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Bachelors must marry or pay tax - R. Carroll Charles Schleininger corsair schleini@lemoorenet.com VASTOGIRARDI, Italy - Too busy hunting boar, making wine or playing soccer to settle down, the aging bachelors of a dying Italian village have been catapulted to infamy by their mayor's ultimatum: marry or pay a singles tax.

Vastogirardi ... will soon cease to exist unless its citizens start having children, said Mayor Vincenzo Venditti. ...

But for bachelors life is sweet. Hunting, fishing, a soccer field, 3 bars & wine making fill their time.

"It suits me," grinned Antonio Bisciotti, 29, sitting in the Bar Central with friends sunk into padded anoraks. ...

Franco Scocchera, 62, retired ... has his wine cellar, his fishing & his truffle hunting. Whenever he feels lonesome, it takes 2 minutes to amble down the Via Garibaldi to the bar. ...

Giuseppe di Benedetto, 40, ... drained a Campari & proclaimed a desire to marry his girlfriend next year. ...

Many of the bachelors are grown-up sons who never leave their mothers & the comforts of home. Sociologists cannot agree on an explanation for the phenomenon, which carries no stigma in Italy.



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