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POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 1,2014 Page 3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: postgazette@aol.com Website: www.BostonPostGazette.com Subscriptions in the United States $35.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETFE P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnarama Phyllis F. Dontmnana 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 118 - No. 31 Friday, August 1,2014 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. GUEST EDITORIAL Is Obama Even Capable of Making a Decision? by Sal Giarratani While still on my vacation in Texas, I woke up Thurs- day, July 17 th to the news that a passenger airplane was shot down over eastern Ukraine either by the pro- Russian rebels or Russia itself. Either way, Russia and Putin appear to be at least indirectly responsible. How did our president react to the news? Apparently, no differently than his reaction to the news that Israeli Defense Forces had begun its ground war into the Gaza Strip to take out terror tunnels endangering the Israeli people. What way is that way, you ask? The president earlier in the morning with two big stories out there in public view kept his appointment at a previously scheduled photo-op at a Delaware bridge. He did mention the plane crash by saying, "It looks like there may be a tragedy." Looks like maybe a tragedy? A plane is down and 295 people are dead, doesn't this classify as a tragedy no matter the circumstances? Recently, Speaker John Boehner -- who I personally don't like --had it right when he asked rhetorically "does this president make any decisions?" We need presidents to make tough decisions because that is the job of the occupant inside the White House. That is why we call him Commander in Chief. Meanwhile, back here at home, thousands keep pour- ing across our broken borders and we have Democrats like Harry Reid saying our borders are secure. Maybe, in his fantasy world but the facts speak so clearly to most of us. The borders are a joke and we have a crisis that needs stopping. Where is our president? Governor Rick Perry urged the president to send the National Guard to the southern border in Texas. The president said, it was an option but would not commit. what will be the president's answer is uncertain. Some of his critics whose numbers grow larger daily believe he simply would grant amnesty to all and hope the issue dies. If he said that, even Democrats would go wild over that notion. We need a president who can make decisions in real time rather than a president who loves photo ops in Delaware followed closely by fundraisers in New York. Is President 0bama'tlie worst president since World War II? I wonder if he is the worst president in history! LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to" Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 i The opinions expressed by our columnists and contributors are not necessarily the same as these of The Postzette, its publisher or editor. Photo submis sions are accepted by the Post-Gazette provided they are clear, original photos, There is a $5 charge for each photo submitted. Photos can be submitted via e-mail: postgazette@aol.com. If you want your photos returned, include a seU - addressed, stamped emwl. Fr. Claude Scrima Celebrates 80 th Birthday Fr. Claude surrounded by family members. This past Saturday, July 26 th, Father Claude Scrima celebrated his 80 th birthday with a Mass of Thanksgiving at Saint Leonard's Church followed by a reception in the Church Hall. Fr. Claude was ordained a Franciscan Priest in 1961. He spent his early years teaching in high schools and then moved on to chaplaincy. All of his family was in attendance as well as many friends. He is greatly appreciated by the resi- dents of the North End for his excellent service as priest. Fr. Claude was very grateful and gave a big smile all throughout the evening. Max and Lexi Howard greeted Fr. Claude with handmade birthday cards. Ft. Claude with many of his friends of the clergy. (Photos by Rosar/o Scabin, Ross Photography) Christoforo 's College Classmates There were 21 of us who graduated Bos- ton State in 1960, after 4 years of attending all of our classes together in their indus- trial arts program. We started out our ca- reers as shop teachers and then branched out into many other professions. Some of the guys are now gone and only six were able to attend an impromptu luncheon last week. Many live too far away to have been able to join us and. some are in no condition to travel. Of the entire group, only 3 of us are still working, Dr. John Hurley, Paul Ciccarelli and yours truly. Dr. Hurley holds the chair of the psychol- ogy department at Stonehill College and has a private practice at Mass General Hospi- tal. Paul Ciccarelli is the CEO of Bisbee/ Porcella Funeral Homes. I teach at two colleges and pen my column for this paper every week. John Christoforo and Paul Ciccarelli Dr. Renato "Ray" Civili, originally from the North End is retired as are Paul Riley and Paul Hogan. Pictured are the 6 members of my gradu- ating class of 1960, who were able to attend the luncheon. Dr. Renato "Ray" Civili and Paul Riley Paul Hogan and Dr. John Hurley