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k j. M ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 117 - NO. 42 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, OCTOBER 18, 2013 $.30 A COPY by Matt Conti Once a star, always a star. A beacon of Boston, Mayor Tom Menino takes time to sign an autograph. The Bi-Annual Columbus Day Parade took place in the North End on Sunday, Octo- ber 13, 2013. The parade regiments began at City Hall Plaza and continued to Christopher Columbus Park, along the waterfront on At- lantic Avenue and Commer- cial Street into the North End on Hanover aI ,d Endicott Streets. "In addition to honoring the men and women in the armed forces, it is a wonder- " ful day of neighborhood cel- ebration, heritage an d._fun for the whole family," said Salem High School Marching Band Parade Coordinator Matthew Bamonte. The parade in- cluded Boston Police and Fire honor guard, military per- sonnel and vehicles, march- ing bands, drum & bugle corps, antique cars, neigh- borhood groups, color guard, floats and thousands of other participants. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, With Election Day only weeks away, all the mayoral and city council candi- dates were marching plus a few looking toward next year's Governor's race. The Columbus Day Parade alter- nates each year in Boston between the North End (odd years) and East Boston (even years). In a parade first, there was a wedding as part of the parade. Kelly and Dom D'Ambrosio had special parade trolleys that stopped at the Prado where the ceremony took place in front of the cameras. Congrats! Ross Photography) (Additional Photos on Pages 8 & 9) Obama's Priorities During the Shutdown Reveal His True Character Tote Bags at Post Office I stopped by the Post Office recently to mail a few letters and noticed tote bags for sale. Two bucks a piece. Guess where these bags are manufac- tured? If you guessed the USA, you were wrong. Our U.S. Postal Service now sells items from China. Is this disgusting or what? The only things worse than this news are all those American flags for sale in most stores coming from China too. Good Country America Did you know that Ocean Job Lot now accepts SNAP and EBT cards at their checkout lines? I love the prices there but now looking around, I'm wondering how much other stuff my money is purchasing inside the store. Is it that shopper over there? Perhaps, that guy in aisle three? We are fast becoming the United States of Stupid. ........... Speaking of Stupid :: Recently, folks were polled on the streets about :: our constitutional rights. When asked to name three amendments or rights within the U.S. : Constitution, most could only name two or less. Many didn't think of a single amendment that ): was correct. It appears we are becoming a nation .... of little or no information. Military Death Benefits According to news reports, the Obama Admin- istration was caught off guard over the suspen- sion of death benefits for families of fallen troops during the shutdown. On October 9% the Fisher (Continued on Page 14) In case there was any remaining doubt regarding the low regard President Obama has toward us ordi- nary Americans, his con- duct during the government shutdown should clarify it once and for all. During the shutdown all national parks and monu- ments closed. We all have heard the stories of World War II veterans turned away at the World War II Memo- rial. Obama sent his goons out to erect barricades to keep the vets out and threaten them ff they tried to see the open-air, largely un- guarded memorial. Yes, Obama spent more money to close the memorial than it costs to keep it open. So much for any pretense that the closing of parks and monu- ments had anything to do with saving money. By the way, in the two government shutdowns 17 years ago, the memorials were open, so, again, we see Obama's lies when he says that he has no choice in the matter. As if Obama's crackdown on the men and women who by David Trumbull saved our nation in World War II isn't enough to dis- play his deep animosity to loyal, law-abiding Americans, his next action displayed his true hatred of us, the dirty common folk he feels himself so superior to. The National Mall is closed, read the signs at the Mall and there are police there to stop you if you try to enter. That is unless you are one of Obama's favored, nay, privi- leged classes of person. You and I risk arrest ff we set foot on the gras.s of the National Mall, but Obama okayed a rally on the Mall in favor of illegal immigration during the shutdown. Had enough? Oh, wait, there's more. If you are one of our brave men and women in uniform: protecting our na- tion at one of our military bases at home or abroad and youI happen to be a Catholic, Obama has ruled that it is illegal for a priest to celebrate any of the sac- raments. No, I did not make that up or get it from some questionable source! John Schlageter, General Coun- sel of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, in an October 3rd press release stated: "With the gov- ernment shutdown, many ... priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work -- not even to volun- teer. During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so." Again, it is not a matter of money. It never is, with Obama, a matter of money, it is always about Obama and his need to control people. His administration has threatened to arrest priest who say Mass or hear confessions on a military base even if they volunteer and are not paid. Our nation will survive the final three years of Obama. He has weakened and abused us and will con- tinue to do so, but we will survive. In the meantime, let's pray God, bless America, and save us from that wicked man in the White House. THE POST-GAZETTE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from U.'00 AM to 2.00 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 61 7-227-8?2? for more information