The LuLac Edition #373, Dec. 18th, 2007
PHOTO INDEX: NEW DEPUTY SHERIFF CARL ZAWATSKI AND NEWLY ELECTED SHERIFF MIKE SAVOKINAS SEEN AT A CAMPAIGN RALLY IN THE SUMMER.
How can some people say they are shocked that newly minted Sheriff Mike Savokinas has appointed Carl Zawatski, a former top lawman himself to the post as his deputy? Zawatski and Savokinas were joined at the hip during the past campaign. But Zawatski's appointment was oversahowed by sniping between incoming Sheriff Savokinas and the outgoing incubent Barry Stankus. Savokinas, who takes office in January, on Monday accused Stankus of being unhelpful in aiding Savokinas in the transition into office. But Stankus insists his door has been open. Savokinas, he said, has lost a valuable opportunity to learn about how the office operates. Savokinas, a Democrat, defeated Stankus in the November general election. Savokinas complained about the lack of cooperation offered by Stankus during an interview Monday. Savokinas said he chose Zawatski, in part, because his experience as a former sheriff will be helpful in the transition into office.
OF LITTLE NOTE
Barely noticed amidst the hubbub of the county financial mess is this little item from the Times Leader. The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry is asking the county to forgive about $1 million in interest owed on property in the Crestwood Industrial Park and the Hanover Crossings because that land has been deemed "unusable," county officials said. See, this is a huge problem. Local government gives tax breaks to organizations like the Chamber and out of town jaspers who promise "high paying jobs" for the consideration. Then when something goes wrong, they go hat in hand to "daddy government" and want all forgiven. Yet if a taxpayer tries to do that on a property, they'd laugh he or she out of the room. Wonder why we're in debt at the county level and still have pathetic paying jobs? Here's your answer.