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,li,l."hwlH,,lwl,,il.dlv,ll,,lh,,.,i,,l.,l.vli,h.. ............... MIXED ADC 07099 19 PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 T THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 118 - NO. 42 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, OCTOBER 24, 2014 $.35 A COPY 2014 Statewide Ballot Questions Statewide Ballot Questions on the November 4, 2014 State Election Ballot #1 Eliminating Gas Tax Indexing #2 Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law #3 Expanding Prohibitions on Gaming #4 Earned Sick Time for Employees QUESTION I: Eliminating Gas Tax Indexing Do you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the House of Representatives on or before May 6, 2014? A YES VOTE would eliminate the requirement that the state's gas tax be adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index. A NO VOTE would make no change in the laws regarding the gas tax. QUESTION 2: Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law Do you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the House of Representatives on or before May 6, 2014? A YES VOTE would expand the state's beverage container deposit law to require deposits on containers for all non- alcoholic, non-carbonated drinks with certain exceptions, increase the associated handling fees, and mak other changes to the law. A NO VOTE would make no change in the laws regarding beverage container deposits. (Continued on Page 11) l Susan "Rice-A-Roni" at it Again Our esteemed and I use this term loosely Na- tional Defense Advisor Susan Rice did it again. On a recent Sunday morning news show she said that the U.S. and Turkey had come to an agree- ment to permit U.S. and NATO air bases on its soil to be used in the operations against ISIS forces in Syria and Iraq. One day later, Turkey blasted any talk of an agreement. What else is new when it comes to Rice? Two years ago, she said a video was responsible for the attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans when that was not the case at all. To make matters worse, she said there were no generals talking about boots on the ground in either Iraq or Syria. Personally, if I offended anyone with my Rice- A-Roni comment, I mean no disrespect to this great side dish. I love the stuff. However, Rice seems no better at being national defense advi- sor than she was as our ambassador to the U.N. What Strategy for Ebola Fight? Recently, CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden speaking on Fox News with Megyn Kelly (October 14th}, stated that closing air traffic to and from West Africa would only spread Ebola in Africa. My expression was WHAT? I never heard so much profound ignorance in my life. WAIT I have. Lately every time President Obama talks about Ebola or (Continued on Page 10) Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, Order Sons of Italy in America Celebrates 1 O0 Years by Adriana Guida State Second Vice President and 100 th Anniversary Gala Co-Chairman Ronald Hill, State Financial Secretary and 100  Anniversary Gala Co-Chairman Margaret Olivieri, Grand Lodge of Connecticut State President Michael Polo, Grand Lodge of Connecticut State Financial Secretary Anne St. Amand, State President Carmelita Bello, Toastmaster .Cheryl Piandaca, OSIA National President Anthony Baratta, Past National Historian Lucy CodeLla, Frances Brocchi, and State First Vice President and 100 th Anniversary Gala Co-Chairman Antonio Sestito. On Saturday, October 4, 2014, the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, Order Sons of Italy in America celebrated their I00 th Anniversary with a gala event at Demetri's Function Facility in Foxboro, Massachu- setts. Officially chartered on January 25, 1914, members and friends of the Grand Lodge celebrated 100 years of charitable giving, social programs, community engage- ment, and promoting and preserving Italian heritage in Massachusetts, New Hamp- shire, Maine, and Vermont. Cheryl Fiandaca, investigative reporter with WHDH-TV and member of the Greater Boston Renaissance Lodge #2614, served as the toastmaster for the evening. Between introductions of the other featured speak- ers for the evening, Cheryl recounted (Photo by Dom Campochiaro, D&S Video, www.dsvideophoto.eom) fond memories of growing up in an Italian- American home, and of her early days as a reporter in Boston. Joining the festivities was Consul Gen- eral of Italy in Boston Nicola DeSantis, who had only arrived in Boston a few weeks prior to begin his assignment as Consul General. He noted that he was looking forward to developing a relationship with the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, and was particu- larly looking forward to celebrating Italian Heritage Month with the Grand Lodge and other Italian-American organizations. Speaker of the House Robert DeLeD was also in attendance, bringing with him the greetings of the Massachusetts Legislature (Continued on Page 3) The Republic Hangs in the Balance Doesn't Coakley Understand the Law? by Sal Giarratani Two days ago (October 22), while listening to Jeff Kuhner on WRKO, the on-air discus- sion turned to the previous evening's TV de- bate between Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley. At one point dur- ing the debate, in answering the moderator's question on non-citizen voting in munici- pal elections, Coakley responded that she had no problem with the idea if it was what a municipality wished to enact. Herein is the problem in my eyes. Gov- ernment is a shared bond between its citi- zenry and not just its residents. We, the people, are the government and it's sover- eign. In our U.S. Constitution, which cre- ated our democratic republics way of life, it is clearly unconstitutional to allow non-citi- zens a right to vote in governmental deci- sions or candidates for public office from president down to sewer commissioner which is where this idea also should end up. Too many of our elected officials, includ- ing as it would seem our esteemed state attorney general simply have lost sight of what a Republic is or is not. We cannot transform our system of self-rule to make it more politically correct. Why am I not surprised at Coakley's re- sponse to this question? We have a pres'i- (Continued on Page 11)