The LuLac Edition #1100, Feb. 18th, 2010
PHOTO INDEX: OUR EDITION #1100 LOGO (AS IF WE NEEDED AN EXCUSE) MAYOR LOU BARLETTA OF HAZLETON, OUR 1966 LOGO AND THE TALKER 94.3FM LOGO.
ANN HAYES WIDEMAN
If you are of a certain age in LuLac land, then you’ll remember a time when WNEP TV had a 15 minute 11 o’clock newscast, when the anchorman sported a crew cut, the sports guy doubled as the host for Dialing for Dollars and the weathercaster modeled dresses from the Hollywood Shoppe in downtown Wilkes Barre. That newscast was done by the late John Foster and John Glawe for sure two quality broiadcasters. But with all due respect to their memory, the “star” of that broadcast was Ann Hayes Wideman. Summer, winter , spring or fall, Ann did the weather with panache and style. Her forecast was straight forward, no banter or musings about her anchor’s weekend plans or the sports guy’s favorite teams. It was a straight up forecast followed by a 1 minute fashion show where Ann described the latest outfit available at the Hollywood Shoppe in downtown Wilkes Barre. Hayes Wideman stayed with the station until the late 60s when WNEP went to half hour newscasts and her late husband Ed Wideman’s political career as a county commissioner in Luzerne County blossomed. I met her once on the campaign trail when I was a kid going to an event with my late uncle Timmy Pribula and again in 1978 when she and her husband helped out the late Tom Lehman in his bid for the Senate in the 20th District. Years later I formulated a great friendship with her daughter Caprice and son in law Rick Ryman. She was gracious, friendly down to earth and was vigiliant of anyone who dared to attack “her Ed” in the political warfare of Luzerne County. Our condolences to her family. Here’s her obituary from the Citizen’s Voice.
BARLETTA ON THE ATTACK
GOP Congressional candidate Lou Barletta went on the attack this week in his campaign to unseat Paul Kanjorski. The anniversary of the President’s Stimulus Bill and the mailing of a Kanjorski constituency piece got the Hazleton Mayor’s dander up. This week mailboxes all across Northeast Pa. were stuffed with a four page glossy mailer that promoted Paul Kanjorski and DC’s failed stimulus package. This mailer was paid for by taxpayers of the 11th Congressional District. The timing of the mailer also needs to be called into question. The piece arrived on the same day Kanjorski announced his intentions to run for Congress and on the anniversary of the failed stimulus. Is it possible that Kanjorski is coordinating his taxpayer funded self-promotion to coincide with his campaign activity? The best thing Congressman Kanjorski can do to clear the air about this controversial behavior is to answer the following questions as soon as possible:
1.How much did the Kanjorski mailer “Recovery Act Update” cost the taxpayers?
2.Who was the vendor contracted to do the work on this taxpayer funded piece?
3.Has this vendor ever done campaign work for Kanjorski or contributed to his
In regards to the stimulus, Indiana’s Democratic Senator Evan Bayh summed it up best when he said this to CBS News yesterday: “If I could create one job in the private sector by helping to grow a business, that would be one more than Congress has created in the last six months.” Mayor Barletta asked, “It’s one year later and where are the jobs? While Paul Kanjorski and his friends have spent the last year piling up mountains of debt and record deficits through their misplaced priorities, American families are still looking for relief. Paul Kanjorski and his colleagues promised that their trillion-dollar spending bill would keep unemployment under 8 percent, but it stands nearly two points higher today.”
BOLD GOLD’S TALKER
Dr. Joe Leonardi always said there was room for an FM talker in the market and he was right on target. BOLD GOLD recently bought FM 94.3 and AM 730, the old WNAK. On the FM side you will be hearing some conservative talk on that station. Beck, Hannity and imus. 94.3FM is a powerful frequency that covers Wilkes Barre Scranton and out into Wayne County. It will be interesting to see how this new FM product will stack up against WILK.
KANJO RUNNING AWAY?
Yesterday we told you Congressman Kanjorski was running for Congress. In a few newspaper stories today it appears Kanjorski who embraced then candidate Obama in 2008 is now gingerly backing away from the beleaguered President. Look at this quote from the Citizen’s Voice: "His administration and he seemed to freeze in place, and so did the Congress that 'we don't give a damn, we're going to have health care,'" Kanjorski said during an interview Wednesday with The Citizens' Voice editorial board. "That was sort of a disconnect with the American population," Kanjorski said. "Most people out here in the land were realizing that their biggest concerns were jobs and the economy". Now this from a guy who said in a TV ad in ’08 that he needed to be re-elected to help President Obama with his sweeping change. This from a guy who showered us all with photos of himself and the President at a summer White House lawn barbeque. I mean the contrast is striking. Kanjorski is doing what he needs to do to get re-elected. It is apparent that even long time Dems are tanking on this President or are talking sternly about him. Such is the fleeting fate of Presidential politics. One thing Kanjorski said that made sense was his seniority. Pointing to the recent death of John Murtha and the retirements of Senators Musto and Mellow, Kanjorski makes a very good point about his longevity and effectiveness. But unless something changes, we may not see the good Congressman invoking the name of Mr. Obama in his ads this spring or fall.
THE C WORD
So I’m watching MSNBC TV’s “Morning Joe” today and the commentators on the show, many to the left of me uttered the C word in relation to President Obama. The roundtable made the point that the White House staff has been as inept as members of the Carter administration. I was waiting for the comparisons to the former Georgia Governor and President to occur. Mrs. LuLac always made the point that Obama never knew the Senate so how would he know the inner workings of Washington. True enough. But it is one thing for Fox to pile on but when MSNBC does it…look out.
Even though he’s been kicked around on the success of the Stimulus package, the President’s political arm made a comment about its success on the first anniversarty. Take a look:
Former Republican and candidate for Governor turned Democrat Barbara Hafer said she might be interested in running for the seat of the late John Murtha in Johnstown. Hafer was a political power in the 80s and 90’s even facing off in the 1990 Governor’s race with the late Bob Casey. She became a Democrat a few years back. The district might be reapportioned out of business in the next census.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
While Soviet author and translator Valery Tarsis is abroad, the Soviet Union negates his citizenship...A military coup in Syria replaces the previous government with a Ba'athist regime…..Statewide, Philadelphia Mayor James Tate prepares for a reelection campaign in the city of Brotherly Love one full year before the voting and in the same race, a little known District Attorney named Arlen Specter makes noises about running for the top job on the GOP ticket.... the State of Pennsylvania demands Wilkes Barrd reimburse the Tresasury department for damages incurred on Blackman Street…And the number 1 song in America and LuLac land was “Uptight” by Stevie Wonder, his first number 1 hit since “Fingertops Part 1 a few years back.