The LuLac Edition #1919, January 27th, 2012
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MAYBE I'M AMAZED
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that the new County Manager Robert Lawson is “happy as all get out” to be coming to Luzerne County. What is even more amazing is that he thinks this job is going to be a day at the beach. But hey, let him have the honeymoon. I think we should all welcome him with open arms, wish him luck and support him when he starts to make the very tough decisions.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that the national media keeps linking the late Joe Paterno to the Sandusky scandal. Paterno did nothing heinous in terms of those kids. He was not part of nor was he involved in a sex scandal. He failed to follow up on something he may not have fully grasped or wanted to understand. But he should not be linked to it in that way.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that (a) Jerry Sandusky had the stones to release a statement of mourning when his former boss died and (b) the national media actually ran it as news. I mean under the definition of “no shame” in the dictionary should be Sandusky’s mug.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that Charlie Sheen came to town to pay his respects to the late Dick Cosgrove. Sheen has always gotten a bad rap for being the bad boy of celebrities but when push came to shove, he was there, here thousands of miles away from the glitter to support his friends the Cosgroves.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that during the County Budget hearings with the County Council , the Union President Paula Schnelly said the Council members should go into the offices and look in the eyes of the people they are laying off and see their tears. Lays offs are a tough thing but they happen in private business every day. To lay that emotional guilt trip on the County Council members who are working until midnight most nights really is harsh. But in light of the fact that the Council chose to not raise taxes and take the easy way out, maybe the Union head has a point! On the other hand, Kudos to Steve J. Urban (Steve Junior) who related that he had to personally face two downsizing of his private industry positions in the last ten years. Urban Junior’s comments should be reminders to those employed in the County and elsewhere that there is a real world out there in terms of jobs and market forces.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…that 8 coaches have led the Oakland Raisers since this century began. 8. Remember when there was John Madden and then Tom Flores for a few decades?
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that people took out of context Newt Gingrich’s comments about space exploration. Gingrich said that if there was going to be a colony on the moon, Americans should be there first. I watched his entire speech and he was speaking about the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and how the two brothers beat out a government supported program to fly the first aircraft. Gingrich’s point was that this country needs business to stay competitive and handle space exploration rather than the government. I’m not a defender of Gingrich but this constant lampooning of what he was trying to say was symptomatic of today’s attention span of citizens who get only half the truth. And what Gingrich says has a grain of truth in it. Our friend Wil Toole tells the story on how NASA spent millions of dollars developing a pen that could write upside down in outer space while the Russians sent their guys up with a pencil.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..at this quote from Interim County Manager Tom Pribula who told the County Council, “The bright side is you’ve got a new manager coming in that’s going to have all the answers and he’s going to solve all your problems and everything’s going to run like a clock. ” Pribula said that after warning the Council not to do too many quick or temporary fixes with this year’s budget.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that there are people out there who still think there are not two Americas. Listen to this: a Wall Street businessman paid $240,000 to rent a 70 foot RV stocked with prime beef, lobster and caviar, staffed by two waitresses, a driver and a chef to transport him and 5 other people to the Giants/Packers playoff game a few weeks ago. Not envious, the guy could do what he wants with his money but my heavens, what an extravagance.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that some numb skull dad in Nanticoke who was causing a problem at a bar told the police “God was watching”his children (all under 8) at home. When Children and Youth came to investigate, they found safety issues in the home as well as some pretty unlivable conditions for the tykes. The guy though was driving a Jaguar when he was arrested by police. This “Father of the Year” should be detained a long time. And by the way, where were (a) the mom or (b) the moms?
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..at just how good Pittston Area native Jimmy Cefalo was in giving one of the eulogies to Coach Paterno. Cefalo was just plain wonderful. He has a morning talk show on WIOD in Miami and was of course a 9 year member of the Miami Dolphins. I’m amazed because I remember a halting Cefalo doing news on the old WPTS/WARD during the summers when he was home from Penn State. Cefalo, most likely with the inspiration from a Paterno/Penn State education made himself into a world class broadcaster.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that Pat Sajak admitted to ESPN 2 that he and Vanna White sometimes got a little tipsy in Mexico when on remote for “Wheel” while doing several tapings. Both never looked worse for the wear.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that Robert Hegyes who played Epstein on “Welcome Back Kotter” played football at Wilkes College. Hegyes died the other day at the age of 60.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that the Indianapolis Colts are sitting on the story that Payton Manning most likely won’t be back next year. You don’t get rid of a GM, and a Head Coach, have a number 1 draft pick waiting and expect your injured QB to stick around. But your city is hosting the Super Bowl and to speak of that situation would detract from the big game.