Monday, February 25, 2013

The LuLac Edition #2366, February 25th, 2013

School Board aspirant Len Cornish. (Photo: LuLac archives).


Len Cornish who ran a campaign for School Board two years ago is going to take another run for the Wilkes Barre Area School Board. Cornisk h had a pretty credible outing the last time and will certainly step up to the plate this time with a more aggressive campaign. The last time out, he impressed a lot of people with his energy, outlook and grasp on the issues facing Education in this District. Cornish is employed a Soil Scientist. Look for updates and a profile on Mr. Cornish in upcoming editions of LuLac. 

U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright. (Photo: LuLac archives).


Today, a new report was released by the Obama Administration on the harm that automatic spending cuts scheduled to occur on Friday would cause here in Pennsylvania. Rep. Cartwright renewed his call for House Republicans to take swift action on a balanced plan to stop these automatic spending cuts that would threaten our economy as well as a range of vital services for children, seniors, small businesses, and our men and women in uniform. “Today, the Obama Administration reminded us of the damage to our fragile economy and to the safety and security of families here in Pennsylvania that the drastic, indiscriminate, across-the-board, automatic spending cuts that start Friday will cause. Whether it is children in school, hungry seniors, college students struggling to pay for college, people looking for a job, or women who are the victims of violence, or our public safety and health, this report details the damaging impact these cuts will have on people here in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvanians cannot afford another self-inflicted wound from Washington.” “That is why on behalf of all Pennsylvanians, I have joined with my colleagues to call on the House Republican leadership to do what is right for our nation’s economy, security and families and take action this week on a balanced plan to avert these damaging and mindless spending cuts. “ “To date, Senate and House Democrats have offered fair, balanced plans to avert these damaging cuts. These proposals are built on responsible spending cuts, increased revenues, and growth with jobs. Yet Republicans have refused to work toward compromise on a plan to reduce the deficit because they refuse to ask the wealthy to pay a little more by closing tax loopholes “ “With every passing day, thousands of jobs are at risk, the security of middle class families hang in the balance, and the safety of neighborhoods across the state of Pennsylvania are in jeopardy. Our nation’s economy cannot afford any further uncertainty, obstruction, and delay. Too much is at stake.” This new report demonstrates some of the devastating and widespread impact to local communities here in Pennsylvania:
Teachers and Schools: Pennsylvania will lose approximately $26.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 360 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 29,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 90 fewer schools would receive funding.
Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, Pennsylvania will lose approximately $21.4 million in funds for about 260 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities. 
Work-Study Jobs: Around 3,160 fewer low income students in Pennsylvania would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 2,290 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college. 
Head Start: Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 2,300 children in Pennsylvania, reducing access to critical early education. •Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: Pennsylvania would lose about $5,705,000 in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Pennsylvania could lose another $1,448,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection. 
Military Readiness: In Pennsylvania, approximately 26,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $150.1 million in total. •Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $7 million in Pennsylvania. 
Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: Pennsylvania will lose about $509,000 in Justice Assistance Grants that support law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives. 
Job Search Assistance to Help those in Pennsylvania find Employment and Training: Pennsylvania will lose about $866,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 36,860 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment. 
Child Care: Up to 1,800 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job. 
Vaccines for Children: In Pennsylvania around 5,280 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B due to reduced funding for vaccinations of about $361,000. 
Public Health: Pennsylvania will lose approximately $1,213,000 in funds to help upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. In addition, Pennsylvania will lose about $2,930,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 3,500 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And Pennsylvania’s health departments will lose about $639,000 resulting in around16,000 fewer HIV tests. 
STOP Violence Against Women Program: Pennsylvania could lose up to $271,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 1,000 fewer victims being served. •Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: Pennsylvania would lose approximately $849,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors. 


At 11:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonk, just googled Cornish and found his web site. His announcement nor his web site indicates what his party affiliation is. I fully understand that they cross file but why is he reluctant to say what his party is? oesn't he realize it will come out anyway? If he is a "D", is he ashamed of it?

At 6:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2.3% Yonk! It's trimming the budget. We do it in our daily lives. If you can't find a way to save 2 cents on the dollar then you have bigger problems.

You scream about oil companies and are silent about this. I don't get it.

At 7:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sincerely hope Cartwright delivers. You certainly are giving him a good forum. I voted for him and change. By staying honest and working hard he can be a welcome change from what we are accustomed
to around here. I just hope for the best and have developed such a
bad attitude toward all politicians
I will be pleasantly surprised to find a good genuine sincere one!

Nancy Shaw

At 8:25 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Good morning students,

I would wish to take this opportunity to thank all of you for airing your concerns regarding my absence these past several weeks. No, I have not retired and Yes, I am in stellar health!! Every once in a while an opportunity arises of which one cannot refuse and this opportunity came to me several weeks back. A colleague of mine who teaches at Oxford invited me to assist him in doing some research on a book of which he is undertaking. I will not even waste your time delving into the subject matter as I am sure you are either uninterested or incapable of understanding the subject matter----I would lean towards both.
Nevertheless, it was a refreshing change to experience old Europe once again. I even had the opportunity to travel to the Vatican and witness Pope Benedict’s final mass ( a once in a lifetime opportunity) which I shall never forget. Now it’s back to the real world, unfortunately.
Today, once again, as I am catching up on loose ends, I cannot stay long. Yet, I would wish to deliver a brief synopsis on the upcoming “sequester” due Friday, March 1st. There are days that have occurred in America’s history that will forever be viewed as historic and groundbreaking: The signing of the Constitution, The Civil War, the landing of the first man on the moon, etc. Yet, this Friday we shall see something rare. It will almost be the alternate universe as opposed to what FDR did in his first 100 days from March to summer 1933. Instead of a bloating of government we will finally see real contraction. The days of the freebie will soon be coming to an end. The idea that an individual’s success or failure is not up to the government but to the individual himself.
Programs will be cut, even Defense (though I take that one with a bit of a bad taste in my mouth). As Ronald Reagan noted in his first Inaugural address, “You and I as individuals can live beyond our means with credit, but only for a shot time>” or words to that effect. RESPONSIBILITY has been lacking for decades. Even Reagan could not control the out of control monster that is the federal bureaucracy . Yet, Ironically, President Obama is the architect of the sequestration!!! Of this there is no debate.
As the constitution states, the President proposes the congress disposes. My hat goes off to the President for finally understanding that deep cuts need be made. And when the slackers wake up at April’s beginning and find that the welfare checks are not as thick as before (no steaks, beer and cigarettes this week guys!); When the inept college student finds that his student loan awards have been slashed (I will miss so many of you) and on and on… can thank your President. For it all came from his desk and NOT the GOP’s.
As my time is limited ( I have a meeting with the Dean and then a luncheon date at my club) I must end it here.
Just remember, without responsibility, character ceases to flourish. And if there is anything this nation needs more of now, it is character!!
Something to think about this morning…….
Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It always amazes me that small business owners are always told to suck it up and pay more and deal with the changes. Well, maybe it is time for everyone else to start doing without and taking care of themselves.
How many people have been hurt by bullshit lawsuits instigated by the likes of Matt Cartwright.

At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Popes retirement due to ill health and in order to spend time in prayer sounds like politicians who back away in order to spend more time with the family. The new guy is going to have a mess on his hands, but I guess he gets the red shoes and the responsibility. The unraveling of the Catholic Church continues...

At 8:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The unraveling of the Catholic Church continues...

So all the reports and quotes attributed to the Pope ring hallow in your intellect? The Pope appears to be keeping his word. It's a shame you are unable to recognize the man within the robe.


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