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Page 14 r , - " " - " , " " .- .... 'POST:GAZETTE; oi3- "-+ WROM NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER P LICATIONS) Compiled by Orazio Z. Buttafuoco FISCAL POLICY IN ITALY: HOW ITALIANS ARE TAXED! The Italian middle-class lives on average, on 19,250 euro a year (or about $25,500). One of two taxpayers (49%) makes less than 15,000 euro (a year), while 1/3 makes just less than 10,000 euro (a year). This data comes from the Revenue Department of the Ministry of the Economy, which are based on the income tax returns of the past year (2012). The data certainly projects a dismal picture of a country where most people live on incomes close to the poverty level. We find also that 90% of Italians declare an income under 35,000 euros a year and about 1% declare an income above 100,000 euro. The very rich ones or 0.07% of the popula- tion declare an income above 300,000 euro; they number 30,590 taxpayers on a total of 41 million taxpayers. Is there any wonder why the Fiscal Police continues to uncover so many tax evaders? Then there is the income tax returns filed in the North and in the South. The level of revenues proves, once again, why the North continues to prosper 'in wealth' and the South continues to languish in poverty. Based on data provided by the Revenue Services, in the northern Lombardia Region, the richest in Italy, the aver- age middle-class has an average income of 22,710 euro (a year), while the poorest region in the South, Calabria, scores the lowest income level: 13,970 euro. However, based on data provided (by the Revenue Service) the taxpayer in the South pays higher taxes on average than the one in the North. A citizen in the South paid, in 2012, 295 euro per capita against 385 euro in the Center of Italy and 410 in the North. When we compare the overall revenues between the three major areas (Northl Center and South) the taxation is higher in the South when we compare the revenues: 1.74% in the South, 1.34% in the Center and 1.36% in the North. That's why the South pays more taxes than other areas. DIVORCE: BERLUSCONI STYLE] The former Prime Min- ister of Italy is still smarting about writing a 3-million euro check a month to his former wife, Veronica Lario, as decided by the Court in Milan after their separation. Berlusconi often comments over the large amount he must mail to his ex wife monthly, who is "forced" to spend every day the incredible sum of I00,000 euro a day, she claims she needst The former Prime Minister recently stated that he is becoming a pauper since the end of 2012, making his former wife one of the richest divorced wife in Italy. Now his lawyers are trying to lessen the financial impact by asking the court to lower the amount. Of course, Berlusconi continues to charge the Milanese judges of discriminating against him, saying they are persecuting him incessantly. But he doesn't say how his holdings have increased so much over his tenures as Prime Minister, since 1993, when he entered politics. Berlusconi's hypocritical 'persona' has manifested itself once again, fullyt Owned and operated by Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher, Post-Gazette News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) President Obama from the White House, if that would be okay too. Kerry was forced to eat crow calling on all sides to work together toward an ending of this crisis. Kerry obviously must have thrown his common sense over the Pentagon walls years ago along with some- one else's draft card, huh? Congress Says No to Obamacare? Up on Capitol Hill, Demo- crats and Republicans ap- parently found commonality in all the wrong places. Apparently when it comes to them whether liberal or conservative, they reportedly have decided to exempt themselves from Obamacare and that goes for their staffs too ... Add on to this insult the fact that the public union representing IRa workers also wants exemption from Obamacare too. Isn't the IRS, the outfit mandated to enforce Obamacare on the rest of us? Why isn't everyone re- quired to be in the same kettle of wax? Why does Congress get the right to stay out of this great afford- able health care reform? Family Values Fight Poverty Recently on his weeknight show on Fox, Bill O'Reilly did one of his segments on fight- ing poverty in America and he tied it into the need for strong family values to over- come poverty. He also made it one of his recent commen- taries in the Boston Herald too. In short, in order to have a chance at breaking up the poverty hold on so many American families, we need to address the fact that so many families are dys- functional. The out-of-wed- lock birth rates for African Americans is almost 73 per- cent. For Latinos, it is 53 percent. For white Ameri- cans, the rate is 29 percent. Add to these facts, said O'Reilly, is the fact that too many children are growing up in homes without fathers. You just can't keep throwing money at this problem. Gov- ernment loves doing just that. The answers to this dys- function can't be found over- night because it took a long time getting to where we are right now. It may take generations to get things back in order. We have to start back on the road to recovery sooner rather than later. There is a mindset to conquer. We didn't get here overnight. We won't get out of this mess overnight either. The Feast of the Three Saints (Continued from Page 8) statues then niove through the streets in exactly the same route that they have for the past 90 years. The Society of St. Alfio, Filidelfo and Cirino, which organizes the Feast traces its history back to the turn of the 20th century when thousands of Italian immi- grants from Sicily flocked to Lawrence's textile mills in search of "a better life." What they found instead was mis- ery ~with a 56 hour work week for which they were paid some $9 a week. Surviving on a diet of bread, molasses and beans the mortality rate for children was 50% by the age of six, and 36 out of every 100 of the adult men and women wh'o worked in the mills were dead by the time they reached 35. Squalid liv- ing conditions consisted of crowded apartments shared by several families who slept in shifts. When the state passed a law limiting work down from 56 to 54 hours a week, the mill owners sped up the wheels of production to in- sure the same quantity of output while cutting the wages of workers by two hours. Taken together, the long hours, the dangerous conditions of the mills and LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts Th6 Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI13D2866DR DIVORCE SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION AND MAILING LYZA B. HEGARTY a/Ida LYZA B. BAYARD VS MICHAEL R. HEGARTY To the Defendant: The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for cruel & abusive treatment. The Complaint is on file at the Court. An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411. You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon: Edward Francis Dombroski, Jr., Esquire, Travers/Dombroski PC, 75 Federal Street, Boston, MA 02110-1913 your answer, if any, on or before September 12, 2013. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hear- ing and adjudication of this action, You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court. WITNESS, HON. PETER C. DiGANGI, First Justice of this Court. Date: August 1, 2013 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 8/9/13 the inhumane living envi- ronment led to the famous Lawrence textile strike in 1912 that history still remembers as "Bread and Roses." Well before the state en- acted social Security legisla- tion of any kind, the Sicil- ian men of the Holy Rosary Church formed a Mutual Benefit Society in honor of their beloved patron saints Alfio, Filidelfo and Cirino. By putting together money out of their own meager sala- ries, the Society provided financial assistance to fami- lies when a mill worker .fell :sick, became injured or faced some perilous situation. Even today, the money collected over the three day Feast is distrib- uted to orphanages, to the needy, to local charities and to scholarships. In Sicily, the Feast of the Three Saints which is held there on May 10m goes back for centuries in memory of Saints Alfio, Filidelfo and Cirino. The three saints were brothers of noble fam- ily heritage who were bru- tally martyred by the pagan governor Tertullus in the third century rather than renounce Christ. The first Feast of the Three Saints in Lawrence was held in 1923 when the life-sized statues of the three martyrs were carried from out of the Holy Rosary Church and through the city's old Italian neighborhood. That old Italian neighborhood, however, is now occupied by Hispanics who easily iden- tify with the struggles that those early Sicilian immi- grants endured. The Feast formally opens on Friday evening, August 30th at 6:30 pm at City Hall where the 160 members of the Society march to the Holy Rosary Church to venerate the Three Saints. Mean- while, Common Street, ad- jacent to the Holy Rosary Church of Corpus Christ parish, is the setting for a wide variety of family enter- tainment including a variety of both modern and Italian music, family games and, of course, food. Saturday evening activities also in- cludes a torch lit march and fireworks. The annual Feast of the Three Saints serves as a reminder of the importance of faith as a source of strength through difficult times. Today, while much of Lawrence's Italian popula- tion has moved away from the city, the Feast of the Three Saints has become an important and sentimental occasion for renewal that draws them 'home' to their former parish, to unwaver- ing friendships and to endur- ing memories. The public is invited to attend. 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