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I don't agree with everything Mike Levin rants loudly about on his weeknight radio show, but he is right about the harm that endless waves of immigrants, both legal and illegal, can do to~ the , American culture. Think about your kitchen sink. If you turn the faucet on letting the water run end- lessly, the water overruns the sink and will cer- tainly cause damage. Endless immigration waves leave little chance of assimilation into America and without immigrant assimilation, the common shared values of a nation will be destroyed. Jeb Bush Next to Useless Why the Republican establishment loves Jeb Bush has less to do with opposing Obama and more to do with working.with the US Chamber of Com- merce and Big Business who seemingly love more immigrant workers inside the United States. It (Continued on Page 9) / = : r i iiiiiiiTiiiii iii iiii!!iiii!!i!i!iii , Mr. Mayor, WHERE DO WE PUT-IT ??? Recently, there has been talk coming out of Boston City Hall concerning the raising of fines for throwing snow into the street or for not shoveling sidewalks in front of homes and businesses. Anyone reading this that lives, works or just frequents the city regu- larly probably has seen a street or sidewalk that is completely covered in mounds of snow. Traveling across the city's neighbor- hoods, there are still streets with so much snow that fire apparatus or EMS would have a difficult time maneuvering. Residents using the age-old "space- saving" technique have made it impossible for the city to plow curb to curb except on main roads. One newspaper quoted an East Bostonian as saying before he moved his space saver that the city needed to remove the snow from his street. Another resident from Southie stated he would continue put- ting out his space saver no matter what the city said. If the mayor is worried about snow being thrown into the street or the fact that many sidewalks haven't been shoveled yet, then do something about streets being so badly plowed. -, _ One idea would be to utilize a system simi- lar to the street sweeping program run throughout the city's neighborhoods be- tween March-December. The city could des- ignate a different group of streets per week and ask residents to remove their vehicles in order for plows to clear paths not only on sidewalks but also empty parking spaces rendered unusable due to plowed snow ac- cumulations. Up in the city of Montreal, the whole city gets its snow removed not only from the streets but sidewalks too. If this is successful in Montreal, perhaps it is worth consideration here in our city as well. The City of Quincy has been doing a great job as manY side streets are now fully accessible due to snow being carted away on trucks rather than pushed to the side by plows. Public Alley -Not likely to be a Fire Lane. (Photo by Matt Conti) Once again, if Quincy can accomplish this, why can't a world-class city such as Boston? What we just witnessed with the complete shutdown of the MBTA and snarling traffic cannot be repeated again. We live in an area that gets snow, this fact should not catch us off guard. A plan needs to be put in place for the future to avoid this mess. Don't let these 2015 nor'easters go down in history in vaila..Let's learn from this. pr,omising never to repeat it. The City of Boston needs a clear strategy that isn't just about fining folks for something the city hasn't done a good job of handling themselves. The people of South Boston are right about their expectation that the snow be removed in time for this year's St. Patrick's Day pa- rade. After all, if Boston could clear the streets of the Back Bay and Downtown for the Super Bowl Parade, they can do the same for Southie's biggest event of the year. This city's response thus far has been poor, but going forward, the answer isn't inflict- ing financial pain on Bostonians, it is clear- ing our streets, all of them, one by one until the job is done. I'm sure the residents and businesses want to remove their snow, but the $24,000 question is WHERE DO WE PUT IT!!!! Madaro Wins The turnout in the special primary election to fill an East Boston House seat after the incumbent Rep. Carlo Basile left office for a top post in the new Baker Adminis- tration exceeded the expec- tations of many when 3,559 voters showed up at the polls on Tuesday, March 3rd. Adrian Madaro won the hard-fought primary and de- feated Joe Ruggiero by only 358 votes with a total of 1,498 to 1,140. Ed Deveau fin- ished in third place with 570 votes. Also in the running were Lou Scapicchio and Camilo Hernandez. All five Democrats are well-known and active in the commu- nity. Prior to the results of the election, one political Primary in Boston House by Sal Giarratani activists told me the winnerpeople of East Boston." would be decided to a great Ed Deveau praised Madaro extent by the ground game saying, "Adrian's a great guy on primary day. The high turnout was hardly surprising since all the candidates had pockets of support across the East Boston community. Madaro, following his vic- tory, told his supporters who gathered at the East Boston Yacht Club, "I am deeply appreciative of all the sup- port I received across East Boston. I want to congratu- late all the candidates who ran very strong and construc- tive races that focused on the issues. I am excited about the March 31st elec- tion and I look forward to earning the trust of all the and I have all the faith in him as an East Boston resi- dent. I am, sure he will do a great job." Over at Spinelli's in Day Square, Joe Ruggiero congratulated all his cam- paign workers saying, "The results weren't what we were hoping for, but I am incredibly proud of the work our team put in today. I want to congratulate Adrian on his success and all the can- didates for their efforts today and over the last three months." All the candidates prom- ised to stay active in the (Continued on Page 6) THE POST-GAZETrE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from I1:00 AM to 2.'00 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8929 for more information