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:'.- 7 : -c LJ (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) MASSACHUSETTS I VOL. 115 - NO. 30 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JULY 29, 2011 $.30 A COPY PUBLIC HEARINGS City of Boston's Proposed Non-Radioactive Hazardous Material Route Public Hearings will be held by MassDOT, as the state routing agency, to discuss the 1-93/I-95 Non-Radioactive Hazardous Material through routing designation proposed by the City of Boston. The four hearings are scheduled as follows: BOSTON - Tuesday, August 23, 6:30PM-8:30PM, State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, 2nd Floor, Boston QUINCY - Wednesday, August 24, 6:30PM-8:30PM, Thomas Crane Public Library, 40 Washington St., Quincy WAILTttAM - Tuesday, August 30, 6:30PM-8:30PM, Clark Government Center, Main Auditorium, 119 School St., Waltham STONEHAM - Thursday, September I, 6:30PM-8:30PM, Stoneham Town Hall Auditorium, 35 Central St., Stoneham The purpose of these hearings is to provide the public with the opportunity to provide testimony and comments regarding the City of Boston's routing analysis and ~roposed Non-Radioactive Hazardous Material through routing des- ignation along 1-93/I-95. All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maxi- mum extent possible. MassDOT and City of Boston rePre- sentatives will be present to discuss the proposedr6ute and answer questions. Additional information, including the City of Boston routing evaluation, is available on the MassDOT website, way / hazmat_s tudy. aspx. Under the proposed :-ou~i~g dcsig~i&t~oii, the CiLv ol Boa ton would prohibit the use of City streets for the "through" transportation of Non-Radioactive Hazardous Material where there is neither a point of origin nor destination within the (Continued on Page 15) : : Perry Supporters Testin the Water? Governor Rick Perry may not be running for president yet but his Texas supporters are out there in various places that are important for Campaign 2012 in early nominating states. Reportedly; the governor continues to think about a potential 2012 run. He has operatives reportedly on the ground in South Carolina, where a GOP primary is scheduled to be held right after the Iowa caucuses and the first-in- the-nation New Hampshire primary. To date, the Republican candidates for presi- dent have yet to inspire major donors from mak- ing major campaign funding contributions. The crowd as far as the money people or campaign operatives still appears weak. Former Governor Mitt Romney is the perceived front runner, but even he's not generating the kind of support nec- essary to take on President Obama. Texas Governor Rick Perry is both a GOP establishment and Tea Party candidate. He is riding that thin line like a great cowboy on a bronco. He, in my estimation, is the biggest threat to Romney or even Michele Bachmann. Time will see whether the G0P is ready for another Texan, eh? !iii!iii!iiiiii!i!ili i!i!i!i!i!i!ii:i!!i :i:i'i:ii%:i Why I Don't Watch MSNBC "We don't have a tax problem, we have a rev- enue problem. We've told American workers they're not valuable anymore, that it's better to (Continued on Page 15) Mayor Menino Celebrates 21st Anniversary of Commission for Persons with Disabilities Advances Work to Improve Access for All The event was the first ADA celebration hosted by the City of Boston. "The City of Boston is di- verse in many ways and wel- comes people of all abilities," Mayor Thomas M. Menino said. "Over the past several years, we have taken great steps towards making Bos- ton a friendlier city for all of our residents and visitors. While I recognize how far we still have to go, today pro- Mayor Menino presented a vides a great opportunity for proclamation to Ken Myer, families to come and cel- a Disability Commission ebrate how far we've come staff member who is blind over the past 21 years." Ken be inducted into Disabilities Commissioner the Broadc ,s Hall of Kristen McCosh, appointed Fan)e in September. in Octob:e~ 2.010, has been ~ th " - On Tuesday;: luly: 26 ,i - :' .... 2011, Mayor ~jaomas M. Menino joined t~ Commis-.> ': sion for eersot ;{ ifh D s- abilities arrff " l tef " of i~ostons disabled conlllltl- nity on City Hall Plaza to cel- ebrate the 2 1st anniversary of the Americans with Dis- abilities Act. The Disabili- ties Commission, created by Mayor Menino in 1995 as part of the Office of Civil Rights, is dedicated to pro- moting inclusion for indi- viduals with disabilities in Boston in every facet of life. working to make the Com- mission more collaborative and interactive, within the neighborhoods and in City Hall. An active Disability Ad- visory Board was estab- lished, consisting of nine residents who serve as the eyes and ears of the neigh- borhoods. The Disabilities Commission also hosted a reception this past spring for residents, advocates and dis- ability agencies to gather input and ideas on how to improve accessibility and in- clusion priorities in Boston. Over the past two years the City of Boston has aggres- (Continued on Page 13) DEBT CEILING MASK DEBT ISSUE by Sal Giarratani spoken on national TV twice in recent days. The president blames resistant Republi- cans and the Tea party Cau- cus On Capitol Hill for the cri- sis. As much as Obama moves his jaw at these na- tional addresses, the more I understand him. Twice now, as ! listened to the words of Boehner shortly after the president left the podium, I agreed with Boehner. In reality the "spending cuts" are really nothing but capping additional spending to address the ongoing debt now in the trillions. What the president foals to address is the issue that forty cents of every dollar spent by Washington is borrowed. How Recently; the debt ceiling debate is front and center. However, the average per- son isn't obsessing over it. This is a Beltway crisis. Americans have lots more to worry about, like those con- sistent high unemployment numbers that remain steady around 9 percent. Did you know that'-unemployment hits several groups such as Blacks and Latinos, espe- cially young people who have all but given up to this job- less fate? Meanwhile, the ehronieany unemployed re- main white males. One in five of them have lost their jobs with no new leads out there. Getting back to the debt ceiling issue, we talk about long can we keep doing that trillions like it's a gallon of without breaking the bank? milk. No sense of real Actually, the bank broke urgency from most of us. years ago, especially for Both President Obama and Social Security when the Speaker John Boehner have outflow of funds outnum- bered the money coming in from payroll checks. I still have a good laugh thinking back to Al Gore in 2000 when he talked about the locked box for Social Se- curity funds. Seems going back to at least 1989. and probably nearly two decades previously, the box lost its lock. It quite possibly has more dust than anything of value within it. Boehner is hoping leaders in both Houses up on Capitol Hill can avert this looming August 2"d crisis. It is unfair to throw all the blame onto Republicans and Tea Party folks elected last fall on cry- ating a smaller government. Instead of bIasting them, we should be applauding them for doing what they said aey would do when they were on the 2010 campaign trail. (Continued on Page 14) THE POST-GAZEI"rE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from I0:00 AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from II.