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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 17, 2012 News Briefs (Continued from Page l) WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER SCHOOL BUS  ATTACK A 38-year-old Salem woman and mother of a kindergar- ten boy has been arrested and charged for an allegedly assault on a 5-year-old child on a Salem school bus. The mother was arrested for allegedly boarding a school bus and accused a little girl of hitting her son before striking the girl in the head and face. The bus driver told the woman to get off the bus but she ignored the driver. The mother allegedly left the bus with her son and drove away. She was later arrested at her work place in Chelsea by the Chelsea police. What the heck is wrong with some people? You just can't hit someone else's child and think it is okay. It may be culturally acceptable behavior in some countries but not here in Salem USA. Here it is hands off. "The power to tax involves the power to destroy." -1 st Chief Justice John Marshall "When more of people's sustenance is exacted through the form of taxation Than is necessary to meet the just obligations of govern- ment.., such Exaction be- comes ruthless extortion and a violation of the funda- mental principle of free gov- ernment." -President Grover Cleveland SHAYS REBELLION IN CONN.? Former US Rep. Christo- pher Shays, {R-CT) has an- nounced he is a candidate for U.S. Senate and joins four other Republicans seeking the nomination. He told a %ents him from forcing Con- f crowd of 200 that he wants to put "the country, back on track and our fellow Ameri- cans back to work." His main competition will be the WWE's Linda McMahon. The seat up for grabs is the one currently being held by the retiring Joe Lieberman. Shays served in the U.S. House from 1975 to 1987 and later won a special election in the 4 th Congressional Dis- trict, filling the vacancy caused by the death of U.S. Rep. Stewart McKinney. I will be rooting for Shays who is both quite electable and conservative enough for me. Many Republicans called him a liberal. I see him slightly to the left of US Senator Scott Brown. We need more Republicans rep- resenting New England's in- terests up on Capitol Hill. He may not be a Tea Party- kind of Republican but he's good enough for me. ANOTHER FOR THE OOPS DEPARTMENT Recently, I spoke about Travis County in the Austin area of Texas. I misspelled that word. It is Travis and not Travers. Maybe, it was caused by my Boston dialect, huh? OBAMA: THE CONSTITUTIONALIST? Recently, I heard some comments from President Obama battling with Capitol Hill saying he's having a hard time getting his re- forms through Congress due in part to the Founding Father's view of the US Con- stitution. He apparently doesn't like that part of the Law of the Land that pre- NOBILE INSURANCE ALBANO F. 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CARDINAL LAW RIGHT ON TARGET According to the Obama Administration, religious organizations are to be re- quired to provide health care to all its employees with pro- visions of coverage that they are morally opposed to. Re- cently, Cardinal Law stated in a letter to all parishioners of the Archdiocese of Boston that Catholics are having their rights violated and that the Archdiocese may have to drop all health care options for its employees and face a federal penalty rather than provide medical access to procedures it is morally op- posed to covering. I don't al- ways agree with Cardinal Law that often but on this subject I am in complete agreement. What ever happen to the "separation of church and state"? This principle should be working both ways. What happened to all those liberals who believe in free choice? Why are reli- gious institutions being forced to violate their con- science? We have no second class citizens in this coun- try, do we? KUDOS TO GOVERNOR BREWER Recently President Obama landed in Arizona on a cam- paign swing and was greeted by Governor Jan Brewer. No one knows for sure what happened but it looked like the president criticized a book she recently wrote in which the president was made not to look so good, A photographer caught the two in what seemed to be a heated discussion and at one point the governor started wagging her right index finger at Obama. That photo was worth a thousand words. As I looked at that photo I said, 'You go, girl." "Democrats think she was disrespecting the Office of President but I say it takes two to tango. If the president wants to dance, the governor just decided to lead. Next time Obama comes to Ari- zona; don't fret over a little book. Hey, I don't fret over his two books either. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS SO PATHETIC The endless Republican presidential marathon has turned into a pretty bad re- ality show. The cast grows smaller and the attack ads uponione another grow more vicious. One announcer '. saysj If Newt wins, there will.e ..." Then, another ann#uncer says, If Romney wins, we are ..." Predicting the future in politics is far less prophetic and far more pathetic. How much more have Re- publican candidates spent thus far? Millions upon mil- lions? Sadly, all these at- tacks and all the campaign cash spent on them may not amount to more than a hill of beans. There is an old say- ing that you can't beat some- body with nobody. The Republican establish- ment is rooting for Mitt Rom- ney as their guy to beat Obama. They and the Tea Party Republicans remain at odds with one another as one tries to hold on to power and the other tries to take it away from the old guard Re- publicans. I do not believe that Rom- ney is capable of grabbing enough Independents or en- ticing enough Tea Partiers to his side. Gingrich has Tea Partiers but not much else. There has been so much rhetorical blood spilled by both Newt and Mitt, which I wonder if Humpty Dumpty can be put back to- gether again before some- one gets to face Obama in November. CROSSWORD PUZZLE U.S. Presidents ACROSS 1 Three square ones a day 6. Feline sound 9. Slope or hillside 13. Muslim God 14. Spermatozoa counterpart 15. "Little Deuce __," song 16. Boothe Luce 17. "Lake" in Provence 18. Taken by server 19. *Where most Presidents went to college 21. *He was famously Catholic 23. "He__ and drank the precious words ..." 24. Fool 25. Toy maker 28. 'qhe American Tribal Love-Rock Musical" 30. Interstellar cloud 35. Like sinister side in "Star Wars" 37. Mountain goat terrain 39. Ranked or graded 40. Used in fencing 41. Luciano Pavarotti, e.g. 43. Actress Sofer 44. "Your Body Is a Wonderland" performer 48, __ Lee 47. Hat part 48. Popular flowering shrub 50. Do over 52. Feared by illegal immigrants 53. "Far and "the best 55. It fought British rule 57. Like a snake 61. *Tallest President 65. Hoppity-like board game 66. *35 is the minimum __ 68. Embryo sacs 69. Type of flu 70. Chewbacca's sidekick 71. Like yellow polka dot bikini 72. Not nice 73. R&R spot 74. Plural of suffix denoting female DOWN 1. One of these is approximately equal 25 126 27 35 4O I 44 48 57 158 59 65 69 72 6 7 8 14 17 21 24 29 38 46 5O 54 61 66 67 7O 73 PRESENTED BY Volunteer M atch .org Where volunteering begins. "; StatePoint Media g. *Pres. Coolidge was "on the Fourth of July" 10. Ill-mannered 11. Imitated 12. Suggestive of supernatural 15. Talk it over 20. Respond 22. Longest division of geological time 24. Grain storage 25. Organ swelling 26. Largest city in Bolivia 27. Goddess of love, Norse mythology 29. Wraths 31. Aggressive remark 32. Wombs 33. Most famous Bolshevik? 34. *First White House inhabitant 36. over to speed of sound 2. Famous female scat singer 3. Having or resembling wings 4. Caterpillar precursor 5. Holder for #40 Across 6. Result of dampness 7. Actress Longoria 8. Mad or crazy 33 34 63 64 mn mm mm mm 38. *He won popular but lost electoral vote 42. Exact halves of diameters 45. *Oldest elected President 49. Hole punching tool 51. Like baroque 54. Indian nursemaids 56. Highest points 57. It featured George Michael 58. Enthusiastic review 59. Hipbones 60. FBI agent 61. River in Siberia 62. Singles 63. Drawn in the sand? 64. They oppose the yeahs 67. Generation (Solution on Page 13)