The LuLac Edition #768, Mar. 28th, 2009
PHOTO INDEX: 20/20 LOGO.
After generations of public relations campaigns, “The Committee of 100”, “The Committee of 1,000”, “Wilkes Barre I”, “Wilkes Barre II”, “The Committee For Economic Growth”, the numerous incarnations of The Wilkes Barre Chamber of Commerce plus millions of dollars spent on advertising, gimmicks, promotions, tax breaks, events, extravaganzas, Luzerne County is portrayed nationally as that hard scraping “coal region”. For the record, the last coal mine closed in the very early 60s around here. Yet, ABC TV heralded us as those coal miners. Now granted, this is hard coal country because a large majority of our citizens have been screwed by the coal barons and big business types who have systematically kept our wages below other areas. But now, on national news, we are now known for corruption. But not just any type of “high anxiety”, but “Cash For Kids”. Hey, that was supposed to be our secret! But there it was. Leaked! Two Judges charged. Scenic shots of that glorious edifice to justice: The Courthouse! Yep, we scored some great brownie points with the rest of the country.
But seriously folks, the 20/20 piece was something that I hope will wake up voters in this area. We get the government we deserve. For years we have retained the same “types” to represent us. It is time to make a change and that means reforming the entire system. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Take the entire county government and shut it down for 60 days. Put every employee on unemployment compensation. Have the Federal Government appoint a special team, an administrator, a prosecutor and a financial person to sign the checks and do any necessary things to operate the government. Keep the row officers and department heads in their jobs but have them report, yes even the commissioners to this tribunal. Start a rehiring process and re-staff. That is the only way we are going to recover from this nonsense. Radical? Yep. Necessary? Most definitely. And as for those people touting this region, this county as a great place to build a business, raise a family and visit………..keep your money in a credit union until about 2050.
QUESTIONS FOR MARK
I have a few questions for Judge Ciavarella. What were you thinking when you talked to Jim Avila? Are you preparing an insanity defense? Did you not think that your logic on the procedures you used for kids coming before you would not be questioned by the reporter doing the piece? (Judge Arthur Grim contradicted you outright!) Why is it that you have spoken to the British media and ABC but not anyone locally? And when you say you did not plea to taking bribes or cash for kids, what exactly did you think you plead to?
Here’s a prediction: when sentencing day arrives, only one former Judge, Conahan, will be adjudicated. Unless I’m very wrong, I think Judge Mark has other plans that will reverberate nationally and internationally. To Steve Corbett of WILK, your national face time on TV only begun last Friday night!