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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 20, 2015 PAGE 15 Thoughts by Dan (Continued from Page 6) out, assaulted and, in some cases, even killed. By the middle of the decade, only 300 of the na- tion's 4,000 white farms were still in operation and the white popu- lation dropped from 110,000 at the time of Mugabe's election to 20,000. In 2014, Mugabe took it a step further by making it il- legal for whites to own any land, claiming it belonged to black Zimbabweans. They could only own apartments and businesses in the city. No matter, with the white population numbering less than one percent (it was just over five percent at its peak) and most of the farms gone, the damage was done. Those farms were the backbone of Zimbabwe's econo- my, providing both exports (corn and tobacco mostly) and food for the country. Most of the surviv- ing white owners packed up and left, but the thousands of black workers they employed added to the nation's 85% unemploy- ment rate. Zimbabwe has since become a failed state with the majority of the population facing starvation and a life expectancy of 58 years. The final insult, the seized farms were not even turned in to the black majority as promised, but to the war vets who keep Mugabe in power who have neither the know-how or desire to farm, turning the once rich lands into empty fields. There is little dispute to the Daily Mail's assertion that, =Life for the poorest black under Ian Smith was incalculably better than it is under Robert Mugabe." But is Smith's defiant stance on relinquishing minority rule to blame for the rise of an autocrat or does it prove Smith's fears to be correct? Well, it's important to note what Graham Boynton wrote in The Telegraph, =Let us not forget the context of Smith's determination to hang on to white rule in the 1960s. Rhode- glans had already witnessed the flight of Belgian refugees from the Congo; Idi Amin had trashed Uganda, and Mobutu Sese Seko was about to introduce an even more brutal and dysfunctional regime in neighboring Zaire; immediately to the north of Rho- desia, Kaunda's Zambia was in a mess, riddled with corruption and economically mismanaged, and Malawi was being similarly misruled by the eccentric despot Hastings Banda. So why, Smith argued, would Mugabe be any different. To blame Smith for the rise of Robert Mugabe and his cata- strophic rule seems unfair. As the Daffy Marl observed, =A quick look at other first generation African leaders following inde- pendence hardly inspires confi- dence. There were the genocidal maniacs (Emperor Bokassa in the Central African Republic, Idl Amin in Uganda, Joseph Mobutu in Zaire); the corrupt tyrants (Jomo Kenyatta in Kenya and almost anyone you care to men- tion); and the socialists who ru- ined their countries (Julius Nyere in Tanzania, Kwame Nkrumah in Ghana and a host of others.) Some of these monsters may even surpass Mr. Mugabe in their sheer awfulness. They all emerged without any help from Mr. Smith, and it is a fair bet that Mr. Mugabe, or someone like him, would sooner or later have seized power in Rhodesia if Mr. Smith had stepped down in 1965." But Smith cannot be entirely absolved, either. As, the Daily Mail also observed in the same article written after Smith's death in November of 2007, his biggest mistake was never spurring the growth of a black middle-class who would have found it in their best interest to oppose someone like Robert Mugabe. Still, there is little mystery as to why the majority of black Zimbabweans, when asked after Smith's death, preferred his Me to the current one while also being aware of its imperfections. The Daily Mail summed it up best, "He was a man out of his time, holding beliefs that would have been standard in the previous generation in Britain. Without doubt he was somewhat narrow and stubborn: from his point of view, he should have accepted Harold Wilson's offer in 1966, which foresaw majority rule being postponed until the end of the century. Yesterday morning, Radio 4 news quoted the Zimbabwean Information Minister who, not surprisingly, said Zimbabweans would not mourn Mr. Smith's death. Per- haps not - but how they wiU re- joice at Robert Mugabe's!" Why? Simple, the reporter continued, "lan Smith allowed the BBC to report on Rhodesia, whereas Mr. Mugabe has banned it. lan Smith helped create a deeply flawed but prosperous country. Robert Mugabe has made a wasteland." LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI15P6252EA Estate of ALAN IL DER KAZARIAN Date of Death October 1, 2015 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Pelion of Petitioner Isahelle DerKazafian of Belmont, MA, a Will has been admitted to informal probate. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Repre- sentative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration = from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the ~ estate, including distribution of assets and i expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders ter- minating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal pro- cedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 11/20/15 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Suffolk Probate and Family Court 24 New Chardon Street Boston, MA 02114 (617)788-8300 Docket No. SU15A0070AD In the matter of SOFIA ALEZANDRA HERRERA CITATION G.L.c. 210, 6 To Hamilton Manailla of East Boston, MA any unnamed or unknown parent and persons interested in a petition for the adoption of said child and to the Department of Children and Families of said Commonwealth. A pe~on has been presented to said court by: Armando J. Aquino of Revere, MA and BeatrCz E. Herrera of Revere, MA requesting for leave to adopt said child and that the name of the child be changed to Sofia Alezandra Aquino-I.lerrers. iF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATI'ORNEY MUST.FILE A WRITI'EN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT: Boston ON OR BEFORE TEN O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 A.M.) on January 28, 2016. WITNESS, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: September 4, 2015 Felix D. Arroyo, Register of Probate Run dates: 11/20, 11/27, 12/4/15 Red Sox Pick Up New Possible Quality Closer Craig Kimbrel The Red Sox have completed a trade bringing four-time All- Star closer Craig Kimbrel to Boston. He is only 27 years old, he has an impressive fastball, and is a great closer. In six seasons with the Braves and Padres, he has a 1.63 ERA and 225 saves. His fastball averaged 97.3 this last season. Koji Ueha- ra is still considered the team's closer, posting a 2.23 ERA with 25 saves last year before getting hurt in August. He turns 41 in April. Before getting injured, he was starting to look ineffective. His age seemed to be showing. The Sox may try using Kim- brel as their eighth inning set-up guy and turn to Junichi Tazawa in the 7th inning All this sounds quite interesting, doesn't it? LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of ~usetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department Suffolk Division 24 New Chardon Street Boston, MA 02114 (617) 788-8300 Docket No. SU15P2712PM CITAllON GIVING NOTICE OF PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT OF CONSERVATOR OR OTHER PROTECTIVE ORDER PURSUANT TO G.L.c. 190B, ,~5-304 & ~P405 In the matter of GERTRUDE M. AERY of E. Boston, MA To the named Respondent and all other interested parsons, a pe "btion has been filed by Mary A. Goddard of Malden, MA in the above captioned matter alleging that Gedz'udo M. Aery is in need of a Conservator or other proteclk, e order and requesting that Man/A. Goddard of Malden, MA (or some other suitable person) be appointed as Conservator to serve Without Surety on the bond. The petition asks the court td determine that the Respondent is disabled, that a protective order or appointment of a Conservator is nec- essary, and that the proposed conservator is appropriate. The petition is on file with this court. You have the right to object to this proceeding, if you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of January 14, 2016. This day is NOT a heanng date, but a deedline date by which you have to tile the written appearance if you ob'~t to the petition. If you fail to tile the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to tiling the written appearance, you or your attomey must tile a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the mtum date. IMPORTANT NOTICE The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above- named person's rigM to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or beth. The abeve-named per=on has the right to ask for a iawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the abeve-named person. If the abeve-named person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed st State expense. WITNESS, HON. JOAN P. ARMSTRONG, First Justice of this Court. Date: November 9, 2015 Felix D. Arroyo, Register of Probate Run date: 11/20/15 by Sal Giarratani 2016 Hall of Fame Voting Mike I~well Former Red Sox 3r~ baseman Mike Lowell is among the 15 candidates for the Hall of Fame voting. Lowell was in Boston from 2006 through 2010 where he hit .290 with 80 homers and 374 RBIs in 5 seasons. Lowell was also an All-Star and MVP in the 2007 World Series. His chances don't look that good to me, but another new entry is Ken Griffey, Jr., a 13-time All-Star, 10-time Golden Glove and 1997 AL MVP. He looks like a shoo-in. Another first time candidate is Trevor Hoffman with 601 saves. He could be a possibility after Junior. Perez, Cespedes Top Gold Gloves MVP of the World Series, Catcher Sal Perez for the Royals, and left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, who finished the season with the Mets, headlined the list of Golden Glove winners for 2015. ST. JUDE AND ST. ANTHONY NOVENA May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now and for- ever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us. St. Anthony, most loving protector and wonder worker, pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day and by the 8th day your prayer will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. My prayers have been answered. Favor received. T.M.S. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141-0005 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI13P4283EA CITATION ON PETITION FOR ORDER OF COMPLETE SETrLEMENT Estate of CHERYL B. CHILVERS Date of Death August 7, 2013 To all interested parson: A Pe~on has been filed by Derek Chlivers requesting that an Order of Complete Settle- ment of the estate issue approve an account- ing determine Testacy determine heirs compel or approve a distribution adjudicate a final settlement and other such relief as may be requested in the Petition. You have the right to obtain a copy of the P~ition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on November 30, 2015. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceed- ing. If you fall to file a timely written appear- ance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return data, action may be taken without further notice to you. WITNESS, HON. EDWARD F. DONNELLY, JR., First Justice of this Court. Date: October 21, 2015 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 11/20/15 Cespedes won the American League Award even though he was traded from the Tigers to the Mets on July 31st. Sal Perez Yoenis Cespedes Remember we had him for a short time, too. Liked his slugging a lot and we could have used him last season, huh? Red Box May Keep PawSox After All Pawtucket Red Sox Chair- man Larry Lucchino has put McCoy Stadium and the City of Pawtucket, RI, back on the table months after they said they were pursuing water- front land in downtown Provi- dence. No timetable has been set for a final decision on the future home of the Triple A team. PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN: (never known to fail) O most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother Of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessk'y. O Star Of the Sea, help me and show me here You are my mother. O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech You from the bottom of my heart to secure me in my necessity (make request). There are none who can withstand your power. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee (3 times). Holy Mary, I place this cause in your hands (3 times). Say this prayer 3 consecutive days and then publish, and it will be granted to you. T.M.S. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court MiddleseX Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI15P5882EA Emte of STANHOPE HUGO WOMACK, JR. Date of Death May 28, 2010 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above cap- tioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Charlotte H. Womack of Cullen, VA. Charlotte H. Womack of Cullen, VA has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bend. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Repre- sentative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties am entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders ter- minating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal pro- cedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 11/20/15 .dl