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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 22, 2011 NEWS COMMENTARY ... WLat's Wrong with TechnM Training? by Sal Giarratani Our competitive economy too often is measured on obtain- ing a college degree, but nearly 25% of U.S. students do not finish high school. Lots of students on a yearly basis drop- out. They have little interest in academics, but are often quite competent in electronics or auto repair. Hey, I have a bachelor's degree but Joey, the guy who fixes my car makes a mint more than me. My mechanic owns his own business and has five employees working for him. He provides a valu- able service for all of us who need him for our vehicles. However, have you heard? Federal funding for vocational and technical education is at a grave risk. Reportedly, Presi- dent Obama seems set on making it a priority to raise over- all academic standards and college graduation numbers and seems intent at shrinking the existing small amount of fed- eral spending for vocational training in our public high schools. This aid comes mostly in the form of Perkins grants. The Obama Administration proposed a 20 percent reduc- tion in its fiscal 2012 budget for career and technical educa- tion. The only real alternative to public schools for career training are those profit-making technical schools we see on TV commercials, where students spend a lot and end up deep in debt. Ten percent of students in higher education attend such technical schools. Too many students are being left behind. Often these stu- dents are at risk to end up doing low-skill work relying on brawn and not their brains. With the economic downturn upon us, these jobs are the first to go often where pay scales are lower. Our president wants more young people to earn college degrees which he believes leads to more employment and more personal wealth. His goal as stated is to produce the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. However, forgetting technical education is a big mistake as less than a third of all 25 to 29 year olds in America earned at least a bachelor's degree last year. The U.S. educational policy should not forget about tech- nical training. When the president rides in Air Force One, he needs a pilot. When he's riding in his limo, he needs a driver. When the limo doesn't go, he needs a mechanic. U.S. educational policy must consider all aspects of educa- tion in order to prosper, shouldn't it? ATTENTION ATTORNEYS LEI ;AL NOTICES DIVORCE CRIMINAL LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. CInNO GENERAL PRACTICE OF LAW WILLS ESTATE PLANNING TRUSTS PERSONAL INJURY WORKERSCOMP. 617-354-9400 Si Parla Italiano 230 MSGR. O'BRIEN HIGHWAY CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 02141 J-tapp y jlnni00ersanj 58 Sprague Street Hyde Park, Massachusetts 02136 Happy Anniversary Order Sons of Italy in America Grand Lodge of Massachusetts James DiStefano, State President and the State Council I I I I I'1 i' I i ' '1 I i ' The Blessed Martyrs of Compiegne by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari The Martyrs of Compiegne, also known as the Sixteen Blessed Teresian Martyrs of Compiegne were sixteen Carmelite Nuns caught up in the French Revolution. In 1789, the French National Assembly suspended all mo- nastic vows. In 1790 the Revolutionary government ordered a group of Carmelite nuns who lived in a monas- tery in Compiegne to dis- band and their monastery was closed. In 1794, sixteen of the nuns were accused of continuing to live in a reli- gious community; they were arrested on June 22. On July 17, 1794 in the closing days of the Reign of Terror led by Robespierre, the sixteen nuns were guil- lotined at what is today known as Place de la Nation in Paris. The Nuns were buried in a common grave at the Picpus Cemetery, where a single cross today marks the remains of not only the nuns but 1,306 victims of the guillotine representing only a small number of the many who lost their lives during this period. The Carmelites were Madeleine Brideau, Marie Claude Brard, Anne Mary Thouret, Marie Trezelle, Elizabeth Verolot; Marie Croissy, Marie Dufour, Marie Meunier, Marie Hanisset, Rose de Neufville, Annette Pebras, Madeleine Lidoine, The POST-GAZETTE newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each town that we serve. For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZETTE, please call (617) 227-8929; or mail notice to: POST-GAZETTE, P.O. BOX 135, BOSTON, MA 02113 Attn: Legal Notices Angelique Roussel, Anne Piedcourt, Catherine Soiron, Therese Soiron, The mar- tyrdom of the nuns was im- mortalized in the opera Dia- logues des Carmelites by Francois Poulenc. In 1902, Pope Leo XIII de- clared the nuns Venerable, the first step toward canoni- zation. They were later be- atified by Pope Pius X in May 1906. Their feast is cel- ebrated on July 17. Jlapp9 dqnniersanj fro00 Salon International (617) 567-7386 85 Lubec Street East Boston, MA 02128 ? The Elder Service Plan helps older adults stay in our community and live in their own homes, for as long as possible. As a Medicare-approved Program of AIHnclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), we provide the individual care that allows each participant to live with dignity and respect in the place they call home. 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