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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 31,201 2 * News Briefs (Continued from Page I) Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 that told banks to lower credit standards and lend monies to low income communities. The intent was to spread the American Dream of homeownership to all. In 1994, that Act was amended by the Clinton Ad- ministration to expand man- dates on banks and to pun- ish banks for non-compli- ance with the Act. Banks began to release funds as it was better for them just to go along with this govern- ment idea. Risky loans were bad ideas, but it was cheaper for them to go along and avoid expensive court battles with government regulators and community advocacy groups. The root cause of the prob- lem now seems clearly to have been with the U.S. De- partment of Justice, which still reportedly continues to go after banks for failing to lower credit standards for lower-income borrowers. Seems Croft and "60 Min- utes" missed an opportunity to educate the public and hopefully avoid a repeat per- formance and CBS-TV missed its chance to do just that. What else is new? Bloodied by Afghan Betrayal Why are so many U.S. troops getting killed by Af- ghan inside attacks? The answer is simple enough. The Obama Administration had disarmed them while arming their Afghan train- ees, making them little more than sitting ducks. With U.S. and NATO troop deaths from so-called green- on-blue attacks recently climbed to 100, military brass have finally reversed a standing order requiring troops to remove their maga- zines from their weapons while quartered inside bases with their trusted Afghan partners. Rogue Afghan soldiers or police have too easily gotten the jump, shooting Ameri- cans in cold blood with weap- ons and ammunitions is- sued to them by us. In a re- cent two week period, 10 American soldiers have died this way. Since the start of this year, there have been 32 attacks killing 40, many more than 201 l's total of 21 attacks. Finally, U.S. troops are once again armed to pro- tect themselves from terror- ists and from Afghan secu- rity forces they are training. Obama has reportedly in- sisted on using Afghans se- curity forces for base secu- rity as a way to eliminate the American footprint in Afghanistan. It would seem that Obama's rush to with- draw in 2014 seems to have needlessly killed at least 100 American soldiers and wounded many more. We the People Still Rule, Don't We? The economic meltdown of 2008 was caused by a com- bination of government and Wall Street who are in bed with one another. Remem- ber the Bill of Rights? Re- member July Fourth? Re- member those winter Sol- diers at Valley Forge? Re- member Patrick Henry who once said, "Give me liberty or give me death?" America began as an experiment in limited government. Today, our leaders in Washington, DC have grown too powerful. Government today seems of, for and by the powerful inter- ests. The meltdown was caused by both Washington, DC and Wall Street banking interests who seem working as one and taking care of each other. We are the gov- ernment. Those elected by us are there to serve us. However, it would seem things have turned upside down and we appear to be working for them. They work for us. Our government has grown leaps and bounds and gov- ernment as perceived by the likes of Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and James Madson has been takea hostage by advocat- ing for bigler and bigger government Standing Up for America Students at one high school in California were sent home on Cinco de Mayo because they had the nerve to wear T-shirts with the American flag printed on them. Down in Texas, some students at a high school put up the Mexican Flag on the school's flag pole. Another group of students quickly took it down. Can you guess which group of students were expelled? You know, I love going to Texas, it feels like another country or maybe just 40 years ago when Americans were proud of this country and her achievements. People loved parades, saluted the flag, stood up for America. How- ever, the closer I got to San Antonio, the more Mexican flags I saw flying. It brought a bad taste to my mouth. I wondered how many Ameri- can flags were flown across the border. However, for the most part, Texas reminds me of real America and that makes me feel good. Patriotism is the norm down there even in tle City of Austin, a blue city in that red state. You can smell liberty in the air and you see it in the faces of the people. Government comes in a limited edition. The people rule. If Texans are lucky in November, Republican Ted Cruz will be their newest U.S. senator. If America is lucky, Obama can go horr to Hawaii or Chicago or Kenya or any- where else but the White House. Talk 1200 Boston is Gonzo I loved listening to Talk 1200 Boston, but they changed their format to garbage and now dead air sounds better than its new programming. What hap- pened seemed crazy. Rush Limbaugh went back to WRKO. I hope someone picks up Jeff Katz's show and what will happen to Scan Hannity? Meanwhile, East Boston's own Michele McPhee is becoming the new co-host of WRKO's morning drive time show. At 3:00 pm ! keep flipping back and forth between Howie Carr and Michael Graham. As for Jay Severin, Jay who? I will miss the "Great One" Mark Levin late in the eve- nings with his crisp com- mentaries, a guy who gets to the point as quickly as pos- sible. I hope Boston conser- vatives will get to hear him from his underground bun- ker soon. Meanwhile, 1200 goes 24/7 comedy, which is a joke in and of itself. If it wasn't so sad, it would be funny. With the Obama Lame Stream Media in bed with the Democrats, all we have out here in Real America is conservative talk radio or Fox News. Meanwhile, more and more folks are follow- ing the Ed Shallow Blog at www.redmass.com. Also, tell your friends about the Post-Gazette. www. bostonpostgazette.com. Boston Herald Letter Writer ... Right On Don Houghton from Quincy had a great letter printed recently in the Bos- ton Herald on that illegal immigrant who wanted to become a lawyer in America after graduating law school and passing the bar. What part of illegal don't California liberals get? A justice from the California Supreme Court wrote a brief in favor of the illegal for the state's Bar Association. As Houghton wrote, "When the meaning of "illegal" is not a concern of judges, you know we are well over the tipping point of absurdity." Biden Seems Like Such An ^%$#, Doesn't He? Vice President Joe Biden is giving the Office of Vice President a worse name than it already has. He seems like such an idiot. I remem- ber Vice President Spiro T. Agnew. I thought he was bad, but Biden is Agnew without a good vocabulary. At least Agnew was entertaining, Biden not so much. Recently, the Obama White House of- fered no apology for Biden's dumb "chains" remark. At a recent Virginia rally with a mostly African Ameri- can crowd Biden stated, "That Romney and Ryan are "going to put y'all back in chains." The Boston Globe called on Biden to apologize for his remark in an August 18 edi- torial, but the deputy press secretary for the Obama campaign said Biden had nothing to apologize for in his remarks. Apparently, Biden can say anything and get away with it because he's just being Biden, like Manny used to be Manny. Remember Your Loved Ones The Post-Gazette accepts memorials throughout the year Please call dl 7-227-8929 Pit Bulls (Continued from don't wish to see them "be- ing punished unfairly." Both Menino and Consalvo have pledged a good political dog fight to get necessary local ordinances returned to the books. If state officials and folks from the Boston Animal Rescue League thought their legislation was so good, why did they hide the true apparent reason for the law from Boston offi- cials? It would appear that many state legislators who voted for the new law, in- cluding one reportedly bitten by a Pit Bull, thought they were voting to strengthen animal cruelty laws, hiking penalties for abuse and al- lowing pets to be included in restraining orders for domestic abuse. Few of them knew they were voting to de-muzzle city ordinances put in place for documented public safety protections. The City of Boston may ask members of the Boston delegation to file allowing Boston to reinstate in new legislation the 2004 Consalvo Ordinance. You can help by contacting your state representative and state senator to support the call by Mayor Tom Menino and City Councilor Rob Page 1) Consalvo. It is time for all of us to get barking mad at the way in which opponents got their "animal rights bill' passed into law. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI10P4653EA Estate of BETTY C. GOSMAN Date of Death September 1, 2010 CITATION ON PETITION FOR ORDER OF COMPLETE SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE To all interested persons: A Petition has been filed by: Andrew Gosman of Newton Center, MA requesting that an Order of Complete Settlement of the estate issue including to ap- prove an accounting, compel or approve a distdbution, adjudicate a final settlement and other such relief as may be requested in the Petition. You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a wdtten ap- pearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on October 2, 2012 This is NOT a headng date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objec- tions within thirty (30) days of the return date, action may be taken without further notice to you. WITNESS, HON. PETER C. DiGANGI, First Justice of this Court. Date: August 27, 2012 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 8/31/12 LEGAL NOTICE MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO TRADE CONTRACTORS REQUEST FOR TRADE CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSETrS PORT AUTHORITY is soliciting Statements of Qualifications from TRADE CONTRACTORS interested in performing work for MPA PROJECT NO. Ll177-C2, CBIS RECAPrrALIZATION/OPTIMIZATION, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST BOSTON, MA. The Authority is seeking Qualification Statements from Trade Contractors who have a demonstrated experience in the construction and implementation of similar work in terms of scale and complexity as required for this project at Logan Airport in East Boston In accordance with Massachusetts construction manager at-risk requirements, MGL Chapter 149A, Section 44F, Qualification Statements are being requested at this time from Roofing, Waterproofing, Miscellaneous Metals, Acoustical TIle, Resilient Tile and Floodng, Ceramic Tile, Glass and Glazing, Painting, Plumbing, HVAC and Masonry trade contractors. In 2002, in-line Checked Baggage Inspection Systems (CBIS) were installed and commissioned at various locations in Terminals B, C and E at Logan International Airport. Terminal A was subsequently constructed with an entirely new baggage handling system that also included an in-line CBIS. While these systems were state-of-the-art at the time, they were designed well before the adoption of the Planning Guidelines and Design Standards (PGDS) by the Transportation Secudty Administration (TSA) in 2009. Under the proposed project, the Authority is proposing to make improvements to the CBISs at Logan Intemational Airport. The scope of work on the Project involves construction activities in all of the Terminals at Logan International Airport. Extensive interaction and coordination with the TSA and the airlines will be required. Construction of the Project will commence in the spring of 2012. The work will be completed in a minimum of five phases. The work on the last of the phases will be completed on or before April of 2014. The proposed work includes all nature of general building construction in Airport buildings. The estimated value of work to be performed by the trade contractors is listed below: Roofing $ 100,000 Waterproofing $ 150,000 Miscellaneous Metals $ 750,000 Acoustical Tile $ 300,000 Resilient Tile and Flooring $ 175,000 Ceramic Tile $ 200,000 Glass and Glazing $ 500,000 Painting $ 200,000 Plumbing $ 500,000 HVAC $4,000,000 Masonry $ 350,000 The Authority is implementing this project in accordance with MGL Chapter 149A, Sections 1 thru 13. This selection of trade contractors conforms to MGL Chapter 149A, Section 8, subsections (b) to (k) inclusive. This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will be utilized to prequalify trade contractors capable and expedenced in the building construction. The Authority shall utilize a two-step process including the prequalification of trade contractors based on an evaluation of the Statement of Qualifications received in response to this solicitation, followed by an Invitation to Bidders that will only be issued to the prequalified trade contractors. A Prequalification Committee consisting of four representatives, one each from the Designer and the CM at Risk and two Massport staff. This Prequalification Committee will be conducting a qualifications-based evaluation of submittals received from interested trade contractors in order to identify prequalified trade contractors who will be invited to respond to a written Invitation to Bidders. Please note that the Authority is not utilizing this process to prequalify subcontractors who are not trade contractors which shall be done separately in accordance with MGL C. 149A, Section 8, subsection (j). Qualification Statements shall be evaluated in accordance with the following criteria; (1) Management Expedence; (2) Project References including a Public Project Record and (3) Capacity to Complete including a demonstration that the contractor has the financial stability and long-term viability to successfully implement the Project. A Supplemental Information Package that discusses these Evaluation Criteria and the Prequslification Process in more detail as well as any other requirements for the Qualification Statements will be available to interested parties beginning Friday, August 31, 2012, by contacting Cindy Monahan at 617-568-5978 or via ernail at cmonahan@ massport.com Seven (7) copies of a bound document each limited to 20 sheets (40 pages), exclusive of covers and dividers and resumes, which shall be limited to one page, shall be printed on beth sides of the sheet (8 " x 11") and shall be addressed to Mr. Houssam H. Sleiman, P.E., CCM, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs, and received no later than 12 Noon, Monday, September 24, 2012, at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S, Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA 02128-2909. Any submittal that exceeds the page limit set here or that is not received in the Capital Programs Department by the above deadline shall be rejected as non-responsive. Questions regarding this RFQ shall be directed to Dr. Luciana Burdi, Deputy Director, Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs, at 617-568-3501or via email at LBurdi@masspert.c0m MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY DAVID S. MACKEY INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER and EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 08/31/12