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Page14 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 30; 2012" N EWS iiii B R I E F S NEWSPERS AND OTHER PLICATIONS) Compiled brio Z. Suttafuoco LO SAPEVATE CHE .,. Come abbiamo riportato in passato la crisi economica italiana colpisce gran parte delle categorie operative, ma neanche uno dei membri del Governo o del Parlamento. Questi individui continuano imperterriti la corsa ai privilegi facendo aumentare il bilancio d'amministrazione del Governo e del Parlamento. E' stato sottoposto un disegno di legge -- chissa' se passera' - che riduce lo stipendio dei Ministri e dei membri del Parlamento, come pure parecchi dei privilege. Tra questi c'e' ruso dell'auto 'blue', la pensione a vita, e i rimborsi delle spese elettorali dei partiti. Finora non si conosce come verranno effettuati i tagli, quali privilegi, insomma, verranno ridotti, o aboliti. La pensione che i parlamentari ricevono solo dopo "tre" anni di lavoro parlamentare elettivo, se abolita, lo stato risparmierebbe centinaia di milioni di euro ranno. E' prop- rio necessario che ogni eletto al Parlamento, o ad altre cariche importanti, deve servirsi anche di voli gratuity? Perche' poi un membro del Parlamento deve godere di servizi, scandalosamente rifotti nei costi dei ristoranti della Camera e del Senato? Tanto per dare un esempio, ecco i costi annui delle auto blue. II totale disponibile ai parlamen- tari ed ai funzionari statali nelle Regioni, sono quasi 90,000. II costo di mantenimento di ogni auto, annualmente, e' di circa 130,000 euro, con un minimo di 85,000 per. II costo totale annuo per tutte le auto e' di circa 2,5 miliardi di euro (@ $ 3,5 bil.). Inoltre c'e' da aggiungere una spesa annua per 75,000 veicoli utilizzati per la sicurezza e per la vigilanza, per un costo totale di altri 1,2 miliardi di euro. Tutto quanto sopra avviene mentre il popolo soffre in una situazione economica precaria. Disonesta' alritalianal DID YOU KNOW THAT ...? As we have reported in the past the economic crisis in Italy has affected most of the working class, but none of the members of the Government or the Parliament. As a matter of fact, the race to the privileges has continued undaunted pushing the cost of management, of the Gov- ernment and of the Parliament, sky high. A Bill has been introduced, God knows if it will be approved, to reduce the salary of the members of both the Parliament and of the Government, as well as some of the privileges. Among these is the use of the "blue car," the life pension, and the full refund to the political parties for "election expenses"! As of now, nobody knows how the cuts will be made, which of the privileges will somehow be reduced, or abolished. The pen- sion the Parliamentarians receive after serving "three years" in the Parliament, if abolished it would save the State hundreds of millions of euro a year. Is it necessary, also, that anyone elected to the parliament, or to other important offices, be entitled to free flights? Why, also, a parliamentarian should enjoy the restaurants' services in the House and the Senate paying scandalously reduced prices? To give an example, here are the annual costs of the cars. Its overall total -- as used by Government offi- cials also at the regional level, and by the parliamentar- ians, is about 90,000. Each of these cars costs annually nearly 13,000 euro, with a minimum cost of 85,000. The total cost of all the cars is about 2.5 billion euro. Further- more, there is an annual expense for additional 75,000 vehicles used for security and controls, for a total of another 1.2 billion euro. What is indicated above occurs while the people suffer in a precarious economic situation. Dishonesty Italian style. On Sale Now! THE NORTH END Where It All Began The Way It Was by Fred Langone SALE PRICE $19.95 Plus Shipping & Handling On Site at The Post-Gazette 5 Prince Street, North End, Boston, MA 6 Lester Opening Day Pitcher Was there ever a question about this? All the starters stunk in September and on paper Josh Beckett had a better win-loss record but the number one starter on this Red Sox team is no longer the over-priced Beckett but rather Lester. With Clay Buchholz healthy and maybe reliever-turned-starter Dave Bard, this team might make us forget that 2011 squad. Can Ortiz Produce? The Red Sox re-signed Dave Ortiz to more money than I thought he deserved. Obviously, he is a team leader in stats and has be- come the face of the Sox. Can he earn his inflated salary at the plate and justify the money given? I hope he can. I would have felt better about him had he acted like a leader during the September 7-20 collapse rather than as an innocent bystander. If he does well then Red Sox man- agement would have been very astute in their signing. Ortiz has been a great slug- ger and hopefully still is. We need Big Papi to still be Big Papi again. If he earns his salary, I will be the happiest member of Red Sox Nation. "I found out that it's not good to talk about my troubles. Eighty percent of the people who hear them don't care and the other twenty percent are glad you're having trouble." -- Tommy Lasorda, LA Dodgers Manager Dykstra Gets Three Years Disgraced ex-Mets out- fielder Lenny Dykstra was recently sentenced to three years in a California state prison after pleading no con- test to grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement. L.A. County Su- perior Court Judge Cynthia Ulfig sentenced Dykstra af- ter refusing to allow him to withdraw his plea. Said the judge, "He obviously didn't have, the money to get the vehicles ... His conduct was indeed criminal." Dykstra, 49, has had a series of recent legal troubles in his sad downward spiral since end- ing his baseball career. Prior to this bad news, he had completed a stint at a sober living facility. Red Sox Connection to Colt This year the Houston Astros celebrate their 50 th anniversary this season, but they started off as the Hous- ton Colt 45s. Following the 1962 premier season, Hous- ton and Boston made one of the worse trades in Red Sox Nation history befitting just how bad the Sox were a half- century ago. We decided to trade off a golden glove first baseman named Pete Run- nels for an outfield prospect named Roman Mejias who was supposed to be 34 years old but he played like a 50 year old. He didn't own cen- ter field, center field owned him. He was also supposed to be a slugger but sluggers usually hit more than 14 home runs. I don't remem- ber him playing center field EXTRA Innings by Sal Giarratani in 1964; I think he was a one season wonder for us as in wondering why we ever got him at all. By the way, Runnels fin- ished out 1962 as interim manager. Boston fans missed him at first base and at the plate where he had been a batting crown champion and a .300 lifetime hitter. He was replaced at first with another trade to the Pirates where we picked up Dick Stuart, the anti-Pete Runnels in the field. He was nicknamed "Stonefingers" and "Dr. Strangeglove." He did hit homers and knocked in RBIs. He had 75 homers in his two seasons here but al- most as many errors at first base to offset his slugging. Pete Runnels was one of the greatest Red Sox players in the '50s and '60s. It was fun as a kid watching many of those now nearly forgotten players in those losing years. Pistol Pete was one of those players who deserved better than he got. He al- ways gave his best and just came to the ballpark every game to play as best he could. He always got an "A" for effort. Peter was a quiet guy Who hustled in the field on every play and also a great singles hitter too. Mr. Clutch, he was. Meanwhile, Roman Mejias faded into the sunset and nobody eared that he rode out of Fenway so quickly and quietly too. All the fat guys watch me and say to their wives, "See, there's a fat guy doing okay. Bring me another beer." -- Mickey Lolich, Detroit Tigers Pitcher 2012 Huge Year for Hughes? Last seson was not a very good one for NY Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes. This year he says there are no excuses. He knows his physical conditioning must improve. His fastball is back up around 93 mph and that is a positive sign of things to come. Hughes, 25, was a great pitcher back in 2010 when he was an All-Star go- ing 18-8 over that season. Last season, he dropped to 5- 5 with numerous injuries. He is now competing for a spot in the starting rotation. This season is huge for him and his future in baseball. Head-on Collision Tampa Bay Rays had a col- lision in the outfield be- tween Desmond Jennings in left and B.J. Upton in center. Both had to be carted off the field after butting heads in left-center on a fly ball. Rays manager Joe Madden speak- ing of the two who collided said no one was seriously banged up but he liked the effort that went into the play. Bobby V. Remembers "25" Soon the Red Sox will be back in town for hopefully a much more positive season than last year when they crumbled at the finish line. There's a new sheriff in town now that Bobby Valen- tine has taken over as man- ager. The other good news, he will be wearing number 25 on the back of his jersey in honor of Red Sox legend Tony Conigliaro. Bobby and he once roomed together as members of the Los Angeles Angels back at the tail end of Tony C's career cut short by the terrible whack he took at the plate back in August 1967. It is a nice gesture on Valentine's part and hope- fully will lead to the Boston Red Sox finally retiring num- ber 25 for good in honor of Tony Conigliaro. "When I'm on the road, my greatest ambition is to get a standing boo." -- Al Hrabosky, Major League Relief Pitcher Leave the DELIVERY to Us! With a Gift Subscription to the Post-Gazette, your generosity will be remembered every week of the year. We'll send the recipient an announcement of your gift. Their subscription will begin with the current issue and continue for one year. One- ear G ;ubscription _ i ::-=:==-=-=-=Z=U_-.= Fill out coupon below and mail with payment to: Post-Gazette, PO Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 I would like to send a one year Gift Subscription of the Boston Post-Gazette to the following person(s). I have enclosed $30 per subscription. Recipient Name Giver Name Address Address City City State Zip State Zip Phone Phone