The LuLac Edition #2566, December 19th, 2013
I’ve been accused here of not being on the side of Luzerne County workers. Fair enough. I’ve also been accused about leaping at a County job is I had the chance. Under these circumstances, I’d disagree with that. The recent march toward lay offs is puzzling to me because I’m not seeing a cogent pattern here. What also concerns me is that the lay offs are affecting people with many years of experience. Today two employees were given their notices in Voter Registration and the Public Defenders Office. If anyone should go in the Voting Bureau it should be the import from Wyoming County who has proven herself to be not very competent.
The newspaper indicated that they are increasing the hours to 37.5 for all who do not work those hours now. AND it was noted that the extra hours will not cost the county anything. In the next breath we were told the money will be saved by the jobs cut.
Okay, I’m having trouble figuring this out.
Is the game to simply fire some to increase the wages of others? When people are gone and the few remaining are sick or on vacation, who will do the work? It will be overtime! You can bet your ass that people who are now doing work on their lunch hour and bringing home work will stop doing that as well they should. I know people think I’m hard on County workers but I’ve met enough of them to know that they “live” their jobs. Why should anyone go the extra yard when the only concern is to eliminate jobs? Some people were told today that they are gone at the end of the year and Lawton has yet to finalize numbers with the unions. If they were truly interested in saving money, they would not be hiring all these high priced managers. Fire three and hire one that takes the entire savings of the three to cover the one job with benefits.
Look at the past managers they had in place over the years. Surely there are some people out there that can keep their noses clean. And don’t give me that crap about attracting talent. With a majority of people here making less than the poverty level, you don’t need a bunch of $75,000 a year managers reinventing the wheel.
I’m not sure this Council in the Christmas season understands the psychological and real life ramifications of what this will mean in the courthouse.
Yes we need to bring down the debt, yes we need to save money but it is curious that Mr. Lawton has resisted outside help from people that could give him a fresh set of eyes.
It is a tough thing. I wouldn’t want to be a Council member right now. Tough sledding in the winter of 2013 under the dome. We wish everyone well.
Hey what's cookin????? Lawton is working me to death
discarding what he considers useless human beings.
It isn't the weight of the bodies, it's the weight of the tears that are
weighing me down. I'm wondering if tears are toxic?
Could all these tears be considered leachate?
PRESIDENT RYAN’S PLAN
The encroachment of King’s College on the City of Wilkes Barre continues. Father Jack Ryan today announced a 16 million dollar plan to renovate The Ramada, the old Sheraton Crossgates to a facility that will house a physician assistant program, exercise science program and the athletic training program.
King’s will of course have its crack financial staff on the job as usual (wasn’t there a little glitch a few years ago with something or the other?) and city residents just wonder what the tax contribution of the college will be to the city.
The encouraging thing is that the Physician Assistant program will be able to get hands on practice taking care of Father Ryan’s drunk students that make Wilkes Barre their home when school is in session.
OUT OF TOWNOn Friday evening, President Obama and the First Family will travel to Honolulu, HI. The arrival of Air Force One is open to the press and closed to the public. The President needs a rest from his failed first year in his second term.
No immigration reform, a botched health care roll out and a big credibility problem.
ECTVRepresentatives of Lackawanna County's Drug and Alcohol Agency will join hosts Tom Munley and David DeCosmo on ECTV Live during the week of December 23rd.
The period between Christmas and New Year's is among the most dangerous for alcohol related accidents and the team will be discussing programs aimed at dealing with that problem around the holidays and year round. The program will also address a surprise news development as, for the first time in many years, the "Safe Ride" program. which provided free cab rides home from bars for those who may have had too much to drink, will not be offered during the holiday week! ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast Ch19 in northeastern Pennsylvania airing Live at Monday at Noon, with recorded repeats of the program being aired at Noon and Midnight throughout the week.
SUNDAY MAGAZINEThis Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with James May & Michael Taluto from PENNDOT about holiday safety and area construction projects.
Brian speaks with Collin Riccobon from the American Red Cross about giving blood during the holiday season.
And Brian speaks with former area native Frank Shiner about his new Christmas song "Driving Home For Christmas", and his appearance in Dallas on Dec. 28th.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X, 6:25am on Magic 93, and 7am on True Oldies 590, WARM.
SUE HENRY’S SPECIAL EDITIONTune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. Special Edition is heard Saturdays and Sunday on these Entercom stations, WILK FM Saturday at 2pm Sunday at 6 am on Froggy 101 Sunday at 7 am on The Sports Hub 102.3 Sunday at 7 am on K R Z 98.5 Sunday at 7 pm on WILK FM 103.1.
Want to hear some great parodies on the news? Tune in to WILK Radio at 6:40 and 8:40 AM on Mondays. As Ralph Cramden used to say, “It’s a laugh riot!”
Our 1976 logo.
1976The first truly complete recording of the opera Porgy and Bess is released in a 3-LP set, by Decca Records in England and by London Records in the U.S. It stars Willard White and Leona Mitchell. The orchestra is the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel….in Chicago long time Mayor Richard Daley dies at the age of 77 after 21 years in office. Here is Daley in an appearance in happier times before Chicago 1968...
……..in Pennsylvania Mayor Frank Rizzo completes the first year of his second term as Mayor with a decrease in crime and seems to have won back some of the confidence of Philadelphia voters after a rocky re-election and tough relations with the City Council…in the City of Scranton, Democratic Insurance Executive Eugene Hickey says he will definitely run for Mayor….and as the year closes out, the number 1 song in LuLac land and America was “You Don’t Have To Be A Star To Be In My Show” by Billy Davis and Marilyn McCoo.