The LuLac Edition #1043, Dec. 18th, 2009
I have been criticized many times for saying that with the recent scandals in Luzerne County perhaps the best idea is to start over, fire everyone and have them reapply for their jobs. Former Wilkes Barre City Council candidate Pete Gagliardi says he sees a less drastic alternative, the need for an Ethics Commission. Throughout the country in big and small towns there are volunteers who serve as citizen watch dogs to make sure their elected officials do what is expected of them.
An ethics commission would promote ethics in public service to strengthen the public's confidence that Government business is conducted with impartiality and integrity. The Commission would have jurisdiction over public officials and employees at the state and local levels of government, except legislators, judges, and their staffs. A possible mission statement can include but not be limited to:
1. Promulgating rules of ethical conduct for state officers and employees, including civil penalties for violations of such rules.
2. Providing assistance in and monitoring the disclosure of campaign financing for state and local candidates and committees, personal financial disclosure for state and county officers and employees, and registration and reporting by lobbyists.
3. Providing assistance in and monitoring the political activity and official conduct of state officers/employees in order to prevent conflicts of interest.
5. Begin issuing opinions on and investigating and/or prosecuting alleged violations of the constitutional rules.
Given the problems that are facing Luzerne County, this formation of an ethics commission might be a good idea to add to a Home Rule form of Government.
RALLY AT COURTHOUSE
There will be a "Protest the ACLU! Save our Nativity Scene and Menorah!"on Sunday, December 20 at 1:00pm at the Courthouse. Here are the details:
Event: Protest the ACLU! Save our Nativity Scene and Menorah!
Start Time: Sunday, December 20 at 1:00pm
End Time: Sunday, December 20 at 2:00pm
Where: Luzerne County Courthouse steps (200 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre,
AL TAKES ON JOE
Comedian Lenny Bruce is sentenced to 4 months in prison, concluding a 6-month obscenity trial. Bruce was a controversial and in hindsight a brilliant satirist. Here's a little bit of Lenny:
........In the Commonwealth Governor William Scranton announced the creation of a commission to look at a new state constitution. The committee would promote the realignment of the 90 year old state document. The name of the group is called “Citizens For A Modern Pennsylvania Constitution” and is chaired by Richard Bond, CEO of John Wanamaker's Inc. in Philadelphia….A road proposed by former Governor Fine won backing by a the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. One objection came from Sugar Notch Councilman Richard Riley Junior who said the exit to the South Cross Valley should be in Hanover Township instead of Sugar Notch….and 45 years ago the number 1 song in LuLac land and America was “Come See About Me” by the Supremes.