Thursday, April 04, 2013

The LuLac Edition #2388, April 4th, 2013

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I have been engaging in political and civic debate since I was 9 years old. As a young boy, I’d hear the kitchen table discussions of my family’s friends and relatives regarding politics and how things should be in the world. All of my uncles and aunts on the Yonki/Pribula side had an opinion. I was told that I could join in at anytime and speak my mind but not to expect my opinion to carry full weight. I was told I’d get respect but not full entre into this select discussion circle. The reason I was told was because if you wanted to voice a political opinion, you had better be prepared to back that up with action. And that action was of course a Voter Registration card. “Complaining about something, and not having the ability to bolster that opinion is just a waste of everybody’s time” said my late Uncle Timmy Pribula. And he was right. 
The first thing I did after my 18th birthday was register to vote. I thought about all of that this morning as I looked at the newspapers and saw the controversy regarding a citizen/activist who was named to a Luzerne County Committee actually screening candidates for top level management jobs. Commissioner Ed Brominski brought up the fact that the individual Charles J. Olah, aka Therman Guamp had dual identities. BRominski thought that one name should suffice. BRomo also thought that since this citizen has put so much time and effort into his contributions to the county, that other residents should know just who this guy is. Rick Morelli went a step further and said that Olah/ Guamp should step down from the committee. 
I can understand their logic because truth be told when someone puts themselves out there in the public, you assume it is under their real name. When I first came across Olah’s pseudonym, my first reaction was “Wow, the guy has a name very close to one of my favorite baseball players”. That’s all I thought because even though people like Kathy Dobash and others put themselves in full public view and debate, I don’t believe they have ever been physically threatened for stating their opinion. 
My problem with all of this though has nothing to do with Charles J. Olah, aka Therman Guamp’s opinions or activities. Or even his choice of another name. What really bothers me is that he is not registered to vote under any name and has not voted on any of the issues he so passionately speaks to at public meetings. Then to be named to a committee by the County Council is just the icing on top of the cake. That is insult to people like Wil Toole, Mike Giamber, Eileen Sorokas, Kathy Dobash, and other past Council candidates who could easily have been prevailed upon to fill that vacancy. 
I know for a fact that a number of past candidates and even voting citizens have volunteered to help the County government in key posts only to be shooed away. And then we get a guy who hasn’t even bothered to vote endorsing a key administrative office? I hesitate to call any person’s volunteer commitments a waste of time. And gadflies in government are a good thing, if not a pain to some people. But I wonder how credible a person is who puts his time in, takes the time of Council with his pronouncements and never backed that up with a vote. It’s kind of like one of the Founding Fathers of America debating and discussing but never signing the document when it counted. 
Mr. OLah/ Guamp, please register to vote. You have done good civic work. More than most of us. You are to be commended… a certain point. But please back up your actions (if you haven’t already) with the ultimate civic duty: voting. I’m good with any name but just do it or else you’ll just be wasting all of our time.




The Times Leader reported that Wilkes Barre Police Chief Gerry Dessoye said that Wilkes Barre police could borrow or buy cars from the City Tower because there was a clause in the Union contract that did not prohibit it. Terrie Morgan Besecker reported that Dessoye said he has spoken about the issue with the police union officials, who advised him they did not believe he had the authority to dictate from whom they could purchase, or accept a loan of, a vehicle. After reviewing the union contract and city policies, he agreed with their interpretation. The Chief said that his hands were tied. Well then we shouldn’t blame the Chief nor the Police. But when a new contract is due, I’d revise it. Revise it plenty. And if the rank and file don’t like it, they could go elsewhere. There’s a lot of Law Enforcement candidates that would love to have a job with the Wilkes Barre Police without having “the opportunity” to borrow a car from a tower. It’s the union contracts and the interpretation of them that have gone mad. 


President Obama is giving 5% of his salary back to the Federal government during the Sequester period. The President has been joined in this effort by Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. There are a lot of cynical people saying this is a stunt. Maybe. But you know what? At least he is doing something. At least he is recognizing that there is pain out there and wants to help. And anything from the Congress? Nothing. Enough said

Martin Luther King, Junior at Civil Rights Bill signing with President Johnson. (Photo: 


It was a Thursday night. My parents were at the store and I was finishing Homework at the kitchen table. It wasn’t that heavy a lift and I had the TV on in the other room. Franklin D. Coslett was signing off the WBRE TV 6PM Newscast and then after a few commercials NBC News started with Chet Huntley. Huntley’s words were sharp and to the point, hitting me like a cold rag in the face. He reported that Martin Luther King Junior had been shot dead in Memphis. Shot dead. When my father came home and I told him, all he said was “Oh Boy”. King had been on the national scene for less than 15 years. He came to national prominence at the age of 26 and was in the news constantly for much of the 1960s. Since his death in 1968, his mission, thought defeated by many who hated him has thrived. King once said, I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.” Maybe a more greater legacy is that today, little children of all ethnic persuasions find it inconceivable that there were separate facilities for lodging, eating, schooling and restrooms back in King’s day. In a strange sort of way, Dr. King might have embraced their incredulity.  



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ECTV Live will feature information on two upcoming FREE Public events during the week of April 8th. Owen Worozbyt from the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority will join hosts Tom Munley and David DeCosmo to discuss the organization's "Great NEPA Cleanup campaign" and it's Bicycle Safety Event, both scheduled later this month. ECTVLive is a Public Affairs Program of Electric City Television and can be seen on Comcast Ch19 each day at approximately Noon and Midnight with selective showings at 6pm several days during the week. DeCosmo, who also produces ECTV Live, has also completed the latest edition of his "Travel Time" program which features scenes from the Outer Banks of North Carolina. A program schedule for Electric City Television is available on line by searching ectvschedule. 


This Week on Sunday Magazine Brian Hughes speaks with Lytisha Burglum, National Director for the Keeping Kids Safe Project about a free Child safety Fair coming to Scranton April 12th & 13th. Great Country 93.7’s Chris Fox speaks with Navy veteran and Marywood University student Julia Caspar about “Operation Tails for Troops” coming up this Sunday at the Abington Dog Park in Clarks Summit. And highlights from the Senate Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion on crime in Northeast Pa, held earlier this week at King’s College in Wilkes Barre, featuring Senator John Yudichak, Attorney general Kathleen Kane , Luzerne County D.A. Stephanie Salavantis, and Wilkes Barre Police Chief Gerald Dessoye. Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on Great Country 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X, 6:25am on Magic 93, and 7am on True Oldies 590, WARM.

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At 6:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 9:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are being way too kind about this guy who won't or can't give his real name. And now that I find out he hasn't voted for this stuff, forget about him and his "ideas".

At 9:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonk you act as if you are suprised!! this is no suprise to anyone!

it just goes to show why Sir Robert Lawton - the Luzerne County MIS-manager who said transparency and a no-nonsense approach would be the tools of his trade - is a complete and total screwball.

Having someone like the mystery man Guamp in the mix at the courthouse after everything this county has been through is just so unacceptable. Steve Flood is rolling over in his grave!!

Lawton and most on his Council of Clowns are completely incapable of running good government.

At 9:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Yonki:
Thank you for always remembering the day that Dr. King was taken from us. Obviously his life had a meaning to you as a young man. Thank you for remembering every year.

At 10:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two questions that must be asked and answered in regard to Mr. Guamp / Olah.
1) Members appointed governmental boards,agencies, etc. must submit and answer truthfully a State Ethics Commission Statement of Financial Interests Form. Are members of the County Audit Committee required to file this form?
2) If required to submit this form, will Mr. Guamp / Olah be subject to the penalties mandated by law for giving false information on this form and prosecuted for this offense?

At 10:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 7:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A question........ could it be that the man in question could not register to vote becauseboth names are phony and he wants to avoid voter fraud charges? Hey, here is thought, maybe he is in the withess protection rogram, wouldn't that be a hum-dinger?

At 9:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the first time in his presidency, Obama has decided to "walk the walk". Giving back 5% is certainly the least he can do, but it is a start. If he went with the 20% that employees at Tobyhanna are getting hit with it would be better. Hell, he can afford it. I heard his campaign about redistributing the wealth. Since he can afford it, he should do it.

Regardless of what you think of his politics, it is virtually impossible to say that this man hasn't been thumbing his nose at the nation every chance he gets when it comes to his behavior.

Jimmy Carter said "turn down the heat" and he walked around in a sweater. Good. George W Bush curtailed trips to sporting events and his own golf rounds because he felt he shouldn't be seen enjoying himself while families struggled and grieved loved ones lost in a war. Good.

Barack Obama, when unemployment is still insanely high and people can't find work, doesn't even think to make little gestures in "solidarity" with the regular folks. Lay low, don't play so much golf, take little steps to not travel so much at such a high cost when people worry they can't take their kids to Knoebels for a day this year.

The press says a large segment of the population doesn't like him because of his race. I submit they should look at the issues above for a much more clear reason that he's not "one of us".

At 11:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on 9:07 Obama is giving up 5%. He is still struggling. He still has to put a roof over his families head and make car payments.
What do you think he lives and travels at the taxpayers expense?

To be genuinely in solidarity and share the same type of impact, because of all the freebies that come with the office, he would have to give back around 33%

At 6:40 PM, Blogger McGruff said...

Margaret Olah, 78

(Aug. 21) WILKES BARRE, Pa. - Margaret LaVona Wilson Olah, 78, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001, at Geisinger Hospital. She was born May 25, 1923 at Alliance. Her parents were Wayne and Clara Wilson.

She was married to Charles J. Olah June 25, 1947. They lived at Berwick, Pa. He preceded her in death. She is survived by sons Charles J. Olah Jr. and Robert Wayne Olah; daughters Peggy Olah and Julie Lynn; and six grandchildren. She also is survived by sisters Berniece Wilson of Alliance and Vera Wilson from California.

Memorials may be made to Nebraska Boys' Town or a charity of the donor's choice.

Just sayin a good newspaper reporter should only have to make a few phone calls with these leads to identify him.


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