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i,ql,,llq,ll,,hdihdli.d, qlh,lh,,,,lll,l"h.dl.lq' MIX D ADG 17 SMALL TOWN PAPERS. INC. PAUL JEFFKO 217 W COTA ST / ~.~ SHELTON WA 98584-2263 THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS m (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 119 - NO. 33 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, AUGUST 14, 2015 $.35 A COPY 95th Annual Madonna Della Cava Feast Members of the Madonna Della Cava Society. (Continued on Page 9) iii,, ii by Sal tani Quote to Note "I am the only one (candidate) to take out half of a brain although you would think, ff you go to Washington someone had beaten me to it." Ben Carson His Way or the Highway President Obama, in trying to get his Iran deal through Capitol Hill, recently suggested the en- tire Republican caucus doesn't love or even like America in its opposition to the deal. I guess now that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has come out against the deal, he doesn't love America, either? I guess it also includes two thirds of the Ameri- can people who, when polled, are opposed to the deal, too. Kudos to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer for standing up against Obama, who seemingly be- lieves that to not be with him is to be against America's best interests. The president, sound- ing Nixonian, has also stated that to be against the deal is to be for war. There is nothing that black and white about this flawed Obama-Kerry deal. UNH Students Seek Bias-Free Language The University of New Hampshire president said he was both troubled and offended by a "bias- free language guide" posted on the school's (Continued on Page 14) ress C On Meats by Girard What is happening with the members of the U.S. House of Representatives? You may know that recently the majority voted 300- 131 to toss out federal inspections of "out-of-country" poultry, beef, and pork. Are you aghast with disbelief as I am at the mere thought? Or are you angry upon learning that our meats will not receive rightful in- spection after they have passed through the hands of other nations? These food inspections include labeling of meats in countries where animals were born, raised, and slaughtered, reports the online newspaper Food Safety News in its June 11th edition. The first action on the bill - Country of Origin Labeling Amend- ments Act of 2015 or COOL - was voted on by the House on June 11th. COOL was en- acted in 2013 to ensure that Americans know exactly where our meat originates. A fight is sure to follow by House mem- bers such as Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern (D). "I think that's the wrong way to proceed," he said. The Consumer Federa- tion of America survey shows that 90 per- cent of Americans want to know exactly where their meat is from. Labeling the pack- aging of meats addresses those concerns. Wait. There's more bad news for food pro- tection. On Thursday, July 23rd, the House vote was 275-150 to end any state "issuing mandatory labeling laws for foods that con- tain genetically modified organisms," or GMOs, reports The Hill in its online publica- U.S. Protections A. Plante tion. Representatives favoring the bill clamor that laws labeling GMOs will spike food prices. Vermont Rep. Peter Welch (D) disagrees with the bill's intent: "What's the problem with letting consumers know what they are buying?" Indeed. As I researched the necessary facts and details for my column, I recalled reading a book in the 1980s entitled The Jung/e, which chronicled the horrors of the meatpacking industry in 1906. One of the best investiga- tive journalists of his time, also referred to as a "muckraker," Upton Sinclair set out to write about the vagaries of immigrants la- boring within the industry. But he tripped across various other atrocities as he walked through plants fraught with myriad unsafe conditions. Sinclair wrote: "There would be meat stored in great piles in rooms; and the wa- ter from leaky roofs would drip over it, and thousands of rats would race about on it. It was too dark in these storage places to see well, but a man could run his hand over these piles of meat sweep off handfuls of the dried dung of rats. These rats were nui- sances, and the packers would put poisoned bread out for them; they would die, and then rats, bread, and meat would go into the hop- pers together." Upon reading Sinclair's putrid depiction of the meatpacking industry, Americans grew (Continued on Page 2)