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'POST;GAZETTE,'AJRRIr 2017 PAGE 3 Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor S Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227,8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-maih Website: www.BostonPostGazette .com 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. 121 - No. 16 Friday, April 21, 2017 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. GUEST EDITORIAL Memo to United: Make the Friendly Skies Safe Again by Sal Giarratani Remember the old days when pilots use to come on the intercom during a medical emergency and ask if there was a doctor on board? United Airlines seems to have tweaked things a bit. Now, the pilot asks, %Ve would like to beat you up. Is that OK?" It is amazing how little major airlines actually respect their coach passengers. The recent outrageous action that took place inside a plane still on the ground at O~are Airport in Chicago should never have happened. United Airlines is sticking to its policy on over-booking of passengers. (Technically, the plane wasn't overbooked because the passengers asked to step off the plane were handing their paid seats over to four United employees who needed to get to another airport not far away in Louisville.) However, the incident involving a 69-year- old doctor being forcibly removed by the O~are Airport Police was drastic overkill. United has since backtracked because they know how badly that whole incident looked once it went viral. United Airlines is apparently taking little blame for the brutality that was recorded by multiple passengers inside that Plane. Their pretense of innocence in what happened is dumb. Airline employees cannot touch passengers, which is why airport security was called. The police officers were calIed by the airline crew. Police should always be trained in de-escalation, but what was seen on video was three officers who became angry with the passenger who refused to give up his seat. It may sayin the fine print of a ticket that the airline can ask you to give up your seat, but once there are bloodstains on that ticket, that argument is moot. The sight of an elderly doctor being manhandled and dragged off the plane bleeding is unacceptable. United will pay a steep price for its horrible behavior and the three police officers will also come to regret beating up the guy in plain sight of all the passengers. United will pay royally for their actions, as will the three officers, too. Airplane passengers need to be treated far better than the video showed. The police were put between a rock and hard place. However, the horrible violence shown on the videos is damning and more training is apparently needed for airport police. I was a police officer for 28 years and my job often was to defuse any potential incident from blowing up. My job was not to add to a bad situation by making it worse. However, United was responsible for how things got out of control so fast. They are the real culprits in this story. =Make United Safe Again" needs to be their new slogan. 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 135, Boston, MA 02113 Local Authors Tom and Ellen Zappala Win Prestigious National Book Award Peter E. Randall Publisher is pleased to announce that the newest book by Tom Zappala and Ellen Zappeda, The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs, was awarded top honors at the 29th Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards ceremony in Portland, Oregon, on April 8, 2017. The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) annually recognizes excellence in book editorial content and design with their prestigious Benjamin Franklin awards. These awards, which include 55 categories, are regarded as one of the highest national honors for independent publishers. A gold medalist in the sports book category, The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs was released nationally in 2016 by Peter E. Randall Publisher to excellent reviews. This beautiful coffee table book showcases the most desirable signatures in the history of our National Pastime while detailing the professional and personal story of the men who signed their names on the sweet spot. Selected by highly regarded autograph experts using criteria including rarity, historical importance, and popularity, the autographs chosen for the "Top lO0" are the most sought- after signatures in the hobby. From Ruth to Jeter and all of the greats in between, the players included in the book represent a cross section of baseball history. The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs includes individual autograph analysis by PSA/DNA Authentication Services experts to educate the reader in the specific characteristics of each of these special signatures and what to look for when hunting for the real deal. Written by Tom and Ellen Zappala of Merrimac, MA, with contributions by Methuen, MA, writer John Molori, and Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) President Joe Orlando, The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs is illustrated Autograph book cover with award medal. with original autograph images on a variety of mediums along with images of the player who signed that very desirable autograph. In some cases the player images appear on a period photo or baseball card, but in many cases the player images are original works by renowned sports artist Arthur K. Miller. The book is available on:, and Other books authored by the Zappalas include the award-winning baseball books, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players, and The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories. The Zappalas also co-authored Nardo: Memoirs of a Boxing Champion, the autobiography of former Welterweight Champion Tony DeMaxco. Mayor Walsh's 2017 Neighborhood Coffee Hours Series Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks TUESDAY, MAY 23mD and Recreation Department will host the 18~ A Street Park, Annual Neighborhood Coffee Hour Series in 135-141 A St., Fort Point local parks citywide from April 24~ to July 20th. (acceptance celebration) "Coffee Hours give me another opporttmity to THURSDAY, MAY 25TM meet with residents, answer their questions, and John Ha_rvazd Mall, discuss all that the City of Boston has to offer," 29 Harvard St., Charlestown said Mayor Walsh. =Our parks provide a great (with opening celebration) backdrop for conversation and I look forward to DAY, MAY 30TM hearing from more of my constituents throughout Almont Park, 40 Almont St., Mattapan the spring and summer." The Neighborhood Coffee Hours give residents a FRIDAY, JUNE 2mD unique opportunity to speak directly with Mayor Paris Street Maygrouad, Walsh about open space and other needs in their 115 Paris St., East Boston neighborhoods. Through these discussions and a TUF DAY, JUNE 6TM suggestion box at each site, Mayor Walsh looks McConnell Park, forward to hearing how the City of Boston can 30 Denny St., Dorchester improve upon local parks, public areas and city THURSDAY, JUNE 22 services. It. Edward Walsh and All participants will enjoy coffee and break- Fireflghter Michael Kennedy Tot Lot fast treats provided by Dunkin' Donuts and 369 LaGrange St., West Roxbury fresh fruit from Whole Foods Market. In addition, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28TH each family in attendance will receive a flowering Medal of Honor Park, plant grown in the city's greenhouses as a gift 775 East First St., South Boston from Mayor Walsh. Residents at the event will (with opening celebration) also be eligible to win raffle prizes from Dunkin' FRIDAY, JUNE 30TM Donuts. Information will be available on City Brighton Common, programs from the Boston Public Library, Boston 30 Chestnut Hill Ave., Allston/Brighton Public Schools, Boston Police Department, and Boston Centers for Youth & Families. FRIDAY, JULY Tra Mozart Street Playground, Coffee hours are from 9:30-10:30 am. Dates for the 10 Mozart St., Jamaica Plain schedule are listed below. Events are weather-per- mittingunless otherwise noted. Coffee Hours being TUESDAY, JULY I ITM held in conjunction with park openings are also Mareella Playground, noted, 260 Highland St., Roxbury MONDAY, APRIL 24TM THURSDAY, JULY 13TM Victory Cva bms, 20 Park Dr., Fenway Mother's Rest at Four Comers, WI DNESDAY, MAY 3RD 4 I0 Washington St., Dorchester Myrtle Street Playground, 50 Myrtle St., TUESDAY, JULY ISTM Beacon Hill Monsi or Reynolds Playground, THURSDAY, MAY 4TM 5 Msgr. Reynolds Way, South End Tai Tung Park, I 1O Tyler St., (with opening celebration) Chinatown (with opening celebration) THffRSDAY, JULY 20TM TUESDAY, MAY 9TM Commonwealth Ave. Mall, Christopher Columbus Park, Back Bay I I0 Atlantic Ave., North End (Boston Woman's Memorial) Between Gloucester St. and Fairfield St. TUESDAY, MAY 16TM Fal/on Field, 910 South St., Roslindale For more information and updates on pos- (with opening celebration) sible weather cancellations, please contact the THURSDAY, MAY 18TM Boston Parks and Recreation Department Iacono Playground, 150 Readville St., at 617-635-4505, or on Facebook or Twitter Hyde Park @bostonparksdept. I