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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012  ANNUAL NORTH END ATHLETIC ALSSOCIATION l  f-L . !,/ &apos; Golf Tournament a Huge Success " The Annual North End Athletic Association Golf Tournament was held on " " ........ 2012. Monday, August 6, More than one hundred and forty-four golfers participated in the sold-out tournament which was held at the Andover Country Club. "The tournament was a huge success," stated Hon- orary Chairman Robert Travaglini, I wish to thank the many residents, busi- ness owners and friends of the North End who assisted us in achieving our goal." The money raised will allow the NEAA to purchase uniforms and equipment for sporting events and add to the existing programs. The NEAA is a 56-year-old organization, which provides Ronnie Scala, Sal Tecce, Chairman Ted Toma06, former Senate President Bob Travaglini and Guest. athletic, social, educational and civic activities within Senate State Representa- tive Aaron Michelwitz and Bob DeUo Russo. 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The last convention I watched was 1980, the one that Re- publicans nominated Ronald Reagan to save the country from more Jimmy Carter "malaise." At this point 32 years ago, President Carter was still up in the polls but I was feeling good that we were in the middle of the an Revolution. I didn't what the liberal news iedia was saying, +I could sense a change was coming and I was correct. This year should be a carbon copy of 1980 but it still is looking that way. I couldn't waste my time watching and listening to those convention speeches I am sensing another GOP defeat at the hands of one of the most useless presi- dents America has suffered through. The occupant in the White House promised four years ago to get the country moving again, it hasn't. He vowed to put folks back to work. The latest unemploy- ment figures show just the opposite. We now have a 9+ unemployment rate. For 42 consecutive months unem- ployment has not been lower than 8 percent. The presi- dent keeps throwing otrt the same answers to our prob- lems and all we get is more of the same bad news. You can't expect any change if you continue the same unworkable policies. Hoping things will change eventually is not the answer. ! did hear some of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), where he spent about 95 percent of his podium time boosting Marco Rubio. He seemed more concerned about the future fortunes of the party rather than getting Mitt Romney elected president in a few short months. One would have thought there would be a great bounce with all the convention coverage, but there wasn't. Labor Day has come and gone and this is still Obama's to lose. The fact is that Obama is still quite high in the polls, showing the power of all those collecting from the government. When the numbers between those who work for living and those who collect free government stuff get as bad as today has be- come, don't expect many tax- payer victories. Mitt Romney is basically running for president not much differently then he ran 10 years ago for gover- nor. Can Romney do what John McCain couldn't in 2008 or George H.W. Bush couldn't do in 1992 or what Bob Dole couldn't do in 1996? In 1996, Bob Dole took on as his running-mate a guy I always liked, former U.S. Rep. Jaekie Kemp, R-Buffalo. He was a real Reagan con- servative and he had great charisma. This year, the Republicans nominated an- other white bread presiden- tial ticket with Mitt Romney and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin. In the end, this looks like a losing ticket. Romney needs to add to his 47 percent at the polls. He needs to win McCain's 47 percent of 2008 and add some 5 percent Independents and dissatisfied Democrats like myself in order to win a ma- jority vote in November. Did Tea Party favorite Paul Ryan attract more Republicans, Independents and Demo- crats to the Romney camp than Romney already ex- pected to get in November? A running-mate needs to add more voters and Ryan added fewer newer voters because he and Romney draw from the same base. The Republicans were smart to showcase so many Latinos and African-Ameri- cans at their convention po- dium, but the bulk of Latinos are still Democrat and part of Obama Nation on the gov- ernment take. I kind of like young Marco Rubio, a Cuban American from Florida who seems to be the future face of the Republican Party. but I like even more another young Cuban American from Texas named Ted Cruz who is running for an open U.S. Senate seat in November. The Republican Party needs to stop nominating old boring white guys like Dole, McCain and Romney who always seem slightly out of tune with its natural elec- torate. This year I have a choice between a lousy president and an equally lousy ex-governor I saw first- hand at the State House. Obama isn't going to change and why should I think Rom- ney will either? Back in 1980 as a 32-year- old Democrat from Charles- town, I voted for Ronald Reagan because I believed he was the right guy to fix all that was going wrong that Jimmy Carter didn't even seem to have a clue about. Democrats flocked to Reagan and did it proudly because they wanted a problem solver. Today, many of these same 1980 Democrats and their children are looking for the same thing. I have doubled my age since 1980 and I see no Reagan-like appeal in Mitt Romney. Don't promise to create 12 million new jobs, just promise to start lowering the unemployment rate that has held steady from day one of this current administration. I am not happily looking forward to making my choice in November, not as a Dem- ocrat and not as an Ameri- can!