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Page2 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 12, 2011 Stirpe Nostra by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage .. : our roots. 1 VESPASIAN THE RESTORER Titus Flavius Sabinus Vespasianus, better known as Vespasian, was born in the Sabine country on November 17, 9 A.D. He mar- ried Flavia Domitilla and they had two sons that were named Titus and Domitian, who in turn served as em- perors. Vespasian saw duty in a military capacity in the Roman provinces of Europe, Asia and Africa. He was very poor while serving as a mili- tary commander and at one time was suspected of ac- quiring money by dishonor- able means; however, he had a great military reputa- tion and was well liked by the soldiers. During the reign of Claudius, Vespasian was placed in command of a Roman legion that went through Germany and Brit- ain, fought thirty battles, and reduced those two pow- erful nations to Subjection. While on a tour of Greece as one of Nero's compan- ions, Vespasian often of- fended that emperor by walking out while he was singing, or if he stayed through to the bitter end, would fall asleep. Nero sent Vespasian to conduct the war against Palestine in 66 A.D. and he remained there until after the death of Nero and Galba. Vespasian was proclaimed emperor at Alexandria on July 1, 69 A.D. after the war between Otho and VitelIius and was quickly recognized by all of the eastern part of the em- pire. Vespasian became the first Flavian line of emper- ors (three in number) and he was followed by his sons Titus and Domitian. He arrived in Rome late in December of 69 A.D., leaving his son Titus to continue the war in Palestine, and on December 22, his forces dragged Vitellius through the street before killing him with repeated blows. The head of Vitellius was pa- raded around Rome after his body was thrown into the Tiber. Vespasian worked with great industry to restore order in the city and throughout the empire. He disbanded some of the rebel- lious soldiers that had been loyal to Vitellius, and main- tained a strong discipline among his own troops. He worked in complete har- mony with the senate and the public administrators. His simple and economic life style was in complete con- trast to that of his predeces- sors and he set a personal example that did more to re- form the morals of Rome than all of the laws that have ever been passed. His mode of life was closer to that of a private citizen than one who possessed supreme power. He was easy to approach and to speak with, and made himself and his time avail- able to all persons. NEXT WEEK: Vespasian the Conniver Governor Patrick Nominates JUDGE PETER,W. AGNES, JR. Associate Justice of Appeals Court Also Announces Nominations '}or Clerk2Magistra{e and Hampshire County Register of Governor Deval Patrick announced the nominations of Peter W. Agnes, Jr. as Associate Justice of the Appeals Court, Brian K. Lawlor as Clerk-Magistrate of the Salem District Court and William R. Rosen as Hampshire County Register of Probate. "All three nominees have demonstrated a commit- ment to the fair administra- tion of justice and to their communities," said Governor Patrick. "They each possess the necessary expertise, in- tellect and temperament to serve the Commonwealth well in these positions. It is an honor to nominate them and I thank them for their willingness to serve." Peter Agnes has been an Associate Justice of the Superior Court since Judge Peter W. Agnes, Jr. 2000 and the Regional Administrative Judge for Worcester since June 2010. He was the First Justice in the Charlestown District Court from 1991-2000. Prior to joining the bench, Judge of Salem District Court Probate Agnes served as Chief of Operations to Governor Dukakis and Assistant Sec- retary of Public Safety, as well as Assistant District Attorney in Norfolk and Middlesex Counties. He has been extremely active in professional associations, including service on numer- ous Supreme Judicial Court and Bar Association com- mittees, commissions and task forces, such as the Supreme Judicial Court's Advisory Committee on the Law of Evidence. He also has an extensive list of pub- lications, achievements and community activities, in- cluding serving as a judge for the Massachusetts Bar Association's High School Mock Trial Competition. (Continued on Page 14) The East Boston Elder Service Plan, part of iiii Res Publica by David Tnunbull Personnel is Policy During the administration of Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, an often heard conservative aphorism was personnel is policy, meaning that a conservative man or woman in the executive office wasn't sufficient to effect conservative policies. He or she had to appoint conservatives, otherwise the liberal establishment and bureaucracy would continue to churn out ruinous liberal policies. To most of us it seems fairly self-evident: when the people elect a Republican they expect Republican policies to follow, and, surely, a Republican appointee is more likely to pro- mote Republican policies ~ than is a Democratic appointee. But, as the saying (often attributed to George Orwell) goes, There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent per- son could believe in them. Well, there is no doubt former Massachusetts governor and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is a very intelligent man who has fallen for some very wrong ideas. "He never asked me if I was a Democrat or a Republican and never asked most of the Cabinet mem- bers who came with me," said Romney cabinet member, Barbara Berke, in a July 2, 2007 New Republic article. We know the result. Romney, who now styles himself a conservative, gave us four years of typical Massachusetts liberalism from the corner office. Out of all of Romney's policies in Massachusetts, the one that most haunts him as national candidate is his sig- nature health care reform. Conservatives have dubbed it Romney-Care and have derided it as the gateway drug to Obama-Care. Last week, a group of extremely concerned citizens from a variety of walks of life filed the necessary paperwork with the Attorney General's office to give the voters of Massachusetts the chance to repeal the most oner- ous portion of the state's universal health care law, the individual mandate. The ballot question, the creation of Massachusetts Citizens for Life (MCFL), is simple and compelling. It says: Individual Health Coverage will be stricken in its entirety so that no individual shall be required to purchase health insur- ance or be subjected to any penalty or sanction for declining to do so. MCFL has launched a website,, to keep the public informed about their progress and to give groups the resources they need to help with this very important effort. "We at Massachusetts Citizens for Life have worked UI:!rI) 1]!][I] OUl!r tll BIIIt t/liB )Jill:i:] [1:1 B1-BI II[ itllit Obama-Care," said MCFL spokeswoman, Anne Fox. She continued, "Once Obama-Care is overturned, the rest of the country will be fine, but we in Massachusetts will still have to live under its prototype. Repealing the individual mandate is a start toward better health care in Massachusetts." Meanwhile, Mitt Romney is stuck defending an indefen- sible public policy. He can't repudiate it without further, and perhaps for his political life, fatally, cementing his disreputation as a flip-flopper. Poor Mitt Romney. Many a Republican has faltered because he failed to learn the les- son that personnel is policy. Romney may be the first to falter because he failed to understand that policy is policy. DIVORCE * CRIMINAL * 230 MSGR. O'BRIEN HIGHWAY LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. CIANO GENERAL PRACTICE OF LAW WILLS * ESTAT~pPLANNtQI~ ..... ~TS PERSONAL INJURY * WORKERS COMP. 617-354-9400 Si Parla Italiano CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 02141 Boston Harborside Home Joseph A. Langone 580 Commercial St. - Boston, MA 02109 617-536-4110 Augustave M. 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