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A" VOL. 118- NO. 5 T THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS TT (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JANUARY 31, 2014 $.30 A COPY Happy Groundhog Day SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2 ND The largest and most famous Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, with a groundhog "amed Puaxb-tawney Phil. According to .ore, if ii is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks. by Sal Giarratani Ali Bama and the 536 Thieves Everyone is blaming everyone else for what is ailing the nation. Both sides are stealing our future prosperity and raking up more and more future debt for citizens yet to be born. We have runaway spending and debt and while everyone argues who is at fault, the spending and debt continue unabated. Republicans blame the Democrats. This one blames that one. The presi- dent sits there and smiles blaming everyone but himself. When Obama was running for president in early 2008, he was blaming President Bush for an added $4 trillion to the national long-term debt which was only $5 billion when President Clinton left the Oval Office. Back then, the Washington, DC Democrats were talking about Bush using a credit card from China and handing the bill to future generations. Since taking office in 2009, Obama has added another $8 trillion in debt bringing the total to about $17 trillion. Democrats didn't mind bash- ing Bush but have gone awol on Obama. With $17 trillion in long-term debt the future looks bleak for working Americans. Arizona GOP Bashes McCain The Arizona Republican Party recently cen- sured 5-term U.S. Senator John MCCain for (Continued on Page 6) + 1!iii!!!i!iiii!!i!!i:!!!i!i!ili!!iii!!!iL! i : !i !i!ii!ii!!!!i!i!ii!iiii!i!i!i!iiiiiii!!iii!iii!iiii!iiiiiiiiiii) ii i!i i It Really Isn't About Partisan Politics It's About Constitutional Safeguards by Sal Giarratani "What is it about democ- racy -- with all its messy need for consensus building -- that PreSident Obama doesn't get. 'America does not stand still and neither will I,' Obama insisted in his State of the Union address last night, warning he will act on his own herever and whenever' he can ... Memo to Congress: sit down, shut up. Olaama's in charge here too." -- Boston Herald editorial, January 29 m I did not watch President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday evening. These annual January speeches not only are need- lessly un-inspirational, they are nothing more than sermons to the saved. I stopped paying attention to them back in the 1970s. I finally got tired of watch- ing all those seals in the House Chamber flapping their flippers on every word spoken. While these speeches are rooted in the Constitution, what happens when the author of these speeches isn't rooted in it as well? Today we have a president who seems annoyed by the Constitutional principle of separation of powers. He ap- parently is unaware that America has three co-equal branches of government. Our founders were careful Two Happy Ev e n ts not to place too much power in any one branch for far of creating the son of King George III. Today when conservatives bash Obama for taking end- runs around Congress, they are labeled "Tea Party right- wingers" or say they are just playing partisan politics. However, liberals see noth- ing wrong with being those clapping seals in the House Chamber. This country's revolution- ary roots gave us a demo- cratic republic and under- stood the government must be rooted in the people. When Ben Franklin left Independence Hall following the ratification of the Con- stitution he was asked by an onlooker what kind of gov- ernment do we have and he responded, "A republic if we can keep it." Up until re- cently, I never quite under- (Continued on Page 3) by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Two weeks ago we had the pleasure of being rewarded twice, once by attending the birthday party of Vi Raspa who had just turned 101; several days later we were caught totally by surprise when informed that we were to be awarded with the Good Neighbor certificate by the North End/ Waterfront Residents' Association for the volunteer work we do in helping to main- tain Sacred Heart Church. Father Antonio, Pastor of Saint Leonard Parish and several of us gathered at Vi's apartment to wish her a happy birthday and express the deep affection we all have for this life-long resident of the North End. It was fun to share Vi's birthday as we all gath- ered round the small dining room table to sing happy birthday to our dear friend and toast her with cups of tea raised in her honor. After making certain that each of us had a piece of her birthday cake, Vi thanked us for wanting to be with her on this special day. She spoke of former birthdays, of little known events, now long forgotten, that hap- pened many years ago, some of which were sad many quite humorous. It was late af- ternoon when the party broke up, after tidy- ing up we left only after promising to repeat the event next year when Vi turns 102. A little more than a week ago, we received a phone call from our friend Janet inform- ing us that we had just been awarded the "Good Neighbor" award by the North End/ Waterfront Resident's Association. At first we thought Janet was joking, but no, she assured us it was true and that she was Bennett and Richard Molinari asked to present the framed certificate to us. We met at Sacred Heart Church where Janet presented us with the certificate. Then, as part of the ceremony, Janet invited us to lunch at Quattro where we met up with two good friends who Janet thoughtfully invited as part of the event. After a delicious lunch we thanked our friends for sharing in the day and of course Janet for helping to organize the day. A special thanks to NEWRA for choosing us as this month's recipients. As we sit here recapturing the memories of the past week and attempting to share them with our readers, we can't help think- ing how lucky we are to have such good friends and to share our lives with them in the Vilaggio that is the North End. I THE POST-GAZETTE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open onTuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from I1.'00 AM to 2.'00 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 6 ! 7-227-8?29 for more information ]