Thursday, April 09, 2020

The LuLac Edition #4,255, April 9th, 2020

GOVERNOR WOLF EXTENDS SCHOOL CLOSURES THROUGH END OF ACADEMIC YEAR
Your blog editor with Governor Tom Wolf (Photo: LuLac archives)
Governor Wolf today announced that all schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. The governor made the decision in consultation with Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. Students and families can continue to pick up meals at designated sites.
While we had hoped that classes would continue in person later this school year, it has become evident that this action is necessary for the continued safety of our students, our school employees and all of their families as we try to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. It is imperative that we keep our students as engaged as possible throughout the remainder of the school year through creative distance learning in the most appropriate and accessible ways possible.
I, like many of you, are saddened and disappointed for our teachers and our students, mainly our high school seniors who will never be able to relive what is often the most memorable year of their young lives. Public safety must, however, be our primary concern during this pandemic. I remain hopeful that, if we remain diligent in following the Stay at Home Orders, better days will soon be here.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has secured resources intended to help all schools that want to use them – including those not currently offering online platforms, those requiring additional technology support, and those that may rely on traditional methods, such as paper lessons, to continue educating students. There is no cost to schools or students for these resources.
The Governor noted that today’s decision applies to all public K-12 schools, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers and intermediate units. All Department of Education early learning program classrooms, including those for Pre-K Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP) and Preschool Early Intervention, will also remain closed.
Colleges and universities may not resume in-person instruction or reopen their physical locations until the governor permits them to open or lifts the closure of non-life-sustaining businesses.
Schools will remain closed though the end of the 2019-2020 academic year as it is defined by the local school calendar. Under the state’s directive, schools could begin summer programming on the day after their academic year ends. All re-openings will be contingent on public health guidance provided by the Secretary of Health and stay-at-home orders issued by the governor.
In addition to the school closure announcement, through his order Secretary Rivera also took action that will ensure crucial stability of education programs. Under Act 13 of 2020, the secretary has exercised his executive authority to adjust requirements for the evaluation of professional employees and waive student teaching requirements that may not be possible in the context of school closure.

BERNIE SANDERS OUT
Biden and sanders before Social distancing. (Photo: USA Today)
Senator Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign for President leaving former Vice President Joe Biden in the driver’s seat. Sanders changed the conversation in 2016 and has successfully moved the party to the left. But his biggest ally seems to the Coronavirus pandemic which highlights the big gaps in income inequality
It is now time for the Sanders supporters to stop wringing their hands and support Joe Biden. Sanders will have a ton of input with a President Biden because they both like and respect each other. Hard core Sanders supporters will get more with Biden than by sitting it out and letting Diaper Don soil the Oval Office with his crap.
Time to back Joe!

GOP AGAINST VOTING BY MAIL

Right now 57 million people vote by mail. The GOP is predictably against it. The Republican party has been a voting rights denier in every Republican held Legislature in the county. Look at what they did in Wisconsin.
There is no proof that there was voter fraud when one votes by mail. The GOP who are great at attacking the very tenants of Democracy, who are great at suppressing minority voters and making up lies about illegals voting need to be stopped.
This current Republican philosophy must be fought and repudiated for the cancer on America that every individual Republican office older who doesn’t support voting by mail inflicts on all of us.

THE TRUTH FROM OBAMA, THE LIES FROM TRUMP
OBAMA CALLS OUT THE LACK OF A 'ROBUST SYSTEM OF TESTING' FOR CORONAVIRUS IN THE U.S.

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Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday criticized the lack of a "robust system of testing" for coronavirus in the US.
"Social distancing bends the curve...But in order to shift off current policies, the key will be a robust system of testing and monitoring – something we have yet to put in place nationwide," Obama tweeted.
The US is well behind other nations in terms of testing for coronavirus per capita.
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Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday offered veiled criticism of the Trump administration's failure to establish a "robust system of testing" for the novel coronavirus.
"Social distancing bends the curve and relieves some pressure on our heroic medical professionals. But in order to shift off current policies, the key will be a robust system of testing and monitoring — something we have yet to put in place nationwide," Obama said in a tweet.
The former commander-in-chief's comments echo recent recommendations from the World Health Organization, which has said that social distancing is "buying time" but must be paired with widespread testing in order to defeat the pandemic.
The US has struggled to implement testing on a broad scale, which is largely due to early stumbles by the federal government in preparing for and responding to the novel coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent out faulty test kits in February, and the US has been behind the curve ever since.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US's top expert on infectious disease, in March told House lawmakers the US must admit it's "failing" in terms of testing for the virus.
More recently, a sobering report from the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services warned of recurring delays and issues with testing at US hospitals, as well as severe shortages of supplies.
President Donald Trump has scoffed at questions from reporters about issues with testing, and often made misleading comments about the availability of tests.
On March 6, for example, Trump said "anybody" who needs a test could get one. That was not true then, and remained false as of Wednesday.
Trump on Tuesday also falsely said the US is outpacing other countries in terms of testing.
"We've performed 1.87 million tests to date. So that's 1 million, 870 thousand — million tests. Think of that: 1,870,000 tests to date. And now we're performing them at a level that nobody has ever seen before," Trump said at the daily White House press briefing on coronavirus.
But with a population of roughly 327 million people, and less than 2 million tests conducted, this places the US far behind other countries in terms of testing per capita. (AP)

MATT CARTWRIGHT, MAYOR JEFF CUSAT JOIN FORCES AT HAZLETON CITY HALL

Congressman Matt Cartwright and Hazleton Mayor Jeff Cusat. (Photo: Pa Homepage)
With Hazleton still the “hot zone” of coronavirus spread in Luzerne County, Congressman Matt Cartwright met with Mayor Jeff Cusat at City Hall for a closer look at the crisis.
Last week, the City of Hazleton declared a disaster emergency because people haven’t been following social distancing guidelines. In the past week, officials have been cracking down on the disobeying orders.
“The new message should be, do what ever you can to protect your family and friends,” Cusat said.
On Saturday, a curfew was implemented for anyone who lives or visits the city. This comes as the number of COVID-19 cases in Hazleton alone have reached nearly 1,000.
“So that positive number does not matter anymore it’s here, it’s going to increase and keep getting higher until we follow those guidelines that are set by the CDC,” Cusat said.
Cusat says people also need to follow Governor Tom Wolf’s mandate at the local level. To echo the plea, Rep. Matt Cartwright joined Cusat at City Hall.
“Hazleton is one of the focuses of COVID-19 in Northeastern Pennsylvania, so that’s why it’s important,” Cartwright said.
Cartwright discussed efforts being made on both sides of the aisle. Including efforts to increase the availablity of ventilators.
“It’s something Congressman Meuser and I have talked about to make sure we have enough, right now we do,” Cartwright said. “There is no crisis in ventilators in northeastern pennsylvania.”
However, Cartwright noted that as the spread of COVID-19 shifts, ventilators will have to be moved from hospital to hospital and from state to state and regional needs change.
Another topic of discussion Wednesday was the $2.2 trillion stimulus package, including a $1200 check for most Americans. Cartwright says people can start to expect receiving them next week.
Those who have a direct deposit on file will be first, followed by those with only addresses on file. If there is no information, Cartwright says it will take much longer to receive the payment.(Pa Homepage, Cartwright office, LuLac)

SCAMS RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS AND STIMULUS CHECKS

Our friends at Choice One Credit Union sent this message about scams during the Covid-19 period. Beware of emails, calls or other means of contact phishing for your personal financial information for the deposit of your stimulus check. This may come in the form of a text, email, social media contact, a call or another form of contact. First, remember, the government doesn’t refer to the payments as stimulus checks, but rather economic impact payments. Knowing this will come in handy when it comes to recognizing a potential scam. Second, a legitimate government agency will NEVER ask for personal information in this manner. Do not give this information out over the phone or by email. A scammer may use this information to steal your identity or steal money from your accounts. The IRS will automatically deposit your check into the direct deposit account provided on your last tax return. There is no action required on your part. If you did not provide an account, they will mail you a paper check to the address they have on file. Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file to receive a payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their credit union or bank accounts. If you receive one of these phishing calls, hang up immediately. If you receive a phishing text or email, delete it immediately and do not click on any links.
Another type of coronavirus scam related to the economic impact payment is a scammer acting as a government agency and requesting a fee to get your stimulus check. There is no fee involved in getting your stimulus check, so any contact asking you for a fee is a scam. If the sender is claiming they can get you a check faster, it is also a scam. You can visit irs.gov for more information and updates related to the Economic Impact Payment or to report a phishing attempt.
Coronavirus scams related to testing and treatment
Contacts claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offering coronavirus home test kits for sale are another scam. There are no home test kits currently available. It’s just another way for scammers to prey on our fears for their profit. Other frauds to be on the watch for related to coronavirus are ads, emails or robocalls pitching cures, treatments or vaccines. To date, there are no approved vaccines, medications or any other treatments available to treat or cure COVID-19. If you read about a cure in a social media ad or a pop-up ad, it’s a fraud. Don’t click on these links or give any credit card information. Listen to the health experts and protect yourself by social distancing. Stay home and stay safe.

WHY TOILET PAPER? 

When the history of the coronavirus pandemic is written, the vanishing of toilet paper might rank as just a footnote in an otherwise dark and frightening account. But it might be a very long, complex and even wise footnote, because toilet paper — or rather, the lack of it — turns out to reveal a great deal about who we are and how we behave in a crisis.
It showed David Cohen something about the nature of humanity: As a checkout guy at a supermarket in Asheville, N.C., he saw people buying absurd amounts of toilet paper, but he also saw people reach the cashier’s counter and decide suddenly to consider those who have less.
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“Some people said, ‘Wait, I’m going to put these rolls back on the shelf so somebody else can get some,’” said Cohen, who was happy to wait while his customers made a quick return visit to Aisle 14.
It inspired Leslie Klein to poetry: “The store shelves are bare of necessities / Fear took the helm driving shopping to insanity / So, a cushion of paper gives a sense of security.” Klein, an artist — and poet, if she didn’t already know it — in West Stockbridge, Mass., isn’t finding any rolls in her local stores, but she’s been cheered to find that a sort of underground market in TP info has developed.
“Friends pass along hot tips,” she said. “Like, ‘You can find some wholesale at this place.’ It’s something people really feel they can’t do without.”
It confirmed Ronald Blumer’s view that “people have deep emotional connections to what goes into and comes out of our bodies. It sounds highfalutin, but it’s part of your being.”
Blumer, a writer in Manhattan who actually wrote a book about toilet paper in 2013, managed to find a stash of the stuff the other day in, of all places, a little hardware store. “People don’t know they carry it, so they still have some,” he said. “Or maybe it’s because it’s not the best TP. Single-ply, oh dear!”
It has become something of an obsession. You can’t find it at your local market, which can’t get nearly enough from its distributors, which are getting their normal supply from the manufacturers, which isn’t remotely sufficient.
The economics and logistics of the problem are a bit controversial, though there are good and plentiful theories to explain why your favorite supermarket’s bland assurance that “more is on the way” — Google finds more than half a million hits for that bit of corporate hype about the easing of the TP shortage — is misleading.
Fleets of experts, working from home, already are examining the question from as many perspectives as a university has departments. The quants — who have studied “the toilet paper problem” for years, asking why some people in public restrooms take from the larger, fuller roll while others, known as “little choosers,” use the roll that’s closer to empty — are focused on why the supply chain has broken down. Psychologists are curious why TP — not exactly essential to sustaining human life — ranks right up there with milk and bread in our panic-buying behaviors. Social historians look at why people came to view toilet tissue as vital when it didn’t even become a household staple until the 1940s. (USA Today)

WE WEREN’T READY NO MATTER WHAT THE TRUMPSTERS SAY

September 2019 White House economists published a study that warned a pandemic disease could kill a half million Americans and devastate the economy... In late February and early March, as the virus began to spread from China to the rest of the world, President Trump’s top economic advisers played down the threat the virus posed to the U.S. economy and public health. The 2019 warning undermines administration officials’ contentions that no one could have seen the virus damaging the economy as it has. The study was requested by the National Security Council.


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Samuel Kanyon Doe takes over Liberia in a coup d'état, ending over 130 years of democratic presidential succession in that country.......Terry Fox begins his Marathon of Hope from St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada........Iron Maiden's debut self-titled album Iron Maiden is released in the U.K.....Zimbabwe gains de independence from the United Kingdom; Robert Mugabe becomes Prime Minister.....Rosie Ruiz wins the Boston Marathon, but is later exposed as a fraud and stripped of her award. Locally a battle for the 11th Congressional seat vacated by Congressman Dan Flood rages on. Attorney Frank Harrison and Paul Kanjorski along with Richard Adams, Ed Mitchell and State Representative Ray Musto are vying for the Special Election win....And forty years ago the number one sing in LuLac land and America was "Special Lady" Ray, Goodman & Brown

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

The LuLac Edition #4,254, April 8th, 2020

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY

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Joe Biden’s Presidential campaign is now being run in his basement. The Coronavirus pandemic has scrambled the race. But columnist Doyle McManus f eels this strategy just might help the former Veep. This week’s “Write On Wednesday” from The Times Leader.

JOE BIDEN IS STUCK IN HIS BASEMENT. IT JUST MIGHT HELP HIM WIN


If we weren’t in the middle of a pandemic, Joe Biden almost certainly would be winning Democratic primaries and locking up the nomination about now — coasting from one victory speech to another, basking in the cheers of his supporters and wall-to-wall media coverage.
Instead, the former vice president is marooned at his home in Wilmington, Del., doing a glitch-filled virtual town hall on Facebook Live and little-noticed cable news interviews in between phoning donors and volunteers to keep his presidential campaign afloat.For a week or so, Biden’s struggle to stay visible caused a ripple of panic among Democrats.
“Where’s Biden?” memes pinballed across the internet after several days in which he didn’t appear on TV. He eventually reappeared on the daytime talk show “The View” — from his basement.
Part of Biden’s predicament is inescapable. A deadly contagion is far more pressing than the November election, and will remain so as long as Americans are dying in droves and the economy is heading off a cliff.
But in an odd way, being out of the public eye may be good for Biden’s prospects. He’s running as the I’m-not-Trump candidate, and voters will know that next fall even if he’s not on TV now.
Any reelection race is a referendum on the incumbent. That will be even more true for President Donald Trump given the public health and economic catastrophes ravaging the country.
The most important factor in November will be what voters think about Trump’s leadership in this time of extraordinary crisis: Did he do a good job or a poor job trying to quell the pandemic and rescue the economy?
In effect, Trump is running against himself. More precisely, he’s running against the president who told us the coronavirus was nothing to worry about and claimed that anyone who wanted a test could get one, among many other falsehoods.
With the pandemic dominating our lives, Biden can only cause himself trouble if he tries to become the center of attention. People want to hear from the leaders making decisions, not from critics on the side.
Besides, unlimited TV time carries a risk for a candidate known as a gaffe machine.
The Biden basement tapes have been mostly error free, unless you count the time he coughed into his fist during an interview with CNN. Jake Tapper scolded him to use his elbow.
Biden holds virtual meetings with campaign staff, appears in digital town halls and does about a dozen media appearances a week. After a rocky start involving garbled audio and missed cues, the broadcasts have improved considerably.
“We were building the airplane while we were flying it,” a campaign aide told me.
Biden mostly plays the role of Shadow President, explaining what he would do in this crisis if he were in the Oval Office.
His policy message is generic Democrat: more energetic federal action, bigger economic stimulus measures, easier access to Obamacare.
More important from the campaign’s standpoint is the message he wants to send about temperament: He projects calm, steady, predictable — in short, the opposite of Trump.
In one recent appearance, Biden ticked through a list of proposals on how to implement the $2 trillion economic rescue package that Congress passed last month, including measures to expand work-sharing arrangements among furloughed workers — not exactly headline stuff.
But that was the point. To voters caught in a terrifying crisis, boring might be beautiful. It was a pandemic version of Biden’s winning message in the primaries: a return to normalcy.
He struggles to strike the right tone when he talks about Trump. He tries to do two contradictory things at once — be tough on the president, but also claim that he’s merely offering “constructive criticism.”
On Thursday, he said his advice to Trump is: “Use your full authority. This is a war. Act like a commander in chief.”
“I’m not doing this to criticize,” he added.
Even he recognizes that the balancing act doesn’t always work.
“Why doesn’t he just act like a president?” Biden demanded on MSNBC, and then had second thoughts. “That’s a stupid way to say it,” he added. “Sorry.”
In a normal election year, a presidential campaign goes into mild hibernation between the end of the primary campaign (which hasn’t quite happened) and the party conventions (which may not happen in their traditional form this year).
In a normal year, Biden would use this time to raise money, build a larger organization and set his general election strategy. He’s doing all that now — only working from home, like the rest of us.
Most voters don’t pay close attention to the presidential race until Labor Day or later. No matter what course the pandemic takes, we’ll be a different country next fall — and the conditions we face then will shape the election.
So Democrats should try to relax. There’s not much Biden can do now except hunker down in his basement and wait, like the rest of us, for the all-clear.
Doyle McManus is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

The LuLac Edition #4,253, April 7th, 2020

YUDICHAK WANTS COUNCILS OF GOVERNMENT TO HELP KEEP INDUSTRY COMPLIANT
Senator John Yudichak (Photo: LuLac archives)

Calling it a “regional enforcement partnership,” state Sen. John Yudichak wants to enlist the help of councils of government to help make sure local industry is following COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Yudichak, I-14, Swoyersville, said an online press conference is being scheduled for Wednesday morning to provide details of how the Mountain Council of Governments in the Hazleton area, and the South Valley COG in the Wilkes-Barre area, can help.
“There are new guidelines in place for sanitizing companies with over 50,000 square feet,” Yudichak said. “We heard a lot of anecdotal information from workers and folks in the community. We wanted to step up in a very thorough and effective way to bring together regional leaders through our councils of government.”
Yudichak is hoping Dan Guydish at the Mountain Council of Governments and Sam Gusto at the South Valley COG can help get the word out to local governments to enforce new guidelines.
“Within their footprint, they have many municipalities and they have the large industrial parks,” Yudichak said. “So they are the perfect vehicle to get local.”
“We don’t want to pass on the responsibility and blame onto the federal or state government,” Yudichak said. “We want to assume some of that responsibility in terms of informing our corporate partners, making sure they are following the rules, enforcing those rules at a local level where we can through code enforcement officers.”
Time is of the essence, the senator said.
“If we have a 10-day window — if that’s the surge we are going to see — in Greater Hazleton and greater Wilkes-Barre, we need boots on the ground.”
Yudichak said he learned of the concerns of local officials through information provided by workers that the guidelines were not being followed.
“We still have large volumes of workers going to work every day,” the senator said. “We want to make sure they have an outlet to communicate any concerns. If there is violation of local codes or regulations of the state or federal government, we want to have an avenue to report those violations — sanitizing, making sure workers are informed if they are sick, they should not come to work. There’s so much information.” (Source: jdino, standard speaker)

ACTING NAVY BOSS RESIGNS AMID CORONAVIRUS UPROAR 

 Thomas "Dorkface" Moody (Photo: AP)

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly submitted his resignation Tuesday after facing backlash for calling the ousted captain of a coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier “stupid,” reported CNN and The Associated Press.
Modly faced public criticism and calls for his resignation by some lawmakers after he lambasted Capt. Brett Crozier on Monday for writing a letter to Navy leaders that was leaked to The San Francisco Chronicle. In his letter, Crozier pleaded for more swift and comprehensive action to address the coronavirus outbreak on his ship, the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
This is what happens when you get thugs who have no manners or clues. This is what happens when a moron runs his mouth. This is what happens when a dumb ass President hires an “acting” secretary and ass kisser.
Send this guy on a slow boat….to China! Hot it Ronnie!

Monday, April 06, 2020

The LuLac Edition #4,252, April 6th, 2020

MONDAY MEMES

Thursday, April 02, 2020

The LuLac Edition #4,251, April 2nd, 2020

HILLARY’S 3 AM CALL

My friend Dr. Joe Leonardi brought this up the other day. Do you remember that 3am TV ad the Clinton campaign ran in the 2008 election? The premise of the ad was that who you would want to answer that phone call at 3am as President. The ad was directed at the inexperience of then Senator Barack Obama and was effective. But it is beyond me why the horrendous Clinton campaign of 2016 never used that ad again or a variation of it. It was one thing to use it against a Junior Senator who had a core group of support but against a jack ass like Donald Trump it would have been effective.
Now because of all the jealous spiteful women who couldn’t stand another woman to succeed, we get the clown.
Now because my friends in the LGBT community didn’t like Hillary and voted for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson, we get the bigot.
Now because of the Clinton campaign itself which was a strategic shit storm complete with fumes, a team that ignored Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Luzerne County, we got the liar.
Now because of sexist men who still put shit up about Hillary on Facebook (my God how vacant their lives must be) who couldn’t stand her, we have a person devoid of compassion. I’m sure these guys love Trump because they think he’s the reincarnation of John Wayne when the truth he is a sniveling coward.
That 3am phone call we now call the Coronavirus would have been dispatched cleanly by Hillary Clinton. Why is that?
1. She’s smarter than the jerk at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
2. She would not have fired the team who handled this stuff in the first place because she knows government.
3. She’d actually listen to people and let their expertise lead her.
4. She’s let the experts talk and not contradict them.
5. She’d speak directly to the American people. The truth. How ironic is it that the puny members of the male GOP establishment said she lied about Benghazi find that it’s okay to celebrate Donald Trump. Maybe they think Trump has a bigger uh ______than they do?
6. Finally, Hillary Clinton is a mom. Moms know how to take care of their kids. 
 Old Diaper Don, the infantile joke we inflected on the world cannot get out of his own way.
I know people who voted for Trump because he was entertaining. Think he’d shake things up. What they never understood was a President has our lives in his or her hands. Elections have consequences and what it boils down to is this: our lives are in the hands of a bloated loudmouth who not only hasn’t been content to embarrass us to death but now is hell-bent on killing us.

TRUMP’S HANDLING OF CORONA VIRUS
AP-NORC POLL: LESS THAN HALF BACK TRUMP'S PANDEMIC RESPONSE
President Trump (Photo: AP)
Americans give high marks to state and local governments for their handling of the fast-moving coronavirus pandemic that has swiftly remade everyday life. But less than half approve of the job done thus far by President Donald Trump and the federal government, according to a new survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs ResearEven so, and while he remains deeply polarizing, the poll finds Trump’s approval ratings are among the highest of his presidency. Forty-four percent of Americans support Trump’s oversight of the pandemic, in line with his overall 43% approval rating. That’s at the high end for the Republican president during his more than three years in office.
The coronavirus pandemic, which has already killed more than 4,000 Americans and shut down much of the U.S. economy, is the most urgent and unpredictable crisis of Trump’s presidency. The coming weeks will likely shape how Americans view the wisdom of giving him a second term in the November election, where he is likely to face off against former Vice President Joe Biden.

CARTWRIGHT STAYS CONSISTENT
Marion Munley Cartwright, your blog editor and Congressman Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)
Congressman Matt Cartwright sent o a quick email to recap some of the details of the COVID-19 stimulus package that appears headed toward a vote in the House after unanimous passage in the Senate. Keep in mind all of the things you see Cartwright has outlined for us, well he and fellow Democrats have been fighting fo this all along. It took a Coronavirus to let the impotent GOP agree to what the Democrats like Cartwright wanted all along.
There will be direct payments to individuals. Couples will be eligible to receive $2,400 and individuals will be eligible for $1,200, plus $500 per child -- though these payments do phase out based on income.
Student loan payments will be suspended without penalty through September 30th, 2020.
Unemployment benefits will give jobless workers an extra $600 a week for four months, on top of whatever their state benefits already allocate.
There will also be a new pandemic unemployment assistance program which will provide benefits to gig workers or contractors who aren’t typically covered by unemployment insurance.
Billions of dollars directed to help hospitals to ensure they can take care of everyone who needs help.
Protections from evictions and foreclosures.
More funding for the Emergency Food Assistance Program, which helps supply food banks.
These are important benefits that the American people need. I promise I am doing whatever is in my power to make sure this legislation passes quickly, and those who need help get it.
These are challenging times, David. But oftentimes it’s on the darkest days that we see the light. Through these tough times, we can see the light of everyday Americans who are doing their part to stay home and flatten the curve. We can see the light of our medical professionals who venture daily onto the frontlines of this crisis to help save lives. We can see the light of our grocery, food, and service workers who keep the essential gears of our nation turning.
There are likely to be more tough days ahead, but together I know we can get through this. And I truly hope that Congressional action like this stimulus will be able to make the road a little easier.


SENATOR CASEY WEIGHS IN ON STIMULIUS
CASEY OUTLINES WHAT THE $2 TRILLION COVID-19 EMERGENCY STIMULUS MAKES AVAILABLE TO PENNSYLVANIANS
Senator Bob Casey (LuLac archives)
U.S. Senator Bob Casey voted for an emergency $2 trillion bipartisan stimulus deal to address the economic emergency caused by COVID-19. While Senator Casey is committed to passing additional funding bills to address the ongoing health and economic crises, he wants Pennsylvanians to know how they can benefit from that legislation during these uncertain times.
In addition to economic stimulus, “this response legislation will make substantial investments in our Commonwealth as we confront this pandemic, but we must do more,” said Senator Casey. “I will continue to fight to ensure that our families and our communities have the resources they need during this time.”
Here is an outline of how funding from the legislation may reach Pennsylvanians. State and local governments and individuals may still be eligible for additional assistance through various federal programs in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the rest of the state.
https://www.casey.senate.gov/download/cares-act-pa-funding-totals

CASEY RELEASES COMMUNITY BREAKDOWN OF NEW CORONAVIRUS FUNDING FOR PA

https://www.casey.senate.gov/newsroom/releases/casey-releases-community-breakdown-of-new-coronavirus-funding-for-pa


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PREVIEW host David DeCosmo asks the question "How does one stay at home when he has no home" on the April 6th week edition of the program. Joining him via computer video is 
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1980

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The 1980 United States Census begins. There are 226,545,805 United States residents on this day.The St Pauls riot breaks out in Bristol….The United States severs diplomatic relations with Iran and imposes economic sanctions, following the taking of American hostages on November 4, 1979…..In Lisbon, Portugal, the governments of Spain and the United Kingdom agree to reopen the border between Gibraltar and Spain in 1985, closed since 1969….and the number one song in Lulac land and America was “With You I'm Born Again” - Billy Preston & Syreeta

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

The LuLac Edition #4,250, April 1st, 2020

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY

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This week’s “Write On Wednesday” looks at the Coronavirus and the way it is affecting all age groups.

THE CORONAVIRUS PAYS NO MIND TO AGE

In the constant stream of coronavirus stories this week, one stood out as running counter to the common perception of the pandemic: More than half of those diagnosed with COVID-19 in Pennsylvania are under 50 years of age.
The majority of deaths have occurred in the ranks of those older than 65, who are most likely to suffer life-threatening complications, usually due to other pre-existing conditions. But seniors make up only 18% of those infected, probably due to extra precautions that cohort and society at large have taken to limit their exposure.
It’s people between 25 and 49 who represent the largest segment of the diagnosed, just short of 40%.
Perhaps those numbers will convince folks who act as if they are immune in this pandemic to think twice.
Admittedly, those adults are much less likely to die from COVID-19, but they are potential sources of danger to other, more vulnerable people.
Ten days into the business closings imposed by Gov. Tom Wolf and three days into the stay-at-home order issued Friday, the ultimate toll of the pandemic remains unclear. It could take a month or more for clarity on that issue, no matter how optimistic some might be about a quick return to normalcy.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The LuLac Edition #4249, March 31st, 2020

MAYBE I’M AMAZED

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MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that what President Trump once called a hoax is now a big deal. My heavens, if he had just let the experts take over and not defund the area of the government that handles health issues, we’d all be better off.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that Minnesota might say that it's the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," but Canada has it beat. The country as a whole has over three million lakes. That means Canada has 60% of the world's total number of lakes within its borders. It must seem like paradise for people who like to fish or boat!
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….but not that there are people in the Wyoming Valley congregating in bunches when they were told to stay inside or in less than group of 10. Kudos to government officials and police for sending them home.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that the surface area of Pluto is just under 6.5 million square miles. The CIA Factbook lists the area of Russia to be just over 6.6 million square miles. That makes Russia bigger than Pluto (and much closer to visit). Are you still very upset that Pluto isn’t a planet anymore?
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…that New York City is made up of 50 islands.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..at how much I miss baseball. Thank heavens for the MLB Network showing classic match up of games. Loved the re-broadcast of the Phillies-Cubs game from ’79 that ended with the Fightin’ Phils winning 24-23.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that even though it is spread across five time zones, the entire country of China is set to Beijing time. Having a single time zone in the United States would certainly make things easier. Currently, the USA is spread across six, but a single time zone would make things a little wonky in Alaska and Hawaii.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that churches have taken the step in making Masses available for its parishioners via You Tube. Technology can be a wonderful thing. Here’s a service from my church St. Peter and Paul in Plains from this past Sunday.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=13&v=A1pzf9K8zC0&feature=emb_logo
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…that the largest pool in the world can be found at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chile. It has 66 million gallons (enough water to fill 100 Olympic-sized pools). It's 3,323 feet in length, over twice the length of the next biggest pool. At a cost of $3,000,000, that sounds like a pretty good deal.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that every time a member of the WARM team passes away, like Jerry Heller this week the memories of that great broadcast institution come flooding out.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that the longest flight in the world is between Singapore and Newark, New Jersey. Depending on which way you're flying, it takes around 18.5 hours to complete the 9,534 miles of the journey. The flight is so long that it doesn't even have an economy class. Only first-class and business-class arrangements are offered.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….and sad that the Times Leader has announced it will start publishing their paper four times a week. The reason is of course decreased revenue due to the Corona Virus. The Leader has been in the forefront of supporting community endeavors like the Wyoming Valley Art League and many others. Now is the time for the community to give back to them (The Times Leader) by buying their paper and supporting their business.