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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 28, 2011 News Briefs (Continued from Page I) The Nelson family, L to R: Ozzie, David, Harriet and Ricky Arizona? He urged Ameri- cans to talk with each other "in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds." Let's hold hands with one another and sing Kumbaya, seemed to be his message. He also decried pointing fingers or assigning blame in his mes- sage. His was a sermon of binding our hopes and dreams together. He always delivers a nice speech and this was a nice one. Once again he has de- cided to not let a good trag- edy go to waste. There is no evidence yet that the shooter's actions stemmed from the lack of civility in our national discourse. If the culprit listened to so-called right-wing radio, it was prob- ably to drown out the screaming voices inside his own head. Hey, I don't like people screaming at each other thinking that's the way to debate issues. I've seen this senseless talk coming from both sides. If you're going to blame Fox News, you better be ready to blame MSNBC too. Last of TV~ s Nelson Family Passes Away David Nelson who starred with his family in ABe's "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," has passed away at age 74. He had been battling complications from colon cancer. He was the last sur- viving member of the Nelsons TV family, which included Ozzie, his wife Harriet and his younger brother Ricky. The weekly show started on radio in 1952 as "Here Come the Nelsons" and then quickly moved over to television and lasted until 1966. Dave Nelson was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Once again I get reminded of how old I am because I remember watching this show every Wednesday evening and always waited for Ricky Nelson to play one of his latest rock and roU re- leases. The first tune that popped into my head was "Lonesome Town." Life seemed so simple for baby boomers back in the '50s, before the '60s came roaring in with all the violence both at home and in Vietnam. Sometimes you get lone- some thinking about all that has gone before you. This year will mark the first wave of baby boomers to turn 65 years old. All of a sudden, Social Security is no longer a theory for all those wait- ing to celebrate this mile- stone, eh? Where's Ozzie Nelson, the Beaver, Rin Tin Tin, the Lone Ranger and Tonto when you need them? People's Republic of Cambridge Still at it Recently I read that the Cambridge City Council is actually considering the silly idea of requiring gender- neutral restrooms in all- public buildings. Said John Gintell, co-chair of Cambridge's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Commission, "A bunch of people feel uncomfortable going to a men's room or a women's room." However, I got something to tell Mr. Gintell: "I'm uncomfortable with folks who don't know what toilet to use. As for say- ing this will help opposite gender parents raking young children to the bathroom, that is hogwash. A gender -- neutral bathroom open to more than one person at a time is the last place I'd take a young child to. I have no problem with single use bathrooms for any gender, but .~~ multiuser bath- room~, ~l"hat's a no-no to me. If folks can't decide which bathroom to use perhaps they should just hold it until they get home. Cambridge Vice Mayor Henrietta Davis says she would like to see gender- neutral bathrooms in Cam- bridge. Says Davis, "Really, what's the harm" and pointed out small busi- nesses and people's homes already have gender-neu- Greater Boston's Affordable Private Cemetery Traditional Burial Plot (for tartJng at $1500 ),MIc LC ~s st. 617.524.1036 , www.stmichaelcemetery.com the Italian community for over 100 years/ do, but they're all single-use, aren't they? If she can't tell IEWS il the difference and says ~ ,,. more than meets the eye what's the harm, then she **'**'*'**'''*'**'**''''*'*'***'*''********,I really does qualify for citi- zenship in this or any other Peoples' Republic. Is New World Order Here? If you listen to some of those verbose televangelists on the tube, the end times are nearing. They point to the New World Order where the European Union and the devaluing of the American dollar is the biggest and worst story going. Once we joked that it would take a wheel barrel-full of liras or pesos to buy a loaf of bread, now it is our U.S. currency that is heading for wheel barrel-status. Over in Europe, national- ism has given way to the one-size-fits-all Euro- pean Union. Meanwhile, it is the yuan that has taken over the world market as the U.S. becomes a debtor na- tion owing more than owed, and mostly to China, the world's largest dictatorship. Back in 1972 when I trav- eled to London, Scotland and Ireland, I remember that the dollar was worth two and a half pounds. We were the standard for the whole world's currency. Not anymore. The Euro and the Yuan have taken over from us. Meanwhile, back here at home, under Our Fearless Leader in the White House, the healthcare overhaul signed into law last March still has those "death pan- els" in it. Government bureaucrats will be deciding who will and will "not get that surgery that is needed. If you're too young or too old. you'll need to be thinking cemetery not operating room. Also. as far as George Orwell's fictional of Big Brother government goes, "1984" is really here. Out in California. it is reported that one supermarket chain has already planted chips into the hands of its customers to make things easier at the check-out line. We are get- ting GPSed all over the place. Our country seems to be falling apart both financially and ethically. We have no standards to uphold. Any- thing seems to go and we are becoming drones to a face- less government. Our indi- vidual liberties are endan- gered and THEY say it is for our own good, but for whose good is it really? We used to call ourselves an exceptional nation, but now we have an occupant in the White House who thinks we're really no better than every other nation on this Earth and apparently up there with North Korea or Venezuela. I'm not sure those upcom- ing "End Times" preached from TV pulpits are coming, but the end times for the American taxpayer are surely at hand. WAITER/WAITRESS WANTED Fine Dining Italian/Mediterranean Greater Boston Please forward brief resume to Leiza@comcast.net WELCOME TO THE RILEYS (Blu-ray-DVD) Sony Pictures Home Ent. Doug Riley (James Gandolfini), is a man at the crossroads. Ever since the tragic death of his teenage daughter, he's led a life of quiet desperation ... and now, something has to give. On a business trip to New Orleans, he encounters Mallory (Kristen Stewart) a raw, angry runaway living a dangerous life as a strip- per. Moved by emotions he barely understands, Riley abandons his old life to save her. The tenuous balance is threatened when his wife Lois (Melissa Leo) shakes off the fears that have kept her homebound for years. Now three lost souls seek hope and forgiveness in each other ... and together, they discover a rare gift of connec- tion that feels like family. A story of love lost and found! (1 hr. 51 rains.) BIG LOVE: FOURTH SEASON (3DVD) HBO Home Ent. Big Love, season four con- tinues to tell the story of Bill Hendrickson (Bill Paxton) and his three wives (Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin) and now nine children. A new maelstrom of personal is- sues swirl around Bill as he launches yet another busi- ness venture aimed at di- versifying his assets: a Mor- mon-friendly casino he planned with Native-Ameri- can partners. At the same time. and more surprisingly, Bill eschews a chance to seize the Prophet mantle at Juniper Creek (made avail- able by the apparent demise of prior Prophet Roman Grant) in favor of an even more high-profile calling: running for State Senate in Utah. (9 hrs.) LET ME IN (DVD) Anchor Bay Ent. In bleak New Mexico, a lonely, bullied boy, Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee), forms a unique bond with his mys- terious new neighbor, Abby (Chloe Grace Moretz), who moves from town to town with the man who appear to be her father (Richard Jenkins). Trapped in the mind and body of a child, however, Abby is forced to hide a hor- rific secret of bloodthirsty survival. But in a world of both tenderness and terror, how can you invite in the one friend who may unleash the ultimate nightmare? The ultimate horror film! (I hr. 55 rains.) JUSTIFIED: FIRST SEASON (DVD) Sony Pictures Home Ent. In Season One. Timothy Olyphant stars as a modern- day Western hero based on the character created by legendary crime novelist Elmore Leonard from his short story, Fire in the Hole." Deputy Marshal Raylan Giv- ens (Olyphant) is exiled to his hometown in Harlan County, Kentucky, after the shooting of a Miami drug cartel hit man raises debate over Givens' renegade style of law enforcement. Unfortu- nately, it isn't long before the people he left behind begin to surface in the most unexpected ways. (9 hrs. 12 rains.) ER: FOURTEENTH SEASON (5-DVD) Warner Home Video TV's longest-running medi- cal drama series, ER, aired Season 14 in 2007-2008, with John Stamos, Mekhi Phifer, Goran Visnjic, Maura Tierney, Parminder Nagra, Linda Cardellini and Scott Grimes. The doctors at Chicago's County General Hospital are never off-duty, always ready for the chaos of saving lives and the dedica- tion of the people who make County General run remain. In this penuKimate season, personal tragedies threaten -- and sometimes strengthen -- relationships among the staff. In the E.R., patients bring their own compelling stories; a boy genius diag- noses his mysterious ill- ness; a cancer-ridden prison doctor is haunted by the men he put to death; and a woman arrives expecting her 13th baby! (13 hrs. 45 rains.) THE HEAVY (DVD) Lionsgate During a routine hit, "Boots" Mason (Gary Stretch) learns a hit has been placed on his own life when a crooked cop named Dunn (Vinnie Jones) tries to kill him. While he seeks his re- venge, secrets kept hidden are exposed and no innocent bystander is safe as bullets fly. In this world where you can trust no one, all bets are offl The Heavy carries a lot of weight and action! (1 hr. 42 rains.). BURIED (2-Blu-ray+DVD Combo) Lionsgate Paul '" Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) is not ready to die, but when he wakes up six feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival. Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece to- gether clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited. Poor reception, a rapidly draining battery, and a dwin- dling oxygen supply become his worst enemies in a highly confined race against time; fighting panic, despair and delirium. Paul has only ninety minutes to be res- cued before his worst night- mare comes true. Take a deep breath- now! (1 hr. 45 rains.) The: mi Trade Commission