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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 9, 2010 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: Website: 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. Donfianana 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol, 114 - No. 15 Friday, April 9, 2010 GUEST EDIT( )RIAL TEA PARTIES FORWARD HO by Edward P. Shallow Make no mistake, The Tea Party locomotion has become the most prolific movement in America today. The responsibility for maintaining and protecting the freedoms granted this great nation ~ill depend on your vigor, energy, vitality and enthusiasm to keep the wagons rolling as you did so successfully in the recent past. Divine Providence has guided this nation from its very incePtion up to the present day. We need His Guid- ance to overcome the obstacles the nation is faced with today. I reflect on the inspiring words of the founders in writing the Declaration of Independence declared, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CRE- ATOR with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness That to secure these rights, Governments are insti- tuted among Men, deriving these just powers from the CONSENT of the governed That whenever any Form of Government destructive of these ends, it is the RIGHT of the PEOPLE to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government to effect their Safety and Happiness." Consider under the present administration our free- doms as a people are truly in jeopardy. We are being led on a course towards a Marxist government. Never has this nation needed Divine intervention more than it does now. The very mention of God is frowned On by every liberal member of Congress. If you hear of one Democrat stand up for the 10 Command- ments please advise me and I will write him a letter of commendation. Do not hold your breath! Consider Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has waged war against prayer in our children's schools for years. Pelosi voted against the School Prayer Amend- ment back in 1998. In addition just two short months after the horrific terrorist attacks on America she even voted against a11owing our children to pray in their schools to comfort them during the War on Terror. She is a disgrace to the Catholic Faith. Hit the trails Tea Party patriots. Start each rally with The Pledge of Allegiance. Be sure to include the phrase under GOD - that will really inflame their liberal juices. You are the hope for the future of this nation. America is solidly behind your efforts to elect true patriots to represent us in both houses of Congress, and with God's help, a president for the people and by the people in 2012. 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-Gazstte, P.O. Box 130135, BOston, MA 021~13 4 ~e =Brae m t/uwe Can East Boston's lmmigration Center Be Saved? by Sal Giarratani A waterfront view of the immigration station circa 1922. (Photo courtesy of Boston Public Library) East Boston resident'and local historic preservation advocate Susan, Parker Brauner recently spoke be- fore the members of the Ori- ent Heights Neighborhood Council about the impor- tance of saving East Boston's Immigration building on Mar- ginal Street. Brauner who lives in Jeffries Point has been attending neighborhood meetings across the commu- nity trying to round up sup- port to save what once was the second largest immigra- tion processing center in America more than one hundred years ago. She con- siders this almost forgotten building an historic site to be saved. Time seems to be running out for the old place slated for demolition in July. Today, it sits ag a delapitated old warehouse but once it served as a gate- way to America for immi- grants from Europe in the late 19th and early 20th cen- turies. Across the street are the so-called "Golden Stairs" named so because the stairs represented the fina] steps in a long journey to America where the streets were lined in gold. While the Boston Land- marks Commission will hopefully soon vote in favor of insuring the building is considered a historic land- mark and als0 the Massachu- setts Historic Commission is looking at putting the site on the National Registry of Historic Places. neither effort guarantees the building can be saved. Several years ago, the Mas- sachusetts Mental Health Center attained historic sta- tus but the building in the Longwood Medical Area which closed its' doors in 2003 is scheduled for demo- lition this very month be- cause it was beyond saving. However, even if the Immi- gration Building can't be saved there are many East Boston residents who wish to keep the site designated as a future place for East Boston immigration or a maritime museum. Brauner H The S.S, Carmania arriving with immigrants from Eastern Europe in 1923, docking in East Boston. (Photo courtesy of Boston Public Library) remains very hopeful of this. Over ten years ago, the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association hoped to turn the place into a Boston Im- migration Museum but that effort died. You would be amazed at how many people don't know about this immi- gration site. Italian Ameri- cans in Boston seem un- aware that many of their grandparents never saw Ellis ing their lives to get to America, the home of the brave and land of the free. After all, th.ose immi- grants believed they were re-starting their families all oyer again in a new country where opportunities abounded for all. They left the Old World behind in search of a better life for their children and grand- children not yet born. When I think of the Immigration Island or the Statue of Lib- Building that sits silently r4 erty because they came di- and in disrepair, I wonder il rectly to the Port of Boston and how my grandfather who East Boston for processing. I know many Italian Ameri- cans who bought those bricks down at Ellis ISland with thet family names etched on them and never anything about East Boston's own Ellis Island. My grandfather arrived in America on the Dante Manghetti at the East Boston Immigration Build- ing in 1906. My grandmother took the same route to America the following year. Back when R0nald Reagan was president, Ellis Island was honored as the entrance into America when it wasn't the only one. New York City honors its immigrant past and Boston seems t.o have forgotten to do likewise. Hopefully, the building can be saved and used as a learn- ing center for the grandchil- dren and great-grandchildren of all those immigrants who sacrificed everything includ- I was named after feat after exiting the doors of that government immigration building? What did he see when he entered Marginal Street? Did he see himself living on the margins of society or did he see a whole brand new world ready to be conquered by hard work and determination? Did he see a beautiful place where he could raise a family? Did he see a chance to do what he couldn't do back home across the Atlantic Ocean? Did he say, "Hello, America, I am home now." I like to think that he and all the other immigrants who sacri- riced everything like himself to start anew all screamed, "Hello, AmericaF Kudos to Ms. Brauner for recognizing the importance of a long forgotten building that represented the best that is America. ! ABCD Senior Trip to Cornerstone Play House and Mohegan Sun The Senior Program aJt ABCD, 1 Michelangelo Street. coordinated by Mary Romano will be running an exciting day trip on Tuesday, April 27~. This trip will be- gin at 8am, the bus will ar- rive at Mohegan Sun ap- necticut where you will be able to shop for about an hour and then go to The Cor- nerstone Play House where you will be treated to a fun show called Sunshine, Lolli- pops and Rainbows. We will be returning to the North for a buffet lunch at Mohegan Sun, a bet coupon, roundtrip transportation and a ticket to the show. Space is limited, so please call Mary Romano at (617) 523-8125 for details. Pay- ment must be made to re- -i proximately at 1:30pm and End about 7:30pm. serve your spot on this fabu- ]] make its way to Mystic, Con- You will receive a coupon lous day trip. i