Monday, June 25, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3817, June 25th, 2018

Today marks the first anniversary of the death of our friend L.A. Tarone. June 25th, 2017. It was a Sunday. The weekend started out ominously on the Friday afternoon preceding that Sunday.
I left work at 3pm and made my way to the Nursing Home in Nanticoke where L.A. was supposed to be transferred to Hazleton. However, something told me to go down there that day.
When I arrived, it was intimated to me that l..A.’s condition had worsened. Unlike our previous visits, this was not good get together. L.A. was unresponsive and in great pain.
Sunday morning, those close to him got messages that if we wanted to see him, this would be the day. I was on my way to a surprise anniversary party for my friends Pat and Marian Fadden who were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. After attending the Mass at St. Leo’s and then the part of the party, I went to see L.A.
Throughout the day friends and relatives came to say good bye. My work wife, Kathleen Smith commandeered a Reverend earlier in the day to give a blessing for L.A. Later on around 5pm, a Roman Catholic priest came to give the Last Rites. A few hours later, during the 7 o’clock hour, L.A. passed away.
The last 365 days have been monumental in terms of the things we both discussed, on and off the air, politics. I know we’d have some pretty healthy arguments. His radio show and its energetic presentation and content is now a distant memory. It took me about 3 months to actually cry over Tarone’s death. Even though I saw him fading away, a world without L.A. bursting through a room, nervously pacing when he was waiting for a hot news tip and hearing that voice crashing through a broadcast speaker was unreal to me.
He was remembered well on the days after his death. But the thing with Tarone is, even after a year, you can’t stop talking about him, missing him and loving him. That will continue as long as his contemporaries keep talking about him.
Here’s a few links from that day and week.... one year ago.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3816, June 24th, 2018

Pat "Cheese" O'Malley and his boy Wallace in happier times. (Photo: 
Triple dipper Andy Wallace stepped aside as the Chief Clerk Of Lackawanna County. You remember Wallace. He was the government pensioner that Pat O’Malley engineered into that position after Evie Refalko McNulty’s name was on the door. Apparently there is an incident report from Archbald Police involving Wallace at a P&R Grocery Store.
Wallace said he was resigning for health reasons and the old stand by, “To spend more time with his family!”
More to come/


Local Republicans attended the Camp Cadet events this week. Even Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner made a stop. It was a beautiful night at the PSP Troop P clam bake benefiting Camp Cadet. 
From left, State Representative candidate in the 119th Justin Behrens. Sen. Scott Wagner, candidate for Governor; Sue Henry, announced GOP candidate in the 121st, U.S. Congressional candidate John Chrin.

Vice President Pence and Scott Wagner (Photo: Fox 29 TV)
This week, after the two appeared together in Philadelphia for a fundraiser for the Republican Governors Association, Vice President Pence endorsed Scott Wagner.
Vice President Pence tweeted, “Proud to be in Philadelphia today campaigning for @realScottWagner- the next great governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania! Scott will fight for all the hardworking people of Pennsylvania! Support Scott Wagner & #FixPA!”
“I am incredibly grateful for the support of Vice President Pence,” added Scott Wagner. “While the Vice President has our national economy booming, Governor Wolf’s failed policies have given us an unemployment rate almost 20 percent higher than the national average. Governor Wolf wants to take from Pennsylvanians the savings they are receiving from the federal tax cut. I look forward toward working with Vice President Pence to get our economy on par with the rest of the country and to ensure Pennsylvanians keep more money in their paychecks.”


2018 Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner today announced he has accepted invitations to 11 gubernatorial debates to be held at venues across the commonwealth.
The announcement follows Wagner’s call for a rigorous town hall oriented debate schedule, which Governor Wolf declined. To date, Governor Wolf has not publicly accepted any debates.
“The Wolf campaign responded to our initial proposal by saying that we ‘ducked’ debates during the primary in spite of the fact that we participated in twelve debates -- which is more than any endorsed gubernatorial candidate in recent history,” said Campaign Manager Jason High. “We hope Governor Wolf applies that standard to himself, doesn’t ‘duck’ any debates and participates in at least 12 with Scott in the general election. We have accepted every debate request we have received so far and look forward to adding more to this schedule.”
Wagner has accepted the following debate invitations:
1. NBC 10 Debate
2. Fox 29 Debate
3. Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce Debate
4. The Chamber Of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
5. Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Debate
6. League of Women’s Voters, WTAE Debate
7. NAACP Debate
8. WPXI Debate
9. PennLive / CBS21 Debate
10.WGAL Debate
11.WHP Radio Debate
Wagner is committed to participating in all 11 debates listed above regardless of Governor Wolf’s attendance.
Wagner also is open to participating in more debates, especially in traditionally underrepresented media markets like Johnstown-Altoona, Erie and Scranton. 
 Okay, it's clear that Wagner wants to debate but these invitations are just that. The proof will be in the eating of the pudding as to whether Tom Wolf will even debate Wagner three or four times. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3815, June 21st, 2018

Me and L.A. Tarone (Photo: LuLac archives)
It is nearly a year since my good friend l.A. Tarone passed away from Lung Cancer. Sunday there will be a race at Kirby Park to combat that disease. Our friends at WILK put up information on their site. Here’s the link: When you get to the page, you’ll see the WILK Team Tarone highlighted. Click on it to donate in his memory.


President Trump signed an Executive Order allowing parents to be housed with their children once they are denied or detained at the border. The pressure from Trump was enormous with even members of his own party.
But here’s the rub. The administration has intimated that “it won’t lift a finger” to help reunite those children already dispatched all across the country with the parents they have been separated from.
So this was just another pointless and impotent announcement.


During the last few days, Kelly Anne Conway has been trying to show off her Roman Catholic credentials in her defense of President Trump’s separation of children and their parents in the name of Immigration reform. Trump and Ms. Conway will tell you that to let people in this country for asylum will let in gangs, murders and rapists. These people in the photos released by the Government, the Trump administration, don’t look all that dangerous to me.
Here’s what I was taught as a Catholic.
You embrace the dignity of all people. In my life, I have never passed up an indigent person on the street if they asked for money. This quote stuck in my head many times, Jesus taught that on the Day of Judgement God will ask what each of us did to help the poor and needy: "Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." From first grade on, that was drilled into my head. What if the hobo was Christ in disguise seeing if we treated him with dignity? What is we failed that test?
If that meant giving a guy a buck at the Penn Plaza when I was coming out of that wonderful bakery there and seeing him take the buck into the liquor store, so be it. As a believer, at least I was taught to give and show compassion to those in need.
The nuns taught me that through our words, prayers and deeds we must show solidarity with, and compassion for, the poor. The moral test of any society is "how it treats its most vulnerable members. The poor have the most urgent moral claim on the conscience of the nation or the world. The vulnerable just aren’t those who are here among us, they are in the world. When a government takes public policy and does not keep the most vulnerable in mind, it lacks a moral core.
Pope Benedict XVI  wrote that "love for widows and orphans, prisoners, and the sick and needy of every kind, is as essential as the ministry of the sacraments and preaching of the Gospel in the Catholic faith. This preferential option for the poor and vulnerable includes all who are marginalized in our nation and beyond! We are not taking are of those “beyond” looking only for what all immigrants asked for, a better life.


The other night, Monday as a matter of fact, Chris Cuomo on CNN invited Trump shill Kelly Ane Conway to his show. What transpired was one ugly interview that was not Cuomo’s doing. The vapid mean and spiteful behavior of this so called “patriot” reminded me of a person who just couldn’t face or tell the truth. If you can stand watching this, try it.

Wilbur Ross  (Photo: CNN)
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross held assets for much of last year that created conflicts of interest and has since transferred ownership to a family trust instead of divesting outright, Forbes reported Monday.
Days before coming under negative media scrutiny last year, Ross shorted stocks in a company tied to Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle in a way that would have let the commerce chief benefit from falling share prices, according to the magazine.
The Commerce Department told AFP that, along with the US Office of Government Ethics, it had certified that the transactions at issue were in compliance with legal requirements. (AFP)

Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center Director Marc Stier made the following statement after the PA House Appropriations Committee passed a budget spending plan:
"When Governor Wolf released his budget proposal in March, we said that his plan had the right priorities but, given the political realities he faced, understandably did not put forward initiatives bold enough to close the deep public investment deficit in Pennsylvania.
"Our first take on the general appropriations bill that passed the House Appropriations Committee reaches the same conclusion. The new budget provides welcome new investments in pre-K and K-12 education, special education, higher education, workforce training, child care, treatment for substance abuse disorder, and intellectual disabilities (although we have some concerns about the lack of an increase for the birth to three early intervention program). These are all welcome initiatives, although in many cases they are far less than we think Pennsylvania needs.
"That these new investments are smaller than they should be is largely due to the failure of the General Assembly to take needed steps toward increasing general fund revenues from those most able to afford it. There is no shale tax, no corporate tax reform, and no fee for local governments that rely on the State Police instead of local police forces.
"The budget includes a new $60 million initiative for school and community safety. We worry that a large new spending program created to show that the General Assembly recognizes the intense public concern over school safety will lead to wasteful spending while also letting the General Assembly off the hook for taking action on reasonable gun control measures.
"And the biggest and most striking gap in the entire plan of which this general appropriation bill is a part is that it does not call for an increase in the minimum wage. It appears that the General Assembly will again fail Pennsylvania’s working people on that front.
"This budget takes steps in the right direction and rightfully funds many of Governor Wolf’s priorities. But by leaving so many gaps in funding for education, higher education, human services, and infrastructure and the environment, it is not the budget that Pennsylvania really needs."
The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center is a non-partisan policy research project that provides independent, credible analysis on state tax, budget and related policy matters, with attention to the impact of current or proposed policies on working families.
Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, 412 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101 | 717-255-7156




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In Moscow, KGB Chairman Aleksandr Shelepin secretly delivered a report to Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, warning that, according to KGB sources in the U.S., "the chiefs at the Pentagon are hoping to launch a preventive war against the Soviet Union". Relying on the misinformed report, Khrushchev publicly stated ten days later that the Soviets would use their own missiles if the U.S. attempted to invade Cuba….The Charlotte Motor Speedway opened in Concord, North Carolina, and hosted the first World 600 NASCAR race. Joe Lee Johnson won the first running of the 600.…..On his tour of the Far East, U.S. President Eisenhower encountered his first hostile reception, while visiting the island of Okinawa. A crowd of 1,500 protesters demonstrated in favor of the island's return from U.S. administration to Japan… At New York's Polo Grounds, a crowd of 31,892 watched Floyd Patterson became the first person to regain the world heavyweight boxing championship. In the fifth round, Patterson knocked out champion Ingemar Johansson with a powerful left hook that left the Swedish boxer unconscious for ten minutes. Johansson then walked out under his own power….

Nan Winton became the first national female newsreader on BBC television….

The last operational B-29 bomber flew its final mission, a routine radar evaluation flight. On the day that the unpopular U.S.-Japan Security Treaty went into effect, Japan's Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi announced his resignation. Kishi was replaced by Ikeda Hayato.....Rival Congolese leaders Joseph Kasavubu and Patrice Lumumba agreed to share power, with Kasavubu to become the former Belgian colony's first President, and Lumumba to become the nation's first Prime Minister......The Romance of Helen Trent, which had been a daytime soap opera on the CBS Radio Network since its debut on October 30, 1933, was broadcast for the 7,222nd and last time, ending a run of almost 27 year…in Pennsylvania, Senator Hugh Scott says that the Republican convention will be interesting since it appears that New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller might make a last minute run. Others in the state are concerned that “Rocky” only has two years under his belt as a sitting Governor…in Wilkes Barre Congressman Dan Flood continue to tout the candidacy of Senator Kennedy and fifty eight years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Paper Roses” by Anita Bryant

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3814, June 20th, 2018


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First Lady Laura Bush weighed in on the horrific policy of the Trump Family separation debacle.  This is worth the read.

On Sunday, a day we as a nation set aside to honor fathers and the bonds of family, I was among the millions of Americans who watched images of children who have been torn from their parents.
In the six weeks between April 19 and May 31, the Department of Homeland Security has sent nearly 2,000 children to mass detention centers or foster care. More than 100 of these children are younger than 4 years old. The reason for these separations is a zero-tolerance policy for their parents, who are accused of illegally crossing our borders.
I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.
Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso. These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese-American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history. We also know that this treatment inflicts trauma; interned Japanese have been two times as likely to suffer cardiovascular disease or die prematurely than those who were not interned.
Americans pride ourselves on being a moral nation, on being the nation that sends humanitarian relief to places devastated by natural disasters or famine or war. We pride ourselves on believing that people should be seen for the content of their character, not the color of their skin. We pride ourselves on acceptance. If we are truly that country, then it is our obligation to reunite these detained children with their parents — and to stop separating parents and children in the first place.
People on all sides agree that our immigration system isn't working, but the injustice of zero tolerance is not the answer. I moved away from Washington, D.C., almost a decade ago, but I know there are good people at all levels of government who can do better to fix this.
Recently, Colleen Kraft, who heads the American Academy of Pediatrics, visited a shelter run by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement. She reported that while there were beds, toys, crayons, a playground and diaper changes, the people working at the shelter had been instructed not to pick up or touch the children to comfort them. Imagine not being able to pick up a child who is not yet out of diapers.
Twenty-nine years ago, my mother-in-law, Barbara Bush, visited Grandma's House, a home for children with HIV/AIDS in Washington. Back then, at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis, the disease was a death sentence, and most babies born with it were considered "untouchables." During her visit, Barbara — who was the first lady at the time — picked up a fussy, dying baby named Donovan and snuggled him against her shoulder to soothe him. My mother-in-law never viewed her embrace of that fragile child as courageous. She simply saw it as the right thing to do in a world that can be arbitrary, unkind and even cruel. She, who after the death of her 3-year-old daughter knew what it was to lose a child, believed that every child is deserving of human kindness, compassion and love.
In 2018, can we not as a nation find a kinder, more compassionate and more moral answer to this current crisis? I, for one, believe we can.
Laura Bush
The Washington Post

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3813, June 19th, 2018

The future of the Democratic  Party is represented by 9 new members from LULAC land. At their first meeting they were involved in a major party re-organization contest that demonstrated the power of Philadelphia and Allegheny Counties. Gov Tom Wolf's endorsed candidate for State Chair, former Allegheny County Chair, Nancy Mills, was easily elected as Dem State Party Chair, along with Sen. Sharif Street of Philadelphia, as Vice-Chair. Nancy Mills received 216 votes to a combined 100 votes for Chuck Pascal of Armstrong County and Shari Morgan of Franklin County. Billy O'Gurek, Dem Chair of Carbon County, was unanimously re-elected Chair of the Dem NE Pa Caucus.
Sen. Street clearly established himself as a rising star in the party, with his outstanding oratorical skill touching members hearts in his defense of "Family Values" at our Southern Border, respect for "Law and Order", and "Support for our allies".
The future of the Democratic party seems to be in great hands with these representatives from Luzerne and Lackawanna County.


National Right to Life, the nation’s largest pro-life organization, and Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, Pennsylvania's largest pro-life organization, endorsed Lou Barletta for the United States Senate in Pennsylvania.
“We strongly commend you for maintaining a perfect 100 percent pro-life voting record throughout your years of service in Congress,” National Right to Life President Carol Tobias, Executive Director David O’Steen, and Political Director Karen Cross said in a letter to Barletta announcing his endorsement. “All Pennsylvania voters who are concerned with the right to life and with the protection of the most vulnerable members of the human family should vote to send you to the U.S. Senate, so that you can continue to work to advance vital pro-life public policies.”
Not a big surprise since the Pro Life movement has demonized Bob Casey every step of the way. My question to Barletta is where does he stand on the children who are alive being locked up by his sainted President? Once they leave the womb, they get torn from their parents? You can't be moral on one issue and indifferent on the other.

Monday, June 18, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3812, June 18th, 2018


(Photos: AP)
Paul Manafort was incarcerated  on Friday for Jury Tampering. Even when on bail, facing serious charges, Donald Trump’s campaign manager was jailed by the Judge in his case. She said she had no choice.
Meanwhile, Trump campaign strategist Steve Bannon was on “This Week” yesterday saying that Trump needs to be a factor in the 2018 election. Bannon posited that a straight up and down vote on Trump would give the President a resounding win in the fall.

Protesters outside at the Sessions speech (Photo: Times Leader)
The Attorney General, Jeff Sessions stopped by Lackawanna College the other day and defended the Trump administration practice and policy of separating children from their parents who  are seeking asylum. The diminutive little sack of manure also said that Pennsylvania has nearly 200,000 illegals right here. He never elaborated where they were or what he has done.
The administration has now resorted to quoting the Bible saying it was justified to do this. When will Evangelical historians figure out whether this bargain they made with devils is worth it?
Even Press Secretary Sarah Sanders quoting scripture was relevant because "This was the law" Uh, no it isn't!!! while weakly defending the policy.
When you have to resort to scripture to justify a secular policy, you look not only foolish but show no respect for religion.
Once more some Christians have made my point for me. I classify myself as a Roman Catholic because I'll be dipped if I will be associated  with these clowns.To be fair, Christian leaders like Franklin Graham and others have spoken about the immorality of separating children from their parents. But one day, Christian leadership in this country will have to decide whether one seat on the Supreme Court was worth all this non Christian behavior.
BTW, kudos to the protesters who stood up for humanity against little bigot Sessions the other day.


Our friends at Franklin & Marshall, Drs Terry Madonna and Michael Young released their earliest poll on the General Election. The numbers are early but it appears to be good news for Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Bob Casey.
Democrat Tom Wolf leads Republican Scott Wagner 48% to 29% in the governor’s contest among registered voters with 23% indicating they are undecided.
Democrat Bob Casey leads Republican Lou Barletta in the U.S. Senate contest 44% to 27% with 28% indicating they are undecided.
The two major races are filled with undecided voters who aren’t familiar with the GOP ticket of Wagner for Governor and Lou Barletta.
The money machines will ramp up toward the end of the summer but fo now it appears the Democrats have the edge.
Plus let us never forget that we here in The Lu are in a Trump-Barletta bubble. The rest of the state may not follow our lead.


The bottom line about the IG Report is this: Jim Comey dropped a bomb about Clinton e mails and gave credence to the fact that there was something illegal going on. That’s it! Whatever the Trump apologists say, this was the thing that got Trump to the finish line.
Trump people seized on a text between two FBI personnel and ignored the rest.

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Associations (PCTA), a statewide grassroots education finance reform alliance, today announced its endorsement of Frank Scavo for Pennsylvania Senate District 22 in the November 6 general election.
In making its endorsement, the PCTA noted Mr. Scavo’s unequivocal support of Senate Bill 76, the Property Tax Independence Act, legislation that will abolish and equitably replace school property taxes and restructure a crumbling, antiquated education finance system.
David Baldinger, spokesperson for the PCTA, said: “For thirty years the homeowners of Pennsylvania have been deceived time and again by phony, unsound property tax relief schemes and false promises of property tax reform. Mr. Scavo has taken a definitive stance on this vital issue with his pledge to champion the passage of legislation supported by the PCTA that will at last give legitimate, sustainable relief to the beleaguered homeowners of Pennsylvania through total school property tax elimination. Unlike the District 22 incumbent who
strenuously opposes the Property Tax Independence Act, who works against its passage, and who callously disregards the hardships of overtaxed homeowners, Mr. Scavo is firmly committed to the will of the people as expressed in Senate Bill 76, legislation that will forever abolish and replace the onerous school property tax and will finally give legitimate, sustainable relief to beleaguered families. The Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Associations wishes Mr. Scavo much success in his bid for the District 22 Senate seat.
The PCTA is an alliance of eighty-six grassroots taxpayer advocacy groups from across Pennsylvania that is dedicated to equitable education funding reform through the principles and mechanism of the Property Tax Independence Act.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3811, June 17th, 2018



(numerous uncles not included in this edition but significant nonetheless)

My dad, Stephen "Jake" Yonki and my grandfather John Charles Yonki circa 1975. 

My father and my Confirmation Godfather Joseph Milkanin on March 8th, 1964. 
 My Godfather Joseph "Lefty" Pribula and me in 2009.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3810, June 14th, 2018

FLAG DAY 2018 

The LuLac Edition #3809, June 14th, 2018


The Wilkes Barre city Democratic committee people in the 121st District had a reorganizational meeting. I was very happy to join my friends from the “D” witnessing the  election  of new leadership. A few new Committee members are Ron Felton and his wife Peggy, and also Rick and Eileen Sorokas who have rejoined the fray.
The meeting was held at Rodano’s on The Square.
Here’s a photo from last night’s event.
From left to right Secretary Joanne Klick, Treasure Kathy Bozinski, Paul Maher, Rick Gazinski, new Chair, outgoing Chair Frank Sorokach and Solicitor Carl Frank.


Senator Bob Casey (Photo: LuLac archives)
As the Trump Administration recently argued in a court brief that the ACA’s protections for preexisting conditions should be ruled unconstitutional, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement:
“This suit is an outrageous assault by the Administration and congressional Republicans on older Americans, people with disabilities and the 52 million adults with pre-existing conditions. It is now abundantly clear that in passing a massive tax giveaway to the wealthy, Republicans also believe they signed into law permission for insurance companies to once again come after basic protections for the middle class.
They want to use the courts to enact the rest of their health care scheme—starting by allowing people to be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition and charging older Americans more for their health care. What’s next? Destroying Medicaid? Forcing women to pay more for coverage than men? President Trump and the congressional GOP only fight for the wealthy and the powerful. I will fight like hell to protect Pennsylvania families and all Americans.”


A few things about the President’s trip.
1. The same people who are saying how bad it was for Barack Obama to negotiate with Iran now say that Donald Trump is a great negotiator. Really? By giving away the military exercises, Trump GOT NOTHING in return. Except another meeting to preen with his new best friend.
2. Trump praised the Korean dictator who has killed people in cold blood and has presided over the most murderous totalitarian regime in recent history.
3. The art of the deal? Yep, like a bullshitting bankruptcy deal, it is not art..but fart.


From gutting critical protections against toxic pollution to censoring important climate science to giving massive handouts to Big Polluters — Scott Pruitt is dismantling the EPA from the inside. To make matters worse, scandal after scandal has shown that Pruitt will stop at nothing to advance his dangerously corrupt agenda. His corruption is so abominable that he is currently under 15 investigations.
The very fact that Senator Jim Inhoff and other Republicans are now calling for Pruitt’s resignation is at least heartening.




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ECTV Live hosts Rusty Fender, David DeCosmo, and DirectoMark Migilore welcome John Maday to the program during the week of June 18th to unveil plans for Wilkes-Barre's annual Riverfest celebration
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The eight-month-long strike by the Writers Guild of America ended with a settlement that the writers would later regret, with the right to residuals on old films being given up in return for health and benefits............... Thousands of protesters in Japan, angry over Japan's ratification of the security treaty with the United States, stormed into the parliament building and clashed with police. One female student, Michiko Kamba, was killed, and more than 600 students were injured. Nationwide, and estimated 5.8 million people participated in demonstrations. U.S. President Eisenhower cancelled a planned (June 19) visit to Tokyo at the request of Japan's Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi....BC Ferries, the second largest ferry operator in the world, started service with two ships, the M.V. Tsawwassen and the M.V. Sidney, operating between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay.[
A heat burst occurred near the resort of Lake Whitney, Texas, shortly after midnight, followed by a windstorm. Despite later claims that, from 80 degrees, "the temperature rose to nearly 140 °F",[ contemporary accounts at the time reported a peak of 95°…… The proposed 23rd Amendment to the United States Constitution was approved by the U.S. Senate, two days after it had passed the House, and submitted to the states for ratification. Sponsored by Congressman Emanuel Cellar of New York, the amendment granted the District of Columbia three electoral votes, allowing D.C. residents to vote in presidential elections, and was ratified by March 29, 1961.
Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Anthony Perkins as the killer at the Bates Motel, had its premiere, at two cinemas in New York City, the DeMille and the Baronet.
Discussions begin in Philadelphia about perhaps a new stadium in town to replace Connie Mack Stadium. Phillies ownership denies the talks…in Wilkes Barre there is discussion of renovations at Fowler Dick and Walker and fifty eight years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Because They’re Young” by Duane Eddy from the movie of the same name. "Because They're Young" is a 1960 film from Columbia Pictures, starring Dick Clark as Neil Hendry, an American high school teacher who tries to make a difference in the lives of his students. The film co-starred Tuesday Weld, Michael Callan, Warren Berlinger, Roberta Shore, Doug McClure, and Victoria Shaw.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3808, June 13th, 2018


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1. Your recent articles on Bobby Kennedy were heartfelt and very touching. What was it like to live in that time?

It was combustible. As a teenager, I lived this every day because I was so into politics. Not just me but my friends from grade school. For the first time, I saw division among neighbors and friends. There were people who were for Kennedy and LBJ now siding with Wallace in my neighborhood. Some wanted to give Nixon a chance and then there were others who just adored Bobby Kennedy. That was the holdover effect from JFK.
The year was filled with one monumental story after another. The saving grace was we only had newspapers and three networks. There was virtually no talk radio in this area to speak of.  At least people had a chance to process and digest what happened. It was exciting and scary. The murders of King and Kennedy, young men like JFK, hit people under 25 hard. It was as if the young, good men were being targeted.
All that said, I don’t think I’d trade living through that year for all the money in the world. The events made me a critical thinker at a young age. By the way, in case you missed it, here’s what I said about that year, the day Bobby got shot on WBRE on the 50th anniversary of that day.

2. Your thoughts on LeBron punching the board in the Locker room after Game 1 and jeopardizing his team’s chances?

Passion is a great thing. The guy wants to win. But sometimes the anger of a missed chance gets the better of all of us. LeBron, this super figure proved to be just like the rest of us, human.

3. The Sue Henry deal. Good or bad?

The element of surprise was stunning. Greg Wolovich made an unselfish decision and the timing was right. We’re in for an interesting race in the 121st.

4. What are your thoughts on some of the comments in the local papers regarding Sue’s announcement?

I regard those unedited comments like I do of those I get on LuLac that I won’t publish. The comments on LuLac, even those I won't publish are like Rhodes scholars to what you see in the newspapers. Most of them are loudmouth ingrates who have never tried anything on their own, never got into the arena and hide behind the anonymity of a keyboard. Frankly, I think as much as I do about them as I do diaherria.

5. What do you say to those who say Property Tax reform won’t work because there isn’t enough money?

I tell them that like Eddie Day Pashinski said about health care, “Everyone should have skin in the game”. If the Legislators can find the money for per diems and staff salaries of over $80,000 for hacks, (some, not all) they can find the money to give relief to property tax payers.

6. Do you think Wilkes Barre Mayor Tony George will run for re-election?

All indications are that he will.

7. Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade. Gut punches. Why would people do that to themselves at the top of their game?

Very hard question to answer. We never know what goes on in one’s heart. I feel that just because a person achieves fame and fortune, after getting the perks and baubles, they still are the same person inside that they were in their formative years. The insecurities, the pain, the “I’m not good enough” resides in them no matter how far they moved into the stratosphere. It’s sad and confusing. Plus, it’s maddening.

8. As we get into picnic season, what is your go to hot dog?

We had this question before and we'll give the same answer. Hebrew National and Nathan’s. I save Nathan’s for the 4th of July. Sabretts if we’re in a pinch but I try not to overdo it on the dogs.

9. How about Trump going nuts on Canada?

It’s typical and sad. Plus Larry Kudlow saying that the President was attacked is a joke. Here’s Trump’s personality at work and apparently now the policy of the White House. They can shit on us but if we criticism them with only passing a little wind, they get their litty itty bitty feelings hurt and act like the bully thugs they are. Including Kudlow.

10. Are you a Tony awards guy?

No. I missed De Niro too.

11. In terms of money, how much money do you think Roseanne Barr’s tweet cost?

For her, about 4 million. For the cast and crew, a lot. There’s no going back from this either.

12. That Ben Mankiewicz on TCN, is he related to Frank Mankiewicz, the Press Secretary who announced Bobby Kennedy’s death?
Frank was Ben’s father. Frank Mankiewicz, after RFK’s death ran the McGovern campaign in 1972. I met him briefly in the summer of ’72 in D.C. He was cordial but distracted at the time since our encounter was after the ’72 Convention during the Eagleton crisis and the search for a new Vice Presidential nominee. He was president of National Public Radio from 1977 to 1983, overseeing the creation of Morning Edition and the expansion of the network. He resigned due to a $6 million debt that required NPR to be bailed out by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and member stations. He died in 2014 at the age of 90.

13. Any unusual plans for the summer?

Yes we’re going to Cinemark to see some operas on Wednesday night.

The LuLac Edition #3807, June 13th, 2018


It was a Friday afternoon, Friday the 13th as a matter of fact when I came out of the Blue Cross building after a long week at work. When I got in the car, Mrs. LuLac had told me Tim Russert had died. He was 58.
10 years is a long time with many events under the bridge. The election of a first Black American President, the killing of Bin Laden, the nomination of a first women as President and then the disgrace that is Donald Trump.
Russert would be enjoying the tumult and the craziness of the political world. But he would be flummoxed by how American has become the country of the entitled and ignorant. Here's Chuck Todd's tribute.

Here's how we reported it on LuLac 10 years ago.

The LuLac Edition #3806, June 13th, 2018


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As a product of the parochial school  system, nuns in the rear view mirror are close to my heart. That's why this recent editorial in The Times Leader caught my eye.


Religious sisters have toiled relentlessly to make this region better. They regularly served as a community’s backbone, always in the shadows — almost literally thanks to the black habits, and figuratively thanks to deep humility and a society that in the past wouldn’t acknowledge their accomplishments even if they had spoken up because, well, they were women.
They founded and maintained hospitals, nursing homes and colleges. For decades, they made the Catholic school system in the Diocese of Scranton possible and affordable by forming the core of the teaching staff while asking for little or no compensation. When government safety net programs were few to none, they fed the hungry, nursed the sick, clothed the poor and cared for the elderly or abandoned.
They numbered in the thousands and helped millions, always focusing on those who had nowhere else to turn. By establishing and teaching in schools and colleges, they carved a path to the middle class for immigrants, coal miners and factory workers.
In fact, at a time when women had few options beyond domestic servitude or the sewing mill, sisterhood was itself a path to education, a way out of abject poverty for women who became nurses and teachers. Though they belonged to a patriarchal church, in that way they were — perhaps paradoxically — a precursor to the women’s rights movement.
If you’ve lived in this area for any time at all you know someone educated by an institution of higher learning founded or once staffed by religious sisters. At the very least, you or an acquaintance were tended by a nurse trained at Misericordia (Sisters of Mercy) or Marywood (Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) universities.

Monday, June 11, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3805, June 11th, 2018


This might sound like a bit of minutia to some but it might be significant down the road. On Saturday the Vice Chair of the State Democratic party, Nancy Patton Mills was defeated by Eileen Kelly. Kelly, the current chairwoman of the Pittsburgh Democratic Committee, won a four-year term at the county level by defeating Ms. Mills by a 3 to 1 margin as Chair of the Allegheny County head.
Mills said her loss had a lot to do with her candidacy for State Committee Chair while simultaneously running for the County post. She said she understood the Allegheny County voter’s desire for a full time chair.
But you have to wonder how she’ll lead statewide if she can’t get votes in her own county.


The 121st District, the old 6th District  Democrats will meet at Rodano’s to vote on a new Chairman. More on that later this week.


This weekend, the Republican Party of Pennsylvania held a successful summer strategy summit and annual meeting where they discussed strategies to win during the 2018 election, energized State Committee membership and guests, and provided critical information to new members—the largest class in PA GOP history.
Following the summit, Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Val DiGiorgio made the following statement:
“After hearing of the success of the Republican Party both locally and nationally from the list of great speakers and guests we had, I can say that I have never been more proud to be a Republican.
“Having been able to spend time with so many of our great people this weekend, I know our entire membership is energized heading into this summer.
“Our state Party is incredibly strong with the largest class of new members we’ve ever had, including a surge of Young Republicans that add great enthusiasm to our grassroots efforts.
“We look forward to continuing the process of putting the groundwork in place for a successful fall effort and defeating America’s most liberal Governor, Tom Wolf; taking down liberal-progressive Bob Casey; keeping Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation red; and returning our historic Republican majorities to the Pennsylvania General Assembly.”

8th District candidate John Chrin (Photo: LuLac archives) 
Candidate for Congress in the new 8th, John Chrin stopped by Luzerne County on Friday. Chrin spent that day starting out by attending the Greg Wolovich-Sue Henry big announcement on Friday. At that meeting, Chrin met with key GOP leaders in his quest to galvanize support in the County making an outreach to Independents and Democrats.
What better place to do that than in heavily Democratic Pittston where Chrin went to the art walk and spent some time listening to Danny Argo at the Pittston Knights of Columbus Council #372. At the art walk, Chrin met his opponent Congressman Cartwright as they both strolled the streets of the city.
The Pittston Art Walk has become one of the most attended and classiest events in comparison to ones put together by other towns.

Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives) 
Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency (HHS) awarded $1,793,347 to the Rural Health Corporation of Northeastern PA (RHC), in Wilkes-Barre. The funds will be used to maintain RHC’s current scope of health care services in its seven locations throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Rural Health Corporation provides comprehensive primary and preventive medical and dental services to residents of all income levels within their service area. Their efforts help provide healthcare to children, adolescents and adults. They offer many insurance options, which include most commercial insurances, CHIP, Medicare and Medical Assistance.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3804, June 10th, 2018


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MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that our President is heading for a Summit with North Korea and says it is all about personality. Really? If he thinks his winning smile and tap dance is going to cut it with the North Korean dynasties, he has another thing coming. The North Korean dictator has already won by even having a U.S. President dignify him with a meeting. This dance with these guys (this family) has been going on for years. Watch for another fart of the deal coming.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that the tea bag was invented by accident in 1905 by Thomas Sullivan of New York. Here’s how it happened. The first modern tea bags in the Western World were hand-sewn fabric bags; tea bag patents date as early as 1903. First appearing commercially around 1904, tea bags were successfully marketed about 1908 by the tea and coffee importer Thomas Sullivan from New York, who shipped his silk tea bags around the world. The loose tea was intended to be removed from the bags by customers, but they found it easier to brew the tea with the tea still enclosed in the porous bags.  The first tea bag packing machine was invented 1929 by Adolf Rambold for the German company Teekanne.
Modern tea bags are usually made of paper fiber. The heat-sealed paper fiber tea bag was patented in 1930 by William Hermanson, one of the founders of Technical Papers Corporation of Boston, who sold his patent to the Salada Tea Company.

MAYBE I’M AMAZED…that the same fools who are screaming about high health care premiums NOW don’t realize the Trump administration eliminated the pool of healthy people by getting rid of the very modest fine that kept the program afloat.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that Earth Texas is the only place on the planet, Earth named Earth.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that EPA Director Scott Pruit has turned out not only to be a crooked slob pig but a wussy boy who needs special lotion. Are you freaking kidding me? This small time operator needs to be sent packing.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED..... that there are only 18 minutes of total action in an average baseball game. But still, I find the game fascinating and a great outing.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that my good friends at WILK seem to be having another on air tryout for Sue Henry’s position. My two cents, give it to Rob Neyhard for a few years and then transition on to the people currently auditioning when it’s time. I can’t imagine Rob wants to be a 75 year old grandpa on the radio.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that Dr. Suess wrote “Green Eggs and Ham” to win a bet with his publisher that he couldn’t complete a book with only 50 words.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…that at the NAACP Community Celebration yesterday at Kirby Park, only two people running for office, one an elected office holder and the other one a candidate showed up. only Eddie Day Pashinski the current Representative in the 121st and his opponent Sue Henry showed up. Unfortunately, the only time elected officials or candidates show up for an NAACP event is when the group has debates before each election at Mt. Zion Church. Other than that, when they want the voters of that organization, they're all missing in action.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that Charlie Chaplin could not make the finals of a Charlie Chaplin look a like contest.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that Rudy Giuliani, once a political hero of mine, just becomes more of a sad excuse for a lawyer. His comments about Stormy Daniels and all women left little reason why three women couldn’t put up with him through the years as a spouse. Plus the eyes that get wide give me the impression of a wild boar coming at you.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED.....that all scorpions glow.

Friday, June 08, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3803, June 8th, 2018

Sue Henry and Greg Wolovich (Photo: Kathleen Smith)
In what is one of the most generous political actions, rarely seen in politics and NEVER seen in local political circles, Gregory Wolovich realized his fight against long time incumbent Eddie Day Pashinski was an uphill struggle. Wolovich, a young party comer took his concerns to a select few Republicans. At the same time, Sue Henry became available because of a contract dispute with the General Manager of WILK.   A few members of the party met with Wolovich and Henry separately and the plan was constructed for the announcement. 
LuLac helped facilitate the event which was held today at Perkins in Wilkes Barre Township. Party members came to hear Henry declare her interest. In a passionate speech, she brandished a newspaper of Sheriff Tax Sales and spoke of the issue of Property Tax Reform. Henry also talked about crime and the Quality of life in the district this is being diminished by drugs. 
Here are a few photos from the event:
Top photo, crowd shot, second, Henry with Wolovich, Pat Umbra and Charles Urban, local Taxpayer advocate. 
 From left to right, Charles Urban, Greg Wolovich, Junior, John Chrin candidate for Congress in the 8t, Sue Henry with the Sheriff Sales page from a local newspaper, Representatives Tarah Toohil and Aaron Kaufer, Wilkes Barre city Councilman Ton Brooks and 121st District Chair Pat Umbra.

My two favorite State Representatives, Aaron Kaufer and Tarah Toohil 
(Photos: Kathleen Smith)


Friday was a day of surprises for the people of the 121st Legislative District. The GOP nominee, Greg Wolovich announced that he was withdrawing from the race for the seat now held by State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski. Here’s what he said at a surprise news conference at the Perkins Restaurant in Wilkes Barre.
"This district faces two big issues. Property tax reform and fairness to all. Every home owner knows the burden of that school tax bill. But that burden is not shared by everyone. Property owners are paying the freight. Others are not. Someone once said regarding health care issues, “Everybody should have skin in the game”. You know who said that? The current occupant in the 121st district seat. It is baffling to me how Eddie Day Pashinski can say that about health care, and NOT say that about property tax reform.
I got into this race because the Representation has been found wanting. In my visits to voters during the primary campaign, I was struck by the resignation they had that things can’t change here. When I got into politics, I did it to serve those people who have no voice; people who have seen that government here is for the connected families and politician’s cronies. They need to know that they will have a champion. But in reality, changing more than a decade of lackluster leadership is daunting.
As a quality inspector for a major food chain, my job is to make sure the best product, the most competitive one gets to market. In the last few weeks I’ve thought about how that translates into my run for State Representative.
The district, not the party; the people, not the cronies, need a competitive and well known candidate to enter the race at this time. It is for this reason that I have sent in my withdrawal papers in lieu of a more familiar but just as passionate person who cares about this district as much as I do. I respectfully request that the County Republican committee endorse a new candidate.
One day, I’m confident that I will say this as an elected official but for today, I yield the floor to someone Republicans, Democrats, Independents and all those whose voices have not been heard and who feel that things can never change.
Ladies and gentlemen, Sue Henry."
Wolovich was introduced by 121st district Chair Pat Umbra. 


(Photo: Kathleen Smith)
As if you need an introduction. Sue Henry, a long time broadcaster and educator in the community.
Sue Henry has been a working member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania media for more than three decades. She spent nine years with The Citizens’ Voice of Wilkes-Barre as a reporter, columnist and editor. She was the midday talk show host at WILK, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton/Hazleton, for nearly 16 years. She is the general manager of WRKC-FM, the King’s College radio station, a position she’s held for 20 years. She is a member of the adjunct faculty of King’s College in the speech and mass communications departments.
Henry is the volunteer host for “The Radio Home Visitor” on WRKC, the oldest radio reading service for the blind, visually impaired and home bound in the United States. She received the Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year Award at King’s in 2015 and The Jeff Tellis Award for Outstanding Radio Station Advisor in 2018 from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, a national honor.
Henry is a graduate of King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. She resides in Newtown, Hanover Township, and is the mother of three children.
Henry has accepted the challenge and is eager to campaign on Property Tax Reform using the slogan, “Save Our Homes, Take It To The House In Harrisburg”. Both Wolovich and Henry believe that Property Tax reform, especially in Wilkes-Barre, needs an aggressive advocate. 


Here's the link to some great reporting by The Voice. 

Congressman Lou Barletta (Photo: LuLac archives)
It appears that Representative Lou Barletta is using some appropriations money to make his message heard in the upcoming senate race. Here’s a release from his office that you will surely hear about as the campaign heats up.
Congressman Lou Barletta  announced that two projects in Pennsylvania have been selected to receive significant grant funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has been awarded $35,110,410 to construct a high-speed I-99/I-80 interchange, while the Harrisburg International Airport will be receiving $2,746,074 for runway rehabilitation.
“As a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,” Barletta said, “I’ve spoken firsthand with the people who live and work in the areas served by these roadways, and know how important this project is to economic development and the safety of residents and visitors. Additionally, as someone who spent years working in the road construction industry, I know how critical it is that we continue to invest in that system. This much-needed funding will generate construction jobs and enhance our national freight network, which will help create opportunities for economic growth across Pennsylvania.”
Funding for the I-99/I-80 interchange project was awarded through the DOT’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program. The INFRA program was launched by the Trump Administration last year, and provides dedicated, discretionary funding for projects that address critical issues facing our nation’s highways and bridges. Earlier this year, Barletta sent a letter to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao expressing support for the project, as I-80 runs through four counties in Pennsylvania’s 11th district, and is critical to the movement of goods throughout the Commonwealth, and the Mid-Atlantic region as a whole.




This week's guest is Dr. Joe Leonardi, author of "Tortured and Tormented: Creating a School Shooter". 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 welcome Maureen Mcguigan to the program during the week of June 11th. Ms. Mcguigan heads the Lackawanna County Arts program and will discuss the events planned for this summer. 
 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.


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Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first incumbent President of the United States to deliver the commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame. Jimmy Carter (1977), Ronald Reagan (1981), George H.W. Bush (1992), George W. Bush (2001) and Barack Obama (2009) were later speakers…Barbra Streisand, an 18-year-old Brooklynite, began a professional singing career by winning $50 in a talent contest at "The Lion", a nightclub in Greenwich Village....
The first fixed-rate heart pacemaker, with five year mercuric-oxide battery and designed by a team headed by William Chardack, was implanted in a patient.........The American Heart Association announced a "statistical association" between heavy cigarette smoking and coronary heart disease, with heavy smokers having 50 to 150 percent greater death rate from heart disease than non-smokers.....Lightweight boxer Tommy Pacheco was fatally injured in a bout with Benny Gordon at St. Nicholas Arena in New York. Pacheco died three days later from a cerebral hemorrhage. The new American Football League signed a five-year television contract with the ABC television network for $8.5 million…….in Pennsylvania Lt Governor John Morgan Davis says he has no interest in succeeding Governor David Laurence saying he wanted to serve in the Judiciary. He later Davis received a recess appointment to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from Lyndon B. Johnson on January 7, 1964, to a seat vacated by Thomas C. Egan, was confirmed later that year, and served until his death…….in Luzerne County Senator Martin L. Murray seems confident of winning a State Senate eat in November and fifty eight years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Pennies From Heavens” from The Skyliners.