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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 13, 2015 S,ir00. o s... A week ybYPr°fEdmundTurie o 00Obl O co of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. This is Washington's Birthday During these past weeks we discussed the origin of mythology, the Primeval Be- ings, the Titans, and then the Primary gods. Today's column highlights Apollo, god of sunlight, and brother to the moon goddess, Diana. After her union with Zeus, the beautiful Leto, wandered over the lands until the *might one" fastened a float- ing island with unbreakable chains so that she might have a safe place to give birth. This blessed event pro- duced Apollo and Artemis (Diana). Apollo appears to have been most enthusiastically worshipped throughout the Greek world, and was one of the most versatile of the gods. Most of us know that he was worshipped as the god of light, but additionally in this capacity, he was also the enemy of darkness. He was considered to be the god who brought prosperity to the crops, protected them against disease, and also against insects. As a god of the shep- herds, pastures, and the blocks, he also guarded defenseless animals against their predators. This god was looked upon as a promoter of the health, well being and purity of mankind. As an idol of manly youth he furnished the power of endurance in boxing, was worshipped as a guide and guardian on land and at sea. APOLLO and I Can't Tell a Lie and this worship, in turn, Monday is WASHINGTON'S brought about the construc- BIRTHDAY, a federal and state tion of a temple, dedicated holiday to honor the hero of in 431 B.C. to this god of the Revolutionary War, the healing. Father of His Country, and the first President of the In ancient artistic repre- United States. Of the 43 men sentations, this god appears to serve as chief executive of as a beardless, long-haired, the Union, only Washington muscular and handsome is so singled out for honor youth. There was hardly an with a federal holiday. artist in antiquity who didn't That many persons now call take his turn in portraying the third Monday in February some incident described in the countless legends of *Presidents Day" is an indicator of Apollo. The most famous our lack of discrimination and devaluing of true accom- statue of him that is pre- plishment and fame. To put it in perspective, Catholics served today is probably the believe that each of the 266 popes was the Vicar of Christ Apollo Belvedere, which is on Earth, infallible in matters of faith and morals, and yet fewer than 90 have been added to the calendar of Saints ascribed to Eocares. It was found at Antium (Anzio) near (and no less erudite writer than Dante placed some of the He cured sickness, was con- Rome in the early sixteenth popes in Hell), but common American usage honors equally sidered to be a healer and pre- century, and is one of the the great Washington and the least noble and least accom- server of life, while at the first "examples of ancient plished of men to hold the office by jumbling them all same time, he was also ca- sculpture to be placed in the together on "Presidents Day," the equivalent of declaring pable of sending deadly Vatican. It personifies youth- each a "secular saint." plagues down upon mankind, ful manliness to perfection Slighting of Washington by calling his birthday "Presi- He was the patron of all proph- in an extraordinary elegant dents Day" also errs by neglecting the 29 th of May, which ecy, while at Delphi he be- attitude, and is considered to by state law (Mass. Gen. Laws Chap. 6 Section 15VV) /s our came the prophet who made be one of the world's most PRESIDENTS DAY, in memory of John Adams, John Zeus' will known to all men. nearly perfect representa- Quincy Adams, Calvin Coolidge and John Fitzgerald In time, Apollo also became tions of the human figure. Kennedy, former presidents from the Commonwealth. the god of song and poetry. The statue was found in a Virginia, home of eight presidents, including Washing- Apollo became known to damaged condition, but the ton, beats us out in total number. But here in the Bay State the Romans through Tarqui- arms have since been re- we have something the Old Dominion lacks. We have in nius Superbus, the last king stored. It appears that Apollo our midst the Washington Library -- About 800 books and of Regal Rome, who was the held a bow or argis in his left pamphlets from George Washington's personal library at first of the Roman kings to hand, and from his stance, Mount Vernon given to the Boston Athenmum by a group consult the Delphic oracle, the experts believe he was of Bostonians in 1848. The books themselves are priceless Tarquinius was also the king fighting with those who and only serious scholars need apply for permission to use who purchased the Sibylline threatened to storm his the collection. However, in 1997 the library published a Books (early records of pro- sanctuary, catalog so the rest of us can see what sort of books the phetic utterances). It was NEXT ISSUE: great man was reading. through these writings that Artemis & Diana, Greek Books on history and government from Washington's the worship of Apollo was and Roman Goddesses of the library include his personal copy of Common Sense, the tract introduced to the Romans, Hunt by Thomas Paine that was so influential in promoting the revolutionary spirit. The General, of course, had several Department of Revenue and Office of Consumer Affairs Join Forces to Protect Taxpayers from Filing Tax Preparation Scams Choose Wisely When Selecting a Tax Preparer some simple steps to be sure they are getting one of the many legitimate tax prepa- ration professionals." Undersecretary Chapman noted that "Scammers come out of the woodwork this time of year, posing as tax preparers and looking to defraud hard-working Mas- sachusetts consumers. You need to make sure the per- son you hire is reputable before giving them access to your personal and financial information. In the wrong hands your identity is in great jeopardy." At Greater Boston Legal Services, which offers low income taxpayer assistance, Luz Arevalo said they see Massachusetts Revenue Commissioner Amy Pitter joins Consumer Affairs Un- dersecretary John Chapman to warn Massachusetts tax- payers that following a few sensible steps when choos- ing a tax preparer can make a very big difference. Tax- payers are legally respon- sible for the information on their tax return, regardless of who prepares the return. "Criminals who pose as tax preparers to victim- ize taxpayers by stealing their identity and pocketing fraudulent refunds tend to do so in the first couple of months of the tax season," said Commissioner Pitter. "We urge taxpayers to take Mcflto Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals Real Estate poor families, often immi- grants who can't speak English, victimized by so- called preparers who make up information or manipu- late income so their clients can qualify for the earned income tax credit or the senior property tax credit. "When our clients fall prey to these preparers, they pay a high price, not just with lost refunds, potential pen- alties and interest, but in mental distress and anguish," said Arevalo. "Of course I want taxpayers to take all the precautions but if I were to choose just one, I would ask taxpayers to be sure they have the preparer sign their tax return -- it's really important to get the name on the return." The best protection for tax- payers who need help in pre- paring a state or federal tax return is to know who is pre- paring their taxes by asking questions: ARE THEY QUALIFIED? Paid tax preparers are required to have a preparer tax ID (or PTIN). Ask to see it along with proof of mem- bership in a professional organization. You may also (Continued on Page 13] 376 North Street * Boston, MA02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 books on military science. Remembering that Mount Vernon was a working farm, we are not surprised to find books on agriculture and practice arts such as carpentry and horse- manship. President Washington's mind ranged beyond those necessary topics, for we also find books on religion, linguistics, and poetry. I could lump Washington in the same group with some of the lesser men who occupied the White House -- but that would be a lie. INSURANCE/ INSPECTOR Millennium information Services is looking for independent contractors to perform exterior residential property insurance inspections in a local territory. Earnings based on number of inspections you complete. Ideally, should be currently in business performing like work. 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