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- , Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 26, 2010 by Prof. E~Imund~ Nostra Turiello ....... A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. FUNDATORIES Fundatories in Latin, fondatore in Italian, and founders in English. For hun- dreds of years Rome was the undisputed mistress of the world. Whatever her great- ness might have been, in ar- chitecture, painting, or re- ligion, that greatness has left its mark here. The his- tory of no other city in the world can compare with that of Eternal Rome. The city state was an in- dependent governing city and included the area around it that came under its protection and control. It was much like any large city in the USA including its sub- urbs. From a few hills cov- ered with sheep droppings, Rome grew into a little town, then a walled city, and then into a city state. In time Rome grew into the greatest governing empire the world had known, and for centuries had not been matched or exceeded until the time of the British Empire. The city was actually founded on those land rises that even- tually became known as the "Seven Hills of Rome" named Capitoline, Aventine, Palatine, Esquiline, Quirinal, Viminal and Coelian. These hills were occupied by va- grant tribes long before Romulus appeared on the scene. The tribes were sav- age hunters who wandered through the dense forests. From these tribes came "Vates", a soothsayer or prophet, and from the name Vates came "Vaticanus", for the name of the Hill that was made a kind of sacred spot a thousand years before St. Peter was born. About the time of Vates there also was a leader of an agricultural tribe who was known as Latinus and his people were called Latins. ] Publica b iby David TrumbuU "'This Senate Jobs Bill is Not Perfect, BUT... "I came to Washington tq fore this column appears in timated, w at we be an independent voice, tO print, get. Their god was Saturn the good sower. There were also the Sabines, people of the lance (quiris) and from this name put politics aside, and to do everything in my powe~ to help create jobs for Mas- sachusetts families. This Senate jobs bill is not perfect, I wish the tax cuts were deeper and broader, but I am voting for it because it con- tains measures that will help put people back to work -- Senator Scott Brown on his vote, February 22ndl breaking the filibuster of the Jobs for Main Street Act, 2010. Brown was joined in his vote by fellow Republican senators Kit Bond (R-Mo.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), and George Voinovich came "Quirites" and eventu- ally Quirinus the lance- bearer was the name given to their god Janus, and the name Quirinal was given to one of the Hills that they occupied. Contemporary with all of this was the development of the Etruscan Race. They were savage in their religion and morals, but refined in their artistic tastes as the most-civilized of mod- em nations. They were tomb builders and they built their tombs underground as (R-Ohio). With no procedural chambers carved out of impediments, the bill i~ the tufa rock many, many now expected to come to years before the early Chris- final vote soon, possibly bei tians thought about the catacombs. The Etruscans cremated their dead, but buried images of them, so there is plenty of sculptural evidence of their culture. They also built walls, aque- ducts and temples, and they made use of the principles of arched construction. The Etruscans are credited with the construction of the "Cloaca Maxima", a great arched drain under the area that was later selected for the Forum Romanum. This drain still carries the storm water to the Tiber. The Hills of Rome were occupied by tribes long be- fore the time of Romulus, as noted above. Also, there were nine Romes before the Wall of Romulus was built, halfway up the Palatine Hill. The Etruscans were eventually conquered by people known as Romans and it is with the construc- tion of this Wall of Romulus, 27 centuries ago, that his- torical Rome began. could The bill will, among other things, give private sector employers who hire the un- employed a holiday, through the end of this year, from the 6.2 percent payroll tax. It also will give those em- ployers a $1,000 tax credit for each of those new hires who stays a full year. Surely no one can cavil at such an incentive for hiring at a time of high and persistent unemployment. Unfortunately, in a Con- gress with Democratic ma- jorities in both houses and a Democratic President, the bill also spends much, too much, on increased govern- ment spending and promo- tion of pet projects. And, as Senator Brown said, the tax relief is good, but not enough. It is, however, and this should not be underes- With his vote on the "Jobs Bill" Senator Brown demon- strates his wisdom -- and the wisdom of Massachu- setts voters in sending him to Washington -- and his maturity. He did the right thing. He compromised to get a less than perfect bill -- but a bill that can help put men and women back to work -- rather than hold out for some theoretical, but unattainable, perfect bill. There is an old saying in politics, Don't make the per- fect the enemy of the good. David Trumbull is the chairman of the Boston Ward Three Republican Committee. Boston's Ward Three includes the North End, West End, part of Beacon Hill, downtown, waterfront, Chinatown, and part of the South End. Ward Three Democrats Elect Delegates Over I00 hundred resi~ dents attended the 2010 Democratic Caucus on Satr urday, February 20, to elect 25 delegates to represent their fellow Democrats at the Democratic State Con- vention in Worcester. i The caucus was open to all registered Democrats in Ward 3. Residents from neighborhoods across the ward including the North End, South End, Beacon Hill, Leather District and Chinatown attended the caucus. "It was great to see so many enthusiastic Demo- crats come together for the caucus," said Jason A. Aluia, Ward Three Chairman, "I congratulate all elected del- egates and look forward to working with them for a Democratic victory in the fall." The Convention will be held on Friday, June 4~ and Saturday, June 5th at the DCU Center in Worcester. Democrats from across the Commonwealth will gather during that weekend to en- dorse Democratic candi- dates for statewide office. 2010 DELEGATES Matthew Bamonte Ricky Bevilacqua Jim Brinning Dino DiFronzo Mark Hymovitz Bill Murphy Steven Siciliano Daniel Toscano Stephen Passacantilli Blake Webber Carl Salvi, Jr. Tins Abate Mary Ania Jennifer Cruickshank Mary Ann D'Amato Provie DiGirolamo Francine Gannon Meghan Haggerty Clare Kelly Dolores Merola Lucy Rivers Jim Gannon Charles Steelfisher Kathy Carangelo Kim Jennings POLICE TO LAYOFF CIVILIAN LIAISONS n by Sal Giarratani News that the Bosto tive Office of Public Safety. officers and will continue to Police Department plans to Federal stimulus money keep them in place but the funding provided enough community liaisons were a layoff civilian community Next issue: THE MAN OF ROME liaisons who have played monies to keep the liaisonsbridge that was capable of an important role bridging on the job until September.crossing over the mistrust the community to the policeCommissioner Ed Davis is between the police and the Greenway Me and keeping the sometimes hoping to find another fund- community. Reverend Eu- mean streets of Boston safer ing source to bring back the gene Rivers added, "This The Greenway Leadership Council is not good news. Nine of tep_ liaisons. Every police district would be the worst time for Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy positions will be eliminate~i has two community service these cuts." in September,when funding[~qORTH END~ I invites you to a Neighborhood/Community Meeting for those jobs run out. Said on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM Phuongdai Nguyen, deputy director of the Vietnamese at 185 Kneeland Street, l't Floor, Boston American Civic Association in Dorchester, "This will bB I PRINTI q G ~~~ For more info www.rosekennedygreenway.org a big loss, especially for ot~r youth ... This will be a big problem for us." l l 5 PRINCE STREET * NORTH END * BOSTON' MA 02113I The police department lost BAFFO, Certified Public Accountant INCOME TAX PREPARATION Individuals Businesses John G. 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