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-';,'-".L] 7';{7 p?3::,ETLL  ,,  ....... I It,{_.-; T THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS ETT00 A --J =.-/ L, (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 116 - NO. 14 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, APRIL 6, 2012 $.30 A COPY B UONA PASO.UA HAPPY EASTER Pamela Donnaruma Publisher and Editor and the Staff of the Post-Gazette Wish a Happy Easter to All Our Advertisers and Readers The Trayvon Martin Case Since law enforcement down in Florida is still investigating this tragic killing, I have not yet formed an opinion as to what happened and why. The facts are still being gathered. What upsets me are public folks with agendas politicizing what happened. What also upsets me is why the liberal news media along with these other folks are fan- ning the flames. Why does the media still have so much trouble identifying George Zimmerman as a Latino, which he is? Why did NBC News bring on a-political operative to discuss this shooting as if it was part of Campaign '12? Why did Trayvon's mother copyright his name as if it were a brand name? Why did his parents go to Washington to attend a congressional hearing on hate crimes and racial prejudice? Why did President Obama go public with his opinions alluding to possible racial profiling? We may never have all the answers to satisfy everyone on what happened but everyone is inno- cent until proven guilty. Who among us knows enough yet to form an opinion of what actually hap- pened between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman? Eventually, I will form my opinion but it will be based on the facts in the case and not angry emotions which can only cloud the truth. We don't need to rush to judgment. RomneyCare Page One News The Massachusetts healthcare overhaul reforms signed into law in 2006 by former Gov. Mitt Romney was the subject of two front page pieces recently. On Sunday, March 25 the Boston Sunday Globe did a long news story on some of the shortcomings of RomneyCare, especially up by the New Hampshire border. It seems there is no insurance mandate up in the Granite State and folks from up there drive down to Massachusetts to receive free emer- gency care at our hospitals. Then, the NY Times on the same day did a piece on how much Ted Kennedy and Mitt Romney are alike when it comes to the 2010 federal health care overhaul. RomneyCare in many ways was the foundation for the 2010 Obama-Care reform bill becoming law. (Continued on Page 11) Buona Pasqua: A Time for Family & Tradition by Prof./Cav. Phillip J. DiNovo Pasqua is the holiest and greatest of all Christian feasts. If Christ had not risen, then our faith would be in vain. Christ did rise from the dead and through him all shall be made alive. "If the Spirit of him who was raised from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies through h'is Spirit which dwells in you." (Romans 8:11). Yes that is the reason for celebrating Pasqua and the foundation of all our Italian Easter traditions. The Eas- ter liturgy is very joyful, spectacular and beautiful. The churches throughout Italy are beautifully deco- rated for Easter. Easter breakfast is often an Easer omelet (frogga), made with herbs or veg- etables. Also in some parts of Italy, the Ricotta Omelet is traditional. The Easter dinner is the most festive of the whole year. A traditional Pasqua menu might include: Agnel- lino (baby lamb) or sucking kid with manicotti, sauteed spinach, roasted artichokes, pickled vegetables, mixed salad, panzerotti alla tera- mona, etc. There are many different traditional Pasqua desserts, I such as Pizza Rustica Di Pasqua (Easter Pie), Colomba Pasquale (Easter Dove), Cicerchiata Cuddura Di Pasca, Cream Pasticcera Colomba, Cassatelli (Cream Tartlets), Puppo Co Ova (from Sicily), Rice Pie, Fiadoni, Spumoni, Cannoli, Easter Bread Dolls, Macedonia di Frutta, Chestnuts, etc. Eas- ter Day is spent being with family and just talking. There is wine, such as Asti Spumanti, Prosecco di Conegiliano, and Lambrusco, served during and after the meal. To help the digestion, coffee Espresso with Anis- ette may be served. Children in Italy receive very decorative chocolate eggs and rabbits, etc. The beautiful Pasqua Chocolate Eggs have a small gift, toy or trinket inside which the children quickly seek to find! It is traditional to send greeting cards depicting Spring scenes, doves, etc., to family and friends, wishing them a Buona Pasqua. Some people visit the cemetery on Easter Sunday to remember loved ones who have died with prayers and flowers. It is a good time to remember the dead and the Resurrec- tion. While children are thrilled with their chocolate eggs and bun- nies, senior citizens appreciate the "mature mes- sage". They consider the message of the Resurrec- tion because they are more concerned about life after death. Shouldn't we all! In essence Pasqua is a time of family and traditions. Not a superficial celebration spent merely in greeting and feasting, but it is a time of reassurance. Easter symbol- izes hope and all of us need such spirit in these times. It is a time to strengthen family ties. By keeping Ital- ian Pasqua traditions alive, we are able to bring stability and serenity to our lives. Pasqua serves to remind us of what is really important in life. The mood of our Holy Week traditions fills the soul and heart of Italians with un- speakable joy. These very ancient customs of our an- cestors are surely treasures. Within the soul of the Ital- (Continued on Page 11) ROMNEY SWEEPS WISCONSIN, MARYLAND and D.C. PRIMARIES by Sal Giarratani This past Tuesday on his radio show, Jay Severin pre- dicted a good day of voting for former Governor Mitt Rom- ney in the Wisconsin, Mary- land and in the District of Columbia presidential pri- maries. Severin said Rom- ney would carry Wisconsin by 7 percent and Maryland by 12 percent. When all the votes were counted, Romney took 70 percent of the vote with Rick Santorum not even qualified for the ballot. In Wisconsin, Romney took 43 percent of the vote to Santorum's 38 percent, a 5 point spread. In Maryland, Severin said it was Romney by a 12 point spread, it turned out 49 percent to 29 percent. Romney is now at 600 del- egates and more than half way to the 1,144 delegates necessary to win the GOP nomination at the Tampa convention. Rick Santorum is now at 272 delegates with Newt Gingrich'in third with 135 delegates. Romney and the Republican National Committee will now be hold- ing joint fundraisers. Said Romney, "The right thing for us, I think, is to get a nomi- nee as soon as we can and be able to focus on Barack Obama." However, Santorum shows no signs of getting out of this nomination race saying, "We have reached the point where it's halftime. Half the delegates in this process have been selected...who's ready to charge out of the locker room in Pennsylvania for a strong second half." The next big primary night "will be April 24 when voters go to the polls in Pennsylva- nia, New York, Rhode Island, Delaware and Connecticut. In recent weeks, Romney has rolled out big endorse- ments from former President George H. W. Bush, former Florida Gov, Jeb Bush, US Sen. Marco Rubio, (R) Florida, US Rep. Paul Ryan, (R) Wis- consin as he tries to cast himself as the best Republi- can to battle Obama. At this point in the GOP race things continue to look better for Mitt Romney while both Santorum and Gingrich keep fighting for a much smaller piece of the conser- vative,1ie, For Santorum, Pennsylvania is a must win. If he doesn't carry his home state by at least a 20 percent margin, he could be finished as a credible presidential candidate.  ] llliltili.I] II :l];ill] II I HIIII[IIIIIIIIIIlII IlIlflIIIIH IIRl:l111111!!7 7-7[1  TIFII :| ][717-i7]]70 I,IT-F][  .