Thursday, January 14, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3120, January 14th, 2016


Had a 36 month job creation record of more than on average 100,000 jobs a month?
Had negotiated with enemies like Korea and Iran instead of starting another war?
Had regulated Wall Street but did not make the brokers poor and have investors doing well?
Had provided health insurance for 90 million Americans?
Had been free of any corruption or peccadillos since Ike’s administration? 
Had brought the unemployment rate down to pre-recession George W Bush numbers? 
Had run an administration that retooled our energy policy, made us less dependent on Mideast nations for oil and reduced gas prices nearly under 2 dollars a gallon?
You’d take that deal if the guy pictured below became President in 2012.
But the fact is we already got that with this guy!
One thing the GOP won’t ever admit is why.


Nope no one from the Board of Commissioners is going the way of Munchak and Cordaro but the fun has started. At the very first meeting on Wednesday, Pat “The Statesman” O’Malley and Laureen Cummings voted yes on several actions. Democrat now self proclaimed minority Commissioner Jerry Notarriani said nothing. Pulling a Simon and Garfunkal, Notarianni explained his action or lack thereof.
The high vote getter told WNEP TV "I believe that this is an illegal meeting. We don't have a solicitor, not a duly appointed one”. Notarianni claims the solicitors were appointed without his input and now he wants a Minority Solicitor. My late Uncle Andy Dziak used to say that ships were created for starving lawyers. O’Malley claimed his old running mate wanted to hire his cousin Paul Walker for the job. Walker ran for Judge in 2013 and people know him and like him. Plus Jerry will vouch for him. “Cheese” has a problem with that???
Notarianni said he might even sue the county over this. That will employ more lawyers.
The first two meetings proved one thing. The most powerful person on that Board of Commissioners is not the top vote getter Notarianni or the wily Pat “The Statesman” O’Malley but Laureen Cummings. I mean this is like a TV show, “The Courting of Laureen”. Cummings never suffered fools gladly and you really wonder how long she’ll stay with O’Malley. Notarianni might just make a move leaving “The Statesman” out to sea.
After two meetings where do you think this will all lead?
Well if this continues you might see a Home Rule Charter adopted in The Lac. When it happens remember where you read it first.


Congressmn Lou Barletta. (Photo: LuLac archives)
Congressman Lou Barletta, voted in support of legislation that would protect the coal industry from further regulatory overreach by the federal agency overseeing mines, introducing common sense into the process and protecting jobs and energy. The Supporting Transparent Regulatory and Environmental Actions in Mining (STREAM) Act addresses planned Stream Buffer Regulations from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), which are aimed directly at shutting down surface coal mining operations by banning mining within 100 feet of anything the agency defines as a stream. The regulations would also prohibit mining underneath a stream, which would make underground coal mining practically impossible. The bill, H.R. 1644, passed the House by a vote of 235-to-188.
“While he was a candidate for president, Barack Obama pledged to bankrupt the coal industry, which is the one energy policy he has had that seems to be working,” Barletta said. “Pennsylvania was built on coal. Thousands of our residents still rely on the industry for their livelihoods, and millions depend on it for their electricity. If you shut down coal mines, it will kill jobs and make electricity bills cost more. I will always do everything I can to stand strong for coal.”
Passage of the legislation comes at the same time as Arch Coal, one of the largest coal companies in the country, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. That move follows bankruptcies of other industry companies Alpha Natural Resources, Walter Energy, and Patriot Coal. The National Mining Association estimates that 40,000 coal-related jobs have been lost nationally since 2008.

The STREAM Act protects the coal industry by:

Requiring OSM to study the impact of new rules on industry.
Preventing the implementation of new rules for one year following the completion of the study to allow Congress, the industry, and the public to examine the results.
Blocking the implantation of OSM rules that are duplicative and already enforced by other agencies.
Mandating the public release of all scientific data used in the drafting of any new rule.
“There is renewed interest in anthracite coal, because of the high carbon content, which could mean an industry boom in our region of Pennsylvania,” Barletta said. “We cannot allow for job creation, economic development, and energy generation to be held hostage by overzealous regulators in Washington, D.C.”



This week's guests are Mary Ann LaPorta and Jennifer Aglialoro from the Children's Advocacy Center of Lackawanna County. You'll hear the program Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on NEPA's Sports Radio-The Game 1400/1440 am and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River


ECTV Live hosts David DeCosmo and Rusty Fender will welcome Bill Miesch from the APPRISE program to the program during the week of January 18th. Mr. Miesch will discuss a free Tax assistance program available to Senior Citizens in Lackawanna County and offer suggestions as to financial records people should have ready for this year's Income Tax forms. ECTV Live is seen on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is aided three times daily throughout the week.


This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with Ron Davis of R.J. Financial Services about their 3rd Annual Bowl for a Cause event, coming up next month at Chacko Lanes in Wilkes Barre.
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Dave Skutnik from the Red Cross about the MLK Day of Service coming up on Monday.
Brian speaks with nurse Barb Dehn about Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.
And an encore of Brian's interview with Terri Stocki from Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northeast Pa. about how they can help you shop for a health insurance plan.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X and Sports Radio 590, WARM, and 6:25am on Magic 93.


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.


The Doo-Wop Sock Hop can be heard every Sunday night from 6P to 9P on “105 The River (104.9 FM) Host is the incomparable Bobby V.


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Strikes in Poland demand the resignation of Interior Minister Kazimierz Switala. He resigns January 23 and is replaced by Franciszek Szlachcic……Representatives of 23 western oil companies begin negotiations with OPEC in Tehran to stabilize oil prices; On February 14 they sign a treaty with 6 Khalij el-Arab countries…..The Guinean government sentences to death 92 Guineans who helped Portuguese troops in the failed landing attempts in November 1970; 72 are sentenced to hard labor for life; 58 of the sentenced are hanged the next day… Washington D.C. Senator Hugh Scott is sworn in for his third and final term in the U.S. Senate…..

in Lackawanna County Robert Mellow opens up a State Senate office in Peckville. Mellow won a stunning victory in the 1970 22nd Senatorial District race and 46 years ago the number one song in the country an LuLac land was “Knock Three Times” by Dawn.


At 9:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What if this guy???!!!

You really stretched for this one.

None of that would have happened. Things WOULD have been different but even if they weren't everything would have been recorded and reported as dismal, and rightfully so. Look around. Read the posts. Check with your neighbors. Get out of the media bubble. Talk to the small business owners you support and the employees they hire.

At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Barletta backs the coal companies ripping apart streams and polluting the air while he vehemently opposes health insurance for millions of Americans via Obamacare. Guess the moral of his story is don't get asthma or lung cancer from breathing the polluted air from coal-fired power plants because you'll be on your own.

At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Lou. Too bad we can't automatically "sunshine" law and regulations at both the national, state and local level. Our elected officials would have to weigh in and vote regularly on everything that has been passed BEFORE they pass something new. It would keep things lean and mean. Gridlock would be a good thing, since unnecessary and redundant laws and regulations and taxes would GO AWAY and we would know who stands for what.

At 6:01 AM, Anonymous Pope George Ringo said...

I'll never forget the press conference where the President wore the tan suit. Equally, I was flabbergasted at the amount of press time given to the subject (especially since Reagan and Clinton both wore tan suits at times). Only Obama would have received such criticism.
I wish he would have done an "in your face" and kept wearing the tan suit from time to time.
Perhaps he will again...Spring is around the corner.


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