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> Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 9, 20i4 S i m p l e TIMES... by Girard A. Plante As we look around and see spring's spectacular display of colors with its wondrous scents of flowers and plants and of fresh soil uncovered after a long, cold winter, we also feel the warm air (finally!) moving in. With the abundance of new growth bursting forth and the hope of better days ahead, we are reminded of the free- doms that we daily enjoy May is the month we vividly recall past wars and the sacrifices made by selfless soldiers who fought and died so that we may live free from tyranny. Peace and safety are the gifts humans everywhere seek. Being the son of a hero of World War II, and 34- years actively advocating for persons with disabilities, I am disturbed to know our veterans are dying as they await necessary treatment and services at Veterans Affairs hos- pitals. That's right DyingT In the May 2 nd edition of the Los Angeles mes, a headline caught my attention and drew me in: "Pressure grows in investigation of Phoenix Veterans Affairs Hospital." Appar- ently, the investigation arose after whistle-blowers claim that certain administrators of the Phoenix, Arizona VA Hos- pital kept a "secret waiting list" that disallowed "thousands of veterans" from "receiving proper care for over 200 days." As a result, 40 veterans died while waiting for the best treatment and care they deserve. Hospital employees came forth with the allegations to their representatives in Con- gress, which has begun a wide-reaching investigation. The Phoenix VA Director Sharon Helman, Associate Director Lance Robinson, and a "third unidentified administrator" were released of their duties by Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. Another sickening situation roiled Veterans Affairs, and every member of the U.S. Congress, in 2007, at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Mold had been growing on the walls, rats roamed the rooms of patients, neglect and mistreatment of veterans, along with substandard care shocked Americans. Those putrid conditions did not happen overnight. They occurred over years by people in positions of power and authority who grew complacent and derelict in their duties. Their misdeeds failed the new wave of veterans who suf- fered serious injuries serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The clamoring for action by veterans and their families, members of Congress, doctors and nurses and Walter Reed employees brought down a two-star general, the end of the Army secretary's job, and jumpstarted Congressional sub- committees to investigate. Fast action for change came in two weeks from President George W. Bush. Every American must begin asking the tough questions because we pay the bills. More importantly, we need to con- tinue to be the keepers of the public trust at every level of government as we are starkly aware too many politicians are inept. We cannot simply allow our elective public servants to mind the store of our federal government that oversees Veterans Affairs. We must become involved, engaged, and remind our elective public servants of their responsibili- ties. They won't like us assuming such roles. Too bad! May is the month America honors its veterans alive and those who made the supreme sacrifice fighting to end the evils of oppressive regimes. That sad commentary is part of human history. There is no escaping the reality that throughout the world bad people exist to do bad things. All the more reason America and billions of freedom-loving people must be eternally vigilant. What are you prepared to do? CROSSWORD Boston Harborside Home Joseph A. Langone 580 Commercial St. Boston, MA 02109 617-536-4110 Augustave M. Sabia, Jr. Trevor Slauenwhite Frederick J. Wobrock Dino C. Manca Courtney A. Fitzgibbons A Service Family Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corporation International 206 Winter St., Fall River, MA 02720 Telephone 508-676-2454 Mrs. Murphy... As I See It Happy Birthday to Sal Giarratani of the Post-Gazette who celebrated his birthday May 4 th ... Are we ready for a change? You bet we areT Massachusetts dubbed the "ultra-liberal Welfare State" is going down the tubes under the Deval Patrick administration, and the Democrat party. This state has all the resources, the best hospitals and col- leges, and a state-of-the-art City of Boston, yet we're the laughing stock of other states. We need to restore dignity back to Massachu- setts. A fundraiser was held Sunday at Filippo Ristorante in the North End for Repub- lican candidates for Gover- nor, Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Kayrn Polito. Special guest speakers were former Governor Jane Swift and State Rep. Donald Wong. The restaurant was filled to capacity with people wanting to hear Baker's message, who spoke of the economy, education and change he will bring to this state. Revere City Councilor Tony Zambuto was among his many sup- porters Filippo's did an out- standing job! ... A three alarm fire on Tuesday, April 29 th, destroyed a vintage building at Suffolk Downs on the Revere side that the Historic Society believed was a build- ing with a historical back- ground. The property that caught fire had been in poor condition for years and used as a kitchen for jockeys, and horse trainers to prepare meals, was located next to the barn area. Horses were taken to safety minutes be- fore the fire spread and luck- ily no horses were harmed. Horse races scheduled for May 3 rd went off as scheduled ... DCF Commissioner, Olga Roche head of Children and Family Services resigned under pressure recently for allegedly not doing her job properly to protect the safety of children under her care. The only one on her side was Governor Deval Patrick who defended her by saying, "It's impossible for Olga Roche to do her job in this environ- ment." Hello, Governor who helped create this environ- ment? Wasn't it the ultra lib- eral looney democrats like yourself who make it easy for anyone that chooses not to work to get on Welfare? Together with his buddy Barack Obama, encourage women to have a slew of chil- dren without partners just to reap the benefits. During the Obama and Patrick admin- istrations EBT cards have increased by thirty percent. The sad part is Social Secu- rity benefits for elderly who have paid into the system all their lives have been reduced. Everything gets cut but the freebees! ... Some legislators and taxpayers want to make it mandatory for EBT cardholders to have their picture put on their card. However, some liberal looney democrats are fight- ing against it saying it's humiliating for them. If a non-needy person is receiv- ing freebees, these frauds have every right to be embarrassed and exposed. The photo is meant to dis- courage holders from selling their cards for fifty cents on the dollar ... With so much demeaning controversy sur- rounding those who receive government handouts Four things young folks need to know to avoid the pitfalls of poverty. I. Graduate high school. 2. If you can't go to college get into the trades. 3. Get married. 4. Don't have children out of wedlock. In America, government creates poverty through legislation, it's called perverse incentives a.k.a. FREE EVERYTHING ... It's good news to read East Boston is ranked number 13 on the list of hottest towns in the state to live. However, the City of Boston needs to do more to keep the streets and business districts cleaner ... Spring is here and so are bicyclist. Many bicy- clists don't pay attention to the rules of the road, and en- danger not only themselves, but motorists that have to be very vigilant to avoid hitting them ... Casino mogul Steve Wynn described liberal (Continued on Page i0) ACROSS 1. Prince or king in india 6. Bit of binary code 9. *Baltimore's has deep enough water for largest ships 13. Ancient assembly area 14. Boy toy 15. Ancient Scandinavian characters 16. Bird action 17. Howard of Happy Days" 18. To open 19. *Location of highest point in U.S. 21. Victorian era overcoat 23. William Penn to Sir William Penn 24. Civil rights concern 25. Watergate device 28. 0. Henry's The Gift of the __ 30. Baking soda 35. Seaward 37. Paris Hilton's and Kelly Osborne's dogs 39. Black cat crossing the street, e.g. 40. Try, as in a case 41. Wise guys 43. 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