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.iv,,qli,,Uh,uhl,lniH.qliq.,illl,luillhllai,llli, i *"'**********MIXED ADC 07099 19 PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. 217 W COTA ST T THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS ETTE (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 118 - NO. 23 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JUNE 6, 2014 $.35 A COPY North End Procession Season Kicks Off The first procession of the seaon kicked off on Sunday, June 1 "t in honor of Madonna Di Anzano. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) D-Day Exhibit at Museum of World War II in Natick by David Trumbull On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily- fortified French Coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which "we will accept nothing less than full victory." More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 air- craft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day's end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high -- more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded -- but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler. No description, whether in print, spoken word, live theatre, or teleplay, can fully con- vey what it was like to be a young soldier -- perhaps just 19 years old -- weighed down with 75 pounds of gear, sea-sick and soaked from the amphibious landing, crossing a land-mined strewn beach to walk into German gunfire 70 years ago today, in the invasion of Normandy. Each year, as we commemorate D-Day fewer and fewer of the participants are with us. The youngest D-Day veterans are about 90 years old. In a few more years the battles of World War II will, like the battles of earlier wars, be the subject only of history, not living memory. When that day comes, the closest we'll be able to get to the experience of the Normandy invasion will be by examining the artifacts and primary source documents. We are fortunate here in Boston that one of the best places in the world to learn about that great conflict is at the Museum of World War II in Natick. Through August 30  the museum is featuring a special 70  Anni- versary of D-Day exhibit. Their D-Day collections are only rivaled, in artifacts, by the Bayeux Museum in Normandy. They have the only known complete original set of the D-Day invasion plans along with thousands of other archi- val documents, photographs, plans and maps. A substantial part of the holdings are from the original Omaha Beach Museum in ViUeneuve, France, which sold its collection to the Natick museum in 1994, after the 50 th anniversary of D-Day. All of the arti- facts in the special exhibit -- including uni- forms, parachutes, weapons, and much more -- were used on the day of the D-Day invasion. Visiting the museum is a unique experi- ence. In addition to being the most compre- hensive collection of original World War II artifacts anywhere in the world, the exhibi- tion -- nearly 7,000 pieces -- integrates the human, political and military stories. It is an intense experience made more so by the fact most artifacts are rlot behind or under glass. Most can be touched. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. -- George Santayana (1863 - 1952) by Sal Giarratani Rising Medicaid Costs Concern States From California to Maine, states are being con- fronted by their Medicaid costs rising as a result of Obamacare provisions. The debate is on over what can be done about federal law that saddles states with unanticipated expenses. Before President Obama's Affordable Health Care Act expanded Medicaid eligibility, millions who were entitled were not enrolled. These folks are now signing up in huge numbers somewhat because of the publicity surrounding the safety net's expansion by Obama. Red states and Blue states must now use more of their own money to cover this group. In Cali- fornia, Gov. Jerry Brown's state budget projects an additional $1.2 billion in spending on MediCal, the Golden State's version of Medicaid. More than 300,000 enrolled, much more than the state had expected to sign up. Moonbats don't get it. Richard Pan who chairs the California state assembly's health com-mittee stated, "Our policy goal is to get people covered, so in that sense it's a success ... We are going to have to deal with how to support the success." In California like everywhere else, you support higher costs by raising taxes. It is the only revenue in town for liberals. (Continued on Page 15) COMMENTARY Saving Private Abdullah? by Sal Giarratani The release of a soldier held for five years in Afghanistan is always wel- comed but is it welcomed if the price paid is setting free five high-risk Taliban com- manders. Many fear these five guys will just return to a battlefield near American soldiers. Does this trade between us and the Taliban put a price on Americans across the globe? Many agree that the so- called Gitmo Five are on the A-Team and releasing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl means that the five most dangerous Afghans behind bars are now on R & R in Qatar where they can regroup and brush up on Terror Tactics 101. U.S. Senator John McCain who has become somewhat irrelevant on amnesty is right on over this horrible deal. He was a P.O.W. at the Hanoi Hilton for six years and calls the release of these "the hardest of the hard core" jihadists very unsettling. However, even if this was the only concern over this Obama deal, there is more, much more to be concern- ing. How did Sgt. Bergdahl land in enemy hands back on June 30, 2009? Comrades in his unit and platoon denounce him for deserting, citing the lives lost search- ing for him. Most of them think a court martial is required for his war-time action. President Obama is mak- ing this guy a national hero and added "the. U.S. does not ever leave its men and women in uniform behind," but apparently sitting on your hands when it came to the Benghazi attack on Sep- tember 11, 2012 was okay. We watched helplessly in real time as four Americans died at the hands of terror- ists. When Hillary Clinton told Congress that question- ing the events of the 9/11 attack in 2012 was mean- ingless and stated, "What difference does it make (now)?" Well, here's the dif- ference, those four who died in Benghazi were heroes while many are seriously questioning the patriotism of Bergdahl. When asked about the questioning of events sur- rounding what Bergdahl did or did not do under the cover of darkness in the early morning hours five years ago, the Obama White House does a lot of ice skating around any of their answers. Susan Rice of Benghazi Talking Points fame went once again on those Sunday morning political shows claiming we are all glad he is back home after serving his country with honor and distinction. On the same day, Presi- dent Obama shows up at a Rose Garden event with Bergdahl's parents smiling (Continued on Page 2]