Thursday, February 23, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3437, February 23rd, 2017

THE LATEST REPUBLICAN LIE
I just love how the REPUBLICAN PARTY of President Trump is saying that all the people showing up at town meetings are paid protesters. Even my good friend L.A. Tarone got into the act and said that the protesters were paid by Moveon.org and other Liberal groups. The bottom line is that there have never been crowds like this before. People are pissed and no matter what they say, these are real people who see the writing on the wall. Tarone cited a Craigslist ad. Yeah, they're credible all right.
L.A. had a loudmouth caller named Mike who said NEPA would not tolerate out of towners coming to our area and damaging property here. Hasn’t happened anywhere yet but Mike assured us that people like him will stand with law enforcement officers to help.
I’m sure the local constabulary will be relieved.  I am not saying L.A. Tarone is lying, all I'm saying is he is repeating the latest GOP line about protestors coming out. Do you think these people were paid? 
Here's what real people with real lives need to do to get to one of these. Most work, have kids in schools and must take care of business before they go to an event. It is work. You can't believe that all of the protestors are getting a check. The Republican defaults now are the protestors are paid and the old stand by, Benghazi is still kicking. This IS NOT a paid protestor talking about her dying husband. Yesterday!

Tarone also said that if he thinks GOP officials should NOT have town meetings given this climate against the REPUBLICANS of Trump.
He might be able to defend Congressman Barletta, Casino Marino and Pat “Cowardly Lion” Toomey not showing up because they can’t stand the heat or will get their little itty bitty feelings.
I can’t.
I won’t.


TRUMP REVERSES TRANS GENDER STANCE

AOL News reports that the REPUBLICAN Trump administration overturned Wednesday night Obama-era guidance that allowed transgender students to use public bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.
Letters sent by the Justice and Education department to schools claimed that the directive caused confusion and lawsuits over its enforcement. Anti-bullying safeguards will not be affected, according to the letter.
The Justice Department headed by Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions spearheaded the reversal. Last April, Trump weighed in on the North Carolina "bathroom law" -- HB2 -- that banned people from using public bathrooms or locker rooms that don't match the sex on their birth certificate.
State lawmakers should “leave it the way it is,” Trump said in an interview with NBC, adding that people should "use the bathroom they feel is appropriate."
"The president's made it clear throughout the campaign that he's a firm believer in states' rights and certain issues like this are not best dealt with at the federal level," Spicer said.
It is evident Trump is desperately trying to hold on to his ignorant, intolerant base.



REP. CARTWRIGHT INTRODUCES BILL TO ADDRESS EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH SENSORY DISABILITIES

Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)
U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA) and Representative David McKinley (R-WV) re-introduced the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act. This bipartisan bill would improve educational services for students with sensory disabilities.
Named after two pioneers in sensory disability education, the Cogswell-Macy Act would amend the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to require states to identify, evaluate, and provide special education and related services to students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind, regardless of whether they are categorized under a different disability.
Passed in 1975, IDEA requires schools to serve the educational needs of students with disabilities. Although the best available data reports that upwards of 350,000 students are deaf or hard of hearing and 100,000 students have vision loss, less than one third of those populations are reported under IDEA. The Cogswell-Macy Act strengthens IDEA provisions to better meet the educational needs of students with sensory disabilities.
“Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed in school and achieve his or her potential,” said Rep. Cartwright. “Students with sensory disabilities require specialized services to meet their unique, diverse needs, services which are often not available in today’s schools. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this crucial bill.”
The Cogswell-Macy Act also assists parents and educators with accessing up-to-date policy resources from the Department of Education.
This legislation is endorsed by the American Foundation for the Blind, the National Association of the Deaf, the National Coalition of Deafblindness, the American Council of the Blind, and more than 100 other organizations.
"Our national special education law has been a success at getting kids with disabilities into their neighborhood schools, but what we haven't done yet is to make sure that students with vision loss get the education they deserve once they get in the schoolhouse door," said Mark Richert, Director of Public Policy for the American Foundation for the Blind. "We've waited forty years, and we're not waiting another forty to give kids who are blind or visually impaired an education that is worthy of their tremendous potential. That's why the Cogswell-Macy Act is imperative."
“Deaf and hard of hearing children need better access to a quality education, and this Act provides a significant improvement towards the goal of a fully accessible quality education based on the communication needs of each deaf and hard of hearing student,” said Howard A. Rosenblum, Esq., CEO of the National Association of the Deaf.
"When implemented, the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act will focus each deaf or hard of hearing child’s education program on that child’s unique language and communication needs, as intended by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act,” said Sandra Edwards, President of the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD) and Superintendent of the Mississippi School for the Deaf.
"The Cogswell-Macy Act brings much-needed reform to our schools we have not seen in decades. It empowers students who are deafblind to succeed in the 21st century American classroom,” said Mussie Gebre from DeafBlind Citizens in Action. “By providing them with essential support services such as interveners and qualified teachers to meet their unique needs, America ensures that they are able to communicate and learn effectively in order to achieve in school and lead independent and productive lives.”


JUDICIAL CRISIS NETWORK CALLS ON SENATE TO CONFIRM JUDGE GORSUCH
PRESS EVENT FEATURING CONGRESSMEN BARLETTA AND PERRY, PMA AND NFIB

Today in Harrisburg the Judicial Crisis Network (JCN), a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening liberty and justice in America, will hosted a press conference at the offices of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association calling on Senate Democrats to grant Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch an up-or-down vote and restore the Supreme Court to full membership. Congressman Lou Barletta was there.
Here’s my question, when will Congressman Barletta show up at local town meeting or Press Conference?


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Queen Elizabeth II opens the Parliament of New Zealand…….The 1977 Vrancea earthquake in the Vrancea Mountains of Romania kills 1,500….in Pennsylvania Senator John Heinz settles into his Senate seat in Washington…….in Scranton former Deputy Mayor of Scranton James Barrett McNulty signals he may run for Mayor…..and forty years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Year of the Cat” by Al Stewart.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3436, February 22nd, 2017

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY

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REPUBLICAN President Donald Trump's recent demeanor and actions have caused many to wonder about his well being and mental state of mind. I found a interesting letter to the Editor from a Feb. 13th edition of The New York Times. Here's that letter and the link at the bottom of the page.
To the Editor:
Charles M. Blow (column, nytimes.com, Feb. 9) describes Donald Trump’s constant need “to grind the opposition underfoot.” As mental health professionals, we share Mr. Blow’s concern.
Silence from the country’s mental health organizations has been due to a self-imposed dictum about evaluating public figures (the American Psychiatric Association’s 1973 Goldwater Rule). But this silence has resulted in a failure to lend our expertise to worried journalists and members of Congress at this critical time. We fear that too much is at stake to be silent any longer.
Mr. Trump’s speech and actions demonstrate an inability to tolerate views different from his own, leading to rage reactions. His words and behavior suggest a profound inability to empathize. Individuals with these traits distort reality to suit their psychological state, attacking facts and those who convey them (journalists, scientists).
In a powerful leader, these attacks are likely to increase, as his personal myth of greatness appears to be confirmed. We believe that the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president.

LANCE DODES
JOSEPH SCHACHTER
Beverly Hills, Calif.
Dr. Dodes is a retired assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Schachter is a former chairman of the Committee on Research Proposals, International Psychoanalytic Association. The letter was also signed by 33 other psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/13/opinion/mental-health-professionals-warn-about-trump.html?action=click&contentCollection=Opinion&module=RelatedCoverage&region=EndOfArticle&pgtype=article

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3435, February 21st, 2017

CARTWRIGHT ANNOUNCES TOWN HALL MEETING TO BE HELD IN DICKSON CITY
TODAY 
Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)
Congressman Matt Cartwright will host a public town hall meeting in Dickson City. This event is an opportunity for constituents to hear from Congressman Cartwright during a brief presentation. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session.
The event is open to the public. RSVPs are not required.
When:
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where:
Dickson City Borough Building
901 Enterprise Street
Dickson City, PA 18519

LUZERNE COUNTY COUNCIL UP
There are  a dozen Luzerne County residents who  have confirmed they are running for county council in the May 16 primary, including two incumbents. Republicans Kathy Dobash and Harry Haas, Democrats Linda McClosky Houck and Eileen Sorokas and Independent Rick Williams are up this year. To date Dobash is undecided, and Sorokas said she will not run. Sorokas if you recall made national news supporting Donald Trump for President. That pissed off a lot of Democrats who went to the wall for her in every election.Plus she was a State Democratic Committee Woman for years.
Since Williams is an Independent, he’ll make up his mind after the primary. Incumbents Harry Haas a Republican and Linda McClosky Houck a Democrat will run again. Both are great, solid involved public servants.
At least six other Democrats said they are running: The Times Leader reported that the following have expressed interest.
• Wendy Cominsky, of Dallas Township, owner of Au Salon in Dallas and previously owner of Country Scissors from 1995 to 2002.
My friend Gort 42 is going out on a limb for her and I trust his judgment on these things.
• John Gadomski, of Wyoming, a union contractor for more than 44 years who is active with the Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters, Local 645, of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
He ran the last time, made a good showing but really never set the world on fire even with the endorsement of the Democratic party.
• Philip Gianfarcaro, of Pittston, owner and operator of Phil’s Clip Joint in Pittston, prior owner of Bottom Of The Ninth Sports Cards in Duryea and a city Democratic committee member for 12 years, currently serving as city party chair.
This guy, is he kidding us? This guy hounded Judicial candidates for jobs for his kids. He finally landed his son at a job but in my opinion all I have seen from this guy is that he wants power to help himself. Not impressed.
• David Popiak, of Hazleton, owner and operator of Hydrodynamics in Hazle Township for 22 years and city Democratic chairman.
Private business guy, Democratic insider but can be a very good representative for The Mountain City.
• Sheila Saidman, of Kingston, a retired lawyer who has worked as a county assistant district attorney, as legal counsel for various corporate entities, in private law practice and as a labor representative for the Pennsylvania State Education Association.
A good choice because the County needs help with someone knowledgeable in Labor negotiations.
• Matthew Vough, of Pittston, who works as marketing manager at Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. in Exeter.
Son of Judge Mike Vough. Not sure why he wants to do this. Matt has a nice Facebook page but there are no specifics on it as of today regarding why he wants to run. But I’m sure he’ll get to it. In terms of the pick between this young man and Gianfricaro there is really no contest.
Four Republicans have said they will run to date:
• Mark Dixon, of Wright Township, director of business development for Kodak Alaris in the Americas for 13 years.
Top notch sable rattler and articulate in his beliefs and issues.
• Chris Perry, of Fairview Township, a former Hazleton Area School District athletic director and teacher for 36 years.
Uh no. Might be qualified, we don’t need a double dipper in this position.
• Stephen J. Urban, of Wilkes-Barre, an IT support coordinator with a major food distributor who previously served on county council for four years.
Served well and with distinction. Deserves another turn at it.
• Gregory S. Wolovich Jr., of Newport Township, who has worked in customer service at Wegmans for eight years and at the Wegmans Warehouse for more than a year.
This guy is a breath of fresh air, knows his stuff and would be a someone who actually wants to serve. Plus he actually works for a living in a job dealing with products as well as accountability.
Wilkes-Barre resident Eric Bieski, a social worker for Catholic Social Services, also said he plans to enter the race after the primary as an Independent.
Bieski would bring some experience to social problems the County has to deal with if elected.

IN THE LAC…MORE HIRING SHENANIGANS

COMMISSIONERS APPOINT DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR HUMAN RESOURCES

SELECTED CANDIDATE HEARD ABOUT IT FROM “A FRIEND”

COMMISSIONERS IN THE LAC LOOK NO FURTHER

I never really had much use for Human Resource people. To me most of them are glorified Meet and Greeters but in County Government we have politicians to do that. The County Commissioners headed by Pat “Cheese” “Cam” O’Malley picked this young man without looking elsewhere. That seems to be a pattern developing in The Lac .
Now Laureen Cummings who rightly complained about the Joe Corcoran Triple dip job plum at $70,000 was pretty good with this selection. So I’m thinking this guy had some in with one of the members of The Political Class in The Lac.
Welcome to The Political Class young man and forget about that Masters you’re working on. Just show up at the events, buy some tickets to their events and tell them how smart they all are.
Then make sure you attach yourself to Andy Wallace’s ass to find out how you can get another job if power shifts or one when you retire to “double dip” in The Lac. 
Here's the release from the County: 
Justin MacGregor, 34, of Dunmore has been appointed by the Lackawanna County Commissioners as the new Deputy Director for Human Resources. He assumed his duties on February 13.
“We are very pleased to add Justin to our staff. His administrative experience will serve him well in working with our legal team, staff and union representatives in providing our workforce with the resources they need to do their jobs and, above all, serve the public,” the Commissioners explained in a joint statement.
Mr. MacGregor will be responsible for the overall administration of the County’s human resources/personnel operation. He will work with staff, consultants and solicitors in overseeing labor relations with the County’s seven unions.
In his professional career, Justin worked for the Scranton School District as its Community Relations Director, where he was responsible for the District’s overall public relations efforts.
Prior to the District post, he worked as a Legislative Assistant for former State Representative Kevin Murphy.
Mr. MacGregor earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government, Law and National Security from Misericordia in 2013. He is a candidate for a Master of Public Administration degree from Marywood University, which he expects to receive in the Fall of this year. He is currently in the process of preparing for his Master’s capstone.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity afforded to me to serve Lackawanna County in this role,” said Justin. “My experience and education have prepared me for this, and I look forward to working with the Commissioners and staff.”
Active in the community, Mr. MacGregor is a Board Member of the Scranton Half Marathon and the United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA. He is also an Auxiliary Board Member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of NEPA and an Allocation/Impact Committee member of the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.
His salary has been set at $53,000 by the Board of Commissioners.

Monday, February 20, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3434, February 20th, 2017

PRESIDENT'S DAY 2017

THE FIRST AMERICAN PRESIDENT

George Washington

THE FIRST AMERICAN BORN PRESIDENT

Martin Van Buren

THE ONLY BACHELOR AND PRESIDENT FROM PENNSYLVANIA

James Buchanan

THE FIRST PRESIDENT ASSASSINATED

James Garfield

THE YOUNGEST PRESIDENT EVER TO TAKE OFFICE

Theodore Roosevelt

THE FIRST PHYSICALLY DISABLED PRESIDENT

Franklin D. Roosevelt

THE FIRST CATHOLIC PRESIDENT

John F. Kennedy

THE FIRST PRESIDENT TO RESIGN

Richard Nixon

THE FIRST UN-ELECTED PRESIDENT

Gerald Ford

THE FIRST DIVORCED MAN TO BE PRESIDENT

Ronald Reagan

THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT

Barack Obama

THE FIRST UNQUALIFIED, BULLYING, AND INSECURE PRESIDENT

Donald J. Trump

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3433, February 19th, 2017

CARTWRIGHT AND CASEY SPEAK AT ANTI REPEAL RALLY

(Photo: Fox 56)
There were 200 people on Courthouse Square on Sunday at high noon on this beautiful summer like day. The peaceful, unpaid protest focused in on the Republican party's long lasting desire to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The Republican plan to replace it would leave tens of thousands without health insurance. 
There is talk that the new Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price would set up a voucher program as well as privatize Medicare.
Our two area representatives US Senator Bob Casey and Congressman Matt Cartwright promised they'll fight any plan to repeal Obamacare.
Senator Casey said, “It’s a matter of basic justice. If you don’t have healthcare you can’t live a full life, and sometimes you lose your life because you don’t have the protections of healthcare. So this isn’t some theoretical debate, this is a matter of basic justice. And we’re going to make sure we fight anyone in our way who tries to destroy the Medicaid program and rip away the protections of the ACA.” (Fox 56)
The big thing here is that 200 people converged on the Square to make certain people understand what the repeal of the Affordable Care Act would impact. There was a great dign that read, "You can't be Pro Life and against the ACA". 
Yep the GOP wants to tell people how to run their bodies, deny women preventative natal care for the babies they so fervently want to protect but then fight against this program. 
By the way, Congressman Lou Barletta, Tom Marino and Senator Pat Toomey are pretty much in hiding this weekend.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3432, February 17th, 2017

REP. CARTWRIGHT TO SPEAK AT ACTION TOGETHER NORTHEASTERN PA HEALTH CARE RALLY IN SCRANTON

Representative Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)
U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright will speak at the Action Together Northeastern PA Health Care Rally in Scranton on Sunday, February 19, 2017. The rally focuses on protecting and maintaining the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare, and Medicaid. Rep. Cartwright will be joined by local constituents who will speak about the benefits they have received under the ACA.
“Today, under the Affordable Care Act, about 20 million Americans have gained access to health care through various coverage provisions, including subsidized coverage through the exchanges and the historic Medicaid expansion,” said Rep. Cartwright. “I am committed to preserving affordable health care for hard-working citizens, seniors, and children.”
What: Action Together Health Care Rally
When: Sunday, February 19, 2017
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Where: Lackawanna County Courthouse Square, Washington Avenue, Scranton PA

DICK AND RON CHAT ABOUT TRUMP 



Thursday, February 16, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3431, February 16th, 2017

TRUMP: IT’S STILL ABOUT HILLARY
The REPUBLICAN Bi Polar President Thursday again brought up Hillary Clinton while he was making a statement about his National Security Adviser. Trump railed against “criminal” leaks by the intelligence services on Wednesday as he attempted to shift the focus away from his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who resigned after making misleading statements about conversations with the Russian ambassador, and the scandal over Russian influence enveloping the White House.
“From intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked,” Trump said. “It’s criminal action, criminal act, and it’s been going on for a long time, before me, but now it’s really going on, and people are trying to cover up for a terrible loss that the Democrats had under Hillary Clinton. (The Guardian)
First off, it wasn’t a terrible loss. It was a terrible campaign but she won 3 million votes more than Trump. But she lost. It’s in the past. This thing about Russia has nothing to do with Hillary or the election.
All of these actions took place after the election when Hillary was GONE.
What type of leaks have been going on before him? Can he name one from the Obama administration?
The playbook in this Trump administration is to say THEIR mistakes are related to Hillary Clinton’s loss.
NO!
She lost, you won.
It is your turn to drive the car and if you can’t even deal with a learner’s permit, then get out.

STEPHEN MILLER’S BLUES

The other day a White House official went on national TV and reminded me of Joseph Goebbels. Stephen Miller, an appointee of the REPUBLICAN administration of Donald Trump had a dangerous message. Miller said that The White House would be taking actions on an array of issues facing the country. Reasonable, right?
Well no, this is what he said, “As we begin to take further actions that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned."
Not be questioned? Our country has always been a country of people who ask questions. Our leaders are used to it.
We will not be questioned is an insult to American democracy which is all about questioning.
There the comparison to Goebbels ends because under the German regime, Goebbels was very adept at using the relatively new media of radio and film for propaganda purposes. Mr. Miller was not.
Take a look at this video and you’ll see him reading from cue cards and frankly being scary.



HARRY AND DOUG

GOP LINCOLN DAY DINNER 
CANCELLED

So the Luzerne Count y GOP cancelled their annual Lincoln Day breakfast this year. It was set for February 26th. Usually the breakfast attracts a hundred or so members of the party faithful. Last year in 3 degree weather the place was packed.
This February though the breakfast was cancelled. Reasons I heard were the tickets weren’t printed in time and others had commitments.
As a political analyst I said on TV that the Luzerne County GOP should take advantage of their big win with the election of Donald Trump. If the party put half the time and resources into local races like they did for Trump, they’d be going gangbusters for a complete change on the local level.
What better launching pad than the Lincoln Day Breakfast? Right?
Well, could it be that just maybe the local Republicans might be afraid of a protest at their meeting?
Naw can’t be, someone just forgot to order the tickets. Sure.

CANDIDATE FOR LUZERNE COUNTY COUNCIL, GREGORY S. WOLOVICH, JR., TO HOLD PRIMARY ELECTION KICK-OFF RALLY, ANNOUNCE REFORM AGENDA
Gregory S. Wolovich, candidate for Luzerne County Council, will hold his Primary Election kick-off Rally where he will explain his outline for reform agenda to protect taxpayers and change Luzerne County.
Born in Kingston, spent my entire life in Luzerne County (primarily Wilkes-Barre). Graduated from G.A.R. Memorial. Graduated from King's College (Accounting Degree, C.I.S. Minor). Worked Wegmans Customer Service for 8 years, Wegmans Warehouse for 1.5 years.
Greg stated, “I have recently decided that the County of Luzerne needs a dedicated, hardworking representative at our courthouse working for the needs of all its residents. I have officially decided to run for the office of Luzerne County Council. My goal is to make sure all county matters are available and fully disclosed to the general public. Also, it is crucial that residents reach out to their County leaders to express their concerns for their individual communities.”
Furthermore, Greg wants to fully utilize my Accounting degree to study the County Budget and monitor cashflow to find alternative ways to cut wasteful spending. By saving wasted funds, we can take the burden off of the taxpayers to fund critical projects. However, the only true way to move forward is to get out and have your voices heard. If we unite together, we can truly make a difference.
GREG graduated with an Accounting Degree from King's College and work for Wegmans in the private sector. Greg worked in multiple production environments there, monitoring inventory and sales numbers using company software programs. This involves great precision and accuracy, or the needs of the customers can not properly be met. Greg stated, “with my experience in these areas, I really want to work on having at least a week to week update on where County funds are going and making sure they reach their proper destinations. I've also been attending public meetings and listening to the concerns of the people. Using this input, I plan to work on ways to formulate which direction our County needs to move in to meet their needs.” Here's his Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/wolovichforlcc/
The event will be held on Thursday, February 16th, 2017 at the Hayfield House Penn State Wilkes Barre, Old Route 115, Lehman, Pennsylvania 18627. The event will begin at 6:00 pm.

DOUBLE DIPPING SWITCH UP IN KINGSTON
AND WE AIN'T TALKING DAIRY QUEEN

This past Sunday we wrote about double dipping in Lackawanna County but the practice still goes on in Luzerne County. Take for instance the goings on in the borough of Kingston. Again you have to wonder when “enough is enough” for career politicos feeding at the taxpayer trough.
Mayor Jim Haggerty who has had a distinguished career decides he’s going to run for Magistrate. Long time DJ Paul Roberts announced his retirement. So I thought okay, Haggerty ran for Judge and why not enter the race against Assistant DA Mamie Phillips. It would be a battle between two influential political families. Fun to watch.
But then Paul Roberts decides he should run for Mayor of Kingston to replace Haggerty as Mayor. So why retire if you aren’t going to retire? I’ll tell you why.
Unlike your average Joe who has to abide by a time clock as well as answering to people every day, The Political Class answers every four or 6 years. In these smaller municipalities who the hell wouldn’t want a job like that? Hell Andy and Barney put more hours in then some of these guys.
I think again this is the example of two men who have been longtime members of The Political Class not making way for younger or even more qualified people. That juicy apple needs one more bite out of it for these two.
Political office should not be a version of “Wife Switch” but rather intentions to be innovative and serve the people. Not serve themselves in the most opportunistic fashion. Kingston and West Side taxpayers may like these guys, hell I like them. But one dip should be enough.

BARLETTA BILL PROTECTS LEGAL WORKERS FROM ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT COMPETITION
CLARIFIES THAT OBAMA EXECUTIVE ACTION DOES NOT GRANT LEGAL EMPLOYMENT STATUS

Congressman Lou Barletta introduced legislation that protects people who are legally authorized to work in the United States by clarifying that illegal immigrants granted amnesty by executive action cannot be issued work permits. The Defense of Legal Workers Act (H.R. 1010) is intended to remedy executive actions taken by former President Barack Obama to shield millions of illegal immigrants and permit them to compete with legal American workers for jobs that are already scarce. Barletta previously introduced the same legislation in November 2014.
“When President Obama granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, he improperly created more competition for legal American workers who are already finding it difficult to find work,” Barletta said. “American citizens, or people who have come to the United States legally, should not have to suffer from others butting in line after they have broken the law to enter this country.”
The legislation is necessary in the wake of two Obama programs: an expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). Under DACA, legal presence was granted to illegal immigrants claiming to have been present in the United States since before they turned 16, and who claimed continuous residency since 2010, among other criteria. Under DAPA, legal presence was granted to people who had lived in the country since 2010 and were parents of citizens or legal residents. In June 2016, The United States Supreme Court split 4-to-4 in a case involving the Obama executive actions, leaving in place a lower court ruling that blocked the programs. The resulting legal limbo means that legislative action is the best means of settling the issue.
“This legislation makes it crystal clear: only those lawfully present can lawfully work,” Barletta said. “This legislation is only necessary because Congress never conceived that an administration would engage in the level of executive overreach exhibited by the Obama Administration.”
The Defense of Legal Workers Act amends current law to clearly state that illegal immigrants granted amnesty by executive action are not authorized to work in the United States. It leaves in place current processes by which people become legally present and authorized to work.
“I am hopeful that President Trump will act to overturn DACA and DAPA in defense of legal American workers,” Barletta continued. “Until then, this legislation clearly states that it is the policy of the United States to favor legal residents over those who have broken the law to come here.”

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SUNDAY MAGAZINE

This Week on Sunday Magazine.
Brian Hughes speaks with Pastors Scott Miller & Rebecca Barnes, Rabbi Daniel Swartz and social worker Ed McNichols about their "NEPA Undivided Under God initiative, and their work with immigrants and refugees in Northeast Pa.
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Caitlin Dunbar from Candy's Place about their 16th Annual "Spin for Life" event. coming up next Saturday at Odyssey Fitness in Wilkes Barre.
Brian speaks with Shaun Connell and Alex Rice from Leadership Wilkes Barre about their "Pints for Pauly" fundraiser, coming up on Thursday Feb 23rd at J&J Deli in Dallas to benefit the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University.
And Frankie speaks with Alan and Rachel from Kings College about their presentation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" coming up Feb 22nd thru the 26th at Kings.
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BOLD GOLD COMMUNITY FORUM


This week's guest is Dr. Jean Harris from the University of Scranton, discussing the history of First Ladies. 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.


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 he heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.

BOBBY V’S DOO WOP SOCK HOP!!!!!

Bobby's show is back again live this Sunday @6PM on The River.

1977



Our 1977 logo

Space Shuttle program: First test taxi flight of Space Shuttle Enterprise.....The first Aardman character, Morph is introduced on Take Hart. Prog 1 of 2000 AD is launched (issue dated 26 February 1977). Óscar Romero becomes Archbishop of San Salvador…..in Pennsylvania Democratic House Speaker K. Leroy Irvis said the Shapp administration’s policies have helped seniors and minorities…..in both Wilkes Barre and Scranton both cities develop programs to deal with winter potholes and forty years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was, "Blinded By the Light" by Manfred Mann's Earth Band.