Saturday, February 15, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2601, February 15th, 2014


So if you want to get a Passport at the Courthouse, you can forget about it. That announcement came from that very qualified political journeyman Jimmy Haddock, who heads up the county's prothonotary and clerk of courts offices. The problem here is that Passports were not a mandated service. Haddock said that the employees needed to perform the services required by the office and not the “extras”. Now the Passports were making money for the county. As a matter of fact Haddock said that passports increased in the last year. In 2012 the County processed 3150 passports and garnering  $25.00 a clip from Federal reimbursement the County earned $78,750.00. In 2013, there were 3500 passports processed and that came to $87,500 earned. So by eliminating this service the County is pissing away nearly $90,000 in revenue.
Okay, here my take on this.  People in government around here don’t understand government can make money on extras. Private business does. When you go to a restaurant and they ask you if want you dessert, or mushroom and onions on the steak, that is a huge mark up. Pork and Beans came about as an “extra” because the “manager” saw workers standing around soup kettles waiting for them to boil.
Only in government would a Manager who is supposed to make this stuff work use as an excuse that people were laid off. Also, this is what happens when you lay County workers off. So his solution is to say “bye bye” to money earned? He can’t come up with a creative way to allocate staff time? Major corporations have eliminated jobs and still allocated duties to other workers. It’s called management but apparently some of the County managers appointed to their jobs charged with coming up with solutions have an unfamiliar acquaintance with that concept. And nowhere in Haddock’s proclamations was there maybe a way for him to pitch in and help? Nope he’s a manager….and he has to manage. Or come up with excuses.
Meanwhile if you want a passport, you can go to
Dallas Post Office, 2759 Memorial Highway, Dallas;
Hazleton Post Office, 231 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton;
Nanticoke Post Office, 70 N. Market St., Nanticoke;
Wilkes-Barre Main Post Office, 300 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. (Citizen's Voice).


Cartwright to Announce Re-Election Bid
Congressman Matt Cartwright will announce that he will be running for re-election in 2014. Cartwright is currently serving his first term as a Congressman, representing Pennsylvania’s 17thCongressional District.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Greenwood Hose Company
3727 Birney Avenue
Moosic, PA 18507.
Congressman Matt Cartwright, your blog editor and Marion Munley Cartwright. (Photo: LuLac archives).


It appears that the numbers for the month of January for the Affordable Care Act have been very good. In January more than 3 million people signed up for Health Care. Also the amount of young people signing up has grown by 3%.
Now it is true that a goal of 4 million enrollees was set but things seems to be moving along. Yeah, let the GOP run against Obama care in the fall. Can anyone say Johnny One Note?


Russian President Vladimir Putin is holding his breath as the Winter Olympics in Sochi continue. So far so good with security. It will be interesting to see the aftermath of Putin's games. Will it enhance or diminish his standing?

Luzerne County GOP to host Lincoln Day Breakfast
In honor of our nation’s first Republican President, the Republican Party of Luzerne County will host a Lincoln Day Breakfast on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM at the Genetti Hotel and Convention Center in Wilkes-Barre.
A donation of $20.00 per person is payable at the door.
All candidates, committee persons, elected officials, and supporters of the Republican Party are invited and welcome to attend.
RSVP (not required but appreciated) to or by calling 570-654-6567.



Enjoy Winter? Yes. It is possible and ECTV Live hosts Tom Munley and David DeCosmo will help you learn how as they welcome representatives fromLackawanna State Park's annual Winterfest to the program during the week of February 17th. The show represents the 201st edition of the popular PublicAffairs Program which features information on entertainment, educational, and service programs and events offered FREE of charge to the public in our area. ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast Ch19 each day throughout the week at Noon and Midnight,


This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with Wyoming Valley football legend Charlie Wysocki, who discusses his glory days at Meyers High School and the University of Maryland, and his lifelong battles with mental illness, featured in the book he co-wrote "Saddle Up Charlie", as well as a musical tribute to Charlie, also titled "Saddle Up Charlie".
And Brian speaks with Alyssa Maria from Home Instead Senior Care about their "Salute to Senior Service", and how you can vote for your favorite senior volunteer.
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.


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.


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!”


Tune in Wednesdays on WILK Radio for Karel on the Street. Hears some of the funniest and heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.

Our 1974 logo.


Great Britain had a Parliamentary Election and there were a few surprises. The incumbent Conservative government of Edward Heath got the most votes in the House of Commons but lost in terms of Commons seats obtained by Harold Wilson's Labour Party due to a more population majorities of the Labour vote. But Wilson even with a seat majority was unable to govern.Heath did not resign immediately and another election was held in October…..meanwhile in the U.S. President Nixon continued to battle charges in the Watergate investigation……in Pennsylvania Governor Shapp’s budget sails through as he prepares for re-election. Shapp becomes the first Governor eligible to stand for re election……in Lackawanna County the new majority of Bob Pettinato and Charles Luger begin a wholesale shake up in a Lackawanna County government that was dominated by Democrats for years and forty years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was "The Way We Were” by Barbara Streisand.


At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To sign up and not pay is NOT to have insurance. They are still being counted. Are you aware this is happening?

It's like shopping at Best Buy, putting something in your "cart" but not paying yet they say they "sold" something.

Better yet: someone puts your book in their shopping cart at Barnes and Noble, then leaves the store and goes home. Do you count that as a sale?

Notice the numbers are always announced as "signed up". I'll believe it when they say "paid" because the quotes my friends have received are staggering.

At 5:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Three things.........that GOP breakfast, you belong there because you are more conservative than you know.
You are the type of "liberal" my party loves because you want to make people getting handouts accountable. We like that.
Two programs that are on my list to hear are Brian Hughes' Sunday show and Sue Henry's program. I work during the week and am glad they are on during the weekend.
And finally, Yonk, will music get any better in '74? "The Way We Were", was the "WAy I Wasn't".

At 8:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On August 04, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma,
(Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia:
In Russia, live like Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work
and eat in Russia, it should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer
Sharia Law, and live the life of Muslim's then we advise them to go to those places where that's
the state law.
Russia does not need Muslim minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them
special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell
'discrimination'. We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture. We better learn from the
suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation. The muslims
are taking over those countries and they will not take over Russia. The Russian customs and
traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of Sharia Law and Muslims.
When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the Russian
national interest first, observing that the Muslims Minorities Are Not Russians.
The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation

At 4:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to one of the two wealthy morons who recently spoke out regarding the other 99%, we are all rich compared to most other countries. Following his logic many good hard working poor people from the valley should be relocating soon to Bengladesh or better still Syria where they can enjoy a lavish lifestyle as soon as they can save up the money for air fare! I am looking forward to driving my new Cadillac where there are no roads and living in the nicest hut in town and hanging out with my equally well to do new friends.

At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lawton has pissed away much more than the mere passport revenue. Lawton and Council have been penny wise and dollar foolish. As long as the majority continues to increase taxes to the max Lawton will continue to prosper. What a joke. It is not the form of government but the elected that are broken. Where was the rest of council on Saturday, Feb. 15?

At 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeeze 4:29 you must have been asleep when ratio's were discussed. I think the point was that "our poor" have access to things that the poor in Bangladesh or Syria can only dream about. You know electricity, AC, television, a food store, washers & dryers, roads, that sort of stuff.

I just don't get it: "the world owes me a living" has never been an accepted lifestyle - ever. It is only a matter of time until our "enforced charity" runs out of tolerance.

At 10:24 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

And finally, Yonk, will music get any better in '74? "The Way We Were", was the "WAy I Wasn't".


Post a Comment

<< Home