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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 5, 2013 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: postgazette@aol.com Website: www.BostonPostGazette.com Subscriptions in the United States $30.00 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-GAZETI'E - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnamma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 117 - No. 14 Friday, April 5, 2013 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. GUEST EDITORIAL Social Security Sounding More Like a Ponzi Scheme Every Day by Sal Giarratani I recently read a well-written letter to the editor in the Merrimack Journal (NH) by a Dan Bogdan of Merrimack. He was criticizing the opinion pieces that the newspaper runs by U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, a liberal Democrat if ever there was one. As Bogdan describes Shea-Porter, he could be describing any num- ber of liberal Democrats on Capitol Hill. He says, "She uses a lot of words without any clear distinct ideas. Her, we all have to work together (voted party lines 97 per- cent last term), but she shows no leadership." After reading Mr. Bogdan's letter I think he should run for Congress next time around because he so eas- ily explains all the blue smoke and mirrors down in the Nation's Capital. He's right about the sequester. It is like your boss promising a dollar an hour raise but only to renege and give you half a buck instead. Sequesters only cut the raise in future budgets. Liberal Democrats call a 50 cent an hour raise a cut ff you first were prom- ised a buck. However, isn't still a raise? Look at Social Security. The government collects one dollar from you for the Social Security tax, they pay out 75 cents to retirees and then put the 25 cents into the general fund and issue a government bond (an IOU for short) to the Social Security fund. Next, they collect one dollar in taxes from you for the general fund to run the government. They add the 25 cents from the Social Security fund and then borrow 40 cents from China to pay to operate the government, all total $1.65. As the letter writer from Merrimack, NH points out, "This will work for Social Security until 2033 at best, the govern- ment will have to sell off the bonds to pay Social Security." Here is something the liberals don't want us to know. Right now, the general fund owes $4.8 trillion, that's T for trillion to Social Security. At this point the system will only be able to pay out 75 cents on the dollar in benefits. Our government will be forced to go into more debt by issuing more bonds or print more funny money to cover it and jack up inflation rates. We have a choice to make a difficult choice at best. We can balance the budget and pay down the debt or do nothing and get forced to make painful choices. Will we continue down this road of spending? Or like most of us, do with less and cut waste? Bottom line, we can continue to elect politicians who make us feel good or we can elect candidates who know what must be done and soon. 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 Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 Sons of ltaly's Renaissance Lodge Attends Larz Anderson Auto Museum Carnevale by Dr. Dean Saluti, President, Renaissance Lodge, Sons of Italy Recently, Boston's Renais- sance Lodge of the Sons of Italy helped to run yet an- other fabulous event at the world famous Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline. Many Renaissance Lodge members are active on the Museum Board including Dr. Dean Saluti (Lodge Presi- dent), Dick DeVito, John Christoforo and Chuck Centore. The recent "Carne- vale" was attended by a large number of members of the Renaissance Lodge. Hors d'oeuvres and Cock- tails were served prior to the event. Also, there were many people in Venetian Carnevale costume. Then, the event featured wonderful buffet stations throughout the Museum. The buffet meal included many Venetian Italian and "Mardi Gras" food offerings. There was also an outstand- Renaissance Lodge members enjoying the Carnevale at Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline. (L-R): Chuck Centore with mask, Patt Centore, Margie Cahn and Dr. Dean Saluti. ing 7-piece jazz band. What an interesting and wonder- ful dining, drinking and dancing experience! Many thanks to the Larz Anderson Auto Museum and the Renaissance Lodge of the Sons of Italy for making this "Carnevale" a memo- rable event. Vet Run by Sal Giarratani Once again, it's time for Bos- ton's 3rd Annual Wounded Vet Run, which will be held on Satur- day, April 27. The purpose of this LT. JAKE run is to support MURPHY, three of New Wellesley England's most severely wounded veterans: Lt. Jake Murphy, Cpl. Nick Eufrazio and Lcpl. James Crosby. This motorcycle ride and concert will start off from Boston Harley- Davidson on Revere Beach Parkway in Everett and end at the Suffolk Downs Race Track. At the conclusion of this ride there will be a ceremony, food, music by Tigerlilyband.com, a beer tent, vendors, raffles CPL. NICK EUFRAZIO, Plymouth and a stunt show. All donations can be made to: Wounded Vet Ride and mailed to 60 Paris Street, East Boston, MA LCPL. JAMES 02128. Call An- CROSBY, drew for questions Winthrop at 903-340-9402. All monies raised go toward housing modi- fications and basic living needs for our wounded heroes who have risked their lives for all of us. Those who do not ride, can join in the celebration at Suffolk Downs to meet all the bikers coming in at the end of their ride. For advanced tickets or further informa- tion, go to www.TheyFoughtWeRide.com. Saint Gemma Galgani by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Maria Gemma Umberta Pia Galgani was born on March 12, 1878, in the vil- lage of Borgo Nuovo near Lucca, Italy. Gemma was the fifth of eight children; her father, Enrico Galgani, was a prosperous pharmacist. Soon after Gemma's birth, the family relocated north from Borgo Nuovo to a large new home in the Tuscan City of Lucca. Gemma's mother, Aurelia Galgani, contracted tuberculosis, be- cause of this hardship, Gemma was placed in a pri- vate nursery school when she was two-and-a-half years old, and was regarded as a highly intelligent child. Several members of Gemma's family died during this period, her oldest brother Carlo, died at an early age, her mother Aurelia died from tuberculosis, which she had for five years. Gemma's brother Gino, while studying for the priesthood, died from tuber- culosis as well as her sister Giulia. Gemma was sent to a Catholic boarding school in Lucca run by the Sisters of St. Zita. She excelled in French, arithmetic and music. She applied but was not accepted by the Passionists to become a nun because of her poor health. At age 20, Gemma devel- oped spinal meningitis, but was healed, attributing her extraordinary cure to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the interces- sion of Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows (later canonized a saint), and Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. Gemma's father passed away shortly after she turned 18, making her responsible for the upbringing of her younger siblings, which she did with her aunt Carolina. She declined two marriage proposals and became a housekeeper for the Giannini family. On June 8, 1899, Gemma experienced a premonition that she was to be granted a special grace. Shortly there- after, she received the marks of the stigmata. Each Thurs- day evening, Gemma would fall into rapture and the marks would appear. The stigmata remained until Fri- day afternoon or Saturday morning when the bleeding would stop, the wounds would close, and only white marks would remain in their place. Gemma's stigmata continued to ap- pear until the last three years of her life. With her health in decline, Gemma's spiri- tual director, Fr, Germanus Ruoppolo directed her to pray for the cessation of her stigmata; she did so and the experience ceased In January of 1903, Gemma was diagnosed as having tuberculosis. She died quietly in the company of the priest, on April 11 at age 25. He said, "She died with a smile which remained upon her lips, so that I could not convince myself that she was really dead." The fame of her sanctity spread rapidly throughout the world. She was beatified by Pope Pius XI on March 14, 1933 and canon- ized by Pope Pius XII on Ascension Day, May 2, 1940.