The LuLac Edition #775, Apr. 5th, 2009
PHOTO INDEX: LACKAWANNA COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS EVIE REFALKO McNULTY PICTURED WITH THE ONLY POLITICIAN NOT AT HER RECENT FUNDRAISER AND WILK'S SUE HENRY.
As many of you know in the past I have been critical of some of the behavior in my neighborhood of some college students. I underline the word some. But now I have to address an issue that seems to be a nagging problem. In the past month, college students in Wilkes Barre have been stabbed and attacked by marauders who feel they own the city. In Scranton, a 16 year old thug raped a University coed. This is a dangerous situation for the college population. In years past, as long as I can remember Wilkes Barre has tried to emulate other cities by attracting college kids. But that makes no sense when you can’t even guarantee their safety. Maybe the new camera system in the city will reduce the attacks and maybe stepped up patrols in the area might do the trick. But when you have an element hell bent on attacking anyone, even our youngest and strongest, there is a problem. When I went to King’s, we’d walk the streets freely at 2AM in Wilkes Barre with nary a worry. The same opportunities of freedom of movement and passage should be afforded the college students in both Scranton and Wilkes Barre without fear of getting roughed up.
More coming on the Judicial scandal, this time with cases dealing with uninsured motorists. Seems like the insurance companies have been complaining to the FBI about this and a few personal injury attorneys have been put on notice that some of their cases are being looked at. And the news that the feds are not looking into other school districts but primarily the Wilkes Barre Area district points a straight line to the Luzerne County Judiciary. Stay tuned.
Evie Refalko McNulty had a fundraising, old fashioned political rally Friday at the Radison in Scranton. Over 300 people attended and man, those Scrantonians party loud. Mrs. McNulty, running for re-election as Recorder of Deeds had many supporters boosting her candidacy. Most I talked to were impressed with the computerization of the office under Refalko McNulty and one woman said to me, “You need a deed from the 1890s, it’s like that Prego sauce, it’s in there”. Presumably she was speaking of the Recorder of Deeds office, not the spaghetti sauce. People I ran into were Mayor Chris Doherty making the rounds to each table, Controller Roseanne Novembrino, State Representative Ken Smith, Sister Adrian Barrett, former broadcast college Katie McNulty, WNEP’s Thom Welby (he and I go way back to the days of WPTS Radio) Lackawanna County Commissioner Mike Washo and of course former Mayor James McNulty. It was loud, it was enthusiastic and a great event for the candidate and her legion of citizen activists in attendance.
Yesterday was the 41rst anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Junior. King was gunned down in Memphis during his time there trying to mediate a garbage strike.
KANJO ON THE TUBE
Congressman Paul E. Kanjorski, Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises, will appear on CNBC’s Squawk Box to discuss the recent national job figures and the job numbers in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Tune in Monday, April 6th at 8:00 AM.
If you happened to miss the Sue Henry Show on WILK Friday morning, I’m sorry about that. Henry was in rare form talking about the FBI investigation into the hiring practices of the Wilkes Bare Area School Board as well as others in this region. She was passionate, rational, articulate in her presentation and made more than a few listeners think. Her point that many well educated individuals who have teaching credentials will never use them in this area because of political favoritism was right on the money. The claim she made about money being asked for positions is very likely true. A friend of mine, now 60, tells the story of her mother in the 1930s going to a principal and asking him for a job. He demanded money, she began to walk out, he told her if she exited, she’d never teach in the city schools. She slammed the door and had a successful career as a social worker but not as a teacher. He had a high school named after him. So this is nothing new. It is ingrain in our culture. That has to change. But remember, you can buy people off with more than money. That unfortunately is the legacy of LuLac land. For now.