The LuLac Edition #1134, Mar. 27th, 2010
PHOTO INDEX: THE PICTURE OF THE NIGHT HAS TO BE LINDA AND STEVE URBAN PICTURED WITH LOCAL DEMOCRATIC ACTIVIST SABINA McLAUGHLIN. (NOTICE THE STICKER ON HER LAPEL). FORMER MAYOR JIM McNULTY MADE THE EVENT AS WELL AS MY COUSIN P.J. PRIBULA WHO TOLD HIS OLD FRIEND JOE VALENTI THAT HE CAME TO THE EVENT TO SEE ME, NOT JOE. I GUESS THAT BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER THING REALLY MATTERS. A PLEASANT SURPRISE WAS MY CHANCE MEETING WITH FATHER LAWRENCE HOMER WHO TAUGHT ME AT ST. JOHN'S HIGH SCHOOL ON WILLIAM STREET IN THE 70s. FATHER WAS HAVING DINNER, I BELIEVE HE WAS HAVING SOME SORT OF SEAFOOD IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF, DARE I SAY IT, POLITICAL SHARKS. MAYOR TOM LEIGHTON HAD AN ANIMATED CANDIDATE WITH ATTORNEY JOE TERRANA AND STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN YUDICHAK WAS THE FIRST TO ARRIVE, THAT IS BEHIND POPE JOHN PAUL RINGO, NOT PICTURED HERE. (PHOTOS FROM JOE VALENTI AND GORT 42).
A CIVIL MATTER
Friday night in Pittston in an Irish Pub on Main Street, people in this area went against the political grain. Yes, this hotbed of politics which has seen both good and bad over the last few years actually moved a bit backwards. But in a way, this movement was a good one. While we’ve seen the political landscape divided right down the line with boorish name calling, insults and threats, insinuations of character weakness, accusations of political strong arming and total gridlock because one side won’t budge on a national level, here in LuLac land we witnessed a degree of civility, respect, fellowship and even a few differences of opinion. On Friday my fellow bloggers got together and invited area government officials, candidates, posters, friends, foes and just interested observers. And much to our surprise they came out in full force. Unlike politics on the national scene our get together featured candidates for the same office in the same room actually not clawing each other’s eyes out. Unlike politics on the national scene, people actually engaged in meaningful differences of opinion. (I’m sure the beer helped but you take what you can get!) I’m sure there were people there who think I’m a self promoting left wing baby killing fascist/socialist/reactionary but they didn’t try to stone me for it. And I’m am certain there there were people I met who think might have slammed unfairly in the past. But we all adhered to the Rodney King admonition from the 90s, “We all just decided to get along”. At least for one night.