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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 16, 2012 Page3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: Website: Subscriptions in the United States $30.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETTE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 116- No. 11 Friday, March 16, 2012 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. GUEST EDITORIAL I Never Really Liked Ike But ... by Sal Giarratani When I was a kid growing up in Roxbury attending St. Rita's School, I remember Sister Rita Mary held a mock election in class. On the ballot were the candi- dates of the day. It was Dwight Eisenhower versus Adlai Stevenson. Most of the classroom students went with Ike the real winner of the 1956 campaign for presi- dent. However, I voted for Stevenson because that's who my father liked. See, my father was a working class Democrat who told me that Franklin Roosevelt was the best ever president. My father didn't break ranks with the Democrats until 1972 when he couldn't stomach George McGovern. Over the year's way back in college and as I grew older, I found out more and more about Ike. Not just his World War II record but his two terms in the White House. I remember watching his Farewell Address in December 1960 and as a 12 year old, I liked it. I was glad Jack Kennedy was coming into the White House the following month but Ike made sense on his way out the door to this kid at the time. I read biographies on him and realized he was much better than I had thought. I was surprised recently when I read in the latest ratings of presidents that Eisenhower was tied with Jimmy Carter in 12 th place. How could anyone com- pare Carter with Ike? Eisenhower was a proven leader both in war and peace. Carter was a peanut farmer way out of his league in office. During the hostage crisis and gas price hikes, he was next to useless. It was like having no president at all. If I had to rate which presidents I thought were my favorites as far as leadership went, I would Include Ronald Reagan, Lyndon Johnson, Jack Kennedy and Eisenhower. They brought out the best in us and made us proud to be Americans. MAY YOUR POCKETS BE HEAVY AND YOUR HEART BE LIGHT, MAY GOOD LUCK PURSUE YOU EACH MORNING AND NIGHT. -- Irish Blessing LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 The North End Gets "Rocked" Pro wrestler/actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (front and center) recently made an appearance at Puopolo Park and the Prado in Boston's North End. Adam and his dad Chuckle Braid (to the right of "The Rock") got to see their wrestling hero. "The Rock" was in Boston filming a commercial to promote his upcoming match with West Newbury's John Cena at WrestleMania XXVIII on April 1 in Miami, Florida. Jimmy Tingle to Perform at Benefit to Save Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Cambridge The historic and venerable Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Cambridge has been slated to close, but the congregation and descendants of the founding members are vowing to keep the doors open. Renowned comedian Jimmy Tingle, grandson of the church's founder, and Los Ange- les based comedian Karen Nooch Egidio, who is also related to a founding member, will perform together for a one-night only special benefit to support the efforts to keep the church open to the community. The comedy night will be held on Sunday, March 25 at the Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts, 41 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA at 4:00 pm. All pro- ceeds support the legal defense fund to oppose the closure of Saint Francis of Assisi Church. According to Boston Casting owner Angela Peri, the great granddaughter of a founding member, and life-long Cambridge resident, the church plays a significant role in the fabric of the community. "Saint Francis of Assisi is an important part of history and our heritage," said Peri. "This church has served five generations of Cambridge families and to close it would be a travesty. We will do whatever we need to do to keep this church open for generations to come." Friends of Saint Francis of Assisi are working with esteemed Vatican attorneys Carlo and Allessio Gullo to help support their cause. Mr. Gullo was pivotal in winning 13 appeals from the Vatican, ordering 13 churches in the Cleveland Diocese to reopen. "We are thrilled to have such an accomplished Vatican lawyers working on our behalf," said Peri. "The Comedy Night will be critical in helping support the legal efforts needed to save our church. It will not only be a fantas- tic and entertaining evening, but it will also help make a profound impact." Tickets can be purchased by e-mailing or by calling 617-491-0284. Tickets will also be available at the door. Another Sad Day for My Generation by Sal Giarratani Davy Jones, the heartthrob singer who helped propel the made-for-TV band "The Monkees" has died at age 66 from a heart attack. He was born in Manchester, England and with his long hair, boyish good looks and great British accent endeared a whole generation of rock music lovers. The TV show "The Monkees" premiered on CBS-TV in 1966. The TV show only lasted two seasons but "The Monkees" made rock 'n roll history with hits like "Daydream Believer" and "I'm a NASA's last in 1973. Believer" which endure even today. The rest of the band included Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith. Their first single, "Last Train to Clarks- ville" became a number one hit and the TV show caught on with audiences. There were only 58 episodes of the show but the legend of "The Monkees still lives. By the way, "The Last Train to Clarksville" became the official theme song for manned voyage to the moon Join 00_fs to Celebrate St. Joseph's at/ The St. Joseph Society, in keeping with the tradition of St. Joseph's Day on March 19 th, would like to offer those less fortunate to join them at St. Joseph's Table between the hours of 7:00 pm-9:00 pm at the St. Joseph Chapel, 467 Hanover Street, North End, Boston, Massachusetts