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Page8 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 9, 2012 The time has come, the walrus said, KUDOS TO MAYOR MENINO The recent bad press that the City of Boston got as a result of the Woods-Mullen homeless shelter at the old morgue behind Boston Medi- cal Center was corrected quickly by Mayor Menino. Cancelling lunches for the homeless to save money was a bad idea and when that decision floods other area shelters at lunch time it was like robbing Peter to pay Paul. The homeless aren't a powerful voting bloc. Most times they are invisible es- pecially to politicians. How- ever, feeding the hungry is not a liberal or conservative thing, it is the right thing. There's no need for apolo- gies from anyone. Just keep the sandwiches coming and keep trying to empower the homeless to feed themselves if possible. When you are homeless and jobless it is any wonder so many are helpless when the sandwich is taken away? The mayor did right. The price was too high for hungry folks walking our streets. MBTA OVERTIME ON OVERDRIVE Many T bus drivers and trolley operators raked in huge amounts of overtime last year. Some of them even worked as much as 14 con- secutive hours. Forty-two TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani earned $90,000 and 24 of them earned more than 810o,ooo. Recently, State Rep. Denise Provost, (D-Somerville) stated, "One of the advan- tages of using drivers on overtime is that you are not paying the benefits of an- other driver, doubling up on benefits, so to speak. If so to speak NOT! Should a state rep be that apparently igno- rant of facts? Overtime is caused when someone else is off due to many reasons such as sick days or vaca- tion time. Benefits mostly get doubled during overtime periods, right? I am still at a loss when an elected official just doesn't get it and still answers a reporter's question so to speak. OLIVES RETURNING TO CITY SQUARE Todd English's Olives Res- taurant in City Square Charlestown appears to be almost set to re-open its doors. The place shutdown after a grease fire destroyed the place in May 2010. Only thing apparently standing in the way is a fire inspection to the entire building it is lo- cated in. The pots and pans will be rattling very soon. A good day for Charlestown. BLACK POLICE OFFICIALS SUE CITY The above was the head- line to a news story in the Boston Globe on February 15. Nine Boston police supervi- sors who failed to pass a pro- motional exam claim the test discriminates against them and a federal lawsuit has now been filed. The super- visors are suing the city, demanding the test be scrapped because Black and Latino test takers histori- cally fail multiple choice tests and aren't good for them since, I guess, Black and Latinos can't do note memorization: Sounds kind of racist to me but who am I. What do these cops want? What kind of test is best suited for them? Heck, for- get about testing; just give them all the right answers. These minority officers aren't really saying Blacks and Latinos can't remember things, are they? If that's true, then maybe they should become brain sur- geons instead. This whole story, is so pathetic, isn't it? They can't be saying that whites and Asians have bet- ter brains, can they? DREAMING ABOUT DOWNTOWN'S REBIRTH Another Boston Sunday Globe spread on Downtown Boston on February 19. This news story by reporter Jenn Abelson. It was accompanied by a great old black and white photo of Washington Street down by Temple Street. The streets were THIS WEEK IN HISTORY .,, Bell "Invents" the Telephone Alexander Graham Bell Claims to Have Invented the Telephone, BUT DID HE? On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the first call on an electromagnetic telephone he had built, and went on to make a fortune after claiming his telephone was an original invention. Evi- dence now suggests, how- ever, that Italian inventor Antonio Meucci had already invented the electromag- netic telephone in 1871. Meucci couldn't find the Antonio Meucci money to develop his inven- tion though, and it was soon forgotten after Bell an- nounced his own "inven- tion." In 2001 the U.S. Con- gress passed a resolution recognizing "the contribu- tions of Antonio Meucci in the invention of the tele- phone." For some fascinating read- ing on this subject and the biography of Antonio Meucci log onto wikipedia.com. packed with shoppers jump- ing in front of the traffic as both vehicles and shoppers learned to survive each other. Downtown was hop- ping back when this photo was taken. From the looks of the stores, the dress of the shoppers and that old fire truck in the back, I would say, the photo was taken between 1979-82. I remem- bered as a kid going to mov- ies at the Mayflower and Paramount theatres. My mother always purchased my "dungarees" at Mickey Finn's and I loved those great ice cream sandwiches from Kresge Five and Dime Store. As Archie Bunker might say, "Those were the days." I know Downtown Boston's past but I have little insight into its future other than more of the same. As I keep saying, the suburban malls killed the place. As the mayor says, "The area around the hole in the ground is the centerpiece of downtown." Which is why news that the hole will be developed in the short fu- ture is all good news. Lots of folks have dreams for the rebirth. Some of them sounded good. Others men- tioned ideas that sounded like Daffy Duck time. WHERE TO GET THE PATRIOT BRIDGE? Once every Thursday, the Charlestown Patriot Bridge started showing up all over Charlestown on the news- stands of numerous shops but ever since the paper started getting dropped door to door, you can't find it in stores anymore. Door to door service is nice but when people who want to get their Patriot can't find it, how use- ful is this newspaper to the community? Better still, how useful is this newspa- per to advertisers? Townies have been call- ing over to the Revere offices of Independent Newspaper Group constantly letting them know that they can't find the paper. Newspapers that never get read are not a very good idea. SULLIVAN'S IS BACK -- SPRING TO FOLLOW Sullivan's has been selling hot dogs since 1951 when Dan Sullivan opened his alu- minum shack. Two build- ings and 61 years later, Sullivan's is still the best family-owned hot dog stand in Boston. The place has be- come a Southie staple at Castle Island since before my third birthday. South Bos- ton has gone through many changes over the years but one constant has always been Sullivan's, summers, and the Sugar Bowl. Hot dogs are 80 cents apiece to open up the season. You can't swim in Pleasure Bay, walk or jog around Castle Island without stopping at Sulli- van's. It is the way it has been and hopefully will al- ways be. MONICA'S IS MORE THAN A MEAT MARKET I love shopping at Monica's near the corner of Prince and Salem Streets. Their meats are the best. Their cheeses too. If you are looking for a great Italian sub, this is the place. Imported goods from Italy? Ditto! Soft drinks from Italy? Check 'era out! * Hoops & Hockey (Continued from Page 16) He said he definitely enjoyed "just spending so much time out here. I'm thankful to all the fans that came out. I definitely heard them and definitely felt the energy. I'm very thankful for that." And going forward Kevin Garnett may have had the best take on the future. He feels that Lin may serve as a motivator for opposing players -- particularly those that draw the assignment of guarding him. "The thing about Lin," said KG, "is that I think everybody that's going to be at the point guard position is going to be very excited to play the kid. I can see that and I can tell. It seems like he is motivated, more than motivated." He added that Rondo is "just unconventional. He's one of the best in the league and you saw that (a triple double). There aren't many guards, maybe no guards that can put up something like that. We didn't do a good job of con- taining him and he obviously controlled the tempo of the game."