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M ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 115 - NO. 4 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JANUARY 28, 2011 $.30 A COPY Faneuil Hall Figure Skating Do You Remember? '"!F v~ Ice skating at Faneuil Hall is a new attraction until February 27th. To inaugurate the opening was (l-r) Bruins star Ken Hodge, Bruins Ice Girl Niki, Figure Skater Megan Wessenberg, Brains Ice Girl Kasey and Mix 104.1 FM's Gregg Daniels. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) With Vicki Out of the Picture Now that Vicki Kennedy has taken herself out of the upcoming 2012 U.S. Senate race against Republican Scott Brown, it appears Massachu- setts will see jockeying taking place among several big name Democrats waiting on Kennedy's decision. Had she decided to go for the race against Brown, many believe the nomi- nation would have been hers. Now things change. Two names constantly coming up are U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano who was a failed U.S. Senate candidate in the primary against Martha Coakley who eventually went on to lose to Brown one year ago and U.S. Rep. Stevie Lynch, the most conservative-leaning member of the all- Democrat Massachusetts delegation in the U.S. House. My money is on Lynch, who would give Brown a good run. Lynch could win one on one against the incumbent Brown. The dynamics that elected Brown in that special election have changed. This time around Brown is not the Rocky Balboa underdog. Fearless Leader Calls for Unity Would it surprise you to know that I didn't listen to Our Fearless Leader's eulogy to the victims of the January 8 shootings in Tucson, (Continued on Page 10) Can you identify anyone in this photo? (Photo courtesy of Pat Barrasso) iiiiiiililili Malkin Has it Right on Green Jobs in Mass by Edward P. Shallow Michelle Malkin put in perfect perspective how the Bay State's $58 million green jobs was a boondoggle: And I quote: The myth that "green jobs" are a boon to the economy keeps being pierced by failed green jobs boondoggle after failed green jobs boondoggle. As I noted in April 2000, the truth about green jobs has been told all over the world. Case in point: Spain. Every "green job" created with government money in Spain over the last eight years came at the cost of 2.2 regular jobs, and only one in 19 of the newly created green jobs became a perma- nent job, says a new study released this month. The study draws parallels with the green jobs program of the Obama administration. President Obama, in fact, has used Spain's green ini- tiative as a blueprint for how the United States should use federal funds to stimulate the economy. Obama's eco- nomic stimulus package, which Congress passed in February, allocated billi0ns of dollars to the green jobs industry. However, the author of the study, Dr. Gabriel Calzada, an economics professor at Juan Carlos University in Madrid, said the United States should expect results similar to those of Spain: "Spain's experience, {cited by President Obama as a model) reveals with high confidence, by two different methods, that the U.S. should expect a loss of at least 2.2 jobs on average, or about 9 jobs lost for every 4 created, to which we have to add those jobs that non-subsidized in- vestments with the same resources would have cre- ated, "wrote Calzada in his report: Study of the Effects on Employment of Public Aid to Renewable Energy Sources. The latest green jobs fail- ure in Massachusetts is no surprise: Evergreen Solar Inc, which received 858 million in state aid to open a factory in 2008 at the former military base in Devens, announced it would shut the plant and let go 800 workers by the end of this quarter. The solar-panel plant is a cornerstone of Governor Deval Patrick's efforts to make Massachusetts a hub for the emerging clean en- ergy industry. The company lost $54 mil- lion through the first nine months of 2010, and has since its founding in 1994, accumulated a total deficit of more than 8630 million. Last month, it engineered a re- verse stock split to maintain capital requirements for the main NASDAQ stock ex- change. Before the split, Evergreen's stock had been trading at about 50 cents. Evergreen did not say what would happen to the solar- panel assembly work now done at Devens, but the com- pany noted it would continue to operate facilities in China and Michigan. But it was just a few short years ago the company was a darling in the eyes of the Patrick administration, which offered Evergreen a rich package of grants, land, loans, and other aid -- some $76 million in all -- to build a new facility at Devens. The company eventually ac- cepted $58.5 million, one of the largest investments Massachusetts has made in a private company. They should start calling them "brown jobs" -- to re- flect the color of the sewer down which untold millions have been flushed in the name of environmental stimulus. Comments, please send to , E