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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 3, 2014 Page 3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: Website: Subscriptions in the United States $30.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETtE P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnamma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 118- No. 5 Friday, January 31, 2014 Santa Rosalia Di Palermo Society Elects New Officers \\; OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. It Really Isn't About Partisan Politics (Continued from Page I) stood his response but sadly I do today. While Thomas Jefferson said, 'The sum of good gov- ernment is a wise and fru- gal government, which shall restrain me from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regu- late their own pursuits of industry and improvement and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned." Recently, thanks to con- servative talk show host Mark Levin on WRKO radio, I took out my old copy of "Democracy in America" written by Alexis de Tocque- ville and the insight he had. His book was first published in 1835 and 1840 and his tract becomes increasing relevant to what is happen- ing in 2014 as our demo- cratic republic looks like a cracked windshield. Tocqueville was a great political thinking ahead of his time. Today we have a president who goes around Congress using executive orders and administrative agencies to get what he seemingly desires. Tocque- ville called this "administra- tive despotism." Franklin, Jefferson and most surely Tocqueville understood that while people wished to have individual liberty, they would also be desirous of having their needs met. The warn- ings from the early 19 th cen- tury are becoming today's reality. According to Tocque- ville, governors in a democ- racy would see the impor- tance of providing "gratifica- tions" to the people. Today we call this entitlements and government now grati- fies at least 50 million citi- zens through programs and cash. Too many citizens sadly have in the last 50 years come to accept entitle- ments in exchange for their own liberties. Our government continues to grow stronger and our citizenry weaker and today our leaders in Washington call themselves Democrats or Republicans but they both belong to the Party of Privilege. We have moved so far from our American roots. The warnings of Jefferson and Franklin have been forgotten and the fate of America's democracy is as Tocqueville foretold now endangered. We held a revolution when the British Monarchy ruled by sheer power and intimi- dation. Today we are still ruled by sheer power and intimidation. Patrick Henry once said two great lines. The first was, "Give me liberty or give me death." The second line was "I smell a rat." There he was talking about the Red- coats but today it could be a timid citizenry who doesn't really care about anything but more free stuff. How much government cheese is too much to chew?. When will we stand up and say the Constitution and its Bill of Rights still matter? LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor, Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 The Santa Rosalia Di Palermo Society elected new officers, including President Danny Puccio, Vice-President Guy Zanelli, Treasurer Lorenzo Puccio and Secretary Tony Puccio. In a ceremony held on Sunday morning January 26 th at Sacred Heart Church, senior member Frank Longo performed the swearing in of the new officers. "I am very grateful and honored to have been elected president of the Santa Rosalia Society," said Danny Puccio. "As a child on the Sunday of the procession my mother dressed me up as a cardinal to walk along my cousin dressed as St. Rosalia. Now 34 years later I have become president." The society enters its 75 th year with its mission to honor the tradition of Santa Rosalia. The group also supports good causes in the North End. It is believed that the City of Palermo, Sicily was saved from the Black Plague by the miracles performed by Santa Rosalia. This year marks the 390 anniversary that Santa Rosalia has been celebrated in Palermo. Ryan Kicks Off Special State Rep. Race at Warren Tavern by Sal Giarratani Charlestown's Dan Ryan who currently works out of U.S. Representative Michael Capauano's Congressional Seventh District Office has announced he is running for the Second Suffolk House District which covers Charlestown and Chelsea. A special primary election will be held on Tuesday, March 4 tn to replace Eugene O'Flaherty who recently resigned his House seat to work at City Hall with Boston's new Mayor Martin J. Walsh as corporate coun- sel replacing a friend of mine, Bill Sinnott. The news of the House seat's vacancy had a num- ber of folks interested in running for the seat. The last state representative from Charlestown to serve this House District on Bea- con Hill was Jimmy Collins who won a special election back in 1977. In 1978, in a redistricted seat shared with Chelsea, Richie Voke won the election and then "Gino Flaherty" came along. O'Flaherty won the 1996 election against Charles- town's Billy McCabe. Over the past 17 years, O'Flaherty with Townie roots of his own, has served Charlestown well. However, many in Charles- town gathered at the Warren Tavern on Wednesday, Jan- uary 22 " ready to bring the House seat back to Charles- town. My head-count put the crowd at Danny Ryan's cam- paign kick-off upwards of 150 well wishers. Impres- sively, I noticed a few folks from Chelsea there too. Jack Kelly who recently topped the ticket for City Council at Large in Ward 2 this last November 5 th was rumored to be eyeing this seat has announced his sup- port for Dan Ryan's bid. Ryan should have a strong base of support in Charles- town where he nearly won a L-R: Bob Seaway, Peter White, Dan Ryan and John Dillon The candidate Dan Ryan with Sal Giarratani of old Charlestown Patriot fame. special District 2 city coun- cil race against now incum- bent City Councilor Sal LaMattina by winning over 90 per cent of all votes cast in Ward 2. Rumor has it; Chelsea Democrats are putting up a good candidate too. This race will be run on the ground and no one knows retail politics better than Charlestown. With less than five weeks to go, you can bet everyone is going to know there's an important election coming up shortly. Turnout will determine everything.