The LuLac Edition #2609, February 27th, 2014
This week there was a big controversy over the request to raise the Dominican Flag over Hazleton City Hall. Mayor Joe Yanuzzi said no and was told that the Hibernian flag flew over the edifice in 2012. And then all hell broke loose.
Here’s my take on this. No one embraces ethnic history more than I do. I think the ceremonies and carrying on of traditions is extremely important. Those customs were brought over by my ancestors from the “old contry” to give us an appreciation from where we came from. But for every Slovak tradition we upheld, we were always reminded that we were Americans. And those who camr to this country would never go back in a heartbeat.
Through the years ethnic pride has been on display in this area through festivals and educational programs. The Luzerne County Folk Festival started by the late Paul Lauer and others gave voice to ethnic pride of many stripes. Wonderful ceremonies were held at the Luzerne County Courthouse especially when Kathy Bozinki was running them as PR Director.
I love hearing stories about people’s background. But I look at a request to fly a flag of another country over a government building this way. When a U.S. citizen who served in the military and is of Italian, Irish, Polish, Dominican, Cuban or whatever descent you can name, and is killed in action, the flag they put on the coffin is the stars and stripes. So let’s celebrate diversity, let’s honor everyone’s heritage but not on the top of a government building reserved for “our” flag. Never forget where you came from and honor the past. But we are all Americans living and dying under one flag.
CALIFORNIA DREAMINGDid you hear the talk that there are people who think California is too big to manage and they want to divide it into six states? That would be incredible. Imagine, 12 more Senators. And California is a blue state, no?
BENEDICT ONE YEAR ON
Benedict has two major legacies.
1. He started the real conversation of church sex abuse by publicly apologizing numerous time and putting in motion the wheels of reform. Benedict was the Pope who met that issue head on. More clergy has been defrocked and thrown out since he started the process.
2. His resignation was ground breaking. By leaving in apparent good health, Benedict paved the way for a seriously ill Pope to take his leave.
Hard to believe that one year has passed.
CARTWRIGHT AND THE MINES
OSMRE provides Abandoned Mine Land (AML) grants to 28 coal-producing states and tribes. AML grants enable states to help eliminate dangerous conditions and pollution caused by past coal mining.
Between now and the end of September Pennsylvania will apply for its annual reclamation grant, after which time OSMRE will make the award amount available.
“These funds will allow the Commonwealth to reclaim abandoned mines in an environmentally safe manner while providing communities with much-needed jobs,” said Cartwright. “The entire state and especially the 17th District are blessed with a beautiful and precious natural landscape, and I will work to protect both the environment and the public from potentially harmful and dangerous abandoned mines.”
AML-funded projects include closing dangerous mine shafts, reclaiming unstable slopes, improving water quality by treating acid mine drainage, and restoring water supplies damaged by mining. The AML funds that OSMRE provides also support vitally needed well-paying jobs for communities in coal country.
SUNDAY MAGAZINEThis Week on Sunday Magazine
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Tom & Noreen Clark from WNEP about "Bowl For Kids Sake" to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northeast Pa, coming up on March 29th.
Brian Hughes speaks with James Tiger from Marywood University about their "R-Vets" program to help veterans get ahead in the workplace.
Brian speaks with Dr. Sergio Golenback and parent advocate Kim Sutherland about RSV, a contagious virus that affects the very young and very old alike.
And an encore of Brian's December interview with Jamie Fulmer from Advance America about payday loans.
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.
ECTVThe scheduled program on ECTV Live during the week of March 3rd involves an upcoming special presentation at the Dietrich Theater addressing Violence against women. ECTV Live is hosted by Judge Tom Munley and David DeCosmo and can be seen on Comcast Ch19 daily.
SUE HENRY’S SPECIAL EDITION
Tune 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 noon on WILK FM 103.1.
BUDDY RUMCHEKWant 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!”
KAREL ON THE STREETTune in Wednesdays on WILK Radio for Karel on the Street. Hear some of the funniest and heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.
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