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POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 16, 2016 PAGE 3 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: postgazette@aol.com Website: www.BostonPostGazette.com Subscriptions in the United States $35.00 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. 120 - No. 51 Friday, December 16, 2016 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United.St t 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. GUEST EDITORIAL JOHN GLENN AMERICA's LAST HERO? By Sal Giarratani When I was growing up in the 50s and 60s as a member of the post WW II baby boomer, America still believed in heroes and there were many. Some of them for kids like me were sports figures like Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams or Willie Mays. However, society had many heroes that we all looked up to. Ted Williams wasn't just a legendary baseball hero but for his service to his country during both WW II and the Korean War where he actually flew at times with John Glenn who himself flew 149 combat missions during World War II and in Korea. Adults and children admired both of these men as heroes. Others like Bobby Kennedy, Cesar Chavez and Dr. Martin Luther King were heroes to me because they were never afraid to speak up and say what many others were afraid of doing. They stood up for the best in America. However, America's Space Program begun by President Kennedy brought a whole new set of heroes to America. These folks couldn't hit home runs over fences and they didn't do legendary things on the battlefield. No, these heroes were pioneers into a new frontier called Space. For me, these astronauts were modem day heroes because they risked life and limp to explore where others had only dreamed. Flying into the unknown in outer space seemed mind bogglingly terrifying. I mourn for former U.S. Senator John Glenn who served for 25 years in the Senate and who previously was one of those many pioneer "Rocket Men" who were part of the original "Mercury Seven" Team. I can remember exactly where I was on the morning of February 20, 1962. Sister Mary Aloysius took the 8th grade class across the hall to the TV room to watch John Glenn return home after circling the globe three timer aboard Friendship 7 during a flight that lasted barely five hours. John Glenn is probably the last great hero of my lifetime. I look around and wonder where the heroes have gone. They seem not with us anymore. We all need heroes to look up to and admire, However, I see no heroes anymore. They are all gone leaving us struggling on alone. Will new heroes come along or are we now on our own? More so, are heroes really needed? Personally, I would like to think we could live on without them. In the end I almost forget that there are heroes still around under the public radar, they are called parents. In reality heroes are inside us not in the news. Call John Glenn the last American Hero at Large but look inside ourselves for courage in all we do for ourselves and others. That defines the word "hero" too. LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. * This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 135, Boston, MA 02113 J e Premiere Nova Scotia In Boston for Dedication of the Christmas Tree Merrimack Valley Chamber President Joe Bevilacqua met last week with the Premier of Nova Scotia The Honourable Stephen McNeil and The Consul General of Canada to New England David Alward, in the Chamber's continuing work to increase international trade and investment between the Merrimack Valley business community and our closest trading partner-Canada. The Premier was in Boston for the dedication of the Boston Christmas Tree donated by Nova Scotia. In Loving Memory Louts J. "Fudgy" Capodilupo, jr. December 15, 2011 5th Anniversary ridge Called f.ove !t takes us back to brighter years, to happier sunlit days and to precious moments that will be with us always. And these fond recollections are treasured in the heart to bring us always close to those from whom we had to part. There is a bridge of memories from earth to Heaven above.., it keeps our dear ones near us. It's the bridge that we call love. Love, Stephen and Carol and Murray ( Grace T. ( alazzolo) Fisconti May She est in eace Grace T. (Palazzolo) Visconti, age 93, of Boston's North End, passed away peacefully on December 8, 2016. She was the beloved wife of the late Luigi J. "Dixie Lou" Visconti; dear daughter of the late Baldassare and Mary (Frontera) Palazzolo; Loving mother of Agnes Strazzullo and her husband Domenic of East Boston and Maria Cronin and her husband Paul of West Roxbury; Cherished grandmother of Domenic Strazzullo of Chelsea, Louis Strazzullo and his wife Laurie of Boston's North End, and Megan and Matthew Cronin both of West Roxbury; Dear sister of Jenny Sullivan of Saugus, the late Rose Gill, the late Marty Palazzolo, the late Pauline Ciaramitaro, the late James Palazzolo, and the late Lucy Schreiber. She also leaves many loving nieces and nephews. Visiting hours were held on Sunday, December 11 at the Boston Harborside Home, Boston. Her funeral mass was celebrated at 10 am on Monday, December 12th at Sacred Heart Church, 12 North Sq., Boston. Burial in Saint Michael Cemetery, Boston. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Anna Jerome Scholarship Fund, St. Theresa of Avila School, 40 St. Theresa Avenue, West Roxbury, MA 02132 Attn: Maria Cronin. The family also wishes to extend a special thank you to the Fourth Floor staff of the North End Nursing Home for the wonderful care they provided. \ /