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Page2 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 5, 2013 >tirDe by Prof. Edmund Nostra Turiel,o A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry...our lineage...our roots. ABRAHAM LINCOLN DATE OF BIRTH: February 12, 1809 PLACE OF BIRTH: Hodgenville, KY DATE OF DEATH: April 15, 1865 PLACE OF DEATH: Petersen House, Washington, DC SPOUSE: Mary Ann Todd PRESIDENT: March 4, 1861 - April 15, 1865 Have you ever wondered what people were thinkin' About C.E.O sixteen named Abraham Lincoln; There should be no question, no ifs ands or buts, About the number of people, who hated his guts. In Europe and in our South things could not have been worse, He was immediately treated as the world's greatest curse; All social problems during his present and past, Were dumped upon Lincoln and they held him fast. venty four major "battles, four miserable years, A half million killed, still can't count the tears; These were the fruits of our great Civil War, And what they held Lincoln responsible for. After all that's been written and all that's been said, Poor Abraham Lincoln still ended up dead; For a most realistic statue you will ever see, Just visit his memorial in our Washington D.C. One day Mary Ann Todd from lexington, Kentucky, Met honest Abe Lincoln and then she got lucky; They became engaged and set the big date, But he forgot to show up and she had a long wait. They decided to give it another go, And this time he made it his duty show; She was lively, intelligent and her temper was quick, There are some who have said the White House made her sick. She became what we now call an old penny pincher, And when Abe was shot that was the big clincher; She sold all her garments and even her shoes, And that's when the newspapers exploited the news. To all friends and relations their advice seemed in vain, A Chicago court, then ajudged her insane; After four months in rehab she changed her strange ways, And resided abroad for the rest of her days. The Rental Registration & Inspection Program requires the annual registration daft private rental units and the inspection for all non-exempt rental units to be conducted every five years.This year the registration period begins on May 1, 2013 and ends on August 1,2013. The initial registration fee is $25/unit. Failure to register will result in fines and further enforcement actions. Benefits: Educate owners on State and local housing codes. ii Pr0vides owners with a written record 0[the conditions of the property. Res Publica by David Tntmbull IRS Political Witch-hunt Directed at Tea Party Groups Only In a letter to Representa- tive Sander M. Levin, rank- ing Democrat on the United States House of Representa- tives Committee on Ways and Means, the Treasury Department Inspector Gen- eral for Tax Administration ("TIGTA") refutes Demo- crats' allegation that "pro- gressive" groups were also inappropriately targeted by DONT TREAD ON ME the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") and that the invasive investigation of groups was not directed at "Tea Party" groups solely. The letter, TIGTA concludes: In its audit, TIGTA "reviewed all cases the IRS identified as potential political cases and did not limit our audit to allegations related to the Tea Party." From that review, TIGTA did not find evi- dence that the "progressives" criteria were used by the IRS to select potential political cases during the 2010-2012 timeframe. The letter goes on to note, "we found no indication in any of these other materials that 'Progressives' was a term used to refer cases for scru- tiny for political campaign intervention." However, TIGTA reaffirms Tea Party groups were spe- cifically targeted by the IRS, noting, "Our audit found that 100 percent of the tax- exempt applications with Tea Party, Patri- ots, or 9/12 in their names were processed as potential political cases ..." The letter is available on the Ways and Means Committee website at http:// way sandmeans, / uploadedfiles / tigta_final_response to_rep._levin_6.26.13.pdf So, all those stories in the mainstream media claiming that liberal groups under- went IRS scrutiny too, not just conserva- tives? Lies. Just more lies. Just more of the standard fare from the mainstream media. Mayor Menino Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from EPA Mayor Thomas M. Menino was recognized today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency New England Region with an Envi- ronmental Merit Award for Lifetime Achieve- ment. The Mayor is receiving this award in recognition of over 20 years of leadership that has established Boston as a national leader in urban sustainability. "We have made significant progress in sustainability and climate action in Boston only because we have a shared vision and we have all worked together," Mayor Menino said. "I am honored to receive this award; however it really belongs to the entire City of Boston, for I couldn't have done it with- out the support and efforts of all of the resi- dents and businesses that are committed to making Boston one of the greenest cities in the world." The Merit Awards recognize valuable contributions to environmental awareness and problem solving and are a unique way for EPA to recognize individuals and groups that are making significant impacts on environmental quality in distinct ways. "To be recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency with an environmental lifetime achievement award speaks highly of Mayor Menino's leadership," said Brian Swett, Chief of Environment and Energy. "This award recognizes the Mayor's success in pushing the boundaries in what can be achieved to address climate change while leveraging sustainability to create a better environment that also drives economic development." Awarded since 1970, the EPA New England Merit Awards honor individuals and groups who have shown particular ingenuity and commitment in their efforts to preserve the region's environment. Awards were given in the following categories: individual; busi- ness; local, state or federal government and environmental, community, academia or nonprofit organization. Boston Ward 3 The Ward Three Democratic Committee will host a Candidates Night and Endorsement Meeting for Boston City Council candidates at the Nazzaro Community Center, (30 North Bennet Street) on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 6:OOPM. All candidates running in the At-Large (City Wide), District 1 (North End, Charlestown, East Boston) and Demoat District 2 (Chinatown, Leather District and South Boston) races have been invited to attend. Candidates will be given time to make a brief presentation followed by questions from the committee members and audience. The Committee may vote that night to endorse candidates for their respective offices. The field will narrow to eight At-Large contenders and two candidates from each of the District Council races during the preliminary election scheduled for Tuesday, September 24, 2013. Boston residents will choose a new Mayor, four At-large City Councilors and one District Councilor in the November General Election. All residents of the ward are welcome to attend. Boston's Ward Three consists of the neighborhoods of the North End, Waterfront, West End, Financial District, Beacon Hill, Downtown, Bullfinch Triangle, South End, Chinatown and Leather District. For more information please contact Ward Chairman Jason A. Aluia at For more information or to registe 9o to, emaih rentalprogram or call 617-635-1010