The LuLac Edition #157, Feb. 18, 2007
PHOTO INDEX: WILKES BARRE MAYOR TOM LEIGHTON AND PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR ED RENDELL.
QUOTES ON THE SNOW ISSUE
No editorials, no spin or opinion from me, Mrs. LuLac was firing off her own missives on the subject to City Hall today. These are the quotes from the two main players in the snow issue that was big news this week.
“I make no apologies for what happened,” said Leighton, adding that he does sympathize with frustrated residents. “I can’t control the weather. I can’t control snow and ice.” Mayor Tom Leighton.
Governor Ed Rendell called the state’s response “totally unacceptable” and personally apologized to affected motorists.
We would be remiss if we did not mention the passing of Ambrose Meletsky. Meletsky was a permanent fixture at City Council meetings in the 60s, 70s, 80s and even into the 90s. I first met him when I was doing local news reports for WBRE News Radio and WMJW FM in the mid 1970s. At that time, the city of Wilkes Barre was going through the redevelopment phase of rebuilding after the great flood of ’72. Meletsky constantly held the Mayor (the late Walter Lisman at the time) and the council’s feet to the fire on fiscal issues. I clearly remember Lisman, after a rather long meeting seeing Ambrose approach the Council to speak. Lisman, head in hands said, “What do you have for us today Ambrose?” Meletsky on that day, thankfully was brief. But his thoughts and opinions, though not necessarily acted upon, were welcomed by the city fathers. He was a tax payer advocate before they even coined the term. Meletsky was mischievous, funny, well prepared and added a great deal to the public discourse. He died the other day at the age of 90.