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/ Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 21, 2011 Stir00 by Prof. Edmund Turiello Nostra of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. HADRIAN THE ADMINISTRATOR Floods, famine, pestilence, and earthquakes plagued the reign of Hadrian. He relieved the distress caused by these events to the best of his ability and is reported to have done a remarkably good job. Roman citizenship was granted to the citizens of many communities in the provinces, while for other provinces, he remitted the tribute that they were required to pay to Rome. There were no great wars during the reign of Hadrian, and, any conflicts that did arise were quickly resolved and treated as minor upris- ings. This was, of course, attributed to the emperor's keen intellect and diplo- matic genius. He was greatly admired by the soldiers because of his interest in the army and liberal attitude toward them. He removed the king who was imposed upon the Parthians by Trajan; therefore, they always looked upon Hadrian as their friend. He also removed a military governor who was placed in Armenia and permitted the Armenians to select their own king," Additionally, he relieved the tribute which Trajan, had imposed upon the Mesopotamians and lavished gifts upon the Alba- nian and Hiberian kings. It is also interesting to note that even the Bactrians (tribes of Afghanistan) who were not under Roman domi- nation, sent envoys to hum- bly beg for his friendship. Hadrian maintained a strict discipline in the civic life of the day and it almost equaled that of the military. Senators and members of the Equestrian Order were required to wear the toga whenever, they appeared in public, and he extended this rule to include himself. When hosting a banquet this emperor always showed the utmost respect for his guests by receiving them while standing, and when he re- clined at the dining table he always wore a Greek cloak or a toga. The cost of his ban- quets was always restricted to the limits prescribed by ancient Roman law, and he personally inspected food trays that were brought in by the caterers to insure full value for his money. Other of his civic reforms forbade overloaded wagons entrance into the city as well as anyone riding on horseback. The public baths were reserved for invalids during the first eight hours of each day, poor but honest persons were enriched in some small way, and those who engaged in dishonest practices were treated like scum. Foreign cults were despised, but ancient Roman customs were scrupulously observed. Roman knights were put in charge of all imperial correspondence as well as incoming petitions addressed to the emperor, and he always performed the duties that were reserved for him as Pontifex Maximus (high priest). NEXT WEEK: Hadrian The Critic We would like to thank everyone who attended the '50S & '60S NORTH END REUNION held at Spinelli's in Lynnfield on September 22 n. We had a blast. It was great to see so many friends. We would also like to thank the newspapers for advertising this great event. It was a huge success. Ro-Ro DeMarco & Lolly Ciampa Boston Water and Sewer Is Coming to Your Neighborhood A Boston Water and Sewer Commission Community Services Department representative will be in your neighborhood at the place, dates, and times listed here. Our representative will be available to" Accept payments. (Check or money order only-no cash, please.) v' Process discount forms for senior citizens and disabled people. Resolve billing or service complaints. v' Review water consumption data for your property. If Arrange payment plans for delinquent accounts. Need more information? Call the Community Services Department at 617-989-7000. Boston Water and Sewer Commission 980 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 021 le Res Publica by David Trumbull Remember the Forgotten Man "The truth is that American families are in hock to foreign countries to the tune of 82.5 trillion. That's S21,875 for every household, enough to pay the tuition for your child's four-year college education." The statement above is from the American Trade Action Coalition ( It continues, "How did we get to this point? It's blind faith in Free Trade policies that ship our manufacturing jobs overseas and expose our markets to unfair competition -- policies that forget the primary goal of U.S. trade policy should be to ensure the pros- perity of each and every American's future." From many quarters one hears that these effects of globalization are due to inevitable and unstoppable forces. Such claims are not new. The twentieth century saw both the National Socialists and the International Socialist using the arguments of historic inevitability and economic necessity to justify repressive regimes. Freedom-loving people put the lie to those proud claims. America especially stands out for rejecting blind faith in economic theory that denigrates human freedom. Not that we haven't been tempted. Inthe depression of the 1930s some saw the failure of our free system. But we resisted. The policies of Republican presidents in the 1920s brought prosperity. And when changed circumstanced called for changed policies we never seriously tilted toward fascism or communism. We elected a congress and administration pledged to making our free system work for all Americans. Historians and economists still argue whether President Franklin Roosevelt's economic policies did more harm than good. But one thing seems clear; he rejected the hypoth- esis that Americans were helpless against inexorable economic forces. And that optimism captivated people, including creative and talented people such as Harry Warren (born Salvatore Anthony Guaragna in 1893 to Italian immigrants}. Turner Classic Movies, from time to time, runs a mara- thon of movies featuring the music of Harry Warren and lyricist Al Dubin. The fabulous Gold Diggers of 1933 climaxes with a musical call to "Remember My Forgotten Man," the story of a serviceman returning home to find no employment: Today we are faced again withtough times, as far as jobs. Many question where our staggering trade deficit and loss of manufacturing and other jobs is leading us. Political com- mentator Pat Buchanan observed: "... Americans are fed up with being played for free-trade fools by the rest of the world." But it is yet to be seen whether the permanent political class in Washington gets it. Perhaps what we need a Harry Warren today to put to music our vague fear that we have built a house of credit cards. We need someone to remind us that we are the masters of our economic fate; that we need not con- tinue to follow economic policies that no longer serve all Americans. As for the Harry Warren of those marvelous 1930s musicals, he continued to write popular songs for decades. In the 'fifties he returned to his Italian roots to pen "That's Amore" (lyrics by Jack Brooks). He died in 1981 and is buried in Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park outside of Hollywood, near, appropriately, Dean Martin. FREE Electronics Recycling Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 (rain or shine) 9am - 3 pm (no appointment necessary) Bayside Expo Center 200 Mt Vernon St Dorchester, MA 02125 we will unload your car[ Items Accepted: computers, monitors, televisions, LCD panels, printers, other computer related equipment, stereos, cell and other phones, power supplies, electronic games, VCRs, circuit boards, microwaves, and other household electronics. Hard drive and other memory devices are physically destroyed! Items Not Accepted: air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and white goods (washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, etc. ) @ Thomas M. Menino, Mayor