Thursday, October 30, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2762, October 30th, 2014

THE SURVIVALIST CAPTURED

Editor's Note: We had planned on running our regular Thursday LuLac edition. There were also a few events such as Fall Blogfest 2014, the Cipriani/Kaufer debate in the 120th District and a Tom Wolf For Governor event in Kingston. But because there will be news coverage of the big apprehension, we'll be back later tomorrow with as they say in TV,  our regularly scheduled program.
In the meantime, with "The Survivalist" it was only a matter of time. Reminds me of a song from The Will Rogers Follies.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2761, October 29th, 2014

BLOGFEST

THURSDAY OCTOBER 30th

THE RED MILL

340 SOUITH MAIN STREET, PITTSTON, PA.

STARTING @ 6PM

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2760, October 28th, 2014

SCOTT BRION'S BIG ENDORSEMENT
10th District candidate Scott Brion. (Photo: WKOK Newsradio).

The Scranton Times Tribune endorsed the underdog candidacy of Democrat Scott Brion for the seat in the 10th Congressional District. If you saw or heard the debate tonight on WVIA TV or FM you can see why. Brion will be a welcome addition to a city and a party that has told one lie after another. Brion is the best of this lot. Here's what the Times Tribune had to say about him.
It truly can be said of deeply conservative Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Marino that he is straightforward and consistent, and that what you see is what you get.
Unfortunately, Mr. Marino’s priorities have been wrong for the 10th District and for the United States.
As he seeks his third term, Mr. Marino faces two worthy challengers in Democrat Scott Brion of Tioga County and a former Republican, independent Nick Troiano of Pike County.
The Times-Tribune editorial board endorses Mr. Brion, who has the experience and temperament to be a force for progress in Congress.
Mr. Marino contends that he has been able to reach across the aisle to achieve some policy successes. But on major issues he consistently has voted with the often obstructive and occasionally dangerous hard right element of the House. He has voted numerous times to repeal the Affordable Care Act without presenting an alternative bill to improve health care access. He joined the faction that brought the U.S. government to the brink of default. Mr. Marino has criticized wasteful spending, while proposing to write a blank check to militarize the nation’s southern border.
Mr. Marino’s record reflects rigid ideology.
Mr. Brion has had a varied career. He grew up on a farm, graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and worked in international commercial real estate and energy consulting for 20 years before returning to his family farm in 2008. He now works that farm and runs a real estate and energy company he created upon his return.
He is well-versed in the sprawling 10th District’s issues, from the need to stabilize the federal flood insurance program to safely foster the natural gas industry. One of the government’s failures amid the gas boom, he said, is its inability to spin the presence of so much energy into related jobs.
Mr. Brion is a moderate by temperament and politics who would make a solid congressman.
Mr. Troiano is a recent masters degree recipient from the Georgetown University School of Government who, at 23, is attempting to go from the classroom to Congress.
He is bright, articulate and focused. His policy position book is a work of art, demonstrating a keen grasp of major issues.
But Congress is not simply an academic exercise. Mr. Troiano has a promising future in politics and government. But in this election, Mr. Brion’s experience makes him the better choice..


CARTWRIGHT ENDORSED IN THE 17th 

Matt Cartwright has made his mark in Washington, D.C. Cartwright has built bridges, made an impressive debut among Washingtonians but at the same time has stayed in touch with people in his district. Cartwright has also helped numerous individuals of limited means to get a better life through helping them through his constituent services. It is no surprise that Cartwright has been endorsed by the Citizen's Voice.
U.S. Congress for the 17th District
In his first term in Washington, Matt Cartwright has proven himself a moderate and independent Democrat who has done the seemingly impossible by building relationships across the aisle in the politically polarized U.S. House of Representatives.
Cartwright has taken a leadership role in the freshman class in the 113th Congress, won bipartisan support for more than two dozen bills, helped secure raises for employees at the Tobyhanna Army Depot and fought for legislation to improve veterans’ health care.
He also took the lead in finding to solutions to the violence at Wilkes-Barre’s troubled Sherman Hills housing complex.
In contrast, Cartwright’s Republican opponent, Schuylkill County Coroner David Moylan, has staked out the most extreme positions on social issues, foreign policy and immigration.
Congress needs more thoughtful, productive members like Matt Cartwright. He deserves a second term. 

THURSDAY 
OCTOBER 30th, 6PM 
THE RED MILL, PITTSTON, PA.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2759, October 27th, 2014

ON THE ROAD WITH THE WOLF PACK

The Tom Wolf for Governor campaign started their statewide bus trip yesterday. The trip will visit towns across the Commonwealth. The Wolf Pack is expected to be in this area later on in the week.
Check out the front of the bus with its trademark Jeep grill.
Here is the candidate in front of the bus as he sets out to put miles on this baby as the Election draws near.



ANOTHER CLINTON HEARD FROM

Former President Bill Clinton was in Pittsburgh to stump for Tom Wolf. Here is what the former President had to say about the candidate.



BLOGFEST

THURSDAY OCTOBER 30th
START TIME 6PM
THE RED MILL, PITTSTON

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2758, October 26th, 2014

THIRD DISTRICT GOP MEETS

The Third District FOP of Luzerne County met Friday night in Dupont and as usual Susan Zaykoski and Jimmy O’Meara did a bang up job organizing the event.
After opening with the Pledge and closed with having everyone stand to sing "God Bless America." The crew heard from Luzerne County Chair Bill Urbanski, who kicked things off by reminding everyone the race for Governor is tightening. Turnout for Republicans will be a big factor on Election Day.
The following candidates made presentations in this order: Doc Moylan (candidate for Congress, PA17) , Joe Albert (Candidate for State Senate District 22) and Melanie Madeira (Candidate for State House District 114). There were GOP committee members from across the region in attendance, as well as some folks who had never been to a political event of any kind. The latter, is an encouraging sign that reports of the American voter's death may be premature. Many at the rally took advantage of the
opportunity to speak to candidates one-on-one. As you know, face time with a candidate is irreplaceable.
With the Election almost upon us, many of the other candidates were at previous commitments. However according to party members, this will be looked at as another strong brick in the foundation of a new and vital regional Republican party. With "Issues and Eggs" and this Rally, the Third District has pulled off two successful events this year.
Some notes about the Luzerne County Third District: The district "map" is the same as the Luzerne County portion of House District 118. It consists of the city of Pittston, the townships of Bear Creek, Buck, Jenkins, Pittston and Plains and the boroughs of Avoca, Bear Creek Village, Dupont, Duryea, Hughestown, Laflin, Penn Lake Park and Yatesville.
The 118th, as I mentioned is split between Lackawanna and Luzerne counties, the GOP seems to be building bridges with friends from across the county lines to grow our Party. County Chairs Bill Urbanski (Luzerne) and Lance Stange (Lackawanna) deserve the hats off award for getting this all going with
their annual joint county dinners.
Whatever the outcome of this year’s election, the GOPers in both Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties, utilizing the Third District as a bridge will be heard from in the crucial local election year of 2015.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Jim O’Meara contributed to this report. 
Giving the group a pep talk, 17th District Congressional candidate Doc Moylan outlines his plans.
Melanie Madeira running in the 114th is being regarded as a rising star in the party.
State Senate candidate Joe Albert gave his take on what needs to be done in Harrisburg. Albert goes up against first term incumbent John Blake.
The Luzerne County Teenage Republicans had a display at the event. The group is open to any Luzerne County teen aged 13 and above. New members are welcome. It is a great group, and they have had the opportunity to hear from GOP candidates and elected officials. In the past year, the group got to meet and hear positions from all three GOP Congressional candidates forPA 17 and PA 120 House Candidate Aaron Kaufer. District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis met with the group in May to talk to the teens about her job. Here is GOP Teen member Sam Marranca.
Anyone requesting more information on our Teenage Republicans can email me at:jamesmichaelomeara@gmail.co
In addition to getting this event pulled together, Mr. O'Meara also guarded the homemade cookies. 
All photos by Susan Zaycoski.
THURSDAY NIGHT 
RED MILL PITTSTON 
THURSDAY OCTOBER 30th 
FUN STARTS AT 6PM

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2757, October 25th, 2014

BLOGFEST THURSDAY


The Fall blogfest will be this Thursday at The Red Mill in Pittston. The event starts at 6PM. Candidates, bloggers and followers are more than welcome. We have an event later but will be there early to say hi and chew the political fat. Thanks to Michelle Hryvnak Davies for coordinating this and doing this logo. See you there.


CARTWRIGHT ON THE AIR

Congressman Matt Cartwright on the trail earlier this year. (Photo: LuLac archives).
17th Congressional District candidate Matt Cartwright is up on the air this week with some TV ads. Here’s a sampling.



CASEY AT THE BAT...
TO STOP THE SLIDE
Senator Bob Casey. (Photo: Times Tribune).
When I was preparing our most recent edition of LuLac from October 23rd, I had it in the back of my mind that Senator Bob Casey was going to try and introduce legislation to turn back the tide of lessening if not downright denying voting rights for all Americans. From his office, his thoughts on stopping this madness.
With voting rights under attack across the country, Senator Bob Casey called for legislation that would restore gutted portions of the Voting Rights Act. Since the 2010 election, new voting restrictions have been added in 22 states, and the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Shelby County v. Holder struck down one of the key provisions of the Voting Rights Act. Casey called on Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act and ensure that the right to vote receives protection under federal and state statutes.
“The right to vote has been called the most precious of our rights, the ‘primary right by which all other rights are protected,’ however, over the past few years, legislation and court decisions at both state and federal levels have been slowly chipping away at this right,” said Senator Casey. “I am calling on Congress to act quickly to reaffirm the Voting Rights Act and put in place the necessary protections to guarantee all citizens the right to vote, regardless of race, national origin or language. When Congress reconvenes I will be looking at ways Congress can underscore and protect American’s most fundamental right, the right to vote.”
On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is unconstitutional. Section 4(b) contained the formula for determining which jurisdictions were subject to “preclearance” under Section 5 of the VRA, meaning that any voting rights changes had to be reviewed and approved by the Department of Justice before taking effect. While the Court determined that the formula was unconstitutional because it was based on data from 1964-1972 and was no longer based on current needs, the Court left Section 5 ineffective but intact, allowing Congress the opportunity to redraft the coverage formula based on current needs.
Voting Rights Amendment Act Major Provisions
The Voting Rights Amendment Act would amend the Voting Rights Act by allowing courts to “bail-in” (require preclearance for voting changes in) a State or political subdivision based violations of the Fourteenth or Fifteenth Amendments, federal voting rights law, and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
• States can be bailed in if there are five or more violations over the preceding fifteen years, at least one of which must be a State-wide violation.
• Political subdivisions can be bailed in if there are three or more violations in the preceding fifteen years, or if there is one violation coupled with “persistent and extremely low minority voter turnout.”
• States or political subdivision will continue to be covered for 10 years starting on the January 1 of the year of the most recent voting rights violation, unless the state or subdivision obtains a “bail-out”
• Voting rights violations include a final judgment in violation of the Constitution or Section 2 of the VRA, failure or denial of preclearance by a court, or failure or denial of preclearance by the Attorney General.
o States and political subdivisions (including those in covered States) would still be able to “bail out” of coverage as currently permitted by the VRA if they have no violations.
o Section 3(c), which allows a federal court to bail-in jurisdictions found to have intentionally discriminated in violation of the Fourteenth or Fifteenth Amendment, would be expanded to allow bail-in based on violation of federal voting laws and discriminatory effect, rather than only where the plaintiffs can show intentional discrimination
Senator Casey has been outspoken in his opposition to Pennsylvania’s efforts to enact a voter ID law. He has previously called on Senate leaders to expedite consideration of legislation that would reinstate Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act . Casey also has been opposed to the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, which would increase the power of corporate and special interests in elections

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2756, October 23rd, 2014



"THIRD WORLD NELLIE FROM PITTSTON"
Is this what she was talking about??????

The other day Mrs. LuLac and I had to attend an event for our church. So I got home a little early to change and get going. As I was suiting up, I had Steve Corbett on. This was Monday afternoon at about 5:56PM. Corbett got a call from a rather condescending woman from Pittston who used very familiar terms with him. She called him “sweetie” and “dear” which I thought was kind of odd. But then things got worse. She told the WILK Talk Show host that the United States was becoming a third world country. She of course blamed the President and the Democrats. Corbett asked her if she was ever in a third world country and by that time she was just talking gibberish.
Whoever that woman was, and I’ll call her Nellie from Pittston, let me just review a couple of things here.
If America was third world country, she would not be able to get clean drinking water out of her tap.
If America were a Third World country, her roads would be impassable and if there was any concrete it would be used for the power elite and not mass transportation.
If America were a Third World country, there would not be any free media to speak of. Corbett would be in a gulag and she’d be taken away for voicing her opinions.
If this were a Third World country, there would be no housing for the poor. They’d live in shacks and on the street.
If this were a Third World Country, fear would reign and medical workers focusing on helping children getting vaccines would be killed.
If this were a Third World Country, there would be no electrical grid to speak of and no creature comforts.
If this were a Third World Country, this loudmouth would be taking a dump in the street instead of using facilities.
The beauty of America and Talk Radio for that matter is that we encourage the ignorance of the dullards among us to be exhibited fully in all their masterful glory. In America, we laugh at the ignorant slobs who latch onto a catch phrase and run with it. In a Third World Country they wouldn’t have that opportunity.
Every time I hear someone like this, I alternately get amused and scared. This woman actually can vote and I shudder to think, might actually be able to or has bred.


THE POSTER BOY????

Bill Stinson. He was a Philadelphia lawmaker charged with vote fraud in 1995. As my friend L.A. Tarone told us Wednesday night Stinson used dubious means to gain election to the State Senate in a Special Election. He was caught and left office being urged to by then Mayor Ed Rendell and other Democratic power brokers. 
Since then Stinson has been used as an example of voter fraud in Pennsylvania. My question is this. Has there be any egregious efforts to defraud voters in Pennsylvania since that time? I’m not asking could there be a problem, or what if this could happen, will happen, might happen, etc. I’m asking if there was any major case involving vote fraud in Pennsylvania since Bill Stinson? The answer is NO. And to dig this guy up every time the GOP wants to disenfranchise voters by complaining about early voting, or making the process more inclusive shows that the process is working just fine. 
No one is gaming the system except guys like Mike Turzai the current GOP Majority Leader who said this at a 2012 GOP Party meeting when going through a laundry list of the State House accomplishments. "Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.”And just who carried Pennsylvania?
By the way, this from the New York Times twenty years ago:
Acquittal in Vote-Fraud Case
Published: June 23, 1994
Former State Senator William G. Stinson 3d, who was stripped of his seat because of election fraud, was acquitted today of charges that he illegally opened voting machines and absentee ballots on Election Day.
Mr. Stinson, a Democrat who was once an assistant Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia, said: "I just feel good that justice has been done. Now I can get back to my family and a normal life."
The guy who has been vilified as stealing an election was……wait for it…….ACQUITTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So let’s not have people gin up the fans of fear with an isolated incident from twenty years ago. Some say there is voter fraud all the time. I heard that on the radio and TV too in every election where a Democrat is leading. Two words: PROVE IT!


MEDIA MATTERS

DEBATES ON WVIA TV 44

WVIA-TV has scheduled three debates for the first three days of the week before the Nov. 4 election. Each will air at 7 p.m. from the Sordoni High-Definition Theater in Jenkins Twp.
The first is Monday, Oct. 27, between Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta and Democrat Andy Ostrowski, the candidates for the 11th Congressional District seat.
On Tuesday, Oct. 28, it’s the 10th Congressional District debate among incumbent Republican Rep. Tom Marino, Democrat Scott Brion and independent Nick Troiano. On Wednesday, Oct. 29, Democratic Rep. Matt Cartwright will face Republican Schuylkill County Coroner David Moylan, as they vie for the 17th Congressional District seat.
WVIA-FM radio will simulcast the debates, which will also be streamed live at www.wvia.org/home.
Veteran WVIA-FM’s broadcaster Larry Vojtko will moderate each debate.

SUNDAY MAGAZINE


This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with Scranton native Bob Williams about his struggles with IPF, Idiopathic Pulminary Fibrosis, a progressive lung disease.
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Suzanne McCabe & Melissa Jurlie from Junior Achievement of Northeast Pa. about their upcoming "A Chair Affair" fundraiser.
Brian speaks with Patsy Catsos about the jump in cases of Irrataible Bowel Syndrome cases in children.
And an encore of Brian's interview with travel guru Chris McGuinness regarding the Best Travel Deals for the Fall.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93-7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X and 6:25am on Magic 93.


ECTV


Two local TV veterans get together on ECTV Live during the week of October 27th as host David DeCosmo welcomes Frank Andrews Shimkus to the program.
Frank is on hand to discuss plans for the 2nd annual Veterans Memorial Run/ Walk which will be held on November 1st beginning at the Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Company.
ECTV Live is carried on Comcast Cable Channel 19 (61 in some areas) and can be seen several times each day throughout the week.

BOLD GOLD COMMUNITY FORUM

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 RUMCHEK


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!”


KAREL ON THE STREET


Tune 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.


CORBETT’S SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME


Every Wednesday at 5PM, Steve Corbett shines the light on a Public official with his “Somebody’s Watching Me” segment. Corbett picks an alleged public servant to eye ball and observe. Batten down the lawn furniture in the driveway and that e mail machine. There is nowhere to hide when “somebody’s Watching”. Wednesdays at 5 on WILK’s Corbett program.


Our 1974 logo.

1974

Yanks trade Bobby Murcer to Giants for Bobby Bonds….Cubs trade Billy Williams to A's for Manny Trillo, Knowles & Locker…… Lake Isaac in Cleveland Metroparks' Big Creek Reservation dedicated… Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (Texas Rangers) …….Air Force fires 1st ICBM …… Dmitri Shostakovitch' 15th String Quartet premieres in Leningrad…………Wings release "Junior's Farm"……(History.orb, Wikipedia)

in Pennsylvania as the days dwindle before the election incumbent Milton Shapp is on the verge of history. He will be the first Governor of Pennsylvania elected to a second consecutive term..

 Lt. Governor Ernie Kline and his boss Governor Milton Shapp singing a happy tune in the fall of 1974..................
in the City of Wilkes Barre political jockeying begins for the 1975 Mayor’s race. With a Strong Mayor form of Government possible candidates being mentioned are Treasurer Walter Lisman and School Board member Anthony Mussari and forty years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Jazzman” by - Carole King. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2755, October 22nd, 2014

Our "Write On Wednesday" logo.

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY

CAN TOM WOLF MAKE PA. GOVERNMENT WORK AGAIN? HE THINKS SO: E.J. DIONNE

Tom Wolf has been gaining national attention in his attempt to unseat Governor Tom Corbett in this year’s election for Governor. His unconventional run has attracted the attention of no less than E.J. Dionne a nationally known opinion writer.
By E.J. Dionne
THORNDALE, Pa. -- Tom Wolf's mood is sunny but his words are serious.
He's answering teachers' questions at an elementary school featured last year in a New York Times story about the costs of overcrowding and underinvestment.
The Democratic nominee for governor, Wolf criticizes Pennsylvania incumbent Tom Corbett for education cuts, but he is not terribly partisan about it.
Wolf is a businessman who also holds a Ph.D. in political science, and he offers a brief commentary on the importance of "public goods," not a term typically invoked on the stump.
He ends a lengthy response about pensions with an apology. "Am I giving you more information than you want here?" he asks with a smile.
Wolf has reason to be in fine spirits. Democrats are unlikely to have a great evening on Nov. 4, but as the returns roll in, the 65-year-old native of York, Pa., is almost certain to emerge as one of his party's stars.
Wolf thinks capitalism works best when employees have a stake in their firm's success.
Wolf is so far ahead, wrote The Associated Press' Marc Levy, that the state's pollsters couldn't find an example of a candidate who "overcame the kind of polling deficit Corbett now faces."
Democrats may find solace in other governors' races as well, but Wolf will stand out as an unusual politician who speaks to two of the main sources of popular discontent: unhappiness with the economic system over its failure to deliver for so many workers, and widespread alienation from government.
As a businessman who took over and at one point saved his family's building materials company, Wolf thinks capitalism works best when employees have a stake in their firm's success.
"I share 20 to 30 percent of my net profit with my employees," Wolf says. "Everybody is a stockholder in the company. My Republican father came up with the idea. And he did it because it really works.
"I am judged in my company by my truck drivers, not by me. They see my customers more than I do. I know that my warehouse people who pack the trucks get credit because they pack the trucks so well." Thinking of workers as stakeholders is old-fashioned. But these days, it's also revolutionary.
Then there is his talk of "public goods." Wolf recalls picking up a group of exchange students from France who visited his family in 1965, a time when America's public works were the best in the world. Kennedy Airport, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the New Jersey Turnpike, the nation's water systems, the new schools in his hometown -- all, he says, were state of the art.
Since then we have fallen far behind other nations in productive infrastructure investment.
"You can get away with deferred maintenance in any setting for so long, but then things don't work," Wolf notes during an interview in the school's library where a water-damaged wall underscores his message. "This stuff really does catch up to you. You don't get jobs. You don't have people who can buy things. You let your schools get hollowed out. That's not good for anybody.
"Yes, the market is going to deliver the goods," he concludes, "but what does the government need to do to make sure the market is operating optimally?"
Yet progressives, Wolf argues, have to confront uncomfortable facts, too: "People are afraid of taxes because they don't see that they get much for their taxes. ... Governments in the United States have to show -- and I think it's a bipartisan finger-pointing exercise here -- that we can actually deliver to people who pay taxes."
He speaks of his time as secretary of revenue under then-Gov. Ed Rendell when he visited with his agency's employees to persuade them to look at the state's taxpayers as "our customers," as "the ones that give you employment."
"What we need is to get out of this sort of thing that government is this immutable institution that just sits there and is a pain in the butt at best. ... The case must be made again that government is something that actually plays a constructive role in the lives of people."
Then the hard part: "But to do that, you can't just say it. You've got to actually act it out."
True, Wolf is setting himself high standards. But in an era of deadlock and estrangement from public institutions, it's bracing just to hear someone insist that they can be made to work again.
E.J. Dionne is a columnist for The Washongton Post. His email address is ejdionne@washpost.com. Twitter: @EJDionne.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2754, October 19th, 2014

WHITE HOUSE HONORS AFFORDABLE CARE ACT “CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE”

On Monday he White House will honor "Champions of Change" who are leading local efforts to advance the goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These Champions have distinguished themselves by raising awareness about ACA and helping countless Americans sign up for high-quality, affordable health insurance. The program will feature remarks from Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and other Administration officials.
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. The event will be live-streamed on the White House website at www.whitehouse.gov/live. You can join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WHChamps. To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program, visitwww.whitehouse.gov/champions.
A Pennsylvanian honored by the White House is:

Pat Halpin-Murphy, Ambler, PA

Pat Halpin-Murphy is the President and Founder of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC). A creative and effective women’s health advocate, Pat founded the PBCC in June 1993. The PBCC extends public awareness of breast cancer and works to increase public and private funding for research and high-quality screening, diagnosis, and treatment. Pat’s dedication to improving the lives of women has led to dramatic legislative changes in Pennsylvania, including mandatory insurance coverage for reconstructive surgery after mastectomy, mammograms for uninsured women between the ages of 40 and 49, and extension of Medicaid coverage to uninsured women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer. She is committed to educating the public about the Affordable Care Act and sharing the information with individuals and groups across the state.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This came via press release from The White House. This is actually one of the few things I can use from them. You would not believe how many fundraising e mails that come to all of my in boxes.

BACK AT THE ENGINE HOUSE
My dad (right front, hat and glasses) and his gang working the rails. This picture was taken in the summer. The story depicts my dad’s time in the winter as an employee of The Lehigh Valley Railroad.
EDITOR’S NOTE: I ran this on Face book the past weekend. I’m putting it up on LuLac for those not fully engaged in social media.
For the last 17 years the community of White Haven has been involved in turning a converted railroad facility once owned by the Lehigh Valley Railroad into a Library and Community Center. As District Consultant of the Wilkes Barre Library District Mrs. LuLac has been following this for many a year. Every fall we’d attend The Annual Taste of White Haven event as the town inched further and further towards its goal.
In 2013 the Library opened. The Engine House project is an adaptive reuse of a former Lehigh Valley Railroad engine repair shop into a community library and regional visitors’ center. As part of the railroad transportation system in the late 1800s and mid 1900s, the building was determined eligible for the National Registry of Historic Buildings. The structure is believed to be the only remaining repair shop of its kind in Pennsylvania.
For me it was very special because the original railroad engine house was where my father would work during horrible snow storms. He and a crew would clean track and would end up in White Haven in that repair show.
Snow days were never fun for me because it meant my dad was out in the cold during the brunt of the storm cleaning those tracks while I sat in a warm house wondering when he’d come home. Some days he’d be out for more than 18 hours straight.
The old engine house, now a restored Library and Community Center has given people the opportunity to buy a plaque and put it in the building.
Here’s the plaque that is now part of that building where my dad, as a laborer world work. Growing up in The Depression and being the oldest child of seven, I doubt he ever had the opportunity to even be inside a library as a youth. But he was the type of father who would always encourage his children to read and reach for our goals. I think it’s fitting that his memory is surrounded by books in a place where he worked for more than four decades.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2753, October 17th, 2014

REPUBLICANS HOST THE GOVERNOR
Governor Tom Corbett giving his speech at The Woods. (Photo: Citizen’s Voice)
The Luzerne County Republicans welcomed Governor Tom Corbett Thursday night at The Woodlands and the incumbent put on a show for the party faithful. Corbett met the stalwart members of the GOP and essentially told him that his speech boiled down to one thing, a need for victory in November. Corbett was by all reports animated, friendly and focused on the November 4th election.
Corbett made two striking points, the first being that he did everything he said he was going to do when first elected. He also pointed out that there is a true choice between Tom Wolf, his opponent and him. The Governor compared Wolf to his predecessor Ed Rendell saying that a Wolf victory would be a Rendell third term. The Governor cited Wolf’s lack of specifics as to where he would get the money for education and other programs.
After the speech Corbett made the rounds and greeted the GOP faithful from both Luzerne and Lackawanna counties telling them their support was critical to his reelection.
Today a new poll shows the race between The Governor and Wolf tightening with Wolf leading 49% to 42%. The Third District GOP has a meeting set for Thursday October 24th at the Dupont VFW starting at 6Pm. 
 Party Chair Bill Urbanski listing as the Governor expounds on his record. (Photo: Citizen’s Voice). 
 Here’s Governor Corbett with two of the hardest working Republicans in Luzerne County. Susan Zaykoski and Jim O’Meara. 
 Here is a shot of part of the head table prior to the event. You can see State Representative Karen Boback of the 117trh conversing before the event. 
 The GOP came out strong and enthused to see the Governor. 
 Candidate for State Representative in the 114th Melaine Madeira has a chat with the Governor.

Meanwhile Luzerne County Council member Harry Haas has an engaging conversation with members of the GOP.
Wow to be a fly on the wall to hear what these guys were saying, here’s Doctor David Madeira and Party Chair Bill Urbanski. 
All the above photos at the event courtesy of Jim O'Meara. 
Many thanks to Luzerne County Chair Bill Urbanski for the invite. This group of Republicans in Luzerne County is determined and hard working and I respect their involvement in the process. As I mentioned to Mr Urbanski I had a late work week and could not attend. Besides, it might have been as the kids say nowadays, a little “awkward”.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2752, October 16th, 2014

LEIGHTON’S BUDGET-NO INCREASE
Your blog editor and Mayor Tom Leighton a few years back. (Photo: LuLac archives).
Wilkes Barre Mayor Tom Leighton proposed 2015 budget does not contain a property tax increase for city residents. This is Leighton’s second year in a row without an increase. The millage remains the same.
The balanced budget contains $44.36 million in revenues and taxes. Last year’s budget was $42.79 million. The Mayor actually grew the budget from last year.
There are raises for employees as well as the Mayor. You can be sure his detractors will be screaming bloody murder as we enter an election year. But the fact remains that Tom Leighton has fiscally run this city well, kept employees increases in line and has run a tight ship. If anyone complains about this document, all you need do is look at the shape Scranton and Hazleton are in. Then just shut up. .

LAWTON’S BUDGET-4% INCREASE
Through an e mail sent by a subordinate Luzerne County Manager Robert Lawton proposed a 4-percent county tax hike for next year. The County Council is going to start looking it over and will have a big say in it. The Charter calls for six council members to adopt a budget. With the way this governing body is set up, in an election year looming,that is not going to be a walk in the park.
If they can’t agree, the budget will revert to the one that saw us through this year.
The e mail thing kind of bothers me. I think Lawton might have done better if he presented it face to face but that’s just me. If you have a home worth $100,000, you’ll pay 23 bucks more.
County Council member Kathy Dobash immediately weighed in sending a release saying: I will not support any 2015 budget that includes a tax increase on the property owners of Luzerne County. Every tax increase passed by the majority of Luzerne County Council has failed the property owners. The burden is too high especially on the elderly residents. These tax hikes equal overspending by the Executive Branch. I ask the Luzerne County Council Members to not support the Lawton Administrations’ recommended 2015 budget.”
Vice Chair Edd Brominski told the Citizen’s Voice that he wouldn’t vote for the budget in a million years. I agree with their frustration but here’s my question, why can’t the debt be treated like a cut up out of control credit card you have to pay off? Why can’t the County dedicate a segment of taxation to wind down the debt? That’s the smart thing to do. Rick Morelli told the Voice that the County has to learn to live with their means. Then let’s budget for what we need to make a dedicated effort to pay down the debt. My opinion.

MARTY FLYNN’S ACTIONS

State Representative Marty Flynn. (Photo: www.western journalism.com).
So I’m waiting for people who will start taking State Representative Marty Flynn to task for defending himself from 4 punks on the streets of Harrisburg. The Representative was just living his life and going home when two thugs demanded his wallet along with fellow State Representative Ryan Bizzarro, of Erie.
The “youngsters” demanded the gentlemen’s wallets. Flynn said no and drew his gun. Shots rang out and he most likely soiled the pants of the thugs who most likely were shocked that two guys in suits would have the balls to fight back. The four involved were charged by Harrisburg police. I have their names but make it a policy not to give cred to low life slobs who rob people. But let’s just say these guys weren’t named, Sean, Casmir or Mario.
Flynn has been cleared by the police but Face book has raged with some haters. By the way, no one was hurt, not the targeted victims nor the perps. This was a Forrest Gump moment for the Harrisburg thugs, you never know what you’ll get when you take on a guy from the Lac!

2 MILLION JOBS LOST BECAUSE OF OBAMA CARE!!! REALLY??????

So I hear this ad for a Republican candidate running for office stating that 2 million jobs were lost because of Obama care.
Here’s my question? Where are those 2 million lost jobs? How can you lose that many and yet have positive job numbers every month since 2009? Are we to believe that those 2 million people FIRED by Obama care would not apply for unemployment compensation?
Another day, another lie and in the meantime people are now getting care they never had before the Affordable Care Act.

FLORIDA-IF THEY COULDN’T RUN A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, WE’RE SURPRISED AT THIS???

MEDIA MATTERS

REMEMBERING KOREA

WYLNTV35 will be airing a special honoring area Korean War Veterans leading up to and on Veterans Day called "Remembering The Forgotten War: Korea."
The special will be hosted by three-tour combat veteran, SSG Erik Olson (Retired), a local veteran of Iraq/Afghanistan, recipient of the Purple Heart, and host of another veteran-oriented WYLNTV35 program called Warrior Summit Outdoors.


SUNDAY MAGAZINE

This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with Sheri Bryk about the big fundraiser for the Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge in Dallas coming up on Sunday at the VSpot Bar in Scranton.
Brian speaks with Kim Courtney & Father Gary about the Halloween Pet Parade
coming up next Saturday at St Nicholas of Myra Church in Swoyersville to benefit Tracey's Hope Hospice Care & Rescue.
And Brian speaks with Michael Milcher & Emily Hibbs from the Scranton Cultural Center about their "Thrill The World" event coming up next Saturday, and other upcoming events at the Cultural Center.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X & 6:25am on Magic 93.

ECTV

Things will get a little spooky on ECTV Live during the week of October 20th! Host David DeCosmo will welcome author Regge Episale to the program during the week to share some of her regional Ghost Stories with the audience! ECTV Live is seen on Comcast Ch 19 (Ch 61 in some areas) throughout the week during the Noon and Midnight hour. Additional showings are aired, as time allows, weekdays at 6pm.


BOLD GOLD COMMUNITY FORUM

This week on Community Forum Mike Remish talks with Peg Ruddy, Executive Director of the Women's Resource Center of Lackawanna County. You'll hear the program Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on NEPA Sports Radio-The Game 1340/1400/1440 am and 100.7 and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River.

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 RUMCHEK


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!”

KAREL ON THE STREET


Tune 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.


CORBETT’S SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME

Every Wednesday at 5PM, Steve Corbett shines the light on a Public official with his “Somebody’s Watching Me” segment. Corbett picks an alleged public servant to eye ball and observe. Batten down the lawn furniture in the driveway and that e mail machine. There is nowhere to hide when “somebody’s Watching”. Wednesdays at 5 on WILK’s Corbett program.


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1974

In the 1974 World Series, A's Ken Holtzman, who hasn't batted all season, belts 3rd inning home run in Game 4 & gets the win, 5-2...."Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" closes at Playhouse NYC after 1065 per….NBA New Orleans Jazz begin a 28 game road losing streak……Washington Capitals 1st NHL home victory, beating Chicago 4-3..The Oakland A's beat LA Dodgers, 4 games to 1 in 71st World Series makes A's only team other than Yanks to win 3 straight series…….in Pennsylvania Senatorial candidate Pete Flaherty says he is confident he will be the next Senator from Pennsylvania citing Watergate and a successful Shapp administration…in the 22nd Legislative District, GOP challenger Gene Garvey says he can do a better job than one term State Senate incumbent Robert Mellow…................................
and forty years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Nothing From Nothing” by Billy Preston.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2751, October 15th, 2014

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WRITE ON WEDNESDAY

NEW THOUGHTS ON AN OLD PRISON AND THE ONGOING DEBT 

This week’s “Write On Wednesday” is about housing our prisoners on a county level. Can there be a more streamlined process and one that would be innovative, save money and work within the framework of the Judicial system?  Wil Toole has an idea and he shared that with local newspapers, County Council members and now LuLac. Here’s what he had to say.
Dear County Council Member and County Manager,
Luzerne County has hired a consulting firm whose chore it will be to prepare a plan to resolve the ongoing financial problems. They have asked for public input so I will once again offer this plan to change how our prison system operates.
I have suggested in the past that the county administration meet with the Court of Common Pleas and discuss sentencing as it pertains to this proposed plan.
It is my suggestion that the cost of operating the county prison can be greatly reduced while at the same time increase revenues. This program would require the cooperation of all involved.
First it must be recognized that while incarcerated, inmates must be clothed, fed and given medical treatment when necessary. I suggest that all non violent offenders with the exception of drug offenders be given home arrest. This would eliminate the cost of the Day Reporting Center as well as the costs of incarceration. The benefits of Home Confinement is that there would be no expense to feed or cloth the individual and health care would no longer be a burden to the county. These non violent inmates would be issued an electronic ankle bracelet at their own expense and would be supervised electronically as well as being on the case load of a county parole officer. This supervision can be in house reporting with the inmate physically reporting in person to an officer within the probation department offices (this is done in large cities). If the inmate cannot afford the electronic device, they can work off the cost by being utilized by the county for maintenance of buildings and grounds, municipalities or qualified non profit organizations. With financial conditions being what they are, union cooperation should be attainable.
The current cost of housing feeding, clothing and covering medical expenses when eliminated would be a huge savings. The number on inmates would be greatly reduced freeing up space which could be used to take in state non violent prisoners which would reduce the over crowding of state prisons. This would result in increased county revenues making the program worthwhile as both a source of revenue and a reduction in county paid prison expenses.
New offenders would be given the usual sentence as dictated by their individual offense and when put into this program, their choice would be to cooperate fully, not break the given rules and if they do, they would be remanded to inmate status at the county facility and their original sentence would begin without credit for any time spent on home confinement.
This is the basics of my suggestion and obviously, details would need be discussed and resolved so that the program can be implemented as soon as possible.
It is my hope that those involved in the planning and approval process will work together to make this a doable program. I would appreciate your passing this suggestion on to your consultant.
Thank you for your consideration,
Wil Toole
Dupont PA
EDITOR’S NOTE: To date County Council members Jim Bobeck and Edd Brominski have responded to Mr. Toole.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2750, October 13th, 2014

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13 QUESTIONS

1. You mentioned the various formats for the Gubernatorial debate this year in previous LuLacs. Do you think they were effective and should have featured more public participation?

I think they were an interesting blend of formats. I think that it was an advantage for Tom Corbett in the first debate to speak before a business friendly atmosphere, I mean there was a lot of applause for him.
I’m not a fan of audience participation in debates because sometimes you get some person with an agenda or someone who wants to star in a public forum. I will never forget Mrs. LuLac telling me about the Looney Tune at a Joan Rivers concert who took up twenty minutes talking about herself before she got to her question. Rivers was kind. I’ve see moderators, even on a national level not being to handle a debate when the audience is involved. I like the fact that in the last debate the audience got a chance to write in their questions. That’s the way to go.

2. How about those Baseball playoff games and who are you rooting for now that the Pirates and Indians are not in the hunt?

Incredible. Sad to say I have not seen a lot of innings but I plan to watch more. I’m rooting for the Orioles because my former pastor of our church Father Joe Greskiewicz is an Orioles fan. Plus Buck Showalter needs a break. He built up the Yanks, Diamondbacks and Rangers and got the boot before the team reached the promised land. My dad was a Cardinals fan, my cousin Bob is a Giants fan and I love the Cinderella nature of the Royals. I’m just hoping every game goes to the max of 7 games.

3. You had a rather cantankerous exchange with L.A. Tarone on his radio show in late September regarding the Wolf/Corbett race. How are you guys now?

Fine. You should have seen us on WYLN TV during the time The Affordable Care Act was being debated. L.A. is passionate about his beliefs and so am I when I am all in for a candidate. Since LuLac started, that has only happened twice. L.A.’s audience is not going to be very receptive to what I might have to say but that’s okay. I got some help from the hills of Dallas when Duke phoned in.

4. Candy corn or apples?

C’mon if I say candy corn, Mrs. LuLac and Doctor Joe Leonardi are going to be on my case. Apples of course.

5.  It seems like there is going to be a big fight for control of the Senate. I know you are rooting for the Democrats but what would your dream scenario be?

Okay. This President has found that some of his Democratic Senators have not been terribly supportive. Especially on guns and immigration. For me as a blogger I’d love to see a 50-50 tie in the Senate. That would put Vice President Joe Biden front and center. Wildly entertaining. But there is an independent running in Kansas in a one on one race so we’ll have to see where he lands on the issues.

6. It has been a few years since the Luzerne County Charter was set in motion. More than a few people have said they made a mistake by voting for it. Do you feel the same way?

Absolutely not. They may bicker like old ladies across the fence but that action is out in the open. Let them go back and forth on about chickens, toy aircraft, whatever. It’s all in the open.

7. Do you get to eat any of that great food on Pa Live when you’re on the show?

I don’t stay because it smells so good. They have some of the very best chefs and eateries on that show. The aroma alone just adds 5 pounds.

8. Why was Blogfest scheduled so late?

Commitments and busy schedules on the part of the planners. We are doing something a little different this year, we’re doing it on a Thursday evening October 30th at The Red Mill. Time 6 to 10PM. If you are a candidate, observer, blogger, stop by and say hello.

9. You’ve spoken to Tom Wolf a number of times. What has impressed you the most about him personally? Is there any question you regretted not asking him?

He is just an easy guy to talk to. In my case, he remembers what I said to him the last time I saw him. I think he connects pretty well with people. Just an observation here but unlike a lot of politicians I’ve met, he’s not looking over your shoulder to see who might be more important.
Yes, I wanted to ask him if he was a Beatles or Stones guy. And that was before the second debate where a reporter quizzed Corbett and Wolf on personal likes and dislikes
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10. Today is the first year anniversary of the slaying of DeeJay Moe, will justice ever be done?
Deejay and my former co worker Mike Onley. (Photo: Citizen's Voice).
Mike Onley sat across from me at work for over a year. Justice eventually will be done in my opinion because I believe there are people out there who know who did it. They just have to have the balls or the conscience to come clean. The tragedy here for his family is that this was the second child felled by gun violence. But we say no to enhanced gun legislation because the right wing screaming meemies are still saying Obama and every liberal will take away their guns.
At a Wilkes Barre Council meeting some statements were made that “The Street” knows what happened, therefore so should the police and city officials. They know nothing until somebody starts talking. You can talk all you want about what “The Street” knows but you need evidence to put someone away for this.
Mike was a remarkable guy who was very helpful to me in my initial stages of MG. I actually now sit at his desk and think about him every time I come in to work in the morning. Justice is more than “talk”, it’s about getting proof. The police and the DA have been seeking proof, now it's time for "The Street" to start talking.

11. I hear on the radio all the time that there are 22 million illegal aliens in this country? You think so?

No. There are so many lies about illegal immigration. Like 60 percent of illegals live in public housing. But yet HUD requires proof of legal status. Plus, most social welfare programs bar illegal immigrants from receiving benefits and require proof of immigration status. That includes food stamps, as well as cash welfare assistance, Medicaid, and even the new health care law. So if there are 22 million illegals, I challenge the loudmouths to tell me where the hell they are. You know if these guys were around at the turn of the century they wouldn’t be here in America. It is fear and ignorance reigning.

12. Do you think there needs to be boots on the ground in the Mideast to stop ISIS?

Yes. If we are committed to stopping this, we can’t trust anyone and oversee the operation.

13. My wife ran into a woman you used to date who said you were an egotistical clown. Thoughts?

Only one? Surely your wife needs to get out more. I’m sure there’s a club that meets quarterly in NEPA.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2749, October 12th, 2014

ELECTION 2014: THIRD AND FINAL PA GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE ON TV MONDAY

Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf. (Photo: Philly.com).
PA Gubernatorial Debate, hosted by WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, with Democratic nominee Tom Wolf and Republican nominee Tom Corbett
Location: WTAE-TV studios in Pittsburgh
Time: 6:00PM Monday on PCN.

AARON KAUFER ENDORSED BY FOURTEEN DEMOCRATIC PUBLIC OFFICIALS

Aaron Kaufer at candidates forum in the spring. (Photo: LuLac archives).
Two weeks ago GOP candidate for the open seat in the 120th district had an event where members of the Democratic Party were supporting him. We wondered who they were because we could not attend the event. Kaufer’s headquarters provided that answer in this release.
In a show of bipartisan support, the Kaufer Now Committee is pleased to announce the following Democratic elected officials have endorsed Aaron Kaufer for State Representative:
Edwardsville Mayor Bernard Ace Dubaskas
Judy Gober, Jason Tarreto, Mike Jancuska, Mary Ellen Schell – Luzerne Council
Pringle Mayor Dorothy Peters
Rita Thomas, Mary Watkins, Mike Berish – Pringle Council
Tom Shannon, Rick Turner, Denise Adams, Joe Esposito – Exeter Council
Debbie Youngblood – Courtdale Council
Kaufer said, “We are extremely excited for this opportunity to engage the community and our elected officials. By crossing party lines and doing what we know is right, we can lead by example and enact policies that strengthen our community.”

The LuLac Edition #2748, October 12th, 2014

THE MAJESTY OF GIVING

For the last month media consumers in Northeastern Pennsylvania have seen and heard about events in support of fallen State Trooper Bryon Dickson and his injured comrade Alex Douglass. But you don’t get a true appreciation for the fervor that people feel for this terrible chapter in our history unless you see it up close.
Saturday the Majestic Restaurant in downtown Pittston had an event that targeted 50% of its profits that day for the families of the two troopers. From 10am to 3pm, the place was packed with people ordering hot dogs, cheeseburgers, fries and other items that have made the eatery a virtual icon. There was a line out the door, and every table and stool was occupied. Waiting for order, I got myself a seat and watched the frenetic activity. If Gordon Ramsey saw the Majestic staff in action, he’d have nothing to bitch about.
During the course of the day, staff members from District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis’ office were on hand helping out along with guest servers Luzerne County Sheriff Brian Szumski Pa Game Commission Representative Patrick Dessoye, State Police Representative Gary Vogue, Chief County Detective Mike Dessoye, Leverage Fitness Studio Representative Tim Hlivia, Pittston Police Chief Robert Powers and representatives from the Pittston Police Force.
The DA herself was transporting the food from the grill to various tables and running herself from one end of the building to another. Her dad manned the grill and seemed planted there from the time I arrived until the time I left. He did opine at one point to me that he was a follower of LuLac and I thanked him. But there was no more small talk because the orders kept on piling up.
I ran into three people I haven’t seen in years. Sam Alba who has been such an activist in the Pittston Area Community for so long. We chatted about the Knox Mine work he did as well as growing up in Pittston. Then I saw a fellow classmate from St. John the Evangelist, ’72 John Casey McDonough. Barely touching on local politics, we got off on the subject of olives mentioning how our tastes had changed as we aged. It occurred to me that Sam, “Casey” and I had our first jobs in Pittston Area Supermarkets, Detato’s and the SuperSaver. As I was leaving I saw a neighbor of mine from The Junction, Anna Mae Copper O’Boyle. We chatted about the old days and I gave her an update on what was going on with me.
The place was packed with not only law enforcement friends and families but just folks who got out of the house on a dreary fall day to grab one of those great dogs but also to support the families in this worthy cause. People just want to do something. On Saturday in downtown Pittston they certainly did.
On the way out, I ran into a reader who recognized my picture from Face book. She said, “I thought you were an Abe’s guy, did you have one of the Majestic Hot dogs?” I told her “I’m an Abe’s guy because I was a Majestic guy first”. She asked how long the wait was and I told her kind of like Red Lobster on a week night. She headed toward the balloon festooned hub of activity. “Food's cheaper and better” she said. And so was the company and the cause.
This is a long shot of the crowd at The Majestic on Saturday afternoon.
Mr. Salavantis was slaving over a hot grill.
District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis consults with Deon Fernandez on scheduling.
The DA lent a hand with take outs too.

WISH I WROTE THIS

There have been thousands of words written about the incident involving the state troopers the last month. But the best came from Scranton Times Tribune columnist Chris Kelly regarding the suspect and his fantasy military life. Here's what the Times Tribune Columnist wrote: 
I’ve known guys like you, wannabe mercenaries who cut their tough-guy teeth with “Call of Duty” on PlayStation and graduated to paintball. Most who play these games know they’re pretending. For a few, the lines blur with ugly consequences.
A dear friend I lost touch with almost 20 years ago was obsessed with military history. He could choreograph every battle back to Hannibal. He got his girlfriend pregnant and joined the Marines. He lasted about a week after learning that being a Marine requires a commitment few can honor. His daughter was raised by another man.
Like yours, my friend’s fantasy was no match for reality.
Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II, the man you stand accused of murdering, was a Marine. He didn’t play soldier. He lived it. Semper Fidelis isn’t just a slogan.
If you really wanted to go to war, the past dozen years presented plenty of opportunities. Why didn’t you enlist? With your skills, you might have been deployed as a sniper. Then again, military life offers no guarantees. You might have ended up in a situation where your targets shoot back.
It must have been hard to be 31 with no job and living with mom and dad. Everyone thinks you’re a loser and you are helpless to present any evidence to the contrary.
So you flip the script. You’re not the problem. You are marooned in a world that doesn’t register your worth and spins only to keep you down. Whatever evil you do, the world has coming. In the end, thinking people will see you were justified.
No, they won’t. There is no defensible reason to take an innocent life. This truth is the spine of society. It does not care to know your grievances, real or imagined.
This is the best take on this horrible situation so far. Wish I wrote it.


WE MAKE 20/20 AGAIN!!!
Former school teacher Lauren Harrington Cooper. (Photo: Times Leader).
So the other night something unprecedented happened in the LuLac Living Room. Both Mrs. Lu Lac and I were yelling at the TV as the former Wyoming Valley West School Teacher was interviewed by ABC’s 20/20. All of the local news personalities made an appearance in the report. The Citizen’s Voice reporter Bob  Kalinowski was edited out of the piece. That was too bad. But this has not been Luzerne County's first rodeo on 20/20.
But what got us both going was the snarky demeanor of Lauren Harrington Cooper was just awful. That squeaky little girl voice did not cut it as far as I’m concerned and her use of the word “alleged” after she was convicted was mystifying. The first unanimous shout back to the TV came when Harrington Cooper blamed the victims. Her husband’s defense of her was admirable but at one point I was waiting for it to sink in that she was charged more than once with the same thing. Apparently it didn’t.
What blew us away was the admission by her that she didn’t think her behavior was a big deal and that she was shocked that what she did was a crime. We both screamed this at The Sharp, Aren’t school teachers usually the first line of defense against child abuse and predators? Don’t they have training classes on this? I usually don’t watch things like this because I know the outcome but I’m glad I did view this. It only reinforces my belief that the right decisions regarding this predator were made.


HILLARY IN PHILLY FOR WOLF
Tom Wolf and Hillary Clinton at big event in Philadelphia Thursday night. (Photo: Associated Press).
Tom Wolf, the Democratic candidate for Governor exhibited his usual self effacing persona when he said to the more than 1,000 people packed into the Constitution Center that he wasn’t the reason why people came. Even though he did send invites to many of his supporters for the event featuring Hillary Clinton. The former First Lady, Secretary of State and United States Senator warmly greeted the nominee for Pennsylvania Governor and then got down to business.
Clinton seemed to mirror Wolf’s campaign message of protecting the middle class. Her speech seemed to shed the automatic responses and robotic motions of will she or won’t she. Clinton’s message was that you could wish for something to happen over and over again but if you don’t get out and vote, nothing will happen. “From my perspective, you can’t count on things turning out the way you want it, unless you get out and work for it, right? she said.
Wolf who is leading in the polls has been telling voters that nothing is a done deal. He has been urging the Democratic faithful to not be complacent but to get to the polls on Tuesday November 4th.
Clinton praised Wolf for his work ethic, his business success story and the way he treated his workers that helped build his business. Observers say it was a win win for both Wolf and Mrs. Clinton but did suggest this was the Presidential aspirants strongest articulation of how the Democrats can reach a middle class in desperate need of rebuilding.