Wednesday, December 07, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3970, December 7th, 2016

PEARL HARBOR @ 75

Just before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. The barrage lasted just two hours, but it was devastating: The Japanese managed to destroy nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and more than 300 airplanes. More than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors died in the attack, and another 1,000 were wounded. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan; Congress approved his declaration with just one dissenting vote. Three days later, Japanese allies Germany and Italy also declared war on the United States, and again Congress reciprocated. More than two years into the conflict, America had finally joined World War II.
no one believed that the Japanese would start that war with an attack on American territory. For one thing, it would be terribly inconvenient: Hawaii and Japan were about 4,000 miles apart. For another, American intelligence officials were confident that any Japanese attack would take place in one of the (relatively) nearby European colonies in the South Pacific: the Dutch East Indies, for instance, or Singapore or Indochina. Because American military leaders were not expecting an attack so close to home, the naval facilities at Pearl Harbor were relatively undefended. Almost the entire Pacific Fleet was moored around Ford Island in the harbor, and hundreds of airplanes were squeezed onto adjacent airfields. To the Japanese, Pearl Harbor was an irresistible target.
The Japanese plan was simple: Destroy the Pacific Fleet. That way, the Americans would not be able to fight back as Japan’s armed forces spread across the South Pacific. On December 7, after months of planning and practice, the Japanese launched their attack.
Japanese planes filled the sky over Pearl Harbor. Bombs and bullets rained onto the vessels moored below. At 8:10, a 1,800-pound bomb smashed through the deck of the battleship USS Arizona and landed in her forward ammunition magazine. The ship exploded and sank with more than 1,000 men trapped inside. Next, torpedoes pierced the shell of the battleship USS Oklahoma. With 400 sailors aboard, the Oklahoma lost her balance, rolled onto her side and slipped underwater. By the time the attack was over, every battleship in Pearl Harbor–USS Arizona, USS Oklahoma, USS California, USS West Virginia, USS Utah, USS Maryland, USS Pennsylvania, USS Tennessee and USS Nevada–had sustained significant damage. (All but USS Arizona and USS Utah were eventually salvaged and repaired.) (Source: history.com)
http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/pearl-harbor

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3369, December 6th, 2016

MAYBE I’M AMAZED

Our “Maybe I’m Amazed” logo.

MAYBE I’M AMAZED……at how you literally hear no plan whatsoever about an Inauguration for the incoming Vice President and his running mate. I wonder if it will be a big public event or a little soirée for the inner circle.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..at the defense the Luzerne County government gave taxpayers about the re-hiring of Sam Hyder as Deputy Warden. The administration told the taxpayers they were going to watch him. Funny, somebody watching a guy who’s supposed to be watching the inmates. Only in Luzerne County.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that the NFL ratings are down and they don’t seem to understand why. The biggest reason I believe is there is super saturation of the product. That’s one but the second is the fact that College football with its playoff system has many more people talking. Plus the College game is faster and the games are more interesting. I am not a College Football watcher. I don’t start out at 9am watching Game Day on Saturday and then retire at 2am Sunday morning after a West Coast game. I’m not that type of fan but I do know that the College product has drawn more purer fans.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…… that the Miler Brewing Company has now resurrected this older jingle in its major TV advertising. Nice.

MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that the same people who were calling for Penn State Coach James Franklin’s head earlier this year now think he’s the nun’s buns as Penn State boasts its first big 10 Championship since 2008.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that baby giraffes fall up to 6 feet to the ground when being born.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that in Texas there is a ranch there that is bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that Robert Heft who developed the concept for the current U.S. Flag actually received a B in high school for the project because it lacked originality.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..but actually sickened at the Newsweek article that profiled a former Democratic State Committee Woman, a Democratically elected member of the County Council and a person who actually gave Congressman Matt Cartwright a photo of FDR in his campaign backing Tiffany’s dad in the last Presidential campaign.
Wow!
Hey everyone has a right to support who they want but can anyone spell the words “disloyal” and “ingrate”? 
Look for the big story and  my opinion on Thursday's edition of LuLac. 

Monday, December 05, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3368, December 5th, 2016

DIPLOMATIC IGNORANCE IN CHI-NAH!!!!!
Tiffany's dad. (Photo: Buiness Insider)
Okay I know we're talking about jobs and other things but this is more serious. Tiffany's dad just broke years of precedent by having a conversation with Taiwan's government. China regards Taiwan as a renegade state.
First off, this guy hasn't read many National Security briefings. If he did he'd know this could cause problems with China who can very well send our economy in chaos because of debt from various companies to China. According to the Treasury, the largest foreign holder of U.S. debt is China, which owns more than $1.24 trillion in bills, notes, and bonds or about 30% of the over $4 trillion in Treasury bills, notes, and bonds held by foreign countries.
It is said Tiffany's dad even has debt to China. Yet he goes out of his way to upset that apple cart when he isn't even inaugurated? I'm loading up on a lot of popcorn to watch this (to repeat a phrase) disaster.

NEWS FROM THE “HANGING CHAD” STATE

The state of Florida by far is populated by the most obtuse, ignorant and incredibly lazy people. Not all mind but every now and then you get a story out of the Sunshine State that just makes you wonder how they even get out of bed in the morning.
Could it be in the influx of Long Island and Jersey loudmouths? Could it be the Canadian snow birds adjusting to the heat? Or could it be the employees both public and private who have no common sense.
Fox News reported, (yes, yes I do watch Fox News to get their biased slant on the news) that a motorist was found dead in his car before Thanksgiving. Tragic but not worthy of a national report, no?
Well, yes. It seems like his SUV’s windshield was filled with parking tickets. One after another. Presumably the meter maid, meter man just kept on putting those tickets on. Huh….and the Midwest is worried about robots taking their jobs! We got so called human ones down south I reckon I tell ya!!!!
A lady looked in the car and found the dead body. A by stander. Someone in Florida who had curiosity and intelligence to see what the hell was going on. Carolyn White tells the Sun Sentinel she wonders why a parking meter attendant didn't see 62-year-old Jacob Morpeau if he was inside the vehicle when the citations were written from Nov. 12 to Nov. 15, the day his body was found..
The reason Carolyn is because it is FLORIDA! A state where for the most part people are robotic and selfish living their little piece of the American dra. A warning to Carolyn White, you better not display your smarts too often, the good people of Florida might make you Empress of the increasingly dull witted Sunshine (“hey Irma what’s that shadow in the sky over there??” Oh Hank it’s getting dark, it happens every night here!”
Maybe if there were hanging chads on the car the guy would’ve had a chance!

BREITBART TEMPER TANTRUM GOES SNAP, CRACKLE AND POP!!!! 

(Photo: Proviseast.com)
Breitbart News has some hurt feelings. It seems that Kellogg’s of Battle Creek, Michigan “alt-right” movement, is touting its growing readership and “main street American values” as a reason advertisers should stick with it.
But the makers of Pop Tarts and Corn Flakes said it decided to remove its advertising because Breitbart didn’t align with its values. Breitbart didn’t take too kindly to that and started to attack Kellogg’s and essentially declared war on them. Editor-in-Chief Alexander Marlow said on the site that “to blacklist Breitbart News in order to placate left-wing totalitarians is a disgraceful act of cowardice.”
Left wing totalitarians? If this schmuck ever set foot in a true totalitarian country, for a New York minute, he’d wet his pants!
Other companies this week are heading for the exits saying they’ll pull their ads from Breitbart. They are Vanguard, 3M (MMM) and AARP, among others.
What mystifies me is how hurt Conservatives get, like Breitbart and some Trump supporters when you call them on their bad behavior.
Then they have the nerve to call The Left whiners.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3367, December 4th, 2016

JOBS AND CORPORATE WELFARE
Vice President Elect Mike Pence with Tiffany's dad. (Photo: CNN)
What an interesting juxtaposition this week on jobs. Today the Labor statistics came out and there were 186,000 new jobs. That is at least the 70th consecutive month of job growth. Remember in 2008-2009 we were losing jobs. But yet with the job gains, there is loss of income. Could it be that the loss of income happened because those sainted job creators are paying people below their fair wage? You can’t blame the government or the current President for cheap assed employers NOT paying people a good wage. That’s called income equality.
So this month 186,000 jobs were created but Tiffany’s dad did save jobs at Carrier. But this is how he did it.
Vice President Elect Mike Pence joined Tiffany’s dad to essentially bribe Carrier with a yearly payment of $700,000 and in return Carrier will keep just over 1000 jobs. in Indiana. So Indiana covers payroll, receives none of the profits and when Trump takes office the federal government will funnel the money back to Indiana. Did anyone say Ponzi scheme?
Look I’m all for getting people good jobs. But this is a facing saving move and will set a precedent that any business will threaten to leave if they don’t get a government bailout. Remember those KOS Zones in this area where we gave industry the store with tax exemptions to come and the minute they ran out so did the “saviors” of our economy?
Tiffany’s dad will of course say yes because the government sweetening of the pot comes from taxpayer money. So the jobs are saved but are propped up by the government. Which in turn drives up the deficit. During the campaign the GOP right wailed about the deficit and how their grand babies are going to be left with the bill under the Democrats. Just wait and see what a guy who has used other people’s money to be “a successful businessman” does with yours. There will be no bank to go to, no loan to negotiate. He’ll just drive up the deficit with corporate welfare.
You’re not gonna like this either but the last two Presidents who cut the 
yearly debt were…………these guys!


SECOND CHANCE, THIRD RATE JOB FILLERS AT LUZERNE COUNTY


Hires in public jobs really get my blood boiling. First off those usually hired pretty much think they are owed the position. Second, they usually belong to a political class. Ie family connection. You’re going to get that in politics.
However Luzerne County has recently taken that to another level. While the Council decides to impose a vehicle registration fee on everyone, they have DONE NOTHING to reduce the taxes on home owners. Plus they have given current administrators raises even though there is still a county debt. The leadership of the county harrumph and say, “We have to keep good people”. Yeah, I’m sure the head of Children & Youth is beating off offers with a Louisville Slugger with the fine job she’s doing!
Now jobs are being handed out to people of dubious credentials. I got a copy of a letter Council member Edd Brominski sent to Council Chair Linda McClosky Houck. He made sense.
Now there is was a little funny at the end involving a guy named Hugo but given recent events, it might not be so far fetched. Hugo, or someone like him, might be the friend of a friend of a drinking buddy at Patty’s Sports Bar, heyna? Here’s the letter:

Madam Chair:

 It is with complete awe that I communicate with you this date pertaining to hiring practices within the county.
 For some unknown reason I have been made aware of news hires days, weeks and even months before they happen. The distressing part it that is I mostly pass them of as rumors. To date , unfortunately most have proven to be true.
 It seems as though we have established Luzerne County Government as a rehab and second chance employer. To date we have hired people at excellent salaries who were fired from their previous jobs for improprieties, and into the same capacity with the county. We have altered job requirements, not the need, to accommodate particular people. We have promoted people who openly lie on their resumes and application s to positions of trust and authority. We have taken people of dubious backgrounds and brought them into our employment at rather serious positions and with excellent compensations. We have given jobs to proven criminals with unproven qualifications and with outstanding salary packages. The most recent hire at corrections was made aware to me months ago, however, naïve, as I am, I paid it no attention. Much to my dismay, this rumor was fact also.
 Certainly this cannot be all coincidence. I am rather put back that although I hear these rumors in advance, I usually find out in a press release. Something is wrong. We are stocking our work force with more than questionable talent. I believe, we as a council of common sense should prepare and ordinance of review of all management level people and consultants proposed for employment with the county.
 I say this because the latest rumor to reach me is that Hugo Selinski, is being considered as an in house prisoner to consult the corrections officer with safety and escape proof measures.
 I look forward to some action of response to these concerns.

Sincerely. Edward Brominski



Saturday, December 03, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3366, December 3rd, 2016

THE REAL FACTS ABOUT HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS
(Photo: Nationofchange.com)
There has been a lot of talk about Health Care premiums going up and the blame seems to be going to President Obama’s Health care act. The company I work for raised their rates this year. The rates held firm since the ACA went into effect. A four year run isn’t bad at all. It was Independence Blue Cross that raised the rates on my company. There were many litigating factors but the ACA wasn’t one of them.
Health Care is a necessity in this day and age. Individuals make a decision on what their priorities are. Do you want a new tricked out F-150 or health care? I’m stunned that many in this area will pay $600 a month for a vehicle lease but bitch about paying for health care. But that’s my opinion.
Our good friend Tom Ford posted this on Facebook the other day and I think it bears repeating. Here are his thoughts on the ACA, facts and fallacies.
ACA Marketplace premiums are going up an average of 22% in 2017. You are hearing from the anti-consumer echo chamber that this is proof that the ACA isn't working as expected.
Only, it is not. Put your lighters down -- before setting your hair afire, let's look at the facts.
--Private health insurance premiums are increasing as much as two to three times the rate of ACA plan increases. (65% in Texas, 44% in Pennsylvania, for example.)
--The ACA Marketplace rates for 2017 are in line with the 2009 CBO estimated projections on ACA premiums for 2017.
--The rate of increase under the ACA is still below the rate of increase for health insurance rates prior to the ACA; without the ACA, average rates would have been expected to increase 44% in 2017.
Now, take a look at why the rates are jumping in 2017.
--Most insurance companies under-estimated their costs when they entered the marketplace. Changes in the last two years have been adjustments to correct their errors. (But still, the actual costs in 2017 are nearly exactly what the CBO estimated before the ACA was passed.)
--Too many young people are failing to register, which would bring down the overall cost.
--The failure of states to accept Medicaid expansion and to fully-embrace the ACA has resulted in higher costs in at-risk groups and in higher premiums across the board. (ACA premium increases are as much as twice as high in states that refused to fully embrace the ACA from the start-- ie, running their own full state-based marketplace, expanding Medicaid and sticking to the original cut-off date for "transitional" policies. States that resisted the ACA provisions as much as they could have an average premium increase of 30%, states that fully embraced have an average increase of 15%)
--Political motivations -- a number of insurers have pulled out of markets (which they themselves had said were profitable) for purely political motivation.
Looking at the ACA Marketplace itself, about 80% of consumers receive subsidies based on their income, and 70% are eligible for plans that cost $75 or less per month. This is precisely what was intended. The subsidy costs are partially offset by reducing lost productivity and public cost of paying for health care for the uninsured, and the total costs of the ACA remain below the CBO estimates prior to passage.
The ACA is working as it was intended. The improvements which need to be made are largely the ones eliminated in the Congressional process before the ACA was passed, or through Court activism in re-writing legislation.
But, Donald Trump has selected an HHS Secretary who wants to return us to the pre-ACA private markets, which are more expensive, and cover millions fewer people, leading to greater collateral costs for us. That takes us in exactly the wrong direction.

MEDIA MATTERS

"CASH FOR..............KIDS?" NOT ON A COMEDY!!!

There is a show called “Impastor” on TV Land. The show stars Michael Rosenbaum, as a slacker on the run from a loan shark, steals a man's identity and ends up posing as a small town's new gay pastor. Buddy Dobbs
This week’s episode centered on a Judge sending kids to a Juvenile Detention Center in a “Kids For Cash” scheme. Man, that was an unbelievable plot line. Never heard that happening anywhere. Here’s a clip:
http://www.tvland.com/video-clips/uj0358/impastor-impastor-clip--the-cobra

Thursday, December 01, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3365, December 1st, 2016

FLAG THIS ONE
The President Elect (Photo: Business Insider)
The President Elect tweeted this the other day.
Nobody should burn the flag, if they do there must be consequences. Perhaps loss of citizenship and a year in jail.
I’m not into flag burning. As a matter of fact I think it is horrific as well as the province of vandalistic imbeciles. Like the President Elect I think there should be consequences. If flag burning is deemed illegal, there should be punishment as well as a fine.
I’m good with him in the first part.
But loss of citizenship and a year in jail? Okay, I’’ll even go for a year on probation where the burner could perform community service. However America is not like a religion where you can excommunicate someone. How would you ever enforce it? Do you deport the burner?
Just when I think this guy has a germ of a good idea he ruins it with something so irrational and unenforceable it becomes impossible to take him seriously. Reminds me of a scene from “Tommy Boy” where he starts out fine and then runs off the rails. .

BARLETTA MEETS WITH PRESIDENT-ELECT
EXCERPTS OF Q&A WITH PRESS AFTER MEETING
 Congressman Lou Barletta (Photo: LuLac archives) 
Congressman Lou Barletta met with President-Elect at Trump Tower to discuss the presidential transition. Barletta is a member of the Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee.
Following the meeting, Barletta met with reporters. The following are excerpts of his conversation with the press:
Barletta: It was great. We had a good conversation. We talked about many issues concerning the country and talked about the President-Elect’s ideas moving forward.
Reporter: Are you considering roles in the administration?
Barletta: We talked about Secretary of Labor and it’s something I’m going to consider.
Reporter: What was your pitch to him?
Barletta: We talked. I’ve worked with the President-Elect throughout the campaign. He knows my background and, as a member of the Executive Transition Team, we talked about the importance of his ideas and moving them forward in Congress and making sure that the transition goes well, as a member of that team. We talked about that, as I said, and some other things.
Reporter: What were the top policy initiatives the President-Elect talked to you about?
Barletta: His infrastructure plan is obviously very important to him. And again, making sure there’s a smooth transition and the role that I could play either in Congress or as a part of his cabinet.
By the time you read this, Barletta might have made his decision. But here’s what I know. Lou Barletta has always wanted to be a Congressman. He is a comfortable fit and very effective. He loves the job, you can see it in his face as he gives his audience an inside view of how a Congressman works. Barletta has not been in lock step with the Tea Party crazies or the John Boehner wing of the party. He is his own guy.
But being in a Presidential Cabinet is an honor bestowed on few. As a matter of fact, Barletta would join only Frank Carlucci as a member of a Presidential inner circle. (Carlucci was Reagan’s Secretary of Defense) It is tempting. But Barletta was tempted before with a run for Ltn. Governor in 2006 and even in 2010.
The Cabinet I believe is a more temporary position than being a Congressman. You serve at the whim of the President and can be the prisoner of events beyond your control.
Lou Barletta’s decision is his alone. We wish him luck in making it but hope he chooses to represent his friends, neighbors and numerous bi partisan people who like him as the Congressman.

PELOSI PREVAILS
The very first woman Speaker of The House and the First Lady of local Media. Nancy Pelosi and Karel Zubris. (Photo: DNC Convention-Zubris archives)
By a two to one margin, House Democrats selected Rep. Nancy Pelosi as minority leader. She faced a challenge from Ohio’s Tim Ryan who challenged her after the November losses in the General Election.
Ryan said the party needed new leadership but it wasn’t Pelosi running the Presidential campaign. Pelosi did write a letter to Congressmen before the voting indicating that she would try to move younger members up the leadership ladder. That can only help our local Congressman Matt Cartwright.
Pelosi is going to be the perfect foil as Tiffany’s father tries to bully his proposals through the Congress. Plus if we’re lucky he may tweet and insult her making for the collision course of Pelosi and the new administration all the more compelling. 
A word about Ohio's Tim Ryan. He ran against Pelosi on the theory that Democrats should appeal to those displaced workers in the Rust Belt. He posited that Democrats should try and bring those industrial jobs back. That won't work. I'm sorry Ohio workers aren't making the $40 bucks an hour they made thirty years ago. Democrats have offered retraining but these workers refuse to get retrained because they don't want a job behind a keyboard. 
I have news for them. Even if they get industrial jobs, they'll use computers. They'll use robots. Sorry, I don't think the Democratic party should cater to a bunch of whiners who are still mourning their industrial jobs and live in their own misery. These workers aren't the only ones who lost jobs. Most of us got retrained and did something instead of thinking Mike Pence's running mate or a President is going to make them rich. If these workers couldn't find a job with more than 75 months of straight employment growth, they just weren't trying. Time to put the big boy pants on and figure it out.
Pelosi was the sensible pick. 


MEDIA MATTERS

BOLD GOLD COMMUNITY FORUM

This week's guest is Bruce Spencer from Equines for Freedom. Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on NEPA Sports Radio-The Game 1400/1440 am and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River.



SUNDAY MAGAZINE

This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with Luann Letoski from the Back Mountain Harvest Assembly Church in Trucksville about their presentation of the Nativity play "The Gift" coming up next weekend.
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Dr. Paulette Mershel about Broadway Theatre League's upcoming workshop for high school and college theater students in conjunction with "Jersey Boys".
Brian speaks with Thomas Manzoni about the 10th Annual Harvey's Lake Polar Plunge coming up on Sunday at 12 noon to benefit the American Cancer Society.
Brian speaks with lung cancer survivor and activist Bonnie Adderio about spreading awareness about Lung Cancer.
And Frankie speaks with Sue Greenfield about the "Santa in the Park" event, coming up net Saturday at Firwood Park in South Wilkes Barre.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X and Sports Radio 590, WARM and 6:25am on Magic 93.

ECTV

Rusty Fender joins ECTV Live host and producer David DeCosmo, program director Mark Migilore, and guest Joe Spinelli on the show during the week on December 5th. Mr. Spenelli has acquired and refurbished a Department store animated Christmas display originally used in Brooklyn, New York. He's set it up in a drive through area near his home in Newfoundland where we welcomes visitors through "Russian Christmas.
ECTV Live is seen on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is aired near the Noon, 6pm, and Midnight area daily throughout the week.

SUE HENRY’S SPECIAL EDITION

Tune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. The show will run Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. on WILK, and on KRZ, Froggy and Max 102 early Sunday morning.

BUDDY RUMCHEK

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!”

KAREL ON THE STREET

Tune in Wednesdays on WILK Radio for Karel on the Street. Hear some of the funniest and heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.

BOBBY V’S DOO WOP SOCK HOP!!!!!

The Doo-Wop Sock Hop can be heard every Sunday night from 6P to 9P on “105 The River (104.9 FM) Host is the incomparable Bobby V. www.105theriver.net www.doowopsockhop.net.

1971

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Yes's classic album Fragile, is released in the UK. It is the first to feature their new keyboard player Rick Wakeman……

The USSR's Mars 2 probe impacts the Martian surface due to a computer malfunction……Cambodian Civil War: Khmer Rouge rebels intensify assaults on Cambodian government positions, forcing their retreat from Kompong Thmar and nearby Ba Ray, 10 kilometers northeast of Phnom Penh. – Six Persian Gulf sheikdoms found the United Arab Emirates. The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 begins with Operation Chengiz Khan as Pakistan launches preemptive attacks on nine Indian airbases. The next day India launches a massive invasion of East Pakistan….in Harrisburg the Shapp administration ends the year with some great first year legislative achievements…..in Lackawanna County the Democratic Commissioners of Melody and Zipay wind down. Ed Zipay though will remain as Minority Commissioner and 45 years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Cherish” by David Cassidy.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3364, November 30th, 2016

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY

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LET’S MAKE OUR COUNTY A GREAT PLACE TO CALL HOME

This week’s piece comes from Michael Giamber who was one of the people that helped put the Charter government together. Giamber ran a very good race a few years back and is still very much interested in how the County runs. He also, as a citizen of Luzerne County continues to offer suggestions and innovations that can make things run smoother. Here are his thoughts on the stagnant market in homes as well as helping current home owners protect the value of their properties.
Editor:
Continuously increasing county property taxes in a stagnant housing market suffering from years of negative appreciation is a weapon of mass destruction. The notion that increasing taxes on depreciating real estate assets, many already functionally obsolete, will somehow improve the real estate tax base or sustain future revenue growth is absurd.
An alternative approach to help defray the cost of county home rule government may be to develop minimum standard county-wide ordinances that protect property values. This approach not only contributes to cleaning up and making the county more appealing but also rewards those who maintain their properties while penalizing those who don’t. (Also reference: Broken Window Theory.)
A sample list of county-wide ordinances adopted in more progressive counties include, spot blight, dump heap/trash storage, illegal placement of temporary advertising signs, graffiti, tall grass and weeds, over occupancy, inoperative vehicles on private property, permanent storage of items outside in the public view on porches or decks or inside a carport such as couches, trash containers, car parts, tools, construction materials, etc.
It should be noted that revenue generated by civil penalties imposed for home rule county ordinance violations are generally paid without an enforcement action being necessary; the violator simply receives a citation and then pays it.
To reinforce this proposal, results from the recent citizen survey conducted by the Manager Search Committee found blight reduction as the most important community issue.
To many outsiders Luzerne County conjures up a negative image. Let’s turn that image around and make our county more attractive and a great place to call home.
Michael Giamber
Sweet Valley
For more….here’s the link: http://citizensvoice.com/opinion/let-s-make-our-county-a-great-place-to-call-home-1.2123979