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POST-GAZETTE, MAY 4, 2012 Page7 Marina Bay Vietnam Clock Tower 25 TM ANNIVERSARY .... Two hereos meet up with each other following the 25 th Anniversary of the Marina Bay Vietnam Veterans Clock Tower Ceremony on April 25. Shown, L to R: Guest Speaker Captain Paul W. Bucha, U.S. Army, Medal of Honor recipient and Past President Congressional Medal of Honor Society and Quincy's own former WWII POW and past commander of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, Department of Massachusetts. (Photo by Sal Giarratani) I TEA FOR TWO NOT SO MUCH? by Sal Giarratani Apparently, there must be bruised egos going on between factions within the Tea Party Movement. There seems to be two schools of thought. Some Tea members want to fo- cus on fiscal issues while others seek to remind people of the culture conflict going on over social issues. Fractioning the movement only weakens the entire Tea Party conser- vative movement. There should not have been two differ- ent Tea Party rallies over the Patriots Day holiday, one in Worcester and one in Boston. I agreed with something Rick Santorum said while he was still a candidate on the stump about how both fiscal and social issues are often merged together. When people are unemployed and trying to make ends meet, this becomes a socialissue and not just about the poor state of the economy. When gas pump prices soar and people can't travel, this is a merger between social and economic issues. When both parents have to work and use daycare, doesn't that place the economy and the culture together as one single issue? Thank God that back in 1773 when the original Boston Tea Party took place over the issue of "taxation without representation" that the Tea Partiers were unified and not going after each other over strategy. The idea was to dump tea overboard because of the unfair British tax. The idea was about taxes, but also about peoples' lives in the colo- nies. American revolutionaries wished to be free of the tyranny that curtailed their personal freedom and their economic liberty too. It is time for the Tea Party Movement to remember those words of Ben Franklin who warned that we needed to hang together or we would all hang separately. Good advice then, even better advice today. We need one cup of tea big enough for everyone! North End Restaurateur Honored by Joslin Diabetes Center On Friday, May 11 th, Joslin Diabetes Center will honor Carla Gomes at the 26 th Annual EVENING AT POPS event at Boston's Symphony Hall. Gomes, a Canton resident and a beloved North End restaurateur, will be recognized for her tireless work to sup- port Joslin through her annual CityFeast event, a unique food-and-wine fundraiser founded by Gomes that benefits diabetes research and care through Joslin's High Hopes Fund. "We are all touched by diabetes in some way during our lifetime," said Gomes, "Diabetes afflicts 24 million Americans and is the lead- ing cause of kidney disease, blindness, heart disease, stroke and amputations. Currently there is no cure; and I want to do all I can to support Joslin Diabetes Center in their work to try to find that cure." One of those affected is Gomes' son, David, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes over twenty years ago on his first birthday. Now a graduate of Canton High School, and currently a Pre-Med student at the Massa- chusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Gomes is quick to point out that David was fortunate, but living with diabe- tes has immense challenges. "Diabetes is always with you, it's not some- thing you get a break from. You always have to think about it. It's a consideration in each move you make day in and day out." Gomes went on to say, "Our goal is to raise as much money to support the High Hopes Fund as pos- sible, so that one day my son David and mil- lions like him, will be free from diabetes and its complications." Carla is grateful to Joslin and its team of experts for helping her son live a relatively normal childhood despite the everyday chal- lenges of the disease. She is happy to focus her energy on supporting its efforts, so that other mothers may be as fortunate; and in the hopes that a cure is not too far off. Over the past eight years, Gomes has raised more than $150,000 for Joslin's High Hopes Fund through CityFeast and she hopes to con- John Brooks, III President & CEO of Joslin Diabetes Center, Carla Gomes and Chef Jose Duarte of Taranta. tinually expand the event in the future by involving more restaurants throughout the city. "We are thrilled to recognize Carla Gomes for her continued efforts on behalf of Joslin Diabetes Center," says John Brooks, III, President & CEO of Joslin Diabetes Center. "For almost a decade, her tremendous work through CityFeast has helped support the Center's greatest needs in research, education and clinical care, making it possible for us to look forward to a future without diabetes." EVENING AT POPS treats guests to a spec- tacular musical experience by Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. This year the Pops will celebrate George Gershwin by performing many of his vibrant, jazzy and uniquely American musical pieces, includ- ing Rhapsody in Blue. This event is Friday, May 11 th at 8:00 pro. 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