Friday, April 20, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3763, April 20th, 2018

ACTION RALLY ON SUNDAY

Action Together NEPA is pleased to announce its “Rally for Our Planet Earth Day Celebration” on Earth Day, on Sunday, April 22nd, at 1 pm on Public Square.
Presenters include:
Dr. Cosima Wiese, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology, Misericordia University
Dr. Brian Mangan, Department Chair, Professor of Environmental Science and Biology, King’s College
Dr. Ken Klemow Professor of Biology and GeoEnvironmental Science, Wilkes-University
Dr. Colby Tanner, Assistant Professor of Biology, Misericordia University
Robert E. Hughes Executive Director for the Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation
Music by Don Shappelle & Friends
Action Together NEPA is a grassroots activist organization dedicated to community action, political advocacy and real progress.


OPIOID FORUM A SUCCESS
From left to right, front row, panel member Carol Coolbaugh, Sir Knight Blase Dente, moderator Carmen Ambrosino. Second row, Luzerne County Coroner William Lisman, Sir Knight Leonard Pribula Junior, your blog editor and 4th Degree member, Judge Michael Vough, former Gand Knight and Choir member Richard Korpusik and current Grand Knight of Council #372 Dennis Palladino. (Photo: Mrs. LuLac)

The Opioid Forum presented by the President John F. Kennedy heritage Council #372 was a huge success. Before a packed crowd, the panelists led by moderator Carmen Ambrosino gave compelling presentations. Panelists were Carol Coolbaugh, area addiction activist, Judge Michael Vough and Coroner William Lisman. Here’s a wrap up from the Pittston Dispatch on line:
Residents packed the John P. Cosgrove Center in the Pittston Memorial Library Thursday evening eager to learn about the dangers of opioid addiction.
Not only did they learn about that, they also learned of the impact those drugs and other drugs have on families and loved ones through the stories told by those who’ve seen the horrors first hand.
An Opioid Fact Forum was sponsored by the Heritage Knights of Columbus President John F. Kennedy #372 Council #948 Assembly and the Jacquelines Auxiliary. It was the idea of Knights of Columbus member David Yonki.
“(The Knights) put me in charge of the family committee and that was the reason I decided to make it a little more relevant and bring these issues that we have in the 21st century to light,” Yonki said.
The forum consisted of a panel that included Luzerne County Coroner Bill Lisman, Luzerne County Court of Common Please Judge Michael Vough, and Advocate Carol Coolbaugh who shared their stories.
The panel was moderated by Carmen Ambrosino, a 45-year addiction specialist and former CEO of Wyoming Valley Drug and Alcohol Services.
“Dave Yonki asked if I would moderate it because of my years in the field,” Ambrosino said. “I brought in Bill Lisman and Carol, and I reached out to Mike Vough. And then I helped with a lot of the publicity and all, but Dave Yonki did the Herculean share of that.”
Lisman shared stories about his experience as a coroner and all the drug-related deaths he’s dealt with while Vough spoke about the people who have come in front of him in court for drug-related crimes.
Carol Coolbaugh, however, shared a more personal story as she spoke about how drug addiction took her son’s life in 2009.
She shared the story to keep his memory alive and to show the human nature of drug overdoses.
“I think your biggest fear is that the memory will be lost,” Coolbaugh said. “People won’t talk about them and they’ll forget about them. We did a lot of statistics tonight, and Eric (my son) was one of those statistics, but he was much more than that. He was my son. He was a father. He was a brother. He was a person.”
Coolbaugh has been sharing her son’s story since his passing and is also an advocate for GRASP (Grief Recovery After Substance Passing.)
Her mission is to help people turn their tragedies into positives, much like she is doing with her own tragedies.
“I spent so much energy trying to help my son that I didn’t know what to do with myself,” she said. “I was invited to speak at the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program right off the bat and it just made me feel good to share his story. Hopefully, his story will help someone.”
Because of the positive turnout, Yonki said the Knights of Columbus will look into continuing events similar to the Opioid Fact Forum.
“I think the turnout was outstanding,” he said. “I’m heartened by the turnout and I am thrilled by the turnout, mainly because of the fact that people in this community care, and people in this community are thirsting for more knowledge on, for better or for worse, what is an epidemic.”
Jimmy Fisher ... Bill Tarutis


THE BON-TON CLOSES

Well for me, the announcement of the closing of The Bo-Ton was sad news. That store, in Wilkes Barre as well as Wyoming was a major part of my life. As a child I saw Santa at Pomeroy’s. In Wyoming, I met the late Jim Ward who let me pass out singles to the customers coming to the store. This was during the grand opening in 1966 when the trio of Standing Ward, the late Johnny Margas and Dave Garrett presided. For me, that day was the end of the  the radio bug that had been flying around me. That day, at Pomeroy's, it Bon-Ton, it finally stung.
While my parents shopped at the Super Market at the other end of the center, I perused the store to kill time. I purchased all of my Beatles ties there as well as a beautiful golden, blue polka dot by Michael Stuart on one of the few days I got fired. I still have the tie which I wore on Pa Live a few months back.
My friends worked there. When I bought gifts for women I was dating and later on for my wife, two of the ladies who wrapped my presents, Helen Hizny and my friend Judy Cudo's mom  were painstaking in their art of making beautiful packages. They were friendly, precise and when they needed to be, discreet.
Many will look at the closing of the Bon-ton as just another sign of the times. To an extent, it is. But that store, has held many sweet memories for me and others of my age.
Mrs. LuLac has been resigned to the fact that I have thrown very little of my clothing away. We both agreed that saving my Bon-ton ties was a good decision. They, unlike the store will live on.

TRUMP BASHES CALIFORNIA

The President came out with a tweet about California. Of course Trump went on about the danger of immigration and sanctuary cities but he really has missed the mark. Trump tweeted about California, which has passed a state law limiting cooperation with federal immigration enforcement.
"There is a Revolution going on in California. Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept. Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border, but the people of the State are not happy. Want Security & Safety NOW!"
That revolution, like Trump’s normalization of bullshit and hate has become the norm in California. California has changed its demographic and that will be the future of this county. That is why old white guys like Trump are hanging on for dear life to the notion that “their” America is/was great.
Deny all you want, but the demographic makeup of California will be us, or the United States in twenty five years. I’m just sorry I won’t be around to see it and enjoy the diversity this will bring.

WAGNER, MANGO CANCEL ANOTHER PUBLIC DEBATE

ELLSWORTH MAKING SOME NOISE
Laura Ellsworth (Photo: WHYY.com)
Republican gubernatorial candidate Laura Ellsworth today took her two primary opponents to task for once again forcing the cancellation of a debate, this one on educational needs in Pennsylvania.
Excellent Schools PA, the debate’s sponsor, cancelled the April 24 event after Republican Scott Wagner refused to attend and Paul Mango declined based on Wagner’s rejection, according to Stephen DeMaura, executive director of Excellent Schools.
“Mango and Wagner remain more focused on each other than they do on the issues facing Pennsylvania’s citizens,” Ellsworth said. “Excellent Schools PA is one of the leading organizations in the field of education reform, and the challenges facing our schools are immense. People seeking public office have a moral obligation to discuss education. Instead, Wagner and Mango are avoiding these issues of substance.”
To date, Mango and Wagner have engaged in a campaign mud fest, filled with personal attacks and cartoonish negative ads that have shed no light on where either man stands on the challenges facing Pennsylvania’s 500 public school districts and their 1.7 million students.
“Pennsylvania’s voters deserve to hear what their candidates will actually do if elected, especially when it comes to educating our young people,” Ellsworth said.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has said 51 percent of schools in Pennsylvania fail to meet a benchmark score of 70 on the school performance measure, and only 46 percent of students tested were able to meet grade-level math skills.
“These are issues the candidates should discuss and debate – in public, where voters can decide which prospective governor has a better grasp of the issues and the most plausible solution,” Ellsworth said. “Mango and Wagner have once again shown that they aren’t interested in issues and are willing to keep the discussion from even taking place.”
A Pittsburgh attorney and civic leader, Ellsworth has traveled the state in the past month with her campaign message of jobs and education. (Ellsworth campaign)

THEN THERE’S THIS…………….POLL SUGGESTS ELLSWORTH MOST PLAUSIBLE REPUBLICAN AGAINST WOLF IN NOVEMBER

Recent polling strongly suggests that Pittsburgh Republican Laura Ellsworth is now moving into second place among the most viable challengers to incumbent Democratic Governor Tom Wolf.
A Muhlenberg University Poll last week showed Ellsworth statistically even with Pittsburgh millionaire Paul Mango in a series of hypothetical matchups with incumbent Democrat Tom Wolf.
The Muhlenberg poll did not do a straight candidate preference question in the Republican Primary but, rather, probed which of the three Republican hopefuls would pose the most significant challenge to Wolf.
Ellsworth’s results were the only ones that actually bit into Wolf’s margin by a full percentage point and increased the number of undecideds, hinting at her ability to break through with voters open to reconsidering their support for Wolf.
The Mulhlenberg Poll asked respondents how they would vote in the following general election matchups between Wolf and each Republican. (Ellsworth campaign).

TWO CUPS OF JOE

JOE PETERS

Joe Peters and your blog editor. (Photo: Mrs. LuLac)
Joe Peters is running for the Republican nomination in the 8th Congressional District to face off against incumbent Matt Cartwright. In the primary though, Peters must get by John Chrin and an insurgent named Robert Kuniegel
Peters is hoping his resume will resonate with people. He is touting this information about himself.Here are the bullet points: 
 Send a Cop to Congress
•Pro-Life
•NRA A Rated
•Cop
•Federal Mafia Prosecutor
•PA's Top Drug Prosecutor
•Served 2 Presidents Fighting Drug Trafficking & Terrorism
Joe turned out for the Opioid Abuse Seminar held Thursday presented by the President John F. Kennedy Heritage Council #372. We had a few minutes to chat.

DR. JOE LEONARDI WRITES ON BULLYING


Our good friend Dr. Joe Leonardi, writing under his pen name Scono Sciuto takes on this huge issue. We can't escape the headlines: Mass murders occurring in our schools.
These horrific crimes and events lead us to ask –
Is evil born?
or
Is evil created?
What makes a school shooter?
Is it availability of guns?
Is it mental illness?
Could it be something else?
In this novelette by Scono Sciuto we delve into the world of a young student who wanted nothing more than acceptance, yet who was greeted with torture and torment.
Explore a different point of view into one of society's greatest plagues.
From Scono....
"I'm a storyteller, one who uses the written word to tell tales. I am not a professional essayist nor English professor. My grammar is not always perfect and my sentence structure not always correct. To me, what is most important, is having the reader get lost in the story."
Here’s the link to buy it:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C9XDC4V


MEDIA MATTERS

WALN TV

BOLD GOLD COMMUNITY FORUM

This week's guest is Barbara Giovagnoli, Lackawanna County Recycling Coordinator. 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

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 IS BACK THIS SUNDAY!!!!!!

Bobby V's great Sunday night Doo Wop Show. 6P to 9P on The River 105 and 103.5 Go back to the beginning of Rock and Roll.
1960

Our 1960 logo

More than 100,000 students in South Korea marched in Seoul in protest over election fraud committed by President Syngman Rhee in the voting of March 15, beginning the "April Revolution". Police fired into the crowds, killing 140 protesters…Elvis Presley returned to Hollywood for the first time since his return from military service in Germany, to begin filming G.I. Blues…

After a week in which 6,000 East Germans fled to West Berlin, several DDR police crossed the border and began searching luggage at railroad stations. West Berlin police arrested two of the DDR police, while others fled. The exodus of thousands came after the East German government "collectivized" private farms and businesses and directed landowners and shopkeepers to become employees of state-owned cooperatives.. France's President Charles De Gaulle was given an enthusiastic welcome by 200,000 people upon his arrival in Washington, D.C., on the fifth day of his tour of the Western Hemisphere. President De Gaulle spoke to a joint session of Congress on April 25, urging nuclear disarmament, and was cheered by more than a million people the next day at a ticker-tape parade in New York….

in Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Steelers scour the college ranks to get themselves to a winning season…in Scranton Mayor James Hanlon is mum on his plans for 1961 in the Mayor’s race and fifty years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Wild One” by Bobby Rydell.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The LuLac Ediotion #3762, April 18th, 2018

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY

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Our good friend Ed Ackerman from Pittston Progress wrote a really compelling article on drug abuse. That dovetailed nicely with the Opioid fact Forum happening tomorrow night. Ed is one of the premier Communications professors in the area and is a brilliant writer. Here’s his take on the problem and the event.


KNIGHTS TO SHINE LIGHT ON OPIOID CRISIS

I’ve seen the needle
And the damage done
a little part of it in everyone
But every junkie’s
like a setting sun
That’s the last verse of one of my most favorite and most unfavorite songs: “The Needle and the Damage Done” by Neil Young. I love how it sounds. I hate what it says.
And while it is unfair to call someone battling drug addiction a “junkie,” and incorrect to assume all overdose deaths involve a needle, the song comes to mind every time I read something in the newspaper or hear something on TV about the opioid crisis in America, and more specifically here in Luzerne County.
The heartache that, yes, a loved one hooked on drugs is a lot “like a setting sun” is almost too much to bear.
And the notion that there’s “a little part of it in everyone” drives home the frightening truth that drug addiction can overtake anyone. You, me, our kids, our siblings, our friends. No one sets out to be a drug addict. As crazy as it sounds, it sort of just happens.
That’s part of a message West Pittston’s Carol Coolbaugh has attempted to bring to the public since her son, Erik, died of an overdose in 2009, after, according to a Citizens’ Voice article in August of 2017, “a lifetime battle with street drugs, like heroin.”
“Good people fall victim to this disease which they had no control over,” Coolbaugh is quoted as saying by writer Eric Mark in that article.
The organizer of the group GRASP, Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing, Coolbaugh will be one of the speakers Thursday evening, April 19, at the John P. Cosgrove Center at Pittston Memorial Library, when the Family Committee of the JFK Council of the Knights of Columbus, Pittston, presents an “Opioid Fact Forum.”
All interested are invited to hear Coolbaugh share her and her son’s story and the pain of losing a loved one to drug abuse, to hear Judge Michael Vough, Pittston, talk about the legal ramifications of drug abuse, and to hear County Coroner Bill Lisman relate the sobering statistics of drug-related deaths in Luzerne County. Carmen Ambrosino, a leading figure in the battle against drug and alcohol abuse for 45 years, will serve as moderator.
The forum runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and admission is free. The Citizens’ Voice and Greater Pittston Progress are media sponsors.
In a January 2018, article in the Citizens’ Voice, writers Bob Kalinowski and Bill Wellock, reveal Lisman’s statistics from the past two years: 153 overdose deaths in 2017 in Luzerne County; 140 in 2016. In another article, Kalinowski points out the oldest victim was 78, the youngest 18.
Approximately half of the deaths were related to opioids, with fentanyl, called “the most powerful synthetic opioid,” listed as the “most common killer.” Lisman, according to the report, said most victims had other drugs in their systems in addition to opioids. The “most common combination,” appearing in 69 of the deaths, was fentanyl and “other drugs.” Heroin and “other drugs” accounted for 40 of the deaths.
David Yonki, Pittston native and a Fourth Degree member of the JFK Council, proposed the forum to his fellow Knights and was met with overwhelming support. “The idea actually came to me in church,” Yonki said. “I began thinking that the answer to the opioid problem might lie in faith and in communication. Families that communicate, that talk to one another, might have a better chance of avoiding this problem.”
He added that there is a misconception when someone dies of an overdose that it was “on purpose.” That is not typically the case, he said.
Yonki said the presentation by Judge Vough will be “very compelling.” He said Vough will take the audience through a day in his courtroom, “how he talks to, how he sentences” someone convicted of a drug-related crime.
The whole night will be “very impactful,” Yonki said.
I don’t doubt it.
Another verse in that Neil Young song goes like this:
I hit the city and
I lost my band
I watched the needle
Take another man
Gone, gone, the damage don
I’ve seen the needle
And the damage done
a little part of it in everyone
But every junkie’s
like a setting sun
That’s the last verse of one of my most favorite and most unfavorite songs: “The Needle and the Damage Done” by Neil Young. I love how it sounds. I hate what it says.
And while it is unfair to call someone battling drug addiction a “junkie,” and incorrect to assume all overdose deaths involve a needle, the song comes to mind every time I read something in the newspaper or hear something on TV about the opioid crisis in America, and more specifically here in Luzerne County.
The heartache that, yes, a loved one hooked on drugs is a lot “like a setting sun” is almost too much to bear.
And the notion that there’s “a little part of it in everyone” drives home the frightening truth that drug addiction can overtake anyone. You, me, our kids, our siblings, our friends. No one sets out to be a drug addict. As crazy as it sounds, it sort of just happens.
That’s part of a message West Pittston’s Carol Coolbaugh has attempted to bring to the public since her son, Erik, died of an overdose in 2009, after, according to a Citizens’ Voice article in August of 2017, “a lifetime battle with street drugs, like heroin.”
“Good people fall victim to this disease which they had no control over,” Coolbaugh is quoted as saying by writer Eric Mark in that article.
The organizer of the group GRASP, Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing, Coolbaugh will be one of the speakers Thursday evening, April 19, at the John P. Cosgrove Center at Pittston Memorial Library, when the Family Committee of the JFK Council of the Knights of Columbus, Pittston, presents an “Opioid Fact Forum.”
All interested are invited to hear Coolbaugh share her and her son’s story and the pain of losing a loved one to drug abuse, to hear Judge Michael Vough, Pittston, talk about the legal ramifications of drug abuse, and to hear County Coroner Bill Lisman relate the sobering statistics of drug-related deaths in Luzerne County. Carmen Ambrosino, a leading figure in the battle against drug and alcohol abuse for 45 years, will serve as moderator.
The forum runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and admission is free. The Citizens’ Voice and Greater Pittston Progress are media sponsors.
In a January 2018, article in the Citizens’ Voice, writers Bob Kalinowski and Bill Wellock, reveal Lisman’s statistics from the past two years: 153 overdose deaths in 2017 in Luzerne County; 140 in 2016. In another article, Kalinowski points out the oldest victim was 78, the youngest 18.
Approximately half of the deaths were related to opioids, with fentanyl, called “the most powerful synthetic opioid,” listed as the “most common killer.” Lisman, according to the report, said most victims had other drugs in their systems in addition to opioids. The “most common combination,” appearing in 69 of the deaths, was fentanyl and “other drugs.” Heroin and “other drugs” accounted for 40 of the deaths.
David Yonki, Pittston native and a Fourth Degree member of the JFK Council, proposed the forum to his fellow Knights and was met with overwhelming support. “The idea actually came to me in church,” Yonki said. “I began thinking that the answer to the opioid problem might lie in faith and in communication. Families that communicate, that talk to one another, might have a better chance of avoiding this problem.”
He added that there is a misconception when someone dies of an overdose that it was “on purpose.” That is not typically the case, he said.
Yonki said the presentation by Judge Vough will be “very compelling.” He said Vough will take the audience through a day in his courtroom, “how he talks to, how he sentences” someone convicted of a drug-related crime.
The whole night will be “very impactful,” Yonki said.
I don’t doubt it.
Another verse in that Neil Young song goes like this:
I hit the city and
I lost my band
I watched the needle
Take another man
Gone, gone, the damage done.
Those two words “gone, gone” make me want to cry.
Ed Ackerman writes The Optimist every week. Look for his blogs online during the week at pittstonprogress.com.

The LuLac Edition #3761, April 18th, 2018

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY

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This week’s two part  edition of  Write On Wednesday  is something very personal to me. Since December of ’17, I have been working on a Community Project with the heritage Knights of Columbus President John F. Kennedy Council #372 in Pittston. Our topic will be the opioid crisis. Here’s that article.


EXPERIENCED PANEL TAKES ON OPIOID TOPIC FOR KNIGHTS EVENT

One hundred years. That number represents the experience level of the panel that will be presenting O.F.F. or the Opioid Fact Forum. The event happens on Thursday April 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Pittston Memorial Library. The meeting is being presented by the Heritage President John F. Kennedy Knights Council 372/Assembly 948 as part of its Family Committee programing. Closing in on over 120 years, this is a new foray for the Knights group.
As families and society evolve for better or worse, so do service organizations like the Knights to meet those needs. We believe that information is power and want all families of all faiths to get the best information from the most experienced people who can convey it.
The program will feature Carmen Ambrosino as its moderator. An addiction specialist and consultant for more than 40 years, Ambrosino founded the Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services, Inc. (WVADS) in Wilkes-Barre in 1973 and was its chief executive officer (CEO) until his retirement in December 2013. Even though he is five years retired, Ambrosino remains the go-to person on matters of substance abuse, addiction, and prevention. Mr. Ambrosino assists the public at large throughout Northeasrt Pennsylvania and beyond in navigating the complications of contending with drug and alcohol problems through newspaper articles, radio broadcasts, and television programming. And he continues to teach undergraduate and graduate courses on treatment for and prevention of substance abuse at local higher education institutions.
Judge Michael Vough will take the audience through a day in his courtroom, which is filled with the ramifications of opioid abuse in this area. Vough was elected to serve the citizens of Luzerne County as judge of the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas in 2012. Since that time he has presided over thousands of criminal and civil cases. He currently serves as the criminal court division administrator and has previously served as the co-civil court division administrator. Vough previously served as a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office and brings both a legal and human perspective.
One of the most compelling speakers will be Carol Coolbaugh. Carol Coolbaugh knows firsthand the complexity of substance abuse and the pain and suffering it causes not only for addicts, but for anyone who loves them. After 18 years of trying to save his life, her 29-year-old son, Erik, died of a drug overdose. Left with a terrible void, Carol immediately decided to become proactive and founded the Erik Coolbaugh Memorial Foundation. Its mission was to provide awareness and education on the disease of addiction and to dispel the stigma associated with it.
In 2012, Carol started a local chapter of G.R.A.S.P., “Grief Recovery After Substance Passing.” This grief support group gives family and friends a safe place to express their experiences without judgment.
Through G.R.A.S.P. and Erik’s foundation, Carol has organized a yearly overdose awareness day/walk held in conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day. This day is filled with love, joy, and sorrow as attendees remember those lost to the disease of addiction.
Coroner Bill Lisman has the unenviable task of documenting and discharging the final chapter for a person who has abused opioids. Lisman is all too often the final point of contact in the opioid saga for those who succumb to it. Lisman has been associated with the coroner’s office since 1975. He was appointed assistant chief deputy in 1996 and in March 2000 he was appointed to the position of chief deputy coroner.
Opioid abuse is pervasive in our area today and reaches all age levels and incomes. As documented earlier this year in The Citizens’ Voice, The oldest victim in 2017 in Luzerne County was 76. The youngest was 18. The average age was 38.
Most died in Wilkes-Barre, followed by Hazleton. The zip code for a cluster of seven West Side towns was next.
Fentanyl, the powerful synthetic opioid, was the most common killer, but most died with multiple drugs in their system.
These four participants will offer their views as well as welcome public input on the night of April 19, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Pittston Memorial Library. The event is free and there will be light refreshments.
The Citizens’ Voice is proud to sponsor this event along with the Knights of Columbus.
DAVID YONKI is a 4th Degree Knight of the President John F. Kennedy Council 372/ Assembly 948 and chair of the Knights Family Committee.
http://citizensvoice.com/opinion/experienced-panel-takes-on-opioid-topic-for-knights-event-1.2324800

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3760, April 17th, 2018

BARBARA BUSH PASSES AWAY

The inevitable was near. When the news came that plans were being made to make former First Lady Barbara Bush “comfortable”, we knew it was only a matter of time.
Barbara Bush has been interviewed countless times and was known to be a straight shooter. But in this video we found from 1988 we saw her as a premier campaigner and champion for her husband.



EARTH DAY EVENT PLANNED SUNDAY

Action Together NEPA is pleased to announce its “Rally for Our Planet Earth Day Celebration” on Earth Day, on Sunday, April 22nd, at 1 pm on Public Square.
Presenters include:
Dr. Cosima Wiese, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology, Misericordia University
Dr. Brian Mangan, Department Chair, Professor of Environmental Science and Biology, King’s College
Dr. Ken Klemow Professor of Biology and GeoEnvironmental Science, Wilkes-University
Dr. Colby Tanner, Assistant Professor of Biology, Misericordia University
Robert E. Hughes Executive Director for the Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation
Music by Don Shappelle & Friends
Action Together NEPA is a grassroots activist organization dedicated to community action, political advocacy and real progress.

MEANWHILE LATER ON IN THE DAY THIS NEWS FROM THE FIGHTING 120th!!!!

Monday, April 16, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3759, April 16th, 2018

FORMER FIRST LADY BARBARA BUSH IN FAILING HEALTH
Barbara Bush in 2017 (Photo: Getty Images)
Reports are that former First Lady Barbara Bush, who is known to be in failing health has refused further medical treatment. She has opted for “comfort care”. Mrs. Bush, only one of two women to be First Lady as well as a mother of a President (the other being Abigail Adams) made the decision public Sunday according to  family spokespeople.There was no information on her condition. But she has been battling Graves' disease for quite some time. Graves' is due to an abnormal immune system response that causes the thyroid gland to produce too much thyroid hormone.
Barbara Bush traveled to Wilkes Barre in the 1980s after her husband, George H.W. Bush was Vice President. Her appearance at the Osterhout Library stressed her crusade for young people to read more.
Her father was the publisher of McCall's and Redbook magazines. She married at George H.W. at the age of 19  while the future politico was a young naval aviator. After World War II, the Bushes moved to Texas where he went into the oil business. The Bush couple had six children and have been married longer than any presidential couple in American history.


FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL ACTION PAC ENDORSES MANGO FOR GOVERNOR
CONSERVATIVES CONTINUE TO RALLY BEHIND MANGO!
FRC ACTION JOINS SEN. RICK SANTORUM AND THE PRO-LIFE COALITION OF PENNSYLVANIA IN ENDORSING MANGO FOR GOVERNOR

Paul Mamgo, GOP candidate for Governor in the state recently got some good news. has received the endorsement of Family Research Council (FRC) Action PAC - the legislative affiliate of the Family Research Council, the nation's leading voice for pro-family and pro-faith advocacy.
Paul Mango said: "I am honored to receive FRC Action's endorsement. Their work in support of pro-family and pro-faith issues has been key to advancing the values that have formed our Commonwealth and our nation. I am committed to promoting a Culture of Life, defunding planned parenthood, and stopping liberal bathroom bills like the one advanced by Senator Wagner."
In their endorsement, FRC Action PAC Executive Vice President, Lt. General (Ret.) Jerry Boykin said: "Pennsylvanians are looking for leaders who will keep their word in establishing a culture in which all human life is valued, families flourish, and religious liberty thrives. Mr. Mango's stellar education and success in business make him the candidate who will provide a pragmatic, solution-driven path forward for the people of Pennsylvania. His military credentials as a West Point graduate, and his service as an Army Ranger and paratrooper in the 82nd airborne evidence his desire to protect Pennsylvania's nearly one million veterans and their families.
"As a business leader, he knows the value of smaller government, and a free market economy unburdened by excessive regulation and taxation. We are also encouraged to see that he's made the sanctity of life, the end of ObamaCare, de-funding Planned Parenthood, and a halt to the drug epidemic goals of his public service. Unlike his opponent Scott Wagner, he has vowed to protect the safety and privacy of Pennsylvania's citizens by refusing to advance "Bathroom Bill" legislation. Senator Wagner has sponsored this concerning legislation which puts women and children at risk in intimate areas like showers, bathrooms, and locker rooms and allows the government to punish those who disagree with this policy. We are confident Mr. Mango will work faithfully to represent the people of Pennsylvania as the only true conservative running for governor.
"We are pleased to join other notable organizations and individuals in offering our endorsement and will urge those who care about the future of our nation and our freedoms to support Mr. Mango as well," Boykin concluded.
FRC Action PAC is the latest in a long line of leading conservative endorsements received by the Mango Campaign. Just this week, former Pennsylvania Senator, Republican Presidential candidate, and 2012 Iowa Caucus winner Rick Santorum endorsed Mango's campaign. Paul Mango has also been endorsed by the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania and rated as "Pro-Life" by the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation. (Mango campaign)


CARTWRIGHT BILL TO INCREASE RESILIENCE TO EXTREME WEATHER PASSES HOUSE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE
Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)

Recently, bipartisan legislation developed and introduced by U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright was passed by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
The PREPARE Act (H.R. 4177) was introduced with Representative Leonard Lance of New Jersey and is cosponsored by 23 House Members. It would improve government preparedness for extreme weather incidents. The bill has already been passed by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, clearing the way for action on the House floor later this year.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) placed threats posed by extreme weather in its 2017 High Risk List, an accounting of the most pressing fiscal exposures the federal government faces. From 2010-2017, extreme weather events resulted in:
•482 presidential major disaster declarations;
•90 events that each inflicted at least $1 billion in damage; and
•A total of 2,157 fatalities and $325 billion in economic losses caused by these 90 events.
The PREPARE Act creates an interagency council to recommend the best means of planning and preparing for extreme weather. The bill also strengthens each individual agency’s resilience efforts and provides state and local officials with the best information available and best practices to help them formulate emergency preparation plans tailored to their regional and local needs. (Cartwright campaign)

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3758, April 15th, 2018

JOINT FORCES ATTACK SYRIAN CHEMICAL OUTPOSTS

There was action on the Foreign Policy front that came late Friday night when U.S., British and French forces struck Syria with more than 100 missiles in the first coordinated Western strikes against the Damascus government, targeting what they called chemical weapons sites in retaliation for a poison gas attack. The good news in all of this is that the attack was coordinated by a group of democracies determined to send a message, not delivered by The Obama administration that this type of warfare will not stand. - The Pentagon said yesterday that U.S. strikes in Syria overnight had successfully hit every target and were aimed to deliver an unambiguous signal to the Syrian government and deter the future use of chemical weapons.
The strike, well coordinated and successful is something this administration can be proud of, especially in this current climate. The only misstep was the use of the President’s phrase “Mission Accomplished". I understand his enthusiasm that for once, everything in its execution was flawless but Bush 43 has made that statement a non starter given what happened in Iraq after prematurely using it. 
There is blow back from  Democrats as well as a few Republicans on the hill regarding consultation but other Presidents have pulled the trigger before without permission. The key to these strikes is they were measured and quite frankly needed. While others might debate the timing given the upcoming Comey interview this weekend, a needed message was sent to Syria, Iran and Russia that killing of children, hell all people with chemical warfare, just won't stand.



WAGNER CAMPAIGN RELEASES NEW STATEWIDE TV AD: “KATHARINE”
KATHARINE WAGNER, DIRECTLY TO CAMERA, RESPONDS TO PAUL MANGO’S FALSE ATTACKS ON HER FATHER

In response to Paul Mango’s desperate cartoon attack ad, which falsely slanders 2018 gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner’s character and has been rebuked by GOP Chairman Val DiGiorgio and grassroots conservatives, the Wagner for Governor campaign announced it will launch a new television ad today. “Katharine,” a thirty second spot airing in all six markets across the Commonwealth, features Wagner’s oldest daughter speaking directly to the camera, addressing Mango’s assertions and defending her father’s character.
“Katharine's passionate defense of her father exposes Paul Mango's lies and highlights just how desperate of a campaign he is running,” said campaign Manager Jason High. “As someone who boasts about having five daughters of his own and having ‘flawless character,’ Paul Mango sure isn’t running his campaign like it. Recent polling suggests that the false attacks against Scott, all recycled failures from his former opponents in his 2014 write-in campaign, are having no impact on the race. Scott knows that, and he will continue to keep his eye on the ball and run a campaign focused on changing Harrisburg and making life better for the people of Pennsylvania.” (Wagner campaign)


ART BELL PASSES AWAY
Art Bell (Photo: Networth.org)
Art Bell, a radio host best known for a paranormal-themed nightly show syndicated on hundreds of stations in the 1990s, died at his home in southern Nevada on Friday. 
If you are a talk radio junkie, you know Art Bell. Through the years, Bell established himself as a formidable talk show host. His all night broadcasts filled a void that was left when Larry King went into TV full time.
Bell had a way to be controversial, stay in the news and at the same time be polite to some of the wackos who called him. The stories they told ranged from burying not one but two bigfoots as well as aliens invading the country.
Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly announced in a Facebook video that Bell died Friday in Pahrump. He was 72.
Bell retired and then came back. He rinsed and repeated that cycle a few times.
Bell was still a constant on local radio. I liked to call his Saturday night appearances on WILK Radio as "Golden Oldie Talk". Mrs. LuLac didn't mind hearing a twenty year old radio show. I guess others did not either in this "Somewhere in Time" offering.
He was a mainstay in radio who will be remembered for his success. as well as his penchant for keeping people up longer than they needed to be.

Friday, April 13, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3757, April 13th, 2018

13 QUESTIONS

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1. Is it really true a Congressman pulled a gun at a rally in his district?

Yes indeed. Ralph Norman pulled a gun at a meeting with constituents and told the crowd, "I'm not going to be a Gabby Giffords. I don't mind dying, but whoever shoots me better shoot well or I'm shooting back." Can you believe that pig? Must have a small pecker.Plus it's the South, what do you expect?

2. Any thoughts on the Face book Messaging controversy?

Well I never really put my phone number up on the page. I used Messaging to talk to people from work. But they are on their heels given the outcry. Zuckerberg’s testimony in my opinion was a mixed bag but Facebook isn’t going away. I do get concerned when politicians get on their high horses and want to regulate it. Facebook should do that with the bullshit news gullible people believe.

3. How about that Tiffany Trump photo in the Treaty room?
I always said that she got the short shrift from her dad. When all is said and done, this Woman We Love from ’16 will outshine all those other kids from his three marriages and whoever else is out there he spawned.

4. Any reaction to your Martin Luther King Junior post?

Not much. But when I research these pieces, most people read and never comment much. What concerned me was the lack of awareness on the significance of the anniversary. I did not see it but I liked how WNEP went straight to Memphis at 7pm when there was a remembrance of King with bells tolling 39 times.We were grateful to PA LIve for their coverage of it on WBRE TV.

5. How about the President’s claim about caravans coming across the bolder. Where does he get this shit?

He makes the shit up. Or gleans a mountain of that shit from a morsel of fact. Here’s where that came from. There were caravans organized around Easter in past years, and noted that "robberies, rapes and assaults — perpetrated by smugglers, cartel members and Mexican immigration agents — are common. In one incident in 2010. 72 kidnapped migrants were killed by a cartel in northern Mexico." That’s the LAST TIME there was any rapes or murders. Plus they WEREN’T against U.S. citizens. But to hear him spin it, they are invading Phoenixville.

6. Scott Pruitt, environmental savior or crook?

Crook. Small time jerk Okie who got to the big town and acted like a child. Driving around in limos with sirens blaring. Golly!!! Looks at me in duh big city. Scott Pruitt is not only part of the swamp, he is the fertilizer that helps breed it.

7. Have you seen Chappaquiddick yet?

Nope not yet but want to see how the “liberal, Hollywood elite” treat it. The right wing morons will most likely not even bother seeing it because they know all the answers.

8. H.R. McMaster. Saw on TV last week the reception he got as he left. Thoughts?

I think it showed the level of support and respect he engendered when he was in his position. Career personal respect a person who respects them, simple as all that.

9. What was your opinion on Laura Ingraham’s comments on the student David Hogg?

I rarely think of her at all. But since you asked, she was a typical Conservative bully. Then when she gets called on it, whines and blames the left.

10. Why did you pick an Opioid Forum to promote? Is this part of the blog

No it’s part of my work with the Knights of Columbus President John F. Kennedy Council #372 in Pittston. They put me in charge of the Family Committee and since all families, whatever their faith are presented with this challenge, I felt it was something worthwhile and worthy to promote. Plus the help I have received from our moderator Carmen Ambrosino and the presenters is invaluable. Here’s a bit more about it if you care to attend.

11. Do you believe the claim that was made by the local President of the NAACP that children would be left behind at GAR as true?

Absolutely. GAR has had an unfair reputation for a very long time. The fact that those kids there may not have the same opportunities engendered by the tax dollars of all residents is a fact and disgrace. When NAACP President Guerline Laurore said that when she arrived here, she was told GAR stood for “garbage, ashes and rubbish” my personal feeling that comment was made from people who never even spoke to a student or parent from there. Look at the comments in the newspapers and you’ll see what I mean.

12. Pope Francis’ first five years. Better than expected for Roman Catholics?

By and large he re-set the personality of the Papacy. He has become more inclusive in his efforts. He did have a misstep with his Latin American colleagues and Catholics there and has since apologized. To me, he brings a humanity that we’ve rarely seen in Modern Day Popes.

13. Italian Gelato Season. Who ya got, Rita or Josie’s?

Love them both. The Rita’s Black Cherry is incredible. The Josie’s Mango is sublime. Love this time of year.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3756, April 12th, 2018

PAUL RYAN PLAYS THE LONG GAME
Speaker Paul Ryan (Photo: CNN)
Paul Ryan’s resignation was no surprise at all. Ryan who used wanting to see his family as an excuse (and with him I can give him a pass, especially after losing his own father when Paul was a boy of 16 )is playing the long game. A few things here.
1. Ryan has a set of accomplishments that he can point to as a bonafide conservative. He passed a tax cut that he has been yearning for over a very long time. Plus his opposition to immigration as well his backing of other Conservative talking points puts him in good shape should he decide to run again. That will make him strong with the Conservative base.
2. He is known nationally. At this point he doesn’t want to become a target in the 2018 elections. You can bet Democrats will savage his stance on hot button issues like Social Security and the tax cuts. By walking away, he can avoid that barrage. He still might get attacked but it won’t stick. 
3. For years, Ryan has said he would get rid of the debt. Bragged about it, said it was his life's work. But he leaves as the Speaker who along with this party and President blowing the debt sky high. He did the very opposite of whet he started out to do. Now, he's washing his hands of the bad policy he wrought.Good politics, bad policy. Those children he'll get time to spend with will be paying that off for years. Mixed legacy here, no?
4. Most importantly, here's this. Ryan is a young man and can be President if he wants to be. But he can’t do it nationally with moderates if he is associated with Trump. He is joining other Republicans who feel they should step back from what Trump has turned the Republican party into. When Trump implodes and he will, these guys, Ryan, Flake, Corker will be far away. Ryan and as any smart politico knows all too well that at some point, their association with Trump will tarnish them.
Ryan is getting out while the getting is good. He’s enjoying his family and watch, at some point, a few years from now, maybe 8 or so, he’ll be helping to pick up the pieces of what this administration did to his party and his country.


BARLETTA STATEMENT REGARDING SPEAKER RYAN RETIREMENT
Congressman Lou Barletta (Photo: LuLac archives)
Congressman Lou Barletta issued the following statement regarding the retirement of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan:
“I have often said that Speaker Ryan has one of the toughest jobs in politics. Honestly, herding cats would be easier than trying to maintain order in a legislative body with so many strong opinions that go in so many different directions. Despite the challenges of his position, he has always treated people fairly during his time as Speaker, and has tirelessly served the people of Wisconsin as their representative in Congress for the past 20 years.
“As the father of four daughters, I have great respect for Speaker Ryan’s decision to make his family his priority and understand his desire to be an active part of his children’s lives as they grow up. As all parents know, it is a special time we never get to relive. I wish him and his family all the best in the next chapter of their lives.”


COMEY COMPARES TRUMP TO MOB BOSS
There is word that ex FBI Director has compared President Trump to a mob boss. That news came out in the preview to his upcoming media tour across the country. Look, I get Comey wants to strike while the iron is hot in terms of selling a book. But this can only polarize the country with Mr. Trump taking to twitter and terrifying his clueless base of minions on what otherwise might be very true facts regarding this sad excuse of not only a President but a human being.

WAGNER, BARTOS, DIGIORGIO ANNOUNCE 26 POINT LEAD FOR WAGNER IN NEW INTERNAL POLL
PENNSYLVANIA GOP CHAIRMAN CALLS FOR PARTY UNITY
MANGO RESORTING TO FALSE ATTACK AD MAKES SENSE GIVEN CURRENT STATE OF THE RACE

Wagner and Bartos (Photo Wagner campaign)

2018 gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner today was flanked by his running mate Jeff Bartos, Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Val DiGiorgio and Vice Chairwoman Bernie Comfort, and other grassroots conservative leaders to announce that he has a commanding lead and growing support with just over five weeks until the primary election.
The new poll, which was conducted by McLaughlin and Associates, “Indicates why Paul Mango has resorted to running a vicious attack ad containing character smears that has backfired with Republican voters,” said Wagner’s campaign Manager, Jason High. “He has no other path to victory.”
“I’m honored that my message to change the status quo in Harrisburg is being overwhelmingly embraced by Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth,” said Wagner. “Together we have big challenges to tackle, including balancing our budget, eliminating property taxes, rolling back regulations, and addressing the opioid and skilled labor crises facing our Commonwealth. For the next few weeks I will focus my campaign on those issues so we can hit the ground running to defeat Tom Wolf in the general election.”
“If you want to know why Paul Mango is up with that vile ad smearing Scott Wagner’s character, look no further than this poll,” said Jeff Bartos. “Scott has a commanding lead and Mr. Mango is plummeting in every category imaginable. This is because there’s only one candidate in the race running a substantive campaign about the people of Pennsylvania. In a failed attempt to favorably contrast his own character with Scott’s, Paul Mango’s attacks have backfired and Republican voters see Scott as the best person to rise to the challenge of taking on Tom Wolf this fall.”
Chairman Val DiGiorgio added, “These polling numbers are the latest sign that the Pennsylvania Republican Party endorsed team of Scott Wagner and Jeff Bartos is the clear frontrunner in the race to take on, and ultimately defeat, the most liberal Governor in America, Tom Wolf. Their message has garnered support from a wide array of viewpoints from within the party and, given this coalescence around the endorsed team, it is time for the Republican Party to show that we are strongest in achieving our shared goals when we are united. (Wagner campaign)

IN THE MEANTIME….MANGO IS MAKING HAY
Paul Mango, seen here with Diana Irey Vaughan. (Photo: Sunbury Item)

Paul Mango has been giving the state wide GOP fits. Particularly Scott Wagner. If Tom Wolf was an nontraditional Democrat in '14, Mango is looking to up the ante. Mango's pick for the second spot is interesting. Diana Vaughan was seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for lieutenant governor on her own. But then, she and Mango joined together despite running in separate elections. Mango it seems has a strategy in mind here. He has to know that not all Republican women walk in lockstep and condone the President’s terrible behavior. Plus Mango’s staff, in reaction to the Wagner press conference has doubled down and said they will keep on running the ads against the York businessman. The party now has a full blown war with Wagner, hoping to run as the insurgent now defending himself to a businessman. Here's a recap that pretty much says it all. Take a look at this story filed by premier political reporter Jon Deleno.

Wagner has refuted, rejected and reviled the charges. Wagner has gone on the attack against Mango. Political ads that are vicious are nothing new in Pennsylvania. But in this climate of division and fake news, it appears this Republican part is swimming upstream. They seem to be going against the trend of more positivity. The beneficiary here is Tom Wolf who has had a somewhat decent record but has not been able to do as much as he promised. The more these guys go at it, the better Wolf looks.

JOHN CHRIN VISITS THE LU AND THE LAC

We hear reports that 8th Republican Congressional District candidate will be in the heart of Luzerne and Lackawanna County Friday. Chrin’s ads have been running on radio and TV. He is adopting a well known strategy of introducing himself to the voters in a low key primary election.  Some say this ad might give him a working class image where his roots were. Currently that is being overshadowed by the fact that he has made a lot of money on Wall Street. His opponent, Congressman Cartwright has been telling all who would listen since 2017 of Chrin's Wall Street connections and wealth. Money that political experts say he will not be shy about in opposing established three term Congressman Matt Cartwright. But the Chrin campaign along with local backers want to change that perception. Here's that TV ad.

Chrin is relying on meeting any issues about where he came from head on in terms of his upbringing and hard work ethic. Plus it appears that fundraising is underway for his campaign. The effort is being spearheaded by the dynamos in the 120th District which seems to be the only dominant, energetic arm of both the Luzerne and Lackawnna County GOP. Here's information about that event.




MEDIA MATTERS

WALN TV

BOLD GOLD COMMUNITY FORUM
Carmen Ambrosino with host Jim Riley. (Photo: LuLac) 
This week’s guest will be Carmen Ambrosino who will moderate the upcoming Opioid Fact Forum presented the heritage Knights of Columbus Council President John F. Kennedy Council #372.  The Opioid Fact Forum happens on Thursday April 19th at the Pittston Memorial Library.
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.

SUNDAY MAGAZINE
Carmen Ambrosino,  guest on this week's Sunday Magazine. (Photo: LuLac archives)
Tune in this week as Marcy Kester welcomes Carmen Ambrosino who will be moderating the Opioid Abuse Seminar next Thursday at the Pittston Library. The heritage Knights of Columbus Council President John F. Kennedy Council #372 of Pittston is presenting the event. Show times and stations are: 5:00AM - Nash 93.7 5:45AM - 97.1 BHT, 6:00AM - WARM-AM and 97.9X and 6:20Am - Magic 93.



ECTV LIVE

ECTV Live host welcomes Mark Murphy and Brandi Christiano to the program during the week of April 16th to review Earth Day related projects at and around the University of Scranto.
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 IS BACK THIS SUNDAY!!!!!!


We join Bobby V in our ecstatic reaction his announce the triumphant return of
The Doo Wop Sock Hop this Sunday, April 15, 2018.
6P to 9P on The River 105 and 103.5
Back to the beginning of Rock and Roll.


1960



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In an event described as "unique in world postal history", the governments of 70 nations simultaneously issued stamps to commemorate World Refugee Year…The Boston Celtics won the NBA championship, beating the St. Louis Hawks 122–103. The Hawks had forced a seventh game two days earlier by beating Boston 105–102…The Boston Celtics won the NBA championship, beating the St. Louis Hawks 122–103. The Hawks had forced a seventh game two days earlier by beating Boston 105–102…

A fisherman in Masan, South Korea, discovered the mutilated body of Kim Chu Yol, a high school student who had been killed during March protests against the fraudulent presidential election. A police tear gas shell was visible in Kim's eye socket, and the outrage against the government's brutality triggered a riot. The violence in Masan was then followed by rioting in other South Korean cities….A fisherman in Masan, South Korea, discovered the mutilated body of Kim Chu Yol, a high school student who had been killed during March protests against the fraudulent presidential election. A police tear gas shell was visible in Kim's eye socket, and the outrage against the government's brutality triggered a riot. The violence in Masan was then followed by rioting in other South Korean cities….Pirates baseball great Roberto Clemente asked that he be referred to in that manner instead of the previous moniker of “Bob” on his cards and in Pirate news releases……in Luzerne Ciunty there is speculation that life long Republican realtor Ed Wideman just might become a Democrat to run for a county office in the future and 58 years ago thi week the number one song in LuLac land and America was “He’ll Have To Go” by Jim Reeves.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3755, April 11th, 2018

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY

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Recently in one of our Write On Wednesday editions we wrote about the silly $5.00 a buck car fee that comes the Luzerne County. The ruse they are using is that the “fee” will pay for fixing potholes. Many people, like me aren’t buying it. A Letter from The Times Leader is featured.

COUNTY $5 CAR REGISTRATION FEE A JOKE

Luzerne County Council is once again entertaining notion of adding a $5 increase to the already high cost of registering a motor vehicle in Pennsylvania.
This they’re telling us will be spent exclusively on repairing county-owned roads and bridges. What a farce!
Remember a few years ago, Pennsylvania changed the fuel tax from a fixed cost per gallon to a percentage on the wholesale price per gallon? It was sold to the motoring public as the best way to repairing our deplorable roads and bridges. Really!
Anyone with half a brain or no brain knows that turned out to be a joke!
Just try driving the Sans Souci Parkway from Nanticoke to Wilkes-Barre and you will understand what I’m talking about.
Car owners of Luzerne County remember one indisputable truth: “The more things change, the more they stay the same!”
Keith E. Perluke
Nanticoke
https://www.timesleader.com/opinion/letters/699493/your-view-county-5-car-registration-fee-a-joke

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3754, April 10th, 2018

TRUMP’S LAWYER GETS RAIDED
Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen (Photo: AP) 
TRUMP CALLS IT AN ATTACK ON AMERICA
Trump in his sitting bull stance. (Photo: CNN)
You know it’s getting pretty bad when your personal lawyer’s office gets raided. If you look at past Presidents who were under investigation, Richard Nixon as well as Bill Clinton, NO ONE ever raided their offices. The bar to do so is very high. In this country, despite what the right will tell you, there are many hoops to go through before you get to this point.
Predictably, Trump has responded in the only way he knows how. Here’s what he said, " It’s disgraceful situation,” he said at the start of a military leadership meeting.
“I have this witch hunt constantly going on,” he continued.
He threw in red meat to overshadow the real news. Witch-hunt which is of his own making and then using the military as a means of saying he was being distracted. Again, let’s go back to Nixon and Clinton. Both of them when under investigation multi tasked, compartmentalized. Clinton did it  better than Nixon but can you imagine both in a military meeting on an impending foreign policy crisis derailing the meeting? The report came on Monday that investigators were searching Cohen’s office and his room at a Loews Regency Hotel, both in New York City. Among the documents the agents were reportedly examining were records related to a payment the attorney made to former adult film star Stormy Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford.
Trump called this an attack on the country. He called out Democrats. The people involved at Justice are all REPUBLICANS. But Trump seems to think that an investigation of his shady practices is an attack on the country. That is an insult to the real attacks that took lives when there was a real attack on this country.
A few weeks ago, Trump referred all questions on Stormy Daniels to his lawyer. My feeling is this lawyer was under investigation long before this incident. 
Once more on Nixon, Clinton and Trump. Nixon's crimes were political, Clinton's were personal. Trump's are still to be determined but there is a vile stench of corruption that one can conclude is surrounded by filth.

CRY BABY # 2
INGRAHAM
Laura Ingraham (Photo: Fox News)
Laura Ingraham’s first show back after vacation, engendered by her feud with Florida High School senior David Hogg, was a typical whine from a Conservative who stuck her foot in her mouth and then blamed others for her mistake.
The “Ingraham Angle” host opened her show with a monologue about “the left’s plot to silence conservatives,” which included a discussion of Dinesh D'Souza’s “Illiberal Education” and free speech on college campuses.
HOLY SHIT! That is big reach. But again not surprising because when you punch a bully back, they run home to mama crying like little cowards.
Welcome back Ingraham. You’re one big boring whining yawn of hate. (LuLac and sadly Fox)