Saturday, March 25, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3455, March 25th, 2017

Steve Corbett (Photo: Citizen's Voice)
The news came this week that 10 year WILK Radio Journalist Steve Corbett was let go. Corbett stormed back into this market in 2007 just in time for the Judicial Scandals that rocked Luzerne County. The timing was perfect for his debut years because there were many people not very happy with the status quo in this region. His style was brash, combative but always accurate in his presentation of the facts.
When he arrived Corbett had numbers that went through the WILK roof. However as time went on, inevitably the ratings declined. Not enough mind you to stop people from listening and hear what he had to say on various topics.
During his tenure there have been three Pennsylvania Governors, Four Pennsylvania Senators as well as various changes in positions in local government. Supporters and critics of Presidents Bush, Obama and now Trump were exposed to his thoughts on those individuals. The common denominator between Corbett and the aforementioned was that none of them were ever assured of his unwavering support. Like other hosts on WILK elected officials found no safe haven with him. Some like Senator Bob Casey and Representative Matt Cartwright called anyway knowing full well at some point they’d get a rebuke for something Corbett found was off with them. Others like Pat Toomey, Lou Barletta as well as Tom Marino chose other venues on the station to reach the public. That’s their right to pick and choose but also was Corbett’s to call them on it. Through the years he certainly did so.
Most Talk Radio stations and hosts have a shelf life. WILK’s lack of turnover of personnel has been remarkable. Most of that has to do with each show seeming to have its niche of supporters. Some we are all familiar with. You listen to Sue Henry and you know you’ll get Ray from Mountaintop, Bob from Wilkes Barre and other right leaning callers. With Tarone there will be Angela from Wilkes Barre, Luciano from Berwick, Dave from Nanticoke and Toby from Wilkes Barre. Some will have partially formed opinions of their own, but the rest they’ll get from somewhere else. The issue with these callers is that they operate in their own echo chamber where only they are right and everyone else is wrong. Or their opinion is superior to others. In most cases the hosts will even call them on their thoughts but it doesn’t matter. They will believe what they will believe.
Corbett’s approach to callers was to initially give them a chance to state their opinions. It was the conflict between those callers and the host that led to his departure. Here’s why:
1. CRITICAL THINKING: Very few of Corbett’s callers were prepared to make their case. They usually started out by trying to attack the host, spout off a falsehood and then whine when he either called them out or put them on hold. I learned long ago when Corbett was a guest on my little Sunday Morning Show on WBAX in the 80s that when you spoke to him, you had better be prepared. When they were not, Corbett, in their estimation hurt their feelings on his show. Then then tried to retreat to the other shows and whine about how rude he was.
2. THE TIMES CHANGED, THE CALLERS DIDN’T: When Corbett came to WILK, callers were outraged by the local scandals. Corbett’s tenacious following of those stories were just what his audience wanted. But then the National agenda changed. A woman ran against a black man for President. That man was elected President. Conservatives as well as the Tea Party came out of the woods and got more vocal. It was this wing of the Conservative movement that decided they were more American, more patriotic, more freedom loving than those who were more Liberal.
There was always an edge to the callers but between the Obama ascendancy as well as Immigration, the white, old, Christian values of WILK listeners came busting through. Predictably Corbett busted back. The audience of hard coal country listeners became offended when they were called out.
3. 2016 AND THE HATRED OF HILLARY: Corbett mentioned to a newspaper that his support of Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump might have been one of the reasons he lost his job. He was correct in that because anyone who supported Clinton was vilified. Corbett went full blown on Trump supporters who were encouraged to bully by their candidate. Callers did not call him to argue or persuade. They called to spout lies. They did so with arrogance and authority. Some even tried to trick Corbett into an admission of such untruths. It never worked. Then they were shocked when he dispatched their lunacy to the dial tone.
All three of these forces pretty much got Corbett canned. It was the perfect storm. These freedom and liberty lovers had no problem with opinion or truth, as long as it reflected their own ideals.
With all that said, Steve Corbett leaves a legacy for local Radio broadcasting. He never buckled to the pressure of the great unwashed. His principles stayed intact. He held the mirror of ignorance, racism and sexism that permeates this community and let the blowhards try to see themselves in that looking glass.
There are those who know full well that Corbett could be frustrating, irascible and at times a tad inhospitable. But this is an area that is supposed to pride itself on bare knuckles politics. For those callers, listeners who complained to the station personal and other hosts, where oh where was that toughness you portrayed? Where was your certainty?
Steve Corbett will be remembered as a talk show host who never took any crap from his audience when they chose to attack. His show will be remembered as factual, funny, ironic, satirical, entertaining and tough minded. That’s his legacy.
What is more problematic though is that by hurting the itty bitty feelings of those anti-government supporters in an area that has benefited mightily from those entities, Corbett’s dismissal tells us that we here in Wilkes Barre, Scranton and Hazleton have a long way to go.
To quote Harry Truman: “I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.”
Corbett told the truth and by doing so offended those who had their own warped version of it. He might be gone from the airwaves but his true legacy is that he exposed just how much some local ingrates really feel about their local community. Me first and the hell with the rest! 

Lowman "I'm the only one who has a job and takes care of my family" Henry. (Photo: Patriot News)
L.A. Tarone interviewed Republican Lowman Henry who I used to think was pretty fair minded politico. Conservative but sensible and not given to rhetoric that diminishes people of different views. However, Thursday Henry was telling Tarone that the Right has to become more involved because the new administration will not get everything it wanted right away like the GOP thought. Henry then said, “The reason why conservatives aren’t protesting back with signs is because they have jobs and families to take care of anyway”. He then used the old saw that the protesters against Donald Trump and the REPUBLICAN party were paid.
First off, people who are against REPUBLICAN policies WORK!!!!
To suggest otherwise is arrogant, divisive, wrong and really part of the REPUBLICAN playbook. . Here are a few names, Thornburgh, Heinz, Specter, Ridge. Those were just a few members of the GOP I voted for in my life. But I will never, ever vote for another one again. If Lowman Henry thinks only Conservatives have jobs and take care of families, he is badly mistaken. I urge any Democrat, Independent, Leftist, Green Party candidate to prove this guy wrong. VOTE to rid the state of any Republican who thinks like Lowman Henry that they are the only ones who work and take care of families. This guy will think what he will always think. He will blithely spout that line. But for God sake vote against a party that paints everyone with this broad of a brush.
One more thing Lowman, where is the proof that these protesters were paid? Who paid them? Where are the checks? Where did the cash comes? Who was the bag man?
Lowman, you aren’t the only true "Amur-ikhan “ in Pennsylvania who WORKS and RAISES A FAMILY!



Congressman Lou Barletta released the following statement after the House cancelled a vote on the American Health Care Act, H.R. 1628:
“The president and House leadership decided that the best thing to do was to pull the bill. I am disappointed in today’s missed opportunity to provide much needed relief to millions of Americans suffering under Obamacare. This is why the American people are so frustrated with Washington. Obamacare is failing, and it’s only going to get worse. As we move forward, we need to keep in mind that the American people sent us to Congress to work for them.”
Now keep in mind the only reason why Barletta opposed it was not because it raised taxes on seniors, tried getting rid of Medicaid, almost forced baby boomers to foot the bill for their senior parents in Nursing Homes, practically ended counseling for people with emotional issues, hey, he was just fine with saying YES to that bill.
His main concern as stated was his worry that illegal aliens would get tax breaks for the Health Insurance credits.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3454, March 23rd, 2017

This is the guy who will OWN it for HIS REPUBLICAN PARTY!!!!!
The President went to Capitol Hill and lobbied Congress in his REPUBLICAN party to pass the new health care version of the Affordable Care Act. He cajoled some, threatened a few and even listened to a a provision change that concerned Lou Barletta. There are some GOP members trying to save Trump from himself but characteristically he isn’t hearing any of it.
The bill will would, in effect, shift huge costs onto working families, force many to pay more for worse coverage and push millions of American off of health coverage entirely.
All the while, the proposed legislation hands millionaires, billionaires and health insurance CEOs a massive new tax break.
Yep, that is the REPUBLICAN TRUMP PLAN. Remember it in 2018!!!


My family had the ability to keep our mothers in their homes essentially a few days before they passed away. My mother died at 89 and was cared for by my sister and her husband. Mrs. LuLac’s mother died at 95 and we took care of her daily needs. At home. Every family member like my sister and brother in law helped. Family involvement was the key.
But not many families have the means, the will or the respective health situations our mothers had. There are many in my age group who have put their elders in long term facilities.
Medicare will pay for a senior UNTIL they are forced or want to go to a skilled facility. Then Medicaid takes over.
The REPUBLICAN health plan wants to phase out Medicaid in the next few years proposing block grants to the state.
To my baby boomer friends who still have aging parents, do you really want to leave the care of your parent’s final days to a block grant?
Remember, this is the REPUBLICAN PLAN.

Lou Barletta (Photo: LuLac archives)
Congressman Lou Barletta today released the following statement after meeting with Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald J. Trump last evening. They discussed Barletta’s concerns that illegal immigrants would receive tax credits under the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Barletta stated Monday that he would vote against the bill unless his concerns were addressed.
“Millions of Americans can no longer afford health insurance under Obamacare, while at the same time, three-quarters of a billion dollars in Obamacare subsidies have been given to illegal immigrants,” Barletta said. “President Trump and Speaker Ryan agreed with me last night that this is wrong and must be fixed. The president gave his full support to legislation I will introduce to deny health care tax credits to illegal immigrants, and the speaker promised to bring the bill to the House floor for a vote. Because my concerns were met, I will vote for the bill with the understanding that my bill will receive full consideration on the House floor next month.”
A Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs report issued last year revealed that, under Obamacare, a half a million illegal immigrants received $750 million in health care subsidies. Barletta’s bill will address this problem by requiring applicants for health care tax credits to provide valid social security numbers, which will be verified by the Social Security Administration, before they receive tax credits.


Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)
U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright re-introduced a bill to ensure parity for federal employees. The Wage Grade Employee Parity Act would guarantee that the percentage increase in rates of basic pay for Wage Grade, or hourly, employees is equivalent to the percentage increase received by General Schedule, or salaried, federal employees.
The Wage Grade Employee Parity Act was previously introduced in both the 113th and 114th Congress. Language from this bill was included in FY15 and FY16 spending bills that were signed into law.
This legislation would ensure that the basic pay increase for prevailing wage employees shall be equal to the percentage increase received by other federal employees in the same pay locality.
“The inconsistency is unacceptable. Federal employees have been underappreciated and undervalued for far too long,” said Rep. Cartwright. “Blue-collar workers deserve the same pay increase that white-collar workers receive. In addition, this bill will help retain key personnel.”
This legislation would affect nearly 2,000 hourly employees at Tobyhanna Army Depot, the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, and at the Social Security Administration office located in Pennsylvania’s 17th District.



This Week on Sunday Magazine.
Brian Hughes speaks with Radhika Fox, Executive Director of the Value of Water Campaign, about the need to upgrade he nation's water infrastructure.
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Joe Sheridan from Little Theatre of Wilkes Barre about "In Concert With The
Arts", coming up on Sunday at the theatre.
Brian speaks with Dr. Hari Naidu about a little known heart disease known as HCN, Hypertrophic Cardio Myopathy.
And an encore of Frankie's interview with Pennsylvania's Secretary of Banking and Securities, Robin Weissman, about elder financial abuse.
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.


ECTV Live hosts Rusty Fender, David DeCosmo, and Director Mark Migilore welcome Eileen Miller to the program during the week of March 27th to discuss Distracted Driver's Month which is observed in April. Mrs. Miller lost her son in an accident involving a distracted truck driver.
ECTV Live is seen three times daily on Comcast Channel 19 (61 in some areas).ECTV Live is hosted by David DeCosmo and Rusty Fender and is Directed by Mark Migilore.
The program airs three times daily on Comcast channel19 (61 in some locations) and is available on Electric City TV's YouTube channel after its initial live airing Mondays.


Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on NEPA Sports Radio-The Game 1400/1440 am and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River.


Tune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. The show will run Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. on WILK, and on KRZ, Froggy and Max 102 early Sunday morning.


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 he heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.


Bobby's show is back again live this Sunday @6PM on The River.


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The Clash release their first recording "White Riot"……

US restricts citizens from visiting Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea & Cambodia……..Vietnam hands over MIA to US…….Parisians elect former PM Jacques Chirac as 1st mayor in a century…..Indira Gandhi resigns as PM of India…..Elvis Costello releases his 1st record "Less Than Zero"…..Focus on the Family is founded by Dr. James Dobson…….in Pennsylvania rumors swirl that Attorney General Robert Kane might be the subject of a probe……in Hazleton Eugene Duffy mounts a campaign for Luzerne County Prothonotary and forty years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Don't Leave Me This Way” by Thelma Houston.

Then there was Chuck Berry.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3453, March 20th, 2017


Congressman Lou Barletta released the following statement in regard to the American Health Care Act:
“Obamacare is destroying our health care system. The monstrosity of a health care law failed the American people by throwing them off their preferred plans, eliminating access to their favorite doctors, and sending premiums and deductibles through the roof. In fact, the average premium in Pennsylvania increased by 32 percent this year, and in some corners premiums rose as much as 53 percent. That level of cost increase is unsustainable.
I remain as committed to repealing and replacing Obamacare as I was on the day I came to Congress. We must find an alternative that allows consumers to choose their plans, drives down costs, and ensures that Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars are properly distributed only to American citizens.
Unfortunately, after evaluating the text of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), I cannot support the bill in its current form. I am concerned that the bill lacks sufficient safeguards for verifying whether or not an individual applying for health care tax credits is lawfully in this country and eligible to receive them. Under Obamacare, a half a million people received a total of $750 million in health care subsidies, even though the recipients could not prove their lawful presence in the United States. I cannot vote for a replacement plan that fails to address this problem.
I came to Congress to stop illegal immigration. I would have a hard time explaining to families in the 11th District – many of whom are still struggling to put food on the table and foot the costs of their own health care bills – why they should be helping to pay for the health expenses of someone who broke the law to get here and has no right to those federal dollars. The repeal and replacement of Obamacare will be a multi-phase process, but until my concerns are met, I cannot at this point support the bill.”
Ironic that Barletta has no concern about what the bill would do to Medicare, Medicaid as well as the imbalance of tax credits vs the cost of the health care insurance premiums that will rise more than the current program in place.
Not to mention the number of people who will lose insurance.
But let’s get them illegals. 
Here are my questions. 
Does the good Congressman think everyone working here is an illegal? 
If they were an illegal, would they expose themselves to the IRS? ICE? 
And if they are illegals working under the table, does he think they give a shit about a tax credit? 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3452, March 19th, 2017


  Bob Price was 27 years old when he passed away on Thursday. I was stunned when my friend Rob Neyhard put up a Face book post writing about a former student of his who died. I was hoping against hope that it wasn’t the same person I knew. But it was. As Mr. Carson on “Downton Abbey” said “Life is short, death is certain”. I always thought it extremely rude to ask a grieving family member of the deceased, “What happened?” The only entities that really know are the one who has passed on and their respective God. Knowing the reason doesn’t change the outcome. No big reveal even for someone Bob’s age takes the sting away of his leaving us.
 However what goes a long way is telling people about the person you knew. So let me tell you about Bob Price.
 As many of you know I do commentary on WBRE TV’s “Pa Live” program, “Eyewitness Newsmakers” as well as some of their newscasts. That’s where I met Bob. He was one of those guys that in his job moved. Whether it be running camera or helping move a cable, Bob was one of the guys who put the broadcast on. For about 6 months I never knew his name. He’d greet me, set me up and slide quietly back to his routine. One day as I was getting seated on “The Newsmakers” set, and Bob was pulling my suit coat down so it wouldn’t bunch up, I asked him his name. After that we were on a first name basis.
 During my work career I have seen enough of those people who make the grand gesture. You know the type, the “atta boy” guy or woman who pays you a compliment, flashes a grin and then sail off on their ways. At my age you notice the small kindnesses that are sometimes all too rare in today’s world. Bob would make sure the nervous guest was comfortable before the hosts got there and he seemed to know that even though he saw broadcasters on various WBRE venues like Dave Kuharchik or Candice Kelly every day, this was the very first time that guest was seeing them. He knew who was nervous and who was not. As for me, he took special care to make sure my cane was out of the camera shot as well as casting a watchful eye as I got off the news platforms. During last year’s election, in a conspiratorial whisper he’d say, “I’m gonna get you a parking spot you're here so often”.
 All that aside, let me tell you when we really bonded. One afternoon before a "Pa Live" program Bob and I were sitting in the studio on these colored metal chairs that I’m certain survived the flood of ’72. Somehow the talk shifted to a comment he heard that the professional wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson might enter politics. He leaned in and said, “You know who he is, right?” I replied, “Yeah never my favorite though, I was always a Kurt Angal guy”. It was a matter of fact comment but I noticed his eyes getting wide saying “You know 
of Angal?”    When I started to sing the iconic Kurt Angal anthem of “you suck” he was momentarily stunned. I saw he was surprised that someone three decades older than he followed the WWF. (He constantly corrected me that it was now the WWE). I told him that when I was in radio sales, The Arena was first starting and I used to get tickets. Bob then proceeded to tell me that he was doing camera work for all the WWE shows and was involved in the sport himself. He told me of the training he went through and how he was excited to learn that he might do more work with the sport he loved. As he walked away to set up the cooking segment, he shook his head, laughed and said “I can’t believe you knew Angal”. I yelled back, “I even had a Steve Austin tee shirt!" He almost collapsed in laughter and what I still think was a little wonderment.
 Our last conversation was before the February 3rd broadcast of “Pa Live” this year. As per usual I got there early and Bob sat down and we talked. He had mentioned that Vince McMahon’s wife was just nominated for a job with Donald Trump and asked “You think she’ll need a metal chair? We laughed and I had mentioned that there was an ESPN documentary about the XFL. The XFL was the football league McMahon and NBC’s Dick Ebersole started to compete against the NFL when the network lost football. We spoke of the second game that essentially doomed the league because of a technical power failure and I think we both realized that while we weren’t friends, we certainly would never be strangers. We were trying to figure out the names of the teams and because it was Friday and tired, we both came up blank.
 Later on that night I texted him via Facebook and wrote “It was the L.A. Extreme and the New York Hitmen”. He texted back, “Why yes! I loved the Hitmen!”
 I never texted back that I indeed owned a “Hitmen” tee shirt too but I’m sure it wouldn’t have surprised him.
 Usually because of my issues with standing I get to a wake early. I see who I need to see and rarely linger. Today after sharing a few stories with his grandmother and Mom as well as those grieving relatives in so much pain, I sat down and surveyed the room. There was a sea of younger women in black mourning dresses. I saw some of Bob’s younger relatives and the Funeral Director asking Bob’s grandmother if she needed any water. Streams of young men and women started to come in and pay their respects.
 I watched them, looked at Bob’s open casket and realized that he was the same age I was when my father died. At the time (pre Mrs. LuLac) I was just starting to date a younger woman who never really lost any significant loved one. In the middle of the wake she quietly came up to me and said, “I never knew you’re father well but I knew he was a good man”. A little annoyed, I asked her how she could possibly know that.
She simply said, “I have never seen so many people, at the same time, feel so bad in one room for the same reason. That’s a good man”.
 Bob Price I’m sure was many things in his all too short life. He was good student, a good friend, a good worker, good son and good grandson.
 But Bob Price was a good man.
 That room told us so today.
The family requests that flowers be omitted and that memorial donations in Bob's name be made to Janet Weiss Children's Hospital, Danville.
Online donations may be made by visiting

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3451, March 18th, 2017

Hillary Clinton bounds into her speaking venue in Scranton last night before her first speech since her election night loss. (Photo: Karel Zubris)
Another photo of Clinton arriving with Virginia Doherty McGregor who introduced her last night. (Photo: Karel Zubris)
During the last Presidential campaign, surprisingly or maybe not so, Hillary Clinton was viciously attacked by our genius citizens for pumping up her roots here in Scranton. Look, when your father is buried in a local cemetery, that’s a bit more than being here for a short time as her opponents falsely implied. It was heartening to see the former Senator and Secretary of State return here for her first public speech since the election.
Home to her roots. Again I don’t believe I have to write this over and over but when your father came here, these are roots.
Clinton arrived looking fit and well rested. The speech she gave consisted of memories of her childhood as well as the attributes of the Scranton area. It should come as no surprise that she did not attack the individual who defeated her but she did make this comment according to published reports. “I’m ready to come out of the woods”. This was something I did not expect to read and I’m told this brought the crowd to their feet. My personal feeling is that if Clinton had lost to any other GOP nominee, she would go on with her life and stay away. But the person who defeated her has made it imperative that all Democrats, not only the former Secretary never stay in those woods.
“I ask you all tonight — what can we do to find that common ground — a higher ground — where we can make a difference? I’m not sure it can come out of Washington yet, but I do think it can come out of Scranton, “she said. Clinton urged the assembled multitude of more than 600 to use the lessons of the knowledge passed on by their parents and grandparents as a base to make things better than they were yesterday.
A side note here, some of those grandparents were the children of……………immigrants.
Clinton was a hit but then again she was speaking to a choir that consisted of smart, compassionate, dedicated people who knew a good thing when it literally hit them over the head during last year’s Presidential race. But these people still have their work cut out for them. The comments in the newspaper stories on this were still pretty ugly and personal. No surprise given the ignorant cowards that are among us.
But her speech gives me a mixed bag of emotions. The first, being that we missed a great opportunity in 2016. That’s the bad part. The good part is that America still has people who can still critically think.
The latter is not only good but down right great.


Much thanks to our good friend Karel Zubris for the wonderful photos you see here…..
Krel Zubris with Jennifer Newland, Legal Assistant to the Pa. House of Representatives. WBRE TV's photo journalist Tony I. is in the background. (Photo: Karel Zubris)

The intrepid Zubris caught up with Shannon Roche Cusick, media volunteer with the Society of Irish Women. Shannon is also a Producer at WNEP TV. (Photo: Karel Zubris)
I understand former Pennsylvania First Lady Ellen Casey was in attendance. It is good to hear that she is out and about. When her husband’s tenure ended in 1995 she modestly said in an interview that her role as First Lady was to support her husband. But she also was heavily involved in promoting literacy and educating women about the early detection of breast cancer. Ironic that those two areas she promoted are now under fire by the individual who defeated Hillary Clinton…..

(Photo: Times Tribune) 
and finally a word about our friend Evie Refalko McNulty. She will most likely brain me for writing this but I’m going to do it anyway. McNulty has been a driving force in area politics. She has gotten things DONE. Yet she had been PASSED over twice for jobs at the state level and most recently the county level. Now the State position, I have no issue with because Governor Wolf inherited a bit of a financial shortfall in terms of hiring.
But that County job that was ripped right under from her so that the boy who thinks he’s in charge and hired a triple dipper is quite another thing. While that guy was up in Dickson City yucking it up with all the male cronies, Evie was getting it done accomplishing the biggest “get” there could be for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the area this year.
That’s a Scranton Democratic woman for you. Like the main speaker she refused to hide and cower in the protective shelter of those woods where only the truly righteous and dedicated always emerge to do good.

Your blog editor, then WYLN TV 35 anchor L.A. Tarone and Paul Kanjorski on a rainy Friday night at Riverfest in Wilkes Barre a few years back. (Photo: LuLac archives)
We don’t hear too much about former 11th District Congressman Paul Kanjorski these days. Since his defeat by Lou Barletta a few years back Kanjorski has pretty much kept a low profile. He was kind enough to participate in an interview with WYLN TV during a River fest remote broadcast a few years ago.
Through the years though Kanjorski brought clarity to complex issues. I remember clearly Kanjorski saying that every time you cut federal spending on programs, someone will have to pay anyway. And that somebody will be local and state taxpayers. I thought about this earlier today when heard that Republican Governors John Kasich of Ohio, Rick Snyder of Michigan, Brian Sandoval of Nevada, and Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas said this n a recent letter to congressional leaders. They wrote:  “The House approach provides almost no new flexibility for states, does not ensure the resources necessary to make sure no one is left out, and shifts significant new costs to states.”
A lesson from Kanjorski, it’s nice to hear that federal taxes will be cut (well with this crew maybe) but there is still a piper and that entity will still have to be paid. We'll be the ones too.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3450, March 16, 2017


Mike Mulvaney, Budget Director. (Photo: Coloradoindependent)

How about this? White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney on Thursday defended the Trump administration’s proposed deep cuts to social welfare programs such as Meals on Wheels and after-school services, saying it’s unfair to taxpayers if such programs don’t show hard results.
“Meals on Wheels sounds great,” Mulvaney said during the White House news briefing, adding that “we're not going to spend [money] on programs that cannot show that they actually deliver the promises that we’ve made to people.”
Mulvaney described the budget blueprint, which calls for dramatic cuts to domestic spending programs in favor of increased funding for the military, as “one of the most compassionate things we can do.”
He explained that the budget proposal is compassionate to the taxpayer because it stops government spending on programs that he said have been ineffective.
“You're only focusing on half of the equation, right? You’re focusing on recipients of the money. We’re trying to focus on both the recipients of the money and the folks who give us the money in the first place,” Mulvaney told reporters. “And I think it's fairly compassionate to go to them and say, ‘Look, we're not going to ask you for your hard-earned money anymore … unless we can guarantee to you that that money is actually going to be used in a proper function. And I think that is about as compassionate as you can get.”
Wow, okay this guy says that giving money to Meals on Wheels which feeds impoverished and lonely elders is a waste of money while more taxpayer money can be spent on Defense and Tax Cuts for millionaires You have to give them this: Guys like Mulvaney won’t lie to your face, he’ll tell you straight out this administration doesn’t care if old people can’t eat.
Two of my Knights of Columbus brothers, both over 60 are Meals on Wheels volunteers. They deliver the meal (which is not lobster and Steak Tar Tar) every single day. For FREE.
I knew the local director of Meals On Wheels here in this county for years. It was run on a shoe string budget. This statement by a REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT tells you everything you need to know about how REPUBLICANS feel about old, hungry, disabled poor people. He told you straight out by the Trumpees will argue and tell you it is for their own good. (Politico, LuLac)


Congressman Lou Barletta led a hearing on the effectiveness of emergency preparedness grant programs that allow communities to identify and respond to disasters. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, Barletta discussed the role these grants play in helping communities save lives, property, and resources when dealing with threats to public safety.
“As a former mayor, I know all too well what it means to be a good neighbor and how critical help from your surrounding communities can be in times of emergency,” Barletta said. “No single community can handle every disaster on its own, and no community can afford all of the equipment and personnel to handle every disaster. National preparedness grants make it possible for mutual aid between communities and across our country.”
Barletta specifically highlighted the Nonprofit Security Grant (NSG) Program, which is helping Jewish Community Centers (JCC’s) across the country to combat the recent wave of bomb threats.
“The threats we are seeing at Jewish communities across the country are outrageous and unacceptable,” Barletta said. “This is domestic terrorism and the full force of the law needs to be brought against the perpetrators.”
Michael Feinstein, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, and William Daroff, Senior Vice President for Public Policy of the Jewish Federations of North America, testified that NSG grants have been instrumental in helping JCC’s respond to bomb threats.
“These funds have been critical for us,” Feinstein said. “These grants make a tremendous difference for our JCC’s and other JCC’s.”
Barletta also touted the success of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program, which allows local fire departments across the 11th District to purchase equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources.
Art Martynuska, President of the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association, said that small and rural departments rely on these grants to operate.
“The basic tenets of fire protection are supported by these grants,” Martynuska said. “In some of our smaller, rural departments, if these grants weren’t available, these departments would go out of existence.”


Seen at the Wilkes Barre St. Patrick’s Day Parade from l to r, Sue Henry, L.A. Tarone and Karel Zubris.
(Photos: Facebook)
Two Mayors, Wilkes Barre’s Tony George and Hazleton’s Jeff Cusat enjoying a day of calm before the huge snow storm that both had to deal with after Sunday.


This Week on Sunday Magazine.
Brian Hughes speaks with Dr. Deniz Caglar , co-author of the book "Fit for Growth" about business growth in 2017.
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Dave Skutnik from the Wyoming Valley Red Cross about the chapter's 100th anniversary celebration coming up on Thursday March 23rd at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
Frankie speaks with Tanya from Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Ne Pa. about their "Bowl For Kids Sake" fundraiser, coming up next Saturday at Stanton Lanes in Wilkes Barre.
And an encore of Brian's interview with Kathy Rosen, who tells her story of how she transformed herself from couch potato to triathlete!
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.


ECTV Live welcomes Laura Fleming to the program during the week of March 20th. Laura is Director of Active Adult Activities at United Neighborhood Centers in Lackawanna County, She'll be discussing plans for this year's "Seniors Got Talent Show." ECTV Live is hosted by David DeCosmo and Rusty Fender and is Directed by Mark Migilore.
The program airs three times daily on Comcast channel19 (61 in some locations) and is available on Electric City TV's YouTube channel after its initial live airing Mondays.


Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on NEPA Sports Radio-The Game 1400/1440 am and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River


Tune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. The show will run Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. on WILK, and on KRZ, Froggy and Max 102 early Sunday morning.


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 he heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.


Bobby's show is back again live this Sunday @6PM on The River.


Our 1977 logo

President Jimmy Carter participates with Walter Cronkite in the Dial-a-President radio program on CBS………The Centenary Test between Australia and England begins at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. – Tenor Luciano Pavarotti and the PBS opera series Live from the Met both make their American television debuts. Pavarotti stars in a complete production of Puccini's La Boheme……Senator Richard Schweiker works toward adopting a much more conservative voting record; his rating from the Americans for Democratic Action drop significantly in 1977…in Scranton Insurance Executive Eugene Hickey enters the race for Mayor and 40 years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was “I Like Dreamin'” by Kenny Nolan.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3449, March 14th, 2017

Congressman Cartwright on the move and not hiding. (Photo: Pottsville Republican)
Congressman Matt Cartwright was the Grand Marshall for the Pottsville Parade on Sunday. As usual the Congressman walked in the Parade this time with county Sheriff Joseph G. Groody in the cold weather.
“For me, it was a high honor to be asked to be grand marshal of this year’s parade,” Cartwright said. “My Irish roots run deep, so something like this means a lot to me, no matter how cold it is today.”
Cartwright is serving his third two-year term representing the 17th Congressional District, which includes all of Schuylkill County and parts of Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe and Northampton counties.
“I like coming to Schuylkill County in general,” he said. “The people are so full of decency and friendship.”
Following the parade, Cartwright joined other local officials and residents at the Humane Fire Company for the Grand Irish Party, where there was live music by Celthart.
Cartwright is the only Congressman in the coverage area of the 10th, 11th and 17th district that doesn’t need an all points bulletin to find him.
The annual Girardville St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held at noon March 25. (LuLac, Pottsville Republican)

John C. Cordara. (Photo: LuLac archives)
John C. Cordora is running on the Democratic ticket for Mayor of Luzerne Borough. There are two candidates running on the Republican side. Voter registration in Luzerne Borough is: 415 Republicans and 1,260 Democrats. Cordora has a core plan to start a Citizen’s Crime Watch in view of the car break ins on Miller, Charles and Williard streets recently.
Cordora is a life long conservative who has never been endorsed by either political party. John is an affable guy, very involved and get this, is running as an outsider. Cordora brings a wealth of experience and can help accelerate many of the efforts of Luzerne to make it a great place to live as well as increase business.


Franklin and Marshall
Our friends at the Franklin and Marshall poll have delivered some interesting things in the February results.
WHO DO YOU BLAME? Registered voters continue to believe that government and politicians (24%) are the state’s most important problem followed by education at 16%, unemployment and taxes at 11% and taxes at 11%.
Wow, again anti government and anti politico lose in the eyes of those polled yet Pa. rarely changes incumbents!
MINUMUM WAGE: Six in ten (61%) say they favor an increase in the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $12.00 per hour, with 39% strongly in favor and 22% somewhat in favor.
That’s a big jump but tells you that voters feel they are underpaid. Wonder how the business communities feel?
ON TRUMP: LOW: One in three (32%) registered voters in Pennsylvania believes President Trump is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as president.
That means there are more than 68% who don’t agree or have no opinion.
TRUMP HIGH TO MIDDLE: Voters are confident in the President’s ability to handle the economy (51%), but are less confident in his ability to handle immigration issues (41%) and foreign affairs (38%).
The big numbers there are Immigration and Foreign Policy where Trump never made the transition from candidate to President.
A TRUMP TIE: Equal proportions of registered voters say that the media treats the president “very unfairly” (32%) as say the media treats him “very fairly” (32%).
Again this is a snapshot of American government divided.
OBAMA CARE: Only one in four (29%) registered Pennsylvania voters believes that the Affordable Care Act should be repealed entirely; most (60%) believe the law should have a few changes made to improve it.
This flies in the face of the recent dictate by Paul Ryan that he and his Congress need to keep their campaign promises. You have to wonder if our GOP Congressmen Barletta and Marino are going to vote for repeal and endorse the tax credit plan.
The Franklin & Marshall College Poll is produced in conjunction with the Philadelphia Daily News, WGAL-TV (South Central PA), Pittsburgh Tribune Review, WTAE-TV (Pittsburgh), WPVI-TV6/ABC (Philadelphia), Times-Shamrock Newspapers, Harrisburg Patriot-News/PennLive, LNP media group, and the Reading Eagle.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3448, March 13th, 2017


Our “13 Questions” logo.

1. After 45 days of the Trump administration do you see any improvements in our safety and national security?

Not at all. As a matter of fact I see a great deal of instability at this point. There is misdirected foreign policy initiatives  that are dangerous because they are not focused. The Secretary of State has not spoken to the Press and I’m not even sure there is a strategic plan in place as to how)  we would respond to a crisis. I’m reminded of that old adage that God (at least for now protects babies and drunks. Add America under this crew to that list.

2. Your thoughts on the. GOP plan to reverse Obamacare?

Just plain silly. This new plan is going to hurt the people who elected Donald Trump the most. Those people in the rust belt states who didn’t realize they were even on Medicaid or Obama care will be shit out of luck.
They have eliminated the funding mechanism which will come back to bite them. The reason is if they keep key elements of the act like keeping Pre existing conditions, the higher the deficits will be. Someone will have to pay for it.
Paul Ryan has said that he wants to essentially change entitlements and told Hugh Hewitt on the radio that it would be a victory for Conservatives. Not Americans, but Conservatives.
Plus the Congressional Budget Office estimates that 15 million people will lose health coverage. It’s a great plan if you’re rich. What will happen though in 2018 is the people who voted for Trump and get affected by this will just stay home. And that can help the Democrats.

3. Have you tried the Coke Lite in the green cans?

Yes. I like it very much. It has less calories and has the same taste. I get it at Wegmans.

4. What are your thoughts on Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and his suggestion of marijuana legalization?

He makes a compelling case and given the way things move in Harrisburg, which are glacially, well it will take some time. But I think he is on the right track. Privatization would eliminate competition and crime in the dealer communities. I think it is a non violent crime and if there is money to be had, it should be directed to taking care of some mandates the state is stuck with due to prior bad decisions from both parties.

5. Do you think the opposition of AARP to the Affordable Care Act?

On point. The organization is powerful and makes sense in their presentations to people over 50. AARP said their primary concern is for people who haven’t yet reached retirement age, highlighting one of the biggest problems with the GOP’s plan to use tax credits in lieu of Obamacare subsidies. As proposed, the plan does not offer enough to help older people pay for what would become much more expensive coverage if the subsidies are scrapped. Under the ACA, older Americans can be charged no more than three times what younger participants with same kind of coverage are charged. The new plan would allow insurers to charge older Americans five times what they charge younger participants.
Comparing the GOP plan for tax cuts and a 5:1 age rating with the subsidies now offered under Obamacare, AARP estimates that an unmarried 64-year-old making $15,000 a year -- assuming they live in a state that has not expanded Medicaid -- would see their premiums go up $8,400 a year.
For this reason, AARP calls the bill an “unaffordable age tax,” and says it will have a disproportionately negative impact on poorer, middle-aged Americans.
It is a tax on older Americans and anyone who tells you any different is a Trump supporter getting Social Security or someone who can afford the increase. Now the latter will demonize a minority because they’ll be too cheap to buy it.

6. St. Patrick's Day plans?

Went to St. John the Evangelist Mass on March 4th for the St. Patrick’s Day service. I did not attend the Pittston Parade but stopped off at the Knights Council Home in Pittston later on that afternoon. Did not attend the Scranton or Wilkes Barre Parades but I am planning on attending the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at the Woodlands for the Friendly Sons of Pittston. I am also set to be on Pa Live this Friday at 4PM.

7. Fasting for Lent?

No meat on Fridays and tyring to go with 2 meals a day instead of one. But it's more symbolic then anything else. 

8. Might be a tad late but any thoughts on the Oscars fiasco?

Stuff happens. The guy who was supposed to be paying attention on the stage wasn’t. He was star struck. When all is said and done, it will be mere footnote in film history.

9. You seem to be very militant on FB and here regarding the new administration. Is your blog becoming a tool for the Democratic Party?

First off, personally for me the Democratic Party has done nothing. So locally I plug GOP candidates as well as Democrats. Now certain politicians have helped friends of mine with constituent issues but that is their job. 
When I found out Donald Trump won, and heard his victory speech, I was impressed. I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. Not that I need to defend my criticism of Trump but this is what I said about him the day after his election.
But since then he has disrespected the office of the President He has acted like a big baby and has broken promises as well as showing a personality that is not suited for leadership.
That said, that’s Trump. But his supporters who constantly bring up Hillary Clinton, who tell us their freedoms are being taken away, who tell me Sharia Law will become a reality because we have a Muslim population need to be called out. My mission is to do that by asking simple questions like “why” “how”, “how many?” and dare them to come up with an answer. Most likely they’ll call me names because that’s all they got.
But the fact that this County (The Lu) made it possible for Trump to win is breathtaking given the fact that these older people think Trump will improve their lives. Watch what he does to health care and Medicaid.

10. Best bagel in LuLac land?

Hands down “Bake House” in Kingston.

11. Will the GOP pass a new health care bill?

The House will but it will never get past the Senate. Health care is so divisive an issue that whatever hope Trump has in passing a changing legislative agenda will be next to impossible. It is astounding to me that this new leadership  is repeating the mistake of the Obama administration by focusing on Health Care first.

12. Any theories on the pizza owner from Old Forge that is still missing?

Nary a one. I hope there is a good outcome but I doubt it.

13. What is your opinion when Trump supporters say anti Donald protestors are paid?

That’s silly. Thousands of people were moved by this new administration’s reactionary policies. I always ask those who say a protest march was paying people these questions.
How were they paid?
Where is the proof?
Was it by check or cash?
Who kept track of the cash?
Were they paid at the site or before?
Who paid them?
Where is the paper trail?
How do you coordinate nationwide payment on days when there are protests in major cities across the U.S. and the world?
And if protestors were rallying on foreign soil, were they paid U.S. cash?
Was the cash converted to their currency?
Etc, etc, etc. Here’s my appearance on PA Live last month talking about the protestors. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3447, March 11th, 2017

Candidate Randy Tomasacci (Photo: Tomasacci for Magistrate Facebook Page)
Here’s Randy at the 2016 Lincoln Day Breakfast with local GOP political icon Red Jones. 
(Photo: LuLac archives)
2017 is seeing many open seats for various Magisterial seats in the region. One important one up for grabs is in the Conyingham/Salem Townships and Shickshinny Area. Northwest Area School Director Randy Tomasacci threw his hat into the ring and was kind enough to share information about his candidacy with us.

Experienced Tested Trusted

I am excited and honored to announce my candidacy for Magisterial District Justice, serving District 11-3-01, as the Honorable John E. Hasay is retiring. This area served includes: Conyngham Twp., Fairmont Twp., Hollenback Twp., Hunlock Twp., Huntington Twp., Nescopeck Twp. Nescopeck, New Columbus, Ross Twp., Salem Twp., Shickshinny, and Union Twp. I will be cross-filing as both Republican and Democrat for the upcoming May 16, 2017 Primary Election.


This part of the world is dear to me. My Father’s people moved here in 1912 to work in the mines, fight for the U.S. in The Great War, and later farm the hillsides of Huntington Township. My maternal grandmother’s family, the Rex’s, moved into the five mountains in the early 1800s to carve out their little piece of heaven. My grandfather, Raymond “Buffalo” Mills, always said that, “If we are to receive such bounty from the Lord, we must give back to our community with both our time and treasure.” He did so by serving as Shickshinny Borough Council President for many years. I have followed his advice in many ways, as I will describe below, and now I humbly ask you, the voters of this area, to elect me to the bench as Magisterial District Justice.
I was born and raised in Huntington Township, graduating from Northwest High School in 1981. During the summers of my youth, I worked with my father as a Baker and Sous Chef in the Restaurants and Diners on Long Island and in New York City. After studying Theology at what is now North Point Bible College, I became Associate Pastor of Rock Run Church in Muncy Valley, Pa. After two years there, I heard the call of my birth community and returned home to fill the position of Assistant Pastor at Shickshinny Assembly of God Church.
While in College, I met then later married Karen Nelson of Hughesville, Pa. We have been married for 34 years and been blessed with two fine boys, now both grown men. Dr. David Tomasacci, our eldest, holds his Doctorate in Music Theory, serving as adjunct Professor at Ohio State University and also as Musical Director for the University Baptist Church at Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. His brother, Lukas Tomasacci, graduated from Kings College in Wilkes Barre in Drama and Theater and is currently entertaining audiences at Shadowbox Live musical theater in Columbus, Ohio.
In 1987, I left the ministry to create a wholesale and retail folk art business, marketing my wife’s original art across the nation, thrilling thousands of customers since our first sale. This business, now in its 30th year, is still going strong.
Over the years, I’ve taught cooking classes and demonstrated gourmet food products at specialty shops and Fancy Food tradeshows across the nation. This ultimately led to my writing and publishing a 250 recipe cookbook, The Artisan Gourmet in 2008.
While business and travel afforded me the opportunity to gather perspective and experience with different people from all walks of life, I still made time to serve our community. For sixteen years of those between 1999 to the present, I’ve been elected to and served on the Northwest Area School Board, with 8 of those years as School Board President. I’ve been the Chairman of the Negotiating Committee, Education and Policy, Legislative, and Safety Committees as well as serving as a representative to Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18, at various times serving as President, Vice President and Secretary of that IU during my tenure there.
I am proud to be a founding and charter member of the Business Association of the Greater Shickshinny Area. I am a member of Sunshine Full Gospel Church, where I have organized and presented special projects over the years. I am also a member in good standing at the Sons of the American Legion, Post 495.

Why Vote for Randy Tomasacci for Magisterial District Justice Area 11-3-01?

When people ask why they should vote for me, I have a three word response: 
Experience Dedication Community

Experience The foundation of any judicial bench is the law, but the heart of justice can only be found in understanding people. The Magistrate is the person established by the Pennsylvania constitution who safeguards the liberties of all citizens. My experiences in the ministry, in entrepreneurial business, and in my years of service on the School Board have afforded me deep insight into people as individuals and into the human condition. As School Board President, I’ve had to make very difficult decisions to insure that the children in our community are safe and well educated, while at the same time bridging the gap between the State and our District, all done with the protection of the taxpayer in mind. When the State withheld school monies statewide, I was called to speak to the press at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg to make the case for resolution of the funding crisis and call out both the Governor and Legislature for using our children as pawns in their political game. I can and will be a champion of justice for all those who come before my bench, regardless of background or circumstance.
Dedication When elected, I will attend to the court as a full time position, making myself available as needed, day or night, to fulfill my duties. I will step down from my position in my family business and work only for my district. On the days when court is not in session, I plan to speak to the opioid and heroin dilemma which faces our community, educating students regarding the consequences and prevention of drugs and addiction and working alongside existing drug prevention programs.
Community My roots are in this district. My entire history has taken place in these hills and dales and my heart is with its people. It has been an honor to serve as I have in the various local positions I’ve held. Now, it is time to move up to the challenge of District Magistrate. The bench must be occupied by a non-partisan, independent thinker. It must be separate from any existing establishment. The servants of the court must be beholden to none: Not money, not fraternal ties, not political cronyism. This freedom, along with my vast experience with people, a track record demonstrating thoughtful action, and a deep love for our area, makes me the best choice for Magisterial District Judge 11-3-01. 
Please honor me with your vote this May 16, 2017. Thank you.

Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)
Congressman Matt Cartwright introduced a bipartisan bill that would strengthen America’s ability to withstand the challenges posed by climate change. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SUCCESS Actdirects NIST to convene an effort to make consistent, authoritative set of climate information available to standard-developing organizations (SDOs).
SDOs design standards, building codes, voluntary certifications, and other standards to ensure that work is performed and products are developed to the high level of quality that the American people have come to expect. Whereas agencies such as NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) possess cutting-edge climate change data, SDOs often find it difficult to find and incorporate useful and relevant information.
Rep. Cartwright requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issue a report regarding how the federal government could facilitate the use of forward-looking climate change data by SDOs. The GAO report, issued in November 2016, recommended that the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the director of NIST, should convene an interagency effort to improve federal agencies’ participation in the standard-setting process and to improve the use of climate data in these efforts.
“Climate change is on course to affect virtually every American in the coming years,” said Rep. Cartwright. “We must prepare for the future, and ready our homes and our country’s infrastructure to be able to withstand weather events associated with climate change.”
The NIST SUCCESS Act implements GAO’s recommendation. Specifically, this bill would:
•Convene, in conjunction with the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group, an interagency effort to increase the use of forward-looking climate data in standard setting.
•Identify a consistent, authoritative set of climate information, emphasizing forward-looking climate information and projections to help both federal and non-federal bodies develop standards, building codes, and voluntary standards that are more resilient to extreme weather and other effects of climate change.
•Coordinate federal agencies’ participation in the standard-setting process whenever there is a need for accurate climate change data and projections.
“I am hopeful that NIST can foster innovative ways to combat climate change,” said Rep. Cartwright.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3446, March 9th, 2017


Well almost every Doctor!!!!
The top U.S. doctors’ organization and several hospital groups came out strongly on Wednesday against a Republican plan backed by President Donald Trump to overhaul America’s healthcare system, as Democrats mounted a fierce battle to thwart the bill.
Trump and fellow Republicans in Congress campaigned last year on a promise to dismantle the signature domestic policy achievement of Democratic former President Barack Obama.
But they face resistance from conservatives in their own party who have condemned the bill as too similar to the law it is meant to supplant. Democrats, meanwhile, have denounced it as a gift to the wealthy that will take insurance away from millions of people.
Doctors and other providers said the bill would probably cause many patients to lose insurance and raise healthcare costs. The American Medical Association doctors’ group urged senior lawmakers in a letter to reconsider drastic changes to Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor.
The AMA, which supported Obamacare, said the replacement of income-based subsidies with age-based tax credits to help people buy insurance would make coverage more expensive, if not out of reach, for poor and sick Americans.
Obamacare, formally called the Affordable Care Act, enabled 20 million previously uninsured people to obtain coverage, about half through a Medicaid expansion the new bill would end.
Insurers are worried about the affordability of the tax structure and proposed major changes in Medicaid financing.
In a letter to Congress, America’s Health Insurance Plans, which represents Anthem Inc and others, indicated that was still a concern, despite many aspects of the draft that would help stabilize the individual insurance market.
Seven hospital groups, including the American Hospital Association, America’s Essential Hospitals and the Catholic Health Association of the United States, also voiced opposition, writing in a letter to lawmakers that the proposal could lead to “tremendous instability” for people seeking affordable medical coverage, including children, the elderly and disabled.
Nary a doctor except for new HUD Secretary Tom Price has stood by the Republican Congress’ new plan. However Sean Spicer the President’s spokesperson said there have lot of doctors who like it!
Yeah, right. (The Globe & Mail, LuLac)

The President (Photo: CNN)
President Trump today did not denounce wikileaks which has had a relationship with the Russian propaganda platform RT. It seems like Trump seems to be okay with these leaks. Many say they are being orchestrated to deflect issues of incompetence on his administration’s part. More smoke, there’s a fire coming.

Governor Tom Wolf (Photo: Wolf webpage)
Back as far as January Governor Tom Wolf warned what ramifications would come from the rescinding of the Affordable Care Act. In a statement he said,
"At the top of their agenda is repealing the Affordable Care Act, including the repeal of Medicaid expansion — which nearly 700,000 Pennsylvanians rely on for healthcare. In addition, 63,000 people suffering from addiction accessed drug and alcohol treatment through Medicaid. Even funding for vital treatment options in the fight against the heroin and opioid crisis isn’t safe under Trump’s plan.
I have met with people who received coverage for the first time under the Affordable Care Act and heard what it meant to them to not have to choose between insurance or paying the heating bill. I’ve held in my own arms a newborn baby suffering from heroin withdrawal. I’ve consoled daughters and sons who have lost a parent to a drug overdose. And I’ve seen the happiness of families reunited and moving forward after a loved one has completed treatment.
We cannot afford to repeal healthcare for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians or make cuts to Medicaid — especially in the wake of this public health crisis that affects so many of our friends, family members, and neighbors."


Preliminary analysis by Marc Stier, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, suggests that when the program is fully implemented, around 1 million low- and moderate- income Pennsylvanians will lose health insurance; the state budget will lose at least $2.5 to $3 billion in funding; at least 60,000 Pennsylvanians will lose their jobs, and over 4,000 Pennsylvanians per year will die prematurely.
Some key points from his organization:
•The bill would end new enrollments in the Medicaid Expansion program in 2020. Because incomes rise and fall, by the end of five years, most of the almost 700,000 Pennsylvanians who received health insurance through the Medicaid expansion will lose it. Our preliminary estimate is that the reduction in federal spending in Pennsylvania on the Medicaid expansion will be roughly $4 billion per year.
•The bill would create per-capita caps on traditional Medicaid spending. Because those caps do not take into account changes in the age and health status of Medicaid beneficiaries or above average increases in health care costs due in part to the development of new and costly procedures and pharmaceuticals, federal support for Medicaid will decline by a huge amount. That will cost Pennsylvania another $10 billion to $15 billion over ten years or $1.1 billion to $1.5 billion per year.
•The bill would have a devastating impact on Pennsylvania’s state budget. To maintain traditional and expanded Medicaid would cost the state roughly $5 billion per year. Even if the state declines to support expanded Medicaid, Pennsylvania-specific health care programs already on the books are required to pick up some of the those who lose insurance. That cost to Pennsylvania will be $1.1 billion a year. Thus, even without continuing to pay for expanded Medicaid, the state will need $2.6 billion to $3.0 billion a year to maintain traditional Medicaid.
•The bill would force states, most likely including Pennsylvania, that are unable or unwilling to make up the difference in federal support for traditional Medicaid to reduce Medicaid benefits. Eligibility for the program will be restricted, and coverage of medical procedures will be limited. Waiting lists will be created. Work requirements, that have little or no impact on work effort, but create additional paperwork that make it hard for people to secure benefits, will be created.
•The bill would force states to reduce Medicaid support for long-term care, which benefits middle-income as well as low-income seniors.
•The bill would replace the tax credits in the Affordable Care Act—which are adjusted for income and for the cost of health insurance—with new fixed tax credits that vary only with age. This shift benefits those who are younger and have higher incomes while hurting those who are older or have lower-incomes. Very few of the 321,000 Pennsylvanians who use tax credits to purchase health insurance on the health care exchange marketplace will be able to afford insurance under the Republican proposal.
In Philadelphia, for example, a 40 year-old who has an income of $20,000 will see their health insurance tax credit decline from $4,950 to $3,000. The tax credit for a 60 year-old at the same income level would drop from $11,600 to $4,000. But a 40 year-old with an income of $40,000 will see a tax-credit increase from $1,830 to $3,000 and a 40-year old with an income of $75,000 who does not receive a tax-credit now will get one of $3,000.
oSimilar results will be found in other parts of the state.
•Even if health insurance is cheaper, that insurance will have higher deductibles and more co-pays as ACA rules for health insurance are abandoned.
•The loss in federal funding in the bill would cost Pennsylvania at least 60,000 jobs, not only in the health care field but in other areas as well.
•We estimate that there will be at least 4,000 pre-mature deaths per year in Pennsylvania when the program is fully implemented in 2025.
The bill would lead to an increase in health insurance costs in the individual market as younger and healthier people delay getting health insurance until they become sick. The new tax credits for those with moderate incomes may not even offset the increase in health insurance costs.
Enactment of this proposed legislation would be a shameful episode in our history, as we turn our backs on providing health care and long-term care for millions of Americans and Pennsylvanians.


Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo :LuLac archives)
I know this is not necessarily our coverage area but just wanted to point out how one local Congressman is not hiding from his constituents. Congressman Matt Cartwright will host a “Coffee with your Congressman” event in Brodheadsville on March 14, 2017. This event is an opportunity for constituents to discuss issues that matter to them directly with Congressman Cartwright.
This event is open to the public. RSVPs are not required.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Chestnuthill Diner
2187 Route 209
Brodheadsville, PA 18322


Attorney Tom Mosca (Photo: (The Irregulars)
The Irregulars Think Tank Breakfast will be held in Ballroom A on the second floor of The Irem Clubhouse at Irem Temple Country Club in Dallas this Saturday, March 11. Presenter will be Attorney Tom Mosca of Dallas who is raising awareness to the problem of Human Trafficking. During his presentation Human Trafficking – Hidden in Plain Sight, Tom will make us aware of the fact that human trafficking is occurring not only across the country and across the world, but right here in our backyard in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. followed by buffet-style breakfast at 9:00 a.m. Breakfast is over when the last person walks out the door. Cost is $11 and we ask that you reply to this email if you are planning to attend.
Human Trafficking - Hidden in Plain Sight - Attorney Tom Mosca is a graduate of Wyoming Seminary and Wilkes University. He earned a law degree from Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. As a member of the American, Pennsylvanian, and Luzerne County bar associations, Tom received a five-star peer rating for the highest level of professional excellence in services and ethics by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. As a representative of the Social Justice Committee at St. Theresa’s Church here in Shavertown, Attorney Tom Mosca serves as co-chair of the NEPA Task Force Against Human Trafficking. He also serves as Chair of the Community Awareness Committee. Tom gives us this Human Trafficking - Hidden in Plain Sight presentation on behalf of the task force.
Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery—a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 20.9 million people around the world. And no matter where you live, chances are it's happening nearby. From the girl forced into prostitution at a truck stop, to the man discovered in a restaurant kitchen, stripped of his passport and held against his will. All trafficking victims share one essential experience: the loss of freedom.
During his presentation on Saturday, Tom will draw attention to the issue of human trafficking including things that people can see to help identify if someone is potentially a victim of human trafficking. Shining a spotlight on that very issue is important for all of us because often times human trafficking is in plain sight. “If you see something, say something,” said Mosca.
Tom is also open to dialogue on other topics that are tearing away at the very fabric of our society. “In addition to human trafficking, we also have an out of control heroin and opioid epidemic in our area,” he said. “The scope of that problem will most likely get worse before it gets better.”
Tom and his wife, Andrea have lived in the Back Mountain for the majority of their adult lives. They are the proud parents of two grown daughters, Hillary, 26, and Tori, 23.


This Week on Sunday Magazine.
Brian Hughes speaks with local author and educator Frank Goskowski about his book "Three Essays Three Revolutions" which discusses the impact of Martin Luther, Jean Jacques Rousseau & Karl Marx and their impact today.
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Pa. Secretary of Banking and Securities Robin Weissman about elder financial abuse.
And Brian speaks with Dr. Jonathan Prenner and Maryanne Cass about Low Vision Awareness.
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.


Our area has faced a string of emergency situations over the past month. Weather incidents ranging from a tornado, to hail and strong winds and fires that have forced a lot of people out of their homes. One agency, the Red Cross, has responded to all of these emergencies. ECTV Live hosts Rusty Fender, David DeCosmo, and Director Mark Migilore welcome Bill Goldsworthy to the program during the week of March 13th to discuss the overwhelming calls for assistance and volunteers that have followed these emergencies.
ECTV Live is seen on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is aired three ties daily (Noon, 6pm, and Midnight) throughout the week. The program is also available for viewing on the Electric City Television's Youtube page.


This week's guests are Peter Ouellette and Eric Bieski from RepresentUS, discussing their grass roots political activism. Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on NEPA Sports Radio-The Game 1400/1440 am and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River


Tune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. The show will run Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. on WILK, and on KRZ, Froggy and Max 102 early Sunday morning.


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 he heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.


Bobby's show is back again live this Sunday @6PM on The River.


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Bank of America adopts the name VISA for its credit cards…..US extends territorial waters to 200 miles….. 1st time Jay Leno appears on Tonight Show…. Formula One driver Tom Pryce dies after colliding with a track marshal at the South African Grand Prix in Kyalami……..Statewide the Philadelphia Phillies say they will once again be contenders in the NL East and hope to get to the World Series… Luzerne County School Board races dominate early primary interest and 40 years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “New Kid in Town” by The Eagles.The song was released in '76 but made number one in 1977.