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ihh,h,h,,,th,li,,Ih,,,,lh,hllh,,h,h,,hhli,,,h,II S'141. P3 p/~q. JEFFKO SMALIL ~ PAflERS, ~. CALF sw THE IT~-~C~ VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS il VOL. 114- NO. 9 (Formerly G ZE A del MASSACHUSETTS) BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, FEBRUARY 26, 2010 $.30 A COPY Warning: Consumer Products May Be Harmful to Your Health by Kathleen Schuler Let's face it: The current system for overseeing chem- icals used in consumer prod- ucts is broken. Last year, Congress banned lead in children's products. But recently, we learned that some manu- facturers that phased lead out of children's jewelry are using cadmium, another brain toxin that's a carcino- gen to boot. How can we pre- vent the next chemical cri- sis from threatening our health and contributing to rising health costs? When Congress enacted the Toxic Substances Con- trol Act (TSCA) in 1976 to pro- tect us from toxic chemicals. it grandfathered in some 60,000 chemicals with no testing requirements. An- other 20,000 chemicals were added to this list over the next three decades. Yet the Environmental Protec- tion Agency (EPA) has re- quired testing on only 200 chemicals. The EPA's hands were so tied that it didn't even have authority to ban asbestos, an established carcinogen banned in 40 countries., A recent report by some of the nation's leading pub- lic health professionals de- scribes the toll that toxic chemicals are taking on our health and our budget. This report, called the Health Case for Reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act, sum- marizes the insidious con- tribution of environmental toxins to an array of chronic health problems. For example, childhood cancers have increased by more than 20 percent since 1975. A woman's lifetime risk of breast cancer is now one in eight, up from one in I0 in 1973. Chemicals in common products like baby bottles and "sippy" cups have bisphenol A, a hor- mone disruptor linked to cancer. Composite wood used to make many things around the house often contains formaldehyde, a (Continued on Page 15) What's Happening with the USS Kennedy? A few weeks back, the USS Kennedy made a big splash locally as East Boston politicians made the decision to go after the mothballed aircraft carrier for East Boston. Since then, silence. Until the Boston Globe ran a story about Maine trying to bring the USS Kennedy to Portland Har- bor as a tourist attraction and naval museum. According to the news story, of the three appli- cants asking for the ship, the Maine group is one of two that advanced to the second phase. The US Navy is not disclosing the second group to advance. Is East Boston advancing or was it unlucky? People of East Boston have a right to know, don't they? Why the silence? New Talk Station Coming In April, WXKS-AM 1200 on the dial will switch from a Spanish-speaking station into a conservative talk show. Parade Plans March Along Plans for the Evacuation Day/St. Patrick's Day Parade are moving along. A a recent meet- ing of the parade committee, it was announced that 50 units have been signed up to date. The Chief Marshal's Banquet will be held at (Continued on Page 14) WHY DO DEMOCRATS LOVE DEPENDENCE? Because Everything Else is Their Competition by Dan Calabrese It's often said that the Democratic Party is anti- business. In a sense, that's true, but it's ironic. The Democratic Party may be the biggest and most sophisti- cated business in America. And it acts like most other businesses. The other guys. The objective of a business is to convince as large a market as possible to pur- chase a product or service, and this is generally done by convincing the people in that market that their lives won't be as complete without whatever it is you're offering. The Democrats offer any number of things that might be categorized as "benefits," a description that holds in- sofar as it describes things that purportedly either make your life better or, at the very least, protect you from some sort of catastrophe you [couldn't handle ff left to your own devices. The reason Democrats are anti-business, therefore, is that private-sector busi- nesses compete with gov- ernment -- and thus, with Democrats, the party of gov- ernment -- to provide the goods, services and benefits that make your life better. Do you need a doctor? Then just go see one. But no, say Democrats. Doctors will rip you off unless we, Demo- crats, make sure they don't. [Do you need a good income? Then start a business or go work for someone else's business. But no, say Demo- crats. The market is unfair, corrupt and rigged against you! You need us to confis- cate money from those who have made money so we can igive it to you. i Do you want a raise? Then go ask your boss. But no, say Democrats. Your boss is a greedy capitalist pig who will probably fire you for even asking. We'll get you into a union (trust us, you'll love it) that will negotiate your wages on your behalf. A business" does every- thing it can to persuade you that it can meet your needs, and that its competitors can- not. Since Democrats are only in business to the extent to which they control govern- ment, their competitors are everyone in the private sec- tor, as well as anyone who would keep them out of the control of government. That explains why they're anti- business. It's a simple mat- ter of competition. If you be- lieve in private business, trust private business or understand private busi- ness, you will patronize pri- vate business with confi- ......... {Continued on Page 15) by Thomas M. Menino, Climate change and environmental responsibility is one of the greatest chal- lenges facing our city in the years ahead. In order to bring about the trans- formative change needed to address these issues, it is going to take creative thinking, tough decisions, and a real commitment from all of Boston's resi- dents, businesses, and organizations, including city government. That is why the Mayor's Office of En- vironmental and Energy Services is sponsoring five community workshops on Climate Action, with tl~e goal of en- gaging residents and businesses on how all make an impact~ These work- we can shops are part of the BoSton Climate I Action Leadership Committee which will provide recommendations for the City's new climate action ~lan on ways to reduce greenhouse gases, save en- ergy, adapt to the changes we can't avoid, and expand the green economy. The first in a series of workshops will take place this weekend and is specifi- cally designed for the high school stu- dents of Boston. This will give our youth an opportunity to share their own ideas and concerns as well as learn about how climate change is already affecting Bos- ton and how they can make a difference. In addition to a high school student workshop, there will be four neighbor- hood-based workshops. Residents will meet and talk with other BOstonians who care about climate action and give feed- Mayor, City of Boston back on new climate action proposals that include actions related to housing, transportation, and beyond, using inter- active keypad polling. They will also learn about Renew Boston, the City's program to link residents with practical resources to start saving energy and reducing greenhouse gases right away. Boston is already a leader in green technology and innovation, but with a serious commitment from our govern- ment, residents and youth we can fur- ther reduce environmental impacts, improve the livability of Boston and grow closer to realizing our city's true green potential. Dates and Times: The high school student workshop is on Saturday, February 27 at the Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street in Boston from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Neighborhood-based workshops for residents will from 5:30 - 8:30 PM on: Tuesday, March 2, at the Old South Church; Monday, March 8, at the Boston Lodge of Elks No 10/West Roxbury Elks Club; Wednesday, March 10, at the Metcalf Ballroom, George Sherman Union, Bos- ton University; Monday, March 15, at the Roxbury Center for the Arts, Hibernian Hall. To register for a workshops visit our website at cityofboston.gov/climate. Walk-ins will be seated if space is still available. THE POST-GAZETllE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 ;ENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3.'00 and Thursdays from I1:00 AM to ZOO PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 61 7-227-8929 for more information i , L[ t,ili tin,,, i I