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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 4, 2011 Stir ep__e - by Prof. Edmund Turiello Nostra Aweeklngsom---" of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. Tiberius Claudius Nero Ceasar, second emperor of Rome, was the third of the twelve Caesars and was also the third member of the Julio-Claudian line. He was born on the Palentine Hill on November 16, 42 B.C., the son of Tiberius Claudius Nero and Livia. His mother Livia later married Augustus. His father died when Tiberius was only nine years old and at that young age he eulo- gized his dead parent from the rostrum in the Forum. While in his early teens he and Marcellus accompanied the chariot of Augustus in the triumph at Actium (the defeat of Marc Antony and Cleopatra). At a later age Tiberius mar- ried Agrippina, the daugh- ter of Marcus Agrippa the army general, statesman and builder of the Pantheon. They lived happily for a few years but he was forced to divorce her and to contract a hurried marriage to Julia, the daughter of Augustus, an act he regretted for the rest of his life. His marriage to Julia soon cooled to the point where he ceased to live with her. PlUS TIBERIUS His first military service was as a tribune of the sol- diers (commander} wherein he led a campaign against Armenia and Parthia, and was responsible for reset- tling forty thousand prison- ers of war into new homes along the Rhine. He re- turned to Rome riding in a chariot, honored with the Triumphal Regalia, a new kind of distinction never be- fore conferred upon anyone. His popularity mounted and in time he held the offices of quaestor (public prosecu- tor), praetor (chief magis- trate), and consul (one of the two highest magistrates). During the height of his success Tiberius withdrew from political life, asking for leave of absence because of weariness of office and a de- sire to rest. He made a hasty departure from Rome and settled in Rhodes for about seven years. He returned to Rome and took up residence on the Esqualine Hill where he attended mostly to his personal affairs and exer- cised no public functions. Claudius was adopted by Augustus along with Marcus Agrippa a great military commander and also the builder of the Pantheon. The practice of adopting adults was not uncommon in Rome during imperial times. During a revolt and ensu- ing three year war with lUyricum, Claudius was given command of fifteen legions plus an equal number of re- serve forces. His persever- ance was amply rewarded by a complete victory over this territory which now makes up a part of Yugoslavia. The victory took on more impor- tance because of a simulta- neous defeat of three Roman legions in Germany, thus, through Claudius the day was saved for Rome in this area. Because of this success a "Triumph" or great victory parade was held in honor of Tiberius. He was offered the surname of Pannonicus, Invictus, or Plus. It is inter- esting to note that this all took place in the year 9 A.D. and the name Pius in Latin means conscientious, godly, holy, motherly, brotherly, sisterly, good, sacred or pa- triotic. I'm not complaining, just explaining. NEXT WEEK: Tiberius the Plunderer State Representative Aaron Michlewitz Appointed Vice Chairman of Transportation Committee State Representative Aaron Michlewitz was ap- pointed Vice-Chairman of the Joint Committee on Transportation by Speaker Robert DeLeo for the 2011- 2012 Legislative Session. The transportation industry is a major sector of the Commonwealths economic vitality and transportation policies have significant impact throughout the 3 rd Suffolk District. "I am truly honored to be named Vice-Chairman of the Transportation Commit- tee. With two major high- ways, numerous commuter hubs, and every MBTA sub- way line running through the 3  Suffolk District, trans- portation is an issue that is near and dear to my heart," said Representative Michlewitz. "The transpor- tation policies that the Commonwealth makes have a disproportionate effect on my district and with this appointment I fully intend to ensure that that the Legislative Session. I am eager to continue my work and thank Speaker DeLeo for these added responsibilities." quality of life of my constitu- ents is taken into account when these policies are formulated." Representative Michlewitz was also named to the House Ways & Means Committee, which is responsible for crafting the budget and spending policies for the Commonwealth. "I am excited to have such vital committee assign- ments for the upcoming DIVORCE * CRIMINAL * , LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. CIANO 230 MSGR. O'BRIEN HIGHWAY GENERAL PRACTICE OF LAW WILLS * ESTATE PLANNING * TRUSTS PERSONAL INJURY * WORKERS COMP. 617-354-9400 Si Parla Italiano CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 02141 Rapino Memorial Home 9 Chelsea St., East Boston 617-567-1380 Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home 917 Bennington St. East Boston 617-569-0305 Dino C. Manca Funeral Director A Fanly Service Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corp. Int'l 206 Winter St. * Fall River, MA 02720 508-676-2454 Res Publica by David Trumbull From Person to People: Presidents Reagan and Obama Compared Thirty years ago tomorrow President Ronald Reagan opened his first major Presi- dential address to the nation on the economy with these words: "I'm speaking to you tonight to give you a report on the state of our Nation's economy. I regret to say that we're in the worst economic mess since the Great Depression." Last week Presidert Baraek Obama turned to the economic condition and out- look in his 2011 State of the Union Address, stating: "We are poised for progress. Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again." By some measures Mr. Obama is correct. By some measures the economy is improving. But for the mil- lions of American who are unemployed, underemployed or who have taken pay-cuts just to keep a job, there is little evidence of economic growth. There is a telling difference in how these two presidents -- thirty years apart and of quite different political persuasion -- re- spond to unemployment. In 1981 conservative Re- publican Ronald Reagan spoke of: "Seven million Americans caught up in the personal in- dignity and human tragedy of unemployment. If they stood in a line, allowing three feet for each person, the line would reach from the coast of Maine to California." Mr. Reagan -- a man who had risen from poverty him- self and who, as a conserva- tive, instinctively thought in terms of the individual soul -- conceived unemployment as a personal blow to the out- of-work man or woman. Even when he speaks of the unemployed collectively he does so with a graphic im- age of persons queuing up, much as at a 1930 Depres- sion-era soup kitchen. It is an image that directs the lis- tener to the magnitude of /nd/vidua/suffering and away from the abstract idea of "un- employment." Now consider how Presi- dent Obama addressed the same suffering: "We measure progress by the success of our people. By the jobs they can .find and the quality of life those jobs offer." Mr. Reagan's imagery con- veys that he has looked into the faces of these sufferers. He feels m and moves us to feel -- sympathy, Mr. Obama, on the other hand, can merely summon up a cliched phrase about "quality of life." I've no. doubt President Obama cares about "our people," but he shows little, ff any, understanding of how it is for the individual person who is unable to care for his or her family. In that he is like the Charles Schulz character Linus who said, "I love mankind, it's people I can't stand." David Trumbull is the chairman of the Boston Ward Three Republican Committee. Boston's Ward Three includes the North End, West End, part of Beacon Hill, downtown, waterfront, Chinatown, and part of the South End. "Ricordi d'ltalia" Presents 33 rd Annual Carnevale Dinner II Gruppo Folcloristico "Ricordi d'Italia" will present its 33 d Annual Carnevale Dinner - Dance which includes a performance of multi-regional Italian folk songs and dances on Saturday, February 26, 2011. In addition to the songs and dances you will enjoy an authentic 4-course catered Italian dinner provided by Maria's Catering and dance the night away to the live music of 'The Ambrosiani Band'. The event will be held at the American Legion Post #440, 265 California Street, Newton, MA with cocktails at 6:30 pm and dinner following at 7:00 pm. To purchase tickets, you may contact Michael Vivaldi at 781-246-1516 or by email at mvivlaldi_1971@yahoo.com. For more information about the group, please see the website: www.ricordiditalia.com. ED TO QUALITY @ DRY CLEANING SERVICE WITHIN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD Shirts Laundered Leather & Suede Expert Tailoring by Nina & Mario EAST BOSTON NORTH END 24 Porter Street 306 Hanover Street Tel. 617.567.9850 Tel. 617.742.0800 J