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THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS Li --~.---1 (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 118 - NO. 16 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, APRIL 18, 2014 $.35 A COPY Pamela Donnaruma Pub l her and tor and the Staff of the Post Gazette a Happy Easter to AlI Our Advertisers and Readers by Sal Giarratani " - What is so Racist about Voter ID Laws? Every time someone proposes that voters present a photo identificatioia before getting a voting ballot on Election Day, all the usually left- wing suspects come out of the woodwork. Only racist bigots push Voter ID Laws because they are trying to suppress racial minorities from voting. It is Jim Crow all over again. I had to laugh when I read that about 7 million Afghans turned out to vote in their recent presi- dential election brandishing their photo IDs in order to vote, the same photo IDs that Eric Holder and our Justice Department claims is a symbol of voter intimidation. Quote to Note "In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends." -- Rev. Martin L. King, Jr. So Let's Go for Scott Brown It is time for N.H. conservatives to stop whin- ing that Scott Brown "isn't conservative enough for them. They got one choice. They can vote to re-elect U.S. Senator Jean Shaheen who takes her marching orders from Harry Reid or they can vote for Brown who won't be taking any orders from Reid. Remember, Shaheen voted for Obamacare and Brown did not. If any N.H. voters think that former U.S. Sena- " tor Bob Smith can beat Sha.heen this year, they have rocks for brains. Not a bad guy, but he is so yesterday. Brown isn't perfect but he's the best we got. Not So Rev. AI Sharpton It is always nice to hear when someone in the public you just can't stand gets caught in his (Continued on Page 15) What's the Media to Do ? by Sal Giarratani Once again, we see how easily our broad- cast media especially reacts to anniversa- ries of horrible tragedies such as last year's Boston Marathon Bombings which occurred on April 15. The Boston Marathon always happens on the Patriots Day holiday and last year in the aftermath of the bombings down by the finish line, we saw some incre.dible rescue work take place-right before our eyes. I remember watching the scenes on TV show- ing police and EMTs running toward the sound of the exploding bombs. That scene shall forever be remembered showing all to see that we are not an isolated islands of humanity but rather one. I knew the media would be back this year to endlessly go over every single gory detail. The media once again acts as an observer to horror pretending we need to-see and hear over and over again what transpired one year ago. As ! watched one street reporter interview an author of a book on the bombings, I had- to laugh when she asked why it might be so difficult for some of the families of the dead and wounded from last year's carnage might not be able to take part in any first anniver- sary gatherings, Why ~s she asking him? Only those affected by last year's horror should be asked that question. By their absence in large numbers, I think we have no need for the question ever being asked. I still remember last Marathon Day. The scattered body parts on Boylston Street and the ensuing chaos. I remember many first responders and civilians rushing to help victims. I also remember members of the media with microphone in hand and cameramen besides them running into the fire to apparently report on what the scene looked like but not to assist victims. They had their jobs to do. That and seemingly no more. The media this year gets two bites of the apple as far as interviewing the same people and making the same statements. Lots of words but little substance. I still remember watching the 1993 Boston The Dear Boston exhibition is open through May I I~h at the Boston Public Library's Copley Square Branch. It is part of a. larger array of programs offered in honor and commemoration Of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Photo courtesy of Boston Public Library) Marathon also on Patriots Day that year and sensing the aghast of the news media trying to cover a road race while there was a tragic and deadly siege taking place in Waco. Texas at the David Korish Compound. The media hated seeing two news stories happening at one time. How inconvenient for them, huh? Too bad the media too often appears to be milking tragedy for apparent ratings and too bad for all those politicians who can't seem to stay away from this day and let Boston heal together without any of them trying to comfort us with tired words from speechwriters. On this Marathon Day, I remembered all those lives altered forever. I remember the dead and injured. I remembered those who rushed to help. I will not remember the media corps or babbling politicians. We are Boston Strong because we just didn't stand there, we rushed in to help. Public Meetings on MBTA Fare Proposa The MBTA will hold public workshops on the proposed fare changes so that comments and suggestions can be shared with MBTA officials. The public hearing will be an opportunity to offer recorded comments. Comments at all meetings will be consid- ered by the MBTA and the MassDOT board of directors. All meeting locations are accessible to people with disabilities. American Sign Language services and assistive-listening devices are available at all public workshops and hearings. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations free of charge upon re- quest. To request an accommodation or for language assistance, please contact Trish Foley at trish.foley@state.ma, us or (857) 368- 8907. CART, language translation, or inter- pretation requests should be made at least 10 business days before the meeting. Written comments will also be accepted through Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Mail comments to: MBTA, 10 Park Plaza, Boston. MA 02116 Attention: Fare Proposal Committee. Submit comments electronically to: MBTA website: mbta.com, email" fareproposal@ mbta.com, Phone: 617-222-3200, TTY 617- 222-5146. Please visit mbta.com for a complete list of public meetings and workshops. For more information, please call 617-222- 3200, TTY (617) 222-5146 or visit mbta.com. In 2009, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) was created to unify the state's variou.s transportation agencies. MassDOT now includes the High- way Division, the MBTA andRail Transit Division, the Aeronautics Division, and the Registry of Motor Vehicles. MassDOT is com- mitted to providing a safe and reliable trans- portation system. THE POST-GAZETtE SATELLITE OFFICE iS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Thursdays from ll.