Saturday, February 28, 2015

The LuLac Edition #2845, February 28th, 2015

Last evening in the city he loves and the Radisson Hotel he helped make possible, a beautiful hotel that was an old building destined for the scrap heap, James Barrett McNulty, the 29th Mayor of Scranton was honored on his 70th birthday. The event was a virtual who’s who of politicos in both Scranton and Wilkes Barre. The event also served as a fundraiser for Mr. McNulty and The Foundation for Cancer Care, an all-volunteer “grassroots foundation (that) helps any resident of our area with a cancer diagnosis.
The place was packed with friends, well wishers, former political foes and plain folks who wanted to extend their good wishes to the Mayor. There were people there of every age enjoying the festivities. The former Mayor made a speech from the second floor balcony of the Hotel flanked by his wife Evie Refalko McNulty, Senator Bob Casey and his wife Terese, State Democratic Chairman Jim Burn and former Heavy Weight Champion of the world Larry Holmes. In his remarks McNulty spoke of how hope and determination can overcome almost any obstacle.
There were so many people there that I apologize to anyone I left out. But some of the notables attending were Mayor Bill Courtright, former Mayors David Wenzel and Eugene Peters, former County Commissioners Mike Washo and Joe Corcoran, Attorney General Kathleen Kane, Bob Morgan from Congressman Cartwright’s office (Mr. Cartwright might have been there but I kept on getting lost from Mrs. LuLac that she was threatening to get me one of those tether things that parents use for their kids at Disney World,) Thom Welby from State Representative Marty Flynn’s office, the renaissance man of Scranton, Joe Peters, Mitchell Klevan. the husband of Judicial candidate Judge Anne E. Lazarus a candidate for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and Commissioners Jim Wansacz and Pat “The Statesman” O’Malley.
From the Wilkes Barre and Luzerne County area there was State Representative Mike Carroll, State Senator John Yudichak former Wilkes Barre Mayor Tom McGroarty, State committeeman Tom Shubilla, Political consultant and State Committee resource Bob Caruso, Judge Lesa Gelb and her husband Attorney Barry Dyller, Attorney Bill Vinsko and his wife Paula and a few others I’m sure I missed.
WNEP TV ran the event as their top story of the night at 11 and WBRE TV had a segment on Pa Live in the afternoon as well as having reporter Andrew Forgotch on the scene.
Even though he was a one term Mayor of Scranton, McNulty has been a transformative figure in area politics. His campaigns were legendary and changed the way politicians did business as they tried to climb the ladder. McNulty’s legacy is that he was the catalyst of what is now the modern Scranton in terms of its identity. It strikes me that with so many problems facing not only Scranton but all cities maybe we need to get a dose of Mr. McNulty’s storied enthusiasm. It was a great event that brought a city together at just the right time. It’s below zero most days, the snow is piled up, there is the pension situation in the city……………it was about time for a party and the only guy capable of pulling that off was Jim McNulty. Jim McNulty, a man I am so very proud to call a friend.

A majority of these photos were taken by Mrs. LuLac. You’ll see the ones I took on my little IPhone.
What I think is the classic photo of the night, former Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes, Mr. McNulty and the senior Senator from Pennsylvania (as Jim likes to remind us) Bob Casey.
Less hair, more miles on him but he still has the microphone and the red rose. No mistaking who this is at the podium. Or in this case, rail.  
Senator Bob Casey expounding on Mayor McNulty's legacy.
One of Jim McNulty's best decisions, his wife (we men all marry up, let's face it) Evie. 
Breaking in the new LuLac camera with Bob Caruso, State Party Chair Jim Burn and your blog editor.  There is truth to the rumor that Burn saved the lens from cracking! 
Joe Peters arriving. Joe has been a mainstay in the area political and media scene. 
Tom Welby, Iris Liebman and State Representative Mike Carroll. 
Former Mayor David Wenzel holding court at the event with friends. 
Speaking of former Mayors, I was thrilled to meet Eugene Peters who was at the event. Mr. McNulty served as Peters' Deputy Mayor and even when I worked in the media in the 70s, our paths never crossed. His son Joe made it happen. It was an honor. 

Bob Caruso and I huddling about recent and future political developments which I'm sure fascinated the table behind us. Not!

While Mrs. LuLac was shooting, I spied the newly registered Democratic Commissioner, Pat "The Statesman" O'Malley circulating his nominating petitions. 
Is Larry Holmes really that tall? Yes he is. The Champ gave a heart warming speech last night. 
 It wasn't over Rigatoni and Garlic Bread at La Trot but it was just as interesting as I sat down with the guest of honor last night. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The LuLac Edition #2844, February 26th, 2015

Your typical Muslim family, hayna? (Photo: Time)

Most people wonder why President Obama seems to be skating with Americans when it comes to his policies. The President who in his first term received no cooperation from the GOP won re-election with a majority of the vote. This President is no longer the darling of the Progressive wing of the Democratic party. People like me think he missed an opportunity to ram through his agenda trying to compromise with a party hell-bent on destroying him.
Today the world is in turmoil. Many blame the President. But the reason he escapes total culpability is because of the comments of the fringe right. You need not tune into Fox News to hear it, just listen to local talk radio. This gem from Wednesday night on WILK Radio.
The President was raised by a Muslim father and grandfather, therefore he has Muslim tendencies. Here are the facts:
His mother, Ann Dunham, was born in Wichita, Kansas, and was of mostly English ancestry. His father, Barack Obama, Sr., was a Luo from Nyang’oma Kogelo, Kenya. Obama's parents met in 1960 in a Russian class at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where his father was a foreign student on scholarship. The couple married in Wailuku on Maui on February 2, 1961, and separated when, in late August 1961, Obama's mother moved with their newborn son to attend the University of Washington in Seattle for one year. In the meantime, Obama, Sr. completed his undergraduate economics degree in Hawaii in June 1962, then left to attend graduate school at Harvard University on a scholarship. Obama's parents divorced in March 1964.[ Obama Sr. returned to Kenya in 1964 where he remarried; he visited Barack in Hawaii only once, in 1971. He died in an automobile accident in 1982 when his son was 21 years old.[
This father ONLY saw his son ONCE. What kind of Muslim influence did he have on the young man? Furthermore the President’s grandfather on his mother’s was a Veteran of World War II. His name was Stanley Armour Dunham and was NOT A MUSLIM!
Dunham enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army on January 18, 1942, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and served in the European Theatre of World War II with the 1830th Ordnance Supply and Maintenance Company, Aviation. During D-Day, this unit helped to support the 9th Air Force. Stanley and his brother Ralph were deployed to France six weeks after D-Day. Before the Invasion of Normandy, the Dunhams once met accidentally as Stanley went in search of rations at Hotel Russell in London, where his sibling Ralph happened to be staying.[10] Madelyn gave birth to a daughter they named Stanley Ann, who was later known as Ann, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita on November 29, 1942. During the war, Madelyn Dunham worked on a Boeing B-29 assembly line in Wichita. (
The more right wing know nothings scream louder and louder nonsense about this President, the better he looks to Americans. Even one like me who is not crazy about his first term. When I hear people on the radio spout misinformation like that, I’m reminded of the line from my favorite political movie, “The Best Man”. It comes from actor Lee Tracy, who as former President Art Hochstader said to a rival, "I don't object to you being a bastard. It's your being such a stupid bastard that I object to."

Don’t want to say I told you so but Governor Tom Wolf, a businessman is actually thinking like a businessman trying to develop new, wait for it…… in Pennsylvania. Wolf unveiled a new business tax reform plan yesterday that, on its face, will ask more companies to shoulder a corporate tax set at lower rates.
Wolf's plan would drop Pennsylvania's business buzz-killing corporate net income tax rate from 9.99 percent at present to 5.99 percent for 2016, 5.49 percent in 2017 and 4.99 percent in 2018. (AP)
My friend L.A. Tarone expressed surprise but thought it was a good idea. During the campaign, the naysayers said Wolf would be a horrible, inexperienced Governor. They pointed to how Tom Corbett and the GOP were on the side of business and that Wolf was a tool of the unions. (By the way those unions backed Rob McCord in the primary, just ask Jim McNulty, his wife Evie, Bill Vinsko, Mark Noble, Cassandra Coleman, Mike Washo and name just a few! Wolf is doing what he said he would do… an unconventional Governor. As I told one of L.A. Tarone’s callers when I was a guest on his show the last time, “When Wolf’s first term is over, you’ll thank me and others who knew enough that Tom Wolf was and is the guy."


Three men were arrested Wednesday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the United States, and federal officials said one of them spoke of shooting President Barack Obama. It seems everyone is after the President in some way shape or form. This week people were also calling for the President’s impeachment. I hope they realize that if the President goes, you get Joe Biden. 
Biden might be regarded by some as a clown but he is a survivor. He is a long time Foreign Policy expert who can lead this county. If you think Biden as Vice President was unabashed, could you imagine him as Presiden!!? I don’t wish any President ill but for those who say they want Obama out, please understand the rules of succession in the Executive Branch. Biden would be your worst nightmare because unlike the more cautious Mr. Obama, Biden would be full speed ahead. One must only look to the issue of gay marriage. The administration was dancing around it until Biden went on national TV and exploded the issue. Behind the big smile and slap on the back camaraderie, Joe Biden is a calculating, seasoned and vicious politician. Be careful what you ask for people.

In honor of our nation’s first Republican President, the Republican Party of Luzerne County will host a Lincoln Day Breakfast on Saturday, February 28, 2015 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: Lynette Villano, Breakfast Chairperson @ or by calling 570-654-6567 or



For the fourth year, WYLN35 based in Hazleton, PA and airing throughout the Wilkes-Barre market will broadcast the Wilkes-Barre St. Patrick’s Day Parade LIVE.
The parade coverage will begin 2PM EST Sunday March 15th and rebroadcast several times (check local listings or go to for details regarding rebroadcast days/times).
The televised coverage will be hosted by WYLN35 news personalities: News Anchor, Ann Gownley and Reporter/Topic A host Gary Perna. The station’s Sports Director, Eric DeBerardinis and Sports/Features Reporter, Gabriella Justin will be in the roles of correspondents on the streets. Additional on-air WYLN35 talent will be at the parade behind the cameras, including the station’s Chief Meteorologist, Joe Garbacik.
Interviews will include this in the parade, spectators, the Mayor of Wilkes-Barre and the parade’s grand marshal.
WYLN35 serves northeastern PA and can be watched on the following cable and UHF channels:
Channel 7
Service Electric Cablevision Hazleton & Mahanoy City
Metrocast Berwick
Service Electric Cable TV & Communications Wilkes-Barre
Channel 15
Shen-Heights Television
UHF Channels
Channel 5 Williamsport
Channel 24 East Stroudsburg
Channel 35 Hazleton
Channel 47 Berwick


This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with Dr. Matthew Dudoff from UCLA about Heart Health.
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Amanda Markajini from the Northeast Regional Cancer Center & Dr. Tom Novinger from Blue Cross about the 12th Annual Casual Day to raise awareness of Colon Cancer.
And an encore of Brian's interview with Chris Seper from Med City to discuss the nationwide Measles epidemic.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am
on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X & Sports Radio 590, WARM & 6:25am on Magic 93


Jamie Hailstone joins ECTV Hosts David DeCosmo and Rusty Fender during the week of March 2nd to unveil plans for this year's Saint Patrick's Parade in Scranton! The Parade is scheduled for March 14th. Hailstone is one of the volunteer committee people who work to make Scranton's Parade one of the biggest in the Country. ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast Cable Channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is broadcast several times a day throughout the week.


This week's guest is Rich Bradshaw from Ronald McDonald House in Scranton. He'll discuss new facilities and the upcoming Gourmet Gala. Jim Riley hosts Sunday at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on NEPA Sports Radio-The Game 1340/1400 am and 100.7 fm; and at 7:40 on 105 The River


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. Hear some of the funniest and heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.


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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A new, revised, color production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella airs on CBS. Lesley Ann Warren makes her TV debut in the title role. The show becomes an annual tradition….The Sound of Music premieres at the Rivoli Theater in New York City….. US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site...USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR…….in Pennsylvania Senator Hugh Scott says that he will be one of those lawmakers who will be sympathetic to the cause o black Americans marching in Alabama for the right to vote… Hazleton broadcaster Victor Diehm says he might run for the Senate seat in the new 14th Senatorial District in 1966…..and fifty years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Ferry Across the Mersey" by Gerry and the Pacemakers. (

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The LuLac Edition #2843, February 24th, 2015

Kristi Capel. (Photo: LuLac archives).
Well I’m sure you’ve all heard the news about former WBRE TV weatherperson Kristi Capel making a rather questionable remark on Fox TV in Cleveland. In an exchange that was supposed to be complimentary to Lady Ga Ga and her performance at The Oscars, Capel referred to some of her music with a racial slur.
A few observations here. I think that this is a case of not having the type of institutional knowledge that one must have to be in the Media. This term has been around for years. At some point Capel must have heard it but it did not register as a slur. When I was growing up, I’d hear all type of crazy things coming out of my father’s co workers mouth’s concerning baseball players. It was usually complimentary regarding their athletic skills followed by a term that is not acceptable in society today. That began to change in the 60s.
The musical “Hair” featured a song in which the slur Kapel used was featured. Albeit it was sung by a man of color but was there nonetheless. I’m not sure that might have been covered in a Communications class because we are still afraid to talk about race in this country. But if you had any sense of history or culture, you’d know the term was questionable.
That said, in the heat of a TV moment, things happen. The list is very long of people who made comments they should not have. Al Campanis of the Dodgers, Howard Cosell, etc. Stuff happens on live TV. When I first started in broadcasting in the mid 1970s I did a few shows on WVIA TV. Live. The last one I did was in 1979.
As many of you know in the last 9 years I have done thing live with WYOU TV, WYLN TV and WBRE. When I first went on WYOU, I was terrified because it was live. It didn’t help that I heard a camera guy say, “Make it good, there are only 29 counties watching this!” My experience and talents pale in comparison to many established people. But there is always an element of danger in live TV. Plus it doesn’t have to be a term, it could be a story. Look no further than Brian Williams. You are expected to think quick and cogently. Sometimes in the recesses of your mind something will come out. That’s what happened here.
Not to totally defend Kapel here but Lady Ga Ga has been all over the place musically the last few years. Recently (and I give credit to her association with Tony Bennett) she has taken a different bent. Not blaming the performer here but just pointing that out.
The incident spurred a debate about how the media used the word. WILK seems to have come under fire for using the term as a point of reference. There are those who say they were using it to increase ratings. C’mon. People don’t stare at the radio and listen anymore like The Waltons. They are moving and can’t catch any reference. They are doing their job to inform.
On institutional knowledge I believe that people in the media have the responsibility to become more historically rounded. I say that from the perspective of a person who lived through eras that I learned about out of curiosity. But I also say that from the viewpoint of a person who is blessed to work with a group of talented twenty somethings in my current position. It is because of them that I know more about what pop culture is in this generation. Sometimes I make the effort, other times I get it by osmosis. But it does come. But this generation of which Kapel is a part of is at least on the surface color blend.
Finally this has to go down as a generational faux pas. Kapel I believe had no idea that it was a slur. The board operator at WILK had no idea it was a slur either as he readily admitted that this morning. That is good and bad. Bad in the sense that perhaps a slur should have been on their radar to prevent a mistake. But in a way it is good that this new generation born after the Civil Rights struggles of the 60s has not been exposed to the ugliness that permeated the time of my childhood.
Three is a wonderful song in the movie and play “South Pacific”. It is called “You’ve Got To Be Taught To Hate”. I don’t think Kapel’s comment was taught. It just happened. Let’s move on.

Candidate Tom Wolf at a campaign stop with then State Representative Phyllis Mundy and your blog editor. (Photo: LuLac archives).
Tom Wolf had some comments directed at him today for his declaration that Pennsylvania has an inferiority complex. Many people weighed in on this as if this was the first time he ever uttered those words.
During the last campaign I attended a dozen Tom Wolf events. At every stop he said that Pennsylvania has to do some chest thumping and be proud of our location and our resources. He’s right. We do need to get out there and promote our strengths. Do we honestly believe people are any smarter or talented in Texas, Massachusetts, (please) or the South?
Look at this area. All the stuff we have here, Steamtown, the renovation of the old train station into what is now The Radisson , The Stadium, The Arena, Triple A Baseball The Kirby, the common denominator was that we were told by the naysayers they would never work.
What was easier everywhere else in America was a struggle here. There’s a reason for that. We think we suck. We think we don’t deserve this stuff. Not all but a negative segment of people that drag us down. Wolf should not have been criticized for his remarks, he should have been thanked. Again.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The LuLac Edition #2842, February 23rd, 2015


State Representative Gerry Mullery. (Photo: LuLac archives).
State Representative Gerry Mullery is taking it to the streets. The State Representative from the 119th District is urging area taxpayers to push for the elimination of school property taxes. The bill would eliminate school property taxes and increase the Sales and Use Tax and Personal Income Tax. The sales tax would be increased by 1 percent while the personal income tax would be increased to 1.24 percent. 
Mullery said that citizens should “make calls and send emails” to state representatives to support the bill. It’s called The Tax Independence Act, also known as HB/SB 76. This bill would give relief to property owners that have been burdened with huge taxes over the years. There are times when one wonders if it is worth it to have property. Mullery asked taxpayers to find out who voted against the last bill introduced in 2013 (it went down to defeat 138 to 59).
Mullery’s plea is extraordinary because he is saying that there has to be a better way of financing education in Pennsylvania. Mullery made his remarks at a meeting in Wilkes Barre Township last week.


Jim Mcnulty, circa 1980. (Photo: LuLac archives).
The committee and guest list for the Friday, Feb. 27, community celebration of James Barrett McNulty’s 70th birthday party/fundraiser are growing.
Jim reports that the event has some new honorary chairs. U.S. Rep. Matt and Marion Munley Cartwright are joining U.S. Sen. Bob and Terese Casey in that role, he said. And, Scranton’s good will ambassador and mayor of mirth and merriment, says former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes and former Penn State Quarterback and Oakland Raider Matt McGloin have been added to the “who’s coming” list. They and all the former Scranton mayor’s friends are invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, drinks and dancing to Kenny McGraw’s Brass & Ivory Orchestra.
The Foundation for Cancer Care, an all-volunteer “grassroots foundation (that) helps any resident of our area with a cancer diagnosis” is assisting. The foundation provides financial assistance for medical supplies, gives gas cards for transportation to and from treatments, provides grocery cards for cancer patients, and accepts donations, “100 percent” of which go to cancer patients, said Margo Opsasnick , its president.
Donation checks can be sent to the Foundation for Cancer Care, Jim McNulty’s Birthday Bash for Cancer, 236 Penn Ave., 2nd Floor, Scranton PA 18503, Margo said.
Jim, who is battling late-stage colon cancer, wants to see as many of his friends at the party as possible. So, well-wishers headed to the birthday party/fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel will be admitted by a birthday card — with just wishes and/or monetary gifts enclosed.
For details on underwriting and sponsorship, call committee member Todd O’Malley’s office at 570-344-2667.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The LuLac Edition #2841, February 21st, 2015


Our “Maybe I’m Amazed” logo

MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that I know that the Hugo Selenski saga is not over. Now Hugo is saying his lawyer was not very competent. Keep in mind that the trials were delayed because he did not like those lawyers from the past or because he wanted to conduct his own defense. As much as I hate to say it, he’ll still be news. He is this century’s George Banks.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that just less than 18 months before the 2016 Presidential election the Democrats are trying to define who they are. In a meeting yesterday Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear stated "I am here to tell you the Democratic Party has lost its way. The problems are not with the "party's core beliefs, but our inability to convey our principles to the American people in a precise, concise and passionate way." This is very true. The problem is the Democrats never messaged the good things the administration did and they ran away from items that are actually benefiting the Middle Class. For me the biggest boneheaded play by the White House was to delay action on immigration. That cost them the votes of the key Hispanic demographic who has no problem sitting out an election or going over to the other side. The Dems should take a page out of Ronald Reagan’s book. Enunciate three key things you stand for. Then bring back the Clinton era “Truth Squads” to go after the ridiculous lies being told by the national GOP.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that a cat went into a Turkey Hill to rob it on Hazle Street in Wilkes Barre the other night. When told the store had no money, he opted for some Newports. From what I hear even packs of cigarettes are pricey. Kind of reminds me of the old days in Siberia where tea was used as currency.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…at the harping surrounding Paul McCartney’s performance at the Saturday Night Live anniversary the other night. McCartney is past 70 and can no longer hit those high notes. Perhaps he might have chosen something other than “Maybe I’m Amazed” (ironic isn’t it??) but he’s the one who makes the choice.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….at the fuss being made over Vice President Joe Biden whispering in the ear of the new Defense Secretary’s wife. Biden is just that type of guy. He is in stark contrast to the former Vice President Dick Cheney. I wonder was there ever a Vice President that anyone was ever happy with?
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that WARM that storied radio station turns 75 this year. Look for some neat historical pieces on our other blog 590 FOREVER WARM next month.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that people all of a sudden think it is a big deal that Wal Mart is raising wages for its workers. They literally had to be shamed into it and if not for a Democratic administration this would never have happened.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that the Lackawanna County Democrats are thinking of naming Joe Corcoran the interim Commissioner replacing outgoing Corey “Don’t sing THE BLUES” for me” O’Brien. Didn’t Corcoran land a state gig? Corcoran was the County Treasurer and then went on to serve 24 years in the Commissioners chair.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that the planet Saturn has a lower density than water. The planet would float if you placed it in water.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that A Rod has asked forgiveness again. The question remains is will he be a factor in the Yankees 2015 season or will he be ignored? The Yanks need a bat and if he can hit, get your money’s worth I say. I have a feeling he may be released but I can be wrong on that one.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……at just how quaint TV commercials were when I was a kid. When you see these reality shows, the awards shows where everyone is tongue tangling, you kind of get a nostalgic feeling watching this old Life Buoy ad. The married couple’s lips barely meet square on and from the reports I’ve read, both parties were sober at the time of taping. Oh well, it was the time of separate beds on Donna Reed, Dick Van Dyke and Lucy.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The LuLac Edition #2840, February 19th, 2015

Mayor Tom Leighton a few years ago with your blog editor at a downtown event. (Photo: LuLac archives).
This afternoon this announcement came from Mr. Leighton indicating his intentions regarding this year's Mayoral election.  It may come as a surprise to a few people.However in future editions we'll write about the vacuum left by this announcement.
In February 2003, I was proud to announce that I would be a candidate for Mayor of Wilkes-Barre city. In doing so, I knew the serious challenges that I faced when elected as Mayor, such as the fiscal issues, the infrastructure problems, equipment and city owned equipment and property in need of immediate replacement and repair, along with a depleted police department that needed immediate attention. The past 11+ years have been a tremendous experience for me while leading a great city during a serious recession which affected the entire nation.
I made a commitment when I campaigned and became Mayor that the city would return to fiscal responsibility and that I would make difficult decisions in order to accomplish that. We have satisfied the approximately $10.8 million dollars of unfunded debt that my administration inherited and have restored the credit rating to an A - Positive Outlook. The city had no credit rating in 2004. By restoring the credit rating, with the assistance of City Council members who supported our financial restructuring, we have saved our taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. There have been many projects that certain members of City Council have supported and I thank them for that.
There were many places to start at the beginning of my first term. The revitalization was foremost with many people requesting that we start right in the heart of our city, the downtown. With so much to do and so little money, many days were spent in Washington DC and Harrisburg meeting with federal and state officials to request and work on getting grant funding. Many cities were in the same fiscal position, making competition challenging and fierce. The city went with solid goals, plans, and specifications which gained the attention that was needed to secure adequate funding. There are so many to thank from each level of government, but first would be former Governor Ed Rendell, who shared the same vision as we did for urban downtowns, former State Representative Kevin Blaum and now Eddie Day Pashinski, along with current Senator John Yudichak, have been of great assistance. Congressman Paul Kanjorski shared our vision of rebuilding our city, as well, along with Senators Bob Casey, Arlen Spector, and Rick Santorium.
I have been fortunate to have very talented professional administrators work with me throughout my time as your Mayor. My senior staff hit the ground running and has never stopped. The work and positive attitude from the senior staff to department head to all of the city employees resulted in so many good projects and moments for our city. My sincere thanks go to each and every one of them.
I have been criticized by a few that I have neglected the neighborhoods. This criticism comes from individuals who clearly have not paid attention to what has transformed in the neighborhoods the past 11 years. The Pine Ridge and Courtright Street housing developments have removed years of slum and blight from the their neighborhoods. The Coal Street Park, which was a complete embarrassment with crime, vandalism, and neglect, has been transformed into a state-of-the-art facility with two great tenants and a recreational facility that has enhanced the economic market for our city. The city has built new playgrounds and repaired many that were in poor condition. The city and my administration have invested the following dollar amounts in each of the following neighborhood districts:
District A$18,152,250.00
District B$12,276,750.00
District C$16,145,650.00
District D$28,655,550.00
District E$10,563,760.00
Total Neighborhood Investments:$85,793,960.00
Based on the work completed and the work which is planned for 2015, the neighborhoods were and always be the focus of my administration.
My administration heard the pleas for more police presence and has responded by immediately hiring more police officers in my first term and throughout my time as Mayor. The city has upgraded the police cruisers and equipment, DPW equipment and fire equipment in a timely manner so that the safety of our employees and residents would not be compromised.
There have been many long days, nights, and weeks the last 11+ years and so many people to thank. I want to personally thank all of my supporters who have been with me since 1991 and those that have joined my campaign along the way. I’d like to thank my family - my mother, Nancy, and my late father, Jack, who always taught me to believe that anything can be accomplished with hard work; my sister, Patti and brothers John, Brian, and Patrick, who all have been very supportive throughout the years; my children, Kelly, Tom, Jr., and Courtney, they always knew that I would be there for them and they certainly have always been there for me; my wife, Patty, who supported me from the very beginning, giving birth to Courtney approximately 10 days before my first election in 1991, along with taking care of Kelly and Tom, Jr. during the initial campaign. Patty has been a solid foundation for me as a wife, mother, and friend during some difficult times over the years with city flooding, snow storms and everyday issues. My family’s support the past 12 years has been nothing less that tremendous.
I believe that today I am as proud as I was 12 years ago when I announced my plans to seek the office of Mayor and when I was inaugurated on January 5, 2004. I am extremely proud of my administration’s accomplishments and today announce that I will not be seeking a fourth term for the Office of Mayor of Wilkes-Barre.
Thank you and I Believe…..
Mayor Tom Leighton


President Obama has abandoned some of his restrained language regarding ISIS. For the first time the President said the militants masquerade as religious leaders but are really terrorists. Finally. There has been a lot of semantics on ISIS and their actions when really there should not have been. Plus the President has to stop this silliness about how young militant Muslims need a better opportunity in life to succeed. Wow! You can’t fix the social ills of a country or region when young people are being recruited to kill us. Sorry, it doesn’t add up. I understand what he is trying to tell us…but there is no rationale for it in countries that are still longing for the good old days of the 7th century. Obama said we aren’t at war with Islam but those who pervert that religion. Again, semantics. It would be very nice to compartmentalize these issues but the sheer terror of ISIS is not making that possible. Did we dither about what ills the poor German youth were exposed to as they were recruited by the Nazis in WWII? Plus rehashing the history of past terrorist organizations just won’t cut it. The threat is ISIS and the threat is now.
The President and this country need to build a coalition of various stripes and beliefs and come after ISIS. This coalition needs to be from the Middle East consisting of countries that are in immediate danger from ISIS. Let’s start with Turkey and then take advantage of Egypt and Jordan’s aggressiveness. We should not judge who our allies are, we should use them and their ground troops to stop this threat. Again, going back to WWII, Stalin was a dictator but we needed him to beat back the ultimate threat. We can’t thread the needle on this thing.
President Obama’s statement was a start and his meeting will bear fruit. But the gloves need to come off and we need to track down these murdering savages. There will be collateral damage. There already has been with Americans being beheaded. It is war, there are casualties.
We cannot apply western values to ISIS or even people in the Mid East. What we have to do is get into this for the long haul. This will be like a NATO like force that policed Germany after WWII. This is long term and there is no way we can fight ISIS with jobs. We fight them with force, bullets and fierce determination that their type of interpretation of the Muslim religion is a bastardizaton and an attack against all humanity. Unless you take the tact that ISIS is really the Muslim religion and that they are following the basic tenants of the violence that was part of that religion years ago. The common sense thing to do is not to squash the hearts, but eliminate the minds that control the terror. You can only do that with a bullet to the head. Over and over again. With as many unseemly allies as we need. However long it takes. With every body. The President’s words were a start but now we need to work with the world. But we need to be careful. We have to make sure we are part of the coalition, not leading it. The U.S. can’t be all over the place either. We can’t have one segment of the administration talking about the poor children of underdeveloped Muslim economies, we need to be speaking of poor children in the Mideast violated by ISIS. It is a fine balance, we can’t be dragged into Armageddon because this is what ISIS is crazy enough to want. We have to have a smart, balanced plan that will for once be in our own best interests as well as those who will fight with us. If this administration can’t or won’t do it, the next one will. Plus the American people need to know and understand this not like a 6 week mini series, it is without exaggeration the way this current century’s history will be shaped.

Celebrating with Mayor McNulty

Former Scranton Mayor James Barrett McNulty will be 70 on Feb. 27, and he’s planning to celebrate with as many of his friends as possible.
Those friends are represented by a committee that includes, honorary chairmen U.S. Sen. Bob and Terese Casey, as well as Jimmy Barrett, Brenda Bistocchi, Brian Cali, Tracy Doherty, Eleanor Kerrigan, Todd O’Malley and Chuck Volpe, with an assist from Jim’s wife, Evie Rafalko McNulty, in planning “A Community Celebration of James Barrett McNulty’s 70th Birthday,” which is both a party, and a fundraiser.
Jim is battling late stage colon cancer. As any family fighting the cancer fight knows, there are many expenses beyond what insurance covers.
Get yourself a nice birthday card for the ex Mayor, throw something in it and join many people next Friday February 27th at The Radison. Event starts at 6pm. Who will close it down…….no one can say for sure!!!

Governor Wolf in Wilkes Barre. (Photo: Citizen’s Voice).
Tom Wolf came to Coughlin High School announcing his education policies and even dropping in on a biology class. Wolf called his program the Education Reinvestment Act,”. The plan would levy a severance tax on natural gas extraction and use the money to boost education spending. Let’s hope if that happens it will decrease property taxes. If Wolf could get behind a plan with GOP legislators to decrease property taxes in exchange for this tax, he might score a big win in his first year. His current proposal is a tax of 5 percent on the market value of the gas which he expects could generate 1 billion dollars.

The Brothers Bush, George W and Jeb. (Photo:
This week Jeb Bush the former Governor of Florida made a strategic move that most likely will serve him well with moderate voters. Bush saying that he loved both his father and brother opined that mistakes were made in Iraq and the Mideast. He did praise the surge that George W. conducted (with the urging of Senator McCain) and said that the Obama Foreign Policy has left the United States less influential in the world. Bush said he will be his own man and will come to his own conclusions.
Bush is doing something politically smart. He is distancing himself from the mistakes of 41, and 43 but leveling heavy criticism on 44. Bush most likely will be the GOP nominee mainly because he seems to straddle the middle that the GOP so desperately needs in a General Election. I had some doubts until I heard my friend L.A. Tarone on WILK the other night when he said that he wasn’t comfortable with Bush as the nominee. That seals it. Bush-Walker, 2016.

In honor of our nation’s first Republican President, the Republican Party of Luzerne County will host a Lincoln Day Breakfast on Saturday, February 28, 2015 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: Lynette Villano, Breakfast Chairperson @ or by calling 570-654-6567 or


Promotional piece from Scranton University featuring Mike Remish. (Photo:
I never met Mike Remish in person but felt as if I knew him. Remish was the color man in the initial broadcasts of the Wilkes Barre Scranton Red Barons. When Triple A baseball came to LuLac land, there were many rooting for it to succeed. However this being who we are and where we live there were many saying it wouldn’t work. Remish was one of the early pioneers of the Triple A gospel. Local Media in sports reporting always led with the Barons for the first three years. Remish was constantly touting the team in his regular broadcast job with WWDL and WICK/WYCK AM.
Remish touched the lives of thousands of high school athletes by broadcasting hundreds of high school football and high school basketball games. Remish also was the cornerstone of the great St. Patrick’s Day broadcasts on WWDL and now The River called “Kilarney Kapers”. He was 68, a great voice and a good man. He will be missed.


This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with Michael Boyd from the "Reading Terminal At The Mall at Steamtown" group about their plans to revitalize the troubled downtown Scranton mall.
Magic 93''s Frankie in the Morning speaks with Tonya Oliviani about Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northeast Pa's "Bowl For Kids Sake" fundraiser coming up at the end of March.
And an encore of Brian's interview with Stephanie Wissman from API Pennsylvania about the future of Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X & Sports Radio 590, WARM & 6:25am on Magic 93.


ECTV Live hosts David DeCosmo and Rusty Fender will be looking forward to signs of Spring as the program airs the week of February 23rd. Their guest will be Sarah Elizabeth Donahue who will be outlining plans for the 2nd annual Saint Patrick's Parade in Pittston. ECTV Live is broadcast on Comcast Cable channel 19 (61 in some areas) and can be seen several times each day throughout the week. Goggle ectv schedule for approximate air times.



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. Hear some of the funniest and heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.


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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Joan Rivers makes her Tonight Show debut……………Ranger 8 crashes into the Moon, after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts…… A new, revised, color production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella airs on CBS. Lesley Ann Warren makes her TV debut in the title role. The show becomes an annual tradition…….African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcolm X is assassinated in New York City…………

in Pennsylvania Governor Scranton tours sites for State Parks as his program to develop them comes to fruition…… Scranton Mayor Bill Schmidt announces he will run for re-election. Schmidt is the first Republican in a generation to hold that office and fifty years ago today the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Eight Days A Week” by the Beatles which debuted from the number 39 position to number 1.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The LuLac Edition #2839, February 17th, 2015


Governor Tom Wolf announced last week he was putting a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania. The definition of the word moratorium is this: a temporary prohibition of an activity. You would think that he is saying that all death penalties will be reduced to life. This Friday!
You would think that it would prohibit prosecutors from going for the maximum sentence. It won’t. The Governor is going to study this issue and see how this could be handled most efficiently and cost effectively.
Was the timing of this in NEPA problematic with Hugo Selenski getting convicted of two brutal murders and Eric Freine now trying to form a defense of the indefensible acts he committed?
Some say yes. But the fact is it is simply now a moratorium. The Death penalty is prohibited for right now. Let’s remember that before we leap to any conclusions just yet.


(Photo: STGN
In honor of our nation’s first Republican President, the Republican Party of Luzerne County will host a Lincoln Day Breakfast on Saturday, February 28, 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: Lynette Villano, Breakfast Chairperson @ or by calling 570-654-6567.


Spring blog fest is coming your way. Friday May 1st, 2015 at The Red Mill. 6:30PM to 9pm. There is no truth to the rumor that Vladimir Putin will be holding a May Day celebration in Pittston that day so you’re good to come on down.


Your bog editor with Police Sergeant Tom Wardle. (Photo: LuLac archives).
Tom Wardle candidate for Magistrate in the 11-03-08 District had a signing party tonight at the PAV (Polish American Veterans). Wardle is running for the seat being vacated by Diane Malast.Joe Spagnuolo Jr. had a similar event tonight. Another entry into the race is Dominick Feola, a 27 year old Democrat from Plains.
Wardle has an event set for Friday night at the Cafe, route 315 Plaza, right across from the Woodlands. Checks are payable to Tom Wardle for Magistrate.

Monday, February 16, 2015

The LuLac Edition #2838, February 16th, 2015


Magisterial candidate Tom Wardle. (Photo: Times Leader)
Tom Wardle, District 11-03-08 Magisterial Justice candidate is going to be holding two big events this week. Wardle, a Wilkes Barre Township Police Sergeant is running for the Magistrate seat vacated by Diane Malast.
He is a graduate of Coughlin High School, Wardle holds an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Luzerne County Community College. He went on to graduate from the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Academy at Lackawanna College.
As preparation for this seat he has been certified by the Pennsylvania Minor Judiciary Education Board to serve as a Magisterial District Judge

Meet and Greet with the Candidate
Tuesday February 17
PAV (Polish American Veterans)
Oak Street - Plains/Hudson
Complimentary Event
Pizza, Hot Dogs, Beer, Soda, DJ

Wardle for Judge Campaign Fundraiser
Friday February 20
The Cafe
Route 315 Plaza
Hor's devoures, soft drinks, cash bar
Suggested $35 donation per ticket
Tickets are available from any committee member and at the door.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The LuLac Edition #2837, February 15th, 2015

Ceremony in 1965. (Photo: Wikipedia).
Today is Flag Day in Canada. But what is significant is that this is the 50th anniversary of the Maple Leaf flag.
The Royal Union Flag, which is also the flag of the United Kingdom, was used as the official flag of Canada until 1965. Various designs of the Canadian Red Ensign were used between 1868 and 1965 but Canada’s Parliament never officially adopted them. The National Flag of Canada’s current design results from a period of discussion, debate and political maneuvering in the early 1960s.
George F.G. Stanley designed the current flag, which is inspired by the Royal Military College of Canada’s flag. The multi-party parliamentary committee formed to select a new flag unanimously chose the design on October 29, 1964. The House of Commons passed the design on December 15, 1964. Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed the new flag on January 28, 1965, and it was inaugurated on February 15 in the same year. Governor General Georges Vanier, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, the members of the Cabinet and thousands of Canadians in attendance at the ceremony.
Flag Day is not an official holiday in the provinces but there is a push to have that happen.

President’s day is celebrated as part of the three day holiday weekend. President’s Day was an offshoot of Washington birthday which was established in 1885 as a federal holiday. Contrary to popular belief, Lincoln’s birthday was never a federal holiday but celebrated by some states. In 1971 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act which celebrated all Presidents. Here’s my segment on Pa Live with Jasmine Brooks.

Fifty years ago today Nat King Cole lost his battle with cancer. A trailblazing TV personality in the 50s (even without sponsors) Nat King Cole’s music has stood the test of time. Here’s proof:

Friday, February 13, 2015

The LuLac Edition #2836, February 13th, 2015


Our 13 Questions logo.

1. You seem to have gone full bore against anyone running on the Republican side for President at this point, a tad judgmental aren't we?

Well here's the thing. If you have Rand Paul and Chris Christie weighing in on measles, Rick Santorum and Rick Berry back again, Sarah Palin doing an imitation of Tina Fey, right wingers saying Jeb Bush was too liberal, Marco Rubio is not acceptable and Donald Trump out specifies all of them, what do you expect. Scott Walker is getting good vibes from even Rush Limbaugh but I'm not sure how long that love affair will last. But it is way too early to even think seriously about how all this will shake out.

2. So what was the menu on Super Bowl Sunday at the LuLac household?

Left overs from Mrs. Lulac's birthday dinners and a few Nathan's dogs with split top buns. Plus whole grain Goldfish and diet Snapple.

3. Is Pete Carroll an idiot?

Absolutely not. I just think he over thought the last part of the game. I liken it to a baseball pitcher with a 2 and 0 count wasting a pitch and having the batter hit a home run. My opinion was he was wasting a play. Not something I might have tried but as they say, that's why they play the game.

4. What do you think of the people who say that 4 years in the Luzerne County Charter should be overturned?

I think they are not giving this form of government a fair shake. We need more Council members that are doers and less whiners. With all due respect to Rick Morelli and Linda Hauck, I miss Tim McGinley as Chairman.

5. If you were a juror would you give Hugo life or death?

To make a statement death,  but no one ever gets executed in Pennsylvania. So what's the point.Now with Governor Wolf's moratorium, who knows. My hope is that there will be less appealing and more dealing. Prosecutors aren't happy but neither are the citizens who have paid George Banks way for three decades while his kids lay stone dead in graves.

6. Thoughts on the SI Swimsuit Edition?

None that can be published. No seriously I think the magazine is that glimmer of hope that spring and warmer weather is coming our way. Will pick up the magazine this weekend because I let my SI subscription lapse.

7. Any take on Brian Williams and his saga?

Conflicted. He's a very good news presenter and the ratings were good. But he is no Frank McGee, John Chancellor or Walter Cronkite. But then again that was a different era. What really concerns me is the hubris. He was warned not to repeat that story by NBC brass but did. It was a reference to a well intentioned story but it blew back on him. Should he be fired? This was 12 years ago so I think you can't fire a guy with a dozen years of quality work. But the 6 month suspension without pay might be permanent. I liked his work but he will be gone. Book it. That said I can't help but wonder what a guy like Bob Woodruff of ABC who was seriously wounded in battle must be thinking.

8. The Grammy Awards were this week. Earliest Grammy memory and did you watch the show?

This is funny. 1965 was the year that I became obsessed with music. It started really in '64 but intensified a year later. 65 had the Beatles, the Byrds, and even entertaining acts like Gary Lewis, the Animals, the Kinks and even Roger Miller. So my friends and  I the Dellarte and Wasko Brothers waited with baited breath for the song of the year. Turns out it was "The Shadow of Your Smile" by Henry Mancini! It was only the 8th Grammy awards but wow were we disappointed! DVRed it and thought Bennett and Gaga were great. Madonna was dressed to the nines and even though Mrs. LuLac referred to her as an aged whore wearing a bullfighters hat, I thought she looked fabulous. Sorry I just don't get Sam Smith. Ponderous.

9. Can you answer this? Why is Ryan Seacrest on everything? He hosts everything! Who is is ****ing? He's not good looking! He's not talented. He's short!! Why him?

Thank you for your passionate question but I have no idea.

10. You are closing in on your ninth year of writing LuLac. Was there anything you wrote that caused people to call you at home and complain? With the thousands of words you wrote, what was the trigger?

During the Judicial scandals some people said I was piling on but they also said that LuLac was providing an on line record that was fair. But there were three instances where I was taking to task for calling the subject of three editions which were not topical but rather historical recaps of events of political history as well a few of my childhood memories. No one questioned the events or the veracity of what I wrote but there were a few who were highly insulted and indignant of my use of the word "diminutive" to describe a subject. I guess I never had a problem being called "corpulent" so I was a little surprised. I mean these people were upset but the reaction came years after the piece was written. When I first got the e mail and phone calls I was taken aback because I had no idea where it was coming from. Another time I did what I thought was an innocuous you tube video of a Yankee trip from 1998. I put the video up in 2008 and in 2013 got a complaint from a guy who felt his privacy was threatened because the video was shot in front of his nondescript apartment complex. That came out of left field because think it had only 200 views. So you just never know. But getting back to the use of the "diminutive" word, Mrs. LuLac told me no man ever wants to be seen as small in any way. So that is duly noted.

11. How was your time hosting "The Storm" on WYLN TV?

It was fun. I had not hosted a TV show since 1978 at WVIA TV so it was a little strange. But Tiffany Cloud and I had a good time with it. I appreciated the invite.For those who missed it, here's how it went.

12. So the other day I heard a caller on your buddy Tarone's show talking about the deficit. Do those two not know this President reduced the deficit since he took office?

Apparently not. Deficit reduction under this President has been conducted every year since 2009. Just like jobs created since 2009 too.

13. Hope this isn't too late for 13 questions. I know this may sound insensitive, but don't you think Mike Kerkowski's parents should have been charged with some type of money laundering charge? Via reported testimony it would appear they were stashing the ill gotten loot.

Never too late for 13 Questions. I've rearranged a few right before publication before. Tough one. It appears that they had ill gotten gains but did they know they were ill gotten? Depends on what Kerkowski told them. People involved in things like that usually lie to the parents. This case was unusual. Why would the family believe Hugo after their son was not showing up? These are intriguing questions but it is hard to investigate a victim's family on a few suppositions. I think the big fish was Hugo and if Kerkowski was alive and a viable witness, I'm sure his alleged behavior would not be a major issue in comparison to Hugo. My opinion is there are more victims we don't know about. Good questions though.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The LuLac Edition #2835, February 12th, 2015


Let’s see, conservative loudmouth Republicans tell us that illegal immigrants brought the Ebola virus. Then they brought the flu with them. This week we hear that they brought the measles with them. How many illegal’s first stop was in Disneyland? If what the Conservatives say is true, these are very sick people and we better get them health care right now!! Oh my God, look out here comes the bubonic plaque. Those damn illegals!!! Sorry, way too much Michael Savage though I do agree with him on Israel.

Matt Cartwright. (Photo: LuLac archives).

Congressman Matt Cartwright released this e mail the other day on climate change. President Obama said it best in his State of the Union Address: “No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.” We need bold action now to protect our planet from the looming disaster of climate change.
But Congress continues to drag its feet on doing the serious work we need. This has to stop: We can’t afford any more delays on addressing the dangers of climate change.
I’m proud to be joining with my colleagues on the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition in telling Congress: We need to get serious about fighting climate change. Sign the petition to join us. Since my first day in Congress, I’ve been fighting to protect our environment. There’s a lot of work ahead of us, from improving regulations to keep dangerous pollutants out of our waterways to making plans to adapt to the extreme weather climate change brings.
Last year was the warmest year on record – and 14 of the 15 warmest years have happened since 2000. Taking steps to protect our environment isn’t just necessary, it’s long overdue. The Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition will keep working hard to tackle this issue, and we need you to stand with us.
Cartwright has not been shy on this issue. During the 2014 campaign he made Climate change as part of his stump speech.

WYLN TV's Tiffany Cloud. (Photo: Colgate Community).
Our friend Tiffany Cloud posted this on Facebook and I have to put it up on LuLac. Subject men and Valentine’s Day. Please heed.
Dear Men,
Your woman does NOT want the following for Valentine's Day:
-Any Household Appliance...
Also, red roses this time of year show zero imagination and tell us you're fiscally irresponsible. Be more imaginative with flowers...
Regarding chocolates: we just made New Year’s Resolutions to drop holiday pounds so don't make it tougher on us.
For the record, jewelry, nice dinner, spa, beautiful letter...always works.
Or just do what our heart truly desires: the laundry, the dishes, and pick your clothes off the floor.


While Brian Williams was fighting his own demons regarding the truth of what he had done on the job, word came that veteran newsman Bob Simon was killed in a car accident Wednesday night. Simon kidnapped in Iraq, beaten in Belfast and held at gunpoint in Romania during a nearly 50-year career at CBS News. His bravery made the mundane way he died - in the back seat of a car on Manhattan's West Side Highway Wednesday night - seem all the more tragic.
Simon's work outlives him, and not just on reputation. A story he was working on with his producer, daughter Tanya Simon, about searching for an Ebola cure, is scheduled to air on "60 Minutes" this weekend. The newsmagazine will have a full tribute to Simon on Feb. 22.
He died at age 73.
Simon was a foreign correspondent in the heyday of CBS News and broadcast news in general. He was one of the last to leave Vietnam following the fall of Saigon in 1973.


Tuesday night was a huge night for 21rst century news and pop culture. Brian Williams from NBC News was suspended for 6 months without pay and scolded big time by his bosses at the network. The reason was his embellishment of an event that happened overseas during combat.
Then John Stewart from The Daily Show advised he was giving up that long running show because he needed to take a break. Stewart has become a major news source to many people in this country which I guess is part of the dumbing down of information. But damn he got ratings.
The significance here is that two major players departed for varying reasons. There will be a gap that some smart network or personality can try to fill. Lester Holt is subbing for Williams while there seems to be no clear successor to the comedian Stewart.


This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with Chris Seper from Med City about the facts and myths about the current measles outbreak.
An encore of Brian's interview with Ron Davis about the upcoming "Bowl For A Cause" event to benefit Wyoming Valley Relay For Life, coming up on Sunday March 15th at Chacko's Lanes in Wilkes Barre.
And an encore of Brian's interview with David Adler from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation about health care enrollment in Pennsylvania. Sunday is the deadline to sign up for healthcare in 2015.
Sunday Magazine. Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X & Sports Radio 590, WARM, and 6:25am on Magic 93.

Jenna Wayne Mauder, Naturalist/Educator (Photo: ECTV)
Environmental education will be the focus of ECTV Live during the week of February 16th as hosts David DeCosmo and Rusty Fender welcome Jenna Wayne Mauder, Naturalist/Educator, from the Lacawac Sanctuary & Field Station to the program. She'll discuss the mission of the Sanctuary and outline program available to the public this year, ECTV Live is carried on Comcast Cable channel 19 (61 in some areas) and can be seen several times each day during the Noon and Midnight hour.


Our guest on Community Forum will be Dr. Anthony Wylie from Geisinger Mount Pleasant in Scranton. He'll discuss the current measles outbreak and vaccinations. Jim Riley hosts Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on The Game Sports Radio Network 1340/1400/1440 and 100.7 and 106.7 fm; and 7:30 on 105 The River


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. Hear some of the funniest and heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.


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 1965 logo.


The Supremes release "Stop In the Name of Love"…..Braves propose to pay 5 cents from each ticket to bring a new team to Milwaukee- Peggy Fleming, 16, wins ladies senior figure skating title…..Canada replaces Union Jack flag with Maple Leaf………………John Lennon passes his driving test….in Pennsylvania Harry “The Hat” Walker says the Pirates have a chance to contend in the National League…….in Luzerne County Democrats eye more registrations to try to overcome the disadvantage in registered voters in the County and in LuLac land and America the number one song was “Tell Her No” by The Zombies