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Page14 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 4, 2012 News Briefs (Continued from Page I) the Cochise County Sheriff Larry Denver of Arizona. Last week, he and others were in Washington before the Supreme Court over a challenge made to an Ari- zona law passed to stop the flow of illegals in that border state. Of course liberals are calling such police stops un- der this new state law racial profiling but that is just hog- wash and the rest of us who know better, know better. Is it Time for Hatch and Lugar to Go Home? Back in the Seventies, I was a young political activ- ist who thought the election of Orrin Hatch to the U.S. Senate from Utah in 1976 was great news for conser- vatives. In 1982 when Dick Lugar got himself elected to the U.S. Senate from Indi- ana, I thought the same thing. The election of both these conservatives and the election in 1980 of Ronald Reagan to the White House were glory days for this young conservative. The liberals were being kicked out of Washington, DC and a whole new energy force was coming into power. This year, Hatch is seek- ing a seventh term and is being challenged in the up- coming state primary by a solid Tea Party Republican opponent and Luger is facing another rock solid Tea Party conservative in his primary fight too. As much as I once admired Lugar and Hatch, how long is too long up on Capitol Hill? Thing for Republicans to remember, you don't want to get so divided that you let a Democrat liberal sneak into office when your eyes are turned away to a nasty pri- mary fight. I still remember 1978 when there was a nasty Republican primary for U.S, Senate here in the Bay State between two-term U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke and radio personal- ity Avi Nelson. In November that year, U.S. Rep. Paul Tsongas beat Brooke who barely won his own primary against Nelson. It took until January 2010 in a special election for Massachusetts to elect a Republican as our U.S. Senator. The stakes are high. Re- publicans have to be careful lest they help put a Demo- crat in the U.S. Senate over either or both Hatch and Luigar. George Weigel in the Pilot I used to have great prob- lems with columnist George Weigel in the Pilot news- paper. I always found him far too conservative for me. However, his recent piece on former President Jimmy Carter was right on target. Weigel states that the ver- dict is out over whether Jimmy Carter was the worse president in the his- tory of the Republic, "There is no doubt that Carter is the worst ex-president ever." Weigel and I agree that Carter spends far too much time apologizing to the world for America and on all the ills of worldwide society in the 21 st century. Now, Jimmy is trying apparently to be- come a biblical scholar and theologian too. Jimmy Carter pops up every so often like bad migraine headache. There are unfortunately no pills to take and you just hope he goes away quickly. As Weigel wrote quite well, Carter seems no better when it comes to theology than he was on foreign policy. Disci- plines manifestly beyond his capabilities. Wallace on Wallace On one recent :Sunday, "Fox Sunday Morning" host Chris Wallace paid tribute to his father the late Mike Wallace by rebroadcasting an interview between the two a few years back., I caught the interview on Talk 1200 Boston later that same Sun- day while listening to my car radio. I found the interview great. The conversation back and forth between the two Wallaces was super. I always admired the journal- istic skills of the elder Wallace watching him for years on "60 Minutes." Mike Wallace was a legendary journalist and one of the best interviewers I've ever watched go after somebody. He never asked a softball question in his life and seemed to enjoy putting folks on the spot. Chris Wallace is good too. They both sounded so much alike on my radio driving around that Sunday morn- ing. Listening to this pro- gram was great radio. Journalists don't just read pieces of paper. They write and deliver their material and they make the listener pay attention to what is being said. I came away with great respect ,for both father and son and the state of the media today. Might Be Door Number Three Again I still remember when actor Pat Paulsen launched his presidential campaign on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. That show was so great with Tommy and Dickie Smothers and the Paulsen campaign was actually thought provoking ... If I was old enough to vote in 1968, Pat might have got- ten my vote. In 1976, when Gerry Ford ran against Jimmy Carter, I did go with Gene McCarthy as a third party candidate. In 1992, given th -, choice of George H. W. Bush and Bubba, I went with Ross Perot. This year, I hear that former Republican Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico is seeking the Libertarian Party's presidential nomina- tion. If he gets nominated on May 5, he will be on the bal- lot in all 50 states. This is again one of those years; I will give door number three more than just a little con- sideration. Will I vote for Johnson as my protest vote or put that clothespin on my nose and go with the Mittster? No vote you take is ever wasted. Showing up and voting for Daffy Duck wouldn't be despicable either. Can We Trust Government Again? Just when I thought the above phase was the man- tra of conservatives, now I find out thanks to a cover story in The Nation Magazine that this very question is also being asked by liberals who apparently are nervous about their so-called radical right slash and burn rheto- ric. They think America stands at a crossroads not seen since Ronald Reagan's landslide over the malaise challenged Jimmy Carter. If you listen to liberals, it is we conservatives who have taken over the government with our anti-government talk. Last time I looked the U.S. Senate was still very much controlled by liberal Democrats and I don't need remind-liberals that Barack rules out of the Oval Office. I have faith in this govern- ment even if liberals don't. To conservatives we are a democratic republic but to liberals we are a growing nanny-like European social- ist state where the end al- ways justifies the means and where half the country is supporting the other half of the country living "la dolce vita" with our hard earned tax dollars. As bad as i thought Jimmy "Peanuts" was, this character in the White House today makes Carter look like Jimmy Stewart in "It's a Wonderful a Life." Liberals think we have come to the end of car-cen- tered suburban living and talk about public transporta- tion and living closer to rail lines. Many conservative look at that outlook and see "Pottersville" and not a won- derful life. I keep up with liberals and read junk like The Nation to keep ahead of them. "Scandal" Isn't Just an ABC-TV Series In the Nation's Capital they're talking about two scandals that have woken up the American people to both waste and incompe- tence. The GSA Scandal is laughable. This is the agency that supposedly keeps track of government waste and recently it has been spend- ing money like there's no tomorrow. However, the best scandals are always those with sex in them. How about those Secret Service agents tied up in the South American sex scandal? Al- ready, I heard 11 agents found themselves in trouble. Then, I heard the number was 12 agents. If they find one more agent, it will make a Hooker's Dozen. Italians of America Unite to work as a team. They fuss and fight about everything. We know we are good -- and that's a good thing -- but then everyone of us thinks he is bet- ter than everybody else around him -- and that's TOO MUCH of a good thing. On a national level this is -- in my opinion -- one of the rea- sons why publicly stereo- typing every other ethnicity or minority gets you on a podium apologizing to the whole world while calling us "Mafiosi" makes, instead, everybody laugh. You know, after a while it's not that funny anymore! Old-timers should instead focus on providing the new- comers with an updated cal- endar of events that can attract and interest everybody. So that their children and the new Ital- ian-Americans don't end up in completely separated places in society. What I really mean, and now I am really finished, is that we have a great, still largely un- tapped, potential. Let us not waste it. Some places: and institu- tions are trying with a decent amount of success to bridge this gap which seems to get wider as time goes by. In the Silicon Valley area an association called SVIEC (Sili- con Valley Italian Executive (Continued from Page I0) Council) has a remarkable pro- gram that reunites Italians, old and new, around the subject of high-tech industry and financing thereof. On a more general level the Italian consulate in Boston has been trying for the past few years -- under Liborio Stellino, first, and Giuseppe Pastorelli, now, to do the same. Also in Boston, a web- site called, run by a young colleague of mine Nicola Orichuia, tries to put together information and news about all Italians in town and surrounding areas {including Providence by the way). I am -- thanks mostly to my RAI archive -- one of the website's . contributors. We wave the same 'tricolore' flag, we share the same DNA and sometimes (like- yours truly) we feel more Italian when we are here Zhan when we are over there. Let's take advantage of this. Let us all push together in the same di- rection instead of wasting time and energy to lash unpro- ductively against each other! If there is one thing I leamed from all my years of reporting for RAI International is this -- and tonight I want to leave you with it: if we can work together -- -I mean REALLY work together- we, Italians, are unbeatable!! LEGAL NOTICE MASSACHUSE'FrS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. H206-Cl, ENTRY PLAZA IMPROVEMENTS L.G. HANSCOM FIELD, BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS, will be received by the Massachusetts Port Authority at the Capital Programs Department Office, Suite 209S, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128-2909, until 11:00 A.M. local time on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read publicly. ' .............. NOTE: PRE BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE CIVIL AIR TERMINAL, THIRD FLOOR, L G. HANSCOM FIELD, BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETrS, AT 10:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON TUESDAY MAY 15, 2012. The work includes: DEMOLITION OF CURBING AND EXCAVATION OF LAWN AREAS ADJACENT TO THE ROADWAY APPROACH TO L.G. HANSCOM FIELD, BEDFORD, MA AND THE INSTALLATION OF BRICK PAVERS, GRANITE CURB, LANDSCAPING IMPROVEMENTS, AND ELECTRICAL CONDUIT AND LIGHTING AROUND EXISTING MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY SIGNAGE. Bid documents will be made available beginning Friday, May 4, 2012 The estimated contract cost is NINETY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($95,000.00). Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of charge at the Authority's Capital Programs Department Office, together with any addenda or amendments, which the Authority may issue and a printed copy of the Proposal form. A proposal guaranty shall be submitted with each General Bid consisting of a bid deposit for five (5) percent of the value of the bid; when sub-bids are required, each must be accompanied by a deposit equal to five (5) percent of the sub-bid amount, in the form of a bid bond, or cash, or a certified check, or a treasurer's or a cashier's check issued by a responsible bank or trust company, payable to the Massachusetts Port Authority in the name of which the Contract for the work is to be executed. The bid deposit shall be (a) in a form satisfactory to the Authority, (b) with a surety company qualified to do business in the Commonwealth and satisfactory to the Authority, and (c) conditioned upon the faithful performance by the principal of the agreements contained in the bid. The successful Bidder will be required tofumish a performance bond and a labor and materials payment bond, each in an amount equal to 100% of the Contract price. The surety shall be a surety company or securities satisfactory to the Authority. Attention is called to the minimum rate of wages to be paid on the work as determined under the provisions of Chapter 149, Massachusetts General Laws, Section 26 to 27(3, inclusive, as amended. The Contractor will be required to pay minimum wages in accordance with the schedules listed in Division II, Special Provisions of the Specifications, which wage rates have been predetermined by the U. S. Secretary of Labor and/or the Commissioner of Labor and Industries of Massachusetts, whichever is greater. The successful Bidder will be required to purchase and maintain Bodily Injury Liability Insurance and Property Damage Liabi!ity Insurance for a combined single limit of ONE MILLION DOLLARS ($1,000,000.00). Said policy shall be on an occurrence basis and the Authority shall be included as an Additional Insured. See the insurance sections of Division I, General Requirements and Division II, Special Provisions for complete details. This contract is subject to a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation provision requiring that not less than FIVE PERCENT (5%) of the Contract be performed by disadvantaged business enterprise contractors. With respect to this provision, bidders are urged to familiarize themselves thoroughly with the Bidding Documents. Strict compliance with the pertinent procedures will be required for a bidder to be deemed responsive and eligible. This Contract is also subject to Affirmative Action requirements of the Massachusetts Port Authority contained in Article 84 of the General Requirements and Covenants, and to the Secretary of Labor's Requirement for Affirmative Action to Ensure Equal Opportunity and the Standard Federal Equal Opportunity Construction Contract Specifications (Executive Order 11246). The General Contractor is required to submit a Certification of Non-Segregated Facilities prior to award of the Contract, and to notify prospective subcontractors of the requirement for such certification where the subcontract exceeds $10,000. Complete information and authorization to view the site may be obtained from the Capital Programs Department Office at the Massachusetts Port Authority. The right is reserved to waive any informality in or reject any or all proposals. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY DAVID S. MACKEY INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER and EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 05/04/12 WWW. BOSTON POSTGAZETTE.C() M