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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 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: postgazette@aol.com Website: www.BostonPostGazette.com 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-GAZETTE - 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. 114 - No. 7 Friday, February 12, 2010 GUEST EDITORIAL DOES THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAVE AMERICA'S BEST INTERESTS IN MIND? by Gregory D. Lee After getting chills up their legs when Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. announced that he would try Khalid Sheikh Mohammad in the Southern District of New York, area politicians now want to have the trial in your hometown instead. Bring him herel Then again ... The police clued in New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg that security would cost the city close to $I billion dollars over the years to provide security for these terrorists during the trial. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), who was initially thrilled to allow KSM a worldwide forum, now wants it held elsewhere, even if the feds reimburse the city for the cost of security. Do you think the election of Scott Brown in Massa- chusetts had anything to do with Schumer changing his mind? You bet it did. Brown campaigned for lower taxes, no healthcare overhaul, and not bringing Guantanamo detainees to the homeland. Several months after Attorney General Holder's announcement that he would remove Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and four others from Guantanamo and try them in New York City, MayOr Bloomberg, Sena- tor Schumer, and New York Governor David Patterson have suddenly had a change of heart. Now, finding a Democrat New York politician in favor of trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammad there is harder than get- ting an NFL franchise in Los Angeles. After a hue and cry from New York City residents and business owners, Mayor Bloomberg suddenly re- alizes that security costs and business disruptions during the lengthy trials was too much to bear. He and other politicians shot off a letter to President Obama demanding the trials be held elsewhere. These same politicians originally agreed with the ACLU that trying KSM would bring "real and reliable justice" to these mass murderers. Philosophically, these politicians firmly believe unlawful combatants and other Muslim terrorists are a law enforcement problem and not the role of the military. It's as if they want to turn the clock back to September 10. They are fundamentally opposed to military tribunals, yet they say tribunals are good for some terrorists, but not all. Attorney General Holder cherry picked the most notorious, dangerous, and committed terrorists among the Guantanamo Bay prison population, and decided they would be better served in New York City instead of congressionally approved military tribunals at Guantanamo. That, to me, is a scary notion. Even the most adamant President Obama supporter (Continued on Page 12) 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 person 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 Frank M. ACCATTATIS Frank M. Accattatis passed away peacefully in the company of his loving family at Deutsches Altenheim, West Roxbury on Wednesday, February 3, 2010. Born in Milan, Italy, Mr. Accattatis graduated from the University of Rome and the University of Rome Law School. He came to the United States as a young man. Mr. Accattatis was a Milton resident for the past 43 years, having formerly lived in Westwood and Roslindale. He was the retired owner of the Westwood Motor Lodge, a business he operated for 34 years until 1980. He was a former District Representative of Prudential Life Insurance in Boston for many years and a former member of Dedham Kiwanis and The Blue Chips of Boston College. The beloved husband of Josephine R. (De Cristofaro) Accattatis of Milton, he is also survived by his devbted son, Victor Accattatis and his wife, Kathleen (Kiley) of Milton. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Elizabeth Church, Milton, on Saturday, February 6, 2010. Visiting hours were held at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home in Milton. Interment in Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of the Good Shepherd, 2042 Beacon Street, Newton, MA 02468. May He Rest in Peace Kowloon Presents "That's Amre" A special Valentines Show on Sunday, February 14 at 6pro Pat Benti and the Tutti Pazzi Band with spe- cial guest Bobby Valli pay tribute to Frankie Valli "Eastie boy meets Jersey boy" perform- ing such hits as Dawn, Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry and many more along with Pat Benti's tribute to Louis Prima, Dean Martin, Dion, Tony Bennett and much more. A must see show for all. Call 781-233-0077. Tickets in- clude: buffet, show, dancing and DJ. Pat Benti Bobby VaUi Friends of the Public Garden Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Preserving and Protecting 2010 is the 40th Anniver- sary of the Friends of the Public Garden, a non-profit citizen's advocacy group formed in 1970 to preserve and enhance the Boston Pub- lic Garden, Boston Common and Commonwealth Avenue Mall in collaboration with the Mayor and the Parks Department of the City of Boston. A model public- private partnership and one of the first in the region, the Friends number over 2,500 members and many volun- teers. The goals for this spe- cial year are to raise aware- ness about the Friends and its role as a vital partner with the city; to highlight the importance of these three civic treasures; and to in- crease diverse audiences to advocate for the parks. The mission of the organization is to ensure that these mag- nificent urban parks are preserved and protected for future generations. According to Henry Lee, chairman of the Friends for these 40 years, "Park care ebbs and flows. With the economy as it is today and the drastic cuts endured by the Parks Department, we have entered another ebb- ing time for parks and non- profits alike. But all is not dark. The expertise in the Representative Aaron Michlewitz talks to Vivien Li of The Boston Harbor Association. Parks Department has never been better, and a little celebration at this time may do us all good." The Friends will achieve its anniversary goals through a series of events for chil- dren and their parents, the corporate community, visi- tors, neighbors, abutters and all those who care about preserving these historic spaces. The Friends are launching three legacy projects so when the year is over the momentum to pre- serve these parks will not end. These projects include: renovation of the Brewer Fountain Plaza at the major gateway into the Common by Park Street Station, the creation of a monument care program and the completion of a computer-based inven- tory of every tree in the Com- mon, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Non-profit and for profit or- ganizations are supporting this initiative. For example, Cambridge Trust will pay for banners along abutting roads this spring; the Ritz Carlton Hotel has donated the use of its space for the launch event; The Taj Hotel is pro- viding resources for a major fundraiser at the end of the year; the Boston College "Citizen Seminars is sup- porting a panel discussion about the importance of ur- ban parks for a healthy and vibrant city; and the Free- dom Trail Foundation is helping to support "Making History Day." Several like- minded non-profits have agreed to become allies to ensure the success of the special events that will take place, including: Beacon Hill Business Association, The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay, the Back Bay Association, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, The Beacon Hill Civic Associa- tion, the Garden Clubs of the Back Bay and Beacon Hill plus many more. Accountants and Auditors Boston Business Journal Top 50 Firms - 2004/2005 Corporations Trusts * Estates Individuals Computer Services Financial Planning Buying and Selling Businesses LR.S. and D.O.R. Representation Federal and State Taxes 331 Montvalo Avenue ~ Rocco J. Antonelli, C.P.A. Citizens Bank Bldg. @ 1-93 I~1 BIL~:|W~B'~J~III! Wobum, MA 01801 Since 1948