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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 1,2013 Don't Send Frank to the Senate by Sal Giarratani As a reader, from time to time, of the Free Press down in North Attleboro, I have rarely seen a newspaper editorial in it. However, on January I0 th, there it was: Send Frank to the Senate. Apparently, the Free Press believes we live in danger- ous times in Washington and "Massachusetts cannot afford to be without two strong senators in Congress talking ... important busi- ness. Nor can we afford a cer- emonial senator filling the vacancy, one without the skills, knowledge, experi- ence or standing to influ- ence the debate." I believe the Free Press should have more faith in our governor to find the right person for this job. Back in 2009, when the governor had to appoint an interim sena- tor, he picked Paul Kirk who was there in the ready be- fore the special election put Scott Brown into office. I am sure there are many quali- fied applicants out there in- cluding Paul Kirk. Former U.S. Representative Barney Frank is a liberal loose can- non with too much of an ego- tistical mindset. He couldn't wait to seemingly push Gov- ernor Deval Patrick into a corner by going public on MSNBC with his desire to be a temporary U.S. Senator. These are tough times in Washington where our elected officials are as nearly divided as the rest of us. Lately we move only through crisis mode like the fiscal cliff or now the battle over raising the debt ceiling. The last person we need in Washington is a liberal loud- mouth who often comes across as a legend in his own mind. How can we expect Frank to fix things when he was among that liberal core up on Capitol Hill who actu- ally created the mess to start? The subprime mort- gage scandal was created mostly by liberals in Con- gress who were trying to house the so-called un- housed. Forcing lenders to give out mortgage money to folks at grave risks to the lenders. As a result, fore- closures increased and the housing market bubble burst. If we need a street fighter, as some have suggested, does Frank fit the bill? What we really need are less street fighters pushing ideo- logical agendas and more folks willing to listen to each other and come up with reasonable solutions to the great divide of issues we keep kicking down the road to later. As a conservative Demo- crat, I think what Massachu- setts needs is a good interim senator who can serve the several months between U.S. Senator John F. Kerry's Senate conformation as sec- retary of state and the date of the special election to fill Kerry's unexpired term. I don't unfortunately see much need for a street fighter as a debater. We need someone qualified to speak out reso- lutely and with passion for the best interests of all Mas- sachusetts residents. We al- ready have too many street fighting egotists down in the Beltway. My choice for interim U.S. Senator would be former three-term Governor Michael S. Dukakis, the 1988 presidential nominee. Who better qualified to be our interim voice along with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren? He isn't about tooting his own horn. He is a rare poli- tician who tamed his ego years ago. He would be my first and only choice. Tell Barney to stay retired. He is toast now. Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (6t 7) 523-3530 All the glory that was Rome ..... Pompei Bistro Beer * Wine Saints Timothy and Titus Bishops by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Saint Timothy was from Lystra in Lycaonia, his fa- ther was Greek and his mother Jewish. Timothy, his mother Eunice and his grandmother Lois probably embraced Christianity at the time of Saint Paul's first visit to Lystra. It was on Saint Paul's return visit to Lystra that Timothy, who was highly recommended by fellow Christians, was chosen by Paul as a mis- sionary, accompanying the Apostle of the Gentiles at the founding of the Church in Corinth. Timothy became Paul's trusted friend and was sent on difficult missions by Paul -- often in the face of great disturbances in local churches which Paul had founded. Timothy was with Saint Paul at the time of his imprisonment in Rome. He accompanied Paul on his last missionary journey remain- ing at Ephesus to head the Church. Saint Timothy spent the rest of his life at Ephesus as its Bishop. Timothy was stoned to death for having denounced the worship of the goddess Diana, in the year 97, thirty years after St. Paul's martyr- dom. He is the patron saint of stomach disorders. St. Titus was a convert from paganism. He became both friend and disciple of Saint Paul accompanying him on many apostolic mis- sions. Titus was with Paul and Barnabas at Antioch and accompanied them to the Council of Jerusalem. Titus was specially en- trusted with organizing the alms collection for poor Christians of Judaea and evidently acted as a commis- sioner of Paul at Corinth, where he replaced Timothy. He is said to have been Paul's most cherished dis- ciple. Paul later made Titus bishop of Crete, a difficult charge because of the spread of erroneous doc- trines on that island. St. Paul's writings tell us that the affectionate and sympa- thetic nature of Saint Titus drew the hearts of Crete's inhabitants. He died in the year 96. The Feast of Saints Timothy and Titus is cel- ebrated on January 264 . St. Titus is the patron saint of the United States Army Chaplain Corps. The Corps has established the Order of Titus Award as a non-denominational award which, according to the Department of Defense, is the only award presented by the Chief of Chaplains to recognize outstanding per- formance of ministry by chaplains and chaplain assistants. Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition Organizes $tatewide Cut-a-thon Event for Breast Cancer Prevention In honor of Mother's Day 2013, the Massa- chusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) will organize a statewide Cut-A-Thon event to benefit their work towards preventing breast cancer for future generations. On the weekend of May 4th-5th, Massachusetts sa- lons will devote one day to donate all proceeds from hair cuts to MBCC. Salons will charge a $15 donation per haircut and events will bring communities together in an effort to make a difference and change the legacy of breast cancer. MBCC is a local advocacy or- ganization that seeks to understand the en- vironmental causes of breast cancer in or- der to find ways to prevent the disease be- fore it starts. To learn more about their work, visit To find a participating salon near you or to register your salon for the event, please contact Cheryl Osimo at or 508-360-5513. The dead- line for salons interested in participating in this Cut-A-Thon event is April 1, 2013. Post-inaugural Thoughts by Sal Giarratani Watching this year's Inau- guration wasn't what I had hoped for. I didn't vote for President Obama's re-elec- tion bid. I still think while he can turn a phrase quite well, he still reminds me of the ineffectiveness of the peanut farmer Jimmy Carter who was elected due to Watergate but mercifully was defeated for re-election by one of the nation's most beloved presidents, Ronald Reagan. I voted for Mitt Rom- ney last November but with a big clothespin on my noise. I knew he was a goner and that Obama would roll back into an easy second term. I watched the president deliver his address about his hopes and dreams for both his administration over the next four years and for all of America which still remains quite divided and angry at times. Parts of his speech were quite well in content but at other times came across like a campaign stump speech., [ was lo01$ipg .for more graciousness but found such an attribute lacking. America is a living breath- ing entity and will survive the worse thrown at it. As a conservative Demo- crat, I too often long for the days of Democrats who would reach out to a more global audience both at home and abroad. During this current administration, America keeps splitting apart as it did during President George W. Bush's administration. We all need to admonish this divisiveness that carries on from Bush to Obama. It needs to end here in this post-lnaugural period. While watching the event on my television, I remem- bered a quote I recently saw over on Commonwealth Avenue next to Boston Uni- versity. It was inside a cof- fee shop called "Blue State Coffee." Even though I am more comfortable with the color red for my politics, this place makes a mean vanilla mug. However, it was that quote above the counter that said it all, "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change we seek." Barack Obama said this and I agree with it completely. As a Democrat and an American, I still remember 1968 when both Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy were gunned down for their beliefs in equality for all. They realized that they were the ones they were waiting for. Today, I look forward to the future of America and truly wish our president and leaders on Capitol Hill can find that common ground and courage to take us forward making America a more prosperous nation for all Americans. Words must come off the page and into action. That is my hope and prayer for my country. We are the ones we 1;t_te a._rea L coffee _ are awaiting_ .........