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POST-GAZETTE, DECEMIER 7, 2012 Page 3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: Website: Subscriptions in the United States $30.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETTE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 116 - No. 49 Friday, December 7, 2012 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them." To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. Letter to the Editor Liberal Democrats Insulted To the Editor: I felt the need to respond after reading week after week of "News Briefs" that seem to aim to accomplish only one goal: insult liberal Democrats as much as possible. As one of those in the targeted group, and a fierce advocate of balanced de- bate, I'd like to toss an opposing opinion into the ring: there's a reason that Democrats won big in the 2012 election cycle. The main point of the most recent "News Brief" column was that "the country is changing" -- and the proof of this was yet another discussion on the ill-advised votes cast for President Obama and other Democrats and how this is driv- ing our country to ruin. I would suggest that yes, our coun- try is changing, and that is precisely why there were so many votes for President Obama and not enough for Mitt Romney. Our country is not one dimensional. Our population -- and therefore our voting block -- is increasingly made up Of women, Latinos, young adults, LGBT individuals, and inde- pendents. Mitt Romney, on various occasions, found ways to alienate all of these groups, He implied that women become involved in business and government ondy by being chosen from binders (and said nothing about equa/ pay for them); he said that immigrants should "self deport," that people who can't afford college should simply "borrow money from their parents." And of course, there was the infamous 47% remark, which was not so much upsetting in that Romney implied he would not be able to sway that percentage of voters already decided for Obama (in fact, this is a practical political real- ity), but it was so upsetting because of his assertion that 47% of the American population were "victims" with no sense of responsibility. Romney's message, as Giarratani claimed, was not muddled. In fact, it was crystal clear: there were simply too many people who didn't fit into Romney's (and therefore, Republicans') vision for America. When you disparage every minority, you'll find, as Romney did, they can very easily band together to become the majority. A majority that ironi- cally (in perhaps the best kind of poetic justice) awarded Mitt Romney just slightly over 47% of the popular vote. Now is the time when the Republican party is looking back and asking, "what went wrong?" The majority of GOP members are not coming to the same conclusions as Mr. Giarratani, who stated that "Conservatives lost this elec- tion because Democrats have sold a bill of goods to those on the receiving end of government goodies." Conservatives from all areas of the party have recognized this conclusion as a false one, with many party members going as far to call out Mitt Romney for making these exact remarks, such as Bobby Jindal, the widely respected Louisiana governor and Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor who had been one of Romney's staunchest supporters. These same party mem- bers all seem to agree that the Republican party cannot sur- vive at status quo: in order to be a party that truly repre- sents the people, they must reach out to and be in touch with a larger caucus of the people than older, white males. In an election that should have been about the economy and the economy alone, a topic on which Romney consis- tently polled better in than President Obama, it became more about protecting minorities that were being targeted by the negative political rhetoric. Women who were going to find little support for equal pay, little choice over their own healthcare decisions and facing decades old reproductive struggles. People out of work or with pre-existing conditions who would find themselves without healthcare. Students unable to afford the education necessary to find jobs in today's market. Republicans can't blame -- as Mr. Giarratani so immaturely labeled us -- "whack-a-doo" liberals for this mess. This is an identity crisis the Republican Party created -- and must solve -- all on its own. Respectfully submitted, Adriana Guida Somerville, MA Blue Front Night at the Sons of Italy by Victor Passacantilli (Photo by Arthur A. Lauretano) Post 8 Italian American War Veterans re- cently held a Blue Front Restaurant appre- ciation night at the Sons of Italy facility in Winchester. The event grew out of the remi- niscing that takes place each Wednesday evening when many North Enders congre- gate to dine, keep their friendships vibrant and recall fond memories of a cherished Italian enclave. The Blue Front Restaurant which was established by Mariano and Amaranda Passacantilli in 1933 became an iconic bar/restaurant because of the hard work of Mariano and the passion for cook- ing that Amaranda had. At first, they catered to the working class of the neigh- borhood until the establishment gained a bit of renown in the city for home style Italian recipes. Maranda would prepare such delicacies as pastina in brodo, tripe, liver and onions, pork chops and vinegar peppers, veal spezzato, verza in podella, calamari al sugo and fried smelts. Her passion for satisfying her customers with a meal like she would cook for her own family gave her much joy. For lunch on week days the booths would be filled with workers from area businesses such as the Boston Sausage Company and on Sundays the restaurant would be packed with Boston Edison workers from all over the city. It was also a favorite spot for cab drivers and the Boston Police during their supper breaks. Many long lasting friendships were formed with members of the United States Coast Guard who were stationed down the street and welcomed into the Blue Front family. In between all that there were the "regulars" playing cards, kibitzing and socializing before heading home at the end of a work day. When it was time for them to retire, they turned the business over to their son, Al and son-in-law, Curly who ran the Blue Front for many years together. They worked long hours and very hard to continue the recog- nition that my grandparents established. Their regime brought the place to another level where not only blue collar workers frequented the restaurant but also a pro- fessional crowd who would venture down Hanover Street from Government Center and other nearby locales to have lunch and sometimes return in the evening with their friends and spouses to have supper. Although the Blue Front closed in 1983 after 50 years, its reputation as a neigh- borhood destination for good food and a place for nurturing lifelong friendships still remains alive. The PassacantiIli brothers and their cousin, Eric want to thank Post 8 for their invitation and for helping them to relive very fond memories of "growing up" and working in the Blue Front. Special thanks go to North Enders: Joe Blazo, Vito Aluia, Pat Reppucci, Libby Federico and Frank Julianello for duplicating the tripe, pork with vinegar peppers and saut6ed mushrooms just like Maranda made. LUIGI J. VISCONTI 1915-2012 On December 4, 2012, Luigi "Dixie Lou" J. Visconti of Boston's North End passed away at the age of 97 sur- rounded by his loving family. Luigi was the cherished son of the late Agnese (Torchietti) and Angelo Visconti and the loving husband of Grace (Palazzolo) Visconti. He was the beloved father of Agnes Strazzullo and her husband Domenic and Maria Cronin and her husband Paul and the cherished grandfather of Domenic Strazzullo and his wife Ashlei, Louis Strazzullo and Megan and Matthew Cronin. Luigi was the caring brother of Amelia Zara and the late Mary Visconti, Mafalda Reppucci, Carmine Visconti, Elvira LaPorta and Vincent Visconti. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Luigi was a WWII Army medic as well as a recipient of an Apostolic Blessing from Pope Benedict for his long time service to Sacred Heart Church. He was an active member of many North End fraternal and charitable organizations and especially active with St. Mark's and the Holy Name Society. "Louie" will be remembered as a very kind man who generously extended his time and help to his family and neighbors and he will be missed by many. The Visconti family will be accepting visitors on Thurs- day, December 6 th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Boston Harborside Home at 580 Commercial Street and the funeral will be at the Boston Harborside Home on Friday, December 7 th at 8:45 am, followed by a Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 12 North Square, Boston at 9:45 am with interment at St. Michael Cemetery in Boston. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Luigi's name to St. John School, 9 Moon Street, Boston, MA 02113. 00omenito 00olttt omenico Conte of East Boston passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2012. The beloved husband of Maria (Berlangieri) Conte. Devoted father of Frank Conte and Cathy Lange of Wakefield, Josephine DiPietro and her husband Jerry of East Boston, Ann Marie Vinciguerra and her husband Mark of Mansfield, Anthony Conte of Arlington, Domenic Conte and his wife Cheryl of Wakefield, and John Conte and his wife Patricia of Wallingford, CT. Dear brother of Filomena Berlangieri and her husband Tullio of Revere. Cherished grandfather of Sean, Lauren, Christina, Alessandra, Domenic, JD, Emily, Marcus and Juliana. Also survived by his many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral from the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston was held on Monday December 3 'd with a Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Domenico's life in the Sacred Heart Church, East Boston at 10:00 am. Domenico was born in Italy on February 3, 1930 to the late Francesco and Giuseppa (Paolillo) Conte. After coming to America he settled in East Boston and raised his loving family. Domenico worked for many years in the shoe industry and was a devoted member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in East Boston. Domenico passed away peacefully in his home sur-rounded by his loving family on Thursday morning after a brief illness. Domenico was 82 years of age. In honoring Domenico's memory, memorial donations may be made to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Trade Center, Suite G-500, Woburn, MA 01801. Entombment in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. May Domenico rest in eternal peace.