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POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 18, 2015 PAGE 3 Christmastime in Charlestown 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.eom Website: 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. 119 - No. 51 Friday, December 18, 2015 OURPOLICY: To he!p preserve the ideals and ~ tradiffons 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 EDIT()R To the Editor, The news that Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl will be facing a court martial on charges of desertion and endangering his comrades when he left his post in 2009 is good news to this U.S. Air Force veteran. His buddies searched for him and some of them were reportedly killed during the manhunt after his capture by the Taliban, who held him prisoner for five years. I was very disappointed in President Obama's decision in late May 2014 to trade five Taliban generals at Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl. At that time, the president stated that America leaves no one behind. In a recent podcast interview, Bergdahl said he walked off his post to call attention to leadership issues at his base. He saw himself as a kind of action hero character like "Jason Bourne." Some in the liberal news media are already trying to mar- ginalize the whole Bergdahl case, portraying the conserva- tive response as little more than attacks on liberals and the president by Republicans. However, if you talk to veterans around this nation, what Bergdahl allegedly did is not being seen as a partisan issue. He left his post and endangered troops looking for him. End of story. I believe the president's trade was a bad deal for America. There are now five top Taliban generals out there eager to get back on the battlefield and that can never be a good thing. Two months ago, U.S. Senator John McCaln, chair of the Senate Armed Servi'ces Committee, called Bergdahl a "traitor." More recently, Donald Trump also called him the same thing, but added if he were found guilty as charged, he should be executed. Sadly, this controversy never had to be. How the White House ever decided to trade for someone who many already were calling a deserter is beyond me. I think it clearly showed the Obama White House's weakness on foreign policy. Sincerely, Sal Giarratani East Boston, MA 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 forsubmission 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 by Sal Giarratan This past Sunday, December 6th, was looking a lot like Charlestown's Thompson Square with unseasonable mild weather. Around 4:00 pm, the environment was very Ho! Ho! Hol Kids were all over the place in anticipation of Santa's arrival. It seemed like the kids and parents were also enjoying the annual Toyland Park at Austin Street on the Square. As Santa came into view on Austin Street, the kids started cheering and then one by one each child met Santa sitting in his large comfy chair as parents started snapping away with cameras and phones. The event was part of Mayor Walsh's Enchanted Trolley Tour, riding across the city's neighborhoods lighting Christmas trees. This year following the festivities, the Warren Tavern held its very successful Toys for Tots drive. Townies always come through. Thank you Charlestown. Thank you to the U.S. Marines Corps, too. Sisters Ana and Fay Fortunato meeting up with Santa. City Councilor Michelle Wu with Jack Kelly. Elisabeth and Benjamin with morn Laura Kheir holding little Chloe. It's a Thompson Square Christmas. Swimmers and Spectators Invited to Join the "L Street Brownies" New Year's Day Swim On Friday, January 1, 2016, swim starts at 8:15 am this Brownies promote health, fun at 8:15 am, one of Boston's year. Doors open at 7:00 am and friendship. Each year, the oldest traditions will continue and close at 10:00 am. Swim-swim is dedicated to past and with an estimated 600 swim- mers should arrive dressed to recently deceased Brownies. mers plunging into Boston swim as the men's and women's Both swimmers and specta- Harbor for the annual "L Street locker and shower rooms willtors are welcome and creative Brownies" New Year's Day not be available until after the costumes are encouraged. For Swim. swim. Water shoes are sug- more information, please con- Hosted, by the BCYF Curley gested due to shells and rocks tact Fred Ahem, Administrative Community Center, 1663 Co- left by the tide. Coordinator of the BCYF Curley lumbia Road in South Boston, This event has taken place Community Center or Jack the swim takes place at the "K" for over 100 years~ The Brown- Dever, president of the "L" Street entrance of the center, ies are the oldest "polar bear" Street Brownies at 617-635- Due to the tide schedule, the swimming club in America. The 5104. .enarco i Eleanor 1st Anniversary December 9, 2014 Eleanor lived life, her way ....... Happily embracing each day with a great sense of humor, loving unconditionally and making everyone feel special. She was a strong and loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, Noni, and friend. She enjoyed yearly family vacations, being with grandchildren, cooking, music, singing, dining out, gambling, and doing things with great style. Eleanor trusted in God, prayed daily, and Shared her smile, faith, patience, math, care and kindness with everyone. We feel blessed, thankful and proud that she was our Beautiful Mother! Loved forever, Lorraine, Rosemarie, Diane, Ralph, Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren & Family