The LuLac Edition #2104, June 27th, 2012
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QUESTIONS WE’VE BEEN ASKINGA letter to the Times Leader recently piqued my curiosity. The writer asked about the role of the Wilkes Barre Chamber of Commerce. He posed a few good questions that many in this community have been asking for a long time. We’re still waiting for the answer: Congratulations to Bill Moore, the new executive director of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. We welcome him to the area and wish him well. I’m sure he’ll find the people of this Valley very accommodating. We have reasonable real estate prices and certainly a lot of homes for sale from which to choose. We are in close proximity to major cities, we have a wide variety of entertainment and we certainly have an abundance of pizza parlors. The news article on June 8 does leave us with some questions, however. Nowhere does it state Mr. Moore’s salary. Is it the same as Todd Vonderheid was making when he left us or has it been adjusted up or down? Who, in fact, actually pays this salary: federal, state or local government, or is it from member dues? How many employees does the chamber have, and are they all paid from the same funds as the executive director? What can the chamber point to over the years and say, specifically, that if it weren’t for its effort, this industry, this manufacturer, this store, restaurant chain, etc., would not be in the Valley? And how many jobs does it feel that its initiative brought to the Valley? Is there someone willing to respond to these questions? I and my cronies have wondered about this for years.
Robert Hagen West Wyoming