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.i, \\; Page2 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 31,2012 St N '.' A weeklycolurnnhighlightingsome .l. I J L..P ,,L m. of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. During these modern times we think of ambition in connection with a strong desire for success, without giving too much thought to the origin of that word and its appropriateness when used in reference to politics. The Latin word "ambitio" or "ambitionis" means to go around, or to campaign by lawful means. "Ambitus" is probably more literally ex- pressed in Latin as "a going about" and was generally as- sociated with canvassing. There was a time in an- cient Rome when the "plebs" or common people estab- lished a distinct class of citi- zen. Because of the great increase in the number of these plebs, it was neces- sary for political candidates to expend a considerable amount of time and effort to secure votes. Solicitation of POLITICAL AMBITION votes, secret influence and even bribery were resorted to in order that a candidate might secure his election to office and history reports evidence of some vague ground rules regarding law- ful or unlawful means that might be used to secure those votes. A person seeking office was called a "pefitor" and he referred to his opponent as a "compeditor." These can- didates "canditaoria" often appeared in public places dressed in white clothing candor" which stood for sin- cerity and frankness. Dur- ing these times the candi- date was accompanied by his friends, well wishers and financial supporters. One or more of others who assisted the candidate were called "nomenclators." The nomen- clator's job was to identify those persons who were en- countered so that the can- didate could address them by name. This was considered a compliment, and never failed to impress the voter. The usual handshake was called "prensatio," while treating the voter with feasts or entertainment was called "benignitas" or "benignum." Any money paid for votes was arranged under strict secrecy by persons called "interpretes," the loot was handled and/or held by "sequestres." and it was eventually distributed by "divisores." It is most shocking to dis- cover that such shenani- gans went on during those ancient times, however, it is also most gratifying to know that none of this is practiced today. NEXT ISSUE: Political Power 2012 N EAA Soccer Registration Underway 2012 NEAA Soccer Registration is now in process for boys and girls ages 4 to i 1. There will be three different divisions this year: 4-5 year olds, 6-8 year olds and 9-11 year olds. The program is co-ed and boys and girls will be on the same team. To register go to and click on soccer regis- tration and fill out the form. Registration fee is $35 per player. Checks can be made out to NEAA and mailed to: NEAA, c/o John Romano, 30 North Bennet Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02113 We are planning the season to start on the 3 rd Saturday of September. Games will most likely be at 9:30 am for 4-5 year olds, 10:30 and 11:30 for 6-8 year olds and 12:30 pm for 9-11 year olds. All games are played at either Langone or Puopolo Parks on Commercial Street in the North End. We may play some games with the South End Soccer program - so there may be a few road games for the 9-11 year olds. If you have any questions, please e-mail John Romano at Boston Water and Sewer Is Coming to Your Neighborhood A Boston Water and Sewer Commission Community Services Department representative will be in your neighborhood at the place, dates, and times listed here. Our representative will be available to: I/Accept payments. (Check or money order only-no cash, please.) V' Process discount forms for senior citizens and disabled people. V' Resolve billing or service complaints. V' Review water consumption data for your property. V' Arrange payment plans for delinquent accounts. Need more information? Call the Community Services Department at 617-989-7000. BEREA VEMENTBUFFET$14.95 Boston Water and Sewer Commission 980 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 0211. Res Publica by David Trumbull GOP Platform, "We Believe in America" Pop culture dominates the landscape of the American mind, so it's no surprise that the title of Republican Party Platform adopted this week in Tampa echoes a well known movie opening line. The Plat- form is a dense document that, like The Godfather, re- veals more upon repeated viewings, and, like many se- rious works of prose, says as much by what it leaves out as by what it spells out. We all know that, despite of all the distractions thrown up by the mainstream media in their frenzy fb' re-elect President Obama, the only issue in this campaign is JOBS. Who can get Ameri- cans back to work at salaries and wages that make pos- sible the American Dream. Current weak business con- ditions and unacceptably high unemployment and un- deremployment have many causes, but everyone -- that is everyone outside of the Washington, D.C., echo- chamber -- knows that one of the main reasons is our failed trade policy. Let's look at what the GOP Platform and Mr. Romney have to say on trade policy. The document contrasts Republican policy with the course pursued by President Obama. It praises, "The Free Trade Agreements negoti- ated with friendly democra- cies since President Reagan's trailblazing pact with Israel in 1985," and charges, "That record makes all the more deplorable the current Ad- ministration's ... failure to pursue any new trade agree- ments with friendly nations." This is true. The U.S. still maintains tariffs on imports of goods from Western Democ- racies, such as Italy, however President Obama is aggres- sively pursuing a Free Trade Agreement with Vietnam, an authoritarian state ruled by the Communist Party, which his own State Department ac- knowledges as one of the worst violators of human rights. Mr. Obama is also pur- suing a Free Trade Agree- ment with Brunei, an Islamic state where most criminal activity is defined and pun- ished according to draconian Islamic sharia law. According to the State Department it is illegal in Brunei to teach Christianity and violators can be fined or imprisoned. Edu- cation in Islam is required by law in Brunei. The Platform also con- demns the ways some gov- ernments unfairly "limit American access to their markets while stealing our designs, patents, brands, know-how, and technology -- the intellectual property that drives innovation," and cites as the chief offender, China. The current Administration's way of dealing with all these violations of world trade stan- dards the GOP Platform char- acterizes as "virtual surren- der." Th/s /s true. Many repu- table economists have calcu- lated that China's manipula- tion of it's currency to maxi- mize exports and minimize imports gives that nation an unfair advantage of at least 35%, yet President Obama has, repeatedly, refused to name China as a currency manipulator or file a com- plaint with the World Trade Organization that China is illegally distorting trade through her currency policy. This Administration's lack of action of China's theft of American intellectual prop- erty is appalling. This Labor Day weekend, take a few minutes away from the cookout and fun with friends and family to look at the two presidential candi- dates and their platforms. Ask yourself, Which one offers working men and women of America the best plan to cre- ate jobs that allow you to raise a family and be proud of your contribution to society, and which offers bigger govern- ment and more dependency on government hand-outs in- stead of the dignity of a job. 00_PI_NEL_LI 'S g FUNCTION FACILITY Please accept sincere condolences, from the Spinelli's family and staff. During this difficult time, we would like to offer our facility at a specially reduced price, for you, your family and friends. SERVED UPON ARRIVAL Coffee, Mini Danish Pastries and Tea Breads BUFFET LUNCHEON MENU Tossed Salad, Assorted Rolls with Butter Chicken, Ziti and Broccoli Alfredo Eggplant Parmigiana Italian Sausages, Onions and Potatoes Above price does not include a 15% Administration Fee and a 7% Mass State Tax. 280 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON, MA Telephone: 617-567-4499 www.spinellis.eom J