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* * * &apos; * * * * "; =  * * * * *AUTO* *MIXED AI)C 0 0.).0 PAUL JEFFO hq'LL T(N !<'APEi.S, .YNC I 21.7 W C(II'A 'T 5I'IELTO, WA 9!:58-27.69 6 THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS LJ (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 115 - NO. 13 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, APRIL 1, 2011 $.30 A COPY Ferraro was a "Hail Mary" Pass in '84 That Made History by Sal Giarratani Former NY Congress- woman Geraldine Ferraro and 1984 Democratic vice presidential nominee re- cently passed away and much has been said of her historic role in U.S. politics as the first woman nomi- nated by a major political party for the office of Vice President of the United States. Before her nomina- tion by former Vice President Walter Mondale, who served four years with President Jimmy Carter (1977-81), she was a little known factor with the American people. Known for her leadership within Democrat circles. With all transparency, I must admit "to voting for Reagan Bush in 1984 but as an American and an Italian American, it was good to see the Democrats pick an Ital- ian American woman as the party's nominee for vice president. Mondale had little chance of winning that year by all accounts and he may have nominated Ferraro just to grab headlines but during the course of that campaign, she showed the American people that she was more than qualified to be on that ticket even if her choice was, indeed, a Hail Mary pass to somehow beat the man be- hind the Reagan Revolution. The gamble failed. While she was too liberal for me as was Fritz Mondale, she rep- resented with vigor that Post- Rooseveltian-wing of the Democratic Party whose roots were grounded in the ordinary lives of work-ing American. With h'indsight, she probably had a better chance of beating President Reagan than poor Mondale. Sadly, however, her role in 1984 seemed so forgotten and it wasn't until 2008 when John McCain picked an obscure governor from Alaska named Sarah Palin did a major political party select a woman as running- mate on the national ticket. Palin like Ferraro before her showed up the party's nominee for president. One day a woman will be nominated for vice president and or president and it won't be considered any "Hail Mary" pass Hillary Clinton almost did it in 2008 before losing out to Barack Obama. With hindsight, here too, Hillary would probably have been better for America than the guy we elected. I mourn the passing of Geraldine Ferraro who came out of nowhere 27 years ago and hopefully gave America a peek at its future when gender will no longer bar qualified Americans from rising up and unblocking the door to the White House and Oval Office. Her 1984 nomination was a monumental moment in U.S. history to always be remembered. Last American World War I Veteran is Buried The last American veteran of WWl has been laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery a few yards from General John Pershing, who he served under during the war. US Army Corpo- ral Frank Buckles' flag-draped casket was car- ried to his gravesite on a caisson led by seven horses. Buckles died in February at the age of 110. He was the last survivor of the 4.5 million Americans who served in the Great War. Coincidence is Never a Coincident Fidelity Investments announced it will be shutting down its Marlboro site next year and moving almost all of the site's 1,100 jobs to either Rhode Island or New Hampshire. All this happened while Governor Deval Patrick was on (Continued on Page I0) ENERGY DEPENDENCE: A Completely Unnecessary National Security Risk by Herman Cain In the early 1970s, of the safest nuclear power importantly, energy inde- America's dependence on technology in the world, pendence would keep us foreign oil was a little over Wind and solar energy de- from being vulnerable to the 20 percent. Today, our de- velopment is not going to get current instability in the pendenc.e on foreign oil is us to energy independence. Middle East or the whims of over 65 percent. We have Studies such as the Depart- OPEC. become more and more en- ment of Energy's "Billion Ton But to become energy-in- ergy dependent because we Study" ,have shown that dependent, we Would have to have never had a serious those two sources could at reject the false premise that energy independence strat- best provide 5 percent of our America's high energy con- egy, and we still do not have energy needs combined, sumption is at odds with con- one. But by maximizing all of servation, or that we will Energy independence is our other domestic energy cause irreversible harm to within our grasp because we resources, we could become our planet. To say-that we have plenty of energy natu- energy-independent. This will cause irreversible harm ral resources. We have bil- would not only help to keep to the planet by using our lions of barrels of oil, plenty down the cost of gasoline and natural resources responsi- of natural gas reserves, the cost of nearly everything bly is like saying that man more coal than any other we buy, but it would also be never should have discov- country in the world, lots of a boost to our economy and ered fire in the first place. places we could build dams create hundreds of thou- Reprinted with permission for hydroelectricity and some sands of new jobs. But most from Northstar National EVENTS AT THE. PAUL REVERE HOUSE NORTH SQUARE, BOSTON Revere's midnight ride. A visit with Paul Revere Saturday, April 16; 1:00-4:00 On the 236 th anniversary of Revere's famous ride, David Connor brings Boston's favorite patriot vividly to life in the museum courtyard. Ask him about the details of his midnight ride, inquire about his 16 children, or engage him in conversation about his activities as a member of the Sons of Liberty. Book Signing: Midnight Ride, Industrial Dawn Sun- day, April 17; 1:00-3:00 Robert Martello's new book highlights . Paul Revere's continuously evolving career as an example of society's transition from a craft to an industrial economy. The What better place to cel- ebrate the anniversary of the start of the American Revolution than Paul Revere's House? Learn about life in 18  century Bos- ton from a historian, a first person interpreter, or through the eyes of your own childT U'nless otherwise noted, events are free with mu- seum admission. Members and North End residents ad- mitted free at all times. Through April 14 the Revere House is open 9:30-4:15. Beginning April 15, the site is open daily 9:30-5:15. PATRIOTS DAY AND SPRING SCHOOL VACATION PROGRAMS Events commemorate the 236 th anniversary of Paul author, whose early re- search was funded in part by the Paul Revere Memorial Association, and who is now a professor at Olin College of Engineering will discuss his research process and find- ings. Books will be available for sale. Midnight Ride Story- telling Program Tuesday, April 19; 12:00-1:30, Wed- nesday, April 20; 3:00-4:30, and Thursday, April 21; 10:00-11:30 Find out what really happened on'Paul Revere's ride! Watch a short slide program that separates the facts from the myths, then retrace Revere's route from his home to the banks of the Charles River. Partici- pants don hats and carry props as they go, taking on the roles of Paul and Rachel Revere, their chil- dren, British soldiers, row- ers, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams. Reserva- tions are required and may be made by calling 617-523-2338. Rachel Revere: A Revolu- tionary Woman Friday, April 22; 1:00, 1:45, 2:30 Paul has left on his ride, now what? Professional storyteller Joan Gatturna takes on the role of Paul Revere's second wife. Listen to her dramatic ac- count of a woman's struggle to hold home and family to- gether in a time of war, {Continued on Page 15)