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POST-GAZETTE, OCTOSER 6.2"0"1" Page POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: Website: Subscriptions in the United States $30.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETtE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 116 - No. 43 Friday, October 26, 2012 OUR POLICYLTo help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. GUEST EDIT()RIAL America Needs Another Reagan, Not Another Carter by Sal Giarratani As an aging baby boomer who survived a lot of ^%$# during the crazy sixties and remembers the equal &AS# of the post-World War II fifties when the Cold War with the Soviet Union made us all more than a little para- noid, I am more angry than frightened today at all the turmoil surrounding us both at home with an economy so far in the tank and our position in the world so chal- lenged; we may soon be that "paper tiger" that Mao called us decades ago. The United States of America has never been in more trouble than today. We keep spending money on en- titlements that we can't sustain much longer. Yet, Democrats think the answer is to tax us more rather than spend our money less. A nation of dependents who rely on government for everything stands for nothing. Our democracy is at stake both at home and abroad. We find ourselves in an alien part of the world trying to figure out what to do. Cultures are apart, not by miles but by centuries, and we pretend both sides in this world battle can reconcile with one another. We apologize for hurting the feelings of those who hate us. On Septem- ber 11 th this year we reaped what we sowed as Ameri- can blood was shed once again. We need to stop financ- ing those who hate us and wish us harm. We need to let the Muslim world do what they wish without us at their side. The radical Islamists are at war with us and we pre- tend that is not the case. The War on Terror continues but all we hear from our leaders is the lament, "Can't we all just be friends?" These radicals are not our friends and we must defend our values and American lives with vigor. The present situation in Afghanistan needs to end today, not in 2014. If that part of the world is in turmoil, which it has been for centuries, let them kill each other to their heart's content. The whole world changed on Tuesday morning Sep- tember 11, 2001 and the sooner our leaders understand that the safer we will all be. We can never go back to September I0 th again. The latest killings in Libya on the anniversary of 9/11 were not a coincidence, this (Continued on Page 7) Italian Police Group Visits Boston Talks in Place to Come Back for Next Year's Heritage Month Kickoff by Nicola Orichuia A group of Italian police officers recently visited Boston as part of a two-week work trip on the East Coast. "It's a tradition we've been carrying on since 1997," said Alberto Caracciolo, a deputy officer based in Florence who has been organizing the Italian police visits for the past several years. For 15 years, a rotating group of officers has taken part in the Columbus Day fes- tivities in New York and New Jersey and, since 201 I, the group has extended its stay to include a trip to the Greater Boston area. This year 27 agents and officials were treated to a dinner at the Paesani d'Italia Organization in Somerville on October 14 th, followed by an intense day of activities on Octbber 15: After visiting the Canton head- quhrters of 4ack --'the,security systems company that sponsored the Boston trip the Italian police went on to greet the Norfolk County Sheriff, followed by a visit at the Middlesex County firing range. The day was topped off with a dinner at Gennaro's restaurant in the North End. "There's a professional exchange," said Caracciolo. "We talk about technology and operating proce- dures with our American colleagues." While in Boston, the group was accompanied by Middlesex County deputy officers Joe Christman and Bob Malkasian. Paesani d'Italia's president Rocco DiRenzo is working to have the group come to next year's Italian Heritage Month kickoff event. "I hope we can make it happen," said DiRenzo. The hope is shared by members of the Italian police who feel at home when in the United States. Officer Laura Pratesi, of Pescara, was on her second trip to Boston. "There is such great respect for the flag and for the institution," she said. "We can sense the pride immigrants brought with them to this country." The trip was even more emotional for agent Ermanno Cichella of Teramo. "It was my first trip to the United States," he said "It was amazing. You can see the joy and respect in people's eyes. It was an honor to be here." Boston Public Library Launches Three-Week Overdue Book Drive in November Overdue Books, CDs, DVDs Returned from November 1 through Thanksgiving will have Associated Fines Cleared During November, the Bos- ton Public Library will run a three-week drive to encour- age the return of overdue materials to its shelves. Any overdue book, CD, or DVD returned to a ,Boston Public Library location from No- vember 1 through Thanks- giving will have the associ- ated fine cleared. This is in effect for library users of all ages whether a book is one day late, one year late, or more. If an item is perma- nently lost, users will be responsible for paying only the replacement cost. "The Boston Public Library offers something of value to everyone, and this overdue book drive makes one of the best deals in town even better," Mayor Thomas M. Menino said. "I encourage Boston residents to visit their local branch, return any overdue items they may have, and continue to take advantage of the Library's excellent programs and services." "Sometimes fines stop people from using their library," said Amy E. Ryan, President of the Boston Pub- lic Library. "This campaign is about welcoming our books back and about wel- coming people back. We see it as an opportunity to say thank you to our users and to make it easier for them to be part of the everyday library community." The overdue book drive applies only to the actual return of physical materials from November 1 through Thanksgiving. Library users with outstanding fines on already-returned books will be asked to clear their record the usual way: by pay- ing their fines. This is the largest overdue book drive in Boston Public Library history. In January 2002, the City of Boston of- fered a "duty-free" weekend in honor of Mayor Thomas M. Menino's third inaugural celebration to encourage the return of overdue [Jti, During the blizzard of 1978, overdue fines were tempo- rarily lifted following intense storms. In November 2008, all youth fines were wiped from the library's records, but that effort did not require the return of materials as the 2012 overdue book drive does. The overdue book drive comes in advance of the Boston Public Library's planned computer upgrade in December which involves changes to its acquisitions, cataloging, and lending sys- tem. "Having these overdue books come back to the library in November will be of great help to us in trans- ferring the most accurate data to the new system in December," said Michael Colford, Director of Library Services. "Even as our users may be thanking us for clearing a fine when ,they bring back an overdue book, we'll be thanking them for helping update our ngLrmation. :lm Spajazzg and Italy Music Camp Italian Heritage Month and the Dante Alighieri So- ciety present Spajazzy, a Jazz concert at the Dante Alighieri Society on Friday, October 26 th starting at 7:00 pm at 41 Hampshire Street in Cambridge. The concert is free and open to the public. Come watch Mark Greel, Tino D'Agostino and Sergio Bellotti entertain with Spajazzy, a mix of Italian melodies and Jazz while also learning about the Italy Music Camp. At the end of the concert, there will be light refresh- ments and the musicians will talk about music oppor- tunities at the Italy Music Camp 2013. The evening is being coor- dinated by Lino Rullo, Presi- dent Emeritus, IHM and Dante Alighieri Society along with Sal Bramante, Vice- President, IHM and Dante Alighieri Society, Spencer DiScala, President Dante Alighieri Society and Luisa Marino, Vice-President Cul- tural Affairs, Dante Alighieri Society. For more informa- tion on the event, call the Dante Alighieri Society at 617-876-5160. For more in- formation on Spajazzy or the Italy Music Camp, please visit their websites at ww w.ltalyMusicCamp, com and