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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 10, 2015 Page 3 POST-GAZETTE 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 $35.00 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-GAZETtE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 119- No. 15 Friday, APRIL 10, 2015 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. [lJ :[,,"]14 ::1H / lie] :i V:I Ill BERGDAHL PUTS BULLS-EYE ON U.S. TROOPS by Sal Giarratani As a Vietnam War veteran, I am at a loss over why the Obama White House with the consent of the Joint Chiefs of Staff made the decision to trade off five Taliban biggies for Private Bowe Bergdahl last May. At the time of the release, when an immediate uproar began, Susan Rice stated that Bergdahl served his country with honor and distinction and further stated that we never leave anyone behind. That press conference in the Rose Garden last summer still galls me. One would think Bergdahl had just won the Con- gressional Medal of Honor. From the get-go his platoon members said they clearly viewed him as a soldier who deserted his post. Now, we find that the U.S. military is indeed charg- ing him with that crime and he faces a long-time in prison, if convicted by a military tribunal. Meanwhile, the Gitmo five are free and eventually will return to the field of battle if they haven't al- ready. There is silence from the Obama White House on the validity of this trade now that Bergdahl ap- pears to be charged for his apparent un-American actions on June 30, 2009, which allegedly led to the deaths of eight U.S. soldiers who were out searching for him over the summer of 2009. We are hearing from his lawyer how badly his Taliban captors treated him. Perhaps he might have thought of that before reportedly disappearing from camp one morning. If he is convicted in a court martial, he should rot behind bars for the rest of his life. Hey, at least he won't be a sergeant or collecting back pay. Sadly, this political deal seemingly done to make President Obama look good, backfired in his face. How- ever, it also put a target on the backs of our troops fighting over there. They all became trade bait because of the "rescue" of Bergdahl. 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 Marine Corps Marathon Announces Massachusetts Fallen Heroes as an Official Charity Partner for 2015 Mass Fallen Heroes Secures Bib Numbers for Marine Corps Marathon 40 th Anniversary and Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon in Virginia Massachusetts Fallen He- roes, created to memorialize our fallen heroes who served in the Global War on Terror- ism since 2001, is proud to announce it is now an Offi- cial Charity Partner of the Marine Corps Marathon for the upcoming 2015 season. Massachusetts Fallen He- roes has secured 100 mara- thon race slots for the highly anticipated 40 th anniversary of the Marine Corps Mara- thon in Arlington, Virginia on Sunday, October 25, 2015, which draws in over 30,000 participants year af- ter year. Mass Fallen Heroes has also secured 25 race slots for the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon, which takes place in Fredericksburg, Virginia on Sunday, May 17, 2015. "It is truly an honor for our organization to be recognized as one of the few official char- ity partners of the Marine Corps Marathon, and give our friends and supporters the rare opportunity to run these races on our behalf to help remember our fallera and honor their sacrifice,'" said Dan Magoon, Executive Di- rector of Massachusetts Fallen Heroes. "Being aligned with a nationally recognized program also shows the rest of the country what we're do- ing, and might be the launching pad needed to el- evate Mass Fallen Heroes to a nationwide platform." Massachusetts Fallen He- roes' mission is to inaugu- rate a permanent memorial dedicated to the men and women of Massachusetts who have lost their lives while fighting the Global War on Terrorism since 2001, provide a multitude of advo- cacy services to Veterans and families of the fallen, and to partner with like- minded organizations who have needs of Veterans and Gold Star families in their best interests. Registration is open now and race slots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Minimum fundraising efforts for the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon is $350, and minimum fund- raising efforts for the Marine Corps Marathon is $600. Visit www. massfallenheroes. org to Fill out the registration form or call 617-326-6042 for more information. No federal or Marine Corps endorse- ment is implied. About Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Massachusetts Fallen He- roes is recognized as a (501)(c)(3) public charity that holds a series of events throughout the year to honor and aid those who have served, especially those who have made the ultimate sac- rifice. Established in 2010 by Boston firefighters, local vet- erans, Gold Star Famili.cs, police officers and other pa- triotic citizens, Massachu- setts Fallen Heroes was or- ganized in order to memori- alize our fallen by creating a permanent public tribute and to provide advocacy and sup- port service for local veterans and families of the fallen serving in the Global War on Terrorism since 2001. For more information, visit www. N.E.A.D. Announces Annual SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM North End Against Drugs will be having their Annual Raymond and Michelina Costa Scholarship Program. Last year North End Against Drugs in partner- ship with the Nazzaro Cen- ter and several generous donors gave out over $6,000 to North End students who applied. Monetary awards are given to students who attend tuition based schools and gift cards for school supplies are given out to students who attend public schools. Here are the requirements: Rules & Regulations Applicant must be a North End resident who is attend- ing school (Proof of residency and a letter from the school verifying North End resi- dency is required.) Scholar- ships are awarded from kin- dergarten through college. Scholarships are for the 2015-2016 academic year, and proof of matriculation must be present in order for N.E.A.D to release funds. Tuition based school win- ners will receive a check payable to their school. Pub- lic school winners will re- ceive a Staples gift card to- wards school supplies, No student can win more than one scholarship per drawing, but he/she is eligible for fu- ture drawings. The applicant must fill out each applicable box on the application form with their name, address, phone, email, school attend- ing and grade for upcoming school year beginning in September. A Completed and Signed application must be submitted by May 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm. Late applica- tions will not be consid- ered. Please send completed applications to: North End Against Drugs, c/o Nazzaro Center, 30 North Bennet Street, Boston, MA 02113. Award recipients will be announced on May 18, 2015. Applications are available at the Nazzaro Center or by e-mailing N.E.A.D. President John Romano at jromano45 If you or your business would like to donate a schol- arship or money towards a scholarship, please contact Olivia Scimeca at 617-605- 6142. N.E.A.D./IMPROV ASYLUM VACATION WEEK Come@ Extravaganza North End Against Drugs, in collaboration with the Improv Asylum is having a Family Friendly Comedy Show on Wednesday, April 22 "d at 1:00 pm. Free pizza and soft drinks will be provided in the Improv lobby area prior to an awe- some Improv Comedy Show that is suitable for all ages. The Nazzaro Center Camp and children will be in atten- dance. All other North End residents, friends and neigh- bors and members of the Eliot and St. John School communities are welcome to attend. The event is free, thanks to the generosity of the Improv Asylum. Some children will be picked to be in the show, as there is always audience par- ticipation. The show begins at 2:00 pm with seating starting around 1:40 pm. No seating once the show starts. This is for children and their parents/grand- parents. No adults without children. To sign up, e-mail JR at J 5 .!. % 'i