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T THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS TTE (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 115 - NO. 32 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, AUGUST 12, 2011 $.30 A COPY BAN HAZMAT TRUCKS from the North End~Waterfront & Downtown Boston by Matt Conti North End~Waterfront HazMat Task Force Member, NorthEndWaterfront.com, Editor Gasoline Tanktr Accident, July 23, 2011, Route 1 Saugus. With the fiery images still fresh in our minds of the deadly gasoline' tanker ex- plosion In Sau~ua, now i~ the time for all Boston resi- dents and businesses to get on the record regarding the travel of these dangerous trucks through our neighbor- hood streets. The State Transportation Authority, MassDOT, has initiated a public comment and hearing process regard- hag the proposed ban of pass- through hazardous mater- ial (hazmat) trucks from downtown Boston. Thi~ i~ especially important for the residential and business community of the North End/ Waterfront area, which is currently a designated pass- through route for hazmat trucks. Pass-through haz- mat trucks are not doing (Continued on Page 12) If You Wanna Be a Leader, You ... On July~2"d, President Obama spoke to the nation about the debt ceiling debate shortly after the House Speaker walked out of a meeting with him. Fuming, the president ran for a microphone in a bad state of mind. His address looked like a Saturday Night Live skit. At one point, he said in reference to the Speaker, "If you want to be a leader, you have to lead." Too bad he never fol- lows that advice himself. Has the president ever proposed his own debt reduction plan in order to raise the debt ceiling? He hasn't. He gives speeches but not plans that can be analyzed. The House Republicans have offered a number of real plans. Senate Democrats finally got around to actually coming up with their plan. However, over at the White House not one plan has ever been put forward. Our president sits back like King Henry VIII and complains about others but never lifts a finger himself. (Continued on Page 15) St. Agrippina's Feast was held on Friday, August 5th through Sunday, August 7th, 2011 on Hanover Street, North End, Boston. The feast drew large crowds as the Saint was paraded through the streets. Another~great festivity was held in the North End. (Photo by Rosar/o Scabin, Ross Photography) Enough Talk Mr. President: Try Something Different by Herman Cain Immediately following the debt ceiling debacle, the WhRe House announced that the president will take a three-day bus tour through the Midwest to hear people's concerns about the economy and talk about measures to boost economic growth and job creation. Is President Obama that out of touch? Our national debt has now surpassed the Gross Domes- tic Product (GDP), because the national debt has grown faster than the anemic GDP growth rate. The unemploy- ment rate was just reported for the month of July at 9 percent, which is the 30m consecutive month exceed- ing the promised-to-not- exceed 8 percent rate. The agonizing debt ceiling deal did not prevent the S&P rat- ing agency from downgrading our nation's credit rating. Businesses are going bust, and some families are broke. This is beyond concern. These are crises screaming for solutions. After the president's tour, we will get another speech. He will once again promise his laser-like focus on eco- nomic growth and job cre- speech many times before only to get the same results. More talk, talk, talk. I have been traveling the country and listening to people for the last year, and I can tell you their con- cerns and fears. Namely, the economy is stuck in neutral and the president's policies of spend, spend, spend are not working. Since the president has not put forth any new ideas to boost eco- nomic growth and job cre- ation, people also know that nothing is going to change simply because he is going to do another tour and give some more speeches. Mr. President, speeches do not fuel the economic en- gine of this economy, which is the business sector. And speeches are not going to reduce the latest unemploy- ment rate of 9.1 percent, nor will they ease the pain of the nearly 15 million people who can't find jobs because your administration wants to raise taxes and continue your regulatory onslaught on American businesses. Mr. President, your fail- ure to listen to the right people is not only weaken- ing our economy, it's per- paying rent and buying tires for friends and fam- ily because this economy is underperforming when it does not have to do so. This economy has plenty of pent- up economic growth if taxes and regulations would just get out of the way and the uncertainty that's holding this economy down is re- moved. You have the power to do that. We don't. A few weeks ago I shared in these commentaries my Economic Vision for America, parts 1, 2 and 3, if I were president. You do not have enough time left in your presidency to implement all of it, but you could get some of.it passed by Congress to at least have an economic legacy of having tried to do the right thing. The stock market will sur- vive last week's big decline. It's resilient, and millions of people are not going to go without food and shelter because of the decline. The downgrading of the nation's debt rating by one of the major rating agencies is not good, but we can survive. But people cannot survive without a job. Businesses ation. We have heard this sonal. I am out of patience (Continued on Page 13)