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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 29, 2013 NEW t Ciao BeUa, Where is the Beauty in your life? This column re- flects on the aspects of where Beauty lies. It's a testament of appreciation of where Beauty can be found. Beauty is a crisp fall day and smelling the harvest of leaves. Beauty is love wherever you can find it. Beauty is memories of a happy childhood and la famiglial Beauty is kissing and a hug. Beauty is a best friend who is there for the tears and laughter. Beauty is celebrating life and health toasting with a glass of Champagne. Beauty is a stunning pair of earrings. Beauty is a fabulous meal and being able to share it with special people or maybe new friends you just met. Beauty is home. There is no place like it. Beauty is Boston Strong and the Red Sox winning the World Series three times in a decade. Beauty is my dollhouse/a ALL THAT ZAZZ by Mary N. DiZazzo Beauty is Everywhere! Dollhouse Fondue in a Small World! hobby you adore and pour your heart and soul into it. Beauty is a merry-go-round and you never want to get off. Beauty is God and believ- ing in prayer. Beatlty is Christmas, holi- days, birthdays and presents. Beauty is freedom. Beauty is The West End Museum. Beauty is Italy and being Italian. Beauty is never taking for granted a little bit of joy. Beauty is traveling and seeing how other cultures live. Beauty is breakfast at Caffe Pompei and shopping in the North End. Where is the beauty in your life? Hope you found some here. Happy Thanksgiving to all a blessed bounty! Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America! -- Mary DiZazzo-Trumbull by Sal Giarratani In the Dark of America's Night The other day down at my auto mechanics, I was talk- ing politics with Joey who owns the place and the sub- ject of Obamacare came up again as it usually does. We both agreed that President Obama could very well be the worse president ever and that's even counting Jimmy Carter back in the '70s who once said the country was in a malaise. It certainly was at the time but that word was spelled "C-A-R-T-E-R." I thought about my recent conversation over in North Weymouth wheri back in East Boston at Dunkin' Donuts I had coffee with Sonny, another friend. As usual when it comes to working Americans, Obama always arises into the conversation. Sonny is about six years older than I and he says the America he was born into is gone. I said my America growing up looks like history too. Back in Weymouth, Joey 11 years my ju~r says the same thing. America used to mean something important. We Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin still say no legislative fix is needed. The president can just do what he wants to fix it. Some Democrats, nervous about their re-election chances in 2014, are talking about ad- justing the law through amendments to it. Recently, the House passed such a bill with 39 Democratic votes. However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he will take up no matter on the Senate floor without the consent of the president. Who does Reid work for, the president? When the Legis- lative Branch of our Repub- lic takes its marching orders from the president, what have we become? Even our very own mini-me Governor Deval Patrick apparently thinks that rather than going for a legislative fix, he would "humbly propose that you (Bay State Delegation on Capitol Hill) consider grant- ing the administration broader authority to make adjustments to the ACA by Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at Mary is a third- generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at {978) 470-8183 or The Sons of Italy Urges Members to. SUPPORT ITALIAN AP EXAM The Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) is urging its members to support the Advanced Placement Examination in Ital- ian, using a strategic plan outlined by Claudio Bisogniero, Italy's ambassador to the U.S., in his recent letter to Italian American organizations. "In 2013, about 2,000 students took the exam, but an additional 500 are needed to meet the goal for 2016 set by the Col- lege Board," he noted in his letter, which included a "strategic plan of action" for his embassy, Italian American organizations and institutes as well as concerned citi- zens. [See below.] The College Board admin- isters these high school advanced place- ment programs in languages and other subjects Cost is a factor affecting applications to take the exam, according to Joseph Sciame, a former Sons of Italy national president and the current chair of the Conference of Presi- dents of Major Italian American Organiza- tions. "Students must pay about $85.00 to take it and some just cannot afford that," he says. But Sciame points out that as the biggest national Italian American organi- zation, the Sons of Italy is in a unique posi- tion to help. "We have 214 U.S. high schools that offer Italian," says Amb. Bisogniero. "If just two more students in each school take the exam, we can meet our target of 2,500 students." STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE ITALIAN ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAM Expand Italian Studies. Organizations and institutions should lobby and fund-raise to introduce or expand Italian classes in their local high schools. Support Existing Programs. Clubs and lodges can adopt a school, a class or a teacher, giving finan-cial aid to buy teach- ing materials, DVDs and other tools to make learning more exciting. Assist Needy Students. Clubs can help students pay for the AP Italian exam. Teacher Study Grants. Give scholarships solely to teachers of Italian at the AP level so they can perfect their teaching methods and command of Italian. Reward AIP Students. Give students who take the exam a financial reward just ff they take it, with larger amounts going to those who pass it with high marks. Since 1969 FOR ALL YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS AUTO * HOMEOWNERS * TENANTS COMMERCIAL were respected all over the world. Americans used to be proud of their heritage, their culture and their constitu- tional liberties. Today too many Americans don't seem to care enough anymore as they cede more and more control over their individual and collective lives to gov- ernment. Now it would ap- pear we all work in a govern- ment chain-gang and simply follow orders. Conservative radio host Michael Savage says liber- alism is a mental disorder. I am not ready to call it that but liberalism certainly leads to some twisted ideas on what America should be. Our founding fathers sacri- ficed everything so that we would be free of government tyranny. The British Crown was overthrown and in its place as Ben Franklin said in 1791, "We are a republic if we can keep it." We seem to be having trouble doing that very thing of late. It is always easy to live your life in a lazy haze. President Obama rammed his Affordable Care Act through Congress and lib- eral Democrats overwhelm- ing voted for it without even reading one page of this pro- posed health care reform. It passed Congress without one Republican vote. Recently and over time regulation so long as such regulations advance the fun- damental goal." There you have it short and simple. We need a new King,~George Ill telling us wh~t.p~0o. Our Constitu- tional Republic is at risk as too many Americans accept whatever the government says as long as their monthly checks keep coming. When 47.6 million Americans are collecting rather than pro- ducing, we end up with too many Americans getting hurt. America needs to return to its roots or else our Repub- lic is headed for the dustbin of history. Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Adams and the rest were right. America's strength comes from its people and their inalienable rights and when people get too lazy, we end up repeat- ing bad history all over again. Fifty-three years ago, President John F. Kennedy stood tall in stating, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." Today, too many Americans just don't care about doing anything except living off the govern- ment and watch smiling as their rights diminish. Obamacare, is it really about health care or control? going back more than a year, I still consider myself a President Obama keeps Kennedy Democrat and be- amending the bill on its own. Whatever happened to the separation of powers? The Congress passed a law and only Congress can amend it but even as the president's promise that folks could lieve representative democ- racy and our constitution are our safeguards against tyranny. We need to believe in ourselves and stand up for our values again. Government is our busi- Experience makes the difference 209 BROADWAY, REVERE, MA 02151 Tel. 781.284.1100 Fax 781.284.2200 Free Parking Adjacent to Building keep their own insurance ] ][ i nfo" ] and doctors if they wanted fades into history, Some [ ~rti~i~th~ ] Democrats like Assistant I Pos t 6 tte! t 617 22~ 89291 ness. Either we run it or it runs us. It will be as good as we want it to be or as bad as we allow it to be. WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM