Carl Salvi, City Councilor Rob Consalvo and City Councilor Sal LaMattina GUEST EDITORIAL MODERN SOCIETY Suffering from Leadership Gap? by Sal Giarratani The Costa Concordia disaster that happened Friday night, January 13 when this ocean liner crashed into a reef off the Italian coast started taking on water and listed to one side. About 11 people were killed and as of this writing (January 18) 22 people are still missing. The ship was carrying more than 4,200 passengers and crew. How did the ship drift so close to the rocks? Right now all eyes are on Capt. Francesco Schettino who is under fire for not following rules of conduct. Re- portedly, the captain abandoned ship leaving others on board when he jumped ship. We have come a far cry in the last one hundred years. Back in April 1912 the Ti- tanic sank after striking an iceberg. Few survived the sinking of the largest ship of its kind back then. The captain and crew stayed with the ship directing the evacuation of passengers. People helped each other. Some even sacrificed themselves handing over the lim- ited lifejackets'to women and children. The ship's cap- tain behaved like a captain and not a coward. As I listened to the audio communications on the Michael Graham radio show between the port captain and the ship's captain, I wanted to laugh. It sounded like a "Saturday Night LiveF skit. No one should have to order the captain to return to his ship and no captain should ever defy such an order as reportedly happened off the Italian coastline. I guess the new motto for some ship captains must be "Captains, women and children first?" When you think about it though. What happened on the ship is happening to nations all across the world drowning in a sea of red ink. Leaders are leaderless. No one is steering away from those rocks in the way mak- ing nations like Greece and Italy destitute. When debt outranks the national GNP, you have no place to go but down. Soon the United States might be in the same boat as Greece, Italy or an Italian ocean liner taking on water quickly. Where once we had leaders like Teddy Roosevelt or Franklin Roosevelt, now, we have President Obama. Instead of inspiring us to do great things, we are told we have been too lazy. The Roosevelt's didn't believe we were a victim nation, they believed we were a great nation and world leader. Nowadays we need to return to the heroics of those aboard the Titanic. We need to look out for each other and help each other. We need unity and not class war- fare. Ask Jennifer Hutton who sings in her TV com- mercials, "You are us. we are you." Carl's co-workers L-R: Jocelyn Choate, Mike Sheridan, Paul Keough, Stephanie Siragusa, Commissioner Francisco Urena, Carl Salvi, Thomas Materazzo, Bella Giambusso, Laura Cawley, Meg Cuddahy, and Henry Smith. Many retired employees came to wish Carl good luck and share fond memories. L-R: William Brown, Jack Smith, former commissioner Eugene Vaillancourt, Angela Di Perri, Carl Salvi, Jean Woodford, former commissioner Thomas Materazzo, and Charles Messer. DONNE 2000 CELEBRATES00 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 La Befana (Anna Ginnetti-Rieci) with grandchildren of Donne 2000 members. In keeping with their Ital- ian tradition Donne 2000 members and their children celebrated La Befana on Sun- day January 8, 2012. La Befana gave out gifts to the ryteller, Joe Pagliuca, from Big Joe Productions, and face painting for the children. La Befana is one of Italy's oldest and most celebrated legends. Each year on Janu- children and treats to the "ary 6 a the children awaken grown-ups which consisted of in hopes that La Befana has torrone, a tangerine and made a visit to their house. chocolates. There was a sto- This .is_ a. significant day for Italians because it marks the end of the Christmas season. It is also the day that the three wise men arrived at the manger of the Baby Jesus to bring Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. According to the legend, La Befana was asked to accom- (Continued on Page 13)