Thursday, August 06, 2020

The LuLac Edition #4,371, August 6th, 2020

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYS IT'S 'DISGRACEFUL' NBA PLAYERS KNEEL DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

President Donald Trump has made his views on athletes kneeling well known. Throughout his tenure, Trump has used athletes protesting racial injustice and police brutality during the national anthem as a rallying cry for his supporters. With a large majority of the NBA currently engaging in those protests, Trump once again reiterated his stance on the issue, telling Fox News he believes players taking a knee during the national anthem is “disgraceful.” First off, taking a knee was a suggestion given to Colin Kaperneck by a veteran who said it showed proper respect. Second, for Trump to call anyone disgraceful is rich coming from this crook, thug, porn star loving pig of a President. (AOL News, LuLac)

MUSICIANS HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT COVID-19 PREVENTION

It's safe to say 2020 has undoubtedly been one astonishing year with the Coronavirus disease pandemic causing so much hardship and pain. Something has to be done, something different, to remind people in an extraordinary way to wear a Face Mask when out in public. “Where’s Your Face Mask? Polka” attempts to do just that - remind people.
The song was recorded as a Public Service (PSA) in the public interest and is disseminated without charge, with the object of raising awareness of, and changing public attitudes and behaviors towards, the social issue in America of wearing a face mask when out in public. The original melody for the song was written by legendary Pennsylvania polka band leader John Stanky as "Where's Your Babushka" in the 1950's. Stanky and the Coalminers shot to fame in this decade thanks to recordings of "Where's Your Babushka" and "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie".
Musicians performing on "Where's Your Face Mask? Polka" are Roy Griffin, Portville, (NY); Bobby Zampetti, Accordion/Vocal, Tunkhannock, (PA); Tommy Halla, Concertina/Bass, Fort Pierce (FL). Halla performs off-camera. People everywhere are spreading the word about "Where's Your Face Mask? Polka", instead of spreading the virus.
For more information about "Where's Your Face Mask? Polka", what the musicians do, where they are now contact Bobby by email to bobz10@yahoo.com. The video can be viewed by going to Bobby Zampetti on Facebook.


CASEY ANNOUNCES NEW CARES ACT FUNDING FOR PA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Senator Bob Casey (Photo: LuLac archives)

U.S. Senator Bob Casey released the following statement to announce that economic development assistance programs in Pennsylvania will receive $35.5 million in new funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) through Revolving Loan Funds as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: “I am pleased that Pennsylvania will receive this $35.5 million investment to help struggling small businesses and entrepreneurs that have been negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic across Pennsylvania,” said Senator Casey. “I supported EDA funding in the CARES Act and will continue to fight for Pennsylvania’s small businesses, ensuring that minority-owned businesses receive funding and improving oversight so that these grants reach the truly small businesses that need it most.”
The CARES Act provides EDA with $1.5 billion for economic development assistance programs to help communities support businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. The EDA’s Revolving Loan Fund Program provides access to capital to enable small businesses to grow and generate new employment opportunities and help them to retain jobs that might otherwise be lost, create wealth and support minority and women-owned businesses.

CARTWRIGHT FRUSTRATED

Over two months ago, the House passed the Heroes Act – a comprehensive coronavirus response package to meet the ongoing challenges of COVID-19. I was proud that some of my proposed legislation was included in the package, including my Coronavirus Frontline Worker Fair Pay Act, to provide a hazard pay increase of $13 per hour to essential workers. And the Heroes Act would provide $5 million to bolster statewide legal hotlines serving seniors, modeled after my Senior Legal Hotline Act.
This is the kind of action we need to pass Congress right now! Essential workers are risking their lives to provide healthcare, groceries, packages, and more to the American people – the least we can do is provide them with a living wage! And our seniors are more isolated and vulnerable than ever during this period of social distancing.
So here’s why I’m shaking my head over all this: The Heroes Act is still sitting on Mitch McConnell’s desk. He hasn’t even brought it up for a vote in the Senate. Americans are dying from COVID-19 every day. Workers are missing out on paychecks every week. And yet Republicans in Washington are haggling to see how small they can set unemployment insurance checks and refusing to hold corporations accountable for COVID-19 deaths that occur under their watch. It’s shameful. I won’t be quiet about this. And I hope you won’t either.

MEDIA MATTERS

WALN TV

BOLD GOLD COMMUNITY FORUM

This week's guests are Meghan Loftus and Linda Robeson, from Friends of the Poor in Scranton, Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on The Mothership 1340/1400 am, 100.7 and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on The River 105 and 103.5.

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Want to hear some great parodies on the news? Tune in to WILK Radio at 6:20 and 8:20 AM on Mondays. As Ralph Cramden used to say, “It’s a laugh riot!”

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1980

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The closing ceremony was held in Moscow for the 1980 Summer Olympics. Of the 81 participating national teams, 18 marched with the Olympic flag instead of their national flags in order to show their disapproval of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Later, in place of the American flag to identify the nation that would host the next summer games, the flag of Los Angeles was hoisted instead……The first triathlon in Canada was held at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park near Saanich, British Columbia, almost six years after the modern event had been introduced in San Diego on September 25, 1974. The event of a one-mile swim across Elk Lake, a 20-mile bicycle race and a ten-kilometer run, attracted 51 competitors….Hurricane Allen swept across Haiti, killing 220 people in 24 hours. After officials in Haiti discovered 140 additional bodies that had been buried in mudslides, the death toll was revised from 80 to 220. Of 272 people killed by Hurricane Allen, all but 52 of the deaths were in Haiti….As Hurricane Allen broke the high pressure system that had stalled over Texas and brought rainstorms, the record heat wave in much of the United States began to abate as Dallas and most of north Texas reached a temperature of only 95 °F (35 °C) after six weeks in a row (42 consecutive days) of "triple-digit heat" — daily highs of at least 100 °F (38 °C) temperatures — since June 23.
Susan G. Komen, 36, American model, died from breast cancer. In her memory, her younger sister Nancy Goodman Brinker founded the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation……Legislative elections were held in the Solomon Islands, with 241 candidates running for the 38 seats of the National Parliament. The United Party, led by Prime Minister Peter Kenilorea, won 16 of the 38 seats…..In Poland, Anna Walentynowicz was fired from her job as a crane operator at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk for attempting to recruit new members to the unauthorized labor union Free Coastal Trade Unions (Wolne Związki Zawodowe Wybrzeża or WZZW). The firing came seven months before Walentynowicz would have qualified for retirement on a government pension, prompting shipyard electrician Lech Walesa to call a strike on August 14, 1980… Production ceased on the Ford Pinto compact car as the final model came off of the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company of Canada plant in St. Thomas, Ontario at the last factory that manufactured the vehicle. The St. Thomas plant had manufactured the first Pinto almost exactly ten years earlier, on August 10, 1970…The Presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Teddy Kennedy ended at the Democratic convention after Kennedy's supporters were unable to get a change of rules to permit an "open convention", where the would be allowed to vote for the candidate of their choice on the first ballot, regardless of whom they had been committed to represent. With 1,666 votes of 3,330 necessary to change the rules, less than 1,390 were in favor and 1,936 were against the change. After Speaker of the U.S. House and convention chairman Tip O'Neill announced the result at 8:42 in the evening, Kennedy quit the race….Chrysler Corporation re-introduced its Imperial luxury automobile brand with a 1981 model, after discontinuing its luxury line in 1975, as the first of the new "K cars" rolled off of the assembly line at Chrysler's plant in Windsor, Ontario. At a ceremony, Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca handed the keys to the first model to singer Frank Sinatra, who endorsed the car— one of the few 8-cylinder vehicles made in North America— in TV commercials. The vehicle was priced at $19,000 in the U.S., equivalent to $58,500 in 2020. The second, smaller version of the Imperial was manufactured only for the 1981, 1982 and 1983 model years……and forty years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Into the Night” by Benny Nardonez.
The story behind the song.

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

The LuLac Edition #4,370, August 5th, 2020

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY

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This week’s Write On Wednesday deals with the return or not of athletic to school in the fall. Te Times Shamrock asks the question we all are at this point.


WHAT IS THE PIAA THINKING?

As one can guess from its name, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association is all about athletics.
So it’s no surprise the PIAA board of directors has voted to go ahead with practices for fall sports across the state beginning on Aug. 17.
But it’s doubtful the PIAA will have the last word on this issue. Most school districts are still struggling with how classes will be held this fall. And some combination of cyberschooling and in-school instruction with strict social distancing measures is likely to be the norm.
If districts feel they cannot safely return to classrooms, how can they justify the close contact inherent in sports? Some of them are already opting out.
Last week, the Norristown Area School District suspended fall sports and the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference in the Allentown area decided practices for contact sports — field hockey, football and soccer — will be delayed until at least mid-September.
As of Friday, 24 states had delayed the start of fall sports, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. Seven states have announced there will be no fall football at all and pushed the season back until the spring semester.
Given the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic and rising case counts across the country and here in Pennsylvania, resuming sports might prove too risky and the costs of the required safety measures and testing too steep. If Major League Baseball, with all its resources, has been unable to pull off even a shortened season without outbreaks, what is the likelihood public schools can do better?
Undoubtedly the majority of Pennsylvania’s high school athletes, and maybe even their parents, if polled, would choose to play the games they love.
But the realities of the pandemic might prompt the Wolf Administration and the Department of Education to think otherwise.
In the end, the PIAA vote last week to go ahead with the season might prove to be a case of wishful thinking.

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

The LuLac Edition #4,369, August 4th, 2020

MAYBE I’M AMAZED

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MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that the same right wing conservatives who called Liberals, Bernie Sanders supporters, Progressives and Democrats “snowflakes,” now are up in arms because of President Obama’s eulogy for Representative Lewis. Really? They called it the most divisive political speech in American history. Really? How about this speech.

And for those right wingers out there, a long distance dedication to ease your itty bitty snowflake, uh blizzard feelings.

MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that steel is 100% recyclable.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED..but sad that AOL reports that Character actor Reni Santoni, who played Poppie the restaurant owner on Seinfeld, has died at the age of 81, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Santoni passed away Saturday while in hospice care in Los Angeles following years of health problems that included cancer.
MAYBE I’;M AMAZED….that the oldest currency in the world is the British.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that 84% of the American people feel that our division comes from the media. Really? That has nothing to do with class and racial division, sexism, economic inequality and the attitude of “I’m right and if you don’t think I’m right,” you’re evil?
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that Debra Birks one of the Pandemic experts was shocked by the President’s rebuke of her in public. Trump will attack anyone like a rapid dog.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that in the 1918 pandemic people were complaining back then about wearing masks. The attitudes haven’t changed much in certain areas, even after 102 years!
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….. that at its furthest point from the Earth, the Moon is about 252 088 miles.

MAYBE I’M AMAZED….but not that the Democratic party in Luzerne County has distributed A LOT of Biden for President signs.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that the pandemic has increased people’s saving from 8% to 22% in this quarter. It simply means without going to restaurants and working from home, there are more personal savings.

Monday, August 03, 2020

The LuLac Edition #4,368, Auhist 3rd, 2020

MONDAY MEMES 



Sunday, August 02, 2020

The LuLac Edition #4,367, August 2nd, 2020

BOB REYNOLDS DIES

Local broadcast journalist Bob Reynolds passed away at the age of 67 after an extended illness. Reynolds was a local mainstay in the broadcast industry since the early 1970s. He worked at almost every radio station back in the day when there was radio news. There was a time when stations had news departments that sent reporters out to the meetings, fires and events that happened in the region. Most notably he worked at WILK, WMJW FM and WARM in his radio days. 
Most recently this year, Bob sat in on the Frank Andrews show on WILK with his former co-worker Mark Davis.
Reynolds made his mark though in TV. After leaving radio he became a regular reporter for Newswatch 16. Reynolds range was huge. He could cover a simple snow storm story as well as digging deep as a hard nosed reporter. His style was factual, non-combative and calm. With Bob Reynolds you got the story without bombast but a great deal of nuance and truth. The only people who didn’t universally care for Reynolds reporting were those he was investigating and diming out.
Bob retired from his job at WNEP in 2014 but not from life. His retirement was filled with friends, family, his pets, his old colleagues and action. He didn’t give up on life and was living every minute of it. When William Shatner came to town this January, there was Bob. When there was a radio or TV reunion, Bob was there. When he was called upon by the working media of today to relate his experience on an anniversary of a major local news event, he was there. Always at his side recently was his wife Paul Deignan Reynolds cracking wise with his friends but always keeping a careful eye on how he was doing, which by the way was always a profile in personal courage on his part. The Deignan-Reynolds was a news broadcast family. As reporters they were old school with those values that are sometimes missing these days. That professional life extended to their marriage where the vow “in sickness and health” was a way of life, not just a phrase on the way to the wedding toast.
There are many comments on social media today on his death. Many viewers say they felt as if they knew him and were sad that he was gone too soon. The bottom line was Bob Reynolds was a genuine guy that people could relate to whether they met him in person or just saw or heard him through the media.
Genuine. That’s what he was. The way he lived his life, in front and behind the camera reminds me of the saying, “Ten minutes with a genuine friend is better than years spent with anyone less.” To those who spent only 10 minutes with him or a lifetime, Bob Reynolds was our gift. He will be missed.

The LuLc Edition #4,366, August 2nd, 2020

ROCKIN' THE COUNTY IN NANTICOKE

It was a great evening in Nanticoke last night for another installment of "Rockin' the County".
I was happy to drive Nanticoke City Administrator Donna Wall, Visit Luzerne Exec Ted Wampole, Councilman John Telencho and Mike Marcella around the streets in town last night . I have no idea why I'm leaning starboard in this picture next to Mayor Kevin Coughlin but a good time was had by all.
Councilman Marcella, his wife and Mr. Telencho and I opined on the many businesses in the town that supported this effort.
People on bikes followed the musical route, there were safe gatherings on porches and the event was well organized by Donna Wall.
Kingston-Forty Fort this Friday!

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE POLL

Here are the latest findings from Dr. Terry MaDonna and Michael Young's polling in the last   month: 
• The July 2020 Franklin & Marshall College Poll finds that half (48%) of the state’s registered voters believe the state is “headed in the right direction,” which is below the recent high of 57% reported in October, 2019. This general optimism holds despite significant concern about COVID-19. Registered voters list COVID-19 (32%) as the most important problem facing the state today. One in five (22%) respondents reports a family member or close friend has contracted COVID-19, although most (63%) think they are unlikely to contract it during the next three months.
• Registered voters in the state are less optimistic about their finances than they were six months ago. Fewer voters report being financially “better off” (20%) today and fewer expect to be “better off” (17%) financially next year compared to January. Only one in four (24%) registered voters believes that the United States is “headed in the right direction,” down from two in five (38%) in January.
• About two in five (38%) registered voters in Pennsylvania believes President Trump is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as president, although his ratings on specific topics show considerable issue-by-issue variability. He outperforms his overall job rating on the economy, with 45 percent rating him positively for creating jobs. His ratings on foreign policy and immigration are similar to his overall rating, while his ratings for handling the COVID-19 outbreak, improving healthcare, and protecting the environment are well below his overall rating.
• Nearly three-quarters (74%) of the state’s registered voters say they are “very interested” in the 2020 elections, up from two-thirds (67%) in January. Democrat Joe Biden currently leads President Trump among the state’s registered voters, 50% to 41%. There are far fewer registered voters in July, 2020 who express support for a third-party candidate or who are undecided compared to the preferences expressed in July, 2016.
This survey reflects interviews with 667 Pennsylvania registered voters, including 324 Democrats, 271 Republicans and 72 Independents conducted by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College from July 20-26, 2020. The sample error for this survey is +/- 5.5 percentage points. A complete methodological statement can be found in the full report.
The Franklin & Marshall College Poll is produced in conjunction with the Philadelphia Daily News, WGAL-TV (South Central PA), Pittsburgh Tribune Review, WTAE-TV (Pittsburgh), WPVI-TV6/ABC (Philadelphia), Times-Shamrock Newspapers, Harrisburg Patriot-News/PennLive, LNP media group, WITF, the Reading Eagle and Pennsylvania Capital-Star. It may be used in whole or in part, provided any use is attributed to the college.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

The LuLac Edition #4,365, July 30th, 2020

TRUMP CALLS FOR DELAYED 
ELECTION 

STATES GOVERNORS SAY "NOTHING  DOING!

Funny thing about that Constitution! What a sad excuse,  for not a President, not a Republican but a god damn person. Right wing Christians say Trump was sent by God to save the country. Nope, this guy came special delivery from the devil.

OBAMA EULOGIZES LEWIS, SLAMS DIAPER DON DEFTLY


Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton gave speeches on Thursday at the funeral for Rep. John Lewis,the Democratic congressman from Georgia and civil rights icon who died earlier this month.
Obama delivered the eulogy, and used it in part to level criticism at what he sees as the Trump administration’s attacks on peaceful protesters and voting rights amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators,” Obama said. “We may no longer have to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar to cast a ballot. But even as we sit here, there are those in power who are doing their darndest to discourage people from voting, by closing polling locations and targeting minorities and students with restrictive ID laws and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision, even undermining the postal service in an election that’s going to be dependent on mail-in ballots so people don’t get sick.” (AOL NEWS)

MY PICK FOR VEEP

Susan Rice former U.N. ambassador under the Obama administration. Why? 
1. Biden worked with her and would feel comfortable with her. 
2. she can concentrate on world affairs while Biden restores the domestic mess left by the Trump sludge and slime swamp dwellers. 
3. She has the full support o the Obama coalition. 
Plus she can take it to the President and his Veep, Mike Pence. 

18

That’s the number of people who said they wouldn’t go back to work if called because they were getting paid more with the $600.00 stimulus checks in their unemployment. That means 82% of the unemployed WANT to go back to WORK!
The Republican LIE machine is at it again saying that the money to make workers whole to pay mortgages, rent and get food is “too damn much!”
I urge everyone who has a past due bill to make a copy of it and mail it to:
Senator Mitch McConnell
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510

7

7 is the number of evictions in the United States of America every minute of the day. People are losing jobs, homes, apartments and are living in cars. 7 evictions every minute!
THINK ABOUT THAT when you go to vote.
We have fallen way short of the command that states, “Most certainly I tell you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
We are falling short and falling fast.

DIAPER DON: AT IT AGAIN!

President Trump used a White House press briefing on Tuesday to wonder aloud why he was less liked than Dr. Anthony Fauci, a prominent member of the White House coronavirus task force.
“Nobody likes me,” the president said in a rare moment of self-reflection. “It can only be my personality, that's all.” The lament came on the same day that the nation surpassed the grim benchmark of 150,000 deaths as a result of the worsening pandemic.


TRUMP DISMISSES VIRUS AID FOR CITIES, LASHES OUT AT GOP
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President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed Democratic demands to include aid for cash-strapped cities in a new coronavirus relief package and lashed out at Republicans, saying they should “go back to school” if they reject money for a new FBI building in downtown Washington, D.C.
Trump, speaking alongside Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the White House, signaled his interest in preventing an eviction crisis as a federal moratorium expires Friday on millions of apartment units. But he and his top emissary to Congress portrayed an otherwise dismal outlook as negotiations drag ahead of looming deadlines.
“It’s a shame to reward badly run radical left Democrats with all of this money they’re looking for,” Trump said at the White House, complaining about the “big bailout money” for cities.
Trump was publicly critical of his GOP allies over the $1.7 billion for FBI headquarters that's included in the bill, but which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell later said he opposes as not related to virus relief. The president wants to keep the building that sits across the street from his signature Trump International Hotel, which could face competition if the FBI moves and another hotel is developed there.
At the White House on Wednesday, Trump said the FBI building should remain in Washington, near the Justice Department. He added: "It’s the best piece of property in Washington. I’m very good at real estate. So I said, we’ll build a new FBI building. Let’s build a new FBI building, either a renovation of existing or even better would be a new building.”
“Republicans should go back to school and learn," he said. ”You need a new building.”
Trump's comments came a day after he dismissed the GOP's COVID-19 package as “semi-irrelevant.”  (AP)

U.S. SENATE REPUBLICANS' PANDEMIC RELIEF PROPOSAL IS AN INADEQUATE RESPONSE TO THE CURRENT CRISIS AND INSUFFICIENT TO ASSIST PENNSYLVANIA IN MOVING TOWARD A JUST RECOVERY

Following United States Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's introduction of the proposed COVID-19 relief package, the HEALS Act, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center director, Marc Stier, released the following response.
“After months of inaction, and with the previously enacted enhanced unemployment protections set to expire this week, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today unveiled the HEALS Act, a package that offers insufficient relief for those most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The legislation that McConnell plans to advance falls far short in scale, scope, and priorities, offering an inadequate response to the unprecedented public health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19. It provides no support for state and local budgets hit hard by the economic crisis and drastically cuts the unemployment insurance benefits that have protected those who have lost their jobs and that has helped the country avoid an even greater economic collapse.
"A glaring deficiency in the McConnell plan is the absence of substantial fiscal aid to state and local governments, which face massive challenges in funding essential services—education, health care, public safety, and more—as a result of steep declines in revenue that began in March and will continue well into 2021. As Pennsylvania House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody noted last Wednesday in a press conference hosted by PBPC, ‘We passed a five-month budget that will end in November, and we will likely be facing a well over $5 billion deficit. If states like PA don’t get meaningful help from the federal government, we could be forced to make unprecedented cuts where they hurt the most, like Medicaid.’ While the U.S. Senate Republicans’ proposed package would allow state and local governments more flexibility in using CARES Act funding to offset revenue losses, those funds are only available through the end of December and, with more than 60 percent of the CARES Act money already committed to immediate COVID-19 relief, are insufficient to prevent state and local leaders from being forced to consider drastic cuts to vital programs—including health care—and lay-offs of government-funded workers. Diminishing access to health care during a pandemic and increasing unemployment in the midst of an economic recession will ultimately affect every business in the state and only prolong and worsen the current crisis.
"The COVID relief package presented by Senator McConnell would also sharply reduce desperately needed support for Pennsylvania workers who have lost their jobs because of the pandemic. The McConnell plan would immediately cut the increased weekly unemployment assistance implemented in the CARES by more than two-thirds, taking away $400 of the expanded weekly payment from struggling Pennsylvanians. Last week, PBPC released a report in conjunction with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities which found that ‘a large and growing number of Pennsylvania households are struggling to afford food and that hundreds of thousands of households are behind on rent.’ The paper revealed that earlier this month, nearly one million Pennsylvania adults reported that their households did not have enough to eat during the previous week, including more than half a million households with children. With the increasing hardships Pennsylvanians face, a proposal to significantly cut support for families that have lost income is not merely economically counter-productive, it is an act of cruelty.
"PBPC calls on Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey to reject this inadequate and offensive roposal and, instead, insist on a genuine relief and recovery package that is robust and expansive enough to respond to the enormous and unprecedented challenges we now face. A true relief and recovery plan should include: at least $1 trillion in fiscal aid to state and local governments, with a significant increase in FMAP so that Pennsylvania can adequately fund Medicaid coverage for the hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who lost their employer-based health care when they lost their jobs.
an immediate extension of unemployment protections at previously-enacted levels or higher.
a 15-percent SNAP benefit increase for all SNAP households, which would provide roughly $100 per month more to a family of four.”

PHAN STATEMENT ON RELEASE OF GOP'S HEALS ACT IN THE SENATE

Following the release of Senate Republicans’ COVID-19 relief package in Congress, PHAN's Executive Director Antoinette Kraus released the following statement:
“As COVID infections surge and more than 7,100 Pennsylvanians have died from the disease and 1.9 million have filed for unemployment, millions urgently need help to get through this tough time and take care of their families. Despite the growing number of families experiencing hunger, employment, loss of health coverage, and other hardships, lawmakers in the Senate have proposed a package that does little to address their situation.
And without more robust investment in state and local government; unemployment and worker protections; and Medicaid, which millions rely on for healthcare, COVID will do even more harm to Pennsylvanians.
PHAN calls on Senator Bob Casey and Senator Pat Toomey to ensure that Pennsylvanians get the help they so desperately need. Congress can and must do better if we are going to beat COVID 19.”   (PHAN, LuLac)

MEDIA MATTERS

WALN TV

BOLD GOLD COMMUNITY FORUM

This week's guest is Jason Kavulich from the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging. Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on The Mothership 1340/1400 am, 100.7 and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on The River 105 and 103.5.

BUDDY RUMCHEK

Want to hear some great parodies on the news? Tune in to WILK Radio at 6:20 and 8:20 AM on Mondays. As Ralph Cramden used to say, “It’s a laugh riot!

BOBBY V’S DOO WOP SOCK HOP
SUNDAY NIGHTS!

1980

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Helen Hagnes Mintiks, 30, a violinist for the Metropolitan Opera orchestra in New York, was murdered during an intermission of a performance of the visiting Deutsche Oper Berlin ballet troupe. 
 At 9:30, she left the women's locker room and told a friend that she was on walking to the dressing from of the ballet's star, Valery Panov, but never arrived. Her body was found the next morning in a ventilating shaft at the Lincoln Center. Craig Crimmins, a stagehand at the Met, was arrested six weeks later and ultimately confessed to strangling Mintiks….As Honduras made its transition from military rule by a junta to civilian rule by an elected president, the Honduran Assembly voted to select the junta leader, General Policarpo Paz García, as the civilian government president, until the newly elected Constituent Assembly could approve a new constitution for the Central American republic. The 71-member unicameral parliament, with 35 Liberal Party, 33 Nationalist Party, and three from the Innovation Party, was unanimous in keeping General Paz….Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, 60, deposed Shah of Iran, died in Cairo from complications of lymphatic cancer.

The former absolute monarch, "hailed by some as a tough but progressive leader of a backward country and reviled by many as one of the worst tyrants of modern times" had been living at the Kubbeh Palace with his family since March 24 as the guest of Egypt's President Anwar Sadat, and succumbed at the Maadi Military Hospital. Los Angeles Times reporter said of the Shah, "In the end, he was an almost pathetic figure, despised by most of his former subjects, shunned by many world leaders with whom he had hobnobbed and, despite a huge fortune, essentially powerless to choose his place of exile. Echoing what most Iranians felt about their former monarch, Tehran Radio interrupted its regular programming and announced "Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the bloodsucker of the century, has died at last….John Favara, who had accidentally struck and killed the son of New York City mob boss John Gotti on March 18, disappeared after leaving work in New Hyde Park, New York on Long Island. According to witnesses, three men confronted Favara as he was getting into his car, clubbed him, and threw him into a van. Three .22 caliber cartridges were found at the scene, suggesting that the 51-year-old Favara had been executed at the scene. Favara's body was never located…..The Islamic Republic of Iran officially adopted a new flag, retaining the green, white and red stripes used by the Imperial State of Iran, but with a new emblem and with the phrase "Allahu akbar" written in Persian script repeated 22 times across the border of the stripes….British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her government withstood a vote of censure within the House of Commons after a contentious six-hour debate. The vote was 274 in favor and 333 against.
Władysław Kozakiewicz of Poland broke the world record for the pole vault with vault of 5.75 meters (18 feet, 11½ inches at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. 

J. R. Richard, the star pitcher for the Houston Astros major league baseball team, collapsed after suffering a stroke during a light workout at the Houston Astrodome, ending his ten-season career.. Iran executed 24 men at Evin Prison in Tehran, including ten former members of the Iranian armed forces and a civilian who had been convicted on Tuesday of an attempted coup d'état. The other 13 included a former chief of the SAVAK secret police; a Jewish hotel administrator of Tehran's Royal Garden Hotel, who was convicted of "spying for Israel"; and three heroin dealers. All 24 were shot at dawn by a firing squad in the prison…and forty years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Give Me the Night” by George Benson.

The LuLac Edition #4,364, July 30th, 2020

RETURN TO THE HOMETOWN! ROCKIN’ THE COUNTY PART 2

Last Friday it was my pleasure to be driving behind the band “Mule Team” as they traversed the streets of Pittston. The flatbed truck made its way from Jack Williams Tire to the Oregon section of the town, down the boulevard past the Columbus statue and then down Main Street into the beautifully renovated downtown.
We next went through the Junction section (some people call it’s the capitol of Pittston though I’m sure many would beg to differ on that one) where I pointed out some of my boyhood haunts to Ted Wampole as the Mayor outlined further plans for the city.
It was great to see Pitttsonions like Jane Sabatelle dancing to the music and my old classmate and lifelong friend Paul Komensky on his front porch. They joined the crowd who waved as the band played on. 
Thanks to Bob Price for sharing his photos on Facebook posts and the great Tony Callaio for the photos seen here. The Greater Pittston Area has had its share of great photographers like John Rygiel, Angelo Bufalino, John “Ace” O’Malley, and Kenny Feeney, just to name a few.
In photo one is Michael Lombardo, Pittston mayor; Mary Kroptavich, Pittston City Main Street manager; me, Ted Wampole, Visit Luzerne County; and Michelle Mikitish, Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce. 

The second photo is everyone listed except Ms. Mikitish.
Wilkes-Barre is my home and will be until it all ends but Pittston is where I was raised with values, kindness and just a plan old affinity for life.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The LuLac Edition #4,363, July 29th, 2020

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY

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This week we give you glimpse into what we do during my daytime job at the wilkes-Barre Health Department. 

COMMUNITY STEPS UP WITH GARDENING EFFORT

By Steve McCarsky, staff writer

The coronavirus pandemic made continuing the Wilkes-Barre Health Department’s Community Gardens Program an uncertainty this year, but staff and volunteers rallied to make it happen. The ability to grow new batches of vegetables in 2020 was in question when the pandemic sidelined dedicated gardeners in the spring, according to health department educator David Yonki.
The displacement of city employees after part of the roof was torn off City Hall in a freak April windstorm also delayed the program. Last year, the department rejuvenated the Community Gardens program with the establishment of three new gardens – at Community Counseling Services, King’s College and The Greenhouse Center Clubhouse.
In June, health department educators began work at the three sites established last year. The challenge was twofold: optimum planting season was running out of time, and the three established entities were essentially closed because of COVID-19 restrictions.
But the health department found a group of volunteers who agreed to weed, seed and plant the gardens. City officials then asked gardeners with the Restored Church Garden at Meade and Northampton streets, which was spearheaded by Councilwoman Beth Gilbert, and a plot of land at Barney Farms Community Park started by Attorney Kelly Bray Snyder and her neighbors if they would like to partner with the city.
The last addition at New Roots was planted on the Fourth of July weekend.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Safe and Healthy Communities grant, which funds education initiatives of the city health department, called for only one additional garden as a requirement. But city health director Henry Radulski asked, why stop at just one?
“We have staff here that not only want to meet expectations but continually exceed them,” Radulski said in a statement.
The success and expansion of the gardens wouldn’t have happened without a team of tenacious and energetic volunteers, according to Yonki.
“When we sought out the volunteer group, I knew right from the start they were going to be something special. The level of knowledge, energy and expertise was evident. But what was impressive for me was the commitment to do the work in such a compressed time period. We had, like, 25 days to do this and got it done with time toThe volunteer team met with Mayor George Brown at City Hall and briefed him on their work.
Ranee Dantone was the moving force behind this effort, according to Councilman John Marconi. Marconi met her during a neighborhood cleanup effort and passed her interest in gardening in the city to Radulski, who referred her to Yonki.
Dantone, of the Parsons section of the city, got together with friends Kristen Reap and Rose Yanko, and started a community garden in the North End of the city after forming the nonprofit Our Community Garden. That core group then helped organize efforts with the city’s community gardens program.
“The support from people around the city and kids in the neighborhoods was amazing,” Dantone said. FNCB Bank offered a sponsorship to assist with the garden project, Yonki said.
And gardens at agencies such as Community Counseling Services provides an outlet to staff as well as client program members. Gardening helps increase the life skills of members of the psychological rehabilitation program and helps given them a sense of accomplishment, said staffer Kathy Yendrick. When the gardens yield their harvest, the Health Department plans to conduct nutrition based educational workshops as well as have the garden participants distribute the produce to their clientele and the community.
Contact the writer: smocarsky@citizensvoice.com; 570-821-2110; @MocarskyCV