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PAGE 6 POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 18, 2015 Ciao Bella, Hope all my Glamazon's are taking time to smell the roses dur- ing this hectic Hotidaze Season! Please enjoy my yearly Christmas parody to an "A Night before Christmas" that happens to take place in a beauty salon! I take pride to say I wrote this several years ago. Wishing all my Post- Gazette readers and staff a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy! Twas the Week before Christmas when all through the salon The scissors were clicking; the mad rush was on. The hairdressers were busy primping the coifs; Penn odor, tinting, hair spray, what cough? The nail-techs stayed sitting; painting their art, And the patrons were in and out like a dart. The receptionist was praying for the end of the day, While just out the window she noticed a sleigh. And in walked a lady all covered in flour; She said she'd been baking for hours and hours. I've seen to the children, but what of myselff?. My husband's been busy and couldn't spare an elf. My nails are all broken; my hair feels like glue; I hope there is someone who can make me feel new." With that gleam in her eye it was hard to say "no" Mary volunteered for the job ho, ho, ho! Shampoo, shampoo, how do you do? Rollers and gel need the dryer, too. With a trick of her brush she was coiffed in a flash," Manicured, painted, and dried in a dash. Her nails were all shiny painted jungle-red. The smile on her face left nothing unsaid• As she waved us.good-bye, Merry Christmas to all, Everyone stopped to see the great haul. While out the window we all began to peer At a giant sleigh and eight strong reindeer! Our lady hopped right in and with a nod to go Off went her chariot above all the snow. Jingle, tingle, jingle you can hear the bells ring. It was a sight to behold, there were songs to sing. Buona giomata and God bless the United States of Americal -- Mary DiZazzo-Trumbull Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at www.allthatzazz. corn. Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be con- tacted at (978) 470-8183 or Boston Harborside Home Joseph A. Langone 580 Commercial St. - Boston, MA 02109 617-536-4110 Augustave M. Sabia, Jr.Trevor Slauenwhite Frederick J. Wobrock Dino C. Manca Courtney A. Fitzgibbons A Service Family Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corporation International 206 Winter St., Fall River, MA 02720 Telephone 508-676-2454 J On Sale Now! THE NORTH END Where It All Began The Way It Was by Fred Langone SALE PRICE $19.95 Plus Shipping & Handling 5 On Site at The Post-Gazette Prince Street, North End, Boston, MA THOUGHTS BY DAN ABOUT THIS & THAT with Daniel A. DiCenso RICHARD NIXON (Yorba Linda, California, January 9, 1913 - April 22, 1994, New York, New York): A Sad End Nostalgia is supposed to make us remember the past in a more positive light than is warranted, coloring over the grittier aspects of the things we remember with undue fondness. But I submit that, sometimes, the reverse is true, especially in regard to poli- ticians remembered in infamy. This leads up to one thesis statement: Richard M. Nixon, the president remembered now almost entirely for Watergate, accomplished more great things wh'fle in office than most other presidents and, had it not been for him letting his paranoia get to him, there is little doubt in my mind he would today sit high on any ranking of US presidents. Let's just make this a matter of lists. When it came to ending the Vietnam War, Nixon's tactic was a stronger push that would bring us closer to an end. Peace talks in both Paris and between Henry Kissinger and North Viet- namese Politburo member Le Duc Tho were going nowhere, so Nixon realized that the only way to pressure both North Vietnam and then- Soviet allies into a treaty was quick "sharp blows". Ul- timately, however, Nixon found that the best way to start garnering interna- tional support for a close to the war was by offering both Soviet and Chinese forces a chance at better relationships with the United States by gradually reducing their support for North Vietnamese forces. This was a slow process so Nixon could riot alto- gether drop forceful push into negotiations. Opera- tion Linebacker in 1972 proved to do the trick, ff only moderately, as the Politburo finally was will- ing to talk. The only problem now was South Vietnam Presi- dent Thieu who was un- willing to accept any settlement that allowed North Vietnamese forces in South Vietnam. Nixon realized he had to give South Vietnam something to lose if they didn't reach a settlement soon, so he threatened to re- duce U.S. support for the cause• Thieu was dismayed, but reluc- tantly agreed to a settlement with the North Vietnamese in January of 1973. Problems persisted in Vietnam, but the US was able to withdraw its troops and bring the POWs back home• Given the unpopularity of the war, the death toll on both sides, the stubborn nature of both North and South Vietnam, this was the best resolution that could be hoped for. Then again, Nixon's for- eign policy was one of his strongest assets as a presi- dent. He may not have been wholly successful in per- suading China to withdraw its support of the Vietcong, but he did create a pathway to what would be a break- through. He visited Beijing in February of 1972 (despite earlier claims that visiting Mao's country would be detrimental not only to the United States but to our allies in Taiwan) following Kiss- inger'.s successful visit. China had already demonstrated a willingness to normalize rela- tionships with the United States following Nixon's promise to do so early in his first term. He began taking steps toward this goal by easing travel and trade restrictions with Mao's country and by allowing an American ping pong team to travel there for a tournament. Kissinger travelled to Red China first and declared his visit a success. Nixon was fight in trusting Kissinger, a man whose record for international relations continues to make him a trusted advisor to any president• Nixon himself vis- ited and began a solidification of the improving relationship between the two countries. The result was the end of a thirty year stand-off of sorts since the country fell into the hands of Mao and his followers. Environmentally, Nixon was one of our greatest presidents. He passed the Clean Air Act of 1970, the Endangered Spe- cies Act in 1973 (he declared that the former version of the Act that was signed intotaw in 1966 did not adequately protect vanishing species), and heavily regulated pollutants. As far as race relations in the United States are concerned, Nixon continued Johnson's fine .work. H~ completed the deseg- regation of public schools in the South and is today credited as the father of affirmative action (in its earlier incarnation, which made sure both candidates were equally qualified). What's important to mention about Nixon before going into Watergate is the irony of it all. Here is a man whose approval rating was soaring, even amidst the turmoil of Vietnam, the busing crisis, and women's lib- eration movements• He won the 1972 election against George McGovern by a landslide and continued full steam ahead. So where exactly did the paranoia that led to Wa- tergate come from? It's hard to say. Nixon knew (and rightffflly so) that de- spite his high ratings, he was hated intensely by the less-moderate Left. And animosity still lingered over the coup in Chile that led to the death of Marxist President Allende and put Pinochet in power, begin- ning his brutal regime. Whatever the cause, the sad truth about Nixon is that he let his paranoia get the best of him. If the Nixon tapes prove any- thing (and they are hard to follow at times), it is the state of mind he was in at the time. The issue increasingly became less about whether or not he knew of the bugging, but his actions afterword, includ- ing the cover-up. The rest is history. He became the only president to resign in office in 1974 to avoid almost certain impeachment• And so ended the presidency of the man who, I would argue, was one of our most successful leaders• Sadly, the Watergate scandal cost him more than a presidency• It cost him a legacy• The name Richard Nixon has become synonymous with political scandal, mistrust in government, and crooked poli- ticians. These feelings are not unjustified, but tragically they were an unnecessary end to a great presidency•