Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2732, September 17th, 2014

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This week’s Write On Wednesday is about Moon Lake Park in Luzerne County. For a few generations the county had Moon Lake Park as a recreational facility that was used by many residents. With the County budget in recovery, albeit a long one, places like the park have been put on the back burner. But our friend Wil Toole has written a letter to the Council and the local newspapers expressing his ideas. Here is what he wrote:
Dear Member of County Council,
Below is a copy of a letter to the Editor I sent with regard to Moon Lake. Many of the points in the letter I made to the county during regular monthly meetings.
One additional point I want to make is that in today's paper, it was noted that the facility having been acquired and built using "Project 70" money might hinder the possibility of timbering the wood lands. I would just point out that the argument could be made that proper timbering could be consider an act of conservation thus protecting the property for future generations.
Dear Editor,
Over the past few years, I have appeared at county commissioners and county council meetings to offer suggestions on various subjects. I am well aware that the quality of life is always a major contributing factor when big business is in search of a new location. Geographically, Luzerne County has more to offer than any other area in Pennsylvania. We have various cultural and entertainment facilities, quality colleges, access to the Susquehanna river which grows cleaner every year and lakes as well as our great four seasons. The highway system allows for easy access and the WB-Scr Airport are all part of the enticement and the abundance of industrial infrastructure all play a major part. Another important factor is the availability of health care facilities.
Recreation is always needed and appreciated so for us to allow the Moon Lake recreational area to go to waste just doesn't make sense. With the recent suggestion the county invest 2 million dollars in the park, I thought it was time for me to once again offer some suggestions that would help revitalize the Moon Lake facility. I did give these suggestion to a member of the county council but he indicated there was little interest but he would continue to try to move ahead with them.
Please note that some of the suggestions I mention can be revenue producing. The following are the suggestions I have made with regard to Moon Lake:
Create a realistic operating budget and then try to sell the naming rights to cover the yearly operating cost or as much of it as possible. Corporations or even the Mohegan Sun have shown interest is such efforts with regard to the arena so it might work with Moon Lake.
Use prison help to clean up the park.
Offer a section of the park to both the boy scouts and girl scouts to have their own camping area and they can "police" the grounds on a weekly basis.
Build docks and rent season docking space to fishermen and boating enthusiasts.
Ask high school Key Clubs to adopt the park as a club project to help maintain the facility.
Request the Voc-Tech schools to use the facility as a classroom project to repair facilities. This would be good hands on experience for the electrical class, carpenter class and masonry class. If the schools have an "architectural design" class, they can design various projects and if they don't have such a course, LCCC does.
Build some large pavilions for group rental.
Open the park for camping all four seasons. Offer winter use for snowmobiling, cross country skiing, ice fishing and even ice skating.
Offer a concession for food stands.
Refurbish the camping sites. Make season rentals of camp sites available.
A well planned forestry program designed by Penn State and the State Forester would provide income and a safer wooded area.
A walking (hiking) and biking track would be a great addition.
Those are most of what I've talked about over the past several years and there may be things I have forgotten and I'm sure that others would have suggestions if encouraged.
Insist that the Vacation Bureau put an effort into advertising the park facility and what it has to offer.
Looking down the road, a large boat launch on the Susquehanna would be well used and appreciated.
There are no limits as to what can be created with imagination and a cooperative attitude.
Wil Toole

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2731, September 16th, 2014

The anthem and Francis Scott Key. (Photos: Robinson 
Key was even on a  stamp. (Image:
Today marks the 200th anniversary of The Star Spangled Banner. As a historical recap, The lyrics come from "Defence of Fort M'Henry",a poem written in 1814 by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in the Chesapeake Bay during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. Key wrote a poem on the back of a letter he had kept in his pocket. At twilight on September 16, he and Skinner were released in Baltimore. He completed the poem at the Indian Queen Hotel, where he was staying, and titled it "Defence of Fort M'Henry".
The poem was set to the tune of a popular British song written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a men's social club in London. "The Anacreontic Song" (or "To Anacreon in Heaven"), with various lyrics, was already popular in the United States. Set to Key's poem and renamed "The Star-Spangled Banner", it would soon become a well-known American patriotic song. With a range of one octave and one fifth (a semitone more than an octave and a half), it is known for being difficult to sing. Although the poem has four stanzas, only the first is commonly sung today.
"The Star-Spangled Banner" was recognized for official use by the Navy in 1889, and by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931 which was signed by President Herbert Hoover.
Before 1931, other songs served as the hymns of American officialdom. "Hail, Columbia" served this purpose at official functions for most of the 19th century. "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", whose melody is identical to "God Save the Queen", the British national anthem, also served as a de facto anthem. Following the War of 1812 and subsequent American wars, other songs emerged to compete for popularity at public events, among them "The Star-Spangled Banner". (, Robinson

Monday, September 15, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2730, September 15th, 2014

Former Senator Harris Wofford. (Photo:
Friday night the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee honored former Senator and co founder of the Peace Corps Harris Wofford. The Jefferson/Jackson Dinner gave Wofford the Lifetime Achievement Award. The candidate for Lt. Governor State Senator Mike Stack presented Wofford with the award. Over 300 people attended the event which kicked off a weekend of meetings that dealt with everything from the possible location of the 2016 Presidential nominating Convention in Philadelphia to the 2014 Governor’s race. Candidate Tom Wolf made an appearance at the meeting on Saturday morning.
Remarks were made by former Scranton Mayor James McNulty who outlined the career of Harris Wofford. McNulty highlighted Wofford’s career calling him a “living Pennsylvanian legend”. Utilizing a slide show, McNulty orchestrated presentation of the career of Wofford through pictures and his words. He also referred to Wofford’s tenure as Secretary of Labor and Industry in the state as well as his various involvements through the years in volunteerism and public service. When Wofford mentioned this, when Wofford won the Presidential Medal Winner of Honor, the crowd gave the honoree and by extension the speaker a standing ovation.
In accepting the honor, Wofford spoke of the many friends who ran for Governor. Wofford proclaimed he hoped he could be around the future Inaugurations. Wofford recanted great memories and thanks the crowd for the honor but also the opportunity to serve.

Former Scranton Mayor Jim McNulty said that the award is long overdue. McNulty noted that people of a certain quality, a person like Harris Wofford that comes along in only one generation should be recognized while they are still around to hear it.

Former Scranton Mayor James McNulty with Harris Wofford at the event on Friday.
Wofford was indeed around along with 300 others around Friday night to hear the kind words and thoughts of his fellow party members.
Here is the video that was shown at the event introduced by Mayor McNulty.Hit the arrow on the left to view.

Wofford Jefferson Jackson Dinner Award from CCD on Vimeo.
Here is a video that was a tribute to Mr. Wofford last year.  

Harris Wofford with JFK. (Photo:
Harris Wofford with President Clinton. (photo:
Harris Wofford with President Obama. (photo:

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2729, September 13th, 2014


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EDITOR'S NOTE: I pushed up three questions that were sent this week regarding the Governor's race and the NFL. We'll get to the other questions next month. Thanks for your understanding.

1. Here’s what I’m not understanding, why are people in this area who will benefit from a Wolf administration in Harrisburg so much against him? I heard you on Tarone and was in shock. Thoughts?

It is the nature of politics in the 21st century. No one sees what the mission is ahead. They go to the instant attack mode. They’ll tell go after Wolf’s financial proposals but they’ll complain when they find out it will make certain people who are working will get tax relief. It will be a tax break but that’s a bad thing because it is coming from a Democrat.
We have become so cynical that we look to the worst in people not the best. I choose to look for the best in Tom Wolf because I’ve seen the worst of Tom Corbett.
I continue to be astounded that an area that will vote lock step for Democrats will have a pocket of naysayers who think having a business in Pennsylvania that actually competes with China is a bad thing.
I’m astounded that people will crucify a millionaire who “had his” when he sold the business but when the Financial crisis hit in 2007-2008 chose to rebuild that business taking it back from the venture capitalists. But yet the Wall Street people who caused the down slide never even got a tap on the wrist.
I’m astounded that some people will want to make joining the Peace Corps in the 60s a bad thing.
However after reflecting on all of this further, I have come to one conclusion. When you got nothing to defend, you attack.

2. Do you agree with the Wolf strategy about not engaging the media in his events?

I am a Wolf supporter. Have been since February after looking at the other three running against him. Wolf has taken questions from people at events. I have seen it, hell I even asked one of the questions. He was in four debates in the spring. Wasn’t anyone paying attention then?
In my life as a political junkie and now doing this site for more than eight years, I have come to one conclusion: politicians are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Ed Rendell was a media hog some said who never passed the opportunity to speak into a microphone. Tom Corbett when he first came into office wasn’t warm and fuzzy like Rendell and had fewer press conferences. You can’t win.
Politicians are people. They have their own individual styles. That style will guide any campaign. Plus campaigns set the rules. It is their event. Right now the referendum on this is not available, that will happen on Election Day.
If people want to vote against a guy because they have hurt feelings that he did not hold multiple news conferences like Ed Rendell, that’s their choice. The same goes for Tom Corbett too. I can’t tell you the number of Republicans who told me that Corbett is not a people guy and they don’t like him. He’s not nice.
I think it is a sad state of affairs when you choose to not vote for a candidate, Wolf or Corbett because he hurt your feelings by not bloviating all over the place or because you think he’s a cold fish.
Instead of hiring Media Consultants, maybe the Wolf and Corbett campaigns should have just visited a fifth grade class somewhere to get their advice.

3. As an NFL fan what are your thoughts on the recent problems regarding violence against women and children?

What can I say that hasn’t already been said. First let’s go with Ray Rice. How Roger Godell messed up on this one I’ll never know. Starting with the two game suspension and now letting freaking TMZ lead the media charge on this is incomprehensible to me. The Rice situation highlights what we have always known, star athletes or even those with potential get special treatment.
Breaks. Just like O.J.
And as long as women continue to wear Ray Rice jerseys and fans only care about the wins….it won’t change.
As for Adrian Peterson, gotta say as a person who got slapped by nuns, had a ruler with a steel edge brought down on my hands for minor infractions when I was a kid, I at first thought, okay, maybe this was a different way, maybe a Texas way of parenting. But the hospital report that reported the four year old had cuts and wounds from the slashes, that changed everything for me. But Peterson will do a mea culpa, get a suspension and be back on the field. It’s the way of sports and the way of the world. It’s wrong but will take years to change.

4. The Wilkes Barre Area School Board finally adopted a hiring policy but yet you went ballistic on them. What is your problem with them?

First off the Hiring Policy regarding anti nepotism is a good thing. And long overdue. But as The Times Leader pointed out in an Editorial and as I pointed out on Monday, they reversed any chance of a positive reaction by hiring the father of a board member. It’s like a ballplayer hitting a home run and then thumbing his nose as he rounds the bases at the crowd. In politics as in life, perception is reality. This major accomplishment had a hitch. And the hitch came from within the board which telegraphed to the public that when it comes to relatives they just can’t help themselves with immediate gratification. Is the Thomas family in such dire straits that they couldn’t hold off on this appointment? My objection was more to the way the board buried the lead on their own positive story. Strategy guys, strategy.

5. Best pro baseball ball field memory for you?

A few that I treasure. The first was seeing the great Hall of Famer Jimmy Foxx at the Junction Flats in 1961 throwing out the first ball. Then seeing my first game at Yankee Stadium 35 years ago on Catfish Hunter Day. A few years later I had the opportunity to meet many Hall of Famers when I did my baseball column for the Sunday Dispatch,. But those two rank right up there.

6. Are you excited about CBS carrying Thursday Night Football?

Maybe later in the season. Right now we watch Project Runway and given the choice, watching sweaty men or Heidi Klum….you know my preference. I don’t care if it’s the game of the century either.

7. Attendance was down at the Stadium in Moosic this year. Did you go and do you have an opinion?

Believe it or not I did not make it to the ballpark this year. First time in about twenty years that I missed. I think Minor League baseball has to compete with the frantic lifestyle of everyday people. They have a good product, a beautiful facility but that’s the nut they have to crack. Figuring out how to capture those working families.

8. I know in the summer you’re not a TV guy but did you find anything you like on the tube?

Yes. I heard about this show on NPR called “Garfunkel and Oates”. It’s a show about two female singers. I think the name is hilarious, (the names of the two most famous second bananas in rock and roll) and the show is funny. Mrs. LuLac is not a fan yet. Then PBS had a comedy called “Vicious” about two geriatric gay men in London. That show reminds me of the old Jack Benny and Burns and Allen shows. Totally true to a formula. We also saw a three part British series on PBS called "Breathless" which was a kind of answer to Madmen except this was medicine, not advertising. Then METV has now chosen to put Naked City on every night which will clog up the DVR but I’ll get through them.

9. The Rick Perry inducement, good or bad?

Good. It gives him traction, name recognition, redeems his run from 2012 and makes him a victim. That happens when politicians overreach. At their core you can count on most people being reasonable.

10. La Festa or Pittston Tomato Festival, who’s number one?

C’mon. you can’t pick. Love them both. The only solace to September is that is when the tomatoes are available for lunch or dinner.

11. I know you’re not a coffee drinker so what is your morning go to drink. I bet my wife it is Mountain dew?

Nope. Haven’t had that in years. My morning drinks are V8 Low sodium, water and a Diet Coke. Afternoon is a Diet Snapple and the rest of the water or another one. Once a week on a Friday I’ll do an eight ounce Coke with my Abe’s. I will also alternate between the low sodium V8 with a V8 Energy Diet drink too. That’s keeps me focused and sufficiently fueled to mightily annoy my coworkers.

12. State Attorney General Kathleen Kane has been underground lately. Do you know why?
State Attorney General Kathleen Kane. (Photo: Scranton Times Tribune).

Just because there is no visual presence doesn’t mean work isn’t getting accomplished. If you take a look at her website you’ll see the AG’s office is doing something of consequences ever day. What impresses me are the Outreach programs concerning seniors as well as youngsters. Here’s that link:

13. I heard you on Tarone speaking about the late Bob Crewe. What is your favorite Gaudio Crewe 4 Seasons song?
The late Bob Crewe. (Photo:

There are so many. But here are my three favorites and not in any order.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2728, September 12th, 2014


The President has it right to a point. The fact that crazy ass conservatives are yelling (like the one from Old Forge on WILK Thursday morning) attacking him for saying ISIL was not about the Muslim religion notwithstanding comforts me. Barack Obama is faced with a unique challenge. 
The war we are embarking on has a clear villain. It is not a floating crap game but a group of violent cowards who wear the hoods when they behead people who want to start a caliphate, a kingdom if you will. This method of governing, totalitarian in nature is a clear enemy. They have flags, tanks. They are in the open. They want to expand and take over the entire Middle East. They are known.
They can be had. They can be killed. What the President proposes is solid. We have to deal with Syria. Today people are hand wringing over the fact that we have to get in bed with Syria a nation violent in its own rite. But during WWII we worked with the Soviets, ie Russians.
We have to stop the enemy now. We can deal with consequences later like we did with the Soviets.
I would only add one thing. Boots on the ground. Not just any boots. The best trained divisions we can allow using strategies of conventional on the ground warfare. Like Iraq in 1991, we can route the enemy. But this time, let’s not take any prisoners.
This world, this mindset already thinks we are in infidels. So why not. People will say that America has no appetite for war. Really? During the last twenty years 1 % of the American public fought the wars. During that time Wall Street pigs nearly destroyed the economy, Stoners ate mac and cheese sitting on their asses playing with X Boxes and Americans paid more attention to American Idol than the body bags coming home. To say that “Americans don’t want an appetite for war” is an insult to the 1 percent who stand ready to do the job then, now and in the future.
Let the Generals and the fighters loose..let them do what they do well. Let them kill. This is a war. Let's stop fooling around and to end this once and for all.And please, if we are successful in this endeavor, let's not apologize for it!!!!!!!



ECTV Live host David DeCosmo welcomes representatives of Johnson College to the program during the week of September 15th to unveil plans for an exciting new program. The Vocational and Technical College will soon hold it's first "Mini Maker Faire,: an exposition to show off new ideas and inventions created by people throughout the area. ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast Ch19 (61 in some locations)throughout northeastern Pennsylvania and is broadcast twice daily on Electric City Television.


This Week on Sunday Magazine
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Dolly Woody from the Komen Nepa Foundation about next Saturday's "Race For The Cure" in downtown Scranton.
Brian Hughes speaks with Food Network Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Lindsey Spindell about the No Kid Hungry Plan, and how you can help.
Frankie speaks with Lindsey & Rose from the Northeast Regional Cancer Center about their upcoming Cancer Survivor events.
And an encore of Brian's July interview with Alyssa Maria from Home Instead Senior Care about keeping homes safer for seniors with home safety checks.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am. on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am. on 97BHT, 6am. on 97.9X, 6:25am. on Magic 93, and 7am. on Good Time Oldies 590, WARM.


This week's guest on Community Forum will be Msgr. Joseph Kelly from Catholic Social Services discussing the new veterans' home in Scranton. Mike Remish hosts Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on NEPA's Sports Radio-The Game 1340/1400 am and 100.7 and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River


Event: The Irregulars Think Tank Breakfast
Date: Saturday, September 13
Presenter: William D. Jones, CEO, United Way of Wyoming Valley
Topic: Historic and Transformation Changes at the United Way of
Wyoming Valley/A Focus On Childhood Poverty
Time: 9:00 A.M. (Doors open at 8:30)
Place: The Metro at Twin Stacks Center - Hwy 415 – Dallas
Cost: $12.00 per person / Pay At The Door


Tune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. Special Edition is heard Saturdays and Sunday on these Entercom stations, WILK FM Saturday at 2pm Sunday at 6 am on Froggy 101 Sunday at 7 am on The Sports Hub 102.3 Sunday at 7 am on K R Z 98.5 Sunday at noon on WILK FM 103.1.


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!”


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.


Every Wednesday at 5PM, Steve Corbett shines the light on a Public official with his “Somebody’s Watching Me” segment. Corbett picks an alleged public servant to eye ball and observe. Batten down the lawn furniture in the driveway and that e mail machine. There is nowhere to hide when “somebody’s Watching”. Wednesdays at 5 on WILK’s Corbett program.

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On a Sunday morning in September, President Gerald Ford, who assumed office on the heels of President Richard M. Nixon's resignation, pardons his predecessor for his involvement in the Watergate scandal.
Congress had accused Nixon of obstruction of justice during the investigation of the Watergate scandal, which began in 1972. White House tape recordings revealed that Nixon knew about and possibly authorized the illegal break-in and wiretapping of the Democratic National Committee offices, located in the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C. Rather than face impeachment and removal from office, Nixon chose to resign on August 8, 1974.
There were no historical or legal precedents to guide Ford in the matter of Nixon's pending indictment. In the end, he decided to give Nixon a full pardon for all offenses against the United States in order to put the tragic and disruptive scandal behind all concerned. Ford justified this decision by claiming that a long, drawn-out trial would only have further polarized the public. Ford's decision to pardon Nixon was condemned by many and is thought to have contributed to Ford's failure to win the 1976 election.
From his home in California, Nixon responded to Ford's pardon, saying he had gained a different perspective on the Watergate affair since his resignation. He admitted that he was "wrong in not acting more decisively and more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate, particularly when it reached the stage of judicial proceedings and grew from a political scandal into a national tragedy.", Wikipedia, LuLac.
The reaction in this country was swift and furious. On the campus of King’s College students felt that the pardon signaled a death knell for the Republican party. I remember my own uncles, veterans of WWII being dismayed at the actions……
Here is Ford's speech followed by an appearance by Ford on Merv Griffin years later explaining his action

in Pennsylvania Governor Shapp and Democratic candidate for Senator Peter Flaherty slammed the President for his action. Incumbent Richard Schweiker was measured in his response in comparison to the Democrats but he was not happy either……..and in Scranton and Wilkes Barre politician everywhere were gearing up for the fall campaign organizing events for the big day in November and forty years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was "I Shot the Sheriff " by Eric Clapton.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2727, September 11th, 2014

9/11 @ 13.........



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2726, September 10th, 2014



The Tom Wolf for Governor campaign rolled into Luzerne County today and what an exciting day. About 125 people attended a standing room only event at Genetti’s in Downtown Wilkes Barre to hear Tom Wolf the candidate for Governor. But before the event, the crowd was treated to entrainment and words of wisdom from one Jon Bauman, better known as Bowser from Sha Na Na.
Bauman or Bowser struck a pose with the folks at the event 
but was very serious, dead serious about his role as spokesman for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. In his role as Bowser of Sha Na Na, Bauman spoke of what he liked about the 50s which was of course the music. But what he didn’t like was the fact that 35% of older Americans were living in poverty with no safety net. A strong advocate for seniors, Bauman told me he decided to become very involved in the political process after the 2000 election. When I told him that I had never gotten over that election, he confirmed that was also the case with him. But I digress.
Bauman then treated the audience with a little doo wop version of Tom Wolf for Governor but before he did, he wowed the crowd to a performance of the Etude # 3 in E Major, number 10. by Chopin. This is a version of  the piece the Julliard trained Bauman played and below that is a photo of Bauman playing the piece. 

Bauman introduced Eddie Day Pashinski who as usual gave a great oratory introduction. I told Eddie this and I mean it, there is no doubt Pashinski is the best off the cuff political speaker since Dan Flood. Below is a photo of Eddie Day Pashinski, your blog editor and Bowser. 
Tom Wolf then took the stage and urged the people to not take the polls showing him ahead too seriously. Wolf cautioned that he is a non traditional candidate and that the only goal he sees in sight is November 4th. Wolf made the point that Pennsylvania need to start chest thumping and start telling our stories of positive strengths.Wolf gave the crowd his biographic outline as to why he thinks he should be hired to be the new Governor of the state.
After the brief speech the candidate mingled with the crowd.

Here is a photo that Max Benjamin took after I spoke to Wolf after the speech. 

Beverly Jean Johnston, an old radio sales rep colleague of mine had an opportunity to meet Mr. Wolf too.  
And Bowser had the chance to speak with WILK's Karel Zubris, he of the award winning Sha Na Na Show and she of the award winning Karel On the Street segment on WILK Radio.


Later in the evening the Wolf campaign got into full gear with a very successful fundraiser at the Susquehanna Brewing Company. More than 200 people dropped by putting their money where their mouth was in giving the Wolf campaign a boost. I am proud to say that I was one of the sponsors of this event for Mr. Wolf's campaign. 
 Again Jon “Bowser” Bauman was there front and center. There were a great deal of Wolf supporters who were enjoying a little beer, pizza and music. 
Bowser and Mrs. LuLac engaged in a very involved discussion about politics on all levels. 
After introductions, Wolf once more the gave the crowd his resume. Along with that, he also spoke about how the state needs to rethink issues like job creation and education. Wolf made the point that job creation must be linked to 21st century education. He outlined his role as a business leader where his employees actually shred in the profits of his company. He declared that was not only the right thing to do but smart business. 

Wolf addressing the crowd at the Brewing Company. 
 After his remarks Wolf worked the crowd as the band played on with a duet from Bowser and State Representative Pashinski.
 Pictured at the event were Attorney Tom O'Connell (I met his brother Joe and we have a dandy photo of the two of us in a future edition) there was a party going on so there was Jimmy Dennis keeping things alive, Vince Holland, Jean Furino and Attorney Laura Dennis. 

All in all, it was a very successful day and night for the Tom Wolf for Governor campaign. But make no mistake, Wolf supporters left the event from Genetti's as well as the Brewing Company more determined than ever to put the York businessman in the Governor's chair. It'll be a short commute for his Jeep but will take us on a long and successful journey of where this state needs to be but more importantly deserves to be.

The LuLac Edition #2725, September 10th, 2014

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We haven’t had a “Write On Wednesday for a while. This week I came across a very timely topic with the start of the season, the new information on Ray Rice and just a general obsession with a sport that was once so simple. Dr. Joe Leonardi weighs in. Why he is no longer going to be glued to the TV set watching a game played by millionaires.
I have been a football fan ever since I can remember, and that love affair with the sport started with the National Football League. Sadly, now, the more I come to know, the more I have come to realize, that this league is not only an anachronism, but an abomination, an abomination that exists and thrives because of fans like me.
Over the last several years, we have learned that those who rule the NFL, care not for those who have made them wealthy, but only care about their own continued accumulation of said wealth. I am a strong supporter of capitalism, but not at the expense of human beings, and the National Football League has allegedly lied, exploited, and has shown little regard for the players of their league. Their loyalty extends only as long as the player can make them money, once they are used up, the player is disregarded and tossed out like dirty bath water --- unwanted, undesired, and uncared for. This is not a recent development, no this has been the league’s way of doing business since its inception, however, the vast amounts of money that has been brought in has turned this from a method of simply doing business, to exploitation, or perhaps, even worse.
I understand that we usually make comparisons based upon our own lots in life, so for many, it is hard to appreciate how millionaire players are being exploited. Actually, in my opinion, it goes beyond exploitation, to out and out indentured servitude.
The players are paraded in front of bidders, assessed and chosen, not for their talent alone, but for their ability to make the owner money. And, once chosen, if a player desires to play, he must play for the owner who chose him, he can’t say no, and go to a different team; because the NFL teams only compete on the field of play, everywhere else they are a socialist state, utilizing the principles of communism to line their own pockets. So, the player, the means to profit, must acquiesce to the owner, and thus do the owner’s bidding.
Yes, as I stated, they are well compensated, but that is compared to us, the general population. Compared to the money they bring in, they are paid at a rate that would probably equate to sub-minimum wage. The players’ potential to earn is once again, collectively and socialistically held down by an arbitrary salary cap. This cap does not ensure the player receives maximum compensation for their effort; it suppresses their compensation at below market value, giving the owners maximum profit, with little regard to those that are actually responsible for that profit. And then, there is the lack of guaranteed contracts. Of the three major sports, the one most likely to have a short career, shortened further by injury, is football. However, do these modern gladiators receive guaranteed contracts? Of course not, that would be fair and just. Isn’t it funny, that the commissioner of the NFL, received more than forty million dollars in compensation last year, yet he didn’t put his body, his health or his future mental wellbeing on the line. I can’t think of a single player that is compensated at forty million dollars for one year, yet, this one man receives so much, and he won’t be worrying if his role in football will one day have him in a vegetative state.
This is only one factor that has pushed me away from the National Football League. Due to this plantation owner mentality of giving the labor force as little as possible, the league has also used deception and suppression of information, to squeeze as much profit from their human labor force as possible, once again, with little regard to the health and wellbeing of those that are making them extreme amounts of money. We have learned that players have been misled for decades concerning the ramifications of repeated concussions. Many would like to believe that this information is new, yet, we in the healthcare community have known of chronic traumatic encephalopathy since the 1920’s, yet the NFL had kept their players in the dark, often times having them “shake off” their brain injury and return to the game only moments after having suffered said injury. Then, we have recently been made aware of players being given strong pain medications without being told of the risks. Again, many scoffed at this notion. Have they never seen North Dallas Forty? Additionally, they question the likelihood that doctors would actually give these drugs without informed consent.
Doctors are people, and they too can be profit driven. In my own time in practice, I have watched doctors of all disciplines prostitute themselves to insurance companies and employers, cutting off needed treatment, simply because of who was writing the check. Why do the players go along with this? Because they do NOT have guaranteed contracts. If they desire to keep their jobs, they will go along with this insanity, because if they don't, they will be cut, released and unceremoniously kicked to the curb.
If you are interested to the extent that players are medicated simply so they can earn money for the league, read Dan LeBatard’s profile on Jason Taylor, it is eye opening.
And finally, the latest incident, the Ray Rice incident --- how could this league simply standby, and give a two game suspension for such a brutal act? Yes, they have done the right thing now, only after the video of the assault was made public --- but where were they in the past? And, how many times have they looked the other way, because no video evidence existed? Are those that run this league simply cowards, or worse, does their disregard extend past the players they profit from, onto others in society. Is maintaining the profit margin more important than the lives of their fellow human beings?
A man, a person of the male gender, contrary to what Stephen A. Smith previously implied, is never justified in striking a woman, period. Imagine the power of a professional athlete, a man whose field of play is practiced violence, a man whose strength is greater than the general populace, and imagine the force it takes to knock out a woman with one punch --- that is the force that was used by this man. And, then, did this man express any remorse for the power he unleashed on a woman? Did he realize that his muscle may have done more than simply injure her? Did this man attempt to render aid and care for a person he claims to love? No, he stood over his fallen victim much the same way a boxer does who has repeatedly knocked out opponents. Then, when the elevator doors open, he attempts to kick her out the door as one may try and move the carcass of an animal to the side of the road.
But this isn’t about this man and woman, this is about the men who run the league. What was the National Footballs League’s response to this? A two game suspension and hope that the full truth never came out --- heaven forbid we stop the business of the league, which is not football, but money.
I have come to the realization that my being a fan has helped contribute to the ills of the National Football League. From the time as a child who idolized and worshiped the men who played on Sundays, to an adult who patronized those who sponsor professional football, and isn’t it strange that one of the biggest sponsors of football is the purveyors of beer --- you know the drink that tends to make us stupid and mentally malleable?
People may think I’m ridiculous, wrongly believing I am defending millionaire athletes, to whom those millions will mean little to them when they are former athletes, as they lie in a hospital bed, unable to communicate, being fed via a tube, while the billionaire owners who exploited them, are at expensive parties, dinning on prime rib, lobster and caviar.
So, for me, the NFL will no longer be part of my life. I will no longer waste hours of my valuable time glued to the television. I will make better use of my time, and simply enjoy my life, at peace with the fact that my actions will no longer contribute to the culture of exploitation and destruction that is today’s National Football League.
Doc Joe Leonardi
Author: Obesity Undone