The LuLac Edition #359, Nov. 29th, 2007
PHOTO INDEX: CITIZEN ADVOCATE AND WILKES BARRE RESIDENT WALTER GRIFFITH AND THE LUZERNE COUNTY COURTHOUSE.
In today's TL, they tell us this about a big meal in Vegas. One expenditure sticks out on Luzerne County's debit card receipts: an$896.88 restaurant tab for Paris Le Rotisserie in Las Vegas.The bill was incurred on Dec. 11, 2006, under a debit card held byprison Deputy Warden Sam Hyder.The tab covered bottled water and a meal for six, Hyder said Wednesday. Hyder said he and the other county representatives were concerned aboutthe steep price and compensated by scaling back or not charging thecounty for other meals during the conference, which was sponsored by theAmerican Jail Association.The bills indicate that a total $1,742 was spent on all meals during theconference from Dec. 10 through Dec. 14.
Cops and law enforcement officials in strip clubs? As Maynard J. Crebbs used to say, "Oh come now!" Again, this is a small charge that was paid back in a rather sheepish manner. You're in Vegas, I'm sorry, ya gotta go to one. It would have been better if he used his own card but what the heck, what's done is done. The last time I was in a strip club was 1991, it was a few days before Christmas and a few of my friends and I who were all unemployed at the same time decided to have a "company Christmas party". We traveled to a place called "Irv's" in the Poconos (and I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Irv in a totally unrelated matter years later) and was told for our $8.00 entry fee there'd be 100 ladies, a seafood buffet of shrimp and clams and CDs given away as prizes. Well, there were 8 girls, the buffet consisted of Wonder bread and baloney that some hairy guy was dispensing and only one of us got a CD. Despite that, we had fun. But it was no Vegas. And even though it's been years for all of us, in my informal poll tonight everyone of the guys would check out a Vegas club just to say we've been there. If Hyder or whoever had his card got seventy bucks worth of wings and beer, the only mistake was using the wrong card. The guy paid it back, we should move on.
NOT THE HEN
Let me say this from the start. This should not be intrepreted as a slap against Mary Anne Petrilla who is a fine public servant. And the term "hen" is not a sexist remark directed at her or any female. All that said, Petrilla should not be investigating these debit card expenses. There should be an independent panel consisting of Atty. Joe Cosgrove (see I don't hate all lawyers), former County Commissioner Jim Phillips and former State Senator and Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge, Charles Lemmond. Political wags have said Petrilla's involvement in this (looking into it) is like the Hen guarding the Foxhouse.
Wilkes Barre city council and the Mayor recently held a meeting to discuss the 2008 city buydget. One citizen showed up. ONE! Walter Griffith. Note to voters of each party, this guy takes his government seriously and in my book that makes him a true patriot. It's refreshing to see a candidate walk the walk, long after the campaign signs are thrown away.
AND ON A RELATED NOTE:
Who says the GOP is bah hum bug on the holidays. A note from the 6th District Republicans:
Reports of the death of the Republican Party in Luzerne county are a bit premature. Here in the 6th District, we're already regrouping. Further below is information on the 6th District Republican Committee's upcoming Christmas Party. Lou Barletta will be joining us as our guest speaker. It should be a great night!
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