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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 1, 2013 * NeWs Briefs (Continued from Page 1) Luther King, Jr. Obama gave his "We are Government" speech. Remember back in 1961 on a snowy Inaugura- tion Day when JFK stated, "Ask not what you can do for your government but what your government can do for you." If you remember that, you must be living on some other planet. John F. Kennedy put his strength in the people and not the gov- ernment but Obama seems to feel the government is here to do for us and turn too many Americans into accepting the idea that government is here to hand us free stuff. We will become serfs with all these "entitle- ment" programs that sap the strength out of us. We will look to government for everything from sliced cheese to direction. Back in 1961, America still knew that we the people are the government. Today that no longer seems the case. We seem on the road to socialism and serfdom. Our founders must be rolling over in their graves. America is changing and I grow weary of it all. Jimmy O'Neill DJ Who Hosted TV's Shindig! Jimmy O'Neil, barely out of his teens when he became a top-rated radio disc jockey and only 24 when he hosted TV's rock 'n roll show Shindig! recently passed away at 73 years old. In 1959 he made radio history as the first voice on KRBC-AM when it dropped its country-western format for rock music. The station rose quickly as a powerhouse and launched him into TV in 1964 as emcee of Shindig! Anybody who was anybody showed up on his show. It ran once a week on prime time as opposed to "Where the Action Is," during the afternoons. Dick Clark's American Bandstand was a Saturday noon time show. The Beatles were guest on his show back in 1964. O'Neill had to take his show to England since the group was too busy to come to California. I will always remember how he opened each show with the rousing welcome: "Howdy-hi, Shindiggers. We've got a Shindig for you that's so far it's out of sight." Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers once said of O'Neill, "Jimmy was the perfect guy to host the show. He wasn't slick; he never tried to be too hip. He was just the perfect guy to hold all that together." I tried never to miss that show of his and all the great guests who per- formed for TV viewers. The show only lasted 15 months on ABC but has been forever remembered by many aging boomers even today. Another Great Opine from Letter Writer I love reading good letters to the editor. Another showed up the other day in the Boston Herald from Term O'Conner of Leominster who stated, "Shame on Congress and the president for failing to keep the 2 percentage payroll-tax cut for Social Security. Trying to protect the middle-class? Really? They should all have to live paycheck to paycheck and still not have enough money to live on. Then they would see how the real world is." Look Out for Big Doctor Never-mind George Orwell, 1984 and Big Brother, with the government now in charge of our health care, soon Capitol Hill and the White House will be telling us what and what not to eat or drink. Really, this has already started. Think Mayor Bloomberg and New York City when he sought to outlaw all super-sized drinks. This, we know what's good for you government mentality will only grow worse now. If government pays all the medical costs of treating sick people, soon won't government start rationing care, will our gov- ernment soon punish us for not taking proper care of ourselves? If our founding fathers returned today, how much would they like what they are seeing from the govern- ment they created? In many ways, the further we get from the Spirit of '76, the more we are turning into King George's England. Our 18 th century founders were sharp as a razor when it came to democracy but our leaders today only look as sharp as a bowling ball. Quote to Note "The struggle of today is not altogether for today -- it is for a vast future also." -- President Abraham Lincoln, December 3, 1861 Don't Mess with Texas? I love Texas and enjoy visiting with my family down there. It is a Red State where American values are still held high but like every- where else, our values seem under attack. When it comes to the Second Amendment, this place doesn't back down from liberals attacking the right to keep and bear arms. However, it does seem that common sense some- times can get caught in the crossfire. Recently, Republi- can Rep. Jason Villalba at the State Capitol has intro- duced something called the Protection of Texas Children Act which would permit Texas schools to "appoint a member of the faculty as a "school marshal," who would be trained, certified and authorized to carry a con- cealed weapon. Speaker Joe Strauss has not yet taken a stand on this proposal. Republican Lt. Governor Dave Dewhurst is also con- sidering legislation requir- ing training for teachers who want to carry weapons at work. I am a strong supporter of the first 10 amendments as the basis for our entire system of government. We need the Bill of Rights in order to have a true demo- cratic republic. The govern- ment isn't them, it is us. However, I do not support putting firearms in the classrooms of Texas or any- where else as a protection from crazed killers bent on destruction of life. Texas seems to be over-reaching and acting more out of emo- tion than logic. Understand- able after Sandy Hook but still not the response needed. EXTRA Innlnp by Sal Giarratani After Stan "The Man" Musial and Baseball Changed If Hall of Famers Stan Musia] and Earl Weaver stood for anything, it was the integrity of the game. Back in the late '90s and early into the 21 st century, base- ball as we knew it ceased to exist. The steroid era destroyed any accountable measuring of personal re- sponsibility. Records were being broken and old ones shattered by alleged drug- induced power. We watched as players grew into either the Incredible Hulk or a Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade float. Most fans were noticing it all but baseball brass stood silently until they had to face reality. Now it could be too late to ever fully resurrect the game back into America's sport once again. Between the slowness of the game and records created by steroid use, baseball has become pretty much an expensive game to watch and also meaningless. Cooperstown has lost its luster as entry into the Hall of Fame be- comes problematic for the likes of those home run hit- ters that bloated into giants going back some 15 seasons ago. It took 37 years to shat- ter Roger Maris and his 61 home run mark but only three seasons to break the 1998 mark. We went from 61 to 70 to 73 and now the only mark that counts is still that set 53 years ago in Yankee Stadium when Marls hit a long one off Tracy Stallard and the Boston Red Sox and put Maris into the history books. Then there was the guy who said "Baseball been berry good to me" who hit 60 or more homers thrice. Now, that feat is as mean- ingless as most attained during that era of baseball's black eye. Today without those al- leged steroid fixes, baseball seemingly has slowed down and seems never-ending. Everything took the wayback machine home to pre-1998 and baseball keeps losing fans. Add meaningless records and you can under- stand why football is America's new pasttime. Baseball needs to redeem itself in the eyes of baseball fans the world over. Should any player suspected of do- ing steroids be allowed en- try into Cooperstown? Should they all be lumped together and barred forever? Without knowing for certain who the cheats were, can we just assume the worse and write off the stats of that era? These are questions that must be asked and an- swered. Hank Aaron no longer holds the lifetime home run record. Roger Maris no longer holds the single season HR record. Meanwhile, great players like Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens retain their amazing feats. Many of their supporters say they were al- ready Hall of Famers before 1998 -- but isn't the point that they may have cheated to up their numbers? If this were a criminal case in court, those sus- pected of using steroids could never be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt but the preponderance of the evidence certainly points in that direction. The prepon- derance factor made a mess out of baseball records that we may live with until the four winds are no more. Getting back to Musial and Weaver, both of them died within days of one an- other in January. Stan Musial was 92, Weaver was 82. I remember back in the early '60s following the tail- end of Musial's long career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was called the premier player in the decade follow- ing WWII and his 22 seasons with the Cardinals earned him a place in the Hall of Fame. In 1952, legendary Hall of Famer Ty Cobb said of Musial, "No man has ever been a perfect ballplayer. Stan Musial, however, is the closest to being perfect in the game today." Baseball was very big in the late '40s and into the '50s. Musial was smack be- tween older legends like Joe DiMagg-io and Ted Williams and younger than yet to be legends like Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays. I would say all five of these ballplayers might have been the best of my lifetime with pure power and no enhancing stuff. Musial played out his heart on the field. He hit 3,000 hits in only 16 seasons, a feat still unmatched. He hit 474 home runs and held a .331 batting average. He was named an All-Star 20 times. He led the NL for the batting title seven times. He won the NL MVP Award three times and was runner-up LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI12P5336EA Estate of ANTHONY di BONAVENTURA Date of Death November 12, 2012 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Christopher A. di Bonaventure of Chestnut Hill, MA. A Will has been admitted to informal probate. Christopher A. di Bonaventura of Chestnut Hill, MA has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Representative underthe Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 2/1/13 Earl Weaver four more times. Hall of Fame pitcher War- ren Spahn once said, "Once Musial timed your fastbal] your infielders were in jeop- ardy." In 1969, he was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first appearance on the ballot. An 8-foot bronze statue of Stan Musial was unveiled outside Busch Sta- dium in 1968. Two years ago, President Obama presented him with the nation's high- est civilian honor, the Presi- dential Medal of Freedom. I never heard him say any- thing about the steroid era but I am sure it saddened him because it tarnished baseball's long history. Within two days of Musiars passing, Earl Weaver fol- lowed him into eternity. The former and quite feisty Bal- timore Orioles manager was 82. At the slightest provoca- tion, the Earl of Baltimore would spin his cap back, point a finger into an ump's chest and unload. He was though beloved by many in Baltimore and was an Oriole right to the end. Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer said, "Earl was a black and white manager. He kind of told you what your job de- scription was going to be and kind of basically told you if you wanted to play on the Ori- oles, this was what you needed to do. And if you couldn't do it, I'll get some- one else." Weaver took the O's to the World Series four times over 17 seasons but won only one title. A statue of him was dedicated last summer at Camden Yards along with the team's other Hall of Famers. I can only imagine how Weaver would have handled enhancement drug use on his teams. He de- manded the best out of his players but cheating was not in his vocabulary. When I think of the game of baseball, I see the integ- rity of both these men as the true definition of what the game of baseball is supposed to be all about. 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