The LuLac Edition #2129, July 17th, 2012
DA TAKES THE WRONG LOOKDistrict Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said her office is going to look into the missing 18,000 gallons of gas at the DPW Garage in Wilkes Barre. She said she will conduct an investigation with two county detectives. Why not some other branch of government like the State Attorney General’s office? There has always been a connection between politicians and the county detectives. Isn’t the DA tipping her hand by saying who will investigate? I guess its better than nothing and will keep the overpaid detectives something to do. But if there are no findings of criminal activity, the distrustful people of Wilkes Barre will say that the fix was in. A few fundamental questions need to be asked. They are:
1. Who specifically was using the gas from the city administration?
2. Where there Council members and city employees involved?
3. And if the Council members did get gas, where did they go and for what purpose? Don’t they have a salary?
4. Were there any extended family members who got free gas?
5. If the city is fined by a state agency, should the money be docked from the Mayor’s salary or will it come from the taxpayers?
Think about this. There are 18,000 gallons of gas missing. It takes 14 gallons of gas to full up my car. Some cars take more gas but let’s call that the average. That means that there were 1200 fill ups. Even if you average it up, let’s say there are 900 fill ups. Who got them, how many times did they get them and of course this is the $10,000 question, why? Mayor Leighton wonders why people don’t give him credit for the downtown. The town is hustling and bustling. And for the most part bit is safe and clean. But all of that is lost in the white noise that has become one dubious situation after another. Let’s hope someone gets to the bottom of it.