Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,076, May 21st, 2019



Sunday, May 19, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,075, May 19th, 2019


JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Vote for Not More Than Two)

Beth Tarasi Allegheny County
Daniel D. McCaffery Philadelphia County
Amanda Green-Hawkins Allegheny County
Look for Democrats to balance out a ticket for November. One of the candidates from Alleghany County won’t make it to the General.



George Kelly Dunmore
Patrick O'Malley Blakely
Jerry Notarianni Scranton
Debi Domenick Dunmore
The two guys who were elected Democrats the last time, O’Malley and Notarianni didn’t last past the swearing in when elected in ’15. O’Malley formed an alliance with the GOP’s Laureen Cummings. That 4 year frustration boiled over when it appeared 4 candidates were running on their own. O’Malley (a former Republican) seems the most vulnerable but in The Lac you just never know how these things shake out.
The only other race of note is for County Treasurer, Gary DiBilio faces off against former School Board member Bob Casey. DiBilio has been around for years and should prevail.

JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Vote for Not More Than Two)

Rebecca Warren Luzerne County
Megan McCarthy King Chester County
Christylee Peck Cumberland County
I have heard nothing about Rebecca Warren and judging by that, if we haven’t received any communications from her, I wonder what she’s doing in the rest of the state.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS (Vote for Not More Than Two)

Laureen A. Cummings Old Forge
Michael Giannetta Scott Township
Chris Chermak Dalton
Giannetta and Chermak have team up to try and knock Cummings out of the race, But there is a danger there because she does have rock solid support and now a record to run on. This will be interesting to see.



Democrats Patrick Bilbow, Martin Dartoe, Tim McGinley, Anup Patel, Robert Schnee Joseph Sebastianelli and Jane Walsh Waitkus are vying for six seats. Odd man out this time seems to be Dartoe who has had recent issues after providing an act of heroism earlier in the year.
On the GOP side Kendra Radle, Walter Griffith, Gregory Wolovich and Stephen J. Urban are poised to be nominated easily. Look for Urban who has served before and Wolovich to mount vigorous campaigns in the fall. Griffith, a former County Controller has greaqt name recognition and that will certainly help.


It’s incumbent Tony George up against former Councilman George Brown. Here’s a link from the Citizens’ Voice outlining the race.


This is a three way race between incumbent Darren Snyder, Patricia Ungvarsky and Charles Majikes. Here’s a link on that race. By the way, in a three way contest, anything can happen.


There are a few races that will be contested on the Democratic side. Currently there are 4 Democrats and one Republican serving. The lone Republican in District B, Tony Brooks has no opposition. Here’s a link from the Times Leader on these. . –

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,074, May 16th, 2019


Do you see the mayhem caused by Donald Trump nixing the Iranian ems deal? What this has done is made that part of the region unstable. It is no accident that people in Iraq are being told to leave because of high tensions.


U.S. President Donald Trump obtained a new 30-year mortgage in 2018 for a property he owned in West Palm Beach, Florida, according to new financial disclosures made public on Thursday by the Office of Government Ethics.
The mortgage valued at $5 million to $25 million has a 4.5% interest rate, according to the new filings. A real estate website lists the house, which is near the president's beach front estate Mar-a-Lago overlooking the ocean, as being available for rent for about $81,000 a month.


Senator Bob Casey (Photo: LuLac archives)
U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and John Thune (R-SD), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, reintroduced the Charities Helping Americans Regularly Throughout the Year (CHARITY) Act, a bill that would encourage charitable giving and make it easier for foundations and other tax-exempt organizations to conduct their charitable mission. The CHARITY Act (S. 1475) builds on several significant Casey-and Thune-supported charitable tax provisions that were signed into law the previous two Congresses, including one that makes permanent a law allowing taxpayers at least 70-and-a-half years old to make charitable contributions directly from their IRAs. Casey and Thune introduced similar legislation last Congress.
“The bipartisan CHARITY Act will make it simpler for more Americans to support worthy charitable causes,” said Senator Casey. “Charities across the nation, and in Pennsylvania, are doing important work that positively impacts our communities. This legislation will help these organizations to continue and hopefully expand their charitable endeavors.”
“Carrying out charitable missions should in no way be a challenge for folks,” said Senator Thune. “Our CHARITY Act would remove many of the unnecessary roadblocks that currently stand in the way of philanthropic giving and encourage more Americans to donate to charitable organizations. This legislation serves as a perennial vehicle for common-sense ideas to promote charitable giving, and I’m hopeful our latest version of this important, bipartisan bill will quickly make its way to the president’s desk to be signed into law.”
The CHARITY Act would:
•Make donor-advised funds an eligible charity for purposes of the IRA rollover law that permits an IRA owner at least 70-and-a-half-years old to exclude from his or her gross income up to $100,000 per year in distributions made directly from the IRA to certain public charities.
•Simplify how foundations are required to calculate the federal excise tax imposed on investment income.
•Require the Treasury Department to adopt regulations that align the simplified standard mileage tax deduction rate, which applies to the use of personal vehicles for volunteer charitable services, with the mileage rate that applies for medical and moving purposes.
Promote transparency by requiring nonprofits to file their annual returns electronically.
U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) are cosponsors of the CHARITY Act.
The eight-bedroom house is on the beach.
The financial disclosures are mandated by law and offer a peek into the president's sprawling finances.
Trump has refused to release his tax returns, which would offer a clearer picture of how much money he is personally bringing in. The disclosures offer a glimpse of the number of properties he and his businesses own.




This week's guest will be Barbara Giovagnoli, Lackawanna County Recycling Coordinator. Find out more about what is accepted in recycling centers.
Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on 1400-The Game, NEPA's Fox .Sports Radio and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River.


A Free classic movie, a River Festival, and Tunkhannock Heritage Days! Just a few of the special events planned at the Wyoming Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater
over the next few weeks and the subject of our ECTV Live program during the week of May 20th! 
 Erica Rogler from the Dietrich Theater joins Hosts David DeCosmo
and Rusty Fender along with Program Director Mark Migilore for the program that can be seen on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and on the Electric City
Television YouTube page.


Want to hear some great parodies on the news? Tune in to WILK Radio at 6:40 and 8:40 AM on Mondays. As Ralph Cramden used to say, “It’s a laugh riot!”



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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the wife of jailed South African anti-apartheid fighter Nelson Mandela since 1957 and the most prominent woman associated with the African National Congress, was arrested by South African police and imprisoned in Pretoria. She would be held in solitary confinement for nine months without charges filed (as permitted by the Terrorism Act, 1967) before being indicted for violating the Suppression of Communism Act, 1950. In all, she would spend 16 months in prison and would write about the experience in the 2014 autobiography 491 Days: Prisoner Number 1323/69. .....The U.S. Naval Weapons Center began its classified "Project Gulf Q", a series of weather modification experiments in conjunction with the Naval Weather Research Facility and the Atmospheric Sciences Laboratory. In five of the 16 tests done over an 18-day period in the Gulf of Mexico, the Center was able to cause rain to fall within 10 minutes of the seeding of warm cumulus clouds. The report would be approved for public release in 1974. …The House of Commons of Canada voted, 149 to 55, to approve Bill C-150, a massive overhaul of the Criminal Code, including the first legalization of abortion of pregnancy. Formerly outlawed, abortions could be carried out at an accredited hospital if a panel of three physicians judged that continuation of the pregnancy would be likely to endanger a woman's health; because of the lack of a definition for the word "health" in the new law, anti-abortion groups have commented that the law "subsequently received broad interpretation" by the panels and by courts and that "[t]he mental health criteria served to cover up abortions done for convenience and socio-economic factors." The Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1968–69 would pass the Canadian Senate and then receive Royal Assent on June 27. ……Bill C-150 also amended the law to legalize homosexuality among two consenting adults aged 21 and over, formerly a crime prosecuted under the national law against "gross indecency", removed prohibitions against the advertising or sale of contraceptives, and set the first national standards regarding drunk driving (requiring drivers to submit to a breathalyzer test and making a 0.08 concentration of alcohol a statutory offense). …..Abe Fortas became the first U.S. Supreme Court justice to resign as the result of a scandal. In 1966, while serving on the Court, Fortas entered into an agreement with a charitable foundation funded by financier Louis Wolfson, which contemplated that Fortas would receive $20,000 per year for life for services. The story of the pact with the Wolson Family Foundation — and Fortas's acceptance of a $20,000 payment — was revealed on May 4 by Life magazine.

After the news was removed, Fortas informed Chief Justice Earl Warren of the details of the arrangement. The seat vacated by Fortas would remain empty for the entire 1969-1970 U.S. Supreme Court term, until filled after 389 days by Justice Harry Blackmun on June 9, 1970. The U.S. Supreme Court vacancy would remain a record until 2017, when Neil Gorsuch's succession to the seat of Antonin Scalia following a 422-day vacancy..in Philadelphia James Tate says he is uncertain about another term for Mayor and in Wilkes-Barre the Fine Arts Fiesta is a big success on the Square and fifty years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was . “Get Back “ by The Beatles.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,073, May 15th, 2019

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This week’s “Write On Wednesday” is about the silly road constructions they call Roundabouts. As far as I’m concerned the only “Roundabout” I want to hear about is from YES.

But I digress. Here’s a great letter to the Citizens’ Voice.


Editor: I read with bewilderment and disappointment about the planned Lehman Twp. construction of PennDOT’s latest “fix” to their addiction to the roundabout concept (May 1). They apparently have “discovered” a traffic problem that even the residents of Lehman Twp. didn’t know existed. What insight.
According to PennDOT spokesman Michael Taluto, the roundabout is seen as “the most efficient option.” With all due respect, I disagree with Mr. Taluto, who obviously is privy to reams of data on highway safety.
I believe two options would be more efficient and a prudent use of our outrageous gas tax funds. Paint the white “fog” lines regularly so drivers are aware of the right side of lane boundaries during night time and inclement weather and fill the craters that have evolved from pothole status.
It was stated in the article, that the roundabout is years away from opening. I hope the residents of Lehman Twp. take solace in the fact that “years” in PennDOT parlance means “decades” in reality.
Edward Tomaszewski

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,072, May 14th, 2019



On May 19, 2019, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation will honor U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) with the
2019 Profile in Courage Award. She will be recognized for putting the national interest above her party's interest to expand access to health care for all Americans and then, against a wave of political attacks, leading the effort to retake the majority and elect the most diverse Congress in our nation's history.
Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and her son, Jack Schlossberg, will present the award at a ceremony on May 19, 2019 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. The ceremony will be broadcast live on our website, YouTube, and Facebook beginning at 8:20pm ET. Sign our digital gavel to congratulate Speaker Pelosi.


On May 23, the JFK Library and WGBH partner for an exclusive preview and discussion of the new American Experience series, Chasing the Moon. American Experience senior producer Susan Bellows, director Robert Stone, George Washington University professor emeritus of political science and international affairs John Logsdon, and Fordham professor of history Asif Siddiqi discuss the series, th
On June 19, the JFK Library, with Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, will host a day-long symposium highlighting the history that led to the first Moon landing, current scientific and technological space initiatives, and the future of space exploration.
The full day JFK Space Summit program will feature astronauts from around the world, leading space and Earth scientists, former NASA officials, academics, journalists, and leaders of the space industry.e Space race, and its legacy. WGBH radio and television host Callie Crossley moderates.

Monday, May 13, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,071, May 13th, 2019


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1. Medical marijuana, good or bad?

Like everything that is used to fight or help in a disease it should not be abused. I think if regulated it will help people.

2. Joe Biden. In?

I like him a lot and think he can really take it to Diaper Don.
My fear is that his gaffes will be so exploited by the Republican lie machine that he will be put on a level playing field with Trump in a negative way. As a result the narrative might become the same as 2016 where it was viewed by some that it was a choice between bad and worse.
Plus my personal fear in backing Biden is I’ve had bad luck with backing Veeps on the Democratic side.
I supported Humphrey, Mondale and Gore full blast. So you can see my personal trepidation.

3. Best place to have shoes repaired?

I don’t know. All of my shoe repair guys have passed away. I have a good dress pair I wear sparingly and wear a type of shoe with a rubber sole for everyday wear. I just bought two new pairs, the last ones I bought were in 2012. They wear well. Wish I could help.

4. Any reason why you’ve not been on Pa. Live lately?

  Just a full plate. But I anticipate being back soon if they’ll have me.

5. Cory Klubler And his arm? Thoughts?

Typical Indian bad luck. He’ll be back though by the end of the year.

6. How about Biden and mayor Pete as a ticket?

I’d like that, there might be pressure to put a woman on it and that would be fine with me. Anybody but diaper and pious Pence.

7. Have you become saddened at what WILK has become? For the first time since I tuned into WILK, back when Fred Williams was first at the station, I have removed the 980 from all presets. Jason Barski seems to be getting worse with each passing show, drunk humor, really? WTF the frat house hazing deaths aren't on his simple minded radar??? Frank Andrews comes off as a baffled buffoon, quite impossible to listen to for more than a few minutes, if that long.It is amazing that he was a reasoned news anchor for so many years. How could we not mention, Kyle's "poor me" interjections and intrusions? The have gotten tiresome, it makes one wonder what he spent his college loan money on. Nancy and John continually speak over each other, etc.......

 Looks like you explained it all. Radio is entertainment and it changes. Whether its good or bad is in the ears/eyes of the beholder.

8. See any Railriders game yet?

Yep just the other day. Have a few more this year.

10. Biggest surprise of the new baseball season?

The Yankees doing it with the kids after all the injuries to the starters. Good farm system, good manager. 

11. Any good movies you’ve seen lately?

Not a one.

12. We heard you gave a wonderful eulogy to Wil Toole and as a matter of fact I think you posted that. It was wonderful. How do you go about putting something like that together?

I was at an event on Friday and shared this story. Well Wil and I collaborated on this around Christmas time. But what I usually do is write it out in outline form and then do it in word documents . After that I practice it four of five times out loud to make sure my speech patterns are in line so I don’t use words I will flub. The toughest one I had to do was my mom’s but the key to any speech is to be prepared. Also,m don't get rattled.

13. Are you invited to see Chris Matthews and Hardball?

No. But it will give Chris a chance to meet the ingrates of Luzerne County.

The LuLac Edition #4,070, May 13th, 2019


Thursday, May 09, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,069, May 9th, 2019


Former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart lit into President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning after The New York Times reported the real estate mogul said Trump had financial losses of more than $1 billion between 1985 and 1994.
“I think this story settles a debate that’s been going on on whether he was a tax cheat or whether he was a terrible businessman,” Lockhart said during a panel discussion on CNN’s New Day program. “He’s a terrible businessman,” he asserted. “If you look at the reason he’s not paying taxes, it’s because he was losing money, that’s a reasonable position.”
The former White House official, who served under President Bill Clinton, then called Trump a “con man,” arguing that he has “played the long con now over 40 years.”
“A con man is someone who goes out of his way to take advantage of other people,” Lockhart continued, “and to lie to them and misrepresent his assets.”
Earlier in the segment, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin pointed out that while Trump lost tens of millions of dollars, he continued to live large while his contractors and subcontractors suffered.
“He kept living like the billionaire he pretended to be,” Toobin said. “Why didn’t he feel any of the pain of losing this money? Why is it other people who had to sacrifice?” he asked. “The famous contractors and subcontractors he didn’t pay, but he never suffered at all.”
On Tuesday evening, the Times published an in-depth report analyzing a decade of summaries of Trump’s tax returns, revealing that the real estate mogul’s finances started unraveling years before it was previously publicly known. Although the president’s financial troubles and bankruptcies have been well documented, the report showed he lost substantial sums of money every year during the decade examined.
“If there was one era in his life that you thought he would have done well, it would have been this,” journalist Susanne Craig, who co-wrote the Times article, explained during an interview on MSNBC. “I wouldn’t have predicted that every year had a loss. This is a guy who wrote a memoir about Art of the Deal in 1987 and lost tens of millions of dollars that year,” she said.
The president has dismissed the report as “highly inaccurate Fake News.” He tweeted about the article on Wednesday morning, arguing that the massive losses were normal for real estate developers during the 1980s and 1990s.
Developers “were entitled to massive write offs and depreciation which would, if one was actively building, show losses and tax losses in almost all cases. Much was non monetary. Sometimes considered ‘tax shelter’ … you would get it by building, or even buying. You always wanted to show losses for tax purposes....almost all real estate developers did - and often re-negotiate with banks, it was sport,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
I would venture to guess that Donald Trump is cash poor and the reason he never wanted his taxes released is because people would see what a colossal  failure he is/was/and will be.(Newsweek, LuLac)


The Downtown Wilkes Barre Business Association had a meet the candidates night on Monday. Here is coverage from The Citizens' Voice.
What I found was that the applause for all candidates was tepid at best. There didn’t seem to be an overall show of strong yelling and clapping for anyone. All candidates for Mayor, Controller and Council got the same amount of polite applause. I can’t really read anything into that but that surprised me.


Join our good friends at the Pittston Library for a free, family friendly event with 18 incredible, local photographers.
On opening night, May 10th from 5pm to 9pm, photographers will be available for a meet and greet while light refreshments will be served.
Photographs will also be on display on Saturday May 11 from 10am to 2pm
Some artwork will be available for sale. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the library.
No reservation is necessary, but do check it out.


Recently Governor Tom Wolf expressed dismay oer the Trump and GOP policies on climate change. “President Trump and Washington Republicans are failing to lead on climate. That means it's up to us.
Last week, I was excited to announce that Pennsylvania is joining the U.S. Climate Alliance -- a bipartisan coalition of states -- to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. Working with other states, we can do what the federal government has refused to do and address the need for all of us to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That's critical at a time when President Trump and his allies are working to roll-back federal regulations and energy efficiency programs. It's up to us to set an example for other states, and also build pressure on Washington to do what's necessary.




Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on 1400-The Game, NEPA's Fox .Sports Radio and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River.


ECTV Live welcomes Wayne Hiller to the program during the week of May 13th. Mr. Hiller is the manager of the Electric City Trolley Museum which recently resumed its excursions for the summer season. ECTV Live is seen on Comcast channel 19 and can also be viewed on the electric city television YouTube page. Rusty Fender and David DeCosmo host the show which is directed by Mark Migilore.
 ECTV Live is seen three times daily on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and can be viewed on your personal device on the electric city television YouTube page.


Want to hear some great parodies on the news? Tune in to WILK Radio at 6:40 and 8:40 AM on Mondays. As Ralph Cramden used to say, “It’s a laugh riot!”



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The Oakland Oaks won the second American Basketball Association championship, 4 games to 1,

over the Indiana Pacers in overtime, 135 to 131….The United States Navy announced that it would not seek a court-martial against any of the crew of the USS Pueblo, whose crew had been held captive in North Korea for 11 months after the ship's seizure in 1968, and then were questioned in 80 days of testimony taken by the Naval Court of Inquiry in Coronado, California.
U.S. Secretary of the Navy John Chafee disclosed that the court of inquiry had recommended a
 general court-martial against the Pueblo skipper, Commander Lloyd M. Bucher and the officer in charge of the ship's intelligence section, Lieutenant Stephen R. Harris, for allowing the ship, equipment and codebooks to fall in the hands of the enemy. Secretary Chafee said that he had overruled the recommendation because the crew of the Pueblo "have suffered long enough" and added that "I am convinced that neither individual discipline, nor the state of discipline or morale of the Navy, nor any other interest requires further legal proceedings….The Sysco Corporation, the world's largest private distributor of food and related products to hospitals, schools, hotels, industrial caterers and other institutions ordering lower-cost foods in mass quantities, was founded in Texas by John F. Baugh, Herbert Irving and Harry Rosenthal.  Sysco is an acronym for Systems and service company….

Saint Christopher, formerly venerated in the Roman Catholic Church as the patron saint of travelers, was dropped from the Church's liturgical calendar along with more than 40 other names of people who had been designated as saints.  The image of St. Christopher had been on millions of medallions as a symbol of a prayer for safe travel, and the Caribbean Sea nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis commemorates his name as well. The 40 names had been dropped following research within the Vatican that concluded that the persons identified as saints had never actually existed. In addition to Christopher, Saint Susanna — for whom a Roman Catholic Church for American visitors to Rome was built — was also dropped from the list…..The Battle of Hamburger Hill, which would prove to be the most costly U.S. offensive of the Vietnam War (with 72 Americans killed, seven MIA and more than 400 wounded) began as an air strike during Operation Apache Snow. Major General Melvin Zais ordered a U.S. Army jet and helicopter assault against North Vietnamese artillery on Hill 937 of the South Vietnamese mountain range of Dong Ap Bia, and paratroopers from the 101st Airborne Division were sent in the next day….in Pennsylvania Senator Dick Schweiker strikes an independent pose on the battle of Hamburger Hill 
 and in Wilkes Barre the coalition majority of Republican Ethel Price and Frank Crossin continue to hold the Majority when crucial county votes are taken…and fifty years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “The Boxer” by Simon & Garfunkel