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/ t Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 11,2011 Stir00 by Prof. Edmund Turiello Nostra of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. / HADRIAN, HIS MILITARY LIFE Hadrian was a connois- seur of arms and possessed a thorough knowledge of the art of warfare. Although he desired peace more than war, he kept his soldiers in training at all times, and inspired them by his per- sonal examples of strength and endurance. Whenever visiting their camps he cheerfully ate out of doors and always selected the nor- mal camp menu. He cited them by his own soldierly spirit, walked as much as twenty miles while fully armed, and wore the com- monest of clothing. He vis- ited the sick, appointed only mature and experienced men to positions of author- ity, did away with excessive luxuries, improved their equipment, make it a point to be acquainted with his soldiers and to be accurately informed of their needs. Hadrian maintained the high degree of military mo- rale that was established under Trajan and instituted a few of his own reforms. He then set out for Britain where he corrected many abuses, and while there he caused the construction of a wall which was intended to separate the Romans from the northern barbarians. It was about eighty miles in length, extended from the River Tyne to the Firth of Solway, and contained two lines of embankment, a moat, and a stone wall. After satisfying himself as to the condition of his fighting forces and equip- ment he returned to Rome where he became active in judicial reforms. He sat in judgment during a great number of lawsuits in the city and in the provinces, and consulted with the lead- ing judges and senators of the day before making his decisions. Examples of some of his findings were: Prohib- iting the demolition of build- ings for the sole purpose of transporting these materi- als to another city, awarding possession of treasure to an owner if he found it on his own property, however, if the property belonged to another, then they split the treasure. Masters were (Continued on Page 12) BBB Urges Consumers to Support SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY As a joining member, BBB is teaming up with Ameri- can Express OPEN to spread the word on why small busi- nesses are so awesome. For the second year in a row, American Express OPEN has declared November 26 th, the Saturday after Thanks- giving, to be Small Business n In honor of Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on the busiest shopping weekend of the year, Better Business Bureau is spread- ing awareness and advising consumers to support the small businesses in their area. REMINDER ... ;0)ii iiiiiiiiii!ii!iiiji!iiiiiii!i!!!ii!iii i! iiiiiiii@!ii!  !!! ii]iiii!iiiiiiiiiii!iiii i ii!i)!!i:;:! u i %i!i!i!i!? i  /i,,  .... Seven weeks:October 17- December 2 ON YOUR RECYCLING DAY. Place paper leaf s yard wasteF ............. Saturday. Sandwiched be- tween black Friday. and cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a perfect way to support the small busi- nesses that you love. "It's great to have a day that's completely dedicated to the success of our small businesses and it's even better to think that the success of this day could lead to the growth and pros- per of the small businesses in the days and years to follow," said Paula Fleming, vice president of communi- cations & marketing for the local BBB. "We'd like to encourage our consumers to take advantage of this day and show support to the small businesses in their community." In preparation for Small Business Saturday, FedEX will be giving away 40,000 $25 American Express gift cards to lucky consumers, which can be used to shop at small businesses on Saturday, November 26 th. 30,000 will go to people who register at FedEx Facebook's page, www.facebook.com/ FedEx. FedEx will give the other 10,000 to customers. American Express is also giving a $25 statement credit to American Express card members who spend $25 or more on Small Business Saturday at a qualifying small brick-and-mortar, indepen- dent merchant that accepts American Express. You must register to receive the credit. Registration is now avail- able at www.facebook.com/ smallbusinesssaturday. For small businesses, $100 in free Facebook ads will be awarded to the first I0,000 businesses that sign up at www.fcetxcomasmaus/nesss aurday. For more detials on Small Business Saturday, log on to smallbusinesssaturday.com and for further consumer information you can trust, visit www.bbb.org. Res Publica by David Trumbull Thank a Vet Today! If you served our nation in her Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard and happen to be in Washington, D.C. today, November 11% this Veterans Day 2011, stop in after work at my club. I plan to buy drinks for all veterans there to thank them for my freedom. I plan also to post a "Thank You" on Facebook and on blogs. I may even "tweet" the message. Thanks to the men and women who served, I and you reader have freedom to put messages on the internet for all the world to read. Well, actually, not "all the world," it turns out. One out of five persons on earth live in the Peoples Republic of China, where the government blocks social media and other websites that might help citizens to organize against the regime. I just returned from China where I gave a speech at the Canton Fair in Guangzhou, toured textile and apparel factories in diangsu Province, and did a little sightseeing in Shanghai. It was an enjoyable and productive visit. Every single person I met was kind and helpful. Everything is very modern. My hosts from the China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Textiles put me up in fine hotels with high-speed internet service, but when I tried to access websites I routinely use I found them blocked by the government. No Facebook, no GoGgle, no blogs. Governments always try to silence their opponents. Democrats in Washington from time to time threaten to bring back something called "the fairness" doctrine, a form of censorship that for several years, until President Reagan repealed it, banned conservative opinions from the broadcast airwaves. But each time the public expresses its outrage at such proposed censorship. Colleges and universities propping up the liberal establishment in Washington routinely try to ban conservative or Republican speakers and writers. But when challenged the schools, or at least the public schools which must follow the First Amendment, are forced to back down. President Obama tried to ban Fox News from White House reporting, but had to relent when even the pro-Obama liberal broadcast networks baulked, understanding that a threat to anyone's First Amendment rights is a threat to everyone's right to free speech. Our freedoms, including freedom of speech and press, do not come freely. Every war that America has fought. including the current war on terror, has been and is, in some measure, a war to preserve our freedom. Perhaps you've seen the bumper sticker "If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher." Well, I'll add "If You Can Read What You Choose, Thank a Warrior." I can be reached at david@trumbulloJboston.org. NORTH END WATERFRONT NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL MEETING Monday, November "[4, 201"1 7:00 PM Nazzaro Center All residents are invited. This Thanksgiving make a difference! By donating pet food and supplies, you'll help Freeway support a local "no kill" shelter. Your generosity can go a long way in supporting the needs of these deserving animals! Drop your donation off at the Post-Gazette Don't Forget That 5 Prince Street, North End, Boston Tough Times Impact by Friday, November 18. Them Too! i