Friday, August 26, 2011

The LuLac Edition #1732, August 26th, 2011



MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that officials from the Department of Transportation are actually thinking of taking a 4 lane roadway on River Street and turning it into a 2 lane roadway. This is totally ridiculous. I mean this is like setting Wilkes Barre city back over 50 years. The logic (?) is that it will give residents easier access for the Riverfront project. You can do that when there are special events, it’s done at RiverFest every year. What slayed me though was WBRE’s report last night where they interviewed the President of Wilkes College Tim Gilmour. This guy said that the city should worry about the safety of the students and that’s why the project should be adopted. Sure, screw the tax paying residents of the city (and they are dwindling every single day) to protect the transient students who are only here for a short time for their education and drunken partying (you select the order). Let the seniors die while trying to get an ambulance through to the General but let’s kiss the ass of the colleges that contribute less than the average tax paying city resident. I know it might be very difficult for the college students of today to cross the street on their own but guys give it a try. Third graders have been doing it for years! Well I guess King’s college got their courtyard so Wilkes wants to narrow the road. And fifty years from now, if this is enacted, someone will be saying, “What fool wanted this?”
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that the Lou Barletta/WILK difference over what constitutes constituent service is now in its third day. Give him credit, the Congressman called and confronted the Morning Show hosts. He did make his points and they rebutted them. This was freedom of speech and talk radio at its best.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that the dictator in Libya had a stalking photo album of none other than former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. First it was Bin Laden’s boys with his porn and now we are treated to Mohammar’s secret crush.
NAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that there are still people who think Mark Ciavarella has money hidden somewhere. I’ll be shocked if he does. And as far as tax dollars going to pay for his lawyer’s appeal, I have no trouble with that. We do it all the time. You see some guy kill some innocent person in a neighborhood minding their own business and he gets a public defender. That’s tax payer money too.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that President Obama’s summer reading list did not include some sort of “everyman” sports book. I mean the list that was released screamed “elitist”. Obama purchased Daniel Woodrell's The Bayou Trilogy, Ward Just's Rodin's Debutante, novels by David Grossman and Abraham Verghese, and Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns. Obama is not readiing he's been reading Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, he bought that for one of his daughters. We all read that thing in high school. So if there are conspiracy theorists out there thinking it’s his…relax. I just got finished reading the Sandy Koufax biography by Jane Leavy and now I’m reading Dr. Joe Leonardi’s book “Once I Was”. Check him out on Amazon Kindle.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that Tuesday’s “Earthquake” was such a big story around here. Okay, I get that we normally don’t get anything like this but the people the news stations found were downright hysterical both literally and figuratively. In my trips to California I have been in a few aftershocks, they happen and then you move on. This thing was wall to wall coverage. Warranted when the story first breaks yes, but then when there are no lives lost…..move on.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……….that the NFL is back even stronger than ever. Guys who never used to watch Pre Season football are now sitting down for these games and watching them from start to finish.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……….that after so many years away, the food at Betelli’s Villa is just as remarkable as it was years ago. Thanks to my good Midwestern buddy for that unnecessary but great gift certificate that got us back into the place.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……….that former Oriole pitcher Mike Flannagan was said to have committed suicide. That makes two this summer with former Yankee hurler Hidecki Irabu suffering the same fate.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……….that there are people who were on Adultbasic suffering because it was cut off earlier this year. Early next week we will give you a personal story of a cancer battler whose fight just became that much harder because of the elimination of that program.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that it is two years to the day yesterday that Ted Kennedy lost his battle with brain cancer. His wisdom and impact have been sorely missed.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that the human brain operates on roughly the same amount of power as a ten watt bulb.


At 1:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously? People were sent home from work in WB for an earthquake centered in VA? How pathetic. In California, we have earthquakes centered 10 miles away and we continue working. We have earthquakes all the time and continue working. The mayor of WB had a press conference? For an earthquake centered in VA? It's almost like reading a parody in the Onion. Can you people get anymore small town if you tried?

At 4:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe I'm amazed at the lack of long range planning in the County. For my 2 cents, the River Front Park from the Market St Bridge north to the court house should have had the lawn bordering the street set back 25 feet to create diagonal parking and a rest room facility should have been constructed near the bridge to allow access from both sides of the bridge. If additional parking is needed then the same could have been done on south side of the bridge. It isn't rocket science, just common sense. A park without parking or rest room facilities? With a little luck, our new form of government will allow for common sense ideas. Wil Toole

At 7:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And if the local TV/Government had ignored it? You would be calling for their heads on a pike.

At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you ****ing kidding me? another hold on progress and revitalization just for the old people! really? this downtown river project has some real potential, so we are gonna throw it away to get someone who hasn't taken any responsibility for their own health; one foot in a grave and the other on a banana peal, just so we can keep less than 1/4 mile with 3 red lights a four lane road?
slam the students all you want, but they bring money, vitality and life to the downtown. the ****ing early bird; 7% tippers do nothing but drain the life out of the region..

At 3:00 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

slam the students all you want, but they bring money, vitality and life to the downtown

At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baby Maybe I'm Amazed that an Infidel in one part of the world for being a Christian, can be an Infidel in another for not.

At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"slam the students all you want, but they bring money, vitality and life to the downtown." then they take their money, vitality, and life home- leaving the city to those who haven't been driven out by the river, the reassessment, and the ruffians. Some deal there I tell ya.


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