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Page14 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 4r NEWS :I:BRIEFS OTHER P00LICATIONS) THE NUMBER OF THE "BLUE CARS" DROP IN ITALY AT LAST! We have in the past touched upon the benefits enjoyed by the top administrators of the "Res Publica" especially the Parliamentarians. This particular benefit, i.e., the free use of government vehicles costs in excess of two billion euro a yearl The previous number was 100,000 vehicles, up until 2010 and the first part of 2011. But when the new thrifty-oriented Mario Monti administration took over things began to change quite rapidly. The numbers of vehicles, the "blue" ones, were drastically reduced by 64,524 for a savings of a whopping 300 million euro a year. Premier Monti found that the use of the cars was not often for justifiable service needs, but mostly for private use[ The cut was absolutely necessary, particularly in the present critical economic situation. It seems that the Parliamen- tarians were solely interested in protecting all their privileges, rather unresponsive to the massive financial sacrifices of the Italian taxpayers. The excessive wasteful- ness of the people's "Representatives" was rampantly dis- graceful. It definitely played a role in making the crisis that befell Italy even worse. Questions have been asked why the public administra- tors needed these and other privileges. The simple answer is that 81% of the cars (blue) were FIAT models! Which raises the obvious question: Who, in reality, rules in Italy? The industrial establishment? THE SALARY OF ITALIAN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATORS: SHOULD IT BE PRIVATE? The new Monti Administration has mandated that all members of the Italian Parliament and the Cabinet disclose the amount of salary they receive annually. Not many of them, however, have complied with the directives and with the terms of the "Save Italy" pro- gram. Only a handful of the parliamentarians have done so, but none of the Cabinet's ministers! There seems to be a reluctance to tell the public the extent of their salaries. Why? Some of the parliamentarians receive, still now, two or even three very generous paychecks, some even amount to over 250,000 euro. A handful of these "gentlemen" col- lect close to 300,000 euro (double, triple dipping!), amounts that Monti finds scandalous. The highest stipend in Italy is paid to the First President of the "Cassazione" (one of the three Supreme Courts), which is 309,951.95 euro. The com- pliance so far has been minimal. BOOM OF IMMIGRANT HOUSE WORKERS TO WORK IN ITALY. Despite the economic crisis, the number of house workers entering Italy has drastically increased of late. According to the INPS (Italian Social Security Bureau) the "imported" labor force has reached high points. The foreign workers are now 81% of the house labor force. They pay onto the INPS for a future pension. They also pay all the necessary required taxes. The number of immigrants in the labor category indicated above has jumped 408% in the past decade 2001-2010. A Change I Won't Accept (Continued from Page 2) upsetting, as a federal judge pooh-poohs the pain that the family of Cheryl Kosilek still suffers these 22 years later. Her family members have suffered greatly over all these years. Cheryl herself gets forgotten in the ruling as does the cruel and un- usual punishment she re- ceived at the hands of her husband who brutally ended her life. He gets rewarded and they get punished and are added new pain to their lives. Judge Mark Wolf forgot justice for Cheryl Kosilek, after all her husband is just a victim, eh? Bottom line, call this disorder in the courtroom. On Sale Now! THE NORTH END Where It All Began The Way It Was by Fred Langone SALE PRICE $19.95 Plus Shipping & Handling On Site at The Post-Gazette 5 Prince Street, North End, Boston, MA News Briefs (Continued from Page 1}- camp has switched gears. Instead of saying Brown and Akin are Mike and Ike, the Democrats are attacking Romney and Ryan. Even Democrats are smart enough to know that Brown is no Akin. This would have been a great radio spot for Barbara Whatshername out in Mis- souri trying to hold on to her Senate seat against Akin. Navy SEAL's Book Gives Different Take on Bin Laden Death The U.S. Navy SEAL who has authored a first-hand account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden says the terrorist was shot in the head as he peeked out from a bedroom door, an account that doesn't match the Obama Administration's xersibh ofnts. The book, "No Easy Day," now in book- stores, that is if you can still find a bookstore out there, reportedly says bin Laden was unarmed when Navy SEALs found him during the raid on his Pakistani compound. Obama Victory Fund 2012 I tell people I'm a Demo- crat, but no one believes me. Why else do you think the Democrats sent me a fund- raising "Obama Victory Fund 2012" pitch? Of course, I laughed when I found it in my mailbox. Boy, did they waste postage on me. Now, if I had received a letter from the "Obama Defeat Fund 2012" that would have been a whole different story. Here's a quote from the let- ter addressed to me from the president, "Dear Salvator" (By the way, only my father ever called me "Salvator" and only when I got into trouble), anyway I digress, "Dear Salvator, Every night, I get the chance to read about 10 letters from people across the country. Some are in- spiring. Some are heart- breaking. But each one com- pels me to keep moving for- ward on this journey we started together." Obviously, letters from folks like me never get to him at night in the White House where he's probably holding a Beer Summit for one. Most of real America doesn't like the "Change" we've gotten and have lost all "Hope" that things will get better soon. I did get a nice black and white photo of a pensive president looking like he's trying to figure out just what to do next. Court Blocks Texas Voter ID Law On August 30, a federal court barred Texas from implementing a new law requiring voters to show ,Voter Photo ID cards before casting ballots. Circuit Judge David Tatel wrote for a 3-judge panel of the U.S. Dis- trict Court in Washington that the law's impact would "fall most heavily on the poor and that a disproportionately high percentage of African- Americans and Hispanics in Texas live in poverty." Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot, a Republican said he will appeal the decision directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. Our Parties Ain't What They Used to Be Growing up as a baby boomer in the '509 and '60s, I remember when the gulf between Republicans and Democrats was quite narrow. In 1960 when Jack Ken- nedy, age 43, ran against Richard Nixon; age '47, they both ran to the political cen- ter and held similar moder- ate views on both foreign and domestic policies. Things changed after 1968 when Nixon narrowly defeated Vice President Hubert Humphrey. The seed for change was planted by George Corley Wallace who pulled 13 per- cent of the national vote that year. By 1972, the gulf between both parties wid- ened when the Democrats were led by George McGovem, who went down in flames losing everything but Mas- sachusetts and D.C. in that election. Recently, a blogger was quoted in the Boston Herald saying, "While I am not wild about the Republicans, the reality is that the Demo- cratic party, which once sup- posedly represented the working-class, left town about four decades ago. The neodems now represent criminals, illegal aliens and welfare parasites almost exclusively. The choice is clearly the lesser of two evils." My father called Franklin Delano Roosevelt the best president of his life- time. I call Ronald Reagan mine. The future of the Republi- can Party are elected offi- cials and candidates like Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Scott Brown, Susana Martinez, Nikki Haley, Mia Love, Sher Valenzuela, Chris Christie and Richard Tisei. The fu- ture of the Democrats are folks like Barack Obama, Joe Kennedy Ill, Elizabeth Warren and Deval Patrick. This choice makes things quite easy for me. We can have no "hope" and "change" or we can have new faces and new ideas to take us into the future. More of the tired and failed policies are unaccep.table fgr America. The Democrats are like lost sheep. This flock needs inspiring leadership, but all they have are pandering losers. Go back to the future when we had Jack Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Adlai Stevenson and Scoop Jackson. Paul Antonino (Continued home was on fire and to va- cate the premises. He went from door to door and from floor to floor of the triple decker knocking and yelling "Let's go! Let's go! We've got to get out!" The fire started on the top floor that included tenants between the ages of 70 and 80, completely un- aware the entire roof was burning above them. Due to Antonino's response and bravery, the 23 adults and 7 children who lived in the building escaped safety. The Boston Fire Department said at the time they couldn't believe everyone got out alive. "Paul Antonino's bravery was in every way in the spirit of those first respond- ers eleven years ago," said Governor Deval Patrick. "His was an act worthy of the Madeline Amy Sweeney Award." "Amy Sweeney's quick ac- tion and bravery will never be forgotten," said Lieuten- ant Governor Murray. "In the aftermath of 9/11, the coun- try came together as one and we were reminded of how valuable it is to help others and pay it forward, As we re- member Amy's legacy, it is fitting that we as a Com- from Page 1) monwealth recognize an- other extraordinary hero, Paul Antonino, who risked his life and bravely saved and protected others." The Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery was created in the spirit of the heroism and bravery shown by Sweeney and other victims of Septem- ber 11, 2001. The award honors individuals who dem- onstrate extraordinary brav- ery in an effort to save the life of another in danger. Sweeney, known as Amy, was a flight attendant aboard American Airlines Flight 1 I, which was hijacked on the morning of September 11, and later crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Before the crash, Sweeney conveyed critical information about the plane's hijackers to ground services. An Acton resident, Sweeney was sur- vived by her husband and two children. "Paul Antonino's selfless heroism last spring on Bennington Street is a per- fect example for us to honor Amy Sweeney's bravery on Flight 11 that fateful tragic September day over ten years ago," said Public Safety Secretary Mary Beth Hef- fernan. "As a mother my- self, I join with all Massa- chusetts residents as we honor Amy Sweeney's self- lessness and sacrifice be- stowing her namesake award on this year's well deserving hero." "Paul Antonino is the embodiment of a true hero. His selfless act of courage, with regard only for the safety of strangers, was ex- traordinary," said Senator Katherine M. Clark. "It was an honor to nominate Paul to receive the Madeline Amy Sweeney Award." "It is a privilege to repre- sent Mr. Antonino," said Rep- resentative Paul A. Brodeur. "His actions of running into a burning building, without regard to his personal safety, recalls the courage shown by Amy Sweeney on September 11, 2001." Prior to the Sweeney Award presentation, Lieu- tenant Governor Murray, Governor Patrick and other officials also participated in a flag lowering ceremony that included the reading of all names of victims of Sep- tember 11 with Massachu- setts ties on the steps of the State House.