The LuLac Edition #587, Sept. 30th, 2008
PHOTO INDEX: BISHOP JOSEPH MARTINO AND OUR VOTE LOGO.
The expanding economic crisis forced the jobless rate for residents of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area to 6.7 percent in August, the highest level in more than a decade.Unemployment surged 7 tenths of a percentage point in August, according to data released by the state Department of Labor.
BISHOP JOE'S MISSIVE
If you attend Sunday Mass this weekend, you are going to hear some pretty strong words from Bishop Martino. Of course he won't be saying them himself, he'll be having letters read at all the Masses. And the words are pretty strong stuff, like "homicide" used toward pro choice candidates. The Bishop does state, "It is a tragic irony that ‘pro-choice’ candidates have come to support homicide — the gravest injustice a society can tolerate — in the name of ‘social justice." William Genello, the diocesan spokesman, said he would not characterize the letter as directly political. We'll have to judge for ourselves then.
ELECTION TOP 40
McCain: Pro life.
Obama: Pro Choice.
According to the Times Leader, The Democratic Party’s registration edge over Republicans has widened to more than 1.1 million statewide. Those sorces come from the Pa. Department of State.
But the story is a bit different in Luzerne County, where a system wide purge has diminished the Democratic ranks by almost 12,000 and the GOP ranks by more than 15,000, county Director of Elections Leonard Piazza said. The Pennsylvania numbers have boosted the confidence of Barack Obama campaign workers. The last time a Republican carried the Keystone State was in 1988, when George H.W. Bush defeated Michael Dukakis.
In Luzerne County, there are 108,563 Democrats to 60,220 Republicans. In 2004, there were 120,420 Democrats and 75,529 Republicans. Again, a 2 to 1 margin in Luzerne County where the GOP is at a woeful disadvantage.
The end of this month is rainy, and filled with political intrigue. Plus our jobless rate is too high and no one knows why Congress bailed on the bailout. Let's end the month with a song by Dinah Washington, "September In The Rain". Let's hope the storm clouds part and we see some sunny news the rest of the fall.