Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2263, November 14th, 2012

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To: School Board Re: Tsk, tsk, tsk 

The Times Leader this week took the Wilkes Barre Area School Board majority of flunkies to task for keeping things the same old same old. While what the paper stated was true, Wilkes Barre voters must take responsibility for choosing Lou Elmy over Kathy Grinaway in the last election. That decision at the polling booths in 2011 gave Wilkes Barre School Board the same pile of mud to be mired in. Here’s what the Leader had to say on the subject: 
Unlike editorials meant to reach large numbers of people, this one is intended for only five members of the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board: Robert Corcoran, Louis Elmy, Dino Galella, Phil Latinski and John Quinn. You blew it. After Luzerne County residents – including tens of thousands of voters, plus state lawmakers and public servants – made tremendous efforts since January 2009 to reform and reshape our corruption-marred court system and corruption-marred county government, the task of overhauling the most corruption-tainted school district in our county fell to you and your board colleagues. The five of you, the feckless five, failed to deliver. By voting last week, in a 5-4 split, to halt a far-reaching search for a new district superintendent and instead simply hand the job to the in-house candidate, you circumvented the intended hiring process, snubbed your board cohorts and surrendered credibility. By refusing to recognize and prohibit the destructive influence of nepotism on a public institution such as Wilkes-Barre Area School District, you revealed your insular thinking. Worst of all, by showing your true colors at a time when destiny called on you to do something grand, you reinforced many area residents’ defeatist mindset that in Luzerne County nothing will change. Ever. And, unless you soon provide evidence to the contrary, maybe those people are right. It is as if the five of you toured the still-smoldering ruins of the Great Chicago Fire, heard the public’s cries for revised building standards and improved firefighting forces, but instead responded by saying, “Nah, we’ll stick with the old way of doing things.” Your actions at the Nov. 5 school board meeting disappointed and disgusted us. We needed to tell you that in a “letter.” We hope other people will, too.


At 6:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People including the media continue on their search for utopia. It just doesn't exist, especially in politics. People who run for office, spend a great deal of their own money and beg the rest from friends and supporters. When it is all said and done and there is a job to filled, will they fill it with a complete stranger or with a fellow supporter or child of a supporter? It appears where the only speck of loyalty is in the politics of filling a job with a "qualified" friend. Personally, I don't have a problem with that as long as the new employee is qualified to do the job. So let the bloodletting begin, and take your best shot at me. I don't have a problem with the process as long as the new employee is capable of doing the job. Look at the NEW and FAIR hiring policy in Luzerne County. Begin with the very first hiring of the Council. They needed a clerk and they hired one. I don't know the woman but apparently she did her job and did it well because there was never a complaint. The Council decided that thy needed to advertise the job and the efforts of the then experienced clerk was et aside and they replaced her with a woman from Scranton. I couldn't believe it. Not one person from Luzerne county was qualified to be the Council Clerk including the woman who had been doing the job for a year. They needed to go out of he county, out of the tax payer pool and hire a woman from Scranton. Excuse my French but you people who believe in this new process can stick it where the sun doesn't shine. Did I mention that I don't know nor ever met the former an original Clerk of County Council? Well, I haven't but I do feel bad that she lost her job in such a cavalier uncaring way.


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