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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 22, 2012 NEWS BRIEFS a,RoM rrAUAN NEWSPAPERS AND OTHERPUBLICATIONS) Compiled by Orazio Z. Buttafuoco THE PRIVILEGES OF THE ITALIAN CASTE ... We have discussed in recent past the scandalous benefits, free services, and free flights the members of the Italian Parliament enjoy. It has come to our attention recently that all the members of the national legislature, more than 945, continue to enjoy, unlike the taxpayers: a very low interest mortgage. Whenever a member of either branch of the Parliament applies for a mortgage, the bank's interest rate (usually the Bank of Italy) is only 3.45%, for the Senators, and 4.55% for the members of the Chamber's Deputies. It's interesting to note that during the Berlusconi's tenure the interest rate charged to the mem- bers of the Chamber was even lower: 4.27%. Furthermore, the process to get the mortgage, to a Parliamentarian, cost only 150 euro, as opposed to the rate the bank charges to an outsider a minimum of 600 euro and as much as 2,500 euro. Now if you wonder why Italy's economy is in shambles you need to look only at the shenanigans of the 'profes- sional' politicians who learn fast the ropes of practical poli- tics and become quite groomed in the 'art' of profiteering. For the good of the country things seem to be changing now. In the first 100 days of Monti's administration all 700 so-called experts and consultants of both branches of the Parliament have been fired, with a net saving of over 24 million euro, at least, perhaps even more. Gone are the days when all kinds of 'imbroglio' were tolerated, even encouraged by the former Premier Berlusconi. THE EXPERIMENTAL ADVANCES IN THE TECHNOLOGY OF TRANSPLANTATIONS ... It seems that experiments to create organs from stem cells have accelerated of late. The reason may be the lack of organ donors not only in the U.S. but also in other parts of the world. The list of patients waiting for donors has sharply increased particularly during the past two decades. An Ital- ian doctor, Paolo Macchiarini, who works at the Karolinska Institute of Stockholm, Sweden, is an active researcher on human organs, some of which have already been trans- planted, experimentally, on humans. The secret of organs grown in labs rests on stem cells, the new frontier of medi- cal science. They multiply to repair an organ and regener- ate damaged tissue, on the strength of chemical factors, well calibrated, so that the stem ceils can create a certain tissue. One of the most difficult aspects of biological engi- neering remains the identification of the most appropriate stem cells and the choice of the appropriate method to have them to regrow. Of course, to see an organ grow in a lab takes weeks or months. Several tracheas have been already transplanted on patients, and quite successfully. If the stem cells come from the patients the rejection process will not occur. The studies on the use of the stem cells are multiplying worldwide. We constantly read about new progress in the application of stem cells, especially in the manufacturing of several organs. Greater Boston's Affordabte Private Cemetery Traditional Burial Plot (for 2) Startin at S 1500 T, MICHAEL CEMETERY 500 Conterbury St. 617.524.1036 Boston, MA 0213 ] Serving the Italian community for over 100 years! On Sale Now.* THE NORTH END Where It All Began The Way It Was by Fred Langone SALE PRICE $19.95 Plus Shipping & Handling On Site at The Post-Gazette 5 Prince Street, North End, Boston, MA News Briefs (Continued from Page I) Scott Walker and why 38 per- cent of union households did likewise. Apparently, he thought all union members should have been like lem- mings following union or- ders. Union members are like everyone else, strug- gling to survive and barely making it as it is. The back- lash has arrived. Big Labor airlifted paratroopers onto the ground in what was sup- posed to be an easy victory but the other guys won the battle. Unions lost a lot of credibility here in the state where the U.S. Labor Move- ment had its birth. This is a blue state that voted red this time around. I saw a full page advertisement in the June 7 NY Times for some- thing called the ERA. The ad which shows a scream- ing head of one of Big Labor's biggest leaders Richard Trumka who looked more like Sgt. Schultz than Sgt. Shultz on MSNBC. The ad sponsored by " employeereformact.corrL" You can bet they'll be more of these ads circulating around the media in the wake of Wisconsin. Listen I have been an AFSCME member for over 37 years and the way Labor went after Walker stunk to high heaven and it backfired badly. You can't have a "my way or the highway" attitude because it doesn't work any- more. How much money did public sector unions waste on this losing battle? How many man-hours were wasted? How much of our union dues went down the drain for nothing?. Hopefully, Big Labor won't take this road again. When it is us versus them, you better know who us is. Did You Hear About the Teacher in Sudbury? Recently, a 30-year career teacher was reportedly fired in the town of Sudbury for physically breaking up a fight between two of her stu- dents. The town's school committee backed the firing. A few weeks later, another student fight broke out in an art class. One kid picked up a pair of art scissors. What's the teacher to do? She re- portedly called the office to send someone down to break up the fight. Good for her. Teachers in Sudbury got the message right away. Mean- while, parents should be very worried about the safety of their children at school thanks to all these loony lib- erals calling the shots. U.S. Ordered to Say If it Seeks to Execute RI Inmate United States District Court Judge William E. Smith has ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to in- dicate whether it plans to seek the death penalty in the case of an inmate at the center of a tug of war between federal prosecu- tors and Governor Lincoln Chafee. The judge issued the order in the case of Jason Pleau who is accused of killing a gas station man- ager outside a Woonsocket bank in 2010. Pleau has said through his lawyers he is willing to plead guilty in state court and serve a life sentence. Chafee has been fighting for nearly a year to try him in state court since Rhode Island has no death penalty. Chafee had refused to turn him Over until the U.S. Court of Appeals in Bos- ton ruled that Pleau can stand trial in federal court. Chafee and Pleau sought help from the U.S. Supreme Court but were turned down. Rhode Island turned him over to the feds ifi May. All this foolishness is what hap- pens when voters choose to elect a loopy liberal indepen- dent to run Rhode Island. Deal with Student Loan Issue Quickly I just found out that there is over $1 trillion in out- standing student debt in this country and yet Capitol Hill remains AWOL on this is- sue. The partisan gridlock still stands in the way of how to prevent student loan in- terest rates from doubling next month for nearly eight million students. A compro- mise appears needed before the June 30 deadline. If Con- gress doesn't act, interest rates on new loans would double July 1 from 3.4 per- cent to 6.8 percent. It is time for the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner to find a way out of this crisis. I am sure President Obama would like to see this issue settled quickly since part of his 2008 voter base was young voters. Mitt Romney also needs young voters too and this issue, if left un- solved, hurts both parties in the November election. Can You Really Have a 119 Percent Voter Turnout? The night of the Wiscon- sin Recall vote, they an- nounced on the news that turnout in Milwaukee was 119 percent. You could see the anchor taking a double stare. Isn't the most you can get only 100 percent. Isn't that top of the hub? When did Milwaukee get moved to Cook County Chicago? Do you think there was as little voter fraud going on here? It didn't matter though be- cause the voters reaffirmed Gov. Walker's 2010 election to office despite all the union uproar that led to this recall vote. Down in Middleboro A 12-foot tall brick cross erected 53 years ago and bearing the word "Worship" has become the focus of debate as did that fire- fighter's memorial down in Woonsocket, RI over reli- gious displays on public land. It was located on a Route 28 traffic island by the Middle- boro Kiwanis Club in 1959, and is considered a historic, landmark by many in the community. However, it caught the eye of a Boston lawyer passing through town who made a reported big stink about it to Mass DOT. Let's see how this story progresses, huh? Ambassador (Continued from Page 1) (General of Italy in Boston, Giuseppe Pastorelli. "There was a chance to strengthen economic and scientific ties with Italy," said Pastorelli. On Bisogniero's agenda, in fact, were meetings with members of the academic world and various business leaders, especially in the clean energy and biotech sectors. The Ambassador also put particular emphasis on the promotion of the Italian lan- guage in the United States. "It is a high priority endeavor for the embassy and for me as Ambassador," he said. "Our target is to achieve 2,500 exams of AP Italian by 2016. We are on track to achieving that. Today, we have more than 2,000 stu- dents taking the exam." All of this would not be pos- sible without the contribu- tion of the community, Bisogniero said. "The Italian and Italian American com- munity is a fundamental support for the efforts of the Italian embassy," he said. One of the biggest and most visible efforts that the em- bassy will soon undertake is the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, which will fill most of 2013 with many Italian-related events. "We are organizing a series of initiatives, exhibitions, seminars, conferences and concerts, all around the United States throughout the year," said Bisogniero. "Italy has an outstanding cultural tradition. We should be proud of our heritage, and we will showcase our cul- ture next year." "It is important that the Italian and Italian American community remain united in strengthening the visibil- ity and recognition for what Italy represents globally," Bisogniero said during his speech at the Dante. "Italy is a close ally to the United States. We operate side by side with the United States in the most challenging in- ternational security situa- tions and we feel that we are deeply respected because of these efforts." On the local level, the Ambassador praised the work done so far by the Italian Consulate in Boston. "A special greeting to the Consul General of Italy, Giuseppe Pastorelli, for the outstanding job he is do- ing," said Bisogniero. In closing, Ambassador Bisogniero once again thanked everyone for their efforts and contributions. "Your help, your support, is fundamental," he said. Bisogniero recalled the suc- cess of Italianissimo!, the fundraising event held by the Consulate General in Boston on June I, thanking all those who participated and made the event possible. "These initiatives are im- portant because they unite all the different components of the Italian presence in Boston and Massachusetts. You have a lot to be proud of already, and we are going to make sure that the efforts behind the initiatives of next year and of the years to come will have that pride in our great country, in our great history and our great culture. Viva l'Italia!"