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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 20, 2012 LO SAPEVATE CHE ... E' diventato un esodo continuo per chiunque cerca un lavoro, un successo e un reddito. Sono pronti a lasciare un paese, l'Italia, che sta' diventando un paese di vecchi. In dieci mesi dell'anno scorso, il 2010, oltre 65 mila giovani italiani si sono trasferiti all'estero. Tutti erano sotto i trent'anni d'eta', convinti che era meglio trovare un lavoro altrove. E' un fenomeno in crescendo. Infatti tra il 2000 ed il 2007 gli italiani laureati che lavorano in paesi della comunita' europea sono aumentati del 40%. Se fossero rimasti in Italia avrebbero aumentato la disoccupazione giovanile al di sopra del presente 27.8%. E, intelligenza ed energia che vengono sottratti al futuro del paese. Le ragioni? Sono molte. Una e' l'ostilita' dell'ambiente italiano, ostile al 'merito' ed all'indifferenza ai problemi dei cittadini, soprattutto i giovani. Un'altro problema serio e' l'indifferenza anche del governo italiano che destina all'istruzione solo, fl 4.3% del PIL contro il 5.6% della Francia ed il 5.4% del Regno Unito. Un'altro problema ancora e' che non arrivano cervelli stranieri a sostituire quelli italiani andati via. L'Italia poi non attrae talenti stranieri. Esiste un rimedio? La prima semplice risposta e' che ci vuole un impegno collettivo del paese, e servono regole chiare che alimentino la concorrenza , dare spazi al merito, e superare il conflitto tra generazioni, un serio problema da risolvere in Italia. Purtroppo chi lascia il paese e trova un lavoro all'estero pensa di ritornare dopo i primi mesi di lavoro. Ma subito si rendono conto che e' meglio professionalmente rimanere dove si trovano perche' si sentono apprezzati.. DID YOU KNOW THAT ... It has now become a constant exodus to anyone looking for a job, success and an income. They are ready to leave a country, Italy, which is becoming a land of old people. Dur- ing a ten-month period in 2010, more than 65,000 young Italians have moved abroad. Everyone was under the age of 30, fully convinced that it was better to find a job elsewhere. It is a growing phenomenon. In fact between the years 2000-2007, Italian college graduates, who work in Euro- pean countries, have increased by 40%. Had they remained in Italy. they would have increased youth unemployment flb0v0 in0 7ff8: I[ in int011i 0n00 flnfl 0n0r y the country is losing. The reason? There are many. One is the hostility of the Italian environment, reluctant to rec- ognize 'merit', and the indifference to the needs of the citi- zens, mainly the young. Another serious problem is the failure of the Italian Government that "helps" education with a meager 4.3%, as compared to France (5.6%) or to the United Kingdom (5.4%). There is also another problem: the inability to get foreign talent, to replace the Italian (gone away). Italy doesn't attract foreign talent. Is there a remedy? The first simple answer is a collective commitment of the country, and clear rules that affect competition, recognize merit, and resolve any conflict between generations, a serious problem, for Italy, to solve. Those who immigrate to and find work abroad contemplate coming back during the first few months. Some, however, realize that it is professionally convenient to stay where they are, for they feel that their work is appreciated. f ALBANO F. PONTE, CEP Financial and Estate Planning Email afponte @ msn.com Phone 617-320-0022 MICHAEL F. NOBILE, CPCU MEDFORD 39 Salem Street Medford, MA 02155 (781) 395-4200 Fax (781) 391-8493 j BOSTON 30 Prince Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-6766 Fax (617) 523-0078 The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani LaMATTINA' S FUNDRAISER DRAWS 200 SUPPORTERS On Thursday, April 5, City Councilor Sal LaMattina hosted a fundraiser at Ecco. Some 200 people stopped by during the gathering to sup- port Sal. Among those present of course was Dave Modica from Ecco. Among celebrants also were Patti and Jimmy Satori, members of the afternoon division of Knights and Ladies of Dunkin' Donuts down on Bennington Street. SALESIAN COMMUNITY BREAKFAST, JUNE 21 The 4th annual Salesian Boys & Girls Club Commu- nity Breakfast will be-held on Thursday, June 21 at Suffolk Downs at 7:30 am. The East Boston event is sponsored by Suffolk Downs and The Fields Family Foun- dation. Rep. Carlo Basile once again will serve as host and M.C. Carlo is an alum- nus of the club back in his youth. For more information call Stephen Fielding, direc- tor of development and com- munications at 617-567- 0863 or email to stfielding@ salesianclub.com. CUTBACKS HIT YANCEY 2012 NEWSLETTER? City Councilor Charles Yancey's latest constituent newsletter was only eight pages. It contained only 22 photos of which Yancey was seen in 11 of them. Every- body is cutting back these d~ys. huh9 1 I appreciate i nice story within it on Jim Hen- nigan's 85th birthday bash. There was a great photo of Hennigan and Yancey shak- ing hands before Hennigan cut into his giant birthday cake. If you take a real close look at Yancey's eyes, it appears his right eye is glued to the birthday cake. I heard the cake was really yummy and that Hennigan looked like a surgeon slicing it up for folks. 3"d ANNUAL WOMEN FOR AYANNA FUNDRAISER ON TAP FOR APRIL 26 Plans for the Annual Women for Ayanna fund- raiser are in full swing. Each year it grows bigger than the previous one. It is an oppor- tunity for those attending the fundraiser to celebrate all that has been accom- plished since they last gath- ered together. Recently, Boston Magazine named City Councilor Ayanna Pressley one of the "50 Most Powerful People in Boston." The time will be held at the Omni Parker House on Thursday, April 26. For further information, visit infoayannapressley.com or call Ayanna at her City Hall 0fficc, RADIO MY WAY WITH RON DELLA CHIESA Ron Della Chiesa says his obsession with radio began as a little kid living in Quincy and listening to his father Aldo singing like Caruso It has been said of Ron, "Della Chiesa may be 74, but he is as charismatic and energetic as ever. The consummate music lover has been in radio for over 50 years." Ron can bring music to life and feed it Into your soul. This ability is truly a gift from God. His Sunday night "Strictly Sinatra" and "Music America" shows are heard weekly on WPLM 99.1 FM from 7:00 pm until 2:00 am. You can also go to the web at musicnotnoise.corrr His book, Radio My Way is a great read and takes you on a journey through Ron's life in radio. He told me he'll keep doing what he's been doing for as long as he can. He also quoted to me something Frank Sinatra said and is also writ- ten on his grave stone, "The best is yet to come." I cannot thank Ron enough for his radio career. Often when driving home late on a Sunday night, I turn on his program and he becomes a passenger sitting next to me making my ride home so much easier. There is noth- ing like great old music that never sounds like noise. THOSE ANNUAL ROXBURY REUNIONS UPDATE I received an e-mail re- cently from Joan Marie Ellis who grew up in St. Patrick's parish in Roxbury who read a recent mention of the Roxbury Reunions held an- nually for folks mainly from St. Patrick's parish. She wanted to know how she and her brother could attend the 2012 reunion. I have i t passecl ,n[orma{i fi to Stevie O'Malley from MJ Pizza in Roslindale. You can stop by the pizza parlor on Roslindale's Belgrade Avenue. HIGH SPEED TROLLEY SERVICE {SLOWING DOWN SOON The MBTA has announced a reduction in service on the High Speed Mattapan trolley line starting July I. Between the hours of 6:00-10:00 am and 8:00 pm until 1:00 am, the trolleys will be spread out to every 23-26 minutes instead of every 11-13 min- utes. The streetcars route will remain the same pass- ing down the middle of a cemetery. PRESSLEY CAMPAIGN MANAGER NAMED TOP MANAGER OF THE YEAR Jess Tauber, a top aide to City Councilor Ayanna Pres- sley was recently named "lo- cal campaign manager of the year" and picked up a "Pollie Award" from the American Association of Political Con- sultants at a recent confer- ence in Austin, TX. Jess has since returned to Pressley's City Hall office. I worked with her during Pressley's cam- paign last year where she helped guide the Pressley re-election campaign to a great first place finish. Many political experts pegged her as vulnerable and were shocked at the final election outcome. I was not surprised because I know Jess and how she runs campaigns. PATRICK SAYS HE WILL STAND HIS GROUND ON "STAND YOUR GROUND" LEGISLATION Gov. Patrick says he will veto any "Stand Your Ground" legislation that reaches his desk for signature. Talking on WTKK 96.9 FM, Patrick stated, that this gun bill would not "get past my desk." The governor also said that we don't need such a law in the Bay State and was also not sure why Florida needed it either, The bill (S 661) is currently in the Joint Com- mittee on the Judiciary up on Beacon Hill. The governor has used the Trayvon Martin case as a reason for his opposition to the bill but while I haven't stance I am not even sure that the "Stand Your Ground" law was even in effect at the time of this tragic shooting. "UPS AND DOWNS" LOOKS LIKE IT IS GOING DOWN "Ups and Downs," an infa- mous watering hole and club next to the Neponset Bridge in Dorchester is going, go- ing, gone since reportedly the lawyer for this place has stated the bar's owner is looking to transfer the liquor to the Boston Tea Party Mu- seum in the Fort Point Channel area. This bar has been at this site for nearly a half-century and originally was called the "Pony Room." (Continued on Page 15)