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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 17, 2012 Page 3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 13013, 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-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. 116 - No. 7 Friday, February 17, 2012 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. GUEST EDITORIAL OBAMA THE PETTY DICTATOR by Edward P. Shallow In a recent article authored by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, "Regs an assault on faith" the senator made clear that religious freedom is a core American principle, one that our Founding Fathers enshrined in the Constitution and called on future generations of leaders to preserve and protect. Despite our deeply rooted heritage of religious liberty, the Obama administration recently issued a mandate under Obamacare that will require church affiliated organizations to offer their workers private-insurance coverage without out-of-pocket charges for birth control, something they are morally opposed to. In so doing the administration ignored efforts by numerous faith-based organizations to be granted an exemption on religious grounds. From a practical standpoint, this will force Catholic organizations to make an unacceptable choice: Ignore a major tenet of their faith or not provide any insur- ance to their employees and be punished with a federal fine for violating Obamacare's mandate on employers. As Americans, an activist government so over- bearing and so obsessed with forcing mandates on the American people that it forces such a choice on reli- gious institutions should appall us all. The good senator says he will introduce legislation to rectify this affront on American citizens. Senator Rubio concludes, President Obama has gone too far. He should admit his mistake, provide this reli- gious exemption and reaffirm America's commitment to religious liberty. Otherwise, Congress should act to force him to do it by approving the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012. It is my considered opinion that President Obama wants to shred our Constitution and is well on his way (Continued on Page 12) Augusta Boston Club honors Joseph A. Russo Members of the Augusta Boston Club Cultural Committee present the "High Achievement Award." L-R: Victor Gabriello, Giuseppe Lanzerotta, Honoree Joseph Russo, Joseph Morello and Salvatore Bramante. At its Christmas Dinner Dance held at the Sons of Italy Hall in Woburn, the Augusta Boston Club hon- ored member Joseph A. Russo, National Second Vice- President of the Sons Of Italy in America, with its prestigious "High Achieve- ment Award". The "High Achievement Award" is pre- sented annually by the Au- gusta Boston Club to a per- son with roots to Augusta, Sicily who has distinguished himself within the Club, his family, his business, the community, or the United States of America. Joseph was born in Boston's West End, son of the late Anita and Joseph Russo. His father Joseph, an active West End political figure, was very active in the Augusta Fraternal Associates (The predecessor to the Augusta Boston Club) and even served as its president. Joseph followed in his father's footsteps by carrying on the very well respected Joseph Russo Funeral Home in Roslindale. The Funeral Home, founded in the West End of Boston is celebrating its 85th anniversary, and Jo- seph serves as its President. A resident of Roslindale for 51 years, Joseph has cel- ebrated 43 years of marriage to his lovely wife Pauline. They are proud parents of four children and proud, proud grandparents of eight grandchildren. A member of Sons of Italy for more than 38 years, Jo- seph has held various offices in his lodge, at the state level; and on the national level. Active in church ac- tivities, He is a degreed member of the Knights of Columbus. He has found time to be involved in com- munity affairs, youth sports, cultural activities and the advancement of Italian cul- ture. Augusta Boston Club is proud to honor its member Joseph A. Russo. Congratulations Joe! INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY On Sunday March 11, 2012 at Venezia's Restaurant Boston, 20 Ericsson Street be- ginning at 12:00 pm Donne 2000 invites you to celebrate "Festa delle Donne" with an exquisite lunch, entertainment and The Donne 2000 Scholarship Award Presenta- tion. Proceeds to benefit the scholarship for a woman in college studying Italian lan- guage and/or culture. For further informa- tion, please contact Rosa Giammarco at 617-742-0971 or Rita Susi by e-mail at Patriots CB Kyle Arrington Visits Smoothie King "DO I NOT DESTROY MY ENEMIES WHEN I MAKE THEM MY FRIENDS?" -- Abraham Lincoln 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 New England Patriots starting CB Kyle Arrington recently enjoyed a Caribbean Smoothie at Smoothie King on Newbury Street in Boston. The NFL's leader in interceptions greeted fans, signed autographs and took photos with supporters. Kyle prides himself on living a pure and healthy lifestyle. He also wants to contribute to the fight against obesity by educating his fans on changing their thought process and controlling their emotions. L-R: Smoothie King co-owner/manager Jim Atsales, Kyle Arrington, Smoothie King co-owner Phil Garofalo and Sean Stellato.