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' !!, "i! ' '- ';i., i:' " '!l] .i,''b'.; !i THE IT-C VOICE OF ICS ETTE (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 117 - NO. 49 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, DECEMBER 6, 2013 $.30 A COPY Copley Square Tree Lighting (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) iTii!i!ii!7!!:i!!iiiiii! Secret Dbama Iran Agreement Reportedly, U.S. Secretary of State Jean- Francois Kerry worked out an agreement after five secret meetings since last March with Ira- nian officials over a partial freeze on its nuclear problem in exchange apparently for the lifting of some of the many sanctions against Iran going back to Jimmy Carter White House years. Seem- ingly, Capitol Hill was kept in the dark about this deal that was backed by us, China, Russia and the European Union. Only party missing was Israel which has the most to lose if Iran goes nuclear. No one apparently thought it was worth having Israel in on the agreement planning. Israel rightly ripped the deal with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling it a "his- toric mistake," added the prime minister to CNN, "If in five years a nuclear suitcase explodes in New York or Madrid, it will be because of the agreement that was signed." If Iran steps up its enrichment plans or deploys weapons, the world could see Israel rightly con- ducting a preemptive strike. Republicans Helpful for Dems in VA Back on Election Day, November 5% Republi- cans saw Tea Party favorite Ken Cuccinelli nar- rowly lose the Virginia's governor's race. Cuccinelli was the underdog and trailed Democrat Terry (Continued on Page 7) REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1941 n Aboard the USS Massachusetts in Battleship Cove, Fall River, MA this memorial plaque as seen below is placed in remembrance of nearly 40 Veterans from Massachusetts who lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Governor Patrick Needs a Good History Lesson by Sal Giarratani Perhaps, it really isn't Gov- ward the waterfront, dressed The governor has appar- ernor Dl patrick's fa_It up like Indians with war- ently forgotten that we that he doesn!tuderstand paint and ransacked a Brit- fought a revolution over American history or what led ish cargo ship docked by the the issue of no taxation American colonists to revolt bridge now called the Con- without representation. against the British Crown, gress Street Bridge. They Ours is a democratic and who said, "Power corrupts took all the boxes of tea constitutional republic and and absolute power corrupts aboard and started throwing as Ben Franklin warned absolutely." Britain ruled them into the water destroy- coming out of Independence America like an imperialist ing all the tea being brought Hall in Philadelphia, "We overlord milking as much in for sale with a new hefty have a Republic if we can from us and giving as little tax placed on them. keep it." back as possible in return. The crying call that night Kudos to all those Massa- Two hundred and thirty was, 'No taxation without chusetts voters who as- eight years ago Americans representation." It became signed those petitions to get were finally pushed to the the battle cry of frustrated the repeal of the automatic wall by the way they were colonists who seemed ready gas tax on the 2014 ballot used and taxed and had no to revolt. Two years later, it and thanks to those brave say in anything. The Crown happened, first at Lexington few state legislators who did was the government and the and Concord and then there exactly what they were people in the colonies noth- was the Battle of Bunker Hill elected to do which is repre- ing but serfs taking and fol- but it all began over taxes sent their constituents. lowing orders, and representation. Government is our busi- At some point in the late I say all this leading up to ness. We are the governor. 18 th century America, voices my criticism of Governor Governor Patrick is our voice began to rise about a distant Patrick's scorn of those who and he needs to heed our government ruling over them. dare disagree with him. How opinions not ridicule us for In early 1773, here in Bos- dare anyone decide that gas being American citizens. ton's North End, a bunch of taxes should always be voted Maybe the Chicago Way is to guys drinking down at the on by our legislators each ram things down people's Salutation Tavern at the cor- and every time they seek a throats but this is Boston, ner of Salutation and Com- tax hike? He apparently sees the Cradle of Liberty. mercial Streets were prob- voting on gas taxes an impo- Hopefully in 2014, we will ably crying through their sition. It would be so much elect a new governor who beers and decided to do some- easier for taxes to be auto- understands what a demo- thing. That something turned matically raised leaving no cratic republic is and we will into the Boston Tea Party fingerprints on who sought repeal the Patrick Automatic when pub patrons took off to- more taxes. Gas Tax too. Off Parking -C entary Valet Parking .. 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