Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2704, July 30th, 2014

This week the Wilkes Barre Area School Board once more topped itself with a bone head move that made this district the laughing stock of the area. Based on second hand information, they screwed young athletes out of TV exposure on a local Cable Network because of comments made one year ago by Part time Talk Show host Rob Nyehard. They also thumbed their noses at the aged grandparents of the children who play football by depriving them of the opportunity to see their kids play on TV. I’m not being dramatic here. I speak from personal experience here. When I was doing Topic A with L.A. Tarone on WYLN carried by Service Electric I can’t tell you how many of my contemporaries told me their aged parents watched our show. My obvious question was “Why”? And the answers were “They have the time and you guys are entertaining”, If the old folks could get turned on by two guys yelling at each other and tune in, imagine the impact of Cable TV with their grandkids playing a game.
When Neyhard made his comments it was in the midst of the horrible year of 2013 when violent crime was rampant especially in the Heights section of Wilkes Barre. The Mayor and the Police Force were doing everything to stop it but couldn’t. It was a frustrating time. All Neyhard said was that the neighborhood in GAR was bad. It was. Anytime you have a kid with his hand nearly chopped off by a machete, that’s bad. When that happened, did Denise Thomas, John Quinn, Lou Elmy, Christine Katsock, and Ned (is that a grown up name???) Evans decry the violence against “the kids”?
Apparently John Quinn decided to round up a few of the lackeys on the board and take his prodigious pique out on Nyehard, Service Electric, Scott Cannon from Video Innovations and the young athletes. I do have sympathy though for Quinn because he does suffer from a Medical condition. It’s called JackQuinnalzheimersitis. He forgets everything BUT the grudge he holds. So the crybabies decided to vote 5 to 0 to get rid of a contract that would benefit a cash strapped district. A district that by the way has outside forces asking for money (outside of taxes mind you) for money to bolster the sorry ass district. Yeah Brian whatever your name is, I’ll go to your fundraiser to help these clowns out!
Quinn’s willing lackeys were former School Attendance office Denise Thomas who claimed the broadcast she didn’t hear was negativity. Denise Thomas I believe was a stalking horse for Quinn to run with the ball because he didn’t have the guts himself to do it. Lou Elmy said yes because he’ll go along with anything as long as his wife is getting a payday. Then there is the petulant and mercurial Christine Katsock. She is a known ally of convicted former President of the Board Frank “Weights and Measures” Pizzella. They were in plain view at a political event together in Wilkes Barre Township last year. Katsock had a running mate in the last election and refused to campaign and acknowledge her in public. Katsock was also the one who got into a shouting match with one of Eddie Day Pashinski’s workers across from Sam's Club over a sign dispute when she was a Republican running against any Democrat she could try to take on. But some say she is a class act. As far that, I can understand how some might think that but I cannot possibly comment. Then of course there was the newly elected board lackey (repeating his performance in another arena) Ned Evans who couldn’t string together two thoughts on a radio show during the last campaign. Might he be jealous of Neyhard’s dulcet tones? Evans was elected over Kathy Grinaway who was the most intelligent and better equipped candidate for the School Board. Especially because she couldn’t be influenced by the cronies and the cousins on the Board. There is more to this story than high school football and Rob Neyhard. 
Those abstaining were Dino Galella who made the motion along with Joe Caffrey, Dr. James F. Susek and Rev. Shawn Walker.
A few questions here. Why not fire Neyhard and keep the football? Why punish the kids? Why did it take a year for this to come to the forefront? Kind of reminds me of this guy below lying in wait making like snakes. 

Why not get more information like the other board members wanted? I have the answer. The majority in this vote did not want to hear anything. Like spoiled brats who hold the fate of our children in their hands, they had their minds made up. Many people will say that this is just about football. True. But if this group is so devious and touchy about a remark they didn’t hear first hand and made a year ago, imagine what they would do with a real issue affecting tax dollars!
I’ve known Rob Neyhard for 38 years. He is a good man, a good broadcaster, a consummate professional and has always had the interest of kids deep in his heart. As a great father, I’ve seen him with his kids from a previous marriage. Solid. I’ve seen him with athletes and how he supported them. In forty years of broadcasting, Rob has done nothing BUT boost the fortunes of young people. This action says more about the Wilkes Barre Area School Board than Neyhard. The knock by some on Rob as a Talk Show host is that he has not been controversial and too fair. Who’d have thought that with the line up of WILK staff, Neyhard would be the one singled out by a School Board that has just added another chapter to its latest melodrama entitled “Board of Clowns”.
Elections do have consequences, I doubt Kathy Grinaway would go along with a dumb ass move like this. But the people of Wilkes Barre voted for Ned Evans and they got themselves another mindless foot soldier who enjoys the view from behind as the other asses ahead of him lead the charge. How’s that view “Ned?”

Retired Brigadier General Frank J. Sullivan. (Photo: Tom Wolf for Governor website).
Retired Brigadier General Frank J. Sullivan (USAF) has spent his career serving our country and the state of Pennsylvania -- and he believes it is time for the veterans of Pennsylvania to help elect a governor who will fight for them and their families.
Frank has been a registered Republican for over 20 years. This election year, however, he is not only committed to voting for Tom Wolf, but he is also playing an active role in the campaign by mobilizing veterans and sharing Tom's plan to create a better quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.
"I think Tom Wolf's policies to support veterans, servicemembers, and their families are excellent. Last Saturday, I went to the Pennsylvania American Legion State Convention and talked with other veterans about my personal experiences with Tom, about his support for our community, about his honesty, and about everything he's going to do for our Commonwealth. I think attendees were pretty impressed and we're excited about joining this campaign."
Frank agreed to chair the Veterans for Wolf initiative, with Senator Mike Stack, who is also the Candidate for Lt. Governor, and York Mayor Kim Bracey serving as co-chairs, to make sure veterans and their families come out to vote in November. He believes Tom's business experience, his willingness to explore new ideas, and his common-sense plan for Pennsylvania are exactly what the state needs to solve many of its toughest problems.
"As I was considering the candidates in this governor's race, I found Tom Wolf to be a trustworthy and honest person. Tom is someone who is focused on the issues facing not only veterans, but all Pennsylvanians."
A 2013 survey of 7,000 National Guard personnel found the unemployment rate among Guard members to be 14 percent -- significantly higher than the national average. Tom and Frank agree that the brave men and women who have fought to protect our way of life deserve much better.
In Tom's plan to support Pennsylvania veterans and service members, he outlines how he will work with state departments and agencies, as well as state-run and state-related colleges and universities, to accelerate accreditation, licensure, and degree completion for veterans. This plan will also help place veterans with jobs matching their skills. Moreover, Tom will work to make it easier for spouses of veterans to get out-of-state certifications and licenses recognized in Pennsylvania, among many other key components.
Because of Tom Wolf's strong support for veterans, service members, and their families, Sullivan is fired up to help spread the word before the November election:
“I believe Tom wants to help as many people as he can, while he has the opportunity to do so -- and to me, that's the mark of a real leader. Not somebody who wants to get the next promotion, not a guy who's looking for a higher office, not a guy who's looking for the biggest campaign contributors so he can retire a little wealthier, but a guy who is unselfish, and just wants to help the people of Pennsylvania. I see that in Tom Wolf -- he's somebody that I can relate to, that I can get behind and that I can support him." (Source: Tom Wolf website).



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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.


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

Wow..Yonki right on the money. Katsock always was an opportunist. And I met Ned Evans.....proves the schools will give a Masters to anyone who will show up.

At 12:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't get this stuff anywhere. I think it is telling that Rob was being punished for something he said or didn't say a year ago. Who keeps track of these things? Entitled politicos who have an agenda. I'll bet my ass that one of the board members who voted to get rid of Service Electric has a stake in this. Did Quinn's son ever et a job again? Shameful and thanks Dave for showing us what "our representatives" do with their time in supporting education. Fools all, how about the Foolish 5?

At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Joe said...

This is what happens when we blend reporting and opinion. Rob's firing is not the first time something like this happens.
Kevin Lynn used to be an adjunct faculty member at the U, when after weeks of Catholic bashing he suddenly wasn't asked back.
The line between reporting and opinion has been totally obliterated at WILK.
Talk show hosts go out and do reporting, creating and commenting instead of reporting news.
The news anchors now have opinion shows, and some of them get involved in on air parodies.
As I stated this isn't the first time, and in a market this small it won't be the last time.
I don't think what Rob said was all that bad, but he trashed the school, and now they don't want to invite him back.
When we put ourselves out there and give opinion, we risk offending others, and we must live with those choices.
Rob is one of the best sportscasters around, and it is a shame that he lost this particular position. But, it was his choice to give an opinion, and it is the right of those he offended to act on that offense.

At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever Rob said I'll bet it was the truth and thats always a problem
around here. Dont confuse us with facts, our minds are already made up. Give em hell, Yonki because what you have to say on this one is dead on. And they planned and waited a year for their petty revenge! Who says low class is better than no class?

At 6:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few thoughts, when my child went to school our School Directors were Harry Lipfert, Owen Costello, Tom O'Donnell, Anthony Mussarri and Barbara Youngblood.
They had flaws but they weren't so breath takingly stupid and rrogant.
Now we have turncoat organist Katsock, cry baby John Quinn, no empty suit Ned Evans, Denise Thomas who won because of her political family heritage (by the way Denise the teachers in the district laughed when they hard you were going to be hands on and had the intrerests of the kids at heart and last but not least Lou Elmy whose family never met a payday they couldn't get from a taxpayer.

How far we have fallen.

So glad my kids moved outta here.

Harry (the oldtimer on the third stool at Ferris'.

Thanks Nikki, my grand daughter for sending this to Mr. Yonki's fine site. Think I'm gonna buy me a tablet.

At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David..once more you've proven that you are the best political thinker in the area. You put the "pros" on Cable to shame.

At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you imagine a business wanting to come here? Do you think the Executives would want their kids to go to any Wilkes Barre school with pistols like John Quinn???

At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we impeach the Wilkes Barre area school board and dig Nixon and Haldeman up to run things? So glad I moved. What a horrible way to govern. I bet you they were all school yard bullies.

At 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad. But Rob is better off. The funny thing is these "elected officials", guardians of our trust have no clue how stupid they are.

At 9:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the Scranton School Board aint much better. Like any of these jerks have the best interest of the students and/or the teachers at heart. Its mostly little people in a grab for power which they can ill use at every turn and worry mostly about getting reelected! In the end nothing gets better, nothing improves and the unhappiness and frustration continues in NEPA as if thats the way its supposed to be...


At 9:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well at least there is some Tom Wolf news on the blog. Haven't seen any of that in A FEW MINUTES!!!!!!!

At 9:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wilkes Barre Area School Board

Calling ACLU, calling ACLU

At 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, Wolf is big for the Veterans now, but some of us who were serving at the time wonder about that tour of duty in the Peace Corp
during the height of the action. I know it was along time ago but it
still matters to some of us. What do you say General or better still Mr Wolf? Some explanation is due.

the Old Sarge

At 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great opinion piece Yonk.
So sorry you and your family are represented by these jerks.

At 10:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sue Henry certainly gave you a lot of play today. She was the one who interviewed Ned Evans I believe. Whew. What a bunch.

At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was posted last night on facebook by a long time liberal democrat activist and committee person in NEPA. I suppose Wolf's support is soft if a partisan like this is abandoning his campaign! Not even Democrats support Tom Wolf! CORBETT 2014!

My recommendation for my PA friends in their election this year for governor is... No one. Or, Tom Wolf, I guess if you feel like it, but don't go out of your way to vote for him. I'm serious. Tom Wolf's a horrible candidate and a "Democratic" Mitt Romney. Your choice is between a horrible conservative Republican who will give you an equally horrible future or a horrible conservative Democrat trying to pass himself off as liberal who will give you a horrible future (as well as have all of his ideas blocked by the GOP in the legislature anyway). I wanted to recommend the Green Party candidate, but PA's draconian election laws made it basically impossible for him to be on the fall ballot. Which sucks. And says something about that system. So, on election day, if you have time to kill, I guess go vote? But don't, like, plan your day around it or anything. It's really not that big of a deal.
I'm also not being sarcastic. I'm the guy who always tells you to vote... and now, I'm telling you not to worry about voting in November*. That's how equally bad these two candidates are. You're screwed either way.
Plus, there aren't any US Senate races to vote on, the congressional races are all pretty much pre-decided thanks to gerrymandering, so if you don't feel like rolling out of bed or making a special detour on your way to/from work or missing your favorite show just to go vote on election night, then don't. It really doesn't matter this year. Again, this isn't sarcasm.
So, you might as well go to Tipsy Tuesdays happy hour instead of your polling place on election day because you'll probably have a really nice time.


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