Sunday, January 21, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3700, January 21st, 2018

3700

Today we are at the 3700th Edition mark on LuLac. As we move forward, our goals are to provide information and provoke discussion. We appreciate the readers, posters and backers of this 11 year plus effort. LuLac remains the only political blog in this area that is on line on a regular basis. That has happened because of your interest and support.
With Providence and health, on to #3800.

PROPERTY -TAX RELIEF TO BE DISCUSSED AT FEB 1 FORUM
State Representative Tarah Toohill (Photo: LuLac archives)
State Rep. Tarah Toohil, of Butler Township has announced plans to host a "Coffee and Conversation" event in Salem Township where she will provide an update on property tax relief efforts in the General Assembly.
Toohil invites residents to attend free event on Thursday, Feb 1 from 10 am to noon at the Salem Township Municipal Building 38 Bomboy Lane , near Berwick.
For more information, contact Toohil's district office at 570-453-1344 Salem Twp. is in Luzerne County.
Again, Propert Tax Reform for single home owners NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED.
Those Legislators who have not budged, need to hear from us.
These senators and representatives are not supporting HB/SB 76: Sen. John Blake, Sen. John Gordner, Rep. Ed Pashinski, Rep. Mike Carroll, Rep. Maureen Madden.

I WONDER

Tantrum all better and forgotten on Championship Sunday!  "I'm never gonna watch the NFL ever, ever, ever again, you watch and see!" (Photo: Parenting.com)
Since Championship Sunday is one of the biggest sports days in America, I’m wondering about this. Will the same loud mouth patriots who believe that a different opinion has less integrity than their own put their money where their mouth is? Let me explain.
Back in September, President Trump made an issue about NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem. He railed against their peaceful protest. The lemmings followed suit and said that the NFL players who chose to do a protest didn’t love the flag, didn’t love America, didn’t deserve to have the skilled position they trained for all their lives and were not as “American” as those who attacked them.
We were treated to NFL fans who attacked every team who even remotely supported the peaceful protest. They loudly proclaimed, “I’m never gonna watch an NFL game ever, ever again!”
I wonder how many of those characters will have their asses parked in front of the TV today from 3 to 11pm watching in their words, “Those unpatriotic thugs who don’t love America, hate our military, and hate our flag?”
Wonder how many are watching with wing stained fingers and a 30 pack of Bud at arm’s length today?
For those who stuck to their guns,  you might want to check out  “Frozen In Love”, “Harvest Love”, “One Winter Weekend” and “Birthday Wish” is on Hallmark.  I bet none of the loudmouths will back up their usual bullshit.

STORMY DANIELS AND THE “CHRISTIANS”
Stormy Daniels, the "goods" and a smiling Donald Trump (Photo: celebuzz.com) 
Don’t you love the fact that the Evangelicals are lining up to excuse the President’s behavior a year after being thrice married with a porn star? He hung with her while his wife was carrying his son. Now this is the guy who during the campaign had the stones to load the debate stage with Bill Clinton’s “friends” all the while paying hush money to his “actress” friend!  Hey, give Trump credit for balls of brass and using the leverage.
But what I will never understand is how “Christians” say it’s okay to forgive him but still can’t forgive a dreamer for having been born to illegal immigrants? Then there was the case of Franklin Graham (whose father, btw never became political) literally excusing and absolving Trump of this behavior saying that he should be forgiven!
That’s why these type of “Christians” I could never identify with. That’s why I will always identify myself as a Roman Catholic and not a Christian. I never want to be associated with that brand of hypocritical Christianity.
Pretty harsh you say?
Not one Christian leader, to my knowledge, has condemned Trump for this “stormy” choice.  The Evangelicals have sold their souls to their dear leader. And that leader is not "The Lord".


Saturday, January 20, 2018

The LuLac Edition 3699, January 20th, 2018

GOP GOVERNOR’S DEBATE TONIGHT!

This Saturday evening, January 20, Heinz College will host a Gubernatorial Debate in the hotly contested GOP primary race between:
• Attorney Laura Ellsworth
• Businessman Paul Mango
• Speaker of the House Mike Turzai
• Senator Scott Wagner
The event will take place at the lovely Kresge Theater at our College of Fine Arts, and we encourage you to attend if you are in the Pittsburgh area. Enjoy mingling during an informal “Meet the Candidates” session from 6-7 p.m. Auditorium doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the debate will take place from 7-8 p.m.
You can also watch the debate locally on WPXI-TV Channel 11, or internationally online via the Heinz College Facebook Live stream.


DON’T BLAME SCHUMER

With the government shutdown going on many die hard Republicans are blaming the Democrats for shutting down the government. Know this:
1. There are three branches of government controlled by THE REPUBLICAN party. The impotent REPUBLICAN PARTY.
2. There are 51 REPUBLICAN SENATORS.
46 Republicans supported it. 5 DID NOT.
If a party cannot control its own……they are IMPOTENT.

LOU’S LAUGHABLE ATTACK ON CASEY

Check out this e mail Lou Barletta is circulating. Barletta Blasts Casey for Voting to Shut Down the Government and Jeopardize Funding for Children's Health Insurance
"While the House passed a Continuing Resolution that provides funding for our military, veterans, seniors, and kids, the Senate rules require 60 votes to pass spending legislation. Republicans only hold 51 seats in the Senate. It was impossible for the Senate to get to 60 votes and avert a government shutdown without Democrat support. By voting no tonight, Senator Casey and the Democratic Senators who joined him are solely responsible for denying funding for American citizens. There are 342,000 children in Pennsylvania who benefit from the Children's Health Insurance Program and 4,900 DACA recipients. By voting to shut down the government, Senator Casey put illegal immigrants over health insurance for our kids. Pennsylvanians should be furious."
Hey Lou…………it is your REPUBLICAN party that let the CHIP program expire.
It is your REPUBLICAN party who blocked it time and time again using children as a bargaining CHIP.
Lou………get a CLUE. Your party has been against health care of any kind for anyone let alone Pennsylvania children.
Your attack on Casey reminds me of the kid who killed his parents but then asked for mercy from the court because he was an orphan!

DEMAND LAWMAKERS SUPPORT HB/SB 76

COWARDS ARE HIGHLIGHTED IN RED

Our friend Charlie Urban sent this letter to the paper regarding a House and Senate Bill for Property Tax Reform. This is an issue whose time has come. When overpaid Legislators tell you thy are against it, remember whose side they are on. NOT OURS!
Editor: Election time is coming. As president of the Luzerne County Property Owners, I am asking voters to vote for those listed that are coming up for re- election in November. These legislators are sponsors and supporters of HB/SB 76, elimination of school property taxes: Sens. John Yudichak and Lisa Baker, Reps. Gerald Mullery, Karen Boback, Aaron Kaufer, Tara Toohil, Sid Michaels Kavulich, Kevin Haggerty and Marty Flynn.
These senators and representatives are not supporting HB/SB 76: Sen. John Blake, Sen. John Gordner, Rep. Ed Pashinski, Rep. Mike Carroll, Rep. Maureen Madden. Please call and demand they support HB/SB 76; accept no excuses. We did the talk now it’s time to do the walk.
Charles Urban
President
Luzerne County Property Owners

DONNA BALOGA 

(Photo: Times Leader)
One week ago, Donna Baloga died. Donna and her husband Dave were staunch members of the Republican party and the Pro Life movement in this area. She was gracious, funny, engaging and just a beautiful person.
On Monday hundreds of people came to say good bye to this great lady.
As a frequent guest at local GOP functions, I enjoyed our brief encounters along with her and Dave.
Like so many people I’ve known, she fought a courageous battle with cancer. To say she will be missed is an understatement.
RIP Donna. Heaven gained another angel.


MEDIA MATTERS

WALN TV

BOLD GOLD COMMUNITY FORUM

Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on 1400-The Game, NEPA's Fox .Sports Radio and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River.

ECTV LIVE

Martin Henehan has turned personal tragedy into a campaign for the homeless and those dealing with addiction. He'll join ECTV Live hosts Rusty Fender, David DeCosmo, and program director Mark Migilore on ECTV Live during the week of January 22nd to tell his story. 
ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is aired during the Noon, 6pm and Midnight hours each day of the week. Following Monday's Live program the show will become available on Electric City Television's YouTube channel which can be viewed on your computer.

BUDDY RUMCHEK

Want to hear some great parodies on the news? Tune in to WILK Radio at 6:40 and 8:40 AM on Mondays. As Ralph Cramden used to say, “It’s a laugh riot!”

BOBBY V’S DOO WOP SOCK HOP
SUNDAY NIGHTS!

1960

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In France, President Charles de Gaulle fires Jacques Massu, the commander-in-chief of the French troops in Algeria...Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh descend into the Mariana Trench in the bathyscaphe Trieste, reaching the depth of 10,911 meters (35,797 feet) and become the first human beings to reach the lowest spot on Earth....A major insurrection occurs in Algiers against French colonial policy.In Washington, D.C., the National Association of Broadcasters reacts to the payola scandal by threatening fines for any disc jockeys who accepted money for playing particular records……Talks begin in Pittsburgh about the revitalization of the town……in Luzerne County the ew team of Commissioners headed by Attorney Mitchell Jenkins takes the helm at the Courthouse and 58 years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Running Bear” by Johnny Preston.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3698, January 17th, 2018

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY
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This week’s piece comes straight out of The Citizen’s Voice. The paper asks the question does Pennsylvania need a full time Legislature?
I say no. With communication and transit more enhanced than days gone by, consolidation is a no brainer. Plus the Legislature has moved at a glacial pace in meaningful changes to the very survival of the middle class in Pennsylvania. Here’s what the Editorial Board had to opine.

IS FULL-TIME LEGISLATURE NECESSARY?

Pennsylvania lawmakers use several theories to justify their expensive full-time status, even though many other states, including large ones, get by just fine with part-time legislatures.
The sheer volume of government business requires full-time attention, they say. Constituents need and deserve full-time advocates, they claim. And they fret that bureaucrats, rather than elected representatives, would be in charge if lawmakers were to become part-time.
And, they contend, part-time lawmakers would be focused on their full-time occupations rather than on public business.
Those arguments are not particularly convincing, and even less so because, as a practical matter, the Legislature isn’t really full-time.
Pennsylvania’s 253 legislators are paid a base salary of about $86,000 a year, plus daily expense payments for which they do not have to provide receipts, along with platinum benefit packages and diamond-level pensions and enhanced pay for assorted assignments. They take six-week summer vacations and end the year after the November election, while regularly failing to attend to important public business, like adopting a budget on time.
Yet, as reported by the state-government journalism group, the Caucus, more than half of the members of the General Assembly have outside employment and ownership interests in private-sector companies, creating conflicts of interest in many cases and raising serious questions about full-time attention to legislative business in all of them.
The state Constitution requires any member of the Legislature who has a personal interest in any matter subject to pending legislation to disclose it and refrain from voting on the bill.
Historically, however, lawmakers have taken that as a suggestion. Former state Sen. Robert Mellow, for example, for a time was a paid member of bank and insurance boards of directors while sitting on legislative committees specifically relevant to those industries.
Lawmakers are required to report their financial interests, but it is rare for any of them to abstain from votes on related legislation.
Part-time legislators would not be immune from conflicts. But they would be more obvious to the public because of each individual’s occupation. And, because a part-time body would have tight deadlines, it likely would be more productive and accountable.
Part-time status is no more likely than term limits, which would be justifiable if the current system worked as advertised.
http://citizensvoice.com/opinion/is-full-time-legislature-necessary-1.2290996

Monday, January 15, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3697, January 15th, 2018

MLK DAY IN WILKES BARRE
Today the light shone bright in Wilkes Barre on an icy, dreary day in January as NAACP Chapter #2306 held its first annual Unity Breakfast at Genetti’s. More than 150 attended the event to celebrate the life and works of Doctor King. The wide ranging program featured members of the local NAACP Leadership as well as Community Leaders who took part in the program.
As Joe Biden would say, this was “big deal” for a number of reasons. The first Unity Breakfast celebrated the fact that this was the first year that Wilkes Barre City Hall was closed and City Administration workers had the day to reflect, play, sleep, or do whatever. As Ron Felton, long time head of the local unit said, “Do whatever you want on this day, sleep, go to the Mall, go to a community event, do what you want to do but just know why you’re doing it.”
Cassandra Coleman Corcoran was the key note speaker and listed the ways the immigration of all ethnic groups made this country stronger.  She stated the diversity and unity made this country what it is today. She talked about how each one needs to combat the backward slide that some leaders want us to take. She also highlighted her background and how the Wolf administration brings both women and minorities to the same table. Her essential message was "diversity is our strength”.
Constance Wynn gave an impressive history of the NAACP. Personally I was so glad she singled out my good friend (gone too young) Bob Crawford, a broadcast buddy of mine who was the first African American teacher in the Wilkes Barre Area School District. (Also the first Black American on The Mighty 590, WARM) Her recitation of all of the leaders gave those in the audience a sense of history of the activism this organization has produced.
Ron Felton gave an impressive acceptance speech having been the first Annual recipient of the Freedom Fighters Award. Felton started out very deliberately but finished with a crescendo giving the audience an inside view of the “Mountaintop” speech Martin Luther King, Junior gave the night before he died.
The current President of the NAACP, Attorney Guerline Laurore began with a rather playful stance asking Veterans, NAACP members, Politicians both incumbents and candidates, and others asking to stand to be recognized.
At first I wasn’t sure where she was going with this but her point was to outline the diversity in the ballroom. She then spoke about her Haitian roots. She highlighted the words of nullification and ignorance spoken on Thursday, and now being denied yesterday spoken by the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Referring to the blood that flows through all of us, slaves, slave holders, abolitionists, etc., Laurore said that it was time to stand up against blatant racism. When I heard her call him a racist, I thought “good for her”. Right now, the Trump defenders say “he says what his supporters are thinking but won’t say”. After her speech, I thought that we should not just think he is a racist, but scream the fact that he indeed is from the Mountaintops. There is plenty of video tape to back us all up!
Another corner heard from was from young Max Laurore who gave the “I have a dream speech”. The child was flawless and got a standing ovation from the crowd.
Well, many of the speakers got standing ovations because the messages resonated with those in attendance.
I first became a member of the local chapter of the NAACP last year. My advancing age has given me time to join groups I couldn’t because of other responsibilities as a young man. It was a natural progression for me to join the NAACP. My youth was crystallized by the 1960s. At the age of 9 battling a childhood illness, quarantined in a room, I became aware of King listening to news accounts of his fight for equality in 1963. That’s when my relationship started with him.
There was no baseball for me on that hot August summer day when, on our behemoth black and white TV tuned to CBS, broadcasted the speech. My fascination with King came in part to my own religion. Growing up as a Roman Catholic, the sermons I heard were staid, somber and scared me half to death. But when I first heard a King speech on NBC Monitor weekends in its entirety, I thought, “This cat is a preacher?” Once I got past the theater, I listened to the content. My 10 year brain translated the words into, “Wait, hold it, my favorite left fielder for the Phillies couldn’t eat with his team mates? My favorite Yankee, Ellie Howard, had to stay in a separate hotel?” But then Selma happened. I saw the violence. Like, was this Christian, beating people to death? Then King came out, one year to the day before he died against the Vietnam War because of the inequality of the soldiers fighting.
On April 4th as I sat doing my homework, I was jarred when I heard the news from Chet Huntley that King had been shot dead. His funeral pretty much stopped everything at our Slovak school in Pittston. To be truthful, some of us were paying attention, others were not.
That was fifty years ago. Sadly, still 5 decades later there is much work to be done. We need now more than ever to pay attention to what is said. We cannot stay silent when people make racist comments. Whether it is tepid or it is blatant, we cannot normalize it!
With Luzerne County giving the current occupant essentially this state, perhaps people here in The Lu should heed the words of Laurore who said, “make sure the next person we elect, doesn’t call them ****hole countries. 
 Doctor King is essentially frozen in time. Having been killed at 39, his image will not change. That's frozen. It is our job though to thaw out the hate he fought, and we still fight to this day with as another one of my boyhood heroes, Hubert Humphrey said, "By walking forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights!"  

 Ron Felton accepts award and gives a stem winder with Cassandra Coleman Corcoran looking on. 
Here's Mayor Tony George with Councilman Tony Brooks and NAACP Secretary Erika C. Petrole. 
County Council Members Shelia Saidman and Tim McGinley were on hand. 

WBRE/WYOU's Crystal Cranmore served as MC. Great job. 

Former County Councilman Rick Williams spoke with 11th Congressional Democratic candidate Alan Howe. 
 David Barber Senior, one of the organizers of the event gave remarks. 

I sat at the LCCC table with President Tom Leary and former board member Jim Bryan and Dave Usavage. Seated next to me is Susan Spry,  Vice President of Workforce Development. President Leary shared with the group a photo exhibit that will be on loan at the school through February. 
Max Laurore gave a speech of his own bringing down the crowd. Max is part of the youth group. 
Finally, this event was all about them. The future. 

PHOTOS COURTESY OF SCOTT CANNON 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3696, January 13th, 2018

HUBERT HUMPHREY GONE @ 40
 Humphrey with Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King, Junior. (Photo: Time)
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Senator Hubert Humphrey. It was an icy cold night when I heard it on the radio of his passing. The evening at Barrells in the Mall ended with the news that HHH had died. In the midst of the Martin Luther King Junior weekend, we should highlight Humphrey's role in the Civil Rights Legislation passed in the 60s.
HHH made the 1948 election all about Civil Rights. Humphrey's support of civil rights led to his being ostracized by Southern Democrats, who dominated most of the Senate leadership positions and who wanted to punish Humphrey for proposing the successful civil rights platform at the 1948 Convention. Senator Richard Russell Jr. of Georgia, a leader of Southern Democrats, once remarked to other Senators as Humphrey walked by, "Can you imagine the people of Minnesota sending that damn fool down here to represent them?" However, Humphrey refused to be intimidated and stood his ground; his integrity, passion and eloquence eventually earned him the respect of even most of the Southerners.
In a renowned speech, Humphrey passionately told the Convention, "To those who say, my friends, to those who say, that we are rushing this issue of civil rights, I say to them we are 172 years (too) late! To those who say, this civil rights program is an infringement on states' rights, I say this: the time has arrived in America for the Democratic Party to get out of the shadow of states' rights and walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights!" Humphrey and his allies succeeded; the convention adopted the pro-civil-rights plank by a vote of 651½ to 582½.
As a result of the Convention's vote, the Mississippi delegation and half of the Alabama delegation walked out of the hall.  Many Southern Democrats were so enraged at this affront to their "way of life" that they formed the Dixiecrat party[and nominated their own presidential candidate, Governor Strom Thurmond of South Carolina. The goal of the Dixiecrats was to take Southern states away from Truman and thus cause his defeat. The Southern Democrats reasoned that after such a defeat, the national Democratic Party would never again aggressively pursue a pro-civil rights agenda. However, the move backfired. Although the strong civil rights plank adopted at the Convention cost Truman the support of the Dixiecrats, it gained him many votes from blacks, especially in large northern cities. As a result, Truman won a stunning upset victory over his Republican opponent, Thomas E. Dewey.
Civil Rights Act Moves Through Congress
Kennedy was assassinated that November in Dallas, after which new President Lyndon B. Johnson immediately took up the cause.
“Let this session of Congress be known as the session which did more for civil rights than the last hundred sessions combined,” Johnson said in his first State of the Union address. During debate on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, southerners argued, among other things, that the bill unconstitutionally usurped individual liberties and states’ rights.
In a mischievous attempt to sabotage the bill, a Virginia segregationist introduced an amendment to ban employment discrimination against women. That one passed, whereas over 100 other hostile amendments were defeated. In the end, the House approved the bill with bipartisan support by a vote of 290-130.
The bill then moved to the U.S. Senate, where southern and border state Democrats staged a 75-day filibuster—among the longest in U.S. history. On one occasion, Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, a former Ku Klux Klan member, spoke for over 14 consecutive hours.
But with the help of behind-the-scenes horse-trading, the bill’s supporters eventually obtained the two-thirds votes necessary to end debate. One of those votes came from California Senator Clair Engle, who, though too sick to speak, signaled “aye” by pointing to his own eye.
Having broken the filibuster, the Senate voted 73-27 in favor of the bill, and Johnson signed it into law on July 2, 1964. Humphrey played a critical role in fighting the effort by Southern Democrats to kill the bill. He set up a dormitory type room where Senators slept in shifts to make sure there was no way the filibuster would succeed. “It is an important gain, but I think we just delivered the South to the Republican Party for a long time to come,” Johnson, a Democrat, purportedly told an aide later that day in a prediction that would largely come true.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with at least 75 pens, which he handed out to congressional supporters of the bill such as Hubert Humphrey and Everett Dirksen and to civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Roy Wilkins.
(wikipedia, history.com, LuLac archives)

The LuLac Edition #3695, January 13th, 2018

13 QUESTIONS

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1. As we step into 2018 have you broken any bad habits?

Yeah I rarely listen to Talk Radio anymore. Once in a while I might hit it by accident and I get the same, ignorant dumb-ass hate speech from losers who delude themselves into thinking they are smarter than everyone else. All of the hosts, local and national are way too polite to these simpletons.

2. How was your Christmas? 

Never had a bad one yet.

3. Your thoughts on the reaction to the Ciavarella overturning of a few counts?

The reaction is akin to what I’d expect. Look he has a right to appeal. Just because a court agrees with a decision that doesn’t seem right means that court is corrupt.

4. How did you like the ending of the Major Crimes show you referenced on Women We Love?

Loved it. Wasn’t thrilled they killed off the main character early but thought they nicely ended it.

5. Do you think President Trump is mentally ill?

No. I think he has a pathology that has comes  from no one ever saying no to him. What astounds me is that no one ever stood up to him in his life.

6. Any blow back from your Oprah for President comments?

Naw. I still stand by my stance that we should not pick a celebrity ever, ever again.

7. Did you ever order a Domino’s Mix or Match?

Uh no. Did you?

8. Who are you more angry at, Trump for being President, Hillary for running a crappy campaign and being an awful candidate, or the Republicans who refuse to repudiate him?

I don’t blame Trump. He took advantage of an opportunity. I think he is still stunned he won. Hillary had another group of “youngsters” who weren’t pros. So in part I blame her. My God though, she explained more than Trump ever did but got her brains beat in. She stood tall and has more balls than the 12 year old punk we elected. He gets his itty bitty feelings hurt so often.
But the tacit approval of racism by the President of the United States is intolerable to me. The fact that the Republicans defend him, enable him, deny he says anything out of the ordinary and support him because of their preserving their sainted, skimpy majority defies explanation.

9. Does Trump really believe what he says?

Half the time I’m not sure he knows what he is saying.

10. Favorite winter time comfort food?

Fried Sauerkraut Pierogies in a Cooper Cheese Sauce. Washed down by an 8 ounce Coke.

11. What do you think of people putting photos of food up on Facebook?

If I were Zuckerberg I’d charge them a buck and make them donate it to a food bank. Funny that some of the same people who put elaborate feasts up on Social Media begrudge tax money for the poor and hungry.

12 Any thoughts on the Shit hole remark from our Dear Leader?

He is evil. He is mean spirited. He is a person under normal circumstances you’d never want to invite to dinner. Or be your friend. He is a gutless bully. He is a racist. He is a sexist. He is like an old ignorant neighbor you just want to go away. He is a SHITHEAD.

13. What did you think of Michael Wolff’s reporting on the Trump White House?

The most delicious part is how the author played them. It really revealed nothing we already didn’t know. The staff wrote the book for him by being ill prepared, ignorant and very unpolitical savvy in their leadership.They let him in, ignored him and let him run loose. Shame on them, not him.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3694, Janury 11th, 2018

OPRAH FOR PRESIDENT?
(Photo: Newsweek)
A few thoughts on this Oprah for President boom-let. It of course happened after the former TV Talk Show host gave a resounding speech at The Golden Globes regarding women and equality and how things have started to change.
Many Democrats are waxing poetic about how she might be the perfect anecdote to a Donald Trump re-election. To them I respond with one word: WHOA!
Or Stop.
First off Winfrey is certainly someone we can all look up to. She has inspired millions with her story. Many women in broadcasting and media owe their success to her in part because as a trailblazer, she made success possible for other women with talent and smarts.
That said, the last thing America needs is another celebrity or “cool” President. It is true that we are media obsessed in this country and if she does run you can count on a chunk of support that will, like Trump’s devotees go down swinging with her. But she has no government experience. No world view. No skills in terms of running the biggest operation on the planet.
This “cool” celebrity craze started with Barack Obama. Obama won his office by talking about Hope and Change but when push came to shove he was unable to work the innards of government negotiation with any true, measurable success. He might have done better if he had used the power he had and sent a flurry of legislation through when he had the numbers. But Mr. Cool didn’t want to offend and naively thought he could win over the opposition.
On Obama and Winfrey. Does anyone really think Oprah could unite America? My God the GOP/Conservative attack machine will do to her what they did to Obama and Hillary. To that base, Winfrey gives them a two for to hate, an African American and a woman. Obama and Hillary were not the best President and candidate to come down the pike. I say that objectively as one who voted for them. But they weren’t the worst either. Her candidacy, if it happens will divide us even more.
I am not anti black, anti woman, anti success, anti change from the administration we have right now. If Winfrey were to win, she would certainly be more inclusive and strategic in her skills as leader of the free world. But she would bring to the table the same level of experience Donald Trump had in government: ZERO.
We Americans are very picky about what we choose, what we buy. If a cookie is broken in a box of Oreo s we buy, we’re immediately sending an e mail to Nabisco doing our best Frank Costanza imitation and spouting our grievances.
When we opt for surgery, we want the most qualified to cut into our skulls, chests, knees, hips. When Doctor Krywicki did my hip surgery,. I didn’t care if he was nice enough to have a beer with, hell I don’t even know to this day if he drinks beer! All I wanted to know was if the surgery was going to be a success. 
It is astounding to me that we as Americans being so picky about things both great and small want to turn over our government,  AGAIN, to someone with little or no experience.
Ever since 2000 when George W. Bush got elected, this is the sum experience we got when WE THE PEOPLE elected a President.
Bush: 6 years Governor of Texas.
Obama: 4 years Senator.
Trump: 0 years experience in government.
Winfrey? 0.
Prior to 2000, from 1960 through then, over a 4 decade period, there was a collective 111 years of experience. Interesting that we did not become "divided" or a 51-49% body politic until then. 
In 17 years, 3 Presidents, 10 years of government vs. 111 prior to that. 
I’m one who will tell you (stealing a line from the New York Post here) 
OPRAH NOPRAH!

CIAVARELLA GETS SOME COUNTS DROPPED

Headline from back in the day when Ciavarella was convicted. (Citizen's Voice)
It appears convicted Judge Mark Ciavarella is doing more than jumping jacks in his term in prison. Ciavarella has maintained that the statue of limitations had run out on three charges he was convicted of. Keep in mind that he was convicted on 12 of 39 counts in his 2001 trial.
The opinion on Monday centered on counts of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Ciavarella’s appellate attorney, Jennifer P. Wilson, of Duncannon, argued his trial attorneys should have pursued a statute of limitations defense on those charges.
During a hearing in September, Wilson noted the jury’s verdict slip showed jurors found that Ciavarella violated federal law by accepting $1.6 million in kickbacks in January 2003, but that he did not violate the law regarding a $1 million payment in July 2005 and another $150,000 payment in February 2006.
As a result, Ciavarella should not have been convicted on those three counts because the only transaction that jurors found was illegal took place more than five years before the indictment came down in September 2009, she maintained.
Ciavarella’s trial attorneys William Ruzzo, of Kingston, and former Luzerne County public defender Al Flora Jr. freely admitted they had no reason for failing to raise a statute of limitations defense and said they should have done so.
Conner opined Monday that the failure to seek a statute of limitations instruction “may have altered the outcome of these proceedings.” The judge granted Ciavarella a new trial on the three counts, but rejected the former judge’s effort to have additional convictions on charges of honest services mail fraud overturned.
Ciavarella is six years into a 28-year prison sentence that he is serving at Federal Correctional Institution-Ashland in Kentucky.
If he gets another hearing, this will certainly re-open a case that and verdict that's been debated for years. Ciaverella warned young people that he would lock them up. Was there an abuse of power? Most definitely, but Ciavarella, defiant since the charges hit will not go down swinging.
(Source: Citizen's Voice, LuLac)

LULAC REPLAY


This is a video from WYOU TV Interactive News on how this whole thing started.  


JOE PETERS GOING AFTER SEAT IN THE 11TH
11th Congressional GOP candidate Joe Peters (Photo: Lulac archives)
Our good friend Joe Peters is in the race for the GOP nomination for Congress in the 11th Congressional District. The seat is now being held by Lou Barletta who is making a run against Bob Casey this year for the U.S. Senate.
Peters has an impressive resume. He has actually worked in a functional White House, been a street policeman, Political commentator and has a fine political lineage. I like to refer to Peters as a reasonable Republican.
Peters is up against millionaire Dan Meuser who lost a run for Congress in the 10th against Chris Hackett. 
It should be remember that Hackettt won that primary back in 2008 and even though Meueser is personable, handsome (looks like someone out of central casting) and has a lot of money, plus the GOP establishment, never count a guy like Peters out.


SCOTT WAGNER ON TEACHER ASSOCIATIONS 
GOP candidate for Governor Scott Wagner (Photo: Wagner for Governor website)
In an intriguing post on his website, GOP candidate for Governor Scott Wagner made a pretty potent observation. He essentially called out Education Associations for caring more about power and not children. And to boot, he quoted one of their own. Take a gander at this:
Power, Not Children
“IT IS NOT BECAUSE WE CARE ABOUT CHILDREN, AND IT IS NOT BECAUSE WE HAVE A VISION OF A GREAT PUBLIC SCHOOL FOR EVERY CHILD. NEA AND ITS AFFILIATES ARE EFFECTIVE BECAUSE WE HAVE POWER.”
These were sad and shocking admissions made by Bob Chanin, a leader of the National Education Association, an organization of which the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) is a member and significant funder.
I think it’s time Pennsylvanians have a serious conversation about the PSEA.
Protecting power — not kids, teachers and taxpayers — is what drives the PSEA. And the PSEA is Tom Wolf’s largest union funder.
Worse yet, in Pennsylvania, public sector employees — like teachers — don’t get to choose whether or not they pay dues. Dues are taken from their paychecks and sent to the unions — like the PSEA — whether teachers like it or not.
This method of collecting union dues has made the PSEA very, very powerful.
And I’ve seen firsthand how the PSEA uses teachers’ dues against them, and against students and taxpayers. They block every effort that would benefit these stakeholders — like solving the pension crisis so that money can actually go to the classroom, and eliminating school property taxes so hardworking people can keep their homes.
Add your name if you agree that we need to reign in the public sector unions.
Back in February, the Pennsylvania State Senate passed a bill that would stop the PSEA from collecting involuntary dues, and curb their ability to block what’s good for stakeholders. Senate Bill 166 (Paycheck Protection) passed with a vote of 28 (Y) to 22 (N), and upon passage was sent to the House for a vote. This past week, however, the State House defeated the bill by a vote of 102 (no) to 90 (yes).
The PSEA doesn’t like me much — and I’m not particularly fond of the way they work against teachers, students and taxpayers — but make no mistake. When I’m governor, changing this power dynamic will be a top priority of my administration.
Unlike Bob Chanin and the PSEA, as the governor of Pennsylvania, I will be representing children, teachers and taxpayers from day one, because for me, it is about children, and it is about having a great public school for every child, every teacher and every taxpayer.

CARTWRIGHT, ROSKAM INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BILL TO INCREASE COLLEGE TUITION TRANSPARENCY
Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives) 
U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright  and Peter Roskam  of Illinois recently introduced bipartisan legislation to help students and families plan for the increasing costs of higher education. The bipartisan Truth-In-Tuition Act (H.R. 4715) would require universities and colleges to provide a four-year price model for students and parents.
Tuition and fees at four-year universities has increased over two and a half times the inflation rate, making a college degree less affordable than ever. After adjusting for inflation, prices for tuition, fees, and room and board rose 33% and 26% respectively at public and private nonprofit universities from 2005 to 2015.
The Truth-In-Tuition Act would require schools to present each incoming class with a multi-year tuition and fee schedule or give each student a non-binding estimate of what their education will cost them individually. There are no price caps or tuition freezes, and schools are still free to determine tuition rates.
“Skyrocketing college tuition costs limit opportunity and place many students and their families in serious debt,” said Rep. Cartwright. “Without having the full picture of college costs, students and their families are forced to take on more student loan debt than they originally anticipated. This bipartisan bill will help create a clear path forward so that unforeseen costs don’t inhibit students’ ability to achieve their education goals.”
“A college education is a key factor in an individual’s future success and unpredictable costs should not make this an unattainable goal. Colleges and universities that rely on federal dollars owe it to students and families to provide truth in tuition,” said Rep. Roskam. “Making this process more transparent gives families the peace-of-mind to better plan for college and relieves some of the anxiety that comes along with it.”
In Illinois, public universities and colleges are already required to provide a financial roadmap. Baylor University, George Washington University, the University of Minnesota, Central Michigan University, the University of Texas-Dallas, and many more colleges have implemented this policy.
Rep. Matt Cartwright represents Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District, which includes Schuylkill County and portions of Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, and Northampton Counties. Cartwright serves on the House Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.


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2018 is expected to be a busy year for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation with some major construction projects and the use of new technology. James May from Penndot's District staff joins ECTV Live hosts Rusty Fender, David DeCosmo, and Director Mark Migilore to talk about what's happening and what's about to happen in the months ahead. The program airs the week of January 15th. Penndot's Mike Taluto was on hand for the program as well.
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British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan makes the Wind of Change (speech) speech for the first time. The Labour government of 1945–51 had started a process of decolonization, but this policy had been halted by the Conservative governments from 1951 onwards. The speech acquired its name from a quotation embedded in it when he gave it in Capetown, South Africa. Macmillan said:
"The wind of change is blowing through this continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact."



The first televised anime, Three Tales, debuts on NHK…..in the Commonwealth Senator Joe Clark is mum on who he will support for the Democratic nomination for President. Clark says that with three Senators in contention, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey that there is an embarrassment of riches in his party….in Scranton Mayor James Hanlon says the state of the city is good and fifty eight years ago the number one song in LuLac land was “El Paso” by Marty Robbins.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3693, January 10th, 2018

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY
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HAVING HAD ENOUGH AND READY TO UNLOAD

This landed in our Write On Wednesday box right after the holidays. A long time reader and supporter of LuLac weighed in on the administration's policies and the national Republican party's acquiescence to what is being done to this nation. This writer covers all the bases being a veteran, senior citizen and life resident of this area. Plus the writer, Wil Toole of Dupont has been a City Administrator, candidate for County Council, Financial Manager as well as a Congressional staffer. He is a life long Democrat that just vented his frustration today on LuLac.
OK, I've had enough and ready to unload. What the hell is wrong with any member of the 90% who belongs to and supports the Republican Party? Is their eyesight so bad that they don't see that they are pawns in the big game? I know little about chess but I know that pawns have little real value other than to get in the way and to be sacrificed for the sake of the Queen and her court.
As of now, I see this 36% as stupid and of the 36% who claim to be Christians I see as hypocrites. Yes that's a tough statement but just look at recent Republican actions. They refused to even have dinner with Obama and refused to take part in government for eight year and now they cry that the Democrats are not joining in. Did they forget those 8 years or the way they treated Democrats during the tax cut (not reform) process? To hell with them. They got themselves into this mess with the White House idiot or as his #1 man calls him, an F'n Moron. How about the Republican bums refusing to vote to lower student loan interest rates the very same week they voted to make tax cuts for the rich permanent?
Hypocrites? Yes they are.....or please explain to me how they fight for pro life but stop caring the day the child is born. Consider how they had no problem cutting post natal care because its ok if the baby dies as long as he/she gets to be born. How about the lousy bastards going on Christmas break leaving the CHIP program to die, leaving 9 million children without health insurance. These are Christians? I THINK NOT!
They call themselves Christians or the Good Guys but in fact. they absolutely are blind hypocrites who display few if any true Christ like virtues. If CHRIST was a member of Congress today and part of the Republican leadership, do you believe that He would have left Washington leaving 9 million children without health insurance? Or cutting post natal care? Or even cutting Planned Parent Hood whose main purpose has been women's general health? Please, those who don't know any better, don't tell me about abortions and Planned Parenthood. Not one dime of federal money was ever used by them for abortions.
I personally am as pro life as is humanly possible. Even if I were not raised Catholic and have had 11 years of parochial education, I believe that the fetus has feelings and also lives as a human life dependent upon its mother for life just as it does after birth. I have science to shore up that belief. Republicans walk away from these Christ like attributes but wallow in the filth of the private interests of the wealthy.
I am 74 years old, soon to be 75 and every benefit I enjoy today came from the efforts of the Democrat party with the Republicans voting against each and every benefit. The only threat to these benefits has come from the Republican party. These pawns who support and defend them with senseless jabber on Social Media continue to turn a blind eye and swallow the BS being fed them. It seems like we the people are the problem. Remember, the new tax cuts they brag about already have Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid cuts in place.
Am I angry? NO, I'm disgusted that so many can be so easily led by so few. But this is America and many have served and died for their RIGHT TO BE WRONG!
As I've said before, Lincoln was right when during the Great Debates when he said in part, "YOU CAN FOOL SOME OF THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3692, January 7th, 2018

WAGNER ROUTES OTHERS IN STATE COMMITTEE CENTRAL CAUCUS STRAW POLL SATURDAY

State Senator Scott Wagner (Photo: Wagner campaign)
2018 Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner today attended the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee Central Caucus to present to conservative leaders his vision to clean up Harrisburg. After candidates spoke and answered questions, members of the Central Caucus conducted an endorsement straw poll, which Wagner won with 63 percent of the vote. Campaign Manager Jason High released the following statement following Wagner’s victory:
“Scott was endorsed today by an overwhelming number of Central Caucus members because they know he is the only conservative outsider in this race that can change the status quo in Harrisburg.”
“His sizable victory should signal to the entire Commonwealth that Scott is the prohibitive favorite to win the Republican nomination.”
“In the coming caucuses, Scott will continue to unify Republicans across Pennsylvania behind his candidacy to ensure that he has the best chance of defeating Governor Wolf and secure down ballot wins for the Party in November.” In addition to winning the Central Caucus, Wagner took the North Central and Northeast straw polls.

IRREGULAR GUEST SPEAKER TIM McGINELY
Luzerne County Council Chair (Tim McGinley Photo: Irregulars)
The Irregulars Think Tank Breakfast will be held in the relaxed environment of Ballroom A on the second floor of The Irem Clubhouse at Irem Temple Country Club in Dallas on Saturday, January 13.  Luzerne County Council Chair Tim McGinley will be Presenter.  He will be discussing Luzerne County Government by the Home Rule Charter with focus on the differences between Home Rule Charter form of government, and the previous County Government under the Commissioner Form.  Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and buffet-style breakfast is served at 9:00 a.m.  Breakfast is over when the last person walks out the door.  Cost is $11 per person. 
Presenter Tim McGinley was selected as the new chair of the eleven member Luzerne County Council legislative body this past Tuesday.  Tim has served on county council for six years having been first elected to office in 2011.  He won re-election by the voters of the county in 2015, and is now serving the third year of a four-year term.  As highest-ranking officer on council, Tim is dedicated to meeting the needs of the community through responsible and committed county government.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3691, January 4th, 2018

URBANSKI NAMED NEW DISTRICT ATTORNEY
The new D.A. in Susquehanna County Bill Urbanski, Dr. Carl Urbanski, his uncle, Nick Klein, the son of the late D.A. Bob Klein and newly minted Magistrate Jim Haggerty. (Photo: Patrick Gensal)

Former Susquehanna County First Assistant District Attorney William C. Urbanski, Franklin Township, was sworn in as the new District Attorney of Susquehanna County. Urbanski became District Attorney by operation of law, following the untimely death of his predecessor, the Honorable Robert Klein, who passed away on December 27, 2017, following an illness.
Urbanski choose his family farm in Rice Township, which has been in his family since 1937, and was originally operated as a poultry farm, but now produces maple syrup, as the location of the swearing in. The oath of office was administered by Urbanski’s life-long friend, Magisterial District Judge James J. Haggerty. Urbanski used two Bibles in the ceremony, the Urbanski’s Polish family Bible, belonging to his grandfather, and the Klein family Bible. The Bibles were jointly held by Urbanski’s Uncle Carl and Klein’s son, Nick.
Klein’s wife Kelly, along with his brother John and daughter Olivia were also present for the ceremony.
Urbanski hopes to continue and to build upon the legacy of his predecessor.
“The passing of Bob Klein was a tremendous loss, first and foremost for his family, but also for his community, the citizens of Susquehanna County, and our Commonwealth,” Urbanski said. “He brought a tremendous amount of energy and innovation to the office. As prosecutor, he set a high bar. I can only hope to live up to his level of professionalism, integrity, and fairness.”

MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR BREAKFAST JANUARY 15th 

The First Annual Martin Luther King Day Unity Breakfast will be held at Genetti's in Wilkes Barre on Monday June 15th at 9am. If you want to go, you need to contact the NAACP at Wilkes-Barre NAACP Branch 2306 P. O. Box 2460 Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703 Email: wbnaacp2306@gmail.com Phone: 570-262-1360 Also, don't forget to RSVP to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast. Last day to RSVP is January 5, 2018 so that tickets can be sent out.


TRUMP AND BANNON OUT OF LOVE

President Trump and Steve Bannon (Photo: Time)
The Los Angeles Times has reported that the President's public denunciation of President Trump said his former strategist, the guy who he says helped win him the election, Steve Bannon, has lost his mind. His dig at Bannon came only after a report early Wednesday, based on excerpts from a forthcoming book, that quoted Bannon condemning as "treasonous" a June 2016 meeting in which Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, met with Kremlin-linked Russians to get "dirt" on Hillary Clinton.
In it, Bannon says he’s sure Don Junior led the Russians by the hand to Trump’s itty bitty office on the 26th floor of Trump Tower.
Bannon also said about that the meeting in Trump Tower — an event now at the center of a special counsel's criminal investigation of Russian election meddling and potential Trump campaign complicity — was taken from a book to be released next week and obtained before publication by the Guardian newspaper. Bannon's reported comment is an especially damning charge, undercutting Trump's claim that the Russia story is a Democratic hoax.
Other portions of the book, as reported by the Guardian and excerpted in New York magazine, quote other Trump aides, and overall they portray him as ill-informed, unprepared and ill-tempered and contend that neither Trump nor family members and associates expected him to win election. In a separate statement, the spokeswoman for First Lady Melania Trump denied an assertion that "Melania was in tears — and not of joy."
The fact that Bannon has now deserted Trump and has essentially said what others (including me) have believed for a long time is this.
1. The Mueller investigation is not only about Russia but money ties to the nation of Putin.
2. The Trump people were shocked as shit they won.
3. More of this investigation will center on not only Russia but corporate corruption.
Funny that the guy who said the Democratic opponent was crooked was himself the biggest one of all.

ANTHRACITE MINING HERITAGE MONTH, SCHEDULE OF EVENTS—JANUARY 2018
FROM  PROF. BOB WOLENSKY, ANTHRACITE HERITAGE FOUNDATION & KING’S COLLEGE

A regional observance of Anthracite Mining Heritage Month will take place during January 2018, at programs in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Pittston, Port Griffith, Plymouth, Nanticoke, Wyoming, and Ashley. The annual event focuses on the history and culture of the anthracite region in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
This year’s events will commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Connecticut Yankees’ return to the Wyoming Valley. Obadiah Gore Jr., a blacksmith who knew about hard coal, was among them. His early use of anthracite marked the beginning of The Coal Region.
The events are sponsored by the Anthracite Heritage Museum, the Anthracite Heritage Foundation, King’s College, Luzerne County Community College, The University of Scranton, Wilkes University, Lackawanna Historical Society, Luzerne County Historical Society, the Boy Scouts of America-Northeastern PA Council, the Greater Pittston Historical Society, the Plymouth Historical Society, the Nanticoke Historical Society, the Huber Breaker Preservation Society, and the Knox Mine Disaster Memorial Committee.
The public is cordially invited to attend all events (except the first) free of charge.
Anthracite Mining Heritage Month—January 2018

1. Jan 6, 9 am Boy Scouts of America-Northeastern, PA Council, “Mining in Society,” Merit
Badge Day, Open to Boy Scouts of the Northeastern PA Council, (Venue: Fourth Floor, Mulligan Science Building, King’s College, 133 River St., Wilkes-Barre)

2. Jan 7, 2 pm Lackawanna Historical Society-Public Program, Presenter: Charles Kumpas,
“A Day in the Life of an Anthracite Miner: The Remarkable Coalmining Artwork of Remo Trieste Russo,” Moderator: Mary Ann Savakinas (Venue: LHS, Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton), refreshments

3. Jan 11, 6:30 pm Luzerne County Historical Society-Public Program, Performer: Robert
Hughes, “An Interview with the Mineworkers’ Union Leader, Johnny Mitchell—A One-Act Play,” Moderator: Aimee Newell, (Venue: Wyoming Presbyterian Church Institute, 40 Institute St., Wyoming), refreshments

4. Jan 16, 7 pm Huber Breaker Preservation Society-Public Program, Presenter: Mike Mostardi, Wayne, PA, “A Demonstration of Anthracite Mining Equipment and Objects,” Moderator: Bill Best, (Venue: Ashley Fire Hall, Fireman’s Park, 160 Ashley St., Ashley), members meeting at 6:30 pm, refreshments

5. Jan 17 7 pm Plymouth Historical Society-Public Program, Presenters: Georgetta Potoski and Steve Kondrad, “Plymouth’s Coal Mining Pioneers: Abijah & John Smith, Freeman Thomas, and Other Stories,” (Venue: Plymouth Borough Municipal Building, 162 W. Shawnee Ave., Plymouth), refreshments


6. Jan 18, 7 pm King’s College-Public Program, Annual Msgr. John J. Curran Lecture,
Presenter: Mark Balik, Senior Editor, New York Times, Speaking on his book, “Sons of the Molly Maguires: The Irish Roots of America’s First Labor War,” (2014), (Venue: Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, King’s College, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre), refreshments at 6:30 pm

7. Jan 19, 7 pm University of Scranton-Public Program, Presenters: Sarah Piccini (1871, Scranton), Lucia Dailey (1877, Scranton), Michael Knies (1912, Luzerne & Lackawanna Counties), and Robert Wolensky (1928, Pittston & Old Forge), “A Discussion of Four Historic Anthracite Labor Strikes,” Moderator: Chester Kulesa, (Venue: 509 DeNaples Student Center, University of Scranton, 900 Mulberry St., Scranton)

8. Jan 20, 2 pm Anthracite Heritage Museum-Annual Public Program on The Knox Mine
Disaster, Presenters: Erika Funke and David Brocca, “Two Knox Disaster Documentaries, 1984 and 2018: Screenings & Commentaries,” plus folk music by Jay Smar, (Venue: The Museum, 22 Bald Mt. Rd., Scranton), refreshments

9. Jan 21, 10 am St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Pittston: Annual Knox Mine
Disaster Memorial Mass, (Venue: St. John’s, 35 Williams St., Pittston)
10. Jan 21, 11:30 am Annual Commemoration of the Knox Disaster: (Venue: at the PHMC
Historical Marker, Main St., Port Griffith, Baloga Funeral Home), coffee
11. Jan 21, 12 noon Annual Walk to Knox Mine Disaster Site, (Venue: Gather at Baloga Funeral Home, Port Griffith, following the Commemoration; weather permitting)

12. Jan 22, 7 pm Nanticoke Historical Society-Public Program, Presenters: Robert Wolensky
and Michael Chimola, “Who Killed Rebel Miners’ Union President, Tom Maloney?—The Wyoming Valley Good Friday Bombings of April 6, 1936,” Moderator: Chet Zaremba, (Venue: Nanticoke Cultural Center, 38 W. Church St. Nanticoke), refreshments

13. Jan. 25, 7 pm Greater Pittston Historical Society-Public Program, Presenters: Carol Gargan (Lithuanians), Jim McFarland (Irish), Christine Patterson (Africans), Fiona Powell (Welsh), and Stephanie Longo (Italians), “Ethnicity in the
Anthracite Region: An Appreciation of Five Local Heritage Groups,”
Moderator, Ron Faraday, GPHS, (Venue: St. John’s the Evangelist Church basement, 35 Williams St., Pittston), refreshments

14. Jan 26, 6:30 pm Luzerne County Community College-Public Program, Presenters: William Kashatus, Jack Smiles, Paul Browne, and Sean Carroll, “Professional
Baseball and the Anthracite Region: Four Authors Discuss Players, Center, lower campus, Room 132, LCCC, Nanticoke), refreshments

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Cameroon gains its independence from French-administered U.N. trusteeship....U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy (D-MA) announces his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination..

The Associations Law comes into force in Iraq, allowing registration of political parties……in Pennsylvania Governor David Lawrence was mum on who he might support for President, but speculation was rampant because Lawrence, like Kennedy was Roman Catholic…in the Greater Pittston Area preparations begin for the 1st anniversary of The Knox Mine Disaster and 58 years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was"Why" by Frankie Avalon.