OUR OPINION: Philadelphia’s Italian Bedrock

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cartoonAs the illustration at right so ably captures, what Christopher Columbus began 524 years ago, Italian Americans continue to this day.

Just as the seafaring explorer set out for the undiscovered country in a quest for knowledge, commerce and the promise of a better future for those he represented on his quest, so, too, do our political leaders of Italian approach their offices.

For politicians like Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla, who represents the city’s First District; state Sen. Larry Farnese, of the state’s First Senatorial District; state Sen. Christine Tartaglione, longtime standard-bearer of the state’s Second Senatorial District; City of Philadelphia Register of Wills Ronald R. Donatucci; and US Rep. and Chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party Bob Brady, being proud sons and daughters of Italy goes hand in hand with being proud Americans. It’s why, on any given day, you can pick up the paper or click on a local news site and find any number of articles mentioning the efforts made, the changes enacted, the situations bettered by their work.

It’s why we can all be proud to stand by them as we honor Columbus on Monday, and it’s why they deserve this recognition of their own efforts to continue building on the monument that is the United States of America.

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