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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 2, 2012 Pediatrician Gail LoPreste Returns to North End Waterfront Health by Marianne Aiello North End Waterfront Health welcomes pediatrician Gail LoPreste, MD, back to the health center as the director of the Pediatrics Department. LoPreste had practiced at the health center from 2000 to 2007. Dr. LoPreste is a board- certified pediatrician with more than 20 years experience. She received her medical degree from Tufts University and com- pleted her residency at Massa- chusetts General Hospital. "I feel right at home working at a Mass General-affiliated health center because I was trained at the hospital," she says. "I am very familiar with how things work on the main campus and that knowledge helps me provide the best care for my patients." Dr. LoPreste joins family medicine physi- cians Elizabeth Turnock, MD, and Martha McLoughlin, MD, and Meghan Curran, family nurse practi- tioner, as part of the pediatric provider team. Dr. LoPreste says she is thrilled to once again work in the North End and be a part of the community. "I really like the close-knit neighborhood feel that the North End has," she says. "It's nice to walk around and see families enjoying time together. There's so much camaraderie among residents and that's what makes this community special." When she's not in the North End, Dr. LoPreste enjoys cooking, biking, and kayaking. She is currently seeing patients on Mondays, Tuesdays (including evenings), Wednesdays, and Fridays. Call 617-643-8000 to schedule an appointment. AAA Says Vote YES on New cars are rolling com- puters, growing more so- phisticated each year as technology improves. Re- search shows the percent- age of new vehicles with fac- tory-installed telematics systems will increase nearly six-fold in the next four years. The ability to diagnose and transmit the "health state" of your vehicle remotely is one of the major reasons why telematics is important. This evolving technology is at the heart of AAA's support of Question 1, Availability of Motor Vehicle Repair Informca- tion, on the November 6 ballot. All along, AAA and other vocal advocates of Question 1 have argued that auto- makers must make diag- nostic and repair codes available to all repair shops in the Commonwealth. Do- ing so ensures that consum- ers have the freedom to use the repair shop of their choice. But beyond this im- portant provision lies the core principle of vehicle ownership: you bought the car, and you should own the data it produces. Our reasoning centers on the idea that if your vehicle generates important infor- mation that can enhance your safety behind the wheel, then you should have unfettered access to that information. Low tire pres- sure, worn brake linings, a failing battery -- all these problems are now diagnosed by sensors in your vehicle and may be indicated on your dashboard display. Now take it a step further; telematics uses advances in communications technology to allow cars to transmit this information beyond the dash- board and to remotely con- nect with repair providers, speeding your repair and ultimately enhancing your safety. We strongly believe that the consumer owns the information transmitted through telematics, and that it's the consumer's right to share that information as they see fit. The Right to Repair law passed this summer falls far short when it comes to ensuring that car owners control the important safety data that their vehicle's telematics system gener- ates. In fact, telematics was specifically excluded from the new law. And that's pre- cisely why AAA and a host of others who were not party to the last minute legislative compromise this summer believe that support for the (Continued on Page 15) by Sal Giarratani What Kind of America Do We Want? This year's presidential election between President Barack Obama and Repub- lican Mitt Romney could very well be one of those important elections such as Kennedy-Nixon in 1960 or Reagan-Carter in 1980. This campaign season will have seen much bitterness and plenty of angry outbursts. The nation is in trouble as the economy remains reel- ing downward. Unemploy- only reason they did it was because reportedly the fed- eral government had allo- cated tons of free lime green paint cans to fire depart- ments all across the coun- try. If the feds had handed out free black paint, these vehicles would look like funeral cars today. I don't listen to talk radio that much but I do believe conservatives on the radio airwaves keep us better ment is still far too high. The informed. We get too much official number is just about .f!liered new om the ral 8 percent but if you" all press to ' all those who are chronically sides of an argument. This country is failing down at unemployed, underemployed or those who stopped looking and slipped into a private limbo of hell, the real unem- ployment number is probably about 12 percent. Romney got into trouble for his 47 percent remark but his opinion is valid. When you have 47 percent or more folks collecting checks from the government as opposed to paying taxes, we end up a nation of dependents. We stop being a democratic republic and slip into some Peoples Republic third world nation kind of America. Lib- eral Democrats have adopted this moon bat culture that government knows best and we should just do as we are told. This attitude has become quite American in recent years but its roots go back to the 1970s. Don't we all remember back in the late '70s and early '80s when all those fire departments started painting their appa- ratus lime green? The City of Somerville was one of the first to repaint over their fire engine red trucks and the defending our culture and shared values. We used to believe in some very impor- tant absolutes but today we have forgotten our past and without our past, the future is endangered. On Tuesday, November 6 we will be vot- ing for president and a num- ber lesser offices. America is standing at a fork in the road. Which road we take will define us into the 21 century. Today, we seem to have a president more interested in being liked than in being re- spected. We have enemies around the world wondering where we stand in today's world. We must remain firm in our commitments to our allies and resolute with our perceived enemies. We need a president who truly under- stands geopolitics. We cannot over-extend ourselves but we cannot hide from the world. The choice of what kind of America we want to be will be decided at the polls on Tuesday, November 6. Choose wisely. Our future is in our hands. Fully Insured Lic #017936 Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning Sales, Service & Installation Ken Shallow 617.593.6211 kenskjs@aol.com i ii:iii ii Maria Paola s The East Boston Republican Ward Committee Supports BALANCING THE FEDERAL BUDGET (eliminating a $17 trillion deficit; $5 trillion added during the Obama Administration) CREATING JOBS (23 million unemployed) SAVING MEDICARE FOR SENIORS ACHIEVING ENERGY INDEPENDENCE PRESERVING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM PROTECTING FREEDOM OF SPEECH VOTE REPUBLICAN Contact the East Boston Republican Ward Committee at EBRWC @ Yahoo.com