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Page2 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 4, 2011 Stir00 Nostra A--col--h00h00htin00soe byerof__ Wuriell [ ReS&apos;ob'ico --.Ol of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. YOU Cannot Build Up By Tearing Down A friend recently sent me solution is not to stop try- CALIGULA THE MURDERER Caligula had a mistress named Milonia Caesonia and one day she slipped him a love potion. The drug made him dangerously ill and left him deranged in his intellect. He immediately threw off all appearances of virtue and moderation and became as nutty as a fruit- cake. The most elaborate tortures became his con- stant enjoyments. During his meal times he had criminals as well as inno- cent persons stretched on a rack and then beheaded. Even the most respected citizens were not immune to his daily persecutions. Some of the highest sena- tors were required to run in their togas for several miles beside his chariot and also attend him as a servant at his dining table. Others, he secretly put to death, but continued to send for them as though they were still alive. After a few days of this deception he would insist that they had committed suicide. One senator who really made the "mud" list was the victim of trumped-up sedi- tion charges. The senator was eventually mangled and dragged through the streets. Caligula's cruel heart was not satisfied until the man's limbs, members, and bowels were heaped up before the palace. A sick magistrate on a medical leave of absence did not recuperate fast enough and was put to death. Even when dining, relaxing, or being amused by other means whatsoever, there was the constant examina- tion of prisoners by torture and then the decapitation in his presence. There seemed to be no limit to his envy and jeal- ousy as is reflected in the story of a man named Ptolemy (not the famous Egyptian ruler) who was in- vited to visit Rome and was received with honor. He wore a siilendid purple cloak while attending a gladiatorial show and this attracted more gen- eral attention than the pres- ence of the emperor himself. There are a few loose ends to the story but for this rea- son and for no other, the man was executed. The theater was a part of the highest social activity of Roman society. A comedy writer was burned alive in the middle of the arena be- cause he wrote a humorous line that had a double mean- ing which reflected some doubt upon the integrity of the emperor. A gallant Roman knight was thrown to the wild beasts for some minor offense. When he loudly protested his innocence, Caligula re- moved him from the arena, had his tongue cut off, and then put him back again. A recalled exile was asked how he spent his time while away from Rome. Attempt- ing flattery, the man replied,. "I prayed to the gods that Tiberius might die and that you would become emperor." Caligula, thinking that all of the existing exiles were likewise praying for his death, sent secret agents to the islands to butcher all of them. Before leaving Rome for one of his numerous jour- neys someone wished that he never would return, whereupon the entire group of well-wishers were seized and thrown into the sea to drown. If you think this part, Caligula the murderer is bad ... please ... I beg of you ... don't read Caligula the butcher in the next issue. News Commentary ... THOUGHTS ABOUT HANOVER STREET'S FUTURE In the past 20 years as more and more restaurants have opened up on this major artery in the neigh- borhood, the gridlock of traf- fic has risen from bad to worse. The North End was always appreciated by tour- ists from all over the coun- try, and in fact, the world. Hanover Street at times can be a traffic nightmare. Delivery trucks usually make things far worse when they keep arriving in the late morning or early after- noons. If we only attacked this issue it would go mea- surably a long way to bring- ing a solution of keeping Hanover Street alive and well. We can't expect tourists to go away and nor would we by Sal Giarratani want them to do so. The local economy needs them. Hanover Street still looks better than West Broadway on the lower side of South Boston up near the munici- pal parking lot. Corinth Street near Roslindale Square is another route impacted often by the suc- cess of its own retail area. Personally, I would like to see all deliveries along Hanover Street made prior to 9 am, which would open up the street later in the mornings and early after- noons. Parking is another issue. Most tourists don't drive. Those that take their vehicles into the North End are usually Italian- Americans with either rela- tives or roots in this neigh- INCOME TAX PREPARATION Financial Services Professional Tax Consultant Personal & Business Year Round Service M.P. & Co. TAX & FINANCIAL SERVICES GRACE PREVITE MAGOON, EA 617-569-0175 I46 Maverick St.reet, East Boston, MA 02128 ESTABLISHED IN 1938 e-mail: gmagoon@aol.com borhood. Parking spots on Hanover Street should all be metered and available at two hours only. Keep the cars moving and let more folks enjoy the North End atmosphere. Down in Federal Hill in Providence, Rhode Island, Atwell Avenue (their Hanover Street) re- mains an open roadway and free of congestion. How does that Little Italy do it? It might be appropriate to have the Public Safety Com- mittee of the Boston City Council convene a hearing concerning the future of Hanover Street. Many of us, myself included, have many ideas on this subject and we may or may not have solutions. However, it would seem a good way to get solid community input would be to hold a community-wide meeting where individuals and civic groups could share ideas with one another. Solutions can't come from thin air. A good open debate could produce real solutions or at least get us thinking in the right direction. All of us see the negatives resulting from the success of the North End and its allure to others. We need to find a way to keep the success going without get- ting strangled by it. A first step would be sitting down together to first identify the actual issue needing to be I adttresed. ''_' a Huffington Post essay writ- ten by Cambridge's Robert Reich. I read things from Professor Reich from time to time and always end up at the same conclusion: Reich is smart and perceptive; he has a knack for finding a neglected truth that, once put into writing, seems so self-evident that you can't believe you missed it; but at the end he falters and falls into old left clich4s, debunked Keynesian eco- nomics, and 1930s Socialist cant. Reich in this piece "The Republican Shakedown" accuses Republicans of being tools for the rich, hood- winking middle-class Amer- icans {in the largely non- unionized private sector) into thinking that govern- ment and unions in the pub- lic sector are the cause of our economic stagnation under President Obama. Implied is a "divide and con- quer" theory of domination of the system by the rich and powerful. Certainly, I agree that set- ting one part of the middle class (private sector) against another (public sector) is not good for either. In the past we Americans had leaders, such as Ronald Reagan, who (quoting William John Henry Boetcker (1873-1962) proclaimed: "You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer." To which I add: you cannot raise up private-sector work- ers by tearing down public- sector workers. And, from the article, it appears that Professor Reich agrees, so far. However, this is exactly where Reich, who is so perceptive up to this point, goes on autopilot and lapses into socialist canards. His ing to better yourself by tearing down someone bet- ter off, rather his answer is to tear down someone even better off. Aside from the question of whether "soak- ing the rich" is sound policy economically or ethically, Reich's flawed conclusion -- we need substantial tax in- creases on the rich -- is absolutely refuted by his argument. On the one hand he says the problem is that the rich have distorted and broken the system: On the other hand he says the answer is higher taxes on the rich. But if the rich have the-inordinate influence he says, then won't they simply use it to corrupt the tax code in their favor? The answer is not to tear down the rich but to build up the middle class. To do that we need to rebuild our manufacturing economy, and to do that we need to press the "reset" button on our trade policy and reject the free trade agreements with Communist Vietnam that President Obama is pursuing. We also need to embrace a trade policy which includes provisions to offset the value added taxes of our trading partners and a tariff that compensates for some trading partners' illegal currency manipula- tion. Rather than Professor Reich's "shakedown" what we need is a SHAKE-UP in Washington, and the Repub- licans may be the only ones who can do it. Join Us For 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. !JUST t00iiiill at Great Prices MENTION THIS AD AND LET ... ... do the rest g! 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