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T L (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 115 - NO. 17 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, APRIL 29, 2011 $.30 A COPY Do You Remember MONTILIO'S BAKERY? @@@ Montilio's Bakery welcomed the President of the United States of America Jimmy Carter in 1978 by baking this exquisite cake. (Postazette archive photo) by Sal Giarratani  The President's Verbiage Recently, President Obama said there will be "spending cuts from the tax codes." Does anyone know what the i)hrase meant? Are there any liberals who can educate me on the president's latest political verbiage? Keeping Kids in School Until 18 Years Old New Hampshire does it and says the state has been very successful in cutting down on the drop- out rate. Massachusetts is thinking about doing the same thing. Is forcing kids to stay in school the answer? Most kids if forced to stay in the classroom until they are old enough to leave will be wasting space in the classroom and the en- ergy of the teachers. I would like to see the high school dropout rate at zero percent but forcing the unwilling to stay just because of a law just hurts those students who want to learn. Let the nitwits go and waste away their lives. A high (Continued on Page 15) JESSE JACKSON JR.: The iPad and the Illinois Ignoramus by Dan Calabrese It's always entertaining to hear people who don't know the slightest thing about eco- nomics, waxing philosophic on the subject nonetheless. And rarely has such a char- acter come forward with a more clueless offering than did U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Illinois) this past Fri- Jackson re- mrchased an iPad, he now regrets, it has occurred to hifitWat th--/pad is singu- ;.sponsle for destroy- "thousands" (but to hear it couid have been ofj0bs: _ " "'Y-'--"3Iw Borders is closing t"-stors because, why do you need to go to Borders any- more? Why do you need to go to Barnes & Noble? Buy an iPad and download your news- paper, download your book, download your magazine." It gets worse, he explains. Chicago State Ur.ersity, in his district, wants to go to a textbook-free campus in which all the students can simply download information on their iPads. What, he frets, will become of publishing companies? What will happen to other jobs associated with paper? Sure, he acknowl- edges, it may be more conve- nient and efficient for Ameri- cans to get their information this way, but there are 13 million unemployed. And that's where he's really going with this, because they are "counting on this Congress to do something." Ah, the march of progress, and the inevitable hand- wringing of the statist politi- cian who can't wait to step in and yell, "Halt[" Sure, it makes it easier and more convenient to get your books (no more driving to.Barnes and Noble ... stops global warming[), and sure, it light- ens the load in those college students' backpacks (no more shoulder injuries ... makes ObamaCare more affordablel), and sure those who lost their jobs at Borders can always go get a job selling iPads at Best Buy. But never mind any of this, because it's quite beside the point. The point is that the march of progress always dis- rupts something, and any time it does, it's an oppor- tunity for the Jesse Jackson Juniors of the world to demand that the government step in, pass legislation, do something, act, dammit! Be- cause 13 million people are sitting around watching C-SPAN just waiting to see something happen that solves their problems. There, of course, is the un- employed person's first mis- take. If you're waiting for nit- wits like this guy to do some- thing for you, I'd suggest that you skip the niceties :and check straight into the-down - town missi0, where volun- teers will serve you hot soup- and there's probably a Bible in the ni tstand next to your bed "J " And what, one wonders, would Jackson have Congress do? Require everyone to con- tinue buying books in paper form, even if they don't want to, and it's more expensive and inconvenient? Just to "preserve jobs"? Put a big honkin' tax on the download of electronic material that could be purchased in hard copy?. Ban the importation of convenient electronic de- vices that, like the iPad, are made in China? (Continued on Page 15) Mayor Menino Launches Mark It Program to Repair Over 600 Damaged Crosswalks Across the City Combined with Road Renewal Program, Mark It Will Get City Ready for Warm Weather and the Summer Season After a harsh winter that damaged many of the city's crosswalks and other pave- ment markings making it difficult "for motorists and pedestrians to use, Mayor Thomas Menino launched the Mark It campaign. "After such a harsh winter, I'm dedicated to ensuring all Bostonians have a safe com- mute through our city," Mayor Menino said. "The Mark It and Road Renewal programs will make sure that our roads and sidewalks are back to 100% so we can all enjoy the exciting warm weather that summer has to offer." The Mark It program will place a heavy emphasis on crosswalk reinstallation in areas close to parks, senior centers, schools and com- munity centers and will address over 600 crosswalks throughout Boston. In total, the Mark It program will cover about 25 percent of all inter- sections in the city using new highly reflective ther- moplastic materials for the new markings. Due to the high volume of foot traffic on Red Sox game days, Kenmore Square and the Fenway were the first neighborhoods to receive treatment through the Mark It program. Mayor Menino reviewed crosswalk installations at Walker Park and the Mildred Avenue Community Center in Mattapan with Trans- portation Commissioner Thomas Tinlin. Work crews from the Boston Transporta- tion Department installed new highly reflective ther- moplastic crosswalks at this heavily travelled location. "Boston Transportation crews are currently review- ing areas across the city to improve pedestrian safety by prioritizing crosswalk mark- ings in these key locations," Commissioner Tinlin said. "The Mark It Program will enable the department to replace markings at almost a quarter of the city's cross- walk locations." Last week marked the start of Mayor Menino's Road Renewal campaign in which nearly 33 miles of roadway will be resurfaced through- out the city and over three miles will be completely reconstructed. Already, Pub- lic Works crews have begun to completely rebuild Walnut Avenue from Seaver Street to Warren Avenue in Rox- bury, and work to recon- struct various streets in the Frederick Dougla s neighbor- hood in the South End and Roxbury neighborhoods will start in September. (Continued on Page 12)