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PAGE 10 POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 14, 2011 Columbus Day (Continued from Page 9) A wreath was placed in memory of the late Michael A. Nazzaro, Jr. (l-r) State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, State Senator Anthony Petruccelli, City Councilor Sal LaMattina and Michael daughter "The Champ" Former World Welter Weight Champion Tony DeMarco. News Briefs (Continued from tame the programs growth. My Baby Boomer generation is go- ing to up enrollment reportedly by at least 1.5 million a year for the next 20 years. By 2030, there will be 811 million on Medicare. By 2086, the number will rise to 20 million enrollees. Its annual budget today is $555 billion and by 2086, it will owe $38 trillion to those enrolled in this pi-ogram. Rooting out waste is fine and sounds like a simple solution that politicians can live with at election time but there is only so much waste in the grand scheme of things. Another easy thing for Capitol Hill can do is raise the eligibility age for those entering the program. However, a major overhaul is needed for this program today so that it can still be here in a meaningful to- morrow for the health care needs of future older Americans. Central Buick GMC Think They're "The Catfather" As an Italian-American who celebrates October as Italian Heritage Month in Massachu- setts, I thought the recent half page advertisement in the Bos- ton Herald (October 30 was an insult to the Italian American community of Massachusetts. Running a car ad showing The Godfather symbolism and add- ing, "We'll make you a deal you can't refuse!" is not seen kindly by anyone with roots in Italy or Sicily where my grandparents were born. The next time you are on the Automile on Route 1 in Norwood, give the place the chin salute for me. This is now the last place I would make a car purchase because their deal is an offer I can and do refuse. Britain Finally Pays Bloody Sunday Victims The British government has announced it will offer compen- sation to the families of the people killed and wounded on "Bloody Sunday" January 30, 1972. This nearly 40-year-old massacre by British para- troopers in Northern Ireland fueled Irish Catholic support for the IRA. Thirteen people were killed in a Derry alleyway when soldiers opened fire on an unarmed Catholic crowd dem- onstrating against the British. Britain added to the issue by apparently covering up what the soldiers had done and basically blamed the victims and not the soldiers. Civil suits are still possible against the retired sol- diers too.. I remember this as the Brit- ish Army's worse act of violence in Northern Ireland. I was actually in Derry on the Mon- day morning after the killings traveling from Belfast to Dublin when we passed by the sealed- off alley less than 24 hours after those killings of unarmed civil- ians, I was a college student at the time on a trip to the British Isles and an editor of my college's campus newspaper. I did a great piece on this inci- dent on my return to school. It never should have taken 40 years for justice to have been served. Axelrod Anoints Elizabeth Warren? Obama Guy David Axelrod recently crowned Elizabeth Warren as the U.S. Senate Democrat nominee a year before we the people even go to the polls. It sounds like a brazen move by the Obama White House to bypass voters. Said Axelrod, "There probably isn't a person in America who's fought Page i) harder for the embattled middle- class in this countly than (Warren)." The Warren campaign has been seeking to cast her as a middle-class warrior in an effort to deflect the reality that she is just another Democratic Washington elitist. Sounds like the White House is trying strong arm the other candidates in the race to clear the field for their choice. The Massachusetts Republicans love Axelrod's statements that seemingly portray Warren as an entitled candidate said George Serra, a Bridgewater State University political professor. Said Serra, "She may want to sell herself as a middle-class person, but that's a tough sell." Lakeville Republican Wins House Seat on Tuesday, September 19, a former teacher tired of conser- vative views being squashed became the First Republican to win a traditional liberal Bristol County state rep seat. In more than 30 years. Said brand-new state Rep. Keiko Orrall, "Isn't that so weird? I'm Republican representative from New Bedford." The Democrat Roger Brunelle from Middleboro car- ried New Bedford but a strong showing by Orral in Lakeville carried the day for her. Orrall captured 54 percent of the vote. Orrall was endorsed by US Sen. Scott Brown and Demo- crats said their guy had a good message but turnout was great for them. Added John Walsh, the state Democratic chairman, "We will continue to work on making improve- ments to the historic success at the grassroots level of last fall's election as we get closer to 2012." Oscar Handlin, RIP Oscar Handlin, one of the nation's most distinguished his- torians who pioneered the study of U.S. immigration and whose book "The Uprooted; The Epic Story of the Great Migrations That Made the American People." Won the 1952 Pulitzer Prize for history recently passed away at age 95. He taught at Harvard for nearly 50 years and was the author of more than 30 books. In 1941, he won the American HISTORICAL Association's J.L. Dunning Prize for that year's best work by a young scholar entitled "Boston's Immigrants, 1790-1865." In 1966, he wrote "Children of the Uprooted," which was required reading for me as a young history major at Boston State .College. His last book was "Liberty in America" authored back in 1986. Deported Three Times Held on OUI An illegal alien who has been deported three times and ar- rested six times for driving drunk ha.s once again been held without bail pending a danger- ousness hearing after pleading not guilty in court. The Mexican native was al- ready under a deportation order when he was arrested recently in Boxboro for driving drunk, driving with an expired sticker, driving without a valid registra- tion and giving police a false name. He had three prior con- victions for driving drunk in California and two right here in this state and is wanted by ICE. He was first deported from here in 2004, deported from Arizona in 2005 and deported from Cali- fornia in 2006.