Sunday, October 19, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2754, October 19th, 2014

WHITE HOUSE HONORS AFFORDABLE CARE ACT “CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE”

On Monday he White House will honor "Champions of Change" who are leading local efforts to advance the goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These Champions have distinguished themselves by raising awareness about ACA and helping countless Americans sign up for high-quality, affordable health insurance. The program will feature remarks from Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and other Administration officials.
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. The event will be live-streamed on the White House website at www.whitehouse.gov/live. You can join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WHChamps. To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program, visitwww.whitehouse.gov/champions.
A Pennsylvanian honored by the White House is:

Pat Halpin-Murphy, Ambler, PA

Pat Halpin-Murphy is the President and Founder of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC). A creative and effective women’s health advocate, Pat founded the PBCC in June 1993. The PBCC extends public awareness of breast cancer and works to increase public and private funding for research and high-quality screening, diagnosis, and treatment. Pat’s dedication to improving the lives of women has led to dramatic legislative changes in Pennsylvania, including mandatory insurance coverage for reconstructive surgery after mastectomy, mammograms for uninsured women between the ages of 40 and 49, and extension of Medicaid coverage to uninsured women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer. She is committed to educating the public about the Affordable Care Act and sharing the information with individuals and groups across the state.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This came via press release from The White House. This is actually one of the few things I can use from them. You would not believe how many fundraising e mails that come to all of my in boxes.

BACK AT THE ENGINE HOUSE
My dad (right front, hat and glasses) and his gang working the rails. This picture was taken in the summer. The story depicts my dad’s time in the winter as an employee of The Lehigh Valley Railroad.
EDITOR’S NOTE: I ran this on Face book the past weekend. I’m putting it up on LuLac for those not fully engaged in social media.
For the last 17 years the community of White Haven has been involved in turning a converted railroad facility once owned by the Lehigh Valley Railroad into a Library and Community Center. As District Consultant of the Wilkes Barre Library District Mrs. LuLac has been following this for many a year. Every fall we’d attend The Annual Taste of White Haven event as the town inched further and further towards its goal.
In 2013 the Library opened. The Engine House project is an adaptive reuse of a former Lehigh Valley Railroad engine repair shop into a community library and regional visitors’ center. As part of the railroad transportation system in the late 1800s and mid 1900s, the building was determined eligible for the National Registry of Historic Buildings. The structure is believed to be the only remaining repair shop of its kind in Pennsylvania.
For me it was very special because the original railroad engine house was where my father would work during horrible snow storms. He and a crew would clean track and would end up in White Haven in that repair show.
Snow days were never fun for me because it meant my dad was out in the cold during the brunt of the storm cleaning those tracks while I sat in a warm house wondering when he’d come home. Some days he’d be out for more than 18 hours straight.
The old engine house, now a restored Library and Community Center has given people the opportunity to buy a plaque and put it in the building.
Here’s the plaque that is now part of that building where my dad, as a laborer world work. Growing up in The Depression and being the oldest child of seven, I doubt he ever had the opportunity to even be inside a library as a youth. But he was the type of father who would always encourage his children to read and reach for our goals. I think it’s fitting that his memory is surrounded by books in a place where he worked for more than four decades.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2753, October 17th, 2014

REPUBLICANS HOST THE GOVERNOR
Governor Tom Corbett giving his speech at The Woods. (Photo: Citizen’s Voice)
The Luzerne County Republicans welcomed Governor Tom Corbett Thursday night at The Woodlands and the incumbent put on a show for the party faithful. Corbett met the stalwart members of the GOP and essentially told him that his speech boiled down to one thing, a need for victory in November. Corbett was by all reports animated, friendly and focused on the November 4th election.
Corbett made two striking points, the first being that he did everything he said he was going to do when first elected. He also pointed out that there is a true choice between Tom Wolf, his opponent and him. The Governor compared Wolf to his predecessor Ed Rendell saying that a Wolf victory would be a Rendell third term. The Governor cited Wolf’s lack of specifics as to where he would get the money for education and other programs.
After the speech Corbett made the rounds and greeted the GOP faithful from both Luzerne and Lackawanna counties telling them their support was critical to his reelection.
Today a new poll shows the race between The Governor and Wolf tightening with Wolf leading 49% to 42%. The Third District GOP has a meeting set for Thursday October 24th at the Dupont VFW starting at 6Pm. 
 Party Chair Bill Urbanski listing as the Governor expounds on his record. (Photo: Citizen’s Voice). 
 Here’s Governor Corbett with two of the hardest working Republicans in Luzerne County. Susan Zaykoski and Jim O’Meara. 
 Here is a shot of part of the head table prior to the event. You can see State Representative Karen Boback of the 117trh conversing before the event. 
 The GOP came out strong and enthused to see the Governor. 
 Candidate for State Representative in the 114th Melaine Madeira has a chat with the Governor.

Meanwhile Luzerne County Council member Harry Haas has an engaging conversation with members of the GOP.
Wow to be a fly on the wall to hear what these guys were saying, here’s Doctor David Madeira and Party Chair Bill Urbanski. 
All the above photos at the event courtesy of Jim O'Meara. 
Many thanks to Luzerne County Chair Bill Urbanski for the invite. This group of Republicans in Luzerne County is determined and hard working and I respect their involvement in the process. As I mentioned to Mr Urbanski I had a late work week and could not attend. Besides, it might have been as the kids say nowadays, a little “awkward”.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2752, October 16th, 2014

LEIGHTON’S BUDGET-NO INCREASE
Your blog editor and Mayor Tom Leighton a few years back. (Photo: LuLac archives).
Wilkes Barre Mayor Tom Leighton proposed 2015 budget does not contain a property tax increase for city residents. This is Leighton’s second year in a row without an increase. The millage remains the same.
The balanced budget contains $44.36 million in revenues and taxes. Last year’s budget was $42.79 million. The Mayor actually grew the budget from last year.
There are raises for employees as well as the Mayor. You can be sure his detractors will be screaming bloody murder as we enter an election year. But the fact remains that Tom Leighton has fiscally run this city well, kept employees increases in line and has run a tight ship. If anyone complains about this document, all you need do is look at the shape Scranton and Hazleton are in. Then just shut up. .

LAWTON’S BUDGET-4% INCREASE
Through an e mail sent by a subordinate Luzerne County Manager Robert Lawton proposed a 4-percent county tax hike for next year. The County Council is going to start looking it over and will have a big say in it. The Charter calls for six council members to adopt a budget. With the way this governing body is set up, in an election year looming,that is not going to be a walk in the park.
If they can’t agree, the budget will revert to the one that saw us through this year.
The e mail thing kind of bothers me. I think Lawton might have done better if he presented it face to face but that’s just me. If you have a home worth $100,000, you’ll pay 23 bucks more.
County Council member Kathy Dobash immediately weighed in sending a release saying: I will not support any 2015 budget that includes a tax increase on the property owners of Luzerne County. Every tax increase passed by the majority of Luzerne County Council has failed the property owners. The burden is too high especially on the elderly residents. These tax hikes equal overspending by the Executive Branch. I ask the Luzerne County Council Members to not support the Lawton Administrations’ recommended 2015 budget.”
Vice Chair Edd Brominski told the Citizen’s Voice that he wouldn’t vote for the budget in a million years. I agree with their frustration but here’s my question, why can’t the debt be treated like a cut up out of control credit card you have to pay off? Why can’t the County dedicate a segment of taxation to wind down the debt? That’s the smart thing to do. Rick Morelli told the Voice that the County has to learn to live with their means. Then let’s budget for what we need to make a dedicated effort to pay down the debt. My opinion.

MARTY FLYNN’S ACTIONS

State Representative Marty Flynn. (Photo: www.western journalism.com).
So I’m waiting for people who will start taking State Representative Marty Flynn to task for defending himself from 4 punks on the streets of Harrisburg. The Representative was just living his life and going home when two thugs demanded his wallet along with fellow State Representative Ryan Bizzarro, of Erie.
The “youngsters” demanded the gentlemen’s wallets. Flynn said no and drew his gun. Shots rang out and he most likely soiled the pants of the thugs who most likely were shocked that two guys in suits would have the balls to fight back. The four involved were charged by Harrisburg police. I have their names but make it a policy not to give cred to low life slobs who rob people. But let’s just say these guys weren’t named, Sean, Casmir or Mario.
Flynn has been cleared by the police but Face book has raged with some haters. By the way, no one was hurt, not the targeted victims nor the perps. This was a Forrest Gump moment for the Harrisburg thugs, you never know what you’ll get when you take on a guy from the Lac!

2 MILLION JOBS LOST BECAUSE OF OBAMA CARE!!! REALLY??????

So I hear this ad for a Republican candidate running for office stating that 2 million jobs were lost because of Obama care.
Here’s my question? Where are those 2 million lost jobs? How can you lose that many and yet have positive job numbers every month since 2009? Are we to believe that those 2 million people FIRED by Obama care would not apply for unemployment compensation?
Another day, another lie and in the meantime people are now getting care they never had before the Affordable Care Act.

FLORIDA-IF THEY COULDN’T RUN A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, WE’RE SURPRISED AT THIS???

MEDIA MATTERS

REMEMBERING KOREA

WYLNTV35 will be airing a special honoring area Korean War Veterans leading up to and on Veterans Day called "Remembering The Forgotten War: Korea."
The special will be hosted by three-tour combat veteran, SSG Erik Olson (Retired), a local veteran of Iraq/Afghanistan, recipient of the Purple Heart, and host of another veteran-oriented WYLNTV35 program called Warrior Summit Outdoors.


SUNDAY MAGAZINE

This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with Sheri Bryk about the big fundraiser for the Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge in Dallas coming up on Sunday at the VSpot Bar in Scranton.
Brian speaks with Kim Courtney & Father Gary about the Halloween Pet Parade
coming up next Saturday at St Nicholas of Myra Church in Swoyersville to benefit Tracey's Hope Hospice Care & Rescue.
And Brian speaks with Michael Milcher & Emily Hibbs from the Scranton Cultural Center about their "Thrill The World" event coming up next Saturday, and other upcoming events at the Cultural Center.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X & 6:25am on Magic 93.

ECTV

Things will get a little spooky on ECTV Live during the week of October 20th! Host David DeCosmo will welcome author Regge Episale to the program during the week to share some of her regional Ghost Stories with the audience! ECTV Live is seen on Comcast Ch 19 (Ch 61 in some areas) throughout the week during the Noon and Midnight hour. Additional showings are aired, as time allows, weekdays at 6pm.


BOLD GOLD COMMUNITY FORUM

This week on Community Forum Mike Remish talks with Peg Ruddy, Executive Director of the Women's Resource Center of Lackawanna County. You'll hear the program Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on NEPA Sports Radio-The Game 1340/1400/1440 am and 100.7 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. 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.

BUDDY RUMCHEK


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

KAREL ON THE STREET


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


CORBETT’S SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME

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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1974

In the 1974 World Series, A's Ken Holtzman, who hasn't batted all season, belts 3rd inning home run in Game 4 & gets the win, 5-2...."Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" closes at Playhouse NYC after 1065 per….NBA New Orleans Jazz begin a 28 game road losing streak……Washington Capitals 1st NHL home victory, beating Chicago 4-3..The Oakland A's beat LA Dodgers, 4 games to 1 in 71st World Series makes A's only team other than Yanks to win 3 straight series…….in Pennsylvania Senatorial candidate Pete Flaherty says he is confident he will be the next Senator from Pennsylvania citing Watergate and a successful Shapp administration…in the 22nd Legislative District, GOP challenger Gene Garvey says he can do a better job than one term State Senate incumbent Robert Mellow…................................
and forty years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Nothing From Nothing” by Billy Preston.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2751, October 15th, 2014

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WRITE ON WEDNESDAY

NEW THOUGHTS ON AN OLD PRISON AND THE ONGOING DEBT 

This week’s “Write On Wednesday” is about housing our prisoners on a county level. Can there be a more streamlined process and one that would be innovative, save money and work within the framework of the Judicial system?  Wil Toole has an idea and he shared that with local newspapers, County Council members and now LuLac. Here’s what he had to say.
Dear County Council Member and County Manager,
Luzerne County has hired a consulting firm whose chore it will be to prepare a plan to resolve the ongoing financial problems. They have asked for public input so I will once again offer this plan to change how our prison system operates.
I have suggested in the past that the county administration meet with the Court of Common Pleas and discuss sentencing as it pertains to this proposed plan.
It is my suggestion that the cost of operating the county prison can be greatly reduced while at the same time increase revenues. This program would require the cooperation of all involved.
First it must be recognized that while incarcerated, inmates must be clothed, fed and given medical treatment when necessary. I suggest that all non violent offenders with the exception of drug offenders be given home arrest. This would eliminate the cost of the Day Reporting Center as well as the costs of incarceration. The benefits of Home Confinement is that there would be no expense to feed or cloth the individual and health care would no longer be a burden to the county. These non violent inmates would be issued an electronic ankle bracelet at their own expense and would be supervised electronically as well as being on the case load of a county parole officer. This supervision can be in house reporting with the inmate physically reporting in person to an officer within the probation department offices (this is done in large cities). If the inmate cannot afford the electronic device, they can work off the cost by being utilized by the county for maintenance of buildings and grounds, municipalities or qualified non profit organizations. With financial conditions being what they are, union cooperation should be attainable.
The current cost of housing feeding, clothing and covering medical expenses when eliminated would be a huge savings. The number on inmates would be greatly reduced freeing up space which could be used to take in state non violent prisoners which would reduce the over crowding of state prisons. This would result in increased county revenues making the program worthwhile as both a source of revenue and a reduction in county paid prison expenses.
New offenders would be given the usual sentence as dictated by their individual offense and when put into this program, their choice would be to cooperate fully, not break the given rules and if they do, they would be remanded to inmate status at the county facility and their original sentence would begin without credit for any time spent on home confinement.
This is the basics of my suggestion and obviously, details would need be discussed and resolved so that the program can be implemented as soon as possible.
It is my hope that those involved in the planning and approval process will work together to make this a doable program. I would appreciate your passing this suggestion on to your consultant.
Thank you for your consideration,
Wil Toole
Dupont PA
EDITOR’S NOTE: To date County Council members Jim Bobeck and Edd Brominski have responded to Mr. Toole.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2750, October 13th, 2014

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13 QUESTIONS

1. You mentioned the various formats for the Gubernatorial debate this year in previous LuLacs. Do you think they were effective and should have featured more public participation?

I think they were an interesting blend of formats. I think that it was an advantage for Tom Corbett in the first debate to speak before a business friendly atmosphere, I mean there was a lot of applause for him.
I’m not a fan of audience participation in debates because sometimes you get some person with an agenda or someone who wants to star in a public forum. I will never forget Mrs. LuLac telling me about the Looney Tune at a Joan Rivers concert who took up twenty minutes talking about herself before she got to her question. Rivers was kind. I’ve see moderators, even on a national level not being to handle a debate when the audience is involved. I like the fact that in the last debate the audience got a chance to write in their questions. That’s the way to go.

2. How about those Baseball playoff games and who are you rooting for now that the Pirates and Indians are not in the hunt?

Incredible. Sad to say I have not seen a lot of innings but I plan to watch more. I’m rooting for the Orioles because my former pastor of our church Father Joe Greskiewicz is an Orioles fan. Plus Buck Showalter needs a break. He built up the Yanks, Diamondbacks and Rangers and got the boot before the team reached the promised land. My dad was a Cardinals fan, my cousin Bob is a Giants fan and I love the Cinderella nature of the Royals. I’m just hoping every game goes to the max of 7 games.

3. You had a rather cantankerous exchange with L.A. Tarone on his radio show in late September regarding the Wolf/Corbett race. How are you guys now?

Fine. You should have seen us on WYLN TV during the time The Affordable Care Act was being debated. L.A. is passionate about his beliefs and so am I when I am all in for a candidate. Since LuLac started, that has only happened twice. L.A.’s audience is not going to be very receptive to what I might have to say but that’s okay. I got some help from the hills of Dallas when Duke phoned in.

4. Candy corn or apples?

C’mon if I say candy corn, Mrs. LuLac and Doctor Joe Leonardi are going to be on my case. Apples of course.

5.  It seems like there is going to be a big fight for control of the Senate. I know you are rooting for the Democrats but what would your dream scenario be?

Okay. This President has found that some of his Democratic Senators have not been terribly supportive. Especially on guns and immigration. For me as a blogger I’d love to see a 50-50 tie in the Senate. That would put Vice President Joe Biden front and center. Wildly entertaining. But there is an independent running in Kansas in a one on one race so we’ll have to see where he lands on the issues.

6. It has been a few years since the Luzerne County Charter was set in motion. More than a few people have said they made a mistake by voting for it. Do you feel the same way?

Absolutely not. They may bicker like old ladies across the fence but that action is out in the open. Let them go back and forth on about chickens, toy aircraft, whatever. It’s all in the open.

7. Do you get to eat any of that great food on Pa Live when you’re on the show?

I don’t stay because it smells so good. They have some of the very best chefs and eateries on that show. The aroma alone just adds 5 pounds.

8. Why was Blogfest scheduled so late?

Commitments and busy schedules on the part of the planners. We are doing something a little different this year, we’re doing it on a Thursday evening October 30th at The Red Mill. Time 6 to 10PM. If you are a candidate, observer, blogger, stop by and say hello.

9. You’ve spoken to Tom Wolf a number of times. What has impressed you the most about him personally? Is there any question you regretted not asking him?

He is just an easy guy to talk to. In my case, he remembers what I said to him the last time I saw him. I think he connects pretty well with people. Just an observation here but unlike a lot of politicians I’ve met, he’s not looking over your shoulder to see who might be more important.
Yes, I wanted to ask him if he was a Beatles or Stones guy. And that was before the second debate where a reporter quizzed Corbett and Wolf on personal likes and dislikes
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10. Today is the first year anniversary of the slaying of DeeJay Moe, will justice ever be done?
Deejay and my former co worker Mike Onley. (Photo: Citizen's Voice).
Mike Onley sat across from me at work for over a year. Justice eventually will be done in my opinion because I believe there are people out there who know who did it. They just have to have the balls or the conscience to come clean. The tragedy here for his family is that this was the second child felled by gun violence. But we say no to enhanced gun legislation because the right wing screaming meemies are still saying Obama and every liberal will take away their guns.
At a Wilkes Barre Council meeting some statements were made that “The Street” knows what happened, therefore so should the police and city officials. They know nothing until somebody starts talking. You can talk all you want about what “The Street” knows but you need evidence to put someone away for this.
Mike was a remarkable guy who was very helpful to me in my initial stages of MG. I actually now sit at his desk and think about him every time I come in to work in the morning. Justice is more than “talk”, it’s about getting proof. The police and the DA have been seeking proof, now it's time for "The Street" to start talking.

11. I hear on the radio all the time that there are 22 million illegal aliens in this country? You think so?

No. There are so many lies about illegal immigration. Like 60 percent of illegals live in public housing. But yet HUD requires proof of legal status. Plus, most social welfare programs bar illegal immigrants from receiving benefits and require proof of immigration status. That includes food stamps, as well as cash welfare assistance, Medicaid, and even the new health care law. So if there are 22 million illegals, I challenge the loudmouths to tell me where the hell they are. You know if these guys were around at the turn of the century they wouldn’t be here in America. It is fear and ignorance reigning.

12. Do you think there needs to be boots on the ground in the Mideast to stop ISIS?

Yes. If we are committed to stopping this, we can’t trust anyone and oversee the operation.

13. My wife ran into a woman you used to date who said you were an egotistical clown. Thoughts?

Only one? Surely your wife needs to get out more. I’m sure there’s a club that meets quarterly in NEPA.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2749, October 12th, 2014

ELECTION 2014: THIRD AND FINAL PA GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE ON TV MONDAY

Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf. (Photo: Philly.com).
PA Gubernatorial Debate, hosted by WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, with Democratic nominee Tom Wolf and Republican nominee Tom Corbett
Location: WTAE-TV studios in Pittsburgh
Time: 6:00PM Monday on PCN.

AARON KAUFER ENDORSED BY FOURTEEN DEMOCRATIC PUBLIC OFFICIALS

Aaron Kaufer at candidates forum in the spring. (Photo: LuLac archives).
Two weeks ago GOP candidate for the open seat in the 120th district had an event where members of the Democratic Party were supporting him. We wondered who they were because we could not attend the event. Kaufer’s headquarters provided that answer in this release.
In a show of bipartisan support, the Kaufer Now Committee is pleased to announce the following Democratic elected officials have endorsed Aaron Kaufer for State Representative:
Edwardsville Mayor Bernard Ace Dubaskas
Judy Gober, Jason Tarreto, Mike Jancuska, Mary Ellen Schell – Luzerne Council
Pringle Mayor Dorothy Peters
Rita Thomas, Mary Watkins, Mike Berish – Pringle Council
Tom Shannon, Rick Turner, Denise Adams, Joe Esposito – Exeter Council
Debbie Youngblood – Courtdale Council
Kaufer said, “We are extremely excited for this opportunity to engage the community and our elected officials. By crossing party lines and doing what we know is right, we can lead by example and enact policies that strengthen our community.”

The LuLac Edition #2748, October 12th, 2014

THE MAJESTY OF GIVING

For the last month media consumers in Northeastern Pennsylvania have seen and heard about events in support of fallen State Trooper Bryon Dickson and his injured comrade Alex Douglass. But you don’t get a true appreciation for the fervor that people feel for this terrible chapter in our history unless you see it up close.
Saturday the Majestic Restaurant in downtown Pittston had an event that targeted 50% of its profits that day for the families of the two troopers. From 10am to 3pm, the place was packed with people ordering hot dogs, cheeseburgers, fries and other items that have made the eatery a virtual icon. There was a line out the door, and every table and stool was occupied. Waiting for order, I got myself a seat and watched the frenetic activity. If Gordon Ramsey saw the Majestic staff in action, he’d have nothing to bitch about.
During the course of the day, staff members from District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis’ office were on hand helping out along with guest servers Luzerne County Sheriff Brian Szumski Pa Game Commission Representative Patrick Dessoye, State Police Representative Gary Vogue, Chief County Detective Mike Dessoye, Leverage Fitness Studio Representative Tim Hlivia, Pittston Police Chief Robert Powers and representatives from the Pittston Police Force.
The DA herself was transporting the food from the grill to various tables and running herself from one end of the building to another. Her dad manned the grill and seemed planted there from the time I arrived until the time I left. He did opine at one point to me that he was a follower of LuLac and I thanked him. But there was no more small talk because the orders kept on piling up.
I ran into three people I haven’t seen in years. Sam Alba who has been such an activist in the Pittston Area Community for so long. We chatted about the Knox Mine work he did as well as growing up in Pittston. Then I saw a fellow classmate from St. John the Evangelist, ’72 John Casey McDonough. Barely touching on local politics, we got off on the subject of olives mentioning how our tastes had changed as we aged. It occurred to me that Sam, “Casey” and I had our first jobs in Pittston Area Supermarkets, Detato’s and the SuperSaver. As I was leaving I saw a neighbor of mine from The Junction, Anna Mae Copper O’Boyle. We chatted about the old days and I gave her an update on what was going on with me.
The place was packed with not only law enforcement friends and families but just folks who got out of the house on a dreary fall day to grab one of those great dogs but also to support the families in this worthy cause. People just want to do something. On Saturday in downtown Pittston they certainly did.
On the way out, I ran into a reader who recognized my picture from Face book. She said, “I thought you were an Abe’s guy, did you have one of the Majestic Hot dogs?” I told her “I’m an Abe’s guy because I was a Majestic guy first”. She asked how long the wait was and I told her kind of like Red Lobster on a week night. She headed toward the balloon festooned hub of activity. “Food's cheaper and better” she said. And so was the company and the cause.
This is a long shot of the crowd at The Majestic on Saturday afternoon.
Mr. Salavantis was slaving over a hot grill.
District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis consults with Deon Fernandez on scheduling.
The DA lent a hand with take outs too.

WISH I WROTE THIS

There have been thousands of words written about the incident involving the state troopers the last month. But the best came from Scranton Times Tribune columnist Chris Kelly regarding the suspect and his fantasy military life. Here's what the Times Tribune Columnist wrote: 
I’ve known guys like you, wannabe mercenaries who cut their tough-guy teeth with “Call of Duty” on PlayStation and graduated to paintball. Most who play these games know they’re pretending. For a few, the lines blur with ugly consequences.
A dear friend I lost touch with almost 20 years ago was obsessed with military history. He could choreograph every battle back to Hannibal. He got his girlfriend pregnant and joined the Marines. He lasted about a week after learning that being a Marine requires a commitment few can honor. His daughter was raised by another man.
Like yours, my friend’s fantasy was no match for reality.
Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II, the man you stand accused of murdering, was a Marine. He didn’t play soldier. He lived it. Semper Fidelis isn’t just a slogan.
If you really wanted to go to war, the past dozen years presented plenty of opportunities. Why didn’t you enlist? With your skills, you might have been deployed as a sniper. Then again, military life offers no guarantees. You might have ended up in a situation where your targets shoot back.
It must have been hard to be 31 with no job and living with mom and dad. Everyone thinks you’re a loser and you are helpless to present any evidence to the contrary.
So you flip the script. You’re not the problem. You are marooned in a world that doesn’t register your worth and spins only to keep you down. Whatever evil you do, the world has coming. In the end, thinking people will see you were justified.
No, they won’t. There is no defensible reason to take an innocent life. This truth is the spine of society. It does not care to know your grievances, real or imagined.
This is the best take on this horrible situation so far. Wish I wrote it.


WE MAKE 20/20 AGAIN!!!
Former school teacher Lauren Harrington Cooper. (Photo: Times Leader).
So the other night something unprecedented happened in the LuLac Living Room. Both Mrs. Lu Lac and I were yelling at the TV as the former Wyoming Valley West School Teacher was interviewed by ABC’s 20/20. All of the local news personalities made an appearance in the report. The Citizen’s Voice reporter Bob  Kalinowski was edited out of the piece. That was too bad. But this has not been Luzerne County's first rodeo on 20/20.
But what got us both going was the snarky demeanor of Lauren Harrington Cooper was just awful. That squeaky little girl voice did not cut it as far as I’m concerned and her use of the word “alleged” after she was convicted was mystifying. The first unanimous shout back to the TV came when Harrington Cooper blamed the victims. Her husband’s defense of her was admirable but at one point I was waiting for it to sink in that she was charged more than once with the same thing. Apparently it didn’t.
What blew us away was the admission by her that she didn’t think her behavior was a big deal and that she was shocked that what she did was a crime. We both screamed this at The Sharp, Aren’t school teachers usually the first line of defense against child abuse and predators? Don’t they have training classes on this? I usually don’t watch things like this because I know the outcome but I’m glad I did view this. It only reinforces my belief that the right decisions regarding this predator were made.


HILLARY IN PHILLY FOR WOLF
Tom Wolf and Hillary Clinton at big event in Philadelphia Thursday night. (Photo: Associated Press).
Tom Wolf, the Democratic candidate for Governor exhibited his usual self effacing persona when he said to the more than 1,000 people packed into the Constitution Center that he wasn’t the reason why people came. Even though he did send invites to many of his supporters for the event featuring Hillary Clinton. The former First Lady, Secretary of State and United States Senator warmly greeted the nominee for Pennsylvania Governor and then got down to business.
Clinton seemed to mirror Wolf’s campaign message of protecting the middle class. Her speech seemed to shed the automatic responses and robotic motions of will she or won’t she. Clinton’s message was that you could wish for something to happen over and over again but if you don’t get out and vote, nothing will happen. “From my perspective, you can’t count on things turning out the way you want it, unless you get out and work for it, right? she said.
Wolf who is leading in the polls has been telling voters that nothing is a done deal. He has been urging the Democratic faithful to not be complacent but to get to the polls on Tuesday November 4th.
Clinton praised Wolf for his work ethic, his business success story and the way he treated his workers that helped build his business. Observers say it was a win win for both Wolf and Mrs. Clinton but did suggest this was the Presidential aspirants strongest articulation of how the Democrats can reach a middle class in desperate need of rebuilding.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2747, October 9th, 2014

OBAMA’S REVERSE COATTAILS
                President Obama in the Press Room. (Photo: USA Today).
Can it be possible that President Barack Obama’s sagging popularity can actually help some Democrats? Maybe. Usually in off year elections an unpopular President can drag down his own party. But it appears that in certain states, the President’s unpopularity is translating into a vote for challengers who want to unseat established Republican Governors.
So what does the leadership of the President have to do with Republican Governors? It’s all about perception. Even though the President passed a health care act that has covered 8 million people who otherwise would be going without insurance, credit card reform, and Executive orders that have improved the lives of the middle class, he has been defined by the opposition party as inept and power hungry. The President has made the point that his opposition has stopped him from passing meaningful legislation that most reasonable Americans want. Gridlock.
This perception has extended into states where Republican Governors who were elected in 2010 now are on the ropes. In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker who was touted as a possible Presidential candidate in 2016 is in danger of losing a once solid race to a Democratic challenger. Down in Florida Republican Rick Scott who initially refused Medicaid money is being strongly challenged by former Governor Charles Christ because the Governor has gained a reputation as being intractable in his policies. Here in Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Corbett has been playing catch up since his first year in office. Even though Corbett has not deviated from his main promises from the 2010, his in artful communication has given challenger Tom Wolf a great opportunity to win the race for Governor in a walk.
Obama and Corbett perhaps have the most striking parallels. Obama campaigned on Health Care, ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Immigration Reform. Corbett on not taxing Marcellus Shale developers, privatization of liquor stores as well as lottery reform. It’s not that these two didn’t give up on what they were going to do. But the inability to sell the efforts solidly has led people to challenger their governing chops. Sometimes telling people what you are going to do is not enough, you have to tell them how it benefits them.
So in a very strange way, the President’s poor showings actually help Democratic challengers who aren’t being tarred with his record or political brush. Rather it is those incumbents who have failed to articulate what they were trying to accomplish and allowed their challengers to define them. The Republican incumbents remind the voters of the President's failing. The irony here is that three Republican incumbents may be the recipients of a reverse Obama coattail.


ROUND THREE DEBATE RECAP


Governor Tom Corbett and challenger Tom Wolf face off. (Photo: WTAE TV).
The last final debate between Governor Tom Corbett and his challenger Tom Wolf followed a predictable course. Both men spoke directly to their bases but also undecided Pennsylvanians who have yet to state a preference for whether Tom Corbett gets rehired or if Democrat Tom Wolf gets the opportunity to become the next Governor of the Commonwealth.
The twist in this debate (all three have been pretty interesting nontraditional takes on the regular run of the mill one on ones from the past) was that viewers could submit questions via social media for the candidates to answer.
Governor Corbett asked Wolf where he was going to get the money to fund the programs he wanted and said his foe would raise taxes. Corbett opined that Wolf wanted to be all things to all people.
Wolf who defended his plan to overhaul the tax structure in the state. Wolf wanted to give taxpayers earning $70,000 to $90,000 a year no tax increase and those under that income would get a tax break shifting the burden to wealthier Pennsylvanians. In response to charges that he is not being specific enough in his proposals, Wolf retorted that he would have to look at the total financial picture and health of the state before he can make a specific determination.
Corbett said he wanted re-election because he wanted to finish the work he started. Wolf said he could do better and offered a new start for Pennsylvania.
The debate was on WTAE in Pittsburgh and will be broadcast on PCN this Monday night at 6PM.
As I mentioned to WBRE TV’s reporter and WYOU TV's co-anchor Brittany Sweeney when I was being interviewed last night, my personal feeling is the debate might have come too early. Most voters may not have been geared up (and these are the casual voters) until a week before election.
The election is Nov. 4.


MEDIA MATTERS

SUNDAY MAGAZINE

ECTV

Former WDAU/WYOU Forecaster Barry Finn rejoins David DeCosmo to co-host ECTV Live during the week of October 13th. They'll welcome Margie Young from the Dietrich Theater to the program to discuss upcoming Fall events offered by the Wyoming Cultural Society. ECTV Live is carried on Comcast Ch19 (61 in some areas) several times each day throughout the week,

BOLD GOLD COMMUNITY FORUM


This week on Community Forum Mike Remish meets with Robert Hughes and Ren Dugan to discuss ongoing mine reclamation projects. You'll hear the program Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker, 6:30 on The Game Sports radio 1340/1400/1440 am and 100.7 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. 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.


BUDDY RUMCHEK

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

KAREL ON THE STREET

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


CORBETT’S SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME

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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1974

John Lennon releases "Walls & Bridges" album…...........

German Democratic Republic amends constitution .......Franklin National Bank collapses due to fraud and mismanagement; at the time it was the largest bank failure in the history of the United States…..Frank Robinson became 1st Black baseball manager of the Cleveland Indians…

Race riot in Boston due to "bussing"…….Washington Capitals 1st NHL game, losing 6-3 to NY Rangers at Madison Square Garden Wash Caps begin a 37 game road losing streak….A's Mike Andrews files $25 million lawsuit against Charlie Finley……Labour Party wins British parliamentary election
A's Catfish Hunter charge owner Charlie Finley with breach of contract……at the Country Music Association Awards, the Silver Fox Charlie Rich triumphs.....

As' Ken Holtzman, who hasn't batted all season, belts 3rd inning home run in Game 4 & gets the win, 5-2……in Pennsylvania the race for Governor heats up with the GOP team of Drew Lewis and Ken lee ramping up their effort to unseat Governor Milton Shapp. Shapp is the first Governor who could run for re-election since the State constitution was changed in 1968……
Drew Lewis handbill from 1974. (LuLac archives).
in Luzerne County Commissioners Frank Crossin and Ed Wideman are mum on their plans for re-election in 1975. Both men ran as a team twice but have not governed as such for years…..and forty years ago the number one song in Lulac land and America was "I Honestly Love You " by Olivia Newton-John.