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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 You can email your questions to postgazette@aol.com to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-hearted! Thanks. Are my pooch friends a Republican or a Democrat? Election season is heating up and it seems like everyone has an opinion. Even my pooch friends who have taken in the convention speeches and countless hours of news reports have been sitting next to their human companions on the couch. Think he or she wasn't paying attention to all the TV time? Think again! Take this quiz to determine whether your pooch shares your political opinions: {1) My dog is perfectly coiffed at all times. A. True B. False (2) My dog barks at objects and people that aren't really there ... like chairs. A. True B. False (3) My dog has famous friends who will bark on his 'behalf when needed. A, True B. False (4) My dog prefers car rides when his crate is strapped to the roof of the family car. A. True B. False (5) My dog is attracted to other dogs with incredibly toned arms ... err, paws. A. True B. False (6) My dog doesn't think that dogs from other neighborhoods should be allowed to play in his dog park. A, True B. False (7) My dog thinks dogs in shelters should figure out how to get adopted on their own, A. True B. False (8) My dog thinks that he should have to share his toys with other neighborhood dogs, even though he earned them through good behavior. A. True B. False (9) My dog believes all dogs should have mandatory veterinary care. A. True B. False (I0) Foxes love my dog! Or maybe just one big fox. Owned by Rupert Murdoch. A. True B. False RF.U/,TS If you got mostly A's then get your dog a red collar, because he's all about Romney- Paul 2012! If you scored mostly B's then your dog is gunning for four more years of (Supposed) hope and change!!! Little does my human companion know I am an independent pooch• That's all for now ... On this note "THANK YOU" City Councilor Sal LaMattina for having the crosswalks painted on Hanover and Prince Street ... Now I feel safe. L'Anno Bello: A Year in Italian Folklore Finding Our Balance by Ally Di Censo If I were to choose a word that perfectly encapsulates the hazy summer I spent in Italy back in 2005, it would be time. Not time as in a crisply structured schedule of sights to see and places to be, but rather time as an entity, a presence, an almost corpo- real being. At home, I only became aware of time in moments of acute emotion: anxiously checking a calen- dar when the due date of a book report loomed large, for example, or willing the min- ute hand on the clock to change from 8:59 to 9:00, sig- naling the start of my favor- ite television show. In Italy, though, I never felt the need to compete with time, but rather let the gentle stream of hours and minutes and seconds enrich each activity. Time slowly dried the clothes we delicately hung on the cot- ton wires that crisscrossed through the antique Abruzzi farmhouses. Time imbued every lick of the handcrafted, handmade stracciatella gelato I tried in the Basilicata. Time was etched on the face of the old man in Rome who invited my family into his small, dimly lit trattoria for a meal of salmon cream-infused spaghetti. And as summer turned fall, time changed the hues of the mountains that surrounded my father's hometown of Sulmona from green to a misty gray. As the autumnal equinox approaches on the 22 "d of Sep- tember, I am reminded that fall is the season in which the concept of time truly feels the most palpable. On this equinox, the world stands poised on balance, a time of equal lengths of light and darkness. After the equinox, each progressively darker night marks a time of pro- longed death for the sun, who nevertheless will return triumphant on the winter solstice. The holidays and tra- ditions sacred to autumn re- spect this sense of time and honor its changes. In Italy, as I mentioned in a previous ar- ticle, fall celebrates the ar- rival of la vendemmia and the harvests of other fruits• The autumnal Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah marks the passing of a year. Here in the United States, schools typi- cally commence their lessons in the early fall, a bittersweet passage of time that signals the communal coming-of-age for countless students• Unlike these special days, however, I believe that most citizens of the modern world -- myself included -- are of- ten guilty of not affording time the reverence it deserves. Time only matters when we perceive to have too little of it. We fretfully look at the clock when our train is late; we build our schedules around meetings, due dates, paperwork and evaluations. Most egregiously of all, we Owned and operated by Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher, Post-Gazette LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. CIANO GENERAL PRACTICE OF LA W DIVORCE * WILLS * ESTATE PLANNING * TRUSTS CRIMINAL ° PERSONAL INJURY ° WORKERS COMP. 617-354-9400 Si Parla Italiano 230 MSGR. O'BRIEN HIGHWAY * CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 02141 have to pencil in time to spend with our family or by ourselves, seeking solace in an activity we love. What should be the most important aspects of people's lives -- their loved ones and their own peace of mind -- be- comes squashed into sched- ules right alongside business lunches and quick coffee runs. When I am in similar situations, I long for the days of Italy when time was not an enemy but a friend I patiently and willingly accommodated in all things from drying clothes to seasoning spaghetti• Just as the autumnal equi- nox finds the perfect balance between light and dark, so too must we, as denizens of the modem world, find such a bal- ance between our personal lives and the demands which often impede our way. I am not suggesting that people abandon their jobs or compro- mises, as this would disrupt the balance in another extreme. I am advising, how- by Sal Garratam Romney Says "Dependent 47% Back Obama'" On a recent night while flipping the channel on my television, I came upon Chris Matthews sprouting his usu- ally nonsense about the bad old Republicans. He seemed like a little kid telling tales that made me giggle. It appears Matthews and three other liberal nitwits on the show with him thought a piece just published by Mother Jones magazine authored by David Corn would destroy the Romney campaign for presi- dent. The magazine piece was based on a video that was taken at a May 17 fund- raiser at the Boca Raton, Florida home of Marc Leder, co-CEO of the investment firm Sun Capital Partners. In the video, liberals say that Mitt Romney blasted all the dependents that are with Barack Obama because they get stuff from government. Once again, like with Rom- ney's immediate reaction to the killing of our U.S. ambas- sador to Libya, Romney's comments were ac'curate, but he has a way of killing his own message by saying things the wrong way. For a very smart guy, he tends to articulate very stupidly to put it mildly. In the end, he ends up apologizing for being right. Keep doing this and he will become the John McCain of 2012. What did he actually say about the 47 percent of Americans who get free government stuff? Listen to this, "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the presi- dent no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him (Obama), who are dependent upon gov- ernment, who believe they are victims, who believe the , government has a responsi- bility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, food, housing, and you-name-it ... that's an entitlement. And that gov- ernment should give it to them. And they will vote for what ... These are the people who pay no income tax." These are the words that a video captured secretly at a dinner made over the sounds of wait staff pouring drinks and clearing away plates and silverware. Hardly damning to me or most Americans who very much agree with the sentiment presented at that table conversation by the Republican candidate running for president. Folks over at MSNBC are salivating over it as if this is a deadly "Gotcha' moment. It isn't. You know recently, I heard the video of a Span- ish-speaking advertisement running down in Mexico funded by the U.S. Depart- ment of Agriculture, you know the food stamp govern- ment agency telling a for- eign audience at "Happiness Park" that if they come to America, all this free stuff awaits them. Where is the righteous anger of MSNBC over this kind of en- ticing pitch? The govern- ment might as well hire Ernie Boch, Jr., to tell TV viewers south of the border to "Come on up!" Here in Massachusetts, as "blue" a state as we are, the news that EBT cards were being abused and the governor stating the attacks on the poor were wrong because 'it's their money" turned many blue staters quite red. Abuse of the sys- tem seems rampant• The entitlement giveaways are proving unsustainable both statewide and nationwide, but liberal Democrats just keep telling angry taxpayers that there is nothing to see here, "just keep moving along folks." Mitt Romney, however, keeps saying stupid things out loud that he shouldn't say even in private at a dinner table. He should be talking about empowering folks, get- ting them off welfare and ever. that itWeue( alltrseo! tustreats edn-°r NORTH [ND00 a r, " :ll- PRINTING I sit down to 5 PRINCE STREET * NORTH END BOSTON, MA 02113 moments with ourselves or with our families not as in- terruptions in our structured schedules but rather as well- deserved rights. I find my bal- ance when reread the familiar words of my favorite novel, when I gather with my best friends to laugh at superhero movies, and when I sneak a large spoonful of Nutella straight out of the jar. If we all, this autumn, appreciate the mo- ments we have been given, we will truly realize that we have all the time we need to balance our lives. Ally Di Censo is a Graduate Student in History at the Uni- versity of Massachusetts Bos- ton. She appreciates any com- ments and suggestions about Italian holidays and folklore at , adicen.so89@gmail.com. I ........ Quality Printing for all your Commercial and Personal Needs Stationery * Business Cards * Menus *Flyers ] Program Books * Wedding and Party vitations ] Announcements * Business Forms and Documents I COMPETITIVE PRICES 617-227-8929 this resident no matter (Continued on Page 13)