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J q,vdpuqh,dul,Uhhlqqlql,,,d,,l'lll'hlllqdl'lq ~IXED ADC 010 16 PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 985842263 THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS m ~.J (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 120 - NO. 13 BOSTON, MASSACHUSE'I-I'S, MARCH 25, 2016 $.35 A COPY Pamela Donnaruma Publisher and Editor and the Staff of the Post-Gazette Wish a Happy Easter to All Our Advertisers and Readers : I~ I~,. ~= ~ !I :~ : I NO Place for Mob Mentality in America The recent mob scenes in this year's presidential campaign, and especially in Chicago, are both outra- geous and undemocratic, when mobs show up to close down free speech in the name of free speech, it just isn't selling as the American way. whether you like Trump and his supporters or not, you can't just shut down a campaign event and claim to be doing it for free speech. It is just the opposite. I am also not liking Donald Trump sounding like actor Howard Beale in the movie Network, either. The Trump supporters need to refrain from looking just as bad as the Black Lives Matter or MoveOn.com radicals. The media has picked sides and Trump is a neo-Mussolini to them and his supporters being brown-shirt fascists. Those using violence to break up campaign rallies are the real fascists and brown-shirted radicals. Both Trump and his fans need to stay calm, cool and collected or the message is lost in the liberal haze. America Paying Price for Poor Leadership Today our national debt is $19, soon to be $20, tril- lion. Most of us have come to realize this long term debt will probably never be paid off. Most of us also know that both Social Security and Medicare also need to handle their financial situation, too. If we don't do something about them, they might not be there for future Americans when it comes time for them to use them. !ii iii! Social Security was never meant to be an entitle- ment but, like everything government touches, that is the reality today. Should we make people work longer before collecting? Should we means test recipients? (Continued on Page 14) Europe Once Again Rocked by Jihadist Violence by Sal Giarratani Slowly but surely, European leaders are coming to the realization that radical Islamic terrorists are on the march, not only in Syria and Iraq, but worldwide. Earlier this week, radical Islamists attacked the airport and a subway station in Brussels, the capital of the European Union, killing 34 and wounding over 230 innocent victims. This wasn't just in retaliation to the arrest last Friday of the mastermind behind the recent Paris terror attacks. Brussels represents all of Europe, just like Paris, New York, Washington, DC, London and Rome represent Western Civilization. The day after the Belgium bombings, the heads of states of Europe stood as one in calling the terrorists attackers of democracy and western civilization. The only voice not heard from was President Barack Obama, who was too busy doing the wave with President Raul Castro at a baseball game. Obama still apparently doesn't get that radical Islam is an existing threat to the entire non-Muslim world. Hours following the attacks in Brussels, U.S. Senator Edward Markey, MA, spoke out about Americans, in their fear, becoming intolerant of American Muslims living among us. God forbid we become politically incorrect, eh? Recently I had a quite civil political debate with a liberal friend who likes comparing radical Jihadists to all those hate-filled or deranged mass shooters who keep popping up in the news. They are vile and deadly, but the threat of global jihadists is about a 1,500-year caliphate trying to conquer the entire world for Islam. While all evil must be taken on, we cannot be oblivious to the clash of civilization we are now battling at this very moment. We cannot close our eyes and pretend it will go away. Sometimes you must choose sides. Switzerland isn't always an available option. L'Anno Bello: A Year in Italian Folklore Easter: A Holiday of Joy and Renewal by Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz Few other days of the year capture the sense of Unbridled joy quite like Easter does. Everything about this spring- time holiday radiates with the sense of new life: the delicate gold-and-white daffodils peek- ing out from the ground, the robins hopping away to their nests, delicate bunnies ap- pearing in greeting cards and home decorations. When I was little, Easter served as my in- troduction to spring. It was the day I got to wear frilly, flowery dresses, eat creamy Cadbury Eggs, and collect bright jelly- beans. Now that I am older, I am keenly interested in Easter folklore and traditions. My Ital- ian heritage has instilled in me a long lineage of Easter customs practiced by my ancestors. These customs reflect the spiri- tual importance of the holiday, while also reflecting the plea- sures of springtime. By incorpo- rating these traditions into my Easter celebrations, I infuse the holiday with memories of the past and breathe vitality into the symbolic acts repeated for generations. From wearing new clothes to baking special pies, many Italian Easter customs are laden with special meaning and symbolism. So let's delve into these customs and feast to the spring, Italian-style[ Easter in Italy, known as Pasqua, brims with a variety of folk traditions. My father fondly remembers one poPular procession called la Madonna che Scappa in Piazza from his years growing up in the mountainous town of Sulmona, located in the Abruzzi region of central Italy. Literally translat- ing to "The Madonna who runs in the plaza," this spectacle represents the Virgin Mary's ~oy upon learning that her son Jesus has been resurrected from the dead. The parade begins with marchex;s slowly walking down the main plaza of Sulmona, bearing a statue of the Virgin Mary draped in black. All of a sudden, the black robe is lifted, revealing a beautiful dress underneath, and the par- ticipants run at full speed with the statue to the local church. Fireworks pop and the crowd cheers as Mary reunites with Jesus. In Florence, a tradition known as il scoppio del carro, or "the explosion of the wagon," similarly makes crowds gasp with happiness: a wagon laden with fireworks bursts into a colorful display, with the bril- liant hues of so many spring flowers. This love for spring and rebirth is relevant in smaller and quainter Italian customs as well. An Italian supeirstition declares that everyone must wear at least one new article of clothing on Easter. This su- perstition stems from the fact that it was once frowned upon to buy new clothes during the penitential time of Lent, and Easter offered the exciting op- portunity to step out with new frocks. My family and I always wear new clothes on Easter, and this tradition reminds me of the new life blossom- ing around me during spring. Italians also celebrate Easter by coloring eggs, a symbol of re- birth. In short, Italian traditions reflect both the deep spirituality of the holiday and the exciting new season. Of course, Easter "in Italy also sports many unique and delicious foods. Easter pies, called la pastiera, are a main- stay in many regions of Italy. Some areas fancy a savory pie stuffed with meat and cheese. However, other locales go for a dessert pie which, according to regional preference, is made with sweetened wheat berries, rice or ricotta cheese. I always make a homemade ricotta pie for Easter, flavored with semi- sweet chocolate chips and or- ange peel. The combination of ricotta, chocolate and orange is quintessentially Italian, and the pie makes a lovely, tradi- tional finale to my family's big Easter meal. Easter breads are also popular throughout the Italian peninsula. The colomba pasquale, or Easter dove, is a thick cake flavored with citrus (Continued on Page 11) THE POST-GAZETtE SATELLITE OFFICE HAS MOVED TO 343 CHELSEA ST., DAY SQUARE, 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