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(More photos on page 7) i!!!iiiiiiiiii!ii!iiii!i!i ~'~i ',~',?,~'?i,'~ ~iiiii!@iii,!ii Special Stater Senate Election Dates Over in Charlestown and the rest of the Senate : district, there's going to be a primary on Tues- day, April 13 and the election on Tuesday, May 11 to fill out the remainder of the Senate term now that Anthony GaUuccio has resigned from the Senate. Hordes of candidates seem eager to en- ter this race. Many of them from Cambridge, the largest community within the Senate District. Charlestown has one candidate, attorney Dan Hill from the Navy Yard. Tim Flaherty, son of former Speaker Charlie Flaherty has entered the race. Two years ago, he finished third in this Senate district's race. You know a few Italian politicians will enter, especially with Everett in this district. Cambridge is still the center of this Senate District. However, in a close race, Charlestown can be the difference between winning and los- ing. After all, Char-lestown is the real Kennedy School of Politics ... Biggest winners in this spe- cial election will be the weekly newspapers across the district and all the political ads coming their way real soon. Fran Rowan & the Historical Society As a member of the Charlestown Historical So- ciety for over 25 years, I welcomed the news that some East Bostonians can join the East Boston (Continued on Page 15) US Senator Scott Brown "Poor Ted is turning over in his grave!" Many ex- claimed in reaction to the Massachusetts election that sent a Republican to Washington to occupy the seat that belonged to Ted Kennedy for 40 years. Barely five months have passed since the people of Boston and the entire state of Massachusetts spent a week mourning the man who, by the end of his politi- cal career, had become the Lion of the Senate. For 40 years, Kennedy gave Massachusetts more na- tional influence than its small population would oth- erwise have enjoyed, and lo- cally he gave a political voice to those who had never had one. Kennedy fought count- less battles for the poor, im- migrants, and the disenfran- THE POWER OF DEMOCRACY by Stefano Salimbeni chised and he won most of them. One, however -- perhaps the most important--he did not win. Nor has any Demo- cratic leader, despite 70 years of trying, managed to reform the health-care sys- tem to extend care to the 45 million Americans who are currently excluded. It is no accident that this was Kennedy's final political wish, expressed, we are told, even on his deathbed. Yet even after mourning him for a week, his beloved Massa- Former US Senator chusetts indirectly denied it Ted Kennedy to him. After the election of "For-ty-one, for-ty-one", Barack Obama, whom he Scott Brown's supporters surprisingly supported -- chanted, while the would have been his last Wrentham lawyer -- largely great victory. With Kennedy unknown until last summer still in office, not only would -- dished out 80s-style con- the Democrats have had the servative slogans. With numbers to pass the health- Brown's election, thus, the care bill; some opponents Republicans in the Senate would probably even have will have 41 votes, enough been converted. to deny the Democrats the Instead Ted has died, his 60% majority needed to seat has gone to a Republi- override a filibuster. While can (and not even a moder- the balloons were still drift- ate one), and for supporters ing down from the ceiling, of health-care reform it's all Brown was already saying: uphill from here. "I will go to Washington with- But in other honored out delay to prevent a bad graves across America, the health-care law from being Founding Fathers of the imposed on a majority of world's oldest democracy are Americans who haven't not turning over. Actually, asked for it and do not want I'm pretty sure they're rejoic- it." ing -- if-not on substance, at Of course Ted is turning over in his grave! (Continued on Page 15) Mayor's Column by Thomas M. Menino, Mayor, City of Boston In the face of a globally challenging eco- nomic climate, one of the most positive signs for Boston is that our population continues to grow. In fact, last year, for the first time since the 1970s, Boston's population surpassed 600,000 people. It may sound like a trivial number, but an accurate population count is actually very important to everyone's livelihood. Start- ing in March, we'll have the opportunity to update our population estimates with the 2010 U.S. Census, which occurs once every 10 years. As efforts ramp up to en- sure an accurate count in 2010, you should know both why the Census is so important and what you can expect to see over the coming months. The 2010 Census will help communi- ties across the country receive more than $400 billion in funding for everything from supporting hospitals like Boston Medical Center to investing in schools, public works projects, and emergency services. The number of representatives we have in the U.S. House of Represen- tatives is also directly related to the popu- lation of our city and state. This fact is especially important for the Common- wealth, as we have the potential to lose a seat in Congress, which would have a negative effect on our state's ability to leverage more funding and resources at the federal level. Each person missed in the Census translates to a loss of $1,230 in local fund- ing. In Boston, we know just how impor- tant an accurate count is to receiving this crucial funding. Just last month, we won our fourth Census challenge, result- ing in the U.S. Census Bureau officially increasing its July 2008 population esti- mate for the City of Boston from 609,023 to 620,535. Despite the more than 11,000 person increase, we still contend that (Continued on Page 15)