Monday, February 08, 2010

The LuLac Edition #1090, Feb. 8th, 2010



I became aware of John Murtha when he was a freshman Congressman elected in the 70s. At the time I was hosting a radio feature on WVIA FM's Morning Magazine Show called "Capitol Hill Report", Murtha was very accommodating as a guest. Murtha died after complications from surgery. Two locals close to the late Congressman were Paul Kanjorski, our long time law maker and political consultant Ed Mitchell. Mitchell said, "My thoughts and prayers go out to Joyce Murtha and the family of Congressman John Murtha on his passing.I was honored to have served Jack Murtha for the past 19 years. He was a straight-shooter. He never minced words. You always knew where he stood. Most of all for me, he was my loyal friend. I shall miss him.The people of his district know what he did to rebuild and represent their area. Many outsiders and pundits didn't understand this, but Jack Murtha embodied what it is to be a "representative." He fought fiercely for his district, advocated passionately for his constituents and brought back home their fair share of the taxes they sent to Washington.He was a proud American. He was a proud Marine. The service men and women of our county's military never had a stronger defender. He always put America first whether it was our national security or industries like coal and steel that were the backbone of his district.It will be a longtime before we see another patriot like John Murtha. R.I.P "
Congressman Kanjorski issued this statement, “As we mourn the loss of Congressman Murtha, I pass along my thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. Today, an era of Pennsylvania’s history has sadly ended as the nation and Pennsylvania has lost one of its most determined and tireless public servants. “Jack was a friend and colleague who I have looked up to throughout my time in Congress for his dedication to our country and our military troops, his strength to work in a bipartisan way, and his passion for his work and the Pennsylvanians he represented. Throughout his career in public service, Jack has been a symbol of the hardworking Pennsylvanians through the Commonwealth. “While prone to criticism in Washington for his knack for securing federal funding for his Congressional district, that federal funding helped create thousands of jobs for Pennsylvanians and aided with needed economic development in his district. He was elected to help his district, which is exactly why we, as Members of Congress, are all elected. Jack was able to effectively balance the needs of his constituents with the needs of the country. “The legacy that he has left will surely live on as a symbol of the great work that one man can do and as something that we can all strive to achieve. As the leader of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation, and as a close friend, he will be sorely missed.” On Friday, Congressman Murtha became the longest serving Member of Congress ever from Pennsylvania.


Word on the street is that there will be a formation of a a new organization with Pittston as the center of interest. Prospective name is the Committee for Good Government. It seems that the local media has shown little or no interest in Pittston City's outrageous tax rate of 6.85 mills so some people are going to lead the way for public involvement.


At 2:26 AM, Blogger Wil Toole said...

Congressman Murtha was the principal speaker at the 1990 Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick annual banquet. I was President of the organization that year and speaking with Congressman Murtha in a relaxed social atmosphere was a great experience. The Congressman was all about representing those who sent him to Washington. A dedicated man. God bless him.

At 6:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most likely this "Political Watch Dog" group"is the same "Committe" that recently showed up on several State of PA Craigslist rants and raves sections in an attempt to stifle free speech, free thought, ideas, beliefs, etc. to push its views and religious beleifs on others.

If it is on one in the same, they will be very unsuccessful at this new attempt. I had to laugh when I saw, "The Committee", I must admit.

Perhaps good intentions but when you cross the line of attempting to make one think just as you do, you just dig a hole deeper and deeper. This is USA, not North Korea.

At 1:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:20, sounds like you have a hellofa hatchet to swing. How do you compare a committee for good government to be the same as a committee to stifle free speech? Isn't that what you are doing by stomping an organization before it has a chance to speak? No, people like you have the right to shut down new groups because you fear they may upset your own free lunch. I hope this group thrives and straightens out an out of control government such as Pittston's 6.85 tax mill mismanaged government.

At 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to hear more about this committee for good government. What do they plan to do and when and where do they meet? If ever we needed active community groups, it is right now and right here.

At 7:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:52... go to craigslist and you'll see for yourself. Dont be a hypocrite. Many people have issues with THE COMMITTEE. Oh.. dont beelive everything you read about a group wanting to help others... we heard it all before.

Lastly, I'll call you a hypocrite again.. I dont receive a free lunch and wherever that crap came out of, I'm sure theres a lot more to follow... move on, punk.


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