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POST-GAZE'rrE, MARCH 20, 2015 Page 3 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 835.00 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. Donnamma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 119 - No. 12 Friday, March 20, 2015 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. AMERICA NEEDS TO BIND UP ITS WOUNDS by Sal Giarratani As a retired police officer with more than 27 years of service to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, I sometimes wonder why any young person out there would ever want to go into law enforcement when, thanks to apparent race-baiting by the mainstream me- dia and those in positions of authority like President Obama and outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, police officers have become target practice for those upset by the decision from the Feds not to charge the former officer in Ferguson, Missouri with a crime. It was justifiable. However, when Holder goes on to accuse the Ferguson Police Department of widespread and assumed racist-like practices and using sweeping assumptions not based on facts and talking about "dis- parate impacts." That decision only added fuel to the fire still burning in Ferguson. The shootings of two police officers outside the Ferguson Police Headquarters late Wednesday, March 114 seems a direct result of the harsh tone of those in the Justice Department feeding racial tensions rather than trying to simmer that environment down. As I watched the video on the Thursday morning news and listened to the audio on a radio show, it was clear that following the tragic shooting of two officers, that some in the crowd were heard taunting the downed officers after the shots stopped. The sniper (or snipers) may have pulled the trigger, but the ugly incident had a direct correlation to the rhetoric of Eric Holder's Justice Department and the political verbiage of President Obama during his recent visit to Selma, Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March to Montgomery across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965 when the peaceful marchers were brutally attacked by police officers trying to break up the march. When you sow the seeds of unrest, you can get unan- ticipated consequences like this latest act of violence against police. Now is the time to bring people together, not move them apart. I am glad that the president and attorney general both immediately spoke out loud and clear on the shooting and condemned it. America needs to bind up its wounds. We need to live as one nation and the only colors that should matter are red, white and blue. Giovanni Picariello May Jte est in Peace Giovanni Picarie[[o of Medford passed away peacefully on March 17, 2015. Giovanni was the owner of Modern Pastry in Medford and the North End. Beloved husband of Pina (Fa[cone) Picarie[[o. Loving father of Toni Picariel[o and her wife Sia Maravelias of Jamaica Plain, Sara PicarieUo-McGee and her husband Cubby of Winchester, Nick PicarieUo and John PicarieUo both of Medford. Cherished grandfather of Kevin, Michael Gianni, Luca and Michela. Dear brother of Carmelina C(emente and Maria Ze[ano of Italy. Also survived by [oving nieces and nephew in Italy. Funera[ from the Boston Harborside Home, 580 Commercial Street, Boston on Monday at 8:45 am followed by a Mass of Christian Buria[ to be celebrated in St. Leonard Church, corner of Hanover and Prince Streets, Boston at 9:45 am. The family will receive visitors on Sunday from 2:00-6:00 pm. Services will conclude with interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, donations in Giovanni's memory may be made to: American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress Street, #501, Boston, Massachusetts 02210. For online condolences and/or directions, please log on to 24th Annual Essay Judging for the Max Warburg Courage Curriculum AT BACK BAY EVENTS CENTER Emma Caius & MWCC trustee Marsha MacLean with Anne Schackleford and Sa- rah Poulter of Write Boston Event chair Lexa Marshall with Blake Alien and Kim Sychterz from Learning Pathways (a MWCC partner organization that is based in Lahore, Pakistan) \ Frances Wilmerding with Stephanie Warburg, MWCC founder and president Nancy Martilla Boston Globe's Jim Carroll (Photos by Roger Farrington) 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 Donnsruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 On Wednesday, March 4th, 85 volunteer judges gathered at the Back Bay Events Center for The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum's 24th annual Essay Judging event. During the day-long event, volunteers read 2,000 essays on the topic of courage, written by middle school students. They se- lected close to 60 essays (including 5 from partner schools in foreign countries like Pakistan and India) for publication in The Courage of Children: Boston and Beyond Vol. XX/V. Winners will be announced later this month. Currently, the Max Warburg Courage Cur- riculum is taught in over 60 schools in Greater Boston, in schools in 27 states and in 9 foreign countries. On Wednesday, judges read essays from schools all over Greater Boston, from national partner schools in cities such as Memphis and Washington D.C., and from schools in In- dia, Pakistan, and China. The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum was recently awarded a $250,000 challenge grant from Ambassador Swanee Hunt in celebra- tion of the organization's upcoming 25th an- niversary. Funds raised will help sustain cur- rent programs in Boston area schools and expand efforts in the US and abroad. The mission of the Max Warburg Courage Curriculum is to strengthen the character development and literacy skills of students. The program empowers children to discover, then recognize, the role of courage in the lives of the characters they read about, in the lives of those around them, and in their own lives -- past, present and future. For more info contact MWCC Executive Director Elizabeth Evans D'Ascensao at