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r BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 9,2011 Page15 Editorial (Continued from cash to deposit to your bank, the tax will be applied. Mind you, this is from the man who promised that, if you make under $250,000 per year, you would not see one penny of new tax. Keep your eyes and ears open, you will be amazed at what you learn about this person's under-the-table moves to increase the number of ways you are taxed. Some will say, it is only 1%. Remember, once a tax is there, they can raise it at Page 3) will. We seniors can attest to that. We all recall Bill Clinton, who raised taxes in 1993 on social security benefits. I will conclude this piece by quoting a great American: "A government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you l~ave." -- Barry Goldwater Information (in part) United States Second Amendment Pitbull Zucchero (Continued from "Too Late." This emotional song reaches a climax of sweeping orchestral gran- deur, inspiring a vocal per- formance of almost operatic emotion from the singer. "The song is dedicated to a friend who died of cancer," he says. "But it is really a deep love song. It is a song for any- one who misses someone who is not there anymore." The songs in Italian on the English version of the album include the powerful ballad "Soldati nella Mia Citt' (Sol- diers in My Town), which evokes the hopes and fears that haunt the folk memo- ries of Zucchero's rural com- munity. "I was born 10 years after the WWlI, but there was still something lingering in the air from that terrible era," he recalls. "I remember my grandmother Diamante taking me for a walk on a Sunday and we saw all these soldiers leaving the town. To me, it seemed to be a sign that after all the rain and sad- ness, a new day full of hope and sunshine was coming. The fear that I felt as a boy seeing the soldiers was dis- appearing. The negativity of Page 4) war was being replaced with the joyful spirit of summer." The album closes with "God Bless the Child." Not the fa- mous Billie Holiday tune, this "God Bless the Child" is an evocative orchestral song co-written by Zucchero with Roland Orzabal of Tears For Fears along with Chaz Jankel and Derek Hussey of the Blockheads. The song's setting is the end of the day, with a gathering sense of calm that helps end the song cycle on a note of quiet opti- mism. Zucchero sums up the themes of Chocabeck: "I've travelled around the world for many years," he says. "And it is now more important than ever for me to reconnect with the sights and sounds and feelings of life in a village community. The houses are made of stone, the fields are full of flowers and maize, and you can hear the hypnotic sound of the river running close by. I like to live a simple life with my family, observing the old traditions. And this is what my music is truly all about. It comes from inside my soul." EXTRA Innings by Sal Giarratani Remembering Mike Flanagan Mike Flanagan shocked the baseball community re- cently when he committed suicide. He was 59 and worked for the Baltimore Orioles as a TV broadcaster. He was a great Orioles pitcher in his day and a former Cy Young winner in 1983. No one will ever know why he took his own life. Former teammate Jim Johnson said, "It is kind of a shock, obviously. He always seemed to be in good spirits and everyone liked him. It's just unfortunate." You never really know what is going on inside someone else's head. People can often carry much pain inside them undetected to the out- side world they live and work in. The lefthander Flanagan came out of the University of Massachusetts and went 167-143 with a 3.90 ERA over 18 seasons mostly with the Orioles and also the Toronto Blue Jays. He won the Cy Young Award with the Orioles in 1979 after going 23-9 with a 3.08 ERA and five shutouts. Phillies Starters Like to Finish their Games Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia used to be known as a hitters park in its 8-year history but this year the team's starting rotation seems to own the ballpark. The Phillies as of the end of August have pro- duced a major league, lead- ing 15 complete games so far and twice more than the combined total of the NY Yankees and Boston Red Sox and nine more than the next best NL team, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Two more complete games would match the most in the majors since 1998. Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee have combined for 12 com- plete games together. Halla- day won the 2010 NL Cy Young and at 15-5 with a 2.56 ERA, could repeat it again this year. Meanwhile, Lee is 14-7 with a 2.71 ERA. The Phillies are 46-21 at home with a 2.77 ERA. Starters are lower at a 2.59 ERA. On the road, the team is 37-24 with a higher 3.45 ERA but the mid-3.00s isn't bad anymore. From My Fanbase I received a letter from Roger Perron from Brockton the other day. He reads the Post-Gazette every week. His number one sport is boxing but he loves baseball too. I mentioned pitchers like Billy Monbouquette and Earl Wilson from the '60s but he remembers the likes of Mel Parnell (25-7) and Ellis Kinder (23-5) back in 1948. He still doesn't understand why Manager Joe McCarthy went with Denny Galehouse in that one game playoff against the Indians to cap- ture the pennant. Galehouse got hammered and the Indi- ans went on to the World Series against the Boston Braves. I don't remember any of that since I was born during the 1948 baseball season. Says Perron, "Bad decision by the manager." Perron also has not for- gotten Dave Eagan, a Boston newspaper sports writer who left Ted Williams off the MVP ballot. That year Ted Will- iams won the Triple Crown and batted .406. Joe DiMaggio also had his 56 game hitting streak. Perron says thanks to Eagan, DiMaggio won the 1948 AL MVP Award. Once again, Perron disagreed say- ing, "Shame on Dave Eagan." Perron also says that Ted Williams was his "favorite player of all time." Adding he says, "Ted Williams was the greatest hitter of all time, a lifetime batting average of .343 -- 521 home runs, 9 despite losing 5 years of his prime in World War II and Korea in the late '40s and eaHy '50s." Thanks Roger, you keep up the good work too. Another letter writer whose name I did not get said he thought I should have mentioned Ralp.hKiner as one of the greatest all- time members of the Pitts- burgh Pirates ballclub. I found out in this letter that Kiner, who played 10 seasons had 369 lifetime homers and averaged 36.9 per year. His average was the highest un- til last season when Albert Pujos hit 400 homers in his first ten seasons. At this writing (August 25), Albert has 31 home runs and is within reach of a 40 plus homerun season. This writer says Roberto Clemente was not a very good team leader and the knock against him was he never played hurt. ~ While agreeing he was a great player no doubt, "but not as great as they make them." It is nice to know readers following my "Extra Innings" column and let me know information so I can pass it on to all of us. 9/11 Tenth Anniversary (Continued from Page I) porters. We have provided con- noon of storytelling, music tact information for each spon- and dance to remember and soring organization. Please honor those lost and cel- visit their websites so you can ebrate the resiliency of our learn more about how to sup- nation, Sunday, Sept. 1 I, port and participate in these 2011, 2:00-5:00 pm, Irish events. American Club, Malden, MA. Beyond the 11th Bike Ride. Sponsored by The Malden A bike ride to raise money Irish American Club And the and awareness for widows in Irish International Immi- Afghanistan. There are two grant Center alternatives: Three day An Interfaith Community event September 9-11, Service sponsored by Ply- 2011. One day event - Sep- mouth n~p~rea l~ter~,aitIl, tember 11, 2011, New York Clergy A~s~iation v~i'Tile to Boston or Dover to Boston. Church of the Pilgrimage, or Sunday, September 11, 2011, 7:00 pm, The Church Foxboro Never Forgets of the Pilgrimage, 8 Town 9/11 Memorial Dedication Square, Plymouth, MA. and Family Fun Day. Activi- A Concert for Project ties for all ages and the dedi- Hope. Concert to remember cation of the new memorial Paige Farley Hackel and all containing steel from Ground those lost on 9/I I, featuring Zero, Saturday, September James Montgomery and 10, 2011, Foxboro, MA, friends and surprise guests from Boston's legendary Mass Remembers Voices of music scene. Sunday, Sep- Hope. Professional, commu- tember 11, 2011. Concert nity and children's choruses begins at 8:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. from across the Common- VIP meet and greet. Scullers wealth gather with the com- Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field munity in song on Sunday, Rd, Boston, reastwood@ September 11, 2011 at 2:00 or 617-442-1880 PM at the Institute Park, off x206 for more info or tickets. Salisbury Street, in Worces- Jeffrey Coombs Memorial ter, MA. Contact Erin Will- Road Race~Walk and Fam- iams at (508) 799-1400 ext. ily Day, A 5k with many 265 or at family activities to benefit for the Jeff Coombs Memorial more info ...... F, ounda.tion, Sunday, Sep0- Our Story Our Lives. ~er- !iemlserli8, .20,L1.,o9"00. a.m.~- 12:00 noon, Woodsdale School, Abington, MA, 10th Annual Jay Corcoran Memorial Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament. Florida style scramble with a shotgun start. Sept. 23, 2011, 11:30 a.m. registration; 6:30 p.m. dinner, Baypointe Country Club, Onset Beach, Cape Cod. Call 781-585-3318 for more info. ~-9/11 Service Project to :Support Our Troops & Mili- tary Families. The Massa- chusetts Military Heroes Fund invites you to take part in a care package service project to support active duty service members and a pledge drive to support local Gold Star (bereaved) military families. This event, to be held at the Mother's Walk on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, will offer you the opportunity to give back to our community in a positive way on September 1 ith, now a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Activi- ties will include building 1,000 military care pack- ages for our service men and women serving overseas, writing letters of support to our troops, and a pledge drive for the families sup- ported by the Massachusetts ,Military Heroes Fund.Sun- i~lay, 0Saptember 11, 2011, I I:00 am - 2:00 pm, Mother's Walk of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, MA (be- tween State and Milk Streets, across from the NE Aquarium). How can you help? You can: Hosta collection drive of goods for the care packages through your office, neigh- borhood organization or faith community. Please contact us at 888-909-HERO for an updated list of goods needed for the packages. Sponsor a care package with a donation of $35. Pro- ceeds will be used to help fill and ship the care packages, as well as to fund the pro- grams and services benefit- ting the families served by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund. All do- nations are tax deductible. To make your donation, visit our Firstgiving Page for this event, click on the TO DONATE link on our web site to use PayPal, or mail your check payable to the Massachusetts Military He- roes Fund, 9/11 Service Project, 727 Atlantic Avenue, 3~ Floor, Boston, MA 02111." Volunteer on Septem- ber IIth and help build 1,000 care packages for our troops serving overseas. To sign up, email us at volunteers@ On Sale Now! 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