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Page14 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 5, 2010 The Bilingual Corner IX) SAPEVATE CHE ... Un ente quasi del tutto sconosciuto agli italiani e' il CNEL (consiglio nazionale dell'economia e del lavoro) La sua mis- sion e' quella di produrre pareri che piu' o meno nessuno glieli chiede e nessuno li utilizza. In breve il CNEL e' irrilevante poiche' I pareri offerti sono inutili. Questa situazione permane da mezzo secolo, un record burocratico davvero~ II CNEL si trova al centro di Villa Borghese, nella spaziosa e sontuosa Villa Lubin. I dipendenti sono circa 90; al presente vi si trovano solo 80. Il bilancio, 80% del quale serve per pagare i dipendenti, e' di 18 milioni di euro l'anno. Lo stpendio del Presidente del CNEL e' di 160 mila euro l'anno. Tutti i dipendenti sono la parte amministrativa mentre la parte creative, e' di consulenza al Parlamento ed al Governo, come stabilito dalla Carta Costituzionale all'articolo 99, che sembra aver intuito qualcosa come il CNEL come posto di confronto tra le parti sociali e del loro contributo alle decisioni di politica economica e sociale, contribuendo a proposte di leggi in material economica e sociale. Questo tipo di Parlamento (CNEL) ha un totale effettivo di 121:44 rappresentano il lavoro dei dipendenti, 18 quello autonomo, 37 le imprese. A questi si aggiungono gli esperti nominate dal Governo, ed un gruppetto che rappresenta I professionisti. Anche se non utilizzati, i consigli sono retribuiti ogni mese con 1500 euro, per un totale di circa tre milioni di euro l'anno, a carico del bilancio statale. L'assenteismo e' molto in voga, specialmente tra i consiglieri che sono leader sindacali o leader di organizzazioni industriali, come Emma Marcegaglia.Vi stupite se in Italia esistono situazioni burocratiche, come il CNEL, dove i politici trovano il posto per raccomandati personali? L'Italia e' davvero la terra del privilegio! DID YOU KNOW THAT ... An Italian mysterious agency, unknown to most Italians, is the CNEL (National Council on Economics and Labor). Its mission is to produce opinions, which hardly anyone re- quests, and nobody uses them. In short, the CNEL is truly "irrelevant", for its opinions are useless. This status has been going on for more than 50 years, a bureaucratic record indeed. The CNEL is located right in the middle of Villa Borghese, inside the spacious and elegant Villa Lubin. There are about 90 people working but only 80 at the present time. The budget is 18 million euro a year, 80% of it for the payroll. The President alone gets 160,000 euro a year. The person- nel are like the administrative branch (hardware) while the creative section, (software) provides advice to the Parliament's members and to the Government, as set forth on the Art. 99 of the Constitution, which presupposed some- thing like the CNEL as a meeting place for social meet- ings, as well as contributing to the political, economic, and social decisions, thus contributing to the bills regarding economic and social issues. This kind of mini-Parliament (CNEL) has a total of 121 members: 44 represent the de- pended workers, 18 the independent workers, 37 the mid- level companies. The rest consists of people appointed by the Government, and a small group represents the profes- sional people. Even though the "advice" is not utilized, they are none- theless compensated to the tune of 1,500 euro a month, for a total of about 3 million euro a year, which is part of the State's total budget. Absenteeism is a "modus operandi", particularly among the counselors, who are the leaders of industrial organizations, such as Emma Marcegaglia. Are you astonished that bureaucratic situations as the CNEL, exist in Italy, in which Italian politicians find a "position" for personally recommended people? Italy is truly the land of privilege! On Sale Now: THE NORTH END Where It All Began The Way It Was by Fred Langone LEGAL NOTICES SALE PRICE $19.95 Plus Shipping & Handling On Site at The Post-Gazette 5 Prince Street, North End, Boston, MA The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani THIS GUY SAYS IT FOR ME There was a great letter to the editor in the Boston METRO on January 21 which expresses my feelings com- pletely and I thought I'd share it with my readers "Keith Olbermann answered criticism to his hate-filled rant on now-Senator-elect Scott Brown by spewing more filth against him. But nobody watches Olbermann -- the only rea- son I caught it was because FOX was on a commercial." Michael Chimenti, Via E-Mail H & R BLOCKHEADS??? There was a great editorial that ran in the Wall Street Journal on January 7 about tax preparers will now come under the regulatory rule of the I.R.S. as part of the Obama Administration's plans to apparently rake in more revenue. Under this little known plan, which be- gins with the 2011 tax sea- son, anyone who makes money doing someone else's taxes will have to register with the I.R.S. and eventu- ally past a competency test? If taxes weren't so compli- cated, we could do them our- selves. Like anything else, if you regulate something, you get less of it and then pay more for it. Only those big name places like H & R Block probably think it is great since their competi- tion will decrease most likely. If you're like me and like Turbo Taxing your re- turns at home, forget about it. Hey I got a better idea and ST. JUDE AND ST. ANTHONY NOVENA May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now and for- ever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us. St. Anthony, most loving protector and wonder worker, pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day and by the 8th day your prayer will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. My prayers have been answered. Favor received. V.F. The POST-GAZETTE newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each town that we serve. For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZETTE, please call (617) 227-8929; or mail notice to: POST-GAZETTE P.O. BOX 135 BOSTON, MA 02113 Attn: Legal Notices it would save lots of time for everyone. Why doesn't the I.R.S. just send us a letter telling us what we owe? "BROWN" SIGNS ARE COLLECTOR'S ITEMS As I drove down Hanover Street the other day, I saw two "Brown" signs in the win- dow at the Anzalone real es- tate office once the home of Langone's funeral parlor. I parked my car and ran in to speak with Joanne. I asked if I could perhaps have one of those signs. She said she had a difficult time scooping them. One she was keeping for history, and the other she just promised someone else. However, she said she'd find me one and not to worry. Who would have thought those Brown signs would mean so much. Here's a trivia question. In November 1962 who did Ted Kennedy run against in the general election? Give up? It was none other than George Cabot Lodge running as a Republican. Back in 1952, there was another Kennedy-Lodge fight. Then, it was young Jack Kennedy, a three-term congressman taking on Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., an incumbent Republican US Senator. Ten years later it was Kennedy's younger brother and Lodge's son who face off against each other. I still remember a Repub- lican rally right in front of St. Stephen's Church facing the Paul Revere statue. In 2010, pols are still using that same statue and linking themselves to today's poli- tics. Some things never change. WHAT'S WRONG WITH WISHING HIM WELL? The other day, the Boston Globe did an editorial wish- ing US Senator-elect Scott Brown well as he prepares for his new job in the US Sen- ate. The following day there are two letters to the editor printed and both writers live in the "Peoples Republic of Newton". Both seem to think it is wrong to wish him well since neither voted for him nor like him or what he stands for or against. I didn't vote for President Obama but I wished him well after he defeated John McCain. After all, if he suc- ceeded, then we succeeded. The same should be true of Brown. However, liberals are such ideologues, they don't seem capable of understand- ing what doing well means. NEW FACELIFT FOR ST. LEONARD'S AMAZING It is amazing what grime can do to a building's facade over the years. St. Leonard's Church on Hanover Street is a great example of this. For years, the exterior looked pretty dark and unappealing but after the recent work on the building exterior, the church now has a bight and cheerful look to it. Add to that the work done in the Peace Garden and new ramp thanks to Al Natale and you have a "new" St. Leonard's Church ... Recently, by the way someone asked me the difference between St. Leonard's and the Sacred Heart. I told them St. Leonard's was an Italian church and the Sacred Heart was a Sicilian church. The person looked at me strangely and said what's the difference, and I told him, you're obviously not Sicilian or you'd know the difference. ARCHIE BUNKER STRIKES AGAIN Back in college in the 70s, I was a bit of an Archie Bun- ker. I thought I outgrew my Bunkerisms but maybe not. The other day while buy- ing a coffee in an East Bos- ton convenience store, I asked the guy behind the counter where he was from. He told me East Boston. I asked where his parents were from. He said New York. I continued. "Where are your grandparents from?" He said Africa. I stopped. I didn't want to break it down any- more because I was getting too tired of my own ques- tions. I smiled and said how much is a large coffee and left feeling like the meathead got me. Next time I feel like making a fool of myself I should remember this recent encounter of mine. Who cares where he's from anyways? MY LAST MARTHA COAKLEY JOKE During the campaign, Martha Coakley stopped by that bar on Beacon Street from the Cheers TV sitcom and nobody knew her name. She also mistook Sam Malone for Curt Schilling. OUCH! VALENTINE'S DANCE IN MALDEN Valentine's Day is just around the corner. On Sat- urday, February 13, the Societa Santa Maria di Anzano will be hosting a din- ner/dance with Sea Breeze at Anthony's of Malden, 105 Canal Street. For more info call Elio LoRusso at 617-776- 2739 or 617-799-6826. I've heard Sea Breeze before and they're it's a super band. So take your sweetheart or your wife just joking) and have a great time. The Post-Gazette is now on the Web! Check us out at www.BostonPostGazette.eom. You'll find the history of the Post-Gazette, information about our columnists, as well as advertising, submission and subscription information.