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POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 Page 3 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: postgazette@aol.com Website: www.BostonPostGazette.com Subscriptions in the United States $35.00 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-GAZETTE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 118 - No. 38 Friday, September 19, 2014 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. Is the U.S. Army Now Becoming the Peace Corps with Machine Guns? by Sal Giarratani Latest news out of the Obama White House: Presi- dent Obama is planning on sending 3,000 US troops to West Mrica and into ground zero of the Ebola epidemic. Meanwhile he is adamant that there will be no com- bat boots on the ground in the fight against ISIS in Syria or Iraq. This tells me how seriously he is about taking on ISIS and Radical Islam. Meanwhile, moonbat liberals in this country are nodding in agreement with the Obama White House that there is no credible threat of ISIS sneaking across our unprotected southern border. We have no idea who is or isn't crossing into America from Mexico because our border is so porous at the moment. Most people have no idea what kind of barrier against illegal cross- ings the Rio Grande is. There are regions so shallow along the river that folks can just walk across the Rio Grande, only dampening their boots. The U.S. military is getting hollowed out by cuts and now we are sending American soldiers to act as humanitarian workers. Ebola is a disease that is kill- ing many in West Africa but what value will the U.S. military be in that ravaged area of Mrica? Meanwhile, ISIS continues on its sadistic way and it is our hope that the rebels in Syria and the Kurds can be our boots on the ground. The Obama White House should be treating ISIS as a menacing disease but it would appear that President Obama would rather fight a war against a disease rather than against Radical Islam killing all who stand in its way. The forces of ISIS must be laughing at how badly the United States is willing to go AWOL, rather than stand up for what really matters in the world. The good guys hide, while the bad guys roam with impunity. Dr. William Hurley Brigadier General (MA) 1939 -- 2014 William (Bill) Hurley left us on Monday morning, September 15, 2014, surrounded by his entire family and many friends. He was born in Winthrop. For the first year of his life, he lived in East Boston, where his mother and father were both raised. In 1940, the family moved to Winthrop, in the house that Bill's father first owned. Bill graduated from Boston College High School in 1956 and attended Chauncy Hall Prep School in Boston. In 1961, Bill joined Local 106 of the International Longshoremen's Union, and except for a period of active duty with the US Army, he worked on the Boston waterfront until he earned a Bachelor's degree from Northeastern University in 1968. Bill bragged that he paid for his education working as a longshoreman and playing poker. In September 1968, Bill began a career in education in the Winthrop Public School System, eventually becoming the Coordinator of Mathematics, responsible for system-wide mathematics education. In 1983, Bill became involved in evening higher education as an Adjunct Professor and as a part-time evening College Administrator. He held these positions until his retirement from public education in 2000. He then accepted a full-time position as an Associate Dean at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. He retired from his position as Dean of Professional Studies in July 2004. Following his retirement from Endicott College, Bill, in 2006, formed his own home healthcare company with his wife Sandra, Commonwealth Clinical Services, Inc., in Winthrop. Bill earned a Master of Education degree from Northeastern University, and an MBA from Anna Maria College. He earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in 2001 and a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership in 2006 at age 66 from Johnson and Wales University. While pursuing his academic career, Bill had a parallel career in the military. He enlisted in the US Navy Reserve and then transferred to the Massachusetts Army National Guard Officer Candidate School. In 1996, he was selected as a "Hall of Fame" graduate of that program. He served 33 years as a commissioned officer in the Massachusetts Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve. Bill retired from active reserve status in 1997 with the rank of Colonel. He then joined the Massachusetts Military Reserve in the Massachusetts National Guard, where he was promoted to Brigadier General (MA). In 2003, having risen through the ranks from Private to Brigadier General, Bill finally separated from the military with over 40 years of military service. In addition to his civilian education, Bill is a graduate of the US Army Engineer Basic and Advanced courses, the US Army Command and General Staff College, the US Marine Corps Command and General Staff College, and the US Air Force War Coilege. Bill was a member of various professional, veterans, and military affiliate organizations including the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company and the Association of the First Corps of Cadets of which he was the past president twice. He was a member of the Order Sons of Italy in America, Renaissance Lodge 2614. He has been the Columbus Day Parade Grand Marshal for over 20 years and served on the Board of the Renaissance Lodge. Bill met his wife, Sandra Olson, in the early 1960s after returning from Active Duty with the Massachusetts Army National Guard Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training. As the story goes, Sandra discreetly tied her kerchief to the antenna of Bill's 1962 Corvette convertible on their first date so that Bill would ask her out again. The Hurleys have four children. Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Hurley, an Air Force Academy graduate, who served on active duty in Afghanistan. He is now assigned to the Massachusetts Air National Guard at Otis Air Base as a Squadron Commander. Christopher resides in Winthrop with his wife, Dawn, and his four children, Jonathan, Charlotte, Christian, and Julia. Jennifer (Hurley) Herrey, a graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, lives in Marblehead with her husband, Alex, and her daughters, Alanna and Alysia. Robert Hurley, a graduate of Salem State College and the Criminal Justice Master's Degree Program at Western New England College, is a US Army Veteran and is currently a Sergeant on the Boston Police Department assigned to South Boston. He has his home in East Boston with his wife, Andrea, and his sons, Matthew and Andrew. Jeanne (Hurley) Holgersen, a graduate of Fitchburg State College, lives in Winthrop with her husband, Steve, and her five children, Steven, Joseph, Anika, Michael, and Emma. She has recently earned a college degree in Nursing. Visiting hours will be held atthe Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop Street, Winthrop, Massachusetts on Friday, September 19, from 4:00- 8:00 pm. Funeral from the funeral home on Saturday, September 20t", at 9:00 am. A Funeral Mass will be held in the Holy Rosary Church, Winthrop at 10:00 am. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial with Military Honors will be held in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Dr. William B. Hurley Scholarship Fund, 227 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116. For guestbook, please visit www.mauricekirbyfh.com. 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 4w4r~ DON'T FORGET "THE BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS" Joseph's Feast because of the Mass on Sunday at 11:00 am. So try to keep the animals out of the Prado as the feast will take place October 3 4 and 5th. You know the story of St. Francis of Assisi that he could communicate with the animals. There are legends of Saint Francis preaching to doves and crows. "THE BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS" will take place on SUNDAY October 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm at the Old North Church at the Unity Street end of the Prado. Staff at the Old North Church along with RUFF, strongly recommend that ALL dogs be leashed and, smaller domestic ani- mals be secured in carriers/ crates. There will be a band- stand in the Prado for Saint Stories of his rescuing a wild rabbit from a trap, end- ing in the rabbit following him for days and constantly hopping up on his lap in ap- preciation. Perhaps the most famous story speaks of Saint Francis taming a wolf that terrorized a village. While we can't guarantee that Saint Francis will make an appearance on Sunday, October 5 Iike St. Francis, we can expect many folks that do attend have already given that same commit- ment of compassion to their domestic pets. Welcome to all "amateur" animal whisperers, RUFF and non-RUFF members. See you and yours at Old North Church at the Unity Street end of the Prado. WWW. BOSTON POSTGAZETTE.COM That's all for now/