Tuesday, April 07, 2015

The LuLac Edition #2873, April 7th, 2015

PNC Field. (Photo: Times Tribune)
So now people around here are complaining about paying for parking at PNC Field. I remember the outrage when the Red Barons asked for a parking fee. Jesus the tickets were only 4 bucks for the bleachers. But that’s the Lu and the Lac!
Here’s what’s wrong with the current parking request. No one seems to think that anything will get done. When the Barons had a parking fee, some kid or geezer took the money and it being run by Lackawanna County….no one knows where that money went. There was never a line item or an idea of how much was made and therefore the renovation was never earmarked.
Then there was an era of free parking but now the Stadium wants a fee for parking again. I’m fine with it. Two bucks for a Triple A game is reasonable. A bargain.
But I would like to see the money dedicated to the improvement of the lot. Maybe as the season goes on, there could be a bat with a goal attached to it so the people can see how far they are away from the goal of getting the lot fixed.
In the meantime what should have been an easy fee as part of a professional minor league franchise is being debated and resisted…for the following reasons:
1. It was never done right in the first place.
2. There was never any consistency of purpose.
But for right now, let’s PLAY BALL! And pay the money but ask for an accounting of how the parking lot is coming along as the season goes on.

 Wilkes Barre Mayor Tom Leighton. (Photo: Citizen's Voice).
I am so glad Mayor Tom Leighton spoke about landlords and visitors in his remarks the other day on multiple shootings in the city. If you look at the pattern of the crimes they have the following in common.
1. They involve guns.
2. They involve for the most part a transient portion of the population.
3. They end in deaths and then grieving friends and families are left wondering what went wrong.
For the answer to number 3, see numbers 1 and 2.
I have lived in the city for 33 years. During that time I have had outside visitors staying at my house. They had the following things in common:
1. They never carried a gun.
2. We knew where they came from, where they were while in Wilkes Barre and when they were going back.
3. They went home alive and returned once more alive to visit.
For the answer to why number 3 worked, see numbers 1 and 2.


At 12:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. They involve guns stolen and purchased on the streets, in the hands of the socially maladjusted who don't go through the same carry permit requirements the law abiding citizens follow.
2. They involve for the most part a transient portion of the population drawn to an economically faltering area by low rent, easy access and an overwhelmed law enforcement.
3. They end in deaths and then grieving friends and families are left wondering what went wrong, eventually realizing numbers 1 and 2.

The police cannot come to our rescue fast enough and then they have the Ferguson aftermath hanging over them. It is up to us to protect ourselves and our family - legally. Maybe Hizoner could announce a streamlining of the process for our citizens.

I have a carry permit, my family and friends know I carry, am trained and am committed to using it IF I must. When my out of state friends come to visit, those with reciprocity carry permits are welcome to carry. They too go home alive and we look forward to more peaceful visits and picnics.

Nobody I know wants to take a life but we must be prepared to protect ours. It is a grave decision not to be taken lightly.

The most polite people in NEPA can be found at a gun show, heyna?

At 10:29 AM, Anonymous Mayor Bill said...

Yonk you are so very correct on both issues! We actually agree on both of them!

At 6:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

$2.00 for parking? Hell, that's a mere pittance! Go up to the arena where you fork out Ten Bucks to park. Then you can bitch!!!

At 8:39 PM, Anonymous Joe V said...

One question on your gun rant. How many murders were committed in Luzerne County by those who posses a permit to carry a canceled firearm?
Joe V


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