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:HELTC . !,::S,]-22,63 )):)!h"Jllll'"llI)'"h)!)"lHI,.f,i)J,:I,+..iI-,hf, T M ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS ETTE (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 117 - NO. 7 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, FEBRUARY 15, 2013 $.30 A COPY IT'S WINTER, It Can Snow and Sometimes too Much by Sal Giarratani What Happened to the Days of Cronkite, Huntley & Brinkley and Howard K. Smith? : Once long before the major networks had stiff competition from 24/7 cable news outlets, the big three networks gave us the news and let us digest it for ourselves. Real newsmen like Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley, David Brinkley and Howard K. Smith. Nowadays, we have talking heads who read pieces of paper handed them off camera. They all look good, dress well and sound educated with my emphasis on sound. Sadly, today the major networks and places like CNN and the god-awful MSNBC look often like agents of misinformation who want to entertain more than inform us. Recently, an old '80s TV show called AmeriKa was brought to mind. It was a 14-hour mini-series about life in America un- der Soviet control. As Investors Business Daily recently opined, "Would Communist Russia's TASS news agency or Pravda newspaper have been more subservient to the party in power, the chief executive who leads it or the ideology at their foundation than America's major media outlets are being to Barack Obama, the Demo- cratic Party and their socialist-style liberalism?" How else do you explain the media blackout on the messy story about U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, D-NJ? This should be a big story but apparently since it involves a Democrat, it isn't. Or how about President Obama supporting drone attacks that kill Americans suspected of terror- ism overseas? The White House apparently be- lieves the deadly drone attacks are necessary to protect the country. Isn't that what President Nixon used to say about lots of his actions too? How about that great Nixon quote torn to shreds by the liberal news media 40 years ago that went, "If the president does it, that means it's not file- (Continued on Page 14) The Paul Revere Mall (a/k/a a winter wonderland. As someone who is a sur- vivhe Blizzard of '78, I iv'n'-hat excited over the hype leading up to this lat- est Blizzard of '13. I stopped watching all the weather reports because they be- came so silly. I wasn't going to go into a panic over snow in Boston in the winter. It happens and is a part of life for Bostonians who choose to stay here in the winter rather than going to Florida or some other warmer site. Many compared this storm to 1978 but as someone who remembered that 35-year- The Ptado) on Hanover Street in Boston's North End was (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) old storm when I lived in Charlestown, I can say that this storm was really bad and in the top five storms in his- tory but nothing will ever be worse than the impact that the 1978 storm had on the entire seacoast of Massa- chusetts. Everything was shut down for almost a week. Right now, East Boston side- streets are a complete mess as are Charlestown streets, Dorchester streets and all across the region. When you live in a congested area where over 90 percent of residents are forced to park on the street, you become so very grateful as I when you have off-street parking. I couldn't live in crowded neighborhoods without it. My street, like many across the city's neighbor- hoods, is barely wide enough for cars to use. Many are not wide enough for either school buses or fire appara- tus. Two streets away from me Ben-nington Street has a parking ban but where in the world do those street residents park? All the other (Continued on Page 10) Pope Benedict XVI Resigns February 28, 2013 Benedict XVI's Resignation: Coherence and Comprehension Pope Benedict XVI an- nounced his resignation this week. It will officially take effeet at at 8:00 pm on Feb- ruary 28tK The statement of his resignation, read by the Pope in Latin, states clearly that his "advanced age" and his declining physi- cal strength "are no longer suited to an adequate exer- cise of the Petrme ministry". Father Federico Lombardi, the head of the Vatican press office, explained that the decision is not due to any external pressures but sim- (Continued on Page 16) Call 617-227-8929 for more information