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• . Page2 POST-GAZI=;FTE: AIRIL :30', 21)10 Stir00 Nostra of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. A Roman Forum was a large open space, usually in some convenient or central location. It was surrounded by many fine buildings and was used as a center for busi- ness, political activity, meet- ings and as a market place. The idea for the Forum came from the Greek Agora (market place) and most likely furnished the inspira- tion for the Italian Piazza, the Spanish Plaza, the Ger- man Platz, the French Place, the English Square and the American Village Green. At various times the City of Rome contained the Forum Romanum Magnum, the Forum of Caesar, the Forum of Augustus, the Forum of Vespasian, the Forum of Nerva and the Forum of Trajan. The oldest and most important was the Forum Romanum Magnum, starting out as a Roman Political and religious life. THE ROMAN This is where the famous Roman Senate met, and from its rostrum, which is still standing, they debated the destiny of the world. The entire life and concerns of the most famous of peoples were resolved in this space. This Rostrum probably in- spired more oratory than any other speaking platform in the world. It is also believed that this is where Mark An- tony appealed to the Romans for vengeance on Caesar's murderers, while the dead Caesar lay at his feet. Constantly embellished during the time of the Republic and the Empire, the Forum became surrounded by some of the most mag- nificent structures the world has known. There were six Temples, two Basilicas, the Tabularium (the public archives), the Regia (resi- dence of the early legendary kings) and the House of FORUMS the Vestal Virgins. It was the duty of the Vestals to keep alive the sacred fire in the Temple of Vesta. If the fire was allowed to go out, the Vestal in charge was scourged for her careless- ness. If the Vestal violated her vow of chastity she was condemned to death by be- ing buried alive. The growth of the city and the increased use of the Forums required the separa- tion of some functions. They built a Forum Civilium for legal and administrative affairs, a Forum Boarium for cattle, a Forum Pecuarium for sheep, a Forum Suarium for pigs, a Forum Olitorium for vegetables, a Forum Piscatorium for grain, a Forum Venalia for mercan- tile affairs and most impor- tant of all a Forum Vinarium for wine. NEXT ISSUE: The Roman Temples ONE PARTY RULE ATTACK ON TAXPAYERS CONTINUES Baker Warns of More Spending and Higher Taxes If Patrick or Cahill Elected Charlie Baker, Richard Tisei and Barbara Anderson, executive director of Citi- zens for Limited Taxation and Government, were joined by elected officials today on Beacon Hill to condemn the one party rule that has run amok with tax hikes and increased spending, as the Legislature has been forced to backtrack on its latest attempt to raise taxes. "The Legislature's most recent attempt to raise taxes, by doing an end run around Proposition 21/2, is typical of the Beacon Hill mentality which always chooses tax hikes over doing the tough work of reforming government and cutting spending," said Baker. "Whether it's serious pension reform or giving cit- ies and towns plan design authority, Governor Patrick and Treasurer Cahill have ignored the real reforms nec- essary to improve our state. It's no wonder spending has spiraled out of control under their watch." Baker continued, "Patrick and Cahill have been part of the problem for years and the voters will not be fooled by their election year rhetoric. Their records speak for them- selves -- they are on the side of the tax hike, not the tax- payer. These two Beacon Hill insiders only have one play in their playbook: tax and spend for another four years." Thanks to the failed poli- cies of Beacon Hill, tax- payers will pay the following additional amounts in taxes next year: • Sales Tax: $900,000,000 • Income Tax: $580,000,000 • New Alcohol Tax: $80,000,000 Tisei added, "Unchecked one party rule has been a disaster on Beacon Hill. Gov- ernor Patrick and Treasurer Cahill have failed to reform Beacon Hill, opting instead to increase taxes and bal- ance the budget on the backs of the hardworking tax- payers of Massachusetts." In the last four years, Patrick and Cahill have over- seen a massive increase in the sizf state government -- 20% in the first two years of Patrick's administration -- while adding 82 billion more in taxes and fees. Anderson recognized Baker and Tisei's fiscal leader- ship and the need for Mas- sachusetts to rein in out-of- control spending. "When you're a taxpayer group fighting Beacon Hill, and the legislative leader- ship tries to raise taxes INAS/USA/CISL Patronato Office - 9 Hull Street, Boston MA 02113 DANIEL LOFFREDA Aiuto per le pratiche seguenti: • Modulo INPS REDD 2009 • Domanda pensione INPS • Domanda di Social Security • Richiesta documenti dall'ltalia • Servizi di Notaio/traduzioni • Procura, e altre Tutto gratis! TEL: 617-600-5353 Assistance for the following: • Form INPS REDD 2009 • INPS Pension Application • Social Security Application • Request of documents from Italy • Notary services/translations • Power of Attorney, and others Free of chorge! again, who ya gonna call," asked Anderson. "I of course called Charlie and Richard to save Proposition 21/2 this week, and look forward to fighting with them for fiscal responsibility next year." "For the past four years, the myopic perspective of one party rule has led to billions in new taxes and a drastic increase in the size of state government," said State Senator Bruce Tarr. "A Baker Administration will bring fiscal balance to Beacon Hill at a time when the next Governor will in- herit a $2.5 billion operating shortfall." Tarr added, "Treasurer Cahill's endorsement of Governor Patrick's income tax position and support for increasing the gas tax shows his 'independent party' conversion is politi- (Continued on Page 12) Rapino Memorial Home 9 Chelsea St., East Boston 617-567-1380 Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home 917 Bennington St. East Boston 617-569-0305 Dino C. Manca Funeral Director A Family Service Affitiate of AFFS/Service Corp. Int'l 206 Winter St. , Fall River, MA 02720 508-676-2454 Res Publica by David TrumbuU You Can On Saturday, May 15 th, Suffolk Downs in East Boston opens the season of live thoroughbred racing. The grand old track, cele- brating its 75 th anniversary this year, has been in the news lately as part of the ef- forts to bring casino gam- bling and other forms of gam- ing to Massachusetts. I'm a fan of Suffolk Downs, and I appreciate the number of jobs the track provides right here in the City of Boston. That's why I'm very sympathetic to the legisla- ture's plans for limited ex- pansion of gambling in the Commonwealth -- two re- sort-style casinos and 3,000 slot machine parlors at the state's four racetracks. Those who say that we should have competitive bid- ding for locations rather than "giving" the slots to the tracks -- although having the track pay a $15 million licensing fee is not exactly "giving it away" -- miss an important point. Nearly ev- eryone agrees that there can be a downside to gambling. We've all heard the stories of badly implemented casi- nos schemes in some cities that, rather than bringing the promised jobs and tour- ists, ending up blighting the area. Suffolk Downs and the state's other three tracks, which for years have been allowed to offer parimutuel betting, have demonstrated that they can handle respon- sibly the management of a gambling operation. The bill, H.4619, passed by a large majority, 120 to 37, Bet On It meaning that about three out of four representatives voted yea. Support was bi- partisan, with 12 of the 16 Republicans (again three out of four) in favor. Hurrah for Representative Elizabeth Poirier, Republi- can, from the 14 th Bristol District (North Attleboro, Plainville and part of Mansfield), during the de- bate on expanding gambling in Massachusetts she of- fered an amendment to pro- mote the purchase of U.S.- made slot machines. I don't know if any of those ma- chines are made in Massa- chusetts, but at least they will be made in the U.S.A. A law that will result in putting people to work -- now that's a good bet. "I am proud to be a citizen of the United States of America," said Representa- tive Poirier. "Given the cur- rent economic climate, I believe it is absolutely nec- essary that we as a govern- ing body encourage any po- tential developers to give their business to companies who make and sell slot ma- chines in our country." The vote was almost unanimous, with only one member of the House of Rep- resentative voting against the common sense proposal. David Trumbull is the chairman of the Boston Ward Three Republican Committee. Boston's Ward Three includes the North End, West End, part of Beacon Hill, downtown, waterfront, Chinatown, and part of the South End. A Short Reflection on Robed DeCristoforo by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari The youth of the North End lost a friend and diligent sup- porter with the passing of Robert DeCristoforo whose generous n.ature was most notably illustrated in his tireless work with children. It was just a month ago that we ran into Bob outside Sacred Heart Church, he asked us to organize a small gathering for coffee and cake after the 9:00AM Mass for a Sunday in May. These gatherings were very much encouraged by Father Antonio as a means of bring- ing the community to- gether. We did this for Bob in the past and were happy to do it again; as in the past we planned to buy the coffee and cake and necessary accoutrements. Bob would then reimburse us. It was something he wanted to do for the parishioners. Bob gave to his fellow pa- rishioners as he gave so gen- erously to the North End community. We will miss seeing him at Mass, sitting, by the statue of Saint Jude, a reflection of the man who sought the help of the good Saint for his work in the neighborhoods of Boston most notably among his friends in the North End. Bobby will be sorely missed. 00emember your f.900ed Ones This year the Post-Gazette is offering our readers an opportunity to remember their loved ones by placing a "Memoriam" in our Memorial Day Issue. Sizes you may choose from are: 1 inch x 4 inches $20.00 2 inches x 4 inches $40.00 To remember your loved ones you may send your memorial lines and contact information to the Post-Gazette P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 Make check payable to "Post-Gazette"