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T lll,q,lllll,t,ll,qllllhud,ldlqll&apos;,dlllllvltl,,lllt'l Ih' ............... MIXED ADC 07099 49 PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TOWN PAPERS. INC. 217 W COTA ST   SHELTONWA 9ar:)s4-2:z  , ,: !i THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHVSETTS 'i/ ',,j' (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 118 - NO. 45 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, NOVEMBER 7, 2014 $.35 A COPY WE SHOULDN'T FORGET 0 UR VETERANS by Sal Oiarratani This coming Tuesday, November 11, is Veter- ans Day, a national holi- day set aside to remem- ber all our veterans liv- ing and dead who an- swered the call of duty to their country in both peace and war time. These men and women stood in our place to de- fend this country against its enemies so that we could live free and safe from harm, I remember as a young boy growing up in the South End having a neighbor who served his country twice. He was a member of the Rough Riders who rode up San Juan Hill with Teddy Roosevelt and re- enlisted for the second time for action in World War I. He was very proud of his service to his country and marched every year in the an- nual Bostori Veterans Day Parade downtown in full uni- form. I remember waving to him at the corner of Park and Tremont Streets as he rounded by the Common, carrying his rifle and keep step all the way. He was 82 years old at that time, but I am sure as he marched in the parade route to the cheers of the crowds along the sidewalks, he remem- bered back to those long ago days when he was on the frontlines defending everything we all believed in about America and her ideals. Next Tuesday, I will be marching again over in the City of Quincy, now, one of the largest Veterans Day parades in the state. I will be marching with men and women who served during peace and war in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Every year each of us gets a bit older, but no less resolved in our duty as Americans to defend our country's principles and defending our cherished rights. If you haven't attended a Veterans Day parade or obser- vation, get to one this coming Tuesday, show that you care about this country and those who protect our freedoms when endangered. by Sal Oiarratani Obamacare Grows Worse After Mid-terms How many low information voters out there know that ObamaCare will change their lives after the mid-term November 4 elections? Many folks will be seeing new plans given to them that will offer fewer benefits. Those not on Medicaid for all, as I like to call it, will see highe r premi- ums, higher deductibles and higher co-pays along with less to offer. It is obvious that Democrats wanted to wait until after the November elections before socking it to folks. Be forewarned, this is coming. Don't be fooled. Think very carefully about who gets your votes next month. (Continued on Page 13) Baker-Polito Defeat Coakley-Kerrigan, Healey, Goldberg Win; Brown Loses in N.H., Moulton Over Tisei, U.S. Senate Goes Big for Republicans by Sal eiarratani "It was a good year to be unopposed." -- U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano Charlie Baker In Massachu- setts, the elector- ate chose Republi- can Charlie Baker over Democrat Martha Coakley. It was a razor-thin 48-47 percent GOP victory. It also marked Coakley's second defeat by a Republican oppo- nent since 2010 and this latest defeat sends the Corner Office to the Republicans once again. In the US House seats here, Democrat Bill Keating down on the lower South Shore and the Cape in the 9 th District held off a Republican upstart named John Chapman who came out of nowhere and almost beat the incumbent. Up on the North Shore, Democrat Seth Moulton who defeated John Tierney back in the Democratic Primary, defeated Republican Richard Tisei in the 6 th District. On the ballot questions, Question 1 on the automatic gas tax was handily defeated, Question 2 the new forced deposit bill was also defeated, Question 3, the Casino Repeal was rejected by voters and Ques- tion 4 on sick leave protection passed. Nationally, the Republicans were celebrating vic- tory as the GOP Karyn Polito took control of the US Senate which spelled bad news for Democrats especially President 0bama. Good bet that executive amnesty is now off the shelf and the president will have to come to terms with the Republicans now that Harry Reid got his pink slip as top dog in the US Senate come January. Obama is now going to be consigned to the role of helpless lame duck and Republicans will hopelully assert themselves and safe- guard our constitutional Democratic Repub- lic. Republicans won in West Virginia, Vir- ginia, Iowa, Arkansas and very possibly win (Continued on Page 13) Mayor Thomas M. Menino December 27, 1942 - October 30, 2014 by Christian Anthony Guarino Thomas Michael Menino is a name that will forever be connected with the City of Boston. The 53 rd mayor of the city he loved, and the first of Italian-American descent, he served as mayor longer than any other before him from July 12, 1993 until he completed his fifth un- precedented term on Janu- ary 6, 2014. During his 20 years in of- fice, Menino embodied what it meant to be a Bostonian. Like his city, he was at times brash, but more than willing to point people in the right "direction." His ascension to the highest position in the city may best be defined as pure luck. While serving as City Councilor from Hyde Park, in 1993, Tom Menino was elected president of the city council by a razor thin margin, one vote. When President Bill Clinton appointed then-Boston Mayor Ray Flynn as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, Menino was automatically elevated to the office of Mayor. He was not expected to win that November's election, but did so by a large margin, going on to successfully defend his title on four more occasions. He never lost an election. l His point of view was of what Boston would be as op- posed to what it should. "Here's what I see all across this great city - people work- ing together to make Boston a better place to live and to raise children, to grow and pursue dreams." Mayor Menino spent the bulk of his 20 years as mayor venturing outside his City Hall office to meet with fel- low Bostonians. It was fitting that in the end, thousands of Boston citizens came to pay their respects to him at Faneuil Hall, directly across the street from that same office, becoming the first to lie in state in the iconic structure's Great Hall since an- other life-long Bostonian, orator Wendell Phillips in 1884. "When you take the oath as mayor, you're mayor of all the people. And how do you im- prove all of their lives, not some of their lives?" Mayor Menino found a way to improve the lives of all those he met. To paraphrase the trademark Frank Sinatra song that would become Menino's theme through 20 years as mayor of our city, he truly did it "his way." A job well donet (See additional photos on Page 9) THE POST-GAZETIflE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:(X) AM to 3.<X) PM and Thursdays from II.'00 AM to 2.0 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8929 for more information I ]