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dlllll llltid,.e,h,vl **~"MIXED ADC 07099 16 PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TOWN PAPERS. INC. 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2283 THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS MM (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 119 - NO. 45 BOSTON, MASSACHUSE'I-FS, NOVEMBER 6, 2015 $.35 A COPY THE IN WITH TH E N EW Two New City Councilors Come on Board by Sal Giarratani ~ Councilor At-Large ~ Michael F. Flaherty Ayanna S. Pressley Annissa Essaibi-George Michelle Wu ~ Councilor ~ I Am So Tired of This Confederate Flag Controversy Eventually, we may never see another Confederate flag, and there are a lot of liberals out there who can't wait for that day. Too often, the Confederate flag and statues to the heroes of the Civil War from the perspective of the American South are getting tom down or shipped off to a closet, not just in the south, but nationwide. The theory is that symbols of the Confederacy are tributes to slavery and racism and offend folks today. Back between 1960-65, the United States of America celebrated the 100~ anniversary of that war and the Confederate flag was part and parcel of the anniver- sary celebration. Today one would think that the Con- federate flag was akin to the Nazi flag and that those who served and died for the South were enemies of the Union. When it ended, most knew it was time to heal divisions and unite as a nation again. Did you know that Confederate soldiers are buried at Arlington National Cemetery?. Why deny that a war was fought? Why deny that Americans killed each other for causes they believed in? Why deny that we have moved on today?. Rehashing old battles and reopening old wounds serve no good purpose. I consider General Robert E. Lee a great American leader. That is what we were taught back in my school days. This past summer down in Austin, Texas, I stood before a grand monument to the heroes of Texas who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. It was an impressive monument recognizing a part of the history of Texas. I considered the names on it as deserving respect. This is America where we believe in free speech, which sometimes can be offensive or insensitive to others, but that is what free speech is all about. (Continued on Page 13) City Councilor Stephen Murphy and Charles Yancey, two long-term city councilors, lost bids for re-election to two women who have never held elective of- rice. Annissa Essaibi George, 41, of Dorchester, who finished fifth in 2013, captured the fourth At- Large seat, ousting Murphy. In her victory speech, she said, "We won... The people of Boston re- sponded to the conversation we were having about education, economic development and a desire to work to create a better Boston." Over in District 4, Attorney Andrea Joy Campbell, 32, defeated 16-term Charles Yancey by 23 percent and stated, "The real work now begins.., to truly move the needle on the issues this community needs the needle moved on." City Councilor Ayanna Pressley won the top spot with an amazing citywide victory. She received the most votes for At-Large council race for the third consecutive time, winning her fourth term. Many are now seeing her as a candidate for higher office. City Councilor MicheUe Wu, 30, finished second and City Councilor Michael F. Flaherty, who sees himself as a bridge be- tween Old Boston and New Bos- ton, finished third, winning his seventh council term. He said, "I am grateful to go back to work for the people of Boston." In other races nearby, Mayor Dan Rizzo was narrowly de- feated for re-election by Brian Salvatore LaMatlJna Bill Linehan Frank Baker District 1 District 2 District 3 Andrea Joy CampbeAI Timothy P. McCarthy Matt O'Malley i)isMct 4 District 5 District 6 T'do Jackson Josh Zakim Mark S. Ciommo District 7 District 8 District 9 Arrigo over in Revere. In Quincy, term and will become the first Mayor Tom Koch beat former Quincy mayor elected to a four- Mayor Bill Phelan for his fifth year term. THE POST-GAZEI"I'E SATELLITE OFFICE HAS MOVED TO 343 CHELSEA ST., DAY SQUARE, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3,'00 PM and Thursdays from ll.'(X) AM to 2.'00 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 6! 7-227-8929 for more information d