The LuLac Edition #270, July 23rd, 2007
PHOTO INDEX: WILK'S NANCY KMAN, LACKAWANNA COUNTY COMMISSIONER ROBERT CORDARO AND BLOG EDITOR WITH GOVERNOR ROBERT P. CASEY, SENIOR, (CIRCA 1990).
THE CASEY LEGACY
The legacy of Scranton resident Robert P. Casey, Senior still lives on. I became familiar with Mr. Casey when he first ran for Governor in the primary in 1966. He was under 40. His charisma and youth convinced me he'd win big that year. He didn't. As a matter of fact, he needed three more tries to be Governor. During that time, he espoused his Hubert Humphrey philosophy of government of taking care of those with less. Mr. Casey also made sure his home turf recieved its share of state rewards, recognizing the key location of this area in the state.
The governor’s son, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., and daughter, Margi Casey McGrath, attended, along with his grandchildren. A large portrait was the centerpiece of the library, directly above the fireplace. The portrait hung for several years in the Lackawanna County Visitors’ Bureau and at the County Historical Society. During his tenure from 1987 to 1995, one of the ways Gov. Casey promoted economic development was through his support of arts and cultural centers. Through the Pennsylvania redevelopment assistance grant program, the Casey administration in the early 1990s dedicated $8 million to the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple.
MUSIC TO MY EARS
Even though it's talk radio, the tones of Nancy Kman's voice today on WILK was music to my ears. And she was in fine form getting Mr. Kevin Lynn's hackles up about of all things Harry Potter. We love to hear ya, but don't overdue it. We need you around long term.
AND THE BEAT GOES ON
It just keeps getting more problematic for Lackawanna County Commissioner Bob Cordaro. Word is there will be a ballot challenge for the general election trying to remove him from the GOP line, Luzerne County has acquired some gonads by filing suit over the Yankees Triple A team ownership issue and his partner A.J. Munchak and by extension his administration is getting slammed on a prison issue. Some Mid Valley pols are telling me it may be "all for one and none for all" if the problems continue for the Cordaro/Munchak team.