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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 15, 2011 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-mall: 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-GAZETI'E - 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. 115 - No. 15 Friday, April 15, 2011 GUEST EDITI )RIAL Why I Went A WOL on AARP by Sal Giarratani I used to be a member of AARP for a long time. It used to be a great advocate for older Americans. It had a great magazine to read. I thought it was a good voice in Washington, DC for seniors. However, most recently, especially during the push to get ObamaCare passed in Congress, it joined forces with the likes of SEIU, AFSCME and all the other assorted liberal nutcases in America blaming Republicans and con- servatives for not supporting health care for all Ameri- cans. They lobbied intensively those in Washington and its own membership how great this plan pushed by President Obama was for all of us. AARP, which is tax-exempt, now reportedly stands to reap a cash reward as ObamaCare makes it isn't for AARP to make money off the products it endorses in its magazine all the time. When Humana Inc. warned its Medicare Advantage customers that they might lose benefits under ObamaCare, they got into trouble with Washington. Remember when the liber- als were all singing the same song about how if you liked your current coverage, you could keep it. Millions of Americans like Medicare Advantage and there is real fear that money probably will be cut from .... Mddar mhd +thbm nervous. Nerv6fi Knbhgh, according to CBS News, that in 2009, some 60,000 seniors quit AARP. This organization has always sold itself as the voice of older Americans, standing up to big and bad insur- ance companies. Yet, AARP endorses insurance plans from insurance companies. Millions of Americans will lose their" Medicare Advantage coverage and seniors will need to seek Medigap plans. AARP is the largest provider of Medigap plans and reportedly AARP makes a financial gain off every new Medigap enrollee. If I didn't know any better, I might call it exploitation of the elderly. I think it is time for individual states to decide their health care objectives like Massachusetts did. Put a DNR order on ObamaCare. It's making us all sick. Sick and tired. "General Hospital" Stars Visit the North End Josie Gaeta receives a surprise visit from cast members of General Hospital. L to R: Ronnie Marmo, Josie Gaeta (forefront) Dominic Zamprogna and Lisa LoCicero. Three "General Hospital" actors enjoyed dinner at Janet Gilardi's home in the North End. After dinner the actors along with Janet and Anna Gaeta took a walk to the North End Nursing Home to visit a special fan. Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), and Ronnie Marmo (Ronnie), were going to experience a wonderful happening they'll never forgett Josephine Gaeta (shown in photo) proved herself to be "General Hospital's" oldest and most faithful fanl We're not sure who was more impressed Josie Gaeta or the stars of Genera/ Hospital?. As soon as the actors heard that there was a woman in the North End Nursing Home who would be thrilled to visit with them, they rushed over to meet Josie (who proudly stated her age of 102 years young). Josie greeted the actors and asked why they were going to put Michael in jail? They knew what Josie meantt She has watched "General Hospital" every day for many years. Before too long Josie made sure every- one around her knew about her special visitors! She had a smile on her face from ear to ear. Left to Right: Anna Gaeta and Janet Gilardi enjoying dinner with cast members of General Hospital. (Courtesy of Janet Gilardi) Italian Artists I Teppisti Dei Sogni Performance Italian artists from Sicily, I Teppisti Dei Sogni performed on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at Arlington High School Auditorium to an enthusiastic crowd. The group started back in the 1970's and are best known for their love ballads. Many of their songs are still played at Italian Ameri- can social events today. The concert was orga- nized by local musician Ross Zagami. + BATFERE IL FERRO QUANDO E CALDO. Make hay while the sun shines. Strike while the iron is hot. 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 The opinions expressed by our calumnists and contributors are not necessarily the same as those of The PostNBzette, its publisher or editor. Photo submissions are accepted by the Post-Gazette provided they are clear, original photos. There is a $5 charge for each photo submitted. Photos can be submitted via e-mail: postgazette@aoLcom. If you want your photos returned, include a sef-addressed, stamped envelope. I Teppisti Dei Sogni with Ross Zagami, center. I Teppisti Dei Sogni rocked the house at the AHS Auditorium. Dancing the night away at I Teppisti Dei Sogni show. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography)