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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 8, 2011 Page 3 Pamela ]~onnaruma, 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-GAZETFE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnamnm 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 115 - No. 14 Friday, April 8, 2011 GUEST EDITORIAL Is it Time to Shift More Healthcare Costs to Workers? by Sal Giarratani Mayor Thomas M. Menino and a group of municipal leaders from across the state recently showed up at the State House asking legislators to shift more health care expenses to their employees and warned of the dire consequences of doing nothing about soaring insurance costs. Menino listed a number of alarming figures. The $300 million Boston currently pays yearly for employee health care will increase another $20 million in 2011. Said Menino, "Cities and towns might as well change the name of our government buildings from City Hall to City Health Insurance. That's the only service we will be able to provide." According to the mayor, for every dollar spent on health coverage for its employees, the city only spends five cents on snow removal and community centers and a penny for elderly services. Mayor Kimberley Driscoll of Salem added, "I like my employees. I like what they do. I want to keep them. That's why we need to make changes. A group of municipal leaders have been pushing for their employees to pay a greater share of their health care costs. Under their plan, cities and towns would have the same authority as the state to change employee co-pays, deductibles and co-insurance without collec- tive bargaining. This plan could save up to $100 mil- lion reportedly across the state. Mayor Menino made it crystal clear his is not ~in anti-labor agenda. He wants labor to have a "seat at the table." Not to do so, he said, would hurt the strug- gling middle-class and cause even greater economic disparities. Unions for their part appear ready to work together in finding a way to improve on the status quo. Eventually, we as a society and government will have to tackle the soaring costs of health care which has a direct correlation to high health insurance costs. Kudos to government leaders such as Mayor Tom Menino for trying to find a real solution to a grow- ing problem we can no longer pretend isn't in the room. CHI CERCA TROVA. Seek till you find. Seek and ye shall find. 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 n~wspaper 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 The ;ii iiiP~l I In Loving Memory of Post-Gazette Columnist May He Rest in Peace Edmund Turiello of Saugus passed away on April 5,2011. He was 93 years old. Beloved husband of Gertrude (Rizzo) of Saugus. Dear brother of the late Virginia Cirace, Harold Turiello and Arelia Airola. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Prof. Edmund Turiello, had been writing for the Post-Gazette since 1980, when he was recommended to Phyllis Donnaruma byAI Longo of Publicity Inc., an old Marine Corp. buddy that he's known since 1943. His column, "Stirpe Nostra," highlights some of the more interesting aspects of Italian ancestry, lineage and roots. Edmund's father; Virgil Turiello, was born in Italy. His mother, Mary DiPesa, was born on Charter Street in Boston and attended the North Bennet Street School in the North End. In 1905 they were married in the North End of Boston. Edmund was born in Revere, Massachusetts on October 2, 1916, and attended Revere public schools, graduating in 1935. He married Gertrude Rizzo, also of Revere, on June 21, 1942. Edmund enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on April 10, 1940 and served as Ch ief Instructor at the U.S. Marine Corps Institute until the end of the war in 1945. He also served as part of the military guard for President Roosevelt at Warm Springs, Georgia in 1940 and 1941. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in October 1945. A self-employed architect from 1945 to 1951, Edmund was employed as an architectural engineer in the civilian branch of the U.S. Corps of Engineers from 1951 to 1953. He was an instructor of Architectural Engineering Technology at Wentworth Institute starting in 1957 and appointed Head of the Architectural Department in 1970 before retiring in 1983. Edmund is a past member of the Society of American Registered Architects. Arrangements and private services were under the direction of the Paul Buonfiglio Funeral Home in Revere, Massachusetts. May he rest in Peace God Looked Around His Garden And Found An Empty Place. He Looked Down Upon The Earth And Saw Your Smiling Face. He Saw The Road Was Getting Rough, And The Hills Were Hard To Climb. So He Closed Your Weary Eyelids And Whispered "Peace Be Thine" He Put His Arms Around You And Lifted You To Rest. God's Garden Must Be Beautiful He Only Takes The Best. It Broke Our Hearts To Lose YOu But You Didn't Go Alone, For Part Of Us Went With You The Day God C~tlled You Home Love, Husband Frank, Daughter Jeannine, Son Frank Jr., and his wife Andrea, Son Philip and his wife Toni-Ann, and Grandchildren Anthony, Olivia, Payt0n, Presley, Angelique and Vanessa .o Mayor Menino Hosts 2011 Swan Boat Opening Menino Family to Share First Ride Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Boston's First Lady, Angela M'enino, will once again join their grandchildren and local Boston youngsters for the" First ride of the season as the Swan Boats open at the Public Garden Lagoon at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 16. "After the grueling winter we just experi- enced this will probably be one of the most joyous Swan Boat openings ever," said Mayor Menino. "People from around the world come to ride our Swan Boats and celebrate the return of warm weather to New England." This annual rite is made possible thanks to the Paget family, owners and operators of the Swan Boats first launched in 1877 by English immigrant and shipbuilder Robert Paget. Mr. Paget designed the Swan Boats after attending the opera Lohengrin in New York City. At the end of the opera, the hero crosses a river in a boat drawn by a swan. 2011 marks the 135a season for the Swan Boats. The oldest and smallest boat in the fleet just celebrated its 100tn season, while the newest was launched in 1993. The swan on today's boats is made from either copper or fiberglass, depending on the age of the boat, and encloses a paddle mecha- nism that is used to propel the boat through the water. Fully loaded, each Swan Boat weighs three tons and carries up to twenty passengers. The Swan Boats are built on copper-clad pon- toons that contain air tanks to keep them afloat. After being stored in a safe place for the winter, the boats are returned to the Public Garden Lagoon in the spring with the Menino family celebrating the first ride of the season. For further information, please visit the Swan Boats of Boston online by logging onto www.swanboats.com or call (617) 522-1966.