Monday, September 18, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3598, September 18th, 2017

As I said many times here on LuLac and other places, President Trump won Pennsylvania by 44,000 votes. 26,000, more than half came from Luzerne County. Some of them were ingrate Democrats, some were Independents who were angry for whatever reason. My thoughts were that with this huge wind at their sails after 2016, the Republican GOP in the county might be something to be reckoned with again.
When I was growing up, the Republican party was competitive in Wilkes Barre and Luzerne County. By 1967 the cracks in the wall started to show and by the 70s the Republicans became a second rate political entity.
The party, to be sure had successes. After the death of Commissioner Crossin 1980, the Democrats intensified their divisions and Frank Trinisewski and Jim Phillips took over The Courthouse. Many thought the Republicans were back but the votes for Trini were based more on his political personality than any allegiance to the GOP. When he became a Democrat, the GOP never had control of the county again. District Attorney races were won by Corey Stevens and Stefanie Salavantis  because they as candidates, capitalized on the weaknesses, perceived or real, of their Democratic opponents. Tarah Toohil in the 116th and Aaron Kaufer in the 120th as well as Tony Brooks in Wilkes Barre District B did the same thing. All were well funded, had great presence on the campaign trail and convinced voters that a new direction was needed.
In my way of thinking, the Trump campaign followed that model. Unlike Secretary Clinton, his campaign was here, asked for the vote and he was seen as an alternative to his Democratic opponent. So on radio and TV,  I said that this was a great way for the GOP to revitalize itself and take action in the County. They had an abundance of local role models who did it. So I waited for some action.
And waited. Okay, it was a tough campaign. Plus Christmas and New Years were afoot.
So I waited. Ahh Inauguration Day. Maybe there would be an event that would get people geared up locally. When President Reagan and George H.W. Bush won, there were local “watch” parties when they were sworn in.
Nope, none. Hey but wait, the Super Bowl was coming. Surely the Lincoln Day Dinner (which I attended in the past) would be front and center for some old fashioned chest thumping. Uh….no. Cancelled because of scheduling conflicts I was told.
You know where I’m going here. There wasn’t a primary fight for the county Council but at least they had a full slate for the fall.
Harry Haas, Gregory S Wolovich Jr, Chris R Perry, Marc Dixon and Stephen J. Urban are all good candidates.
Plus their Facebook page as well as the outreach to Young Republicans is not bad. 
The Summer outing was so unattended that even the candidate for Governor avoided it and went to the Tomato Festival.  If I'm running as a county Council candidate and I go to an event where very few from my party is there, what the hell am I going to think! Jesus, no wonder why I saw Chris Perry at Matt Vough's event Wednesday night. There were people there!  
You win elections by registration drives. Where are they? That's how you win here. Donald Trump and Tony Brooks notwithstanding, there will be other Democratic candidates who will not be as anathema to the voters like Hillary Clinton and Lou Elmy were.
There are also reports that key state committee people who have been there for years are being shunted aside. Why? What onerous actions did any of them take to deserve that?
Mrs. LuLac and I attended the Luzerne County Fair a few weeks ago. Now the Vice Chair of the 120th Ditrict, Lynette Villano and I have been going at it on Facebook since Trump took office. I was fully expecting to get an earful from the people manning the GOP booth that traditionally was a hotbed in the Back Mountain. But there was nary a soul there. On a Friday night at the fair? C'mon man!!!
Look on the national level, I am a Democrat. But since the local Democratic party is full of cronies and sons and nieces of cronies, I have no allegiance to them. Through the years I gave the state party as well as candidates money. In some years more than I could afford. I did it only to see the members of the non political class like me ignored. On Property taxes, the only person in my district is Senator Yudichak who is for Property Tax reform. As a person who respects and even likes government, I want the local Republican party to succeed.
But it won't happen unless this occurs:
1. New registration drives to get new voters.
2. A blending of the old and new leadership. When someone assumes leadership, the key is to merge….not purge. You lose experience but more importantly, this is a luxury YOU CAN”T AFFORD! You need all the bodies you can get. 40 years ago, Reggie, Billy and Thurman couldn’t stand the sight of each other. But they knew the key was winning. You don’t win by getting by an opponent in a primary. You don’t win by attaining a party office. You WIN in November. After that, nothing else matters.
3. Stay visible. Use that great victory in 2016 to expand your local stronghold. Be selective in your use. Trump and Pence are example of how two different people of values, and roots can co exist.
If those two guys can bring a portion, hey a majority, enough of votes to their side to win their election, locally, here in little old Luzerne County it can be done.
If it can’t, maybe it’s time to do some internal re-arranging.
To be clear, I have no dog in this hunt. My life will go on either way. But one of my key beliefs has always been, “Never waste an opportunity”.
I think of many things when I see Trump on TV but the one thing that I don’t understand is why his big win is not being exploited.It was and remains a wasted opportunity.

Wilkes Barre City Councilman Bill Barrett (Photo: Times Leader)
Wilkes Barre City Council passed a resolution prohibiting residents from parking cars on their lawns when street parking is unavailable. On the surface this sounds okay. You don’t want a neighborhood infested by old junkers in someone’s front yard. Quality of life is an important thing in a neighborhood. However in neighborhoods where parking is at a premium, sometimes a resident might need to get on their lawn.
At least for a little while. But Barrett and Council seem to be the proverbial old men yelling, “Get off our lawns”.
Look, I think this is over regulation. But Council had some complains and acted on it. But when a resident objected, Bill Barrett, Representative of District D said, “Well build a driveway”. I wasn’t at the meeting but in the newspapers it really didn’t read well.
The fact is that if you are lucky enough to buy a house with a driveway, you’re fine. But residents in this city who are not members of the political class CAN’T AFFORD to “just build a driveway”. What an insult! There are residents in this city who work at real jobs for low wages holding on to their homes by a thread because of the incompetence of the Wilkes Barre Area School Board and the refusal of the State Representative to even consider property tax reform. You’re answer to a resident who questions why you are passing this is, “Build a driveway?”
Maybe if that resident Barrett dissed had three pensions coming in like the ex Police Chief, LCCC Security head and God knows what else, has health care taken care of as well as other bennies from previous tax payers supported jobs…that resident might be able to afford to “build a driveway”. If you want a driveway with about 494 square feet, that might run around $1500.00 or more. A few years ago we had our drive way expanded. We needed huge curbs removed. That was about a thousand bucks.
You can bet if residents did “build a driveway” the code guys in the City would be on it for their cut. Plus speaking of neighborhood enforcement, how about have “neighbors” remove couches from the front lawns. How about ticketing people who have driveways but park ass out blocking a sidewalk. There’s a lot of selective enforcement in this city when it comes to the sainted colleges who pay a fee but not property taxes.Driver routinely fly through stop signs and traffic lights but God forbid if you car is just a little ass ended out when trying to negotiate a parking space. All of a sudden you'll get questioned like a crack dealer!
As for his comment about a mud bog, well that’s what your Impact teams are for. That’s where people should be cited. Living in the North end for over 30 years, I have yet to see a “mud bog”. I’ve seen King’s College “women” squatting in my driveway, clueless out of state people blocking my driveway, garbage strewn on my lawn by the pigs who pass through here, red cups and Keystone Light cans all over the place,

people breaking recycling rules and even a COUCH and TV on a lawn but  never…ever a mud bog!
Why any resident would even bother to address city council is beyond me when you get a flip comment like “build a driveway”. If Barrett runs again in 2019 or if one of his cronies takes his seat if he doesn’t, maybe voters should just say, “build a bridge”………….and….you know the rest.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3597, September 14th, 2017


President Trump (Photo: The White House)
I love the fact that President Trump is willing to make some sort of accommodation with the Democrats an moderate parts of his party. But the right is having a fit. Their heads are exploding because they are shocked the President has changed his mind on things that are near and dear to him. 
Now to be sure, The President will not let go of his base.  After days of silence, he did take after "Crooked Hillary" for her new book. Pretty ironic that the guy who is NOW under INVESTIGATION for maybe obstruction of justice calls her a criminal. But for right now, Trump seems to be moving in the direction that if he needs to get something done, he needs the help of every member of Congress. 
Now before the Republicans get too worked up and the Democrats get too confident, let's remember that this President, this person is a loose cannon. Today he pretty much said there was no deal with the Dems. Like any Trump venture, past, present or future, never trust and always, always verify. Better yet, let HIM make the statement so it's on record. 


Once more a school strike by teachers has reared its ugly greedy head in LuLac land. This time the Abington Heights School district teachers are striking because of the pittance they must pay for their health care. Their attitude is an insult to hard working people who pay much more.
The kicker is that even after these greedy "public servants"  retire, the taxpayers pay their freight.
The time has come to abolish the teacher unions ALL TOGETHER and hire people who will appreciate their jobs.
It of course begs the question…why don’t they strike in the summer? Why don’t they walk the picket line after 3?
That would be “work”, extra work and we can’t have none of that now can we.

Teachers are still another part of the political class that deserve little sympathy and very little respect when they strike.
They care about the kids though Yonk, right?
Yeah, right

State Representative Tarah Toohil issued the following statement in regards to questions on whether she was running for the 11th Congressional seat being vacated by Congressman Lou Barletta in his bid for U.S. Senate. Rep. Toohil stated recently, , "I am a servant of the people, and to know so many have expressed the desire for me to serve in the federal government is truly humbling and inspires me to continue to work harder than ever on behalf of all the constituents I represent." "At this time, and after great consideration, I have decided not to run for congress. Rather, I will support the candidacy of a man who has extensive experience in both the private and public sector, Dan Meuser. Dan's particular work experience and life experience at age 53 is unparalleled. Dan has served as a President of a successful global company, as Secretary of the Department of Revenue (taking it from a D to A- rating under his leadership), as a tireless supporter of conservative candidates and charitable efforts in our community. Dan Meuser is a high quality candidate who has already proven he is ready to lead." "This will be a critical primary. Rather than Republicans challenging one another, we should challenge the hyper-liberal policies of the left that don't fit with our area's values and, importantly, that fail to put America First. I believe Republicans should unite behind the candidate best able to communicate a conservative agenda and ensure pursuit of America First policies, and that person is Dan Meuser." Toohil stated in closing, "Furthermore, with Dan in Congress and me remaining in the State House of Representatives, I'm confident the District would have two strong advocates--on the federal and state level--who respect one another tremendously and who will work well in tandem advocating for the best interests of the people we both represent."
A few things here. Toohil in any other time might have been a formidable candidate. But she is making the smart play. She’s young, popular and can build a record in a very safe seat. Unless she does something spectacularly stupid, Toohil is safe. Her career is set.
This is what the state Republican party does. It clears the path for people who are strong, popular candidates. Meuser might as well start picking out the furniture.


GOP candidate (right) Paul Mango (Mango website) 
Mango with President Reagan. (Mango website)
On the Republican side, there seems to be an intriguing candidate running for Governor next year. His name is Paul Mango and here’s a little about him.
Paul Mango's roots in Pennsylvania run deep. His grandfather immigrated here from Italy, and then worked on the railroad that crossed the state; the one that carried the steel and coal helping to build our factories and create countless jobs. Paul's grandfather passed on to him the value and dignity of hard work. During high school, Paul worked as a dishwasher, at a farmer's market stocking produce, and as a scorekeeper at a bowling alley.
Balancing his father's advice to get a college education along with his strong calling to serve his country Paul applied - and was accepted - to West Point. One of his proudest moments was receiving his diploma on graduation day from President Ronald Reagan.
After completing Army Ranger training and jump school, Paul went on to serve America as a paratrooper in the storied 82nd Airborne Division.
While serving in the military, Paul and his wife saved every penny they could so that he could continue his education. He earned a Master's degree in Business from Harvard, an education that will be invaluable for someone whose main priorities as governor will be growing Pennsylvania's economy, creating jobs, and finding innovative ways to do more with less.
Paul then joined one of the most respected business leadership and professional advisory firms in America, where he rolled up his sleeves and helped companies first anticipate and adapt to change. Paul's 25 years as a business leader have provided him with an unmatched skillset for helping Pennsylvania out-compete other states and countries for the jobs of the future.
Despite these remarkable achievements, Paul Mango will tell you that his greatest blessing in life has been his family. While at West Point. Paul met his wife Dawn. Today, they've been married for nearly 35 years. And they've lived in the same Pittsburgh house for 20 years where they've raised their five daughters - one of whom followed her parents' footsteps to West Point and is now serving our country as a First Lieutenant overseas in Korea. Paul and Dawn have also generously supported a variety of veterans' and military-related charities since leaving active duty.
Now Paul Mango wants to take his middle-class values, his military training, business education, and decades of experience solving some of the toughest business problems at America's most admired companies, to fix Pennsylvania's stalled economy, underperforming schools, out-of-control spending and taxation, heroin and opioid epidemic, and end sanctuary cities to make Pennsylvania work again...for all our families. (Mango website)
Here's Mango's statement on his endorsement from Senator Tom Cotton: I am honored to announce that I have received the endorsement of conservative stalwart and fellow veteran, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR).
Senator Cotton has been a true and unflinching conservative in Washington. I have had the pleasure of knowing him for many years and I can say without hesitation that the Tom Cotton you see today is the Tom Cotton I saw yesterday and I am sure we will still see tomorrow. His commitment to service and our nation is without question, and I look forward to working with him in the weeks and months to come as we take our conservative vision to all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. This might help in the primary but not so much in the General. But one step at a time I guess.

Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)
U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the Pocono Services for Families & Children received $1,546,043 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). These funds are used for the continuation of high quality, comprehensive, early childhood education.
Head Start is a federal program created in 1965 to address the educational and developmental needs of low-income, pre-school children. Head Start’s comprehensive service system provides social, nutritional, and educational services for thousands of children and their families across the United States. Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher.
“I am a proud proponent of these programs that work to break the cycle of poverty by ensuring children are better prepared for success in school,” said Rep. Cartwright. “Head Start and Early Head Start programs are an important investment in our community and our economy.”
“Pocono Services for Families and Children provides comprehensive, supportive services for young children and their families to promote success in school and life,” said Tim Lee, Executive Director of Pocono Services for Families & Children. “Our agency has been serving the community's most vulnerable young children and their families since 1965 and continues to expand services to better meet the various and unique needs of our community. As the director of the Head Start Program, I am happy to be able to say that we serve 145 kids in Monroe County through this federal funding in before- and after-school programs and are grateful to Congressman Cartwright for his support for this funding.”
Head Start services are funded and overseen by The Office of Head Start (OHS), within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of the Department of Health & Human Services. The AFC promotes the economic and social well-being of children, families, individuals, and communities with leadership and resources for compassionate, effective delivery of human services.

Congressman Tom Marino (Photo: Marino website)
Republican and Democrats  are waiting with baited breath to see when and if Congressman Marino will be named President Trump’s drug czar. The reason I'm hearing for the delay is that there is such a backlog in the White House getting essential personal vetted. Many cite that as the reason for the delay in naming him.But there seemed to be two starts and then a stop.
Meanwhile prospective Republicans and Democrats want to know where Marino will be so they can plan their campaigns. If he resigns, there will be a Special Election. That's a consideration too. The media buyers are also wondering what will happen too.


Democratic candidate for Luzerne County Council had a nice event Wednesday night at The Red Mill. About 75 turned out to meet and greet the young candidate. Vough is venturing into the political arena for the first time. A highlight of the evening was the gathering of Matt’s classmates from the old Immaculate Conception School off of William street in Pittston. The school and church might be gone but with many ethnic Catholic schools, the bonds stick. Here are a few photos from last night.
Luzerne County Controller Michelle Bednar stopped by. Look for an interview with her in the weeks to come on LuLac.
Here are two crowd shots.
This is a photo of me with Matt’s mom Cindy Vough and his Aunt Loretta Amico. Otherwise known as The Forlenza sisters from The Junction. My family goes way back with the Forlenza family. The family corner store was run by Tillie and Frank. You could get milk and Sealtest Ice Cream just by strolling down the street. Their dad Rudy was our milkman and a type of mentor for me and other young men at Detato’s Market in Pittston. Loretta and I worked together while she checked and I bagged. We are just two of at least a thousand young people in the Pittston area who learned about the working world at that Supermarket owned by the Detato Family.
Here I am with the man of the hour Matt Vough.


4 year anniversary for Emily on WALN TV 
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This week's guest will be Joe Grandinetti from the NEPA Genealogical Society
Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on 1400-The Game, NEPA's Fox Sports Radio and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River.


This Week on Sunday Magazine.
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Karen Thomas from the Penn State Extension about their 4th annual PROSPER 5K Run & Walk, coming up on Sunday October 1st to benefit drug & alcohol programs.
Brian Hughes speaks with Brian Hallock and Doug Calzola from the Knights of Columbus Council 12572, about their 2nd annual Charities Golf Tournament, coming up on Saturday October 14th at the Pine Hills Country Club in Taylor.

Frankie speaks with Jessica Baker about the 5th annual Jamie Baker Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser on Saturday September 23rd at the Dupont VFW.
An encore of Brian's interview with organ donor awareness advocate Tony Harding, about the importance of organ donations, and his own experiences in that field.
And Frankie speaks with Miss Luzerne County Outstanding Teen, Courtney Richards, about the NEPA Scholarship "Purseonality" Auction on Sunday September 24th at 2pm at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X and Sports Radio 590, WARM and 6:25am on Magic 93.


ECTV Live hosts Rusty Fender, David DeCosmo, and Director Mark Migilore welcome John Maday to the program during the week of September 18th to unveil plans for the annual Dragon Boat Races on the Susquehanna River at Wilkes-Barre. He'll also be speaking about other activities along the river this season and next!
ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is aired during the Noon, 6pm and Midnight hours each day of the week. Following Monday's Live program the show will become available on Electric City Television's YouTube channel which can be viewed on your computer.


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.


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


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



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Glam rock pioneer Marc Bolan dies in a car crash in Barnes, London......Courageous (U.S.), skippered by Ted Turner, sweeps the Australian challenger Australia in the 24th America's Cup yacht race.....Under pressure from the Carter Administration, President of Nicaragua Anastasio Somoza Debayle lifts the state of siege in Nicaragua....North Korean agents abduct Yutaka Kume from Noto Peninsula starting the North Korean abductions of Japanese citizens.......The Petrozavodsk phenomenon is observed in the Soviet Union and some northern European countries……Pete Flaherty in the Carter Justice Department says he will indeed run for Governor in 1978……in Lackawanna County Eugene Hickey the Democratic candidate for Mayor declares he can win the Mayor’s race in a three way battle and forty years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “The Star Wars Theme” from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3596, September 13th, 2017


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1. What's the difference between bullying and shaming, aside from the boatload of programs
addressing bullying?

Both are one in the same in my estimation except for one slight difference. Bullying comes from a basic power trip of someone who wants to dominate. Usually the bully has personal issues that he or she is hiding. They project power over those who they perceive as weaker than they are. The best way to confront a bully is to….well confront them. That’s easier said than done. But in my experience, when you confront, even if you lose, two things happen.
The bully is exposed as someone who took advantage of someone weaker and whatever victory is achieved is a Pyrrhic one. Or if the bully is bested, there is abject humiliation. Usually the person who bests the bully feels bad about it, the bully justifies why he or she lost.
Body shaming is a form of bullying but involves more judgmental aspects of the personality. “Why are you so thin?” “How did you get so fat?” It usually is, in my estimation more personal but yet mean too. It involves a power trip, taking someone off of their game.
Men who want to control women are great at this. Again, my observations only. I’ve seen beautiful women put down by their partner and unfortunately some believe it.
Both are power trips, their derivatives are insecurity and mean spirited behavior. There are more similarities than differences. The differences are so slight though that there isn’t even a line to be blurred.
As for programs, they help and are unfortunately needed. Mainly because parents do not correct their children when they truly get dangerous and out of hand. It all comes down to imparting values at a young age.
Worse today though is the fact that the American people have elected a bully in chief. His behavior has allowed kids, even adults to say, “If he’s doing it, why are ‘ya yelling at me?” The only programs that I’d support would be informational in nature. The rest is up to society but  I’m sure we will continue to fall short.

2. Do you expect much from the Congress and the Pennsylvania State House?

I was pleasantly surprised when President Trump worked with the Democrats in the Senate. I think he realized his party, adopted party is pretty much divided along such ideological lines that it was impossible to deal with then.
The State House REPUBLICANS are a joke, The current Speaker Mike Turzai is a liar and obstructionist. Plus he’s incompetent and secretive. You have a majority, not a tenuous majority but a working majority. I think the second most overpaid Legislature in America is in need of a restructuring. Word I hear is that even Turzai’s Republicans are trying to get him out of Harrisburg.

3. Who do you think is the star on the Trump Administration Foreign Policy team?

Nikki Haley. Kind of reminds me of Reagan’s Jeanne Kirkpatrick. Tough, doesn’t mince words and understands how far she can go with the rhetoric.

4. Do you find it strange that not many of the contestants on The Apprentice have made any comments about the President’s leadership abilities?

You hear from a few of them but most either have disclosure agreements or just don’t want to brag about that aspect of their career.

5. Do you think Congressman Barletta will get through the Senate primary next years?

I used to think he would but now I’m not certain. The President left Lou out on a limb with DACA. After it was announced, he sent a news release supporting the President’s beliefs 1000%. Then Trump talks to Pelosi and says to The Dreamers, “Hey, not to worry”. If I were his opponent in a primary, I’d beat him over the head with it. I think he might have a major foe in Jeff Bartos who was up on the air with an attack ad minutes after Lou announced. If I said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, “Luzerne County is not reflective of the rest of this state”.

6. Wasn’t Tom Marino already named the Drug Czar by the Trump administration?

I thought so but Tom Marino, his career and whatever record he has falls under my Rhett Butler file. “Frankly I don’t give a damn”.
Actually I do. If Marino resigns there will be a Special Election to fill out his term. That could be called at anytime but first there has to be a vacancy. This administration is so understaffed that the vetting process, which usually takes four months is way behind. 
Don't even try to go to the State website and click on Special Elections because you get nothing. At least that was the case yesterday morning. Knowing the work ethic of state employees, I'm sure it'll stay that way for a while.

7. With fall approaching are you going to miss the good old summertime?

God yes! Ever since my cancer fight in 2008, my feet get so cold that I hate the prospect of summer ending.No more sock less summer days.

8. How about Donald Trump dealing with Nancy Polosi and Chuck Schumer?

He recognizes how pitiful the REPUBLICAN party is. They can win elections but not govern. Now Trump has added to their taint so he’s not blameless. But there was a reason why former Speaker John Boehner was singing “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" when he announced his resignation.
Pelosi and Schumer have been the whipping girl and boy of the Conservative right. But the fact is they know the ins and out of Legislation and know how to keep their people in line. They are not to be trifled with.

9. It’s a year away but what are your thoughts on how your boy Governor Wolf will do?

Tom Wolf has been in my mind, both a good Governor from a policy standpoint but a bad one politically. Wolf has dealt with a Legislature that blocked everything he tried to do. It’s an off year so there is still no budget because of politics. The key here is the GOP can’t even pass their own damn budget. They can override his veto too. So he can run on that but has to shelve his 2016 line on how he said he could reason with people. He has to address the fact he wanted to change Harrisburg but was blocked but say it in a way as to not render his argument contradictory. He can tout his major accomplishments most notably medical marijuana and more transparency in government than we've ever seen with some credibility. He has done great things in terms of transportation and infrastructure but these are things that should have been reformed years ago. Things like open records, plow truck tracking, construction project tracking, DMV improvement and public safety. This is extremely important and I’m thankful he got them done. But these are things voters expect.Or don't look as accomplishments because they take them for granted. Until they fall apart.
On other issues like CHIP, Medicare expansion, protecting Maternity Care, 3D Mammograms, Senior Care for Housing, Health Care and even choices as to where to live, on all of these Wolf is playing defense. He has to say, “Look without me, these might not exist anymore”. This will be a major challenge explaining that this was ALL HIM policy wise. He can do it but should start hammering that home now.
On the political side, you will not see the passion for him this time around in LuLac land. For better or worse (and seasoned politicos tell me it’s worse) Wolf has only hired 5 people from the two counties for jobs. This is a political fact of life and there are people who gave him a lot of money who feel they are unappreciated. The undercurrent is that Wolf has tried too hard to woo Republicans who will never be for him. I mean we have a State Senator and State Rep whose husbands have great paying State jobs and both routinely block him at every turn. Meanwhile there are people who were committed getting pretty much nothing. A few people I’ve spoken to have said they will go for Bob Casey all out and vote for the Governor but not necessarily help as much as they did in 2014. That can be a problem if what has happened here politically is happening in every other county.
Then Wolf has to contend with Mike Stack, a Lt. Governor he has already rebuked. Does he run with someone else in the primary? Encourage another to take Stack’s place? That kind of issue divides a party not really thrilled with him at this point.
His salvation politically might be a Scott Wagner candidacy but again he (Wagner) is no lock to win the primary. But let's say Barletta wins the Senate nomination and Wagner wins the GOP nod for Governor. All of the people who came out for Trump will come out in this county for Lou and cast their lot with Wagner. I can see this county going big for the both of them because of the disorganized and disheartened Democrats who might just bullet vote for Casey. 
Your question has a lot of moving parts to it. It’s early but we’ll see what happens.

10. What do you say to those people who still think climate change is a hoax?

I’ve stopped trying to convince them. My energy and time are worth more than their nonsensical beliefs. A FB friend of mine shared CNN’s coverage of the storms in Florida and posted, “How can we believe them?” So I don’t even argue. I just think it’s hysterical though that the REPUBLICAN party so worried about their grandchildren paying for the deficits don’t care if they live in a climate and environment that will be built on policies that undermine their future.

11. Do you think anyone has the gonads to take a run at any of the incumbent state representatives now in office?

Oh yes. There are preliminary talks going on right now to try and take out one or two incumbents. More on that very soon. Already setting us his campaign is Kyle Mullen from Senator Blake’s office who is going after Kevin Haggerty. In Luzerne County the GOP seats are safe from primaries but there is talk about opposing strongly Democrats who refuse to back Property Tax Reform. Keep your eye on that.

12. Thoughts on Charlie Dent of the Lehigh Valley quitting?

It’s a shame. He has been a reasonable man but I think he got tired of the foolishness of the right wing. I hope he enjoys his life because he certainly did his party to keep his party respectable.More members of the GOP are jumping ship. These are young members, not guys who have been there forever. If the Democratic Congressional committee is smart, they'll keep their mouth shut about past near miss winning margins and go after districts like the one Dent was in. Remember, Don Sherwood in 2006 was a lock but the Dems took that seat for a few years. 

13. Have you watched any football yet?

Not yet. I didn’t even realize the season kicked off last Thursday until 1130pm when I heard it on the radio The Chiefs were up by one with 12 minutes left. Thursday is “Project Runway” night but football wasn’t even on my radar. Maybe this week. But frankly I don’t get into the NFL until after the World Series. 
To give you an example this is Wednesday and I had to look up on line to see how the Packers did. They won 17-9. Following the Indians and Rail Riders though.  

The LuLac Edition #3595, September 13th, 2017


Join Luzerne County Council candidate Matt Vough this evening from 7 to 9pm at The Red Mill in Pittston. It's located at 340 S. Main Street. 
Cost $20.00. 
Ask about the wings.



Arcaro & Genell's Restaurant
443 S Main St, Old Forge, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania 18518
Thursday at 6 PM - 8 PM $20.00 per person.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3594, September 12th, 2017


Yesterday President Trump gave remarks on the 911 anniversary. As President that was his duty and responsibility.
But one should never forget about his 911 remarks from last year where he belittled and made fun of his opponent because she had a fainting spell. His behavior was childish, boorish and inhumane.
A few questions. Would you tolerate this behavior from a child?
A friend?
A neighbor?
Donald Trump used a person's momentary vulnerability to raise doubts about her physical fitness for office. That should have sounded alarm bells for HIS fitness for office.
Yesterday was a day to honor the brave and the dead of 911. A day that should never be forgotten.
Trump's behavior last year should not be honored or embraced but definitely NOT FORGOTTEN. (BTW, I'm not litigating 2016 either, just pointing out a fact that is not fake, were his own words and actions).
This is the real Donald Trump who leads us. If he can make fun of a person's ILLNESS like this in public, what must he be like in private?
The words that Donald Trump used yesterday were from a script. 
In this video, these were words and actions from his very soul.

Monday, September 11, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3593, September 11th, 2017

911 @ 16

On the 16th anniversary of the 911 attacks, Americans commemorated the dark day with tributes, a Presidential warning to terrorists and appeals from victims' relatives for unity and hope 16 years after the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
Here is what the President said:

As we remember the day, let us never forget the havoc caused by an outside force that invaded our country. 
Tomorrow, more on Trump and 9/11. 

Saturday, September 09, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3592, September 9th, 2017


Friday evening Mrs. LuLac and I traveled to White Haven for the 20th anniversary of The White Haven Area Community Library. This started out as a conversation at a picnic among citizens in the town. Through the last two decades money was raised by the community and donors to restore an old railroad building into what is now a state of the art facility. The place holds special significance for me because my father worked at various times at the old Lehigh Valley Railroad Engine House where the trains went to be repaired. Here are a few photos from last night. 
State Representative from the 119th Gerry Mullery presents a resolution on the anniversary as well as sharing his thoughts on how important libraries are to a community.

A few of the residents of the town enjoying a moment. (Above and below)
A shot of me in front of the Memorial Wall where my father's name and years of service with the Lehigh Valley Railroad is inscribed. If anyone would like to donate to the continued growth of this project, (they have no debt so your donation will go right into programming) you can write to them at White Haven Area Community Library, 99 Towanda St, White Haven, PA 18661. Here's their website:


Congressman Matt Cartwright had his annual picnic and summer outing today at that wonderful community park in Moosic called Mercatili-Segilia. The Congressman, as always brought out a banner crowd of union supporters, the political class, elected officials as well as just regular folks who like me who like the guy. Cartwright is going to be running for a fourth term in 2018 and he said that the national GOP is going to be importing a millionaire from Jersey to come in and mount a serious campaign. He also lamented the fact that Republican Congressman Charlie Dent has decided to not run for another term in Congress. Cartwright cited him as a person he could work with on a bi partisan basis. He thanked his supporters and a very good time was had by all.

Cartwright reading  a list of people who came and supported the day today. 

The Congressman was introduced by his wife Marion Munley Cartwright. 

It was a tad chilly but the Cartwright for Congress tee shirts provided warmth. But not a great idea with shorts. Although the Congressman donned his. 

Great to see Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds Evie Refalko McNulty and Commissioner Jerry Notariani. 
Judge Trish Corbett (right) who is up for retention this year in The Lac also made the event. 
The dog days of summer giving way to the crispness of fall? Mr. Cartwright brought his pip "Dandy" and are seen here with staunch supporter JoAnn Paciotti-Mosher and her husband Tom.  
The Congressman might have solved a dilemma armed with his pooch. Mrs. LuLac and I are thinking of getting another Westie. But we are stuck on a name. I told the Congressman that our late dog, McKinley was named after the last President of the 19th century, McKinley. We are debating a name, Mrs. LuLac wants Billy Shears from the Beatles tune "A Little Help From My Friends" and I want "Albert Flasher" by the Guess Who. Cartwright said, "Why not Teddy? He was the President who succeeded McKinley!"  Now that's a guy who can reach across divides! 
Entertainment was provided by Roy Ramos. 
(PHOTOS: LuLac) 

Thursday, September 07, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3591, September 7th, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcing the end to DACA (Photo: CNN)
Demonstrations against the actions by this REPUBLICAN administration.

Donald Trump decided to kick the can down the road to the United States Congress. In the morning he sent his elfin Attorney General to tell the Dreamers that they had six months to get their affairs in order. The big man with the big ego sent Jeff Sessions out to do the dirty work.
There are 800,000 Dreamers. None of them are eligible for welfare (as the Facebook loudmouths would have you believe) and most of them pay taxes and work. Some are teachers, some are in the military. But Trump tells them they have to go home.
After the outrage of his own party, Trump changed his mind saying he might “revisit” it if Congress doesn’t act on it. Sessions was then left hanging and so were The Dreamers.
The 800,000 came here as children carted by their parents who did something illegal. But the kids had no choice. When President Obama made D.A.C.A. possible, the Dreamers needed to give their information to the government. They willingly did.
Now because of a REPUBLICAN President and his vocal minority of selfish bigots who got theirs and doesn’t want anyone else to get theirs, those 800,000 GOT SCREWED.
This was a shameful day for America made so by a BIG P**** President who had no idea what the consequences were of his decision. Now Congress (fat chance) has to do something. The neanderthal  Freedom caucus will put the screws to it.
To those Hispanics who supported Trump, way to go to screw your own people! Good job!


Kim and Don (Photo:

I grew up in the early 1960s. I remember air raid drills right before The Cuban Missile Crisis. I remember saying the Rosary in church with the nuns in those dark days of October 1962. The back channel negotiations as well as the even handed decision making of President Kennedy saved our asses.
We have no such luxury now with President Trump taunting the North Koreans. There is no good option for North Korea.
It is true that the United States under 2 Democratic and 2 Republican administrations let this fester. But that was then and this is now.
The key here is to get North Korea talking. But their leader doesn’t want to talk. He wants to show off his strength. In his mind, this is his legacy.
Trump has called for stronger sanctions that were presented before the UN Security Council Wednesday. There are those who say Trump is playing good cop, bad cop but he is not in a real estate deal. He’s up against a focused dictator who has built a fortress around his regime.
The only hope is China because Kim Un Jong has been blocking the path that China wants to take as the top economic power in the world. Sanctions though in the last ten years have had no impact on North Korea. As a matter of fact they have increased their capability despite being strangled by them.
Our side should cool down the rhetoric because the less we talk, the more time North Korea has to increase its arsenal. You don’t want them negotiating anything from a base of strength.


By Congressman Lou Barletta announcing for the Senate seat of Robert Casey, he pretty much has decided to commit political suicide. Now I know there are those who say Lou likes to gamble and is dogged in his pursuit of a goal. But as I pointed out many times, Donald Trump carried Luzerne County by 44,000 votes. Half of them came from Luzerne County. The rest of Pennsylvania is not Luzerne County.
Plus Barletta needs to make it through the primary. His opponents are;
Paul Addis - Businessman
Cynthia Ayers
Jeff Bartos - Real estate developer
Jim Christiana - State Rep.
Paul DeLong
Bobby Lawrence
Rick Saccone - State Rep.
Andrew Shecktor
Look for Bartos to give him a run for his money. I thought for sure that Barletta had a chance at the primary but when he embraced the President’s stand on D.A.C.A. any chance of him carrying moderate Republicans in the state is nil.
So Barletta is on the way down even though he and his supporters may not realize that.
A guy on the rise is Dan Meuser. Meuser announced for the seat the other day and will bring a fresh record. Now he is Conservative as the day is long but running against Meuser will be much different than running against Barletta's record. With virtually no primary opposition even being talked about, the former Commerce Secretary under Tom Corbett is a lock for this seat. He should send a huge thank you note to Barletta and mark it, Attention: Personal/Hubris gone bad. Here are the announcements from this week.

11th Congressional District candidate Dan Meuser (Photo: Meuser for Congress)
Luzerne County Businessman and former Secretary of the Department of Revenue Dan Meuser announced today that he was entering the race to represent the 11th District in the United States Congress. Congressman Lou Barletta announced days ago that he would run for the United States Senate.
“I have always supported Lou Barletta and I plan to continue to support him in his run for the United States Senate,” Dan Meuser said. “Both Lou and I will fight for an agenda that puts America’s interests first and rebuilds the middle class so the economy works for everyone.”
Dan has lived in the area that makes up the 11th District for over 25 years, he and his wife of 27 years raising their family in the district. Dan joined Pride Healthcare, based in Luzerne County and now called Pride Mobility Products, in 1988. Dan became President of Pride Mobility, USA in 2001. Pride has become the leading manufacturer of power mobility and complex rehab devices in the country, and employs over 800 people in Northeast Pennsylvania.
"I've spent 25 years in the private sector helping create thousands of jobs. During this time my wife and I supported many important causes including the YMCA, local colleges, the Back Mountain Recreation Association and the Wyoming County Children's Association,” Meuser said.
In 2010, Dan was appointed and unanimously confirmed Secretary of the Dept. of Revenue. Dan and his team worked to reform the department, implement customer-first policies, and treat taxpayers like customers. Under Dan’s leadership, the Department was named the most improved Department of Revenue in the country and received a grade improvement from a D+ to an A- from the Council on State Taxation.
“We worked day in and day out to make sure that everyone knew that it was taxpayers who came first at the Department of Revenue,” Meuser said. “Our team reformed the department and turned it into a taxpayer advocacy agency, rather than a mere collector of taxes.”
Dan Meuser is running first and foremost because he loves his country and wants to continue to serve his community. Dan will be a consistent conservative voice in Washington, making sure that he takes the values of the 11th District to Washington every day. Dan will be an advocate for an economy that works for everyone, a healthcare system that provides access and affordability without the heavy handed federal mandates of Obamacare, and a strong military ready to defeat ISIS and any other threat to our nation, and to secure our borders.
“I’m a constitutional conservative who will always put the needs of America first,” Meuser said. “I want to restore our broken political system by always working on behalf of the people of the 11th District.”
Dan also believes that the next Congressman must be accessible to the people he serves.
“I will be very engaged and constituent focused, making sure that I am accessible and transparent,” Meuser said. “That means being involved in resolving issues, large and small, throughout the district.”
Dan will be traveling the 11th District visiting each county over the next 2 weeks.
You can watch Dan’s announcement video, learn more about Dan and the campaign, sign up to volunteer, and donate at You can also contact the campaign at or at 717.743.1568.

Congressman Lou Barketta (Photo: Barletta office)
Congressman Lou Barletta this week released the following statement in support of President Trump’s decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA):
“I commend President Trump for placing a deadline on ending DACA and recognizing that decisions regarding immigration in this country rest with Congress, not the executive branch. When President Obama illegally granted amnesty to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, he improperly created more competition for American workers and legal immigrants who are already finding it difficult to get work. 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. Today, by putting such decisions back in the hands of Congress, President Trump is putting America first and making it clear that no president has the authority to create immigration law.
America is a proud nation of hard-working citizens and legal immigrants. Today’s announcement is a victory for the forgotten American worker and legal immigrants who followed the rule of law to become part of our nation. Too often in the debate about illegal immigration, the media and politicians focus on the person who came to this country illegally. No one talks about the American worker and legal immigrant whose wages are depressed and jobs are threatened by illegal immigration. I am proud to stand with those hard-working individuals and their families.
On this issue, I have been clear: We cannot have a conversation about those who are in our country illegally before we stop the flow of illegal immigration. We are dealing with this problem today because Congress has failed to enforce our laws and secure our borders. By putting the debate our fixing our broken immigration system into the hands of Congress, where it belongs, President Trump is giving the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate the chance to put the forgotten American first. The American people deserve to know that their government is serious about defending their security and protecting their jobs. Our country cannot afford for Congress to fail on this issue again.”


Senator Bob Casey (Photo: Casey website)
In an effort to clarify recent reports of the Administration’s attempts to undermine diversity consideration in the college admissions process, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for answers to four vital questions.
“The DOJ and Department of Education should, together, be working to preserve and promote the civil rights of all students, to ensure that individuals have the opportunity to succeed, regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, religion or disability,” wrote Senator Casey. “I have serious concerns that an investigation into college admissions policies conducted by political appointees does not advance these goals.”
The full text of the letter can be found below:
Dear Secretary DeVos and Attorney General Sessions:
I write today to seek additional information on efforts by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate admissions policies at colleges and universities. On August 1, it was reported that the DOJ was seeking attorneys to work on “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions,” an apparent reference to the admissions policies instituted by many colleges and universities to ensure that diversity on campus reflects the diversity of the country at large. Furthermore, reports indicated that the project will be run by political appointees at DOJ, rather than the career civil servants in the Department’s Educational Opportunities Section. Protecting and promoting the civil rights and opportunities of all students should be a core priority of both DOJ and the Department of Education. I have serious concerns that an investigation like this, carried out by political appointees, undermines that goal.
In a statement issued on August 2, a DOJ spokesperson indicated that the investigation into college admissions was currently limited to a single case involving Harvard University. Nevertheless, whether the Department intends to expand this investigatory project to other institutions, or pursue this single instance as a test case, I am troubled by the impact it could have on colleges and universities, whose admissions policies could make them a target of legal action by political appointees at the DOJ. I am also concerned that the DOJ’s actions could have a chilling effect on colleges’ and universities’ efforts to increase diversity on campus and promote educational opportunity for all Americans.
Accordingly, I request that you provide me with answers to the following questions:
• Does the DOJ intend to investigate admissions processes at colleges and universities other than the Harvard University case?
• Does the DOJ intend to pursue admissions-related legal action against colleges and universities, many of whom have relied on Supreme Court precedent in tailoring their admissions policies?
• Will this investigation, or these investigations, be run by political appointees, rather than the career civil servants in the Educational Opportunities Section, as has been reported?
• If so, why was this decision made? How does this decision give confidence to the American public that these attorneys will be working to promote the civil rights of all students, rather than pursuing a political agenda?
The DOJ and Department of Education should, together, be working to preserve and promote the civil rights of all students, to ensure that individuals have the opportunity to succeed, regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, religion or disability. I have serious concerns that an investigation into college admissions policies conducted by political appointees does not advance these goals. I request a response to this letter, including answers to the questions posed above, by Tuesday, September 5.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
Robert P. Casey, Jr.
United States Senator


On Saturday, September 9th, Wyoming Area Catholic School will be organizing a community drop off for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
Wyoming Area Catholic School
1690 Wyoming Ave, Exeter, Pennsylvania 18643
They will have tables set up with donation boxes at the front of the school from 10am to 2pm. It will be a drive thru drop off. No need to even get out of your car.
Please lend a helping hand to the victims of this devastation by donating any of the following NEW items:
Baby Wipes
Texas agencies are also asking for NEW items for children in the shelters:
Coloring Books
Children's Books
Any donations would be appreciated.


You’re Invited!
to the
6th Annual Cartwright for Congress
Summer Picnic
Saturday, September 9, 2017
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
$25 a ticket
Mercatili-Segilia Park
4046 Birney Avenue
Moosic, PA 18507
Join U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright for a day filled with great food, live music and good company!
For more information you can call 570-793-1296 or email
You may return your contributions to the following address:
Cartwright for Congress
PO Box 414
Scranton, PA 18501
Checks should be made payable to: Cartwright for Congress
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This week's guest is Lackawanna County Recycling Coordinator Barbara Giovagnoli discussing the upcoming tire collectionTune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on 1400-The Game, NEPA's Fox Sports Radio and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River.


This Week on Sunday Magazine.

Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Dolly Woody from KomenNEPA about next Saturday's "Race For The Cure' in downtown Scranton.
Brian speaks with Dr. Jennifer Lucas from the Cleveland Clinic about Skin Cancer awareness all year round.
And an encore of Brian's interview with entrepreneur Mark Chamberlain about his online brainstorming session coming up on Friday, and how you can win $1000 if you come up with the best idea.
>Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X and Sports Radio 590, WARM and 6:25am on Magic 93.


ECTV Live hosts David DeCosmo and Rusty Fender welcome Kevin Moss to the program during the week of September 11th. Kevin is VP Greater Pittston Cultural Coalition and will outline plans for Riverfest in Pittston.
ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is aired during the Noon, 6pm and Midnight hours each day of the week. Following Monday's Live program the show will become available on Electric City Television's YouTube channel which can be viewed on your computer.


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.


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


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



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