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r . THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS L=_J _.__--I (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 116 - NO. 44 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, NOVEMBER 2, 2012 $,30 A COPY as an encan ... TUESDAY NOvember 6, 2012 Your vote does count ... "~: : =:'~ -~l~|ll"~ i i ~l ~ Ir " li :; ~~ "~=~"'-:" , ' ~a It Will Be Over Next Week This just in from the Good News Desk: In a matter of days, the presidential campaign will have finally concluded. The older I get the more I wonder why there isn't a better way for Ameri- I I cans to pick their President. The Pr0blem isn't the Electoral College, I understand that concept. This campaign season we live with seems end- less. We all get jet lag from the onslaught of nega- tive advertising. Same goes for useless TV debates. Nothing but dog and pony shows. This isn't 1960 anymore' Debates don't really settle anything but give people a reason to choose image over substance. II Perhaps We Need to [I iili! iiiiiiiii!iiiiiiii! Go Back to the Future My daughter Nealie had an idea recently. Per- haps, we need to return to the early days of our Republic when presidential elections had differ- ent rules. When John Adams was elected our sec- ond president, the runner-up, Thomas Jefferson, became vice president. The two-party system we . : have today was, at that time, a work in progress. ::;ii Perhaps going back to the runner-up becoming the Vice President might actually have a positive : impact on the negativity of purely partisan poli- tics. Today we are in gridlock and are seeing little :: escape from this status quo of ours in the 21St :i century. The Buck Doesn't Stop with Hillary Recently, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, fell on a political hand grenade for President Obama :ii (Continued on Page 14) Hurricane Sandy Blasting Boston Harbor More days to come New places to go I've got to leave It's time for a show Never a bad time to play some music - at Long Wharf during Hurricane Sandy. (Photo by Matt Conti) 2012 Ballot This year there are tlaree questions on the ballot that affect the entire Common- wealth. As a service to our readers, we give you a synopsis of each question here and encourage you to bring this with you when you vote on November 6th so you have all the information you need to make an in- formed decision. (The information shared be- low was taken from the website of the Secre- tary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.) QUESTION ONE: Availability of Motor Vehicle Repair Information This proposed law would prohibit any motor vehicle manufacturer, starting with model year 2015, from selling or leasing, either directly or through a dealer, a new motor vehicle without allowing the owner to have access to the same diagnostic and repair information made available to the manufac- turer's dealers and in-state authorized re- pair facilities. YES VOTE would enact the proposed law requlrlng tao o ehicle manufacturers to allow vehicle owners and independent repair facilities in Massachusetts to have access to the same vehicle diagnostic and repair information made available to the manufac- turers' Massachusetts dealers and autho- rized repair facilities. [] NO VOTE would make no change in existing laws. QUESTION TWO: Prescribing Medication to End Life This proposed law would allow a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at a terminally ill patient's re- quest, to end that patient's life. To qualify, a patient would have to be an adult resident who (I) is med-ically determined to be men- tally capable of making and communicat- ing health care decisions; (2) has been - Your _ diagnosed by attending and consuRing phy- sicians as having an incurable, irrevers- ible disease that will, within reasonable medical judgment, cause death within six months; and (3) voluntarily expresses a wish to die and has made an informed decision. The proposed law states that the patient would ingest the medicine in order to cause death in a humane and dignified manner. [] YES VOTE would enact the proposed law allowing a physician licensed in Massachu- setts to prescribe medication, at the request of a terminally-ill patient meeting certain conditions, to end that person's life. [] NO VOTE would make no change in existing laws. QUESTION THREE: Medical Use of Marijuana This proposed law would eliminate state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by qualifying patients. To qualify, a patient must have been diag- nosed with a debilitating medical condition, such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV-positive status or AIDS, hepatitis C, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, ALS, or multiple scle- rosis. The patient would also have to obtain a written certification, from a physician with whom the patient has a bona fide physician- patient relationship, that the patient has a specific debilitating medical condition and would likely obtain a net benefit from medi- cal use of marijuana. [] YES VOTE would enact the proposed law eliminating state criminal and civil penal- ties related to the medical use of marijuana, allowing patients meeting certain conditions to obtain marijuana produced and distrib- uted by new state-regulated centers or, in specific hardship cases, to grow marijuana for their own use. [] NO VOTE would make no change in existing laws. 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