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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 28, 2011 Stirpe Nostra m by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. ARRIVEDERCI AUGUSTUS It has been said by some that the death of Augustus and his later deification were known in advance by unmistakable signs. I have taken the time to investi- gate and to research those so-called unmistakable signs and find them too ridiculous to mention. I believe it would be most appropriate to sim- ply say that he called his friends around his death bed and asked whether it seemed to them that he had played the comedy of life fitly and then added "if this be true, then all clap your hands and from the stage of life dismiss me with ap- plause." He passed away as he was kissing Livia, and saying "live mindful of our wedlock, end farewell." He was blessed with an, easy death and one he had always longed for. He died in the same room as his fa- ther Octavius, on August 19, 14 A.D. thirty-five days be- fore his seventy-sixth birth- day. He was carried on the shoulders of senators to the Campus Martius where he was cremated. His remains were gathered in by the lead- ing men of the Equestrian Order and placed in his mau- soleum. After his death no one entered the room in which he was born it was unless it was of extreme necessity and only after pu- rification. A legend tells that those who a,pproach the room without ceremony are overtaken with shuddering and terror. A new owner of the house went to bed in that room either by chance or to test the legend. A story is told that after a few hours into the night he was thrown out by'a mysterious force, and was found in his bed clothes, seriously injured lying be- fore the door. It is interesting to note that up to the time of Augus- tus, the Romans seemed to be mostly concerned about the tombs of their ancestors, alters for ancestor worship, and the safekeeping of the family relics. After visiting the great tombs of Egypt, Augustus, then about thirty five years old, set about the task of building a beautiful mausoleum for himself. As an afterthought he provided some extra space for the other members of his fam- ily which were to follow. The tomb was completed and remained empty for about five years. The fickle finger of fate then pointed to young Marcellus, the one whose death was least expected, and most bitterly lamented by the Emperor himself, the nephew of Augustus and suc- cessor in the Empire, who became the tomb's first ten- ant. Eleven years later Marcus Agrippa became the second occupant. Octavia, the sister of Augustus was next, and then came Lucius the young son of Agrippa. Caius, another young son of Agrippa soon followed and then Augustus himself, who died an old and lonely man, became the tomb's last tenant. It should be understood that during, all of the years that Augustus reigned as Emperor he received the admiration, respect, and af- fection of the Roman people. History praises him for his patience, restraint, and true concern for the Roman tra- dition. Good show, Gus. NEXT ISSUE: Pius Tiberius DeAraujo New Chairman of BHA Monitoring Commission Mayor Appoints East Boston Native for the Two-year Position by Nicola Orichuia (Photo courtesy of Don Harney) all of Boston residents' hous- ing. "I am honored to have been nominated by Mayor Menino for this important role," said DeAraujo. "I will use my background as a fi- nancial analyst and attorney to execute my responsibili- ties with diligence and care." Despite receiving money from both the federal and state governments, the BHA On January 4, 2011 Mayor Thomas M. Menino ap- pointed Ernani DeAraujo as new Chairman of the Boston Housing Authority Monitor- ing Committee. An East Bos- ton native, DeAraujo will serve the two-year pro-bono term to oversee the finances and dispositions of the city's largest landlord, which ac- counts for about a tenth of INCOME TAX PREPARATION Financial Services Professional Tax Consultant Personal & Business Year Round Service M.P. & Co. TAX & FINANCIAL SERVICES GRACE PREVITE MAGOON, EA 617-569-0175 146 Maverick Street, East Boston, MA 02128 ESTABLISHED IN 1938 e-mail: gmagoon@aol.com . faces some challenges, like the 5-year wait list that ap- plicants for public housing still need to go through. "The demand goes up and down. but we can always do with more public housing," said DeAraujo. Other three mem- bers of the nine-member BHA Monitoring Committee were also sworn in alongside DeAraujo, who will maintain his current position as East Boston Neighborhood Coordi- nator within the mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services. The nine-member, BHA Monitoring Committee is appointed by the Mayor of Boston to periodically review matters relating to the man- agement and performance of the agency, and to report them to the Mayor. Both the annual federal and state op- erating budgets are re- viewed and approved, as well as annual modernization applications "This is an exciting time to be involved in public housing. I am happy to play a part in furthering our City's commitment to pro- viding affordable housing to residents," said DeAraujo. By law, the committee mem- bers need to meet at least four times a year. Their first meeting of 2011 hasn't been set yet, but is expected to happen in the first half of February. The work done by the committee is very impor- tant for the city and for the mayor," said DeAraujo. =Mayor Menino is a big sup- porter of public housing and private affordable housing." Res Publica by David Trumbull Government is not the Solution to our Problem; GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM We stand between two notable dates in 20th Cen- tury American history. Eight days after January 20t~ the 30th anniversary of the beginning of Ronald Reagan's first term as Presi- dent, and eight days before February 6th -- the cente- nary of Mr. Reagan's birth. When President Reagan took office our nation was in a bad way. Decades of lib- eral Democratic policies (that the "me-too". Republi- cans of the day did not effec- tively rebut) had brought us high taxes, even higher spending, neglect of our national defense and lack of self-assurance on the world stage. We were in a serious recession with both high unemployment and high inflation. We failed to support our allies in the world, and our own citizens were held hostage by a fanatical dictator in Iran. At such a time, President Reagan delivered his cel- ebrated First Inaugural Address. I quote freely from it, as my words cannot compare with his perfect phrases. From President Reagan's First Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981: "These United States are confronted with an economic affliction of great propor- tions. Idle industries have cast workers into unemploy- ment, human misery, and personal indignity. Those who do work are denied a fair return for their labor by a tax system which penalizes suc- cessful achievement and keeps us from maintaining full productivity. "But great as our tax bur- den is, it has not kept pace with public spending. For decades we have piled defi- cit upon deficit, mortgaging our future and our children's future for the temporary con- venience of the present. To continue this long trend is to guarantee tremendous social, cultural, political. and economic upheavals. "In this present crisis, gov- ernment is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. "From time to time we've been tempted to believe that society has become too com- plex to be managed by self- rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of gov- erning himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together in and out of government, rest bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price. "So, as we begin, let us take inventory. We are a nation that has a govern- ment -- not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government, which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed. "It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the Federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the pow- ers granted to the Federal Government and those reserved to the States or to the people." For anyone who lived through that time and saw how President Reagan even with a Democratic majority in the House and. for most of his tenure, in the Senate -- restored America to greatness, it is dismaying to see that we are right back where we were in 1980. Out of control spending in Washington has brought us to the brink of national ruin. The central government continues its attacks on the states and individuals. Increasing, we are no longer citizens of a free republic but the subjects of a pol- itical over-class in Wash- ington. We neglect our his- toric friendships with the free nations of the world while our President bows to dictators. Oh. for another Ronald Reagan! David Trumbull is the. chairman of the Boston Ward Three Republican Committee. Boston's Ward Three includes the North End, West End, part of Beacon Hill, downtown, waterfront, Chinatown, and part of the South End. The Agency for all your Insurance Coverages Richard Settipane AUTO HOMEOWNERS TENANTS COMMERCIAL Experience makes the difference SPECIALIST in RESTAURANT and BUSINESS POLICIES CALL TODAY FOR YOUR QUOTE 617-523-3456 - Fax 617-723-9212 1 Longfellow - Place Suite 2322 - Boston, MA 02114 Conveniently located with Free Parking