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;! ! : ii \\; T THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS J (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 115 - NO. 45 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, NOVEMBER 11, 2011 $.30 A COPY FREEDOM IS NOT FREE by Ashley Persyn There is a price we pay for freedom For it is not truly free But rather paid for by the contributions of veterans To buy our liberty As their blood drains from their body and runs like a river through the grass Over the years it's forgotten, war is placed in our past I don't think we all realize the importance veterans play as they voluntarily serve America each and every day We should honor the veterans for they act like a shield Protecting us from danger, keeping America healed. So if you would take a second to commemorate You will instantly see We owe veterans our gratitude For they are the reason we are free. by Sal Giarratani Bank of America Relents on Debit Fees That monthly five buck debit card fee that the American people were hollering about looks like history now that those big banks decided it wasn't a good idea to charge people for withdrawing their own cash. Eventually, even Bank of America did likewise. This is the real power of the people rather than those foolish Occupy (your town here) protestors. Allegations Keep Chipping Away at Cain Right now Herman Cain is tied with Mitt Romney in the polls but recent allegations of sexual harassment from years ago have resur- faced by a left-wing on-line news agency site. His story keeps changing as the days pass by. This news story still has many legs and can only distract him from the campaign. He calls the whole thing a "witch hunt" and many conserva- (Continued on Page 10) ' . ._ ...... Pressley, Arroyo Surprise Ticket Toppers, Connolly, This year's City Council elections ended up with all four at-large incumbents returning for another term. That was expected by many. However, City Councilor Ayanna Pressley topping the ticket was quite surprising to all the so-called political experts out there. Most politi- cal observers thought she was the incumbent mostly likely to fall. City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo finished a strong second place showing with City councilor John Connolly in third and Coun- cil President Stephen barely survived a tough fight with former Council President Michael Flaherty for the final fourth spot. The differ- ence between the two of them was about 800 votes. Four years ago in the non- mayoral Council race; City Councilor Felix Arroyo fila- /shed fifth losing his at large seat to John Connolly in a very low turnout election. This year with numerous nonpartisan groups register- ing voters the turnout im- proved in areas known for poor turnouts. What to make of the November 8 results is that Murphy Return, by Sal Giarratani Boston City Councilor-at-Large Ayanna Pressley Boston has seen a sea- change at the polls. Where once conservative voters from traditional high vote wards like South Boston, Dorchester and West Rox- bury for example ruled Elec- tion Day, this election ap- pears to have ended that tra- ditional clout. One Charles- town voter was quoted in the Boston Globe on November 9 that she had voted for Arroyo, Connolly and Pressley be- cause she wanted a city council that mirrored the demographics of the city. She believed her choices Flaherty Out reflected what Boston had become today. In many ways, November 8 had its roots back in the 1983 mayoral battle between Ray Flynn and Mel King. The Boston of the last 30 years is not the Boston I grew up in. With each pass- ing day, the face of Boston grows more diverse. The once powerful Irish American and Italian American voters that ruled Boston politics have either passed away or moved away and newer Boston resi- dents have found their own candidates to represent them and their issues. These new Candidates are much more liberal which probably played a role in Flaherty's fifth place showing. In this latest election, an African American woman and a Latino finished in front of three Irish American poli- ticians. This is among e many firsts of November 8. Getting back to 1983 when this new Boston was in its infancy, Mel King became the voice of the unheard and Ray Flynn became the politi- cal bridge between the old (Continued on Page 8) VETERANS DAY 1948 (Photo courtesy of Pat Barasso)