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POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 5, 2012 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: 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-GAZETTE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Dommnm~ Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990, Vol. 116 - No. 40 Friday, October 5, 2012 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. In f_9 ing Memory of jlnnette M. I I lpri 2,95 October 6, 2005 remembered GUEST EDITORIAL This Whole Attack on 9/11 Seems So Infuriating, Doesn't It? by Sal Giarratani (: The more I think about the September 11 deadly attack on one of our embassies in Libya, the more infuriated I get. Why wasn't our security increased prior to this year's IIm anniversary of the 9/11 attacks? Why does the United States State Department appar- ently depend on the host country for security of our embassies and U.S. citizens working within them? Is that embassy yet secured and have U.S. Marines been allowed into Libya? At first I was very upset that it appeared that the entire blame of all the violence both before and after the deadly attack that killed four Americans includ- ing our own ambassador, the first death of an ambas- sador since 1979 in Iran, was being placed on a silly little 15 minute movie. We now know that U.S. intelli- gence knew within 24 hours that the attack on Libya was a planned attack prior to the rioting in Egypt at our embassy in that country. The intel even had likely suspects out there responsible for the violence and killings. However, since 9/11, it has only been in recent days that the U.S. has finally called it a pre-planned terror- ist attack having nothing to do with an internet movie made in California. I still can't figure out why two days reportedly after the intel was out Press Secretary Jay Carney was still holding press conferences blaming the movie or why four days after that the U.S. Ambas- sador to the U.N. Susan Rice went on five, count 'em, five Sunday morning TV news programs still talking about the damn movie. Were they lying or were they in the dark about the intel information? Who sent Carney out to reporters or Rice out to TV networks passing on discredited information? Was it the White House? Was it the State Department? To this day, I await a presidential address on what happened September 1 1 in Libya. I did not appreciate the president's remarks about bumps in the road ei- ther. Four dead Americans are not bumps, they are four murdered Americans. President Obama would rather go on TV to talk with David Letterman or Bar- bara Wa-wa and Whoopi Goldberg on "The View" than tell the American people what happened under his watch. I also wonder if all the hollering and hoopla at the Democratic National Convention, such as when Joe Biden was saying, "General Motors lives and Osama is dead," played any significant role in the murderous attack in Libya. Yet, the polls show both President Obama and his .,. , .......... . ,(Contirm.ed on, page 13) A Heartfelt Thank You ... from the Mass Hearing Aids for Children Coalition Hello friends~family, We are overjoyed to tell you that thanks to our great friends and family, House Bill 52 "An Act to provide hearing aids for chil- dren" was signed into law by Governor Patrick on August 7, 2012. The new law can be found in Chapter 233 of the Acts of 2012. We were included in the ceremonial sign- ing on September 27, 2012. As a co-founder of the MassHAFCC (Mass Hearing Aids for Children Coalition) with three very good friends (which grew to seven amazing ladies), this has been the culmi- nation of three and a half years of focused effort in conjunction with many profession- als and members of the Hard of Hearing/ Deaf community. Massachusetts is now the 20th state in the USA to have such a law. What does it mean? As of January 1, 2013 children under 21 will have insurance cov- erage for their hearing aids in the amount of $2,000 per ear every three years. The cost typically runs around $2,500 per digital aid so this is huge! Ronald, Elisabeth and Alessandra all wear hearing aids in both ears. I was so shocked, when they were diagnosed three years ago, to learn that the cost wasn't covered by insurance. What does it cost you, the taxpayer? Interestingly, not very much. The cost analy- sis came back at 0.04 cents per member per month. So, for the approximate cost of a postage stamp per year, every hard of hear- ing child in the Commonwealth is covered. July was very chaotic and the kids were great going in to Boston with me doing various tasks such as sign holding and delivering literature/postcards to legislative offices. The kids can tell you how to get around in the State House now! For all of us, it's been quite a learning experience and a great opportunity to see our government in action in a positive way. We can't begin to thank you for all the emails and phone calls that you all made. It is possible to change the law! With lots of love and appreciation, Michelle + Ronald, Elisabeth, Alessandra Massachusetts Hearing Aids for Children Coalition (MassHAFCC) The Italian Center of New York City, Boston Office is Sponsoring Italian Classes Italian classes will be offered starting October 11% 2012 using the Sheltered For- eign Language Approach. The Sheltered For- eign Language Approach is a customized pro- gram tailored in teaching a foreign language specifically to adults. The program is based on the research conducted by Cummins and Krashen, who indicate that adult learners need visual materials as well as auditory materials to be able to grasp a second lan' guage. The research indicates that visual materials constitute an easier way to grasp language and that when auditory language is introduced concepts become more difficult to grasp. The uniqueness of this approach is that it is specifically geared for adults. Generally, lessons are fun and entertain- ing, allowing the student to feel free to com- municate. Making adults comfortable is critical to their learning. The program incorporates modules and testing materials developed by Robert Trifiletti. To assist adult populations, Mr. Trifiletti has developed lessons which are utilized in teaching Italian to adults. Teaching foreign languages via the com- puter and through PowerPoint presenta- tions allows students frequent opportunities to practice the languages at home. The ex- ercises are based on communicative com- petence, helping the students to speak almost immediately. Mr. Trifiletti also has developed modules and drills using the Shel- tered Foreign Language Program. Much of the .rpa,tctr, j.a[~ .tha~ c]o, ,e~jst include many commei-diat books and audiovistfals "a~d d-o" not even relate to the adults who are learn- ing a foreign language. Instructional mate- rials hardly exist for adults wanting to learn a foreign language. The instructor is Mr. Robet Trifiletti, born in Italy and has taught in Italy and Spain for the Mangol Institute. He completed his graduate work at the University of the Americas in Mexico, graduated from Ohio State and received his Master at Kent State University. He was employed by the U.S. Department of Education in the Foreign Lan- guage Office in Washington, DC where he administers Foreign Language Grants and Contrac{s to school districts, colleges and universities and the Foreign Visitor's Pro- gram and at the same time worked for the Washington Post Company. The language courses are nine weeks long and will start Thursday, October 11th from 11:00 am to 12 noon. The classes are held on the second floor at the Italian Center of New York City Boston Office at 317 Hanover Street, Boston. If you are interested, please register in person on Thursday, October 11 11:00 am to 12 Noon at the Italian Center. Mr. Robert Trifiletti requires students to attend the demonstration to appreciate the require- ments of the class and to explain the shel- tered approach to foreign language teaching. There is a $60.00 donation fee (tax deduct- ible) for the class. All proceeds will be donated to Mother Dolores Hart at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Connecticut. All materi-, ~ls will ~be provided for dtrpllcation.