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SMALL PN;'ERS, RCC; PAUL, 0- 217 W COTA ST SHEETONWA 9a584-2L3 t  T M IT-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 116 - NO. 41 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, OCTOBER 12, 2012 $.30 A COPY f HAPPY LUMBUS DAY OCTOBER 12, 2012 (Observed October 8, 2012) America  Land of Dreamers The year was 1492. A young man from Genoa, Italy, Cristoforo Colombo, was convinced a route to the Far East could be found by sailing West and he wanted a chance to prove it. Many thought he was a dreamer. Luckily he was able to per- suade others and turned his dream into a reality. In the years that followed, America became a melting pot for people who, like Columbus, had a dream and were willing to take a chance on what they believed in. The English, the French, the Jews, the Irish, the Italians and countless others, all came seeking the freedom to make their own decisions and to have the opportunity to make their dreams a reality. They wanted the best of both worlds and got it. These people were proud to call themselves Americans and equally proud to hold on to the traditions of their homeland. Where else but in America would this be possible? Five hundred and twenty years later, we salute the man who took a chance -- Christopher Columbus. A man who was a model for future explorers to emulate. We are the product of all the Christopher Columbuses that came before US. We are Americans -- the envy of other nations -- where opportunities are boundless for every person. Some call America, the "Land of Dreamers." We're not offended by this. Instead, we're proud to be able to dream and, like Columbus, make our dreams come true! Voter ID Rejected in PA this Time A Pennsylvania judge has barred the state from enforcing a voter ID law in the upcoming elec- tion. The judge said election officials can request an ID but not require one to vote. Pennsylvania is now the third state where voter ID laws have been shot down in the courts, joining Texas and Wisconsin. Personally, I see nothing wrong with these new laws but liberals keep winning the day with their bogus arguments of voter suppression. Voter fraud is important enough to ask for iden- tification from Voters. Why shouldn't people have to prove who they are when casting ballots? (Continued on Page 14) i 64 th Annual Columbus Day Parade The East Boston Columbus Day Parade Committee put on a fabulous parade on Sun- day, October 7, 2012. The parade featured numerous bands. The Shriners were back with their usual fun for the youngsters. Many civic organizations were present along with Order Sons of Italy of Massachusetts. An added treat were the antique cars sponsored by the Boston Renaissance Lodge. Great job done by the hard work- ing committee and sponsors for their support in making the Columbus Day Parade one of the best in Boston. Congratulations to Salva- tore Murano, Chief Marshal; Albert "Buddy" Mangini, Gen- eral Chairman; Joseph L. Ruggiero, Civic Chairman Queen Isabella and Christopher Columbus and William "Bill" Chisolm, entire Parade Committee for Parade Producer and the a job well done. (Additional Photos on Pages 4 & 5)