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.Id.l.hlhdv.i..lltd.hl,q,ililq.hlli'ildll'll"lll PAUL JF.PPKO SMALL T(~'~l~i PAPERS, INC. 217 W COTA ST $HELTON WA 98584-2283 THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS ml (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 119 - NO. 43 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, OCTOBER 23, 2015 $.35 A COPY ndidates for MUNICIPAL ELECTION Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 Absentee Ballot Application and Voting Deadline: Monday, November 2015 at 12 Noon ~ Councilor At-Large ~ ~ Councilor ~ Michael F. Flaherty Ayanna S. Pressley Annissa Essaibi-George Michelle Wu Stephen J. Murphy ii I 1 Quote to Note "You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore." -- Christopher Columbus Breakdown of Law & Order? Methinks the Republican Establishment on Capitol Hill must be watching too many Law & Order repeats on cable "IV, as I read the reaction of a Republican congressman seemingly attacking the House Freedom Caucus, a.k.a. Tea Party Republicans for pushing U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy out of the Speaker's race. This 'congressman called it all a "breakdown of law and order." Apparently, those running the show don't like getting one-upped. They must think in GOP Divine Right, huh? Loco for Trump? It appears that to the bewilderment of the progres- sive left, Donald Trump has started picking up support in the legal immigrant communities across the country, Just as he promised he would back when he first announced his candidacy. Apparently, legal immi- grants see the threat to the livelihoods. So, it is Viva Donald Trump and maybe not so viva for Jebetto in English or Spanish. Hit Piece on Trump from NY Slimes The NY Times recently did a hit piece on Donald TruInp, looking into his business career and into his personal life. I wonder when the NYTImes will do its hit piece on Hillary Rotten Clinton. A Bipartisan Bill All Should Support Recently, I read an op-ed piece in the NY Times by U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-PA, and a piece of legislation he has been pushing on Capitol Hill called the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. I thought this (Continued on Page 14) Frank Baker Donnie Palmer Andrea Joy Campbell Charles Calvin Yancey District 3 District 3 District 4 District 4 Timothy P. McCarthy Jean-Claude Sanon Tito Jackson Charles L. Clemons, Jr. !~_ D~lz'jct5 ~ District 5 District7 District 7 Salvatore LaMattina Bill Unehan Matt O'Malby Josh Zaldm Mark S Ciommo District 1 District 2 District 6 District 8 District 9 Law Does Not Provide for a Social Security for 2016 With consumer prices down 2015. Therefore, under existing 70 percent of Social Security over the past year, monthly law, there can be no COLA in beneficiaries from paying a Social Security and Supplemen- 2016. higher Part B premium, in tal Security Income (SSI) Other adjustments that would order to avoid reduclng their net benefits for nearly 65 million normally take effect based on Social Security benefit. Those Americans will not automati- changes in the national average not protected include higher cally increase in 2016. wage index also will not take income beneficiaries subject to The Social Security Act pro- effect in January 2016. Since an Income~adJusted Part B pre- vides for an automatic increase there is no COLA, the statute mium and beneficiaries newly in Social Security and SSI ben- also prohibits a change in the entitled to Part B in 2016. In efits ff there is an increase in maximum amount of earnings addition, beneflciarles who have inflation as measured by the subject to the Social Security their Medicare Part B premiums Consumer Price Index for Urban tax, as well as the retirement paid by state medical assistance Wage Earners and Clerical earnings test exempt amounts, programs will see no change Workers (CPI-W). The period of These amounts will remain in their Social Security benefit. consideration includes the third unchanged in 2016. The state will be required to pay quarter of the last year and a The Department of Health and any Medicare Part B premium cost-of-livingadjustment (COLA) Human Services has not yet increase. was made to the third quarter announced Medicare premium Information about Medicare ofthecurrentyear.Asdetermined changes for 2016. Should there changes for 2016, when avail- by the Bureau of Labor Staffs- be an increase In the Medicare able, will be found at www. tics, there was no increasein the Part B premium, the law con- CPI-W from the third quarter of tains a "hold harmless" provi- For additional information, go 2014 to the third quarter of sion that protects approximately THE POST-GAZETtE SATELLITE OFFICE HAS MOVED TO This office is open on Tuesdays from I0:00 AM to 3.'00 343 CHELSEA ST., DAY SQUARE, EAST BOSTON PH and Thursdays from I1.'00 AM m 2..00 PH, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8929 for more information