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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 22,2011 Stir00 by Prof..... Edmund Turiell._. o Nostra Aweeklycolumnhighlightingsome of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. Marcus Salvius Otho, the seventh emperor of Rome was also the eighth Caesar. He was born on April 23, 32 A.D. and during his early childhood was so wild and unruly that his father often had to discipline him by flog- ging. Later in his adult years he pretended love for an older but influential woman in the court of Nero and used her to worm his way into the emperor's good graces. It is said that either because of similarities in character or immoral interests, Otho became a favorite of Nero and this contact helped him to keep informed on all of the imperial plans and secrets. Their closeness was such that Nero and Otho even shared the same mistress who was named Poppaea Sabina. She had been sepa- rated from her husband and was living with the emperor. For some unexplained rea- son she was turned over to Otho who seduced her, arranged a fake marriage, and shortly thereafter they fell deeply in love. Otho then refused to let Nero or his messengers near her, even when the emperor stood at Otho's front door, demanding the return of his mistress, the door was slammed in his face. The crafty Nero then annulled the marriage which he thought to be genuine, appointed Otho to the office of Governor of 00Happ!: I 00lnnitversanj CARLO BASILE STATE REPRESENTATIVE 1sT SUFFOLK DISTRICT OTHO Lusitania {present Portugal), and recovered the mistress. Poppaea Sabina is the woman that was kicked to death by Nero at a later time because she complained about the emperor spending too much time at the chariot races. Otho performed his ap- pointed task with remark- able moderation and integ- rity for about ten years. During the final months of Nero's reign Galba appeared to be the people's choice as a successor, and Otho chose the opportunity for revenge by supporting the cause of Galba. Otho gave gifts of money to many soldiers, missed no opportunity to flat- ter or shower his attention on dignitaries, and when Galba ascended the throne, considered himself to be the prime candidate for adoption by the new emperor. Galba, however, selected a man named Piso. There were at least seventeen men named Piso who had attained vary- ing degrees of fame during ancient times. This unfor- tunate heir to the Roman Empire was named Piso Liciuianus and enjoyed his heirdom for only four years while Otho induced the Praetorian Guard to rise against Galba and to assas- sinate him. Shortly after Galba's death, Otho entered the Senate and briefly explained what Cong00atueations and 00est "Wishes Congressman MIKE CAPUANO had happened, but declared that he had been carried off by the soldiers and forced to accept the rule. Strangely enough, once he had estab- lished himself on the throne, he repaired and re- set many of Nero's damaged statues, reinstated many of that emperor's administra- tors, and appropriated about two and one half million dol- lars for repairs or renova- tions of Nero's Golden House. About the time that all of this was happening, the Roman legions that were in Germany swore their alle- giance to Vitellius. As soon as this news reached Otho he persuaded the Senate to send a delegation to inform Vitellius that an emperor had already been selected and to negotiate a peaceful settlement. It soon became clear that Vitellius would have no part of Otho, and marched his legions toward Rome. With characteristic rashness Otho decided to engage the forces of Vitel- lius in a decisive battle as soon as possible and was victorious in three minor clashes. Finally, as peace talks were about to begin, Otho's defenders were treacherously attacked and defeated, and this is when he decided to take his own life in order to avoid further bloodshed. After exchanging good- byes with relatives and burn- ing personal papers Otho put a dagger under his pillow and slept soundly that evening. At daybreak he stabbed him- self under the left breast and was dead at the age of thirty- eight, after only ninety-five days of reign. Otho was {Continued on Page i0} DIAMONDS ROLX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jim (617) 263-7766 Jewelers Exchange Building EAST BOSTON SOCIAL CWNTERS John F. Kelly, Executive Director Res Publica by David 7Yumbull "Free" Trade Deals are Bad for Massachusetts by Steven d. D'Amico, guest columnist, filling in for David TrumbuU Even after losing 682,000 jobs to NAFTA, and 2.4 mil- lion to China, Washington continues in its blind faith that somehow these trade deals are good for us. This summer Congress is ex- pected to take up three new trade deals -- with Korea, Panama and Colombia. These trade pacts, like those before them, are bad for American workers, bad for our domestic economy and bad for democracy. Let's look at the impact on just one industry -- textiles. In recent years Korea has carefully targeted $21 billion in government subsidies in order to capture a larger share of the technical tex- tile industry, which supplies high-tech fibers for areas like aerospace and health care. This is an industry still dominated by U.S. manufac- tures. The trade deal would immediately remove tariffs for Korean imports entering the U.S. but would gradually phase out tariffs on U.S. goods entering Korea over five years. This will create an immediate 15% competi- tive advantage for most Korean textiles and other products. How many American jobs will be lost? According to the National Textile Associa- tion, 40,000 in textile and related industries alone. In all, according to the Eco- nomic Policy Institute, the pending Korea and Colom- bian trade deals are likely to cost us 214,000 jobs. These unfair trade deals undermine our democracy in other significant ways. They empower foreign cor- porations to haul us before a secret trade tribunal when- ever they think a law or regulation makes it harder for them to do business here. These "investor state en- forcement" provisions have been used to attack public interest laws ranging from gambling regulation to ground water protection. A recent World Trade Orga- nization ruling means we might soon lose the right to know where our food comes from -- they ruled against our country of origin label- ing law -- claiming it gave U.S. food producers an unfair advantage. If the ruling stands, you won't know whether the scallops at your local market come from Georges Bank or China. The Economic Policy Insti- tute found that Massachu- setts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island collectively lost 27,300 jobs to NAFTA and another 98,900 to China. Which makes it all the more troubling that our Senators, both John Kerry and Scott Brown, have come out strongly in support of the Korea, Colombia and Panama free trade agreements. Sure they can quote estimates of theoretical job gains to jus- tify their positions. But all of the statistics and studies that were trotted out to jus- tify NAFTA, the WTO and a host of other bad trade deals proved to be wrong. So will these. Had enough? Tell your Congressman and Senator (Continued on Page 14) ConL, nuec/'Conjqraiu/ailbns on Judge Joseph Ferrino & Mrs. Joseph Ferrino and the Bay State Chapter FREEDOMS FOUNDATION Judge Joseph V Ferrino (ret ) John Gillis, President Founder/Exec. Director President Sal LaMattina & Family Boston City Councilor - District 1