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$14 P3 PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. 5026 CALIFOKhNIA AVE. SW SEATTLE WA 98136-1208 Ihh,l,,h,,,ll,,Ih,lh,,,,lh,hllh,,h,l,,,hhlh,,h,II TI'I~ ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUEWrrS m (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 114 - NO. 13 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MARCH 26, 2010 $.30 A COPY "The vote shows that Washington con- tinues to ignore the will of the people. Americans are opposed to this multi-trillion dollar health care bill that will raise taxes, increase premiums, cut Medicare and leave future generations with a mountain of debt. They have forced through a bill complete with sweetheart deals that our nation doesn't want, and can't afford. The American people deserve better" -- United States Senator Scott Brown on the passing of the Health Reform Bill Is the " e ZUMIX " New Home Formerly Vacant Historic Firehouse Will Serve os State-of-the-Art Performance Space for Boston Youth by Ashley Stinnett No, I am not talking about a literal post Civil- War-esque secession from the United States However, I am referring to secession from big gov- ernment mandates through state legislation. Case in point: Since the health-care overhaul debate began last year, many states have al- ready, or will at some near point in the future, draft leg- islation that exempts them comes to the Constitution, my friends. It has already happened in Virginia. If you want a good example of state sovereignty take a look at how many states have either passed the Fire- arms Freedom Act or are on the verge. In fact, beginning last year, over a dozen states have either passed a bill specifying reaffirmation of Mayor Thomas M. Menino today joined city officials and community members in cel- the 10th amendment or have ebrating the new home of lo- it on the agehda. , .... . eal after-school music educa, studio, and a radio station: from federal law. Tread lightly when it (Continued on Page 6) iiii!!ili!ii il i!ii~:i~iii~iiii!il;~;i~i!iiiii~I "Can We the People" be, Forced to Buy Health lr uranc? Back in 1994, the Congressional Budget Office stated, "A mandate requiring all individuals to purchase health insurance would be an unprec- edented form of federal action. The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful resident in the United States." Many Rebubliean members of Congress be- lieve the central funding mechanism underly- ing ObamaCare -- the individual mandate -- is unconstitutional. The Democratic health care plan would require all Americans to buy health insurance. This was also the backbone of the failed HillaryCare proposal back in 1993. The healthearo owrhaul hill with thia l r0viaian in it, will certainly be challenged in court. However, can a federal law force a citizen to buy something whether he or she wants it or not in order to fund a social program perceived to be for the large public good? If government can force us to buy health insurance, what else can THEY force us to buy?. Will we have to buy a GM car rather than a Toyota? If we get forced to buy it, it will be as the Con- grc i0n l Budget believed in 1004, a caac for the courts to settle. I'm not too sure which way the High Court would go. You need five Justices to stop the mandate. I count Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Sam Alit0. Justice (Continued on Page 15) ........... ............... i i ii,iiiiiii i'iiiii tion organization, ZUMIX, in a newly renovated firehouse at 260 Sumner Street in East Boston. The new 9,000- square-foot facility benefitted from $4.6 million in renova- tions over the past five years, and boasts a performance stage, several soundproof rehearsal rooms, a recording The renovated firehouse, which was vacant for more than 30 years, replaces former ZUMIX headquarters on nearby Maverick Street. "As a community we should be tremendously proud of this wonderful transformation as ZUMIX and the East Boston Community Development Corporation have worked tirelessly with the City, com- munity groups, and funding partners to turn this building into a state-of-the-art per- by Thomas M. Menino, Mayor, City of Boston (Continued on Page 15) structi0n jobs, Jimmy's Harb0rside/ Liberty Wharf put 200 people back to work, One Marina Park Drive/Fan Pier has created 400 jobs, and the Boston Renaissance Charter School in Hyde Park provided 270 construction jobs. There are also over 200 developments currently working through the zon- ing process so that when banks and the credit market start loaning money in construction again, Boston will be well-poised to get more shovels in the ground. Beyond the development of new build- ings the city is also seeing businesses grow and expand. 0vcr the last four months, almost 1,100 new retail, life science, and green industrial jobs have been created in the city. This includes new jobs at Genzyme, First Wind, CVS, Boloco, Stop & Shop, Shops at Riverwood, Gloria Foods, Foodies, Fast Cap Systems, Retail Convergence and Arthur Blank in West Roxbury. The use of federal funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment While the economy is showing signs of recovery, local unemployment num- bers remain at an all time high. Al- though Boston's unemployment rate is at 9.3%, I believe we are well positioned and on our way to turning these num- bers around. We have begun to see job creation in both the public and private sector with companies making long- term investments in Boston, federal stimulus funds putting shovels in the ground and workers back on construc- tion sites across the city. Liberty Mutual's recent announce- ment that it will expand its global haadquartoru in B0ut0n a ignifieant example of a private company showing confidence in the City of Boston and our workers. Liberty Mutual and the insurance sector represent a 83.2 bil- lion industry that is critical to Boston's economic growth and the expansion plans will create 1,100 new jobs -- 600 permanent and 500 construction -- and generate more than 850 million in new r wau ivy, The jobs created by the Liberty Mutual project are just one piece of how we are stimulating our economy. There are currently 21 projects under construction in the city fight now, which represents roughly 2,500 construction jobs. Projects at Russia Wharf have created 500 con- Act (ARRA) is another source that the city has been able to utilize in stimu- lating job growth. Boston boasts one of the best grant application success rates in the country, netting nearly 80 per- (Continued on Page 14) THE POST-GAZETTE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from I1:00 AM to 2. X) PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8929 for more information