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hhhDl..,hIM.,hq.qlMId.,,lil.".ii,vl,,. ", ............... MxD AOc oo 20 PAUL JEFFKQ SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 T THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS ETTE L (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 118 NO. 3,7 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 $.35 A COPY - : II W00W, LLN00V00R00ORO00* Ill SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 United We Stand No More? Anyone who was alive on September 11, 2001 knows exactly where they were when those two planes ramped into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan. I was in Quincy outside a polling station at Sacred Heart School on Hancock Street in North Quincy. It had been up to that moment, a very nice looking and quite sunny day. However, in short order it became one of the darkest days in America's history. Radical Islamists had hijacked planes and brought the "War on Terror" onto American soil. At first, most of us were numb as we watched over and over again by Sal Giarratani those planes flying into those two towers. We felt angry and helpless but soon our fears turned into resolve, we were all Americans no matter our gender, our race, our ethnicity, our hometown or our politics. We stood as one. Our human divi- sions melted in the destruc- tion and needless deaths that were sacrificed on that day. I remember marching along Wollaston Beach. I remembe all those Ameri- can flags Waving. I remem- ber people talking with one other and sharing their feel- ings with perfect strangers. Terrorism may have hit America but Americans did not surrender. We supported one another. We resolved to never give into our fears, which seemed so natural. Here we are on the 13 th anniversary of that day and we see old divisions back in full swing. We still need to stand united. We need to hold on to that courage we felt back on that Tuesday morning in 2001. "United We Stand" is not a conservative or liberal slo- gan, it is an American prin- ciple. Our enemies can try to weaken us, but they will not win ff we stand together. Remember September 11, 2001. Remember how we felt that day. Remember the unity we formed. Remember those who died and those of us who survived. News Briefs by Sal Giarratani Liberal or Conservative? Recently, a Democratic US senator expressed outrage over Republicans not willing to com- promise on sensible and bipartisan immigra- tion reform. However, his version of bipartisan- ship is for the GOP members to go along with the Democrat proposal. Republicans have to move over but Democrats since they are al- ways right stand firm out of principle. Who's causing gridlock here? Democrats Aren't All Moonbats There are plenty of Democrats running for re-election to the US Senate from so-called Red States and they fear the president by execu- tive action destroying their re-election bids over hot button issues like immigration. When I was growing up Democrat, having a secure border was neither liberal nor conservative, just common sense. Many Democrats back then were American in both thought and word. They believed in the rule of law and our constitu- tional protections. These Democrats are still around but the moon bats are in charge of the agenda. Mass Licenses Spuned in D.C.? Recently, a Bay State resident was barred from entering a federal office building in Wash- ington, DC because her Massachusetts driver's license was unacceptable as a valid ID to en- ter the building. Bay Staters can no longer use their RMV drivers licenses to get inside sev- eral federal government agency buildings be- cause we are one of nine states that have not signed onto a federal law, REAL ID. If nothing changes, we could even see our licenses not allowing us to board a plane at Logan or any- where else. The Real ID measure pushes states to verify citizenship and update security standards when they issue licenses. Congress intended (Continued on Page 12) Boston Welcomes Nicola De Santis Consul General of Italy in Boston by Ivanha Paz As the summer was com- ing to an end and Bostonians readied themselves to start a new academic year. a new consul general of Italy ar- rived in the city on August 25th. Nicola De Santis, 45, is originally from Salerno and has been following a diplomacy career since 1999. He came" accompanied by his wife Elisa, and his three children: Vincenzo, Cosimo and Bianca. Mr. De Santis has served different positions in vari- ous locations. He appreci- ates the diversity each region has to offer. From 2002-2006 he was the Ital- ian Consul for Detroit and from 2006-2009 he was the head of economic office in the Italian Embassy of Caracas, Venezuela. After his stint in Caracas, he returned to Rome to work in the personnel department. He described it as a chal- lenging job because of re- cent staff reductions. Now, upon his return to the U.S., Mr. De Santis is excited to fully understand the oppor- tunities Boston has to offer and channeling them to- wards uniting the commu- nity and promoting the Ital- ian-American identity. He believes that as a con- sul general, he can be a catalyst to make things happen, "I do believe consuls are catalysts, we understand the opportunities that are present in the society among the Italian, the Italian- (Continued on Page II) It's Coakley Vs. Baker, Healey Upsets Tolman, Tierney Gone, Goldberg, Arroyo, Tompkins Big Winners by Sal Giarratani Well, the turnout at the polls was disgrace- ful. Boston has recorded a sad 12 percent turnout meaning 88 percent stayed home rather than participate in the electoral pro- cess, those that did vote, spoke out loud and clear on their choices. In the Governor's Race. Attorney General Martha Coakley squeezed by Treasurer Steve Grossman, 42-37 percent. In the A.G.'s race, newcomer Maura Healey of Charlestown trounced Warren Tolman by a near two to one margin statewide. Deb Goldberg running for State Treasurer ran away with that race against two opponents. In Suffolk County, former City Councilor topped the ticket for Register of Probate as did Sheriff Steve Tompkins in his race. Over in Charlestown, state Rep. Danny Ryan ran away with the vote in the Second Suffolk District which includes both Charlestown and Chelsea. Biggest Bay State upset election was up in the 6 th Congressional District on the North Shore where 9-term U.S. Rep. John Tierney lost to Marine and Iraqi war {zeteran Seth (Continued on Page 11)