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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 19, 2010 S tit T..e.o Nostra of the more interesting aspects of our Numa Pompilius was born in the Sabine town of Cures. He enjoyed a great reputa- tion for justice and piety, and was deeply versed in divine and human law. His selec- tion to become the second king of regal Rome came af- ter the death of Romulus, who is supposed to have been carried off to the heavens during a thunder and light- ning storm. Numa built the first temple to Janus as an index of peace and war. When the temple was open, this signified that the nation was at war and when closed it signified peace. Numa was a peaceful and religious king, his subject spontane- ously imitated his character and all of this in turn pro- moted a peaceful atmos- phere among neighboring nations. He made alliances and treaties with all of these neighboring tribes and then closed the temple. Romulus ruled for thirty-seven years and Numa Pompilius ruled for forty-three. Thus, this young nation called Rome was not only strong, but was also well organized in the arts of peace as well. Tullus Hostilius, the sec- ond of the three Sabines, was declared king by the people, and the Senate quickly confirmed their choice. In his early career he became a participant in what might be termed the ideal war. Roman rustlers ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. ii ii iii Ill THE SABINES THREE were stealing cattle from the neighboring nation of Alba while the Alban rustlers were stealing Roman cattle. Each nation sent envoys to demand restitution from the other. A stalemate developed and both nations prepared for hostilities. During a prewar conference it was agreed that the Etruscan nation appeared to be waiting for the Romans and the Albans to exhaust themselves and then they, the Etruscans, would rush in to overpower both countries. Because of this Etruscan threat it was agreed to take advantage of an extraordi- nary circumstance. Three bothers from the Alban army were about evenly matched with three brothers from the Roman army and they agreed to engage in combat with the winner de- ciding the outcome of the war. The Romans eventually won, but not without consid- erable treachery from Met- tius, the Alban leader. After hostilities had ended, Met- tius was seized, stretched be- tween two four-horse chari- ots, and torn apart as the horses were driven in oppo- site directions. Such is the brutality that grew side by side with the Roman nation. Ancus Marcius, the third Sabine king was the grand- son of Numa Pompilius. He proved that he was equal to his predecessor by declaring war on the Latins, defeating them in battle, and return- ing to Rome with immense spoils. He also brought back many thousands of Latin prisoners and, in keeping with established policy, made them citizens of Rome and then sent them a tax bill. He soon discovered that pop- ulation growth and crime go hand in hand, consequently he was forced to construct a prison in the heart of Rome and it was named "Carcer." It was constructed about twelve feet below ground and lined with stone blocks. The only entrance was through a hole in the ceiling. Pris- oners were tightly bound and lowered into the chamber by ropes. Executioners de- scended by ladders to per- form their countless butch- eries and slow tortures. According to a tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, St. Peter and St. Paul were imprisoned here during the later reign of Nero, and the Church also declares that a spring which still exists sprang up miraculously for the baptism of jailers by St. Peter. The structure was therefore named S. Pietro in Carcer. Ancus Marcius died after a reign of twenty-four years and was in no way in- ferior to his predecessors in peace or in war. NEXT ISSUE: The Etruscans Three Sal DiDomenico Receives Endorsement of Four Labor Organizations for the District Momentum Continuing to Build for Everett City Councilor Everett City Councilor and candidate for State Senate Sal DiDomenico received the endorsement of the Bos- ton Teachers Union, the In- ternational Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 123 {workers at Suffolk Downs), the Everett Police Superior Officer's Union Local 95, and the Everett Firefighters Union Local 1656. Each union represents numerous members from around the District and shows continu- ing momentum building to- ward Sal's campaign for State Senate. "IBEW Local 123 is proud to endorse the candidacy of Sal DiDomenico in the upcom- ing State Senate special election in the Middlesex, Suffolk, and Essex District" said Louis Ciarlone, the Business Manager and President of Local 123. Ciarlone added, "Sal's proven dedication and experience in supporting the issues that concern our local union has earned him this en- dorsement. Sal DiDomenico has already demonstrated his ability to accomplish positive results at the State Senate level for all the work- ing families of this district JG BAFFO, LLC Certified Public Accountant INCOME TAX PREPARATION Individuals Businesses John G. Saffo, CPA Lewis Wharf, Bay 217, Boston, MA 02110 Tel.: 617.248.9500 Fax: 617.248.9511 E-mail: jb @jgba#o.com Serving the Italian Community '." ,' 'i'. and across the Common- wealth, and we proudly en- dorse his candidacy today." "Sal DiDomenico has stood with us countless times dur- ing his tenure as a City Councilor in Everett, and we are proud to stand with him in his race for State Senate" said President of the Everett Firefighters Union, Craig Hardy. "We could think of no better candidate to repre- sent working families than Sal, and we will do whatever we can to make sure he (Continued on Page 15) " ' I A' T ' Ii,tdllJlll00[llll ll00:t,tlttiJll,i Italian speaking man available to care for elderly Italian man/woman - housework - cookinq - errands - companionship. Perfect for senior who would like to remain at home. Call: 617-569-9864 VaZZd Funeral Homes 262 Beach St., Revere 781-284-1127 11 Henry St., E. Boston 617-567-0955 Louis R. Vazza - Mark A. Tauro Funeral Directors www.vazzafunerals.com Res f'ublica by David Trurnbull Kill the Bill The 1944 motion picture Hail the Conquering Hero was on Turner Classic Movies recently. It was written and directed by Preston Sturges, so it goes without saying that it's rolling-on-the-floor- laughing -- uncontrollably funny. It's one of the few Sturges films I had not seen before, so I welcomed the op- portunity. Besides, I needed some comic relief. I had been reading and watching too much of the lib- eral Democrats in Congress demonstrating that there is no action -- however dishon- orable, crooked and unconsti- tutional -- to which they will not resort in their determi- nation to put decisions about your health care in the hands of Washington bureaucrats. Of course they want to do it for our good, even if some- thing like two-thirds or even three-quarters of us don't want healthcare run with the compassion of the IRS. Sturges was a genius at satirizing that type of politi- cian so common on Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill. In Hail the Conquering Hero he gives us Mayor Everett D. Noble, a man of little accomplishment and less character, whose political philosophy consists solely of his unshakeable be- lief that the citizens are lucky to have him as mayor. In another Sturges film, The Great lffcGintg (1940) he has a politician saying: "If it wasn't for graft, you'd get a very low type of people in politics. Men without ambi- tion." One thing you have to say about Obama, Pelosi, and the rest of that pestilential crew is -- they are ambitious. They will not stop until they control every aspect of your life (and death, for Sa- rah Palin hit the nail on the head about the "Obama Death Panels.") At the Tea Parties and in countless other ways the people of America yell: "KILL THE BILL." We the People -- the people that the liberals look down on as the great unenlightened peasantry -- are crying out, "No we don't want this." And in November they will say, at the ballot-box, "No, we don't want you." As Charles Krauthammer said: For liberals, the observation that "the peasants are revolt- ing" is a pun. For conserva- tives, it is cause for unchar- acteristic optimism. David TrumbuU 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. lre aY _ enw, : The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy is launching a small pilot pro- gram of food/beverage carts on the Greenway. The Conservancy seeks vendors to provide a public amenity with high-quality food and drink in each of four potential locations during the coming summer and fall months. The focus for selection of vendors will be on serving the needs of park visitors, consistent with the Conservancy's goals of promoting healthy living, community, and sustainability. For more information and to download the RFP, visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org/about-the- conservancy/business.htm RFP submissions are due by April 2, 2010 at 10 AM. AFFORDABLE SENIOR HOUSING Constitution Cooperative Apartments, where residents have a voice in the management of their building, is currently accepting applications for studio and one bedroom apartments. Located in the heart of City Square in Charlestown, this active senior housing co-op is within walking distance to shopping, banks, churches and is on an MBTA bus line. Rent is based on 30% of income (income limits apply) to qualified seniors 62 and older and to younger persons who are mobility impaired requiring the special design features of accessible units. Call 1-800-225-3151 for leasing information.  EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY