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POST-GAZETTE, A.PR4L 27,-a304 2 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 $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-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. 116 - No. 17 Friday, April 27, 2012 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 Schaden-fraud in Medicare by Sally C. Pipes Leave it to our leaders in Washington to spend a dollar to save a dime. Congress just announced that a $77 million computer system, put in place last summer to combat Medicare fraud, had saved taxpayers a grand total of $7,591 through the end of the year. With returns like that, the computer system would pay for itself in a few thousand years. The feds might need to write this investment off as a loss. Of course, officials must do everything they can to fight Medicare fraud. But fraud isn't the program's big- gest challenge -- America's aging population is. With the Baby Boomers approaching retirement and healthcare costs spiraling upward, Medicare's fiscal path is unsustainable -- even if malfeasance in the program were eliminated. Congress must respond by reserving Medicare for truly needy seniors and introducing market competi- tion to pay for their care. Combating Medicare fraud is the rare policy proposal that both political parties can get behind. By some estimates, fraud in the program costs taxpayers $60 billion a year. Despite bipartisan interest in battling fraud, congres- sional efforts to battle fraud simply haven't worked. Worse, the fixation on fraud has distracted lawmakers from taking on the more difficult structural problems that threaten Medicare's solvency. (Continued on Page 13) QUOTE FROH THOHAS "I believe the values I'm trying to promote ... are true American values. I think some of those values aren't being taught to this generation, That's part of what I'm trying to do, to pass along the same values that were taught to me. - Boston Bruins' Tim Thomas (Submitted by Sal Giarratani) 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 ,ilsemd. i!iii ............. Chief Probation Officer Vito Aluia and Assistant Clerk Magistrate Harold Landry Retire from Chelsea District Court Article submitted by Probation Officer Margaret Scott Friday the 13 th turned out to be a lucky night for retired Chief Probation Officer Vito Aluia and retired Assistant Clerk Magis- trate Harold Landry! More than 250 friends, family, coworkers and dignitaries were present at The Club- house at Suffolk Downs to honor Chief Pro- bation Officer Aluia for 34 years of service and Assistant Clerk Magistrate Landry for 31 years at the Chelsea District Court. Co-Masters of Ceremonies, Assistant Chief Probation Officer Thomas Tassinari and Assistant Clerk Magistrate Bruce Glazer of the Chelsea District Court, presented awards and recognition from many digni- taries. Among the multitude of well wishers were former Justice Daniel Klubock, Justices Albert Conlon, James LaMothe, Jr., D. Dunbar Livingston and Bonnie MacLeod- Mancuso. Acting Commissioner of Probation Ronald Corbett, Jr., Suffolk County Regional Super- visor Mark McHale, Executive Director of the Supreme Judicial Court Thomas Ambrosino, Clerk Magistrate Joseph Faretra and many more. Presiding Justice Diana Maldonado pre- sented each retiree with a Chelsea Clock commemorating their years of service and dedication. This gala event was orches- trated by Probation Manager Michele Caldarelli, Probation Officer Carolyn Shannon, Assistant Chief Probation Officer Thomas Tassinari of the Chelsea Probation Chief Probation Officer Vito Aluia and Assistant Clerk Magistrate Harold Landry Department as well as Assistant Clerk Magistrates Bruce Glazer and Brian Sullivan of the Clerks Office. An enjoyable and memorable time was had by all. Ward Three Democrats Elect New Officers Members of the Ward Three Democratic Committee gathered on April 1 1 th to orga- nize and elect officers for the new term. Jason A. Aluia, a Government Relations Manager at the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans was re-elected Chairman; Attorney Daniel J. Toscano was re-elected as Vice-Chairman; Blake Webber, Staff Di- rector for Representative Aaron Michlewitz was elected Secretary; long time ward member Mary Ann D'Amato was re-elected Treasurer; and community activist Dino Matthew Bamonte Nicole Leo Jason A. Aluia Ida Dipasquale Bill Ferullo Americo Bevilacqua Clare Kelly Carl Salvi, Jr. Michael Falcone Jim Brinning Todd Plants Stephen Passacantilli Janine Coppola Jim Gannon Dino DiFronzo Kathy Carangelo Steven Siciliano Kathryn Burton Provi DiGirolamo Tracy Coogan Plants Michael Gesualdi Mary Ann D'Amato DiFronzo was re-elected Outreach Coordi- nator for the committee. All candidates were elected by acclamation by their peers. The Ward Three Committee membership represents the residents of the Boston neighborhoods of the North End, Waterfront, West End, Beacon Hill, South End, Chinatown and the Leather District. Ward Committee members are chosen every four years during the State's presidential primary election. Democrats chosen in February for this four year term are: Francine Gannon Gerald Moretti Tina Abate Blake Webber Michele TireUa Rebecca Kaiser Mary Ania Sydney Asbury Jeremy Sarzana Chris Betke Daniel Toscano For nore info on the committee's activities and events, visit their Facebook Group: Boston Ward 3 Democratic Committee & Friends or follow them on twitter: @Ward3Dems. Lno Rullo Named Honorary Inductee of /'hi Sigma Iota, Omega Alpha Chapter at Salem State University On Wednesday, April I I th, Lino Rullo was named an Honorary Inductee of Phi Sigma Iota, Omega Alpha Chapter at Salem State University. Phi Sigma Iota, an international society with over 250 chapters, is the high- est academic honor in the field of foreign languages. This prestigious honorary induc- tion was given by the University's Interna- tional Foreign Language Honor Society to Lino in recognition of the work he has con- tributed in the promotion of Italian Language and Italian Heritage since his arrival in this country; especially for his help given to stu- dents and young adults in their studies abroad in Italy. He is joining a very distin- guished society which has been recogniz- ing individuals since 1922. The event was at the Presidential Room of the University, attended by a number of academics, notable guests, family, and friends. During his acceptance speech, Lino, proud of this Lino Rullo (center) with Dr. Kristine Doll recognition, was thankful to the Commit- and Dr. Anna Rocca, Faculty Advisors at tee which chose him and is even more Salem State University, Foreign Language enthusiastic_in_ continuing his _goal_ ....... De_p_a_rt _m_ent _p_r_esent_in_ g th_e_a_ward: ....