The LuLac Edition #404, Jan. 25th, 2008
PHOTO INDEX: DEPARTED DEMOCRATIC HOPEFUL DENNIS KUCINICH WITH THE MRS., JIM GIBSON, COLORADO DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL OFFICIAL, THE LULAC 1968 LOGO AND GOP PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER FRED THOMPSON WHO'S ROLE AS ARTHUR BRANCH LASTED LONGER THAN HIS CAMPAIGN EFFORT.
Fred Thompson left the race for the GOP nomination and it seems like no one noticed. Highly touted, the former Senator and Law ands Order celeb was supposed to have great star power in grabbing the undecided in the party and becoming a 21rst century version of Ronald Reagan. But Thompson was no Reagan in terms of governmental experience and core beliefs. In the upcoming Florida primary, it will be interesting to see how many of the Thompson supports move either to McCain, Romney or Huckabeee.
Sam Guesto resigned the other day citing he'd like to spend more time with the family. Let's see, Courthouse employees leave at 4:30Pm, get weekends and holidays off, okay, it's a stretch, I'll buy it. He also hinted that he might be available for the job of Administrative Court officer, a newly created position. Many of my fellow citizens feel he shouldn't get the job but I feel differently. Even though Guesto signed off on the debit cards, the Controller Petrilla should have been overseeing all of that. As Court administrator, Guesto could hit the ground running, have a clear idea what to do and has the experience in the Courthouse to make the Judges look good. Guesto's work ethic and contributions have been praised by people in and out of government, give him the job, one more chink in the dam isn't going to improve or destroy the reputations of the polliticos under the dome.
Early in 1968 the Communists launched a major offensive to coincide with the traditional Vietnamese New Year celebrations. It was a time of an agreed cease-fire. NVA/VC suicide troops struck in Sai Gon, Hue was temporarily occupied, news media reported immense damage in the South and 19 suicide sappers broke into the compound of the American Embassy. They were all killed.
Loss of life during the Tet Offensive were 1536 Korea, U.S. and Austrailia, 2788 South Vietnam and 45,000 North Vietnemese..........Statewide, Scranton Attorney, former State Senator and candidate for the Governor’s office, Robert P. Casey, Senior announced his intention seek the office of State Auditor General…..in Luzerne County, the State Legislative races began to shape up, in the third district, (now the 118th) incumbent James Musto announced for re-election as did his General election foe, Sam Daley who would run on the GOP ticket…in the fifth (now the 120th) Frank J. O’Connell was poised for another run. His Democratic opponent would be Richard P. Adams. Ironically both men at one time owned restaurants in Kingston…..in Pittston, final exams were conducted at St. John the Baptist Grade school where students were told pass or else. Most did…..and forty years agothis week in LuLacland and the rest of America, this was the number one song, courtesy of YOU TUBE, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap with "Woman Woman". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDVVleXoMRI