Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2104, June 27th, 2012

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A 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


At 3:51 AM, Anonymous Mark said...

I believe the salaries are paid by dues. Vonderheid was making a breathtaking $160,000.

In my opinion, it is a worthless organaization. Seven years ago I worke about a month as a salesman and it was the worst job I ever had. You are literally selling abstract items like "don't you want to contribute to the town" etc..

They also have a bunch of spoiled kids with do-nothing jobs because of their parents.

It was the least fulfilling thing I have ever done.

Thanks Mark

At 10:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scranton, look at Stockton. They dont like it either, but the time has come. Fire the Council and the Mayor and appoint a City Manager. There's a savings right off the bat! Do it before the City runs anyone who can leave away. There is still a chance, but it cant go on like this!

Waverly Bob

At 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Chamber was on a bit of a slike when Todd left to become Commissioner. He brought in former Pittston mayor Mike Lombardo and under his leadership, the Chamber hit thier first payless payday. They ran to the county for help and Petrilla and Urban gave them a holiday on money they owed the county. Todd went back to the Chamber and gavew the boot to his former buddy Lombardo but things had gone too far south and Todd's only saving grace was to resign. Guess who is working for now?


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