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lhh,h,h,,,U,,lh.lh,,.,lh,hllh,,h,h,,hhlh,,h,ll .............. "MIXED. ADC 010 $14 P3 PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE. SW r_.ATTLE WA 98138-12O8 T THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 114 - NO. 8 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, FEBRUARY 19, 2010 $.30 A COPY PRESIDENT'S DAY, We Need Job Creation Policy, Not Gimmicks Thomas Jefferson February we traditionally pause to celebrate lovers (Valentine's Day) and Presi- dents. Once Abe Lincoln (February 12) and George Washington (February 22) were honored individually; now they are collectively cel- ebrated on President's Day (February 15) this year. Our third President, Thomas Jefferson, had a life long an Italian Perspective by Maria Gloria (Reprinted with permission from L'Italo Americano- www.italoamericano.com ) love for Italy and things Ital- ian, as early as 1764 during his college days. Thomas Jefferson was born in Virginia on April 13, 1743 and died on July 4, 1826. He sewed as our third president form 1801 to 1809. He was 28 years old when he married a young widow, Martha "Patty" Wayles, on New Year's Day 1772. He was nearly 40 when his wife died in 1782. Monticello and Mazzei, the inspiration for the layout and the architec- ture of Thomas Jefferson's mountain-top home, Monti- cello, are clearly Italian. There is also ample evi- dence to suggest that Jefferson's long conversa- tions with his Florentine- born neighbor, talkative Ital- ian exile-turned-wlne mer- chant named Philip Mazzei, inspired the language used in the Declaration of Inde- (Continued on Page 14) Palin and Tea Party Coming to Boston Sarah Palin is coming to Boston on April 14 th for a Boston Tea Party event. The site has not be picked as of yet. She recently headlined a na- tional Tea Party convention in Nashville and next month is heading to Searchlight, NV, home- town to Harry Reid, as part of the Tea Party Express tour. You can bet the Boston Tea Party will be well attended. Hopefully, the liberal media will cover it properly. Tom White Chairs Evacuation Day Parade Banquet The South Boston Citizens' Association has announced that Tom White will be chairing this year's Annual Evacuation Day Banquet. White graduated from South Boston High School back in 1974 and stated, "I'm very honored to be part of something like this. I try to give back to keep this going. It's very flattering that somebody would think I am qualified to lead this event." Said Michael Bare, former president of the citi- zens' association. "It (the banquet) is one of the longest standing banquet traditions in this city." Do We Need a New WPA Jobs Program? I have many friends across the political spec- trum. I don't always agree with them and vice (Continued on Page 15) The president, his admin- istration and most members of Congress still don't get it! So let's try to explain job cre- ation another way. You stimulate the creation of jobs by reducing an employer's cost to keep people employed (less taxes), and then by reducing the cost of a business to grow their business (less regula- tions). If these two things happen then jobs will be cre- ated. Want more of this? Job creation is not a com- plicated phenomenon, but the president and the Demo- crats have been convinced that less taxes is bad, and more regulations are good. It's just the opposite and there is plenty of historical evidence to prove it, The Economic Report of the President was released last week by his Council of Economic Advisers. Accord- ing to the Wall Street Journal (February 11, 2019), "the report offers few new policy prescriptions or economic by Herman Cain forecasts." In fact, the ad- ministration still believes it can rebuild the economy through health care legisla- tion, clean-energy initia- tives, infrastructure projects, and small-business tax breaks. Representative Eric Can- tor (R-VA) gave the most laser-like description of the report. "The Obama Admin- istration's report is full of blame for the policies of years past, praise for its own failed policies of the past year, and promises about their ideological agenda to grow government." Translation, the report is 400-plus pages of repack- aged propaganda. Of course the president restated his commitment to job creation, but most of the chatter from his adminis- tration and Congress about a new jobs bill is just another bunch of gimmicks that will do nothing to stimulate new job creation. Just as "cash for clunkers" was a gimmick that did not work, the current offering of a $5000 tax credit to employ- ers who hire an unemployed worker, plus a limited-time suspension of part of their payroll taxes are just propa- ganda gimmicks. Here, again, are some of the real job creation policy suggestions that the presi- dent and Congress are not listening to: Make the current tax rates permanent. The uncertainty of what will happen to tax rates at the end of this year has put businesses in a state of stop. Raising taxes will only make things worse. Suspend the payroll tax for all workers for a year. This will be an instantaneous stimulus for all employers and all workers. The cost would be approximately the cost of the first stimulus, which did not work, but this one would generate in- creased tax revenues. And yes, it means the Social Se- curity and Medicare train (Continued on Page 12) Mayor's Column by Thomas M. Menino, Mayor, City of Boston Bullying has changed so dramatically it no longer only takes place in the school yard, so we must change how we deal with the issue. We have to come to together to help parents, teachers and others in our community know what to look for, how to report it safely and who is available to help when it comes to this new type of online harassment. We must send a message that bullying will not be tolerated at any time or in any form. That is why last Friday I convened a citywide forum to launch an anti- bullying awareness campaign in response to several reports of disturb- ing incidents nationwide. The meeting, held at the John McCormack Middle School in Dorchester, addressed tar- geted efforts to spread a message of tol- erance and friendship including: A letter I have sent to social network- ing sites calling for a streamlined and intense effort to combat cyber-bullying; Increased outreach efforts to raise the awareness level of parents through flyers, letters and workshops framing and clarifying the issue; * A letter from myself and Superinten- dent Dr. Carol R. Johnson to parents about the efforts to confront the issue head-on; Providing increased training as an added requirement for all employees who work directly with youth to help identify and prevent bullying; A new hofline and other "safe places" for young people to vent, express con- cerns and report bullying -- the hotline opened on Tuesday and can be reached at (617) 534-5050; Produce and broadcast a public ser- vice announcement and other media to raise awareness. Keeping kids active and out of trouble always helps to prevent bullying from occurring. Active children tend to have a greater self-confidence and better ability to interact socially with others. This week's school vacation and Red Sox spring training on the horizon -- the equipment truck left Fenway Park for Florida on Friday -- both serve as a reminder that summer is rapidly approaching and kids will have plenty of time on their hands. Last week I announced the launch of the Hopeline registration for 2010. For more than 20 years, the Boston Youth Fund (BYF) has employed Boston youth in a variety of positions across the City of Boston. The majority of teens work as camp counselors, tutors and mentors placed in nonprofit organizations that (Continued on Page 14)