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Page14 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 26, 2011 NEWS :III"BRIEFS NEWSP~ERS AND OTHER ~ p~LICA TIONS) Compiled by Orazio Z. Buttafuoco THE SEARCH FOR WELLBEING AND HAPPINESS IN ITALY. Economists and statistic experts in Italy have been quite busy of late. They are trying to find the real formula that could indicate the level of economic development which can also indicate the growth, or stagnation, of a nation and detect what the indicators tell about the social condi- tions of the nation, ITALIA, for the year 2011. The experts seek to identify the level of the economic wellbeing of the people. Essentially, the search is focused on the health conditions of the country, as a result of a study on the psycho- physical status of the people who live there, their level of education, their overall knowledge, their understanding of "labor," wellbeing, environment, interpersonal relations and their intermingling in society. Also, they will try to find out what the citizens' sense of insecurity is, as it relates to economic and social conditions. We will learn more when the results of the study will be made public in June 2012. In the meantime, we would like to introduce our readers to the level of happiness in relations to residents of a coun- try: Costa Rica; Denmark; Ireland; Switzerland; Finland; Holland; Norway; Sweden; Panama; Mexico (in that order, from place 1 to 10). Where do we find Italy? 31st place! Now let's match the above statistics with the one issued by the UNO (from 1 to 10): Norway; Australia; Canada; Ireland; Holland; Sweden; France; Switzerland; Japan. This time Italy comes up better: in 18th place! On the other hand, Costa Rica drops from first place to 54tH According to UNO officials the latter list was the result of the answers given to three questions: living a long and healthy life; higher education; living generally a good life. WASTE OF TALENTS IN SOUTHERN ITALY: 150 YEARS LATER THE GOVERNMENT IS STILL ABSENT! Mario Moretti Pelegato, not a southerner, a prominent entrepre- neur, after looking at the data on youth unemployment, stated that "In order to change direction it is imperative to show political will, which has been absent for many decades". He added that Italy keeps losing talented youth because it is unable to offer better conditions than other countries. He said also that he offers to the young people who work in his companies a school education within one company, where youngsters can follow formative training to various levels, a free company-run child care center, for children aged 3 to 6. They continue doing everything by themselves without any government subsidy and there are none of them available. The incentives are provided by the companies, not that many of them, indeed. The only way to keep talented youngsters from going away is for the government to offer guaranteed better conditions than those they certainly find in other countries. Mario Pelegato has referred youngsters in the South of Italy who are talented but cannot find a job, despite the fact that their learning is at par, or even better, than their coun- terparts in the North. Despite their high qualifications, the northern industries offer them only menial jobs, at low payl What else is new: the perennial northern social discrimi- nation ... (One Italy versus the other one!) Greater Boston's Affordable Private Cemetery Traditional Buria[ Plot (for, Starting at $1500 MICHAEL CEMETERY I COMMUNITY MAUSOLEUMS GARDENI30LUMB~JUMS ;st. 617.524.1036 3] the Italian community for over 100 years! 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Rosemary Sansone, presi- dent of the Downtown Busi- ness Improvement District, would like to meet with the property owner and said she would like to see a gro- cery store with a caf6 open- ing at the site. Meanwhile, the Borders site may be leased to as many as four tenants. CITY REPUBLICANS MEETING UP Over in Jamaica Plain, Boston Wards 11 & 19, the JP Republicans met up on August 23 at Doyle's Cafe to do some politics 101. For further information on this group, please contact Eddie Wagner, chair of Ward 11 at 617-524-5352 or log on to HAPPY BIRTHDAY CONSTITUTION COOPERATIVE The Constitution Coopera- tive Apartments recently cel- ebrated its 25th anniversary. The place opened as a god- send for elderly Townies in 1986. My parents were among the first to move in to the place. Five of the current residents, Margaret and Randy Randazza, Mary Riccia, Angela Roca and Arthur Woods have lived there since opening day. Dennis Taylor provided the music and the event was ca- tered by Tori Ann Caterers. CHARLESTOWN HIGH SCHOOL REUNION Calling all classmates from 1960-63 to a class reunion at the Bunker Hill Knights of Columbus on September 17 at 6:30 pm. Music will be performed by Kevin Cain and his oldies collection and the buffet put together by Griffin Caterers. MIRABELLA POOL TIME The other day when the weather seemed perfect, the Mirabella Pool was packed. Everyone seemed to be en- joYing the summer day in the sun. Gigi and Maryln were both there talking and listening to WJIB on the radio. A few feet away, there was Patty Bono and Joanna Bova doing their best imita- tions of this year's "Mirabella Girls." This summer seems to be flying by and soon it will be time for the annual Labor Day Pool Bar-b-cue. If you have to ask when that is, forgetabouit! Meanwhile, soak up as much sun as possible, the snow will soon return. TAX FREE HOLIDAY SHAM The recent Tax Free Holi- day Weekend was such a sham. Up in New Hamp- shire, they don't need these weekends because every day is tax free there. Beacon Hill makes it sound like they're so great for giving us this tax break. Did you see the tax break goes up to $2,500? So, don't think about buying a boat, van or car, no can do. Yeah, you can buy a toaster oven, washer or dryer but stop there. I myself let the tax holi- day pass right buy. I may go shopping in New Hampshire next week though. Beacon Hill likes to play pretend with us and make us forget about how bad our taxing situation is on the other 363 days of 2011. JIMMY FUND WALK ON HORIZON The Hyundai sponsored Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk will take place this year on September 18. Go to to register. I'M WITH THE VERIZON WORKERS We've all seen the striking Verizon pickets outside Verizon stores. I am with the strikers. This company has been making record profits while the top brass are grabbing more for them- selves. Meanwhile, Verizon work- ers are struggling to survive. Going out on strike is a very difficult decision to make but cutting health care ben- efits and watching Verizon Executive Ivan Seidenberg make $55,000 per day made the decision to strike much easier because slashing wages, cutting benefits and turning your employees into serfs from the Middle Ages is just not an alternative for workers. It is time to send Corpor- ate America a message on corporate greed. It is time to send a message that work- ers are the reason why Verizon is prospering in the current bad economy. I salute IBEW Council T-6 for taking a stand for social justice. Don't shop at Verizon Wireless! ENDICOTT ST. BARBCUE On Thursday, August 25, the St. Anthony Society's annual barbcue was held for Endicott Street neighbors of the club. This is a long- time tradition leading up to the St. Anthony Feast this weekend. Also, don't forget on Monday we will be cel- ebrating the feast in honor of St. Lucy. Lots of folks usu- ally forget this one which is kind of ironic since St. Lucy is the patron saint for those with eye troubles. SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF WHAT? Sal LaMattina's friends will be hosting the "Second anniversary of his 50t" Birth- day" on September 8a at the East Boston Yacht Club. Whatever happened to just saying "52nd Birthday Party"? Maybe it's just some kind of East Boston Political Code, eh? I, myself, remem- ber my second anniversary of turning 50 NOTI Still, a big Happy Birthday goes out to Sal. BLOODY STRAWBERRIES ANYONE? Down in North Attleboro, they have a strange way to getting blood donated to the Red Cross. The latest way is to offer chocolate covered strawber- ries for a pint of blood. If you are interested, get down to the Elks on August 29. Editorial (Continued from push the House to pass H. R. 910 -- The Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 -- legislation that would strip EPA of its ability to use the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gasses. Given that the Democrats control the Senate it is unlikely they will pass the legislation that would, if passed, create thousands of new jobs. If not passed, Conservative leaders in Congress need to advise voters the following actions that EPA has under- taken and that threaten to cost millions of American jobs and billions of dollars in lost GDP. New taxes that will influ- ence thousands of busi- nesses -- large and small ... By increasing complicated .regulatory standards, th~ Page 3) EPA are hitting American Businesses with a brand new tax. Facilities ranging from factories to churches that cannot afford to upgrade their equipment would be forced to close! Massive new regulatory taxes on electricity ... Expen- sive new standards target- ing coal fired power plants (as previously mentioned) would raise costs for con- sumers and businesses. Billions in new costs would be passed on to energy con- sumers and the energy security of millions of Ameri- cans would be put in serious jeopardy! Costly new restrictions on cement plants, Southern Methodist University study estimates in excess of 15% of plants would be forced to close,' costin~t.thousands of jobs. New regulations on emis- sions that would force many communities to impose costly new restrictions on consumers and small busi- nesses... New ozone stan- dards would put many out of reach, triggering exten- sive new regulations that would have sweeping and devastating new economic consequences affecting vir- tually all consumers and businesses with new stan- dards for everything from car tailpipes to factory smoke- stacks -- and everything in between! If steps are not taken to prevent EPA from pursu- ing this agenda, the Obama EPA nightmare will become a reality for American con- sumers, businesses and the qconomy, ~3,s a whole.