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.",7I.L TCN IAPEP..% :INC. Ii'AUL JEFFI-:CU. ..k..FA 5T ll,h I"l"i'"h'I"I,,h,hh,l,hH.,,lh,.lIL,hIil,l THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MAcr8]T8 (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 116 - NO. 45 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, NOVEMBER 9, 2012 $.30 A COPY ELECTION 2012 OBAMA: More Confident Than Ever/ by Sal Giarratani I didn't think it would end like this. The Democrats had a very good night as Republi- cans went down to defeat across the nation. I was at the Park Plaza Hotel in Park Square at Scott Brown's. I was hoping he could squeeze out a narrow victory but the Democrat machine went into hyper mode with a great ground game. Brown had been an independent i minded Republican, often called by many of his critics as the most bi-partisan sena- tor in the US Senate, but that seemed not good enough for the hardcore Democrats who only care seemingly about the "D" after a politician's name. Last night on WRKO, Avi Nelson and sidekick Kuhner appeared to be holding a wake in the wake of the day's results at the polls. I am sure liberals everywhere were popping the bubbly in their victory. Meanwhile, Republicans, independents and conservative Democrats like myself wondered what has happened to America. Kuhner, on the air the morning after, stated that the American Republican died on Election Day as most of us have forgotten the warnings of James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and company who warned of fac- tionalism killing our Dem- ocratic/Republican form of government. America's (Continued on Page 2) Hurricane Sandy and Our Politicians ..... : During Hurricane Sandy our governor was wear- ing one of those MEMA vests as if he was actually i a first responder when in fact he was but a first [ observer. He looked official but that was about it. [ Chris Christie did the same thing down in New Jersey, wearing his official looking "Christie for Governor" vest. When it comes to egos, no one can out ego a president who flies into the area like Superman. After a number of great sound bites and photo ops, it is back on the campaign trail. Bringing recovery to the affected areas down at the local level where mayors are the leaders who outrank all. Governor Andrew Cuomo has [ been leading much more silently in trying to con- i ........... I nect the dots to recovery. His face hasn't been " seen all over the broadcast media but he is work- ing hard in these difficult times. Horrible Photo Images That front pager photo down on Long Beach, NY ! .... :; on Long Island said it all this past Sunday in the NY Times. There was Michigan Street torn apart by Sandy. The street looked like it had suffered an earthquake. Cars destroyed. Homes destroyed. People walking around aimlessly. However, and sadly, there was that message on the side of a .... panel truck that warned looters they would be shot if they tried anything. The storm was bad enough (Continued on Page 14) /:!iii:!i!ii::!:iiii:i!ililFii:iQiiii/?/i 5/:i !  % .... Have You THANKED a Veteran Today? from Anthony J. Principi, Secretary of Veterans Affairs (2001-2005) We are blessed, as Ameri- cans, to live in a nation gifted with rights and freedoms envied the world over. Those rights and freedoms did not come cheaply. Have you thanked a veteran today? We are the beneficiaries of a struggle for independence from which we emerged as a nation of many States joined together as one shining Republic. Have you thanked a veteran today? We rise every morning empowered by a land of opportunities made rich and plentiful by a vigorous and open economic, agricultural and industrial marketplace. We enjoy a bounty of goods and services unmatched in all the world. Have you thanked a veteran today? We expand our knowledge of ourselves and the world around us in myriad -- kin- dergartens, elementary, middle and high schools and institutions of higher learn- ing unparalleled in their accessibility to virtually ev- ery citizen who seeks the keys to education. Have you thanked a veteran today? As we have demonstrated to the world, Americans choose the men and women who represent us in our -- local, state and national gov- ernments -- from county commissioners to the Presi- dent. And any of us who seek office, or who have an opin- ion about those who do, are encouraged and welcome to take to the floor of the politi- cal arena -- small or great -- defining the very essence of our unique, and enduring, Democracy. Have you thanked a veteran today? We constantly refill and express our creative spirits in countless libraries, the- aters, auditoriums, muse- ums and galleries wherein our literary, performing and visual arts are displayed in all their variety, uncensored, and open to all. Have you thanked a veteran today? We clash on the gridirons of ten thousand stadiums; we shoot for the hoops on countless inner-city courts and in mighty arenas; we swing for the fences of small town diamonds and the walls of major league ball parks; we run, we swim, we .play, we exert ourselves individually and competitively in a nation where we are free as men and women and boys and girls to celebrate the independent spirit of athletics. Have you thanked a veteran today? And we bow our heads, kneel on prayer ,rugs and I our voices in holy songs in mighty cathedrals, elegant churches, simple chapels and in synagogues and mosques all across our na- tion, secure in the knowl- edge that our beliefs are sa- cred and our right to worship in our own way -- or not to worship at all -- is revered and protected. Have you thanked a veteran today? At day's end, we sit down to dinner, in communities large and small and share with our neighbors the -- immutable constancy of our freedom to raise our families under liberty's open skies and to fall asleep -- beneath the comforting blankets of our democracy. Have you thanked a veteran today? Today, Veterans Day, 2012, let us seize this opportunity and offer our heartfelt 'thank you' to America's former sol- diers, sailors, airmen, Ma- rines, and Coast Guards- men. For 237 years, they pro- tected the rich and seamless fabric of Freedollwoven on the loom of conflict, washed in the blood of patriots and preserved in times of peace through their fidelity in ser- vice to the cause of Liberty. Forty-eight million of our fellow citizens earned our gratitude by donning our nation's uniform. They are our ancestors laid down in their eternal resting places. They are the Greatest Gen- eration. They are our moth- ers and fathers, our sons and daughters, our neighbors and our countrymen across the nation. They are our war- riors still missing in action, and they are our former Pris- oners of War finally released to Liberty's loving arms. And they are our armed forces on the front lines of Freedom half a world away. On this Veterans Day, we thank them all. ST. STEPHEN'S CHURCH ANNUAL MASS HONORING ALL NORTH END VETERANS All are invited to attend the Mass on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 9:00 am and join the members of the North End Post 144 Veterans of Foreign Wars at a brief ceremony following Mass. We will cross over to the Prado to the plaque with the names of those killed in action and remember those from the North End who gave their lives in defense of freedom.