Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The LuLac Edition #1136, Mar. 31st, 2010



John Yudichak, Democratic State Senate candidate in the 14th Senatorial District, launched his first campaign TV commercial this week addressing government reform and the culture of corruption in politics. The 14th Senate District encompasses parts of Carbon, Luzerne and Monroe Counties in Northeastern PA. The 30 second spot forcefully stakes out Yudichak’s competitive advantage in the race – his strong record of independent leadership on reforming government and standing-up against the culture of corruption in politics. “The people of Northeastern Pennsylvania are tired of reading about their elected officials being implicated in one scandal after another, whether it is ‘Bonusgate,’ ‘Kids for Cash,’ or some ‘pay to play’ deal for no bid contracts,” Yudichak said. Yudichak recently attended a job summit where Luzerne County businessman, Charles Cohen, told the forum attendees: “It is hard to be in business in northeastern Pennsylvania when we have a culture of corruption.” (Citizens Voice, March 26, 2010) “If we are going to create jobs and get people working again we must start by cleaning up this pervasive culture of corruption and restoring the public’s trust in government,” Yudichak said. As a State Representative, Yudichak has consistently stood with the people of northeastern Pennsylvania by voting ‘No’ and refusing to accept the pay raise and pension increase in Harrisburg, Yudichak also stood firm with the people of northeastern Pennsylvania when he voted to strip taxpayer pensions from corrupt politicians. The new television spot - which opens and closes with Yudichak with his wife, Heather, and their three young daughters, Sarah, Anna and Evelyn - emphasizes Yudichak’s “No” votes on the controversial legislative pay raise and pension hike, as well as his leadership in denying public pension benefits to politicians found guilty of corruption, prompted by the guilty verdicts against two Luzerne County judges in the “Cash for Kids” scandal that brought unwanted national attention to the region. The commercial also makes reference to Yudichak’s recent introduction of legislation that would require state lawmakers to submit expense vouchers for all per diem expenses, as well as setting term limits for House leadership positions. He also called for a state constitutional convention to address issues such as campaign finance reform, reapportionment reform, and local tax reform. Pennsylvania’s Primary Elections will take place Tuesday, May 18th. Here's the ad:


U.S. Representative Paul Kanjorski met with constituents at a Senior Center in Scranton on Tuesday. He took some heat for voting for the Health Care Bill. What is extremely scary is that Kanjorski was criticized by senior citizens. Most of the benefits senior citizens enjoy today are the result of the policies of the Democratic party. Listen to what one seasoned citizen had to say the Congressman, "This Obama bill is no good, This Obama bill is no good." Never said why he thought the bill was no good, just said it was no good. This senior American might have made better use of his time if he just shut his mouth and went off to play bingo someplace.


John Webster, the half of the popular morning duo Daniels and Webster quit his job yesterday. Webster was known as the wise cracking side kick of Jay Daniels. Legend has it that John, a former employee of WCDL Radio was working as a business manager at 107 in the early 80s. His quick wit caught the imagination of a GM and he was teamed with former KRZ disc jockey Jay Daniels. Webster’s success and popularity came from the fact that he represented the “everyman” in northeastern Pennsylvania. He was fond of saying “This isn't heavy lifting”. As a sales rep, it was a pleasure working with Daniels and Webster because they knew that clients drove the economic success of their show. Behind the facade of fun and frolic Webster had an innate curiosity about politics and pop culture. I thought he would make an excellent teacher or writer. John had confided to me as long as 5 years ago that the daily grind of the show was leaving him unfulfilled. I had thought though that he’d be able to hang in there but apparently there was a breakdown in contract talks. No matter how those negotiations ended, Mr. Webster deserves some kind of send off from Shamrock. He was a major part of the landscape of local radio. Whatever he does in the future will be interesting. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him enter the political arena or land at another media outlet. Webster is always our featured photo on our anniversary blog since he was instrumental in teaching me the intricacies of the various enhancements. John helped make LuLac, like he did local radio, a little more creative.


If you would like to meet our Republican candidates on the federal and state levels and want to know how they stand on issues that are important to you, here's your chance. The Luzerne County Republican Party is hosting an Issues & Eggs Forum on Friday, April 9, at 7:45 a.m. at Genetti's in Downtown Wilkes-Barre. We're starting early so that you can enjoy a breakfast buffet with us and then sit back and listen to the stellar GOP candidates who are running for state and federal offices.
All Republican candidates who have races in Luzerne County are invited to participate. With the help of some local media, you'll hear how they stand on federal issues such as health care and taxes and state issues such as property taxes and gas drilling along with their ideas for passing a budget on time. (Novel idea!) You will be able to submit questions and meet the candidates. The forum will run from 8:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. so you still have time to head to work or class. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $20 each. Candidates, groups and businesses that purchase tables of 10 (for $200 each) may display business signs or candidate signs at their tables. Call the County GOP office at 208-4671.


The Times Leader reports that the man who many say left an indelible mark on the quality of health care in the Wyoming Valley area has died. Thomas P. Saxton Sr., former chief executive officer of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, was responsible for bringing the open-heart surgery program to the community more than 25 years ago. Saxton, who served 21 years as a hospital administrator, passed away Monday after a 1 ½-year battle with cancer. He was 84. When I was a staff person at the United Way of Wyoming Valley in the Communications Department Mr. Saxton was a very cooperative volunteer who easily helped communicate the mission of the agency in the eighties. It was a pleasure to work with him and we mourn hs loss.


When I was a youngster just getting interested in politics, a must read for me was Joseph X. Flannery, the political reporter for the Scranton Times. Mr. Flannery gave us all a bird eye view of local, state and national politics. One of the first stories I read was in 1967 when the Sunday Times was just gearing up and he wrote an incredible piece on the political future of William Scranton Senior. Mr. Flannery also penned the Roderick Random column for the Times for years. I saw him in passing when I worked for Rock 107 in the late 90s occasionally sharing an elevator with him. Once on a rainy day he got in the elevator and the Times operation, (yes they had elevator operators take you to your floor in those days) said to Mr. Flannery “How long you have that raincoat?” “As long as you’ve been alive he said, good stuff endures”. That was oh so true of his raincoat, his words and prose as well as his reputation as one of the premiere print jourbnalists in this area.


At 6:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that Yudichak did not accept the midnight pay raise .... at the time ...... however, does he now take it? When he speaks of corruption, he hasn't mentioned his investment in a house being paid by taxpayer paid per diem funds. Shouldn't his feet be held to the fire on those two issues?

At 7:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Webster.... All the best to a great personality. I'm sure Times Shamrock will let him go like unwanted trash that they want nothing more to do with. The man does deserve more, but probably won't get it. Sorry to say, the company he works for has no feelings for loyalty or dedication of employees. He's lucky he's getting out while the getting's good, BEFORE they could chew him up and spit him out!
Been there, done that.

At 8:26 AM, Blogger D.B. Echo said...

Oh my God. I was listening to 107 this morning to see if I could hear Michele Hryvnak talking about her Leadership Wilkes-Barre project, and I was wondering where Webster was.

I invited him to the bloggers' get-together, but I don't know if he got it before the event.

At 10:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was odd to turn on the radio this morning and not hear John Webster. Funny though turned on WILK and no Kevin Lynn. Is this foretelling? We can only hope that Kevin Lynn's days in local radio are numbered.

At 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Yudichak - he stood with us when he took his per diem to purchase property in Harrisburg. What a guy!

At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Webster brought a great deal of creativity to morning radio. Not since the Big Fella, Terry McNulty, has there been such an intriguing and hilarious cast of characters brightening the morning drive. Apparently Times Shamrock doesn't know a good thing when it is stnding right in front of them, making them a ton of money over the years.

At 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With Kevin gone, who will offer up the controversy that gets people talking? The morning women are okay, but a little bland and a bit too eager not to say anything that might be unpopular. Seems to me Entercom decided to kowtow to the locals who feel free to vent their spleen about how rude and mean Kevin has been to them when they called. Wonder if Bosco's job is safe if that's the criteria they used to dump Kevin?

At 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah and Mayor Tom Tom is the most ethical guy in the world right. The only people who benefit from him are those shady places like the Chamber, City Vest, and People helping People Gene Brady. These are the only people who benefit from him also the Majikes family as well.

At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So a senior citizen can't oppose Democratic plans, huh Dave? What you saw on the news was the man saying the bill was no good. He could easily have detailed why it was no good at the meeting, and the news didn't choose to show it because all they showed was the Congressman shouting back at him. That makes for good TV.

Kanjo's comments on the news were very telling, however. He thinks that because he's giving people freebies that they should be behind it. He's buying votes, just as Congress has done forever. Maybe, just maybe, the time for that is coming to a close.

Congressman, understand that some of the folks in that room that don't agree with you actually did what they were SUPPPOSED to do. They didn't expect the government to do everything for them in retirement and they saved to provide for themselves on their own. Now they are being forced to pay for it because they are going to be "high income earners" in retirement and they aren't happy about it one bit, and I don't blame them.

I'm 34 years old, and in no way do I expect the government to be there for me when I retire. If it is, it will surely be because the plans of the ostriches like Kanjorski have been thwarted. They tell today's senior citizens "don't worry, we have money for you" while mortgaging my and my kid's future.

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At 1:44 AM, Blogger David Yonki said...

I'm 34 years old, and in no way do I expect the government to be there for me when I retire. If it is, it will surely be because the plans of the ostriches like Kanjorski have been thwarted. They tell today's senior citizens "don't worry, we have money for you" while mortgaging my and my kid's future.

At 4:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the 34 year old. I would give anything to be standing behind you as you sign up for Social Security and Medicare. 34 years old and you think you have the answwers and truth is you don't even know what the questions are. Silly kid.

At 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's great to hear a 34-year-old say he doesn't want Medicare. And what would he do for those of us who've been paying into the system for decades? He'd probably abolish Social Security as well.
Teabaggers are pinheads!

At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

another self rightous 34 year old know nothing pinhead who still believes he will grow up to be somebody. ROFLOL

At 6:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually Social Security is not an investment, it is a Ponzi scheme. You are NOT getting your money back. You are getting money from those that are working.

At 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, it's Bush's fault. How predictable and worn. Anyway, I offered no opinion on Bush, the war, or his economic principles. If you want the truth I hate that Bush spent money like a drunken sailor, and I mean no disrespect to drunken sailors.

To anonymous wizard #1, thanks for contributing so much to the debate.

To anonymous wizard #2, you act as if I am not paying into Social Security, and haven't been since I began working at 15. And lately, well I guess I've been lucky enough (can't be hard work) to contribute the maximum into the system that the most optimistic government auditor tells me will be out of cash the year I'm getting ready to withdraw my share. I don't have to abolish Social Security. The system's doing that by itself.

You know, on second thought you're right. I should stop saving my own money and taking responsibility for myself and my family and trust the folks in DC. You got it right. So sorry to be so confused in my youth. I'm glad you brought me to see the error of my ways.

At 5:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And more dribble from the 34 year old.


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