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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 4, 2011 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-GAZellE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 115 - No. 5 Friday, February 4, 2011 GUEST EDITORIAL THE NORTH END, RESTAURANTS AND CLOSING TIMES by Sal Giarratani Another battle over a proposal from two North End restaurants to stay open for an extra hour have drawn opposition from several of the neighborhood's residents. Many are fearful that if these two eateries get the extra hour, there will be an avalanche of restaurants ask- ing for the same action. Mary McGee who is a member of the North End Waterfront Residents Association is quoted in the Boston Herald, "I've lived in the North End 37 years and I love city living ... But even city dwellers have to sleep at some point." Both Tresca on Hanover Street and Vinoteca di Monica on RiChmond Street are seeking to remain open until I a:m. Massimo Tiberi, co-owner and general manager for Tresca said 73 percent of North End restaurants with full liquor licenses close at one in the morning and believes his place is "not asking anything out of the ordinary." I understand what Ms. McGee is saying and also that of North Ender Anne Pistorio who told the Herald reporter, "If these restaurants win approval for later closing hourS, it will open up the flood gates for all the o'th'ei-s:" She askedwhy don't they open "up earlie'r for, say, breakfast or lunch? However, folks don't eat ham and eggs or a burger and fries at fine Italian restaurants. In recent decades with the growth of restaurants inside the confines of the North End, there has been an ongoing uneasy truce between restau.rants and residents. This latest battle has been played out before and surely will again in the future. Each side really does need the other. Perhaps, with Tresca and Vinoteca di Monica, a compromise time of 12:30 a.m. could be reached. The real problem is that over the years as the neighborhood restaurant base has grown, the needs of neighborhood folks often can get lost. Restau- rants also have to be good neighbors and work with the community to address issues of commonality. When it comes to communication, there is much work to be done by both sides. NON ! E TU'I-I"ORO QUEL CHE LUCE. NON IE TUTTO ORO QUELLO CHE LUCCICA. All that glitters is not gold. 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 pe'son 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, those of The Post:Ocwatte, its publisher or edltor. Photo  sions are accepted b the provided they are clear,  photos. There is a $5 charge for each  submitted,  can. be submitted ia e-mail: If you want your photos returned, include a - addressed,  envelope, A Tribute to RonaM Wilson Reagan by Sal Giarratani Thirty years ago, Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the 40 th President of the United States. The nation in 1980 was very downbeat after suf- fering through four very long years of Jimmy Carter who, in my book, is hands down the worst president ever elected. Reagan was elected despite being 69 years old when folks voted for him on that Election Day back in 1980. On January 20,1981, he officially became the old- est elected first term presi- dent and just 17 days until birthday number 70. This upcoming Super Bowl Sunday (Feb- ruary 6) will mark the centennial of Reagan's birth back on February 6, 1911 in Tampico, IIIinois. He grew up to become a success in life before going into politics as a B-movie actor which he often joked about in later years. He didn't enter retail politics until he was 55 years old, when he was elected to his first of two terms as California gover- nor. In fact, the governor of California to- day, Jerry Brown, was the governor who fol- lowed him in office back in 1975. However, even as an actor, he was politically moti- vated and in the late '40s and early '50s, as Screen Actors Guild president, he fought to cleanse Hollywood from those accused of communist ties. In 1962, he switched to the Republican Party saying he didn't leave the Democrats, the Democratic Party left him. The birth of Reagan's political career be- gan in 1964 when he became a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater's presidential campaign against President Lyndon B. Johnson. He first came to my attention as a possible national leader during the Goldwater campaign. In 1968, he took on Richard Nixon at the Miami convention, Nixon won but Reagan was apparently on the move to a goal. In 1976, he took on Presi- dent Gerald Ford in the GOP primary and narrowly Iostlto him. Ford lost to:Carter which set the stage for 1980. In 1980,- Reagan was the underdog thanks to Presi- dent Nixon, 1974 and Watergate. After Nixon got on the helicopter back on August 9, 1974, the Republican Party looked like death warmed over. However, Ronald Reagan pulled the party from the depths of hell back into power with his optimis- tic leadership after four long years of pain under Carter. In 1984, Reagan ran for re- election and easily defeated Walter Mondale at age 73. He left office in 1989 and was fol- lowed into office by his vice president George H.W. Bush. He slowly disappeared from view. In 1994 he wrote a let- ter to the American people, his long goodbye, revealing his diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. The last years of his life seemed unknown to him. He forgot he was a president, a great president. He forgot his role in ending the Cold War. He forgot how he pulle d Americans back up on their feet after the horrible '70s. He made people forget about Watergate. He made us proud to be Americans again. He forgot it all. However, we didn't forget and still haven't forgotten his role in American history. I was saddened to hear that Reagan's memory had died long before his body did at age 93 on June 5, 2004. There's a story about former attorney general Edwin Meese, who recalled going to the christening of the USS Ronald Reagan back in 2001. He brought Reagan the ship's baseball cap which read "USS Reagan CV-76" and wondered "why would anyone name a ship after me?" Twelve years after leaving office, the most important president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt had no memory of having been president for eight years or even having been a B-movie actor. So sad. As for me, I will remember him for inspiring me to public activism. I was inspired by Jack Kennedy back when I was 12 years old. I was inspired again by Ronald Reagan 20 years later in 1980. I have not been inspired since. Sarah Palin called Ronald Reagan *America's Life- guard" in a commentary run in the Wall Street Journal in January. She's right. We needed a lifeguard i n 1980. Someone who made us feel safe. He was someone who led us and the entire world out of darkness. I will always remember Ronald Reagan for who he was and what he gave us when we most needed it. He was our lifeguard, res- cuing us, as Sarah Palin stated, "with his optimism and common sense. We need more lifeguards like him." FRIGID TEMPERATURES INCREASE THE RISK FOR FROZEN WATER PIPES ... Simple Steps Frigid temperatures and gusty winds can cause one of winter's worst woes -- fro- zen water pipes. With winter's cold, more and more home and business owners may encounter frozen water pipes. "But property owners can take some simple precau- tions to prevent the incon- venience and expense of fro- zen water pipes," said Raymond Raposa, executive director of the New England Water Works Association, the region's largest organi- zation of water works profes- sionals. These .include: Turning off outside fau- cets. Disconnect the hose. Turn off the water from in- side your home or business, then drain the pipe. Leave the outside valve open slightly, so any water left in the pipe can flow out and not freeze in the line. Patching any cracks and holes in doors, windows, and walls near pipes. When temperatures drop to near zero, a high wind blowing through a small opening can freeze a nearby pipe. When Can Help P(otec t Homes and Businesses ... not block the air vents that your furnace needs for proper combustion. Making sure that heat can circulate around pipes. Pipes inside or outside walls, or in an enclosed area can freeze, especially when the wind-chill factor is well be- low zero and heat is not cir- culating through these ar- eas. Insulating pipes and fau- cets in unheated areas. Wrap pipes with pipe-insu- lating material, which is available at hardware and plumbing supply stores, or use insulation. Be sure to protect all pipes in unheated areas, such as crawl spaces and garages. NOTE: Follow-up inter- views can be arranged with Raymond Raposa, executive director of the New England Water Works Association, to discuss the information in this release. Not allowing your water to run overnight -- this should not be your first option. This practice will not necessarily prevent pipes from freezing. Instead, it your water bill. Check with your local utility about the necessity of running water overnight under special cir- cumstances. Checking insulation around pipes regularly. Older-model furnaces "gener- ated sufficient heat to warm basements in cold weather. However, today's energy-ef- ficient heaters limit wasted heat. Homeowners with wood stoves or other heat sources often turn down the furnace, which could lower temperatures in the base- ment. Never shutting off your heat completely. If you are planning to leave your home or business for an extended period and you don't drain your pipes, you should lower tle thermostat but never shut it off. The lack of heat can freeze the pipes in walls and the basement. If freez- ing occurs, the pipes will burst. When the area warms up, the thawing water will cause flooding and possible property damage. If, despite these precau- _patching _these openings :. do. wastes water: and in creasesz _ - _. (Continued on_. page_ ]0)