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' Page 2 ,., POST,(AZETTE, AUGUS'I"30, 2013 by Pi'ot'Edmund : NostTa Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. WILLIAM McKINLEY DATE OF BIRTH: January 29, 1843 PLACE OF BIRTH: Niles, OH DATE OF DEATH: September 14, 1901 PLACE OF DEATH: Buffalo, NY SPOUSE: Ida Saxton PRESIDENT: March 4, 1897 - September 14, 1901 William McKinley, C.E.O. twenty-five, Caused William Jennings Bryan to take a deep dive; Friendly by nature but in business was shrewd. One never visited without first checking his mood. A "front porch" campaign is what this man ran, He said "Come visit me whenever you can;" The low railroad fare is what made people roam, They say it was cheaper than staying at home. Like most of our Presidents those rumors abound, How could this man keep both ears to the ground; He set a new standard for the U.S. gold dollar, Also remembered the Maine, oh boy did he holler. Another of his slogans was "A full dinner pail," A second term promise where he did not fail; From all reports he was the man of that hour, Then was shot by an anarchist at the height of his power. Ida Saxton was her name and she worked in a bank, Charming and high strung but was never a crank; In walked McKinley who soon stole her heart, Got married, had two kids about one year apart. Her mother,s death drove Ida to the depths of despair, But the death of her children was too much to bear; Became a partial invalid and had epileptic fits, Causing extra precautions during White House social bits. Offered her best during Bill's state affairs, V.P.'s wife assisted, showed concern and deep cares; McKinley's murder drove Ida to tears, When he kicked the bucket she only lasted five years. The Rental Registration & Inspection Program requires the annual registration of all private rental units and the inspection for all non-exempt rental units to be conducted every five years. This year the registration period begins on May 1, 2013 and ends on August 1,2013. The initial registration fee is $25/unit. Failure to register will result in fines and further enforcement actions. Benefits: Educate owners on State and local housing codes. Provides owners with a written record of the conditions of the property, Ensures rental units meet minimum Housing Code Requirements Promoting Safe, Sanitary & Healthy Housing Res Publica by David Trumbull Respect the Working Man and Woman by Preserving Their Jobs As I sit in a comfortable chair in my air-conditioned office today, the outdoor tem- perature is expected to reach in the 80's. As my fingers move across the keyboard the overhead light reflects off my freshly manicured nails and the cuff links in my soft clean white shirt. As I think of my relative com- fort I remember that I enjoy ease, because other men and women are out in the heat and sun doing dirty backbreaking work. And that is why we set aside the first Monday in September as Labor Day. Of course, Labor Day hon- ors "all workers", not only those who do manual labor. But it is good to remind our- selves from time to time of the necessity of manual labor. Ordinary Americans today enjoy necessities of life, security, and even luxu- ries the envy of princes in an earlier ages. The bright, hardworking, and daring men and women of Wall Street and other financial markets created new and innovative ways to maximize wealth and gave us the most prosperous society the world has known, one in which wealth, has been distributed more widely than ever be- fore. In sum our financial markets, -- at least when left alone, -- do a bully job of "managing" wealth. But they do not "create" wealth. Ulti- mately you have to make it (manufacturing), mine it (digging or drilling), or grow it (agriculture). Someone has to build houses for the economic indicators to reg- ister an increase in housing start ups. Some have to drill if we are to have the oil to fuel our economy. Someone has to hoe and weed to keep "Whole Foods" (whole-pay- check we call it my house) stocked with the organic fruit and vegetables we love to consume. American policy for 25 years or more has been to maximize imports and pay for them with credit. We import oil from the Near, Middle-East rather than drill our own abundant supplies. We have some of the largest tracks of fertile land, yet we import food from sources so dubious that many of us do not consume raw vegetables unless we can ascertain their origin. And as for manufacturing, -- just go into Walmart and try to find something, -- anything -- made in the U.S.A. Politicians in Washington will talk much this Labor Day weekend about the dignity of the workingmen and women of America, but the policies they enact tell a different tale. President Obama is pushing congress to approve new free trade agreement with the Social- ist Republic of Vietnam. The people at Boston-based New Balance, one of the few remaining companies to make shoes in the U.S.A., is gravely concerned that, if this deal goes through, more U.S. jobs will be lost, to a nation that does not honor labor, but rather subjects their workers to unsafe and unhealthy conditions and low pay. You do not respect the dig- nity of the workingman or woman by destroying his job. "Big I's Dined" Bigotry Gone Wild by Sal Giarratani Recently, a news story out of Oxford, MA has gone viral on the web. Reportedly the co-owner at Big I's Diner decided he did not want to serve a disabled veteran who served 21 years in the ser- vice, including two tours in Iraq because the veteran came in with his service dog. The co-owner kicked the guy and dog out of the place and even joked about the valid use of service dogs for Post-Tramatic Stress Disorder. The veteran has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice over what happened to him. Perhaps, a good law suit is coming because what hap- pened to him is unaccept- able. The town of Oxford should take steps to take away the diner's right to operate in the town. The co-owner should have given the guy and his dog a free meal, recog- nizing the sacrifices this veteran made for our country. From the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon to the MDA Show of Strength by Ivanha Paz The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon first aired in 1966, stemming from a previous show done by Lewis in the 50's, "Thanksgiving Party for MDA."It has been annually held on Labor Day weekend for up to 21 and a half hours up until 2011 when the show was reduced to six hours. Lewis' last telethon was in 2010; the show raised S2.45 billion for children suffering from muscular dystrophy from 1966 to 2009. Lewis' departure has been plagued by controversy and the original show seems to be shifting from what it used to be. It is no longer called a "telethon," the show's new name is "The MDA Show of Strength." In 2012 the previously reduced six hours were reduced to three and this year's show will be aired for two hours on Sunday, September I s' beginning at 8:00 pm EST on ABC. In spite of the cutbacks and the changes the show has surpassed its records in donations in 2011 in regards to the previous year and in 2012. : For more information or to register go to Y www.dtyooston.govlisdlhousing, email: rentalprogram@cityofboston,gov or call 611-635-1010 WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM