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VOL. 118 - NO, 49 ST (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, DECEM2014 00guon JV'atale NORTH END ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION PRESENTS THE 44 th Annual 2014 NORTH END CHRISTMAS PARADE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2014 - 1:00 P.M. Mernj Christmas SEE SANTA CLAUS ARRIVE AT NORTH END PARK BY HELICOPTER AT 1:00 P.M. In case of bad weather, Parade will be held the next Sunday, December 2]st m ASSOClA1FON WITH The NauJro Cem * Nolth En Against DrugQ - Ikmyor's Omc* of ArtS, Tourhmm and Sp*clal Eta Dedicated in Memory of JAMES "'Jimmy'" PALLOTTA What Happened in a Vegas Cab Didn't Stay in a Vegas Cab Gerry Gamboa, a cabbie for Checker Cab of Las Vegas, found 8300,000 in cash in the trunk of his cab two days before Christmas, 2013 and within 24 hours, the passenger had his cash back in hand. However, this is only one chapter in Gamboa's life story which culminated within the last two months when he was named "Taxicab Driver of the Year" by the Taxi, Limousine and Para-tran- sit Association. Gamboa says, "One day I was driving a lady who asked me ff I knew the driver who had found the $300,000 and I told her I knew him very well, because he is me." The cash -- all one" hundred dollar bills -- were left in a small shopping bag in the trunk by a high stakes poker player. After Gamboa found the money he called his dispatcher and met with the police who tracked down the poker player. Gamboa has been a cabbie for 25 years, the last 14 years with Checker Cab and was presented his award at the Taxi, Limousine and Para- transit Association's 96 th Annual Convention and Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, which seems a bit ironic since St. Anthony is the patron saint of lost items. Thank God both Gamboa and St. Anthony were (Continued on Page 5) hl,ntlih,ll,ill'll,,,',,i,,,llh'li,,,,i,ll,Oli,,,,,l,,,,,,i *** ........ ****MIXED ADC 07099 18 PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TOWN PAPERS. INC, 2t7 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98,584-2263 / _._j, .-; OF MASSACHUSETTS CONFRONTING A RECKLESS PRESIDENT by Sal Giarratani over 200 years and works quite well. .We now have a president that if tl-/ngs don't go his way, it is the highway. He says he has a "pen and phone" and for these past six years we hardly heard a whimper out of the Demo- crats up on Capitol Hill. Sen- ate Majority Leader Harry Reid looks like he is an employee of Obama rather than a guarantor of the sepa- ration of powers provision in our Constitution. We have a president who rides around like he's the Lone Ranger doing it alone. Apparently he thinks he knows better than every one else. He starts a war in Syria without congressional approval. He sends the U.S. Army to West Africa to fight Ebola. He can't even call ISIS by its name, rather calling this group ISIL just to be dif- ferent. He sent Chuck Hagel packing when Obama's for- eign policy started look- ing too foolish, as if it were Hagers fault. Lately, he has been freeing GITMO prison- ers back to their home coun- tries where they can rest up before killing more American troops. In reality, the situation today is much worse than Byrd viewed ten years ago, but there is silence from Democrats on Capitol Hill. They're all acting like Sergeant Schutz from Hogan's Heroes. Democrats took a whoop- ing from the Republicans back on November 4 . Some Back in July, I flew to Aus- tin for my annual Texas summer vacation. While fly- ing across the American landscape down below me I read a great political book written by U.S. Sena- tor Robert C. Byrd, D-West Virginia back in 2004 when President Bush was running for re-election. Byrd's book made a powerful statement against the actions of Presi- dent Bush in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks called, "LOSING AMERICA: Con- fronting a Reckless and Arrogant Presidency." Mostly, I agreed with Byrd on the proper role of the presidency, but wondered why Democrats of 2014 can't see today what Byrd saw about the Office of the U.S. President. Today in many ways,-Jnerica has a presi- dent far more reckless and arrogant in Barack Obama and yet the Democrat-con- trolled U.S. Senate became the president's lapdogs. I am a registered Demo- crat who believes in the limits placed upon our gov- ernors by a document called the U.S. Constitution. I be- lieve this sacred document was written in such a way as to protect at all costs our constitutional democratic republic. I say this not as a Demo- crat, Republican, Liberal or Conservative. I believe for over six years now, Demo- crats on Capitol Hill in the U.S. Senate have forgotten their constitutional role in our government structure. We have three branches of government, all important and all equal in power to en- sure checks and balances on each other in the name of the citizens who are the actual government sover- eignty. The people don't work for the government, we are the government. We didn't create a king to run this country, we created a repub- lic that as James Madison stated, controls ambition with countering ambition. In plain English, all three branches need one another and must guard against any one branch of government trying to rule independently. This system has worked for $.35 A COPY of them even tried distanc- ing themselves from the White House. Harry Reid wiI! become the minority leader joining useless House minority leader Nancy Pelosi. If Democrats were smart, they would dump these two characters and find better leaders who actually understand the role they play in our democratic republic. Finally, the biggest news of all is President Obama deciding to grant executive amnesty to nearly five mil- lion illegals with surely more to follow. He did it by having his Homeland Secu- rity Secretary Jeh Johnson read the fine print in the U.S. Constitution to legally do it. Many still think it is an unconstitutional action by the president violating the Constitution. With Re- publicans coming into power in January, hopefully the U.S. Constitution is safe once again from reckless and arrogant actions by a president who acts like he's looking for a crown to wear. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who is a bit of a hothead, recently said, "My touchstone for every question is the Constitu- tion" and I agree whole- heartedly with that philoso- phy, However, seeing Presi- dent Obama riding his horse Silver, I also remember the wisdom of Ben Franklin who warned over 200 years ago, "We have a Republic if we can keep it." T