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POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 Page 3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: Website" Subscriptions in the United States $30.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZE'TI'E P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnantma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnanuna 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 115 - No. 37 Friday, September 16, 2011 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. GUEST EDITORIAL OBAMA PLANS 50 PERCENT CUT IN MILITARY BUDGET by Edward P. Shallow The Heritage Founda- tion informs me that America will face "Devastating Effects" if military spending is cut. Heritage's Mackenzie China's first aircraft Eaglen explains that the carrier, Varyag, which draconian cuts to our China bought from the armed forces would re- Ukraine in 1998. sult in a military ill equipped to sustain its mission at home and around the world. Secretary Panetta said any additional defense cuts on top of the hundreds of billions over the past several years and hundreds of billions over the next 10 years would result in a hollow force. The term "hollow force" describes the situation when readiness declines be- cause the military does not have enough funding to provide trained and ready forces, support ongoing op- erations and modernize simultaneously. Obama has to determine with entitlement programs consuming more than 60 percent of the federal bud- get. America cannot afford delays in reforms that would inevitably add to the pressure to shortchange national security funding. With the elections of 2012 on the horizon, Obama has to choose: cut entitlements or our national secu- rity. Care to choose whose ox will be gored? My money is on sacrificing defense. This at a time when China is flexing its military muscles. (Continued on Page 15) L'ECCESSIVA FAMILIARITA FA PERDERE IL RISPETTO. Familiarity breeds contempt. LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 . BOSTON'S OWN Jimmy "Bono" Geany Performing at SAN GENNARO'S FEAST Boston's own Jimmy "Bono" Geany will be performing, once again, at the 85 th Annual San Gennaro's "Feast of all Feasts" in New York City. Popular Bos- ton based Italian-American singer Jimmy "Bono" Geany is slated to perform on Wednesday night, Septem- ber 21 st, on the Main Stage located on the corner of Grand and Mott Streets in New York's "Little Italy." Jimmy will be singing all your Italian favorites such as "O Sole Mio," "Torna Sor- rento" and "Mamma," etc. Jimmy is an annual favor- ite performer at the feasts in Boston's "Little Italy," the North End. The Feast of San Gennaro is the largest Ital- ian festival in the United States with over 300 street vendors and 80 arches of fes- tive lights illuminating the streets of New York's "Little Italy." The Feast runs Sep- tember 15 th through Septem- ber 254, 2011. It's a spectacu- lar event not to be missed[ Life is good Festival SEPTEMBER 24 TM AND 25 TM The Life is good Festival is a one-of-a-kind fundraiser event taking place the weekend of September 24 th and 25 th at Prowse Farm in Canton, MA. The festival is a two-day cel- ebration of music and optimism, featuring three stages of nationally known musical talent, hands-on games, interactive arts activities and the "Good Kids" zone -- home to the top acts in kids entertainment. 100% of Life is good's profits from the Festival will go towards The Life is good Playmakers, helping kids overcome life-threatening challenges such as violence, illness and extreme poverty. The goal of the weekend is to create a com- munity of fundraisers. Festival-goers who raise $500 or more for The Life is good Playmakers will be rewarded with exclusive backstage hospitality, preferred concert viewing, artist meet and greets and other prizes. These fundraisers will be called VGP's -- Very Good People -- and will have a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience, as well as the satisfaction that comes natu- rally by simply being a very good person. Life is good has once again teamed up with Superfly, acclaimed producers of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and Out- side Lands, to assure an amazing festival experience. The Life is good Festival will be held on historic Prowse Farm in Canton, Massachu- setts, conveniently located just off of Route 93 (Route 128) at exit 2B. The event site is 15 minutes from downtown Boston. The Life is good Festival is easily acces- sible via public transportation or car! If you choose to arrive by car, parking lots are located nearby. We encourage you to take the MBTA's commuter rail (aka the Love Train) to the festival. Taking the train is the number one way for our fans to reduce the impact our event has on the environ- ment. (Plus, in addition to bringing your kids to a fun day of music and games ... all kids love train rides, especially Love Train rides!) The Life is good Festival will also run bus shuttles to and from the Route 128/ University Avenue train station all day -- making it an easy, stress free tripl For a complete listing, log onto www. President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts: President Obama said, "I am grateful these accomplished men and women have agreed to join this Administration, and I am confident they will serve ably in these important roles. I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years." Dr. Maria Lombardo, Appointee for Chair- man, Board of Trustees of the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation. Dr. Maria Lombardo is the project coordinator for the Spot- light Teacher Training Project and the ESL Dr. Maria Licensure Coordinator Lombardo at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Prior to her current position, she served as the Educa- tion Director for the National Italian American Foundation from 1981 until 2001. Dr. Lombardo increased the foundation's now multi-million dollar scholarship fund, initiated their grant program and provided technical assistance to organizations and colleges seeking to bolster their cultural education programs. Dr. Lombardo has also conducted over 50 conferences on the Holo- caust and authored a book, A Camp Without Wa/ls. She was awarded Educator of the Year by the Association of Italian American Edu- cators and the Marisa Bellisario Interna- tional Award in her home country of Italy, for which she served as a representative of Calabria. Dr. Lombardo received her B.S. from Bridgewater State University, her M.A. from Northeastern University and her doc- toral degree from Boston University. William Sisk, Appointee for Member, Committee for Purchase from People Who are Blind or Severely Disabled. William Sisk is the Assistant Commissioner in the Office of General Supplies and Services for the Federal Acquisition Service of the Gen- eral Services Administration (GSA). In his current position, he leads GSA's acquisition of a wide range of commodities and services used by Federal agencies and the disposal of personal property. Mr. Sisk has over 20 years experience with the GSA. He began his career in the Southeast Sunbelt Region in 1990 and served in various manage- ment positions including Director of GSA's Southeast Distribution Center, Deputy As- sistant Regional Administrator and Assis- tant Re-gional Administrator. In 2007, he was permanently selected as the Regional Commissioner for the Federal Acquisition Service where he represented GSA's As- sisted Acquisition Services, Fleet Manage- ment, Network Services, Personal Property and the Customer Accounts and Research Division. Mr. Sisk graduated from The Cita- del with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Steven L. VanRoekel, Appointee for Fed- eral Chief Information Officer and Admin- istrator, Office of Electronic Government, Office of Management and Budget. Steven L. VanRoekel is currently the Executive Director of Citizen and Organizational Engagement at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Before moving to USAID in 2011, he served as Managing Director of the Federal Com- munications Commission (FCC), where he oversaw all operational, technical, financial and human resource aspects of the agency. He also led the FCC's efforts to introduce new technology and social media into the agency. Mr. VanRoekel worked at Microsoft Corporation from 1994 to 2009, most re- cently as the Senior Director for the Win- dows Server and Tools Division. He received a B.A. in Management of Information Sys- tems from Iowa State University.