PHOTO INDEX: CHRISTMAS LIGHT AND STUCK TRUCK.
If you get the opportunity head over to Pymouth during this Christmas season. Park in the Family Dollar Parking lot off of Main Street. (It’s across from Fetch’s Food Store) and just before Raub’s Restaurant. I guarantee you will see one of the best Christmas/Holiday light displays you will see in your lifetime. Tune your FM radio to 99.1 and you will see a synchronized light show that will be beyond belief. Check it out.
THE MORE THINGS CHANGE
Just got finished Sheldon Spear’s book on the life of Congressman Dan Flood. The book was filled with some interesting details about the late legislator and our area. You know how we talk about cost saving measures to streamline government? You know how we talk about merged police agreements and the burden of having more than 70 separate governing bodies? More than fifty years ago some progressive leaders got together and promoted a campaign called “Let’s Combine in ‘59”. The notion was to create a municipality of over 200,000 before the 1960 census. Wilkes Barre City, Wilkes Barre Township, Edwardsville, Kingston, Hanover Township, Forty Fort and Larksville would form “Greater Wilkes Barre” and become the third largest city in the state. Dan Flood, according to Sheldon Spear thought it was a good idea and would ease the unemployment rate at the time. Flood pointed to a similar plan fifty years before 1959 that was promoted by his grandfather. Needless to say the proposal was defeated by a 3 to 1 vote and even though Congressman Flood supported it, his career was not affected in a negative way. However, we are now fifty years removed from “Combine in ‘59” and nothing has changed. If Dan Flood couldn’t move that mountain, if 20% unemployment at the time couldn’t budge it, then what chance do we have today? The more things change…the more they stay the same.