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Page 1:4 " " POSi"-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 I The Bilingual C,orner LO SAPEVATE CHE ... L'Italia non era mai caduta tanto in basso. Molti Io dicono, non solo l'opposizione ma anche alcuni tra coloro che detengono il potere, o si fingono ottimisti. Si e' smarrito il senso della direzione, dove e come la politica del Governo deve muoversi. Gli scontri tra i politici diventano sempre piu' litigiosi, come pure accuse infamanti e contegni immorali da parte di vari leader. Qualcuno ha suggerito che solo la politica puo' curare la ... politica! L'autodisciplina ovviamente non e' una qualita' dei politici italiani. E poi, ci sono partiti, o movimenti politici al governo, che promettono di governare bene ma sono incapaci di combinare quasi nulla. Dicono costantemente di fare varie riforme, che sarebbe giusto, ma in realta' hanno dimostrato di non una qualsivoglia riforma, nessuna che possa aiutare il popolo. Nessuno, pero', osa dire qual'e' la causa dei guai in Italia. Anzi, ci sono molte cause. Ma quella determinante, ed alla base di tanti guai, e' Silvio Berlusconi. Naturalmente i suoi seguaci, ed ammiratori, parlano di simpatia, od antipatiaT Non credo si tratti di sentimenti. I fatti parlano da se. Berlusconi si diede alla politica dopo angentopoli'. Fu quel processo pieno di scandali che rese pubbliche le figure di nuovi ricchi milanesi, oltre a Berlusconi. Quindi, per salvarsi dai tanti guai giudiziari cerco' di cambiare le leggi, sedendo sulla poltrona di Pre- mieH La sua entrata in politica aveva anche lo scopo di evitare il fallimento delle sue aziende, circondandosi di persone di dubbia moralita'. La sua elezione a Premier (tre volte) ha aiutato a salvare le sue aziende ed a crearne nuove (catene televisive). Non e' l'uomo ideale per guidare l'Italia. E' troppo incompetente ed impreparato! DID YOU KNOW THAT ... Italy had never fallen so low. Many say it, not only the opposition but also a few among those in charge of the gov- ernment, or pretend to be optimistic. The sense of direc- tion has been lost as to how and where the Government's policies must lead to. The clashes between politicians have become more quarrelsome, with slanderous charges and immoral behavior by some leaders. Some people have sug- gested that only politics can cure ... politics! Obviously, self discipline isn't an asset of Italian politicians. There are parties and political groups in Government who promise to govern well but are unable to achieve anything, or nearly so. They constantly talk of making reforms, a right thing to do, but have, in truth, been unable to do any reforms aimed at the people. However, nobody dares to say what the real cause of the problems in Italy is. In reality there are many causes. The defining one, among the many, is precisely Silvio Berlusconi. Of course, his followers and admirers speak of affection, or of disaffection. I do not personally believe it is a question of feelings. The facts speak for themselves. Berlusconi got into politics after the (celebrated) "Tangentopoli" trials scandals. It was that trial that exposed some of Milan's newly rich people, beside Berlusconi. Therefore, in order to save himself from the charges, he tried to change the laws while sitting on the Premier's chair. His getting into politics had also the purpose of avoiding the bankruptcy of his firms and sur- rounding himself also with individuals of questionable morality. His access to the Premiership (three times) has made possible for him to salvage his corporations, as well as creating new ones {TV networks). He is not the kind of individual to lead Italy. He is far too incompetent, and unprepared. Auto Repair Seam (Continued from Page 6) pairs. 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The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani FLAHERTY COMING TO EASTIE ON SEPTEMBER 22 Pat Capogreco just let me know that there will be a reception put on by "Friends of East Boston" for former City Council President, Michael F. Flaherty, who is attempting to return to the Boston City Council in the November elections. The event is planned at the Orient Heights Yacht Club. MIRABELLA POOL COOKOUT A GREAT SUCCESS It was another great year for the Mirabella Pool gang this summer. Too bad time went by so fast. The end-of-summer cookout was held on Sunday, September 4. This North End pool has been around since I was about five years old and living on Lewis Street. It is a neighborhood gem and brings together long-time and lifelong folks with new- comers to the community. I look forward to my down time at the pool all the time and long for it during those cold and snowy months of winter. NICK TIME TWO Recently, I had a great meal over at Nick's Restaurant in Winthrop. I was there with Johnny 2 Dog and some other friends of mine. The price is right and the food greatly priced. Now I've found out that this Nick also owns Nick's Place in Saugus, too. They've got a great Beat the Clock Pizza Special on Mondays. For more information, call 781-231-8100. SWIM-A-THON IN C-TOWN The second annual Swim-A-Thon to ben- efit the Charlestown Recovery House will take place on September 23 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Constitution Inn YMCA. You can help by being a swimmer, sponsor or donor. For more information, call Dave Bobick at 857-237-3710. 12 TM ANNUAL SOBO STREET FESTIVAL The South Boston Chamber of Commerce has announced that the 12 th annual South Boston Street Festival will take place on Saturday, September 17. Last year, the festival drew over 10,000 residents and visitors to East Broadway. The idea behind this annual event is to feature local busi- nesses and connect Iongtime residents with the community's newcomers. Live musical acts and performances will take place on two stages. Check out the festival website at www.southbostonstreetfestival.com for more details. COPS FOR KIDS WITH CANCER RIDE The 6 th Annual Cops for Kids with Cancer "Flight of the Angels" Motorcycle Run will take place on Sunday, September 25 {rain date, Sunday, October 2). It begins at Florian Hall in Dorchester and ends at the Hilltop Athletic Club in Kingston. Registration begins at 9:30 am and the ride starts at 11:00 am. The first 200 riders get t-shirts. There will be food and music at the athletic rices Vietnam veterans made in the name of freedom. The people of South Boston built this memorial. Building it was half the pledge made to themselves. The other half is inscribed on the face of the memorial: "If you forget my death, then I died in vain." September 18 will begin with a Memorial Mass at St. Brigid's Church at 10:30 am, followed by the rededication ceremony at Medal of Honor Park at 11:30 am. The guest speaker is U.S. Senator James H. Webb, Jr., a decorated Marine Corps Vietnam veteran. HALFWAY TO ST. PATTY'S RACE The Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Post-Road Race Block Party will be held this year on Sunday, September 18. This event is spon- sored by the Boston Police Emerald Society outside its club in Roslindale Village. I've gone to this event in the past, and it is always a great time for young and old alike. CONNOLLY PARTY A GREAT SUCCESS Supporters of City Councilor John Connolly put together a great South Boston neighborhood party at Touchie's Sham- rock Pub 7 Grill on Mon- day, September 12. It was very well attended. Connolly always gets a great vote in Southie and in this year's heated City Council at Large race, every vote there is going to count big time. IRISH HERITAGE FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER Don't forget that Saturday, September 17 is the date for the Irish Heritage Festival fundraiser at Florian Hall in Dorchester, and among the entertainment will be one of my favorite groups, "The Fenian Sons." For more information, contact Pat at 781-534-3919. The Irish Heritage Festival will be held once again in Adams Village in Dorchester on Sunday, October 9. For more information, go to www.lrishHeritageFestival.com. CRUISING TOGETHER FOR BELLE ISLE RESCHEDULED Thanks to Mother Nature, a/k/a Hurri- cane Irene, the Boston Harbor Cruise fundraiser had to be rescheduled. The new date set up by the Friends of Belle Island is September 25. Boarding at Winthrop Landing on Shirley Street begins at 12:30 pm, and the cruise sails from I:00 pm to 4:00 pm. For tickets, call Gaff at 617-567-5072. DORCHESTER CLASSIC AUTO SHOW The I st Annual Classic Car Show at Dorchester Park will take place on Sunday, September 25 from noon until 4:00 pm. Gates open at 10:30 am. Historic Dorchester Park's entrance is right off Adams Street. The car entrance is at 1001 Adams Street. To register, go to www.dotpark.org or call club. See you there. A NIGHT AT THE FIGHTS FOR FRANK Frank Baker is running for City Council in District 3 Dorchester. He recently had a great time at Peter Welch's Gym. Peter Marciano was there talking about his brother, the legendary, unde- feated heavyweight cham- pion Rocky Marciano. After- wards, there were a series of amateur matches to watch, Tony Paciulli at 617-296-7039. Leave the DELIVERY to Us[ With a Gift Subscription to the Post-Gazette, your generosity will be remembered every week of the year. arranged by Peter himself. This District 3 is one of the hottest in the city this year. S.B. VIETNAM MEMORIAL 30 TM ANNIVERSARY The South Boston Vietnam Memorial Committee com- memorates the 30 th anniver- sary of the South Boston Vietnam Memorial on Sun- day, September 18. 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