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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 1,2013 Page3 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: postgazette@aol.com Website: www.BostonPostGazette.com 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. onnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to i990 Vol. 117 - No. 5 Friday, February 1,2013 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. Visits Donne 2000 GUEST EDITORIAL Governor Patrick Does a Hugo Chavez? by Sal Giarratani As I watched the governor lay out his tax plan during his State of the State address, I wondered what planet he occupied. His spending agenda would be the high- est tax hike in Massachusetts history. Taxpayers sim- ply cannot finance this dream of his. His attempt at building a legacy on transportation and education would bankrupt the Commonwealth long after he is history. Once again we get the liberal notion that we have a spending problem, we are apparently not spending enough of our money. We also have a taxing problem, Governor Patrick wants to dig deeper into the taxpay- ers' pockets which are already pretty deplete of capital. As I heard the governor talk about extending rail ser- vice across the entire state, I wondered why. Do we need trains to the Berkshires or Springfield or even Medford? Sounds like a Disneyland approach to transit issues. Instead of finding ways to finance what we al- ready have, it is like being in denial riding around in those Disney-like monorails. Also, his whole financ- ing scheme seems premised on raising the state's in- come tax rather than lower the state's sales tax. The opposite move would have been the better case. How- ever, in any case, raising taxes never produces growth. It only stifles it. How much more can we take? Why isn't the governor taking the radical approach of cutting taxes and need- less spending in order to better finance his dream world where we must be growing money on trees and where it rains coins? Kudos to the Boston Herald recently for pointing out in its editorial, "Gov, this is WAR[" We can only hope our legislators on Beacon Hill take a serious look at his huge spending ideas and his oppressive tax hike. La Befana and grandchildren of Donne 2000 members. One again this year, on the feast of the Epiphany, January 6 th, La Befana paid a visit to the members of Donne 2000 and their chil- dren. She came in dressed in old worn garb with broom in hand for sweeping. She gave out gifts to the little children and little treats to the grown ups, consisting of a tanger- ine, torrone and chocolates just like in the old days in Italy when they were kids. Prior to La Befana's appear- ance, Joe Pagliuca of Big Joe Productions kept the chil- dren entertained with his creative stories. As legend has it, La Befana, thinking that she had missed the opportunity to accompany the Wise Men in search of the Christ Child, later decided to follow them. Unable to catch up to them, along the way every child that she saw, she gave them a small treat in hopes that one of them would be the Christ Child. Each year on the eve of the Epiphany, she sets out looking for the Baby Jesus. She stops at each child's house to leave tasty treats to those who have been good. La Befana is one of Italy's La Befana and Donne 2000 board members Rosa Giammarco, Mari Di Censo, Doreen Giammarco and Rita Susi. oldest and most celebrated legends. Each year on Janu- ary 6 th the children of Italy awaken in hopes that La Befana has made a visit to their house. This is also a significant day for Italians because it marks the end of the Christmas season and the day that the three Wise Men arrive at the manger of the Christ Child bringing Him presents of Gold, Frank- incense and Myrrh. Over the years, the Epiphany has become a more celebrated holiday for the children of Italy; even more so than Christmas. This story teaches our children customs and trad- itions from our ancestors and it is up to us to pass them along to future genera- tions so that they will not be forgotten. TO SHORTEN WINTER, BORROW SOME MONEY DUE IN SPRING. -- W..]. Vogel 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 GEORGE MENDOZA { eorge Mendoza, 73, of Boston's North End on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Loving husband of the late Monica Maxwell- Mendoza. Cherished father of Jorge Mendoza and his wife Karen, Patrick Mendoza and his wife Elisa, Maria Mendoza, Juan Mendoza and his wife Julie, and Frank Mendoza and his wife Amanda. Beloved grandfather of Jorge, Sofia, Veronica, Matthew, Megan, Maxwell, Melanie, Mia, Natalie, Coco and Daisy. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. Funeral was from the Boston Harborside Home, 580 Commercial Street, Boston, on Monday, January 28 followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stephen Church, corner of Hanover and Clark Streets. Donations may be made in George's Memory to the Eliot School, 16 Charter Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02113.