Sunday, July 15, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3833, July 15, 2018

PROPERTY TAX REFORM CANDIDATES RUNNING HARD
People at Frank Scavo event (Photo: Scavo campaign)
While Property Owners enjoy the summer and work in their yards along with enjoying their homes, candidates who are dedicated to making sure those very people stay in those domiciles. Frank Scavo was hitting the pavement yesterday in his bid to unseat long time political lackey John Blake. The response was very good to his message. The Scavo campaign is in full gear going after those voters who might make a difference in the fall in heavily Democratic Lackawanna County. 

Meanwhile in Luzerne County 121st District candidate for State Representative against Eddie Day Pashinski has been front and center at numerous community events. Henry will be having her first campaign event next Monday night.


 WAGNER SPEAKS AT THE PENNSYLVANIA AMERICAN LEGION’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE; WOLF SKIPS EVENT FOR SPEECH TO DONORS
WAGNER-BARTOS ANNOUNCE VETERANS COALITION
Scott Wagner (Photo: LuLac archives)
2018 Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner today addressed members of the Pennsylvania American Legion at their 1ooth Anniversary Convention. Governor Wolf declined to attend the event, instead sending a video, so he could speak to the American Federation For Teachers in Pittsburgh.
Following his remarks, Wagner and his running mate Jeff Bartos announced their Veteran’s Leadership Committee. The coalition is comprised of men and women from across the Commonwealth who served our country in various branches of the military. The Veteran’s Leadership Committee had endorsed the candidacies of Scott Wagner and Jeff Bartos and will work with the campaign’s Veterans Coalition to ensure they are elected in November.
“Our Veterans deserve a governor who’s door is always open and who will fight for them, and that’s exactly what my administration will do,” said Scott Wagner. “I am honored to receive the endorsement of veterans from across the Commonwealth. We have assembled an experienced Leadership Committee that is ready to help me tackle important issues related specifically to veterans such as employment and training, healthcare and mental health.”
“With real leadership from the Governor’s office, Pennsylvania could realize its untapped potential and improve the lives of our citizens. Scott Wagner has the vision and determination to lead our Commonwealth towards the future. He has my full support,” said Co-Chair Congressman Scott Perry.
“Scott Wagner’s work ethic is unmatched, he is exactly who veterans want in their corner fighting for them,” added Co-Chair Guy Reschenthaler. “I’m proud to stand with my friend and our next governor, Scott Wagner, and I encourage veterans across our state to join me in supporting Scott.


MEANWHILE, WOLF BUYS FETTERMAN A TIE

Doing a take off a segment of the  “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” show. Governor Wolf meats John Fetterman about the possibility that the current Mayor of Braddock might be presiding over the Senate as Lt. Governor. Take a look.

Friday, July 13, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3832, July 13th, 2018

13 QUESTIONS

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1. As the All Star game approaches, what is your best memory as a fan?

I have two.  Johnny Callison’s shot during the ’64 All Star Game against Dick Radatz of The Red Sox. I was 10 and a Phillie die hard. Callison later told me that if the Phils had won in that fateful year, he fully expected to be the NL MVP of the year. 


His thinking was that winning the All Star game and the pennant would give him a good shot. The other memory is more recent. 10 years ago this Sunday I was lying in a hospital room at General recuperating from colon cancer surgery. My room mate Tony and I were watching the 2008 All Star game that went on until 3am. Tony said “We must be the only two guys awake in Wilkes Barrie watching this!". 


Our nemesis though was Dan Uggla who had ample opportunities to win the game but his out always led to at least 4 extra innings. The game was deemed a tire.

2. As a child of the 60s, what was the local band you followed as a kid?

Being a student at St. John’s the Evangelist in Pittston we saw the cream of the crop at those St. John’s dances on William Street. The 8th Street Bridge, The Buoys, Etc., my favorite though was Mel Wynn and the Rhythm Aces.

3. What are your thoughts on Lou Barletta’s chances?

I still think he will lose. The Democratic base will be out or should be out in full force. He and Trump won Luzerne County but Pennsylvania is not Luzerne County. He will beat Bob Casey over the head with Abortion (even though Casey is Pro Life) as well as his opposition to the Supreme Court nominees. But at this point he is underfunded and given the current track of the President, Trump will hurt him in most areas of the state rather than help him.

4. Do you think the President will face a primary challenge in 2020 and how will that affect the race?

I certainly hope so. What’s left of the sane Republican party has to take a stand against the fiction and hate being spewed by Trump and his lemmings.

5. Matt Cartwright vs. John Chrin. At mid summer, thoughts on both campaigns?

Still quiet.  Chrin is making a very big effort though. Cartwright is making the rounds but I see no fireworks as of yet in this crucial race. One thing is for sure, it will get national attention.

6. Who will be more energized among both bases of the two parties in 2018?

It’s sad when we have to try to get people energized to vote. But the outcome of the Supreme Court nominee fight will play a major role. The losing side will be out in full force to either make the Democrats pay for opposing it or getting Republicans revved up to make sure it doesn’t happen again.


7. Why is it that Yankees Old Timers games seem to be more popular than others?

Well the reason for the Yankees success is that they have been doing this for several decades. Plus they have the star power and the championships. Other franchises have done the same thing at a lesser level but never were consistent in their efforts.

8. Summertime is here in earnest. What was your favorite Ice Cream growing up as a kid and what is your favorite now?

When I was growing up, Charlie's Ice Cream based out of West Pittston had these fantastic raspberry and orange cream sickles. Through the years I enjoyed Baskin & Robbins Pralines and Cream. Since it is tough to get a cone at Curly Cream in Plains anytime of the day, my new go to treat are those Outshine Bars. Love the Grape and the Lime!


I also stumbled upon a great Ice Cream sandwich called Fat Boys. 


But cold treats in my estimation are year round. Mrs. LuLac remembers with fondness her trip to Russia in the winter time where ice cream was sold on the street corners. So I keep a supply of Outshine all year round.

9. On an average how many of the 13 Questions do you get a month?

About 20 real questions. Sometimes I get 40 but twenty of those are like, “Why don’t you die?” “Why are you such a jerk?” “What the f*** do you know?” and variations of that sort.

10. Are you surprised at how well the Phillies are doing this year?

Yes, given their start.

11. Many residents in the city of Wilkes Barre were upset by the new fireworks ordinance, were you?

Not really. I’m a live and let live type of guy. Once you live in a neighborhood with puking college students, the fireworks are an acquired pleasure.

12. Are you a Joey Chestnut fan?
You bet. Here he is with my buddy Alex Milanes. Love Joey and the way he downs the dogs every Fourth of July.

13. There hasn’t been much noise and news about Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright. Laying low or doing a good job?

Courtight has his head down and is making things work in Scranton. No scandals, buffoonery or anything else. He seems to be a quiet leader into maintenance of the city and not drama.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The LuLac Editrion #3831, July 12th, 2018

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SENATE SUPPORTS NATO: REBUKES TRUMP 97-2
THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES SUPPORT FOR NATO!

(IS THAT WINNING?)
Standing alone in his foolish take on NATO (Photo: CNN)
Lawmakers this week overwhelmingly voted in favor of a motion supporting NATO, as President Trump continues to criticize the alliance ahead of his summit in Europe. Does Trump even realize that American soldiers died on the battlefields of Europe to protect the world from bad actors? Does he realize that NATO came to the aid of the U.S. after 911? Does he realize that NATO helped in rescue missions during Hurricane Katrina? Does the blood of thousands of NATO combatants who died in our fights mean anything?
The nonbinding motion, which came as the Senate voted to reconcile its version of the annual defense policy bill with that of the House, expresses the Senate’s support for NATO and calls on negotiators to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to it.
NATO was formed after World War II to act as a block of nations that sent a message to the Soviet Union that Eureope along with the United States would stand together against attack. The alliance is based on the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949. NATO constitutes a system of collective defense whereby its independent member states agree to mutual defenses in response to an attack by any external party.
The Senate seems to believe that those defenses are part of what we have always believed. The President does not kissing the ass of Vladmir Putin. By the way, the lie Trump tells about military spending is just that. The combined military spending of all NATO members constitutes over 70% of the global total.
But the old white men whose grandfathers and in some cases grandmothers fought in Europe seem to side with a guy who really thinks we are getting screwed by NATO. Well he has screwed so many people in every manner shape and form, it is easy to see why his feeble mind can’t grasp the truth. 
Trump ended the summit in his own little reality world, saying it was a huge success and that it was because of his pressure that NATO nations were going to increase defense spending.  Well the commitment to do so was made BEFORE he even took office (by (2024)  and Trump's claim that payments would be accelerated because of him was debunked by the President of France. Meanwhile, Trump signed a communique saying the annexation of Crimea was not a good thing along with the other NATO members. It is diplomacy by confusion and seat of the pants planning that is just not good for America and the world. Leaders will ask, "When and what can we believe?"
I'm sure NATO leaders had in their minds an announcement over a loud speaker that said, "The bull in the China Shop has left the building!" 



BRETT KAVANAUGH NOMINATED TO U. S. SUPREME COURT
NOMINATION ENDANGERS THE HEALTH OF MILLIONS OF PENNSYLVANIANS

This week,  Antoinette Kraus, the director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) released the following statement in response to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court by President Trump:
“President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, an extremist justice with a long record of attacking the Affordable Care Act, puts the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid at great risk. As a result of the Affordable Care Act, over 700,000 Pennsylvanians have The Etch A Sketch was first manufactured. Licensed to Ohio Art Company by French inventor André Cassagnes, it quickly became one of the most popular toys of all time.[24]
The Color Additives Amendments to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act went into effect, regulating artificial coloring of consumer goods sold in the United State
The Etch A Sketch was first manufactured. Licensed to Ohio Art Company by French inventor André Cassagnes, it quickly became one of the most popular toys of all time.[24]
The Color Additives Amendments to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act went into effect, regulating artificial coloring of consumer goods sold in the United State
gained coverage through Medicaid expansion, millions more have benefited from pre-existing condition protections, and the number of uninsured is now below 6 percent, the state's lowest rate ever.
With the Supreme Court poised to consider the constitutionality of pre-existing condition protections, the Affordable Care Act as a whole, and harmful work requirements for families and individuals who rely on Medicaid, this nomination puts the health of millions of Pennsylvanians on the line.
PHAN calls on Senators Toomey and Casey to fight to protect Pennsylvanians' healthcare by rejecting the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.” (PHAN)

CASEY: OUR TRADE POLICIES SHOULD PUT AMERICAN WORKERS FIRST
Senator Bob Casey (Photo: LuLac archives)
With Trade Wars taking center state this week, Senator Bob Casey weighed in on a sensible Trade Policy that would help small business and workers. His comments come on the heels that 53 Dairy Farm in Wisconsin have gone belly up since Trump became President. For too long, American trade policies have put Pennsylvania workers on an uneven playing field. Bob Casey has seen many formerly thriving towns that have been decimated when employers closed their doors, and he has worked to bringing good manufacturing jobs back to Pennsylvania.
Bob voted against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the Finance Committee and agreed with pulling the United States out of the agreement because it put Pennsylvania workers at a disadvantage. He supports renegotiating NAFTA to create a level playing field for American workers.
During his time in the Senate, Bob has:
• Consistently fought against unfair trade deals that hurt Pennsylvania workers and has opposed every single one that has come up for a Senate vote.
• Fought Republican plans to give tax breaks to corporations that outsource American jobs as part of the 2017 tax bill.
• Pressed the Obama and Trump administrations for failing to address China’s unfair trade practices and was an original cosponsor of a bill to label China as a currency manipulator, which he helped pass in the Senate.
• Called on the Department of Defense to use American steel in armored vehicle production.
• Sponsored legislation to provide tax relief and job training to workers whose previous employers sent jobs overseas. (LuLac, Casey website)


CARTWRIGHT ANNOUNCES $205,233 IN DHS GRANT FOR POCONO MOUNTAIN REGIONAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)
Representative Matt Cartwright announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency Medical Services Inc. with an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). The funds will be distributed via the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).The Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency Medical Services Inc. received a $205,233 Operations and Safety grant. The funds will allow the association to purchase battery-powered ambulance automated Power Lift Cots and Lift Systems. This type of equipment is necessary to protect the backs of first responders as they lift and transport patients safely into ambulances. Back injuries are a common cause for workplace injuries in the United States and are a particular problem in EMS. This purchase will better protect Pocono Mountain Regional EMS workers.“Our brave first responders make sacrifices every day to keep us safe,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the Appropriations Committee. “The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is a critical resource to the communities in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I will continue to support funding that ensures the safety of our men and women who put themselves in harm’s way and the residents they serve.”The purpose of the AFG is to award competitive grants directly to fire departments to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel. Since 2001, the AFG program has provided approximately $7.1 billion in grants to first-responder organizations to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training.


SCOTT WAGNER: “IF I AM SEEN AS AN OBSTRUCTIONIST BECAUSE I ASK QUESTIONS, I AM GOING TO ASK QUESTIONS, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE OF PENNSYLVANIA DESERVE BETTER.”
 Candidate Scott Wagner (Photo:Lynette Villano)
During this week’s town hall meeting in Lackawanna County, 2018 Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner was asked whether or not he will be an obstructionist as governor. Wagner responded by pointing out that demanding answers to questions is not obstructionism and that Pennsylvanians deserve a leader who is not afraid to challenge the status quo.
QUESTION: "And if you are elected governor are you going to turn around and treat the rest of the people this way and be an obstructionist whenever you are the governor of Pennsylvania?"
SCOTT WAGNER: "Thank you for the question, and I would like to respond."
QUESTION: "Let’s be honest about this."
SCOTT WAGNER: "Oh, I am going to be real honest. When I went to Harrisburg I went for a couple of reasons. And in 2015 I was appointed to the Senate Appropriations Committee, Transportation, Labor and Industry and I chaired Urban Affairs and Housing. I am a business guy, and there is a mistake out there and a myth that I am an obstructionist. If I as a senator do not have the right to question the waste of 300 million dollars over a five year period, and I ran campaign and I sit through 60-80 hours of appropriations hearings, I am not an idiot, I focus on the financials. We had a discussion in the appropriations hearing room, and it is all televised, and someone made a comment, now wait a minute, this funding was supposed to sunset and we were going to vote to give Labor and Industry another 60 million dollars. And so, the discussion started. And I hadn’t been in the Senate back then when all of this money had been appropriated, but over 300 million dollars, I am going to say it, was pissed away by Labor and Industry on a software system that doesn’t work and they still run on a cobalt system. I am sorry that your son got laid off. Governor Wolf actually had a plan in October, this went down in December, he had a plan, and we have documentation and I would be happy to show it to you, they had a plan to shut down several offices. They used this as a political event and what he did was he closed four offices in Republican districts. Governor Wolf is not a nice guy. I got elected to the Senate and by damn I am going to do my job and I am going to ask questions. There is so much money wasted in Harrisburg. He doesn’t have a problem giving 30 million dollars here and 30 million dollars there for new bike trails and new walking paths in Philadelphia, I’m sorry. So, I am getting little passionate. So if I am seen as an obstructionist because I ask questions, I am going to ask questions, because the people of Pennsylvania deserve better." (Wagner campaign)


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1960

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Rodger Woodward, a seven-year-old boy, became the first person known to survive an accidental plunge over Niagara Falls. Roger had been a passenger in a boat on the Niagara River, when the outboard motor failed. He fell 165 feet over the Falls, but sustained only minor bruises and a cut, and was released from a hospital two days later......Congo Crisis: The Belgian national airline Sabena began airlifting Belgian citizens out of the Congo. Over the next three weeks, 25,711 flew home. ...The nuclear submarine USS Thresher was launched. It would be lost in 1963. ......In Paris, the Soviet Union beat Yugoslavia in extra time on Viktor Ponedelnik's goal, to win the first UEFA European Football Championship, 2–1......The Havana Sugar Kings played their last game under that name, winning in Richmond and defeating the Virginians, 7-1. The next day, they played in Miami as the "Jersey City Jerseys", though still wearing their Sugar Kings uniforms...
Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird was first published. 

The Etch A Sketch was first manufactured. Licensed to Ohio Art Company by French inventor André Cassagnes, it quickly became one of the most popular toys of all time. The Color Additives Amendments to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act went into effect, regulating artificial coloring of consumer goods sold in the United State..John F. Kennedy wins the Democratic Presidential nomination besting Lyndon Johnson the Senate Majority Leader.

The next day Senator Stuart Symington of Missouri is dropped as a potential John Kennedy nominee in favor of Lyndon Johnson……

Governor David Lawrence and Senator Joseph Clark of Pennsylvania say Kennedy’s region will not be a problem in the General Election. In Wilkes Barre Congressman Dan Flood tells the local news media he is extremely pleased Kennedy won the Democratic nod and fifty eight years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” by Connie Francis.




Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3830, July 11th, 2018

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY

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This week our "Write On Wednesday" piece comes from Drs. Terry Madonna and Michael Young. Their topic is the non action of the Republican controlled State Legislature on guns. It is a fascinating read and we hope you enjoy it.

A PENNSYLVANIA PARADOX

America has endured 154 mass shootings so far this year - from Parkland Florida to Annapolis Maryland. Despite this national carnage nothing so far has moved the Pennsylvania state legislature to pass even the most innocuous gun control legislation.
Why?
Clearly the answer is not lack of opportunity. Scores and scores of gun control measures are routinely introduced into the legislature to no avail.
Good old-fashioned interest group politics explains some of the legislature’s paralysis. Pennsylvania is rich with both sportsman and sportsman lobbies. The NRA alone is arguably the most powerful lobby in the state, making gun measures still the third rail of state politics.
This year, however, several gun control measures seemed ripe for passage. These were not the perennially divisive bills such as those that would limit the sale of automatic or semi-automatic weapons or seek to restrict hand gun ownership. Instead, they were the product of a broadly bi-partisan consensus that raised only modest controversy.
These bills included HB 273 which would allow people to voluntarily put themselves on a no-buy firearm list; and HB 2463 which would create a legal process to reinstate the right to buy firearms to those that temporarily lost that right through emergency involuntary commitment for mental health issues.
Among these bills, the one appearing most likely to pass (HB 2060) was designed to stop domestic abusers under PFA orders (Protection from Abuse) from having access to guns. Similar legislation earlier passed the state senate unanimously.
In the House, though, some objections were raised because of evidentiary and other due process issues. The belief that PFA orders sometimes were used as malicious strategy in divorce and child custody cases also raised concerns about the bill.
House sponsors of the bill ultimately crafted a compromise: If the PFA had included a voluntary consent agreement, the actual surrender of guns would be subject to the discretion of the court.
But final passage in the House was not to be. After a compromise amendment was approved overwhelmingly (29-6) by the Appropriations Committee, the House promptly left town for the summer.
This failure to adopt this and other non-controversial gun reform bills is blatantly contemptuous of views expressed repeatedly by Pennsylvania’s registered voters. Twice earlier this year the Franklin and Marshall College Poll questioned state voters’ about their views on gun control.
A substantial 72 percent of Pennsylvania’s registered voters support additional gun regulations. Enhanced background checks draws strong support from 86 percent of state voters, while 61 percent strongly favor banning assault-style weapons, and a similar majority, 59 percent strongly favors increasing the minimum age to 21 to purchase a gun.
Hence this persistent Pennsylvania paradox: the vast majority of the state’s voters support what might be termed “common sense” gun control - yet the legislature fails to act on even the most non-controversial gun control measures.
True, sports hunting and target shooting remain vibrant in the state and gun lobbyists exercise enormous influence over the most mundane of gun control measures.
But lobby power at best is only a partial explanation for the Pennsylvania paradox. Equally important if not more important are the political party differences revealed by polling data. These party differences on gun control explain why in general more Republican lawmakers than Democrats oppose many gun regulations.
Gun ownership heads the list. Overall almost one of every three Pennsylvanian owns a gun (31%). But of the gun owners only one in five Democrats own them (20%) while almost half of Republicans do (46%). This “ownership gap” clearly leads to very different attitudes and opinions about gun control.
For example, on the important issue of passing additional laws to regulate gun ownership, huge differences exist between Democratic and Republican voters. More than eight of ten Democrats (86%) favor additional laws but only half of Republicans do (50%).
The differences between liberals and conservatives on this issue are stunning. More than nine of ten self-described liberals (93%) advocate more gun regulation while less than four of ten conservatives do (38%).
Other demographics show a similar skew. Some 84 percent of those with college degrees support more gun control while only 43 percent of those with high school educations or less do. Similar gaps exist for age as well in other key demographics.
The larger story here goes beyond lobby power or even stark demographic differences.
Pennsylvanian’s are polarized about gun control along party and ideological grounds – as indeed they are today along so many other issues ranging from health care to taxes to education to minimum wage to immigration … and on and on.
This polarization in the electorate helps explain the Pennsylvania paradox on guns as well as the almost total paralysis preventing the legislature from taking even simple measures on gun control. Pennsylvanian’s are deeply divided along party and ideological lines.
Once centrists and moderates bridged that gap and brokered the compromises that keeps democracy functioning. But today centrists in both parties have become the road kill of American politics. The Right deplores them; the Left ignores them.
But democracy doesn’t work without them.
And it isn’t.
Here's the link: https://mailchi.mp/fandm/the-pennsylvania-legislature-has-failed-to-pass-even-the-most-innocuous-gun-control-legislation?e=6ff4365d27

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3829, July 10th, 2018

WAGNER TOWN HALL MEETING LAST NIGHT IN THE LAC
Scott Wagner at Town Hall Meeting last night
Republican candidate for Governor Scott Wagner met with concerned citizens last night at Lackawanna College. In a packed room, Wagner articulated his plans for Pennsylvania. The big take away from the meeting was that Wagner, as Governor would work for Property Tax Reform and make it a top priority.
Here are scenes from last night’s event.
Photos by Lynnette Villano, the best State GOP Committeewoman Luzerne County ever had, with Wagner at the event.  

LOU BARLETTA APPLAUDS NOMINATION OF JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH TO SUPREME COURT
Congressman Lou Barletta (Photo: LuLac archives)
Congressman Lou Barletta, Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States:
“I applaud President Donald Trump for nominating Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh is one of the nation’s most respected conservative legal minds and has a strong record of respecting the rule of law, as laid out by the Constitution. This process was transparent from the start, with the President releasing a list of potential nominees to be fully vetted by the American people. My friend, Pennsylvania’s own Judge Thomas Hardiman, was on that list and is another outstanding jurist who also would have made an excellent pick. Judge Kavanaugh is well qualified to serve on the Supreme Court and the Senate should move to confirm him without delay. I fully support the President’s choice.” (Barletta office).


Monday, July 09, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3828, July 9th, 2018

WAGNER TO HOLD TOWN MEETING IN SCRANTON TONIGHT 


GOP candidate for Governor Scott Wagner will be at Lackawanna College tonight at 7pm. Admission is free and Wagner will meet with interested citizens as he crosses the state  in his effort to unseat Tom Wolf.

THANK YOU BISHOP BAMBERA
(Citizen's Voice)
It is astounding to me how many members of my faith as well as other Christian denominations who are Pro Life defend the separation of families seeking asylum at the borders. While it is important to protect the sanctity of human life, after a baby comes full term, one shouldn’t check their regard for human life at the first slap on a baby’s fanny.
The protection of children carries on to nutrition and protection from any harm. I was overjoyed to see Bishop Bambera of the Scranton Diocese say publicly that “asylum is a right to life issue”. I don’t have any expectations that the right wing zealots will stop using Pro Life as an issue to minimize the plight of the 2 year old children who are forced into court without representation, let alone their parents, to explain why they are in the United States.
But for those of us who take our religion seriously enough to go to church, not politicize it and do our best to live by the Golden Rule, it’s nice to have official word from The Bishop himself who saw things first hand at the border.



INFORMATION ON PENNSYLVANIA PROPERTY TAX FORUM AND SB 76
NEW DATE

Kings College September 27th Thursday 7 PM 2018 Wilkes Barre Pa. Sponsored by PTCC Members Luzerne, Lackawanna, Property Owners & NE. PA.


Moderator; Jim Rodkey PTCC

Speakers: David Baldinger PTCC Administrator

Ron Boltz President Liberty Alliance
Guest Speaker
Senator Scott Wagner CANDIDATE FOR PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR

Invited : Incumbents seeking reelection in November that are sponsors and supporters of HB/SB 76

Senator John Yudichak 114th district Luzerne, Carbon County

Senator Lisa Baker 20th district Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna , Wayne, Wyoming Counties

Representatives Tara Toohill 116th district Luzerne County

Rep. Karen Boback 117th district Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wyoming Counties

Rep. Gerald Mullery 119th district Luzerne County

Rep. Aaron Kaufer 120th district Luzerne County

Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich 114th district Lackawanna County

Rep Marty Flynn 113th district Lackawanna County

Rep. Jonathan Fritz 11 district Susquehanna ,Wayne Counties.

New Candidates

For Senate Frank Scavo 22nd district, Lackawanna, Monroe Counties

For Representative Sue Henry 121st district Luzerne County

For Representative Ernie Lemoncelli 112th district Lackawanna County

We are inviting you to attend and speak at the Pennsylvania Forum at Kings College Thursday Sept. 27 7 Pm. Burkes Auditorium corner of Union and River St Wilkes Barre Pa. This will be an opportune time to speak before the November election to the people of Luzerne, Lackawanna Counties as supporters of HB/SB 76 elimination of school property Taxes.
Charlie Urban, the coordinator would appreciate if you will attend this event to confirm that you will attend as I will publicizing this event . curban6@aol.com, Charles Urban 83 North Thomas Ave Kingston Pa 18704 #570-288-2972. Please reply ASAP Thank You Pres. Luzerne , Lackawanna Property Owners member of 86 PTCC groups in Pa.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3827, July 8th, 2018

MAYBE I’M AMAZED

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MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that as we entered our 243rd year as a country on Wednesday, we have become more divided and unshakeable in our beliefs. The public discourse and debate are not helped by the occupant in the White House who just loves to add fuel to any fire to preserve his base of die hard lemmings who will follow him anyway.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..but thrilled that the last few days the highs have been 96 to 99. I am not a cold weather person. However, I do feel for those who work outside.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED………that Christopher Columbus brought lemon seeds to America.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that GOP contender Scott Wagner actually thinks Tom Wolf is going to debate him come General Election time. The fact is Wolf will not because as an incumbent he has everything to lose. Also his lead over Wagner right now is quite commanding. So I think you’ll hear Wagner screaming and yelling but it will fall on many deaf ears except those in his own party.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED,…that in the Bahamas there is an uninhabited island there with just swimming pigs. It is called Pig Beach.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that for the first time in 80 years, residents of this region as well as the state could buy their own fireworks and set them off! It’s not bad enough that many around the 4th are drunk some of the time and careless most of the time. Giving them a free pass to set off their own fireworks will keep the ER rooms busy every Fourth.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..here we are staying in the pig mode again, that those animals were banned from traveling on Philadelphia city streets in 1710.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that people seem to be getting their hair on fire about Wilkes Barre being a distressed city. Hey maybe someone should ask the three non profits that are the biggest land owners in town, Commonwealth Health, Wilkes and King’s to kick in more. They utilize city services (especially the drunks from King’s) and should pay more. If you can buy a building as a non profit, you can afford a higher tax contribution.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..but not really, that our President who spouts hate against the Press and says every story that doesn’t jive with his version of reality has said NOTHING about the five shootings at that Maryland newspaper last week. It proves once more that money can’t buy class and grace.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..and really glad that Meghan McCain said she will never forgive President Donald Trump for his public attacks on her father, Sen. John McCain.  Meghan McCain, a co-host of The View, spoke on the President’s persistent attacks on her father at at the Lyndon B. Johnson presidential library in Texas where she was accepting an award on behalf of her father. If I were in that family when McCain's end comes, Trump would be barred from even setting foot near them. 
MAYBE I' M AMAZED…..that football bad boy Jamis Winston has gotten himself in trouble again. Winston once accused of rape but getting away with it because (well it’s Florida justice) was this time in hot water for an alleged groping of an Uber driver. Tampa Bay fans like him but not love him. He has been an okay QB and from what I have read patience with Winston is wearing thin.
MAYBE I'M AMAZED.......getting back to the shooting in Maryland, that Trump denied Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley's request to lower American flags to half staff in honor of the fatal shooting of five employees of The Capital Gazette newspaper last week. If you needed more proof that Trump doesn't respect or even like the press, it's this.