Thursday, February 25, 2021

The LuLac Edition #4,475, February 25th, 2021





 Taxpayers pay the salary of government solicitors to render decisions that fall into the parameters of the law. The folks who have a JD on their diploma usually have the expertise and knowledge to follow and interpret the law.

But the Chief Solicitor’s advice was not heeded as the Luzerne County Election Board’s two Republican board members on named Republican county Councilman Stephen J. Urban as the new board chairman.

Audrey Serniak, a Democrat pointed out the board had always sought citizen applicants and publicly interviewed them. Or;  almost interviewed them.

In 2020, I applied to be Chairman of the Election Board. I was walking over to the Election Board office for an interview for the position. After checking with my bosses at City Hall, who gave the go ahead, I was pretty excited about the  discussion about to take place. Before I reached State Street to cross, my phone rang and I was told not to show up. It turns out that my being a government employee disqualified me for the position according to the County Charter.

Yet Urban who is knee deeply involved in all aspects of county government and is paid by the county gets the position. Is it because the County Charter changed?

Nope. The non lawyers decided  to interpret the issue themselves. This is so reminiscent of the Trump syndrome of government.

Don’t listen to experts.

Interpret a document to fit your own political needs.

Forge ahead as long as you have the majority.

And screw institutional knowledge, the laws, the lawyers and the charter because you just say so.

What the head Attorney did not say is that these two individuals (along with the guy who accepted the position)  who voted to overrule her knowledge and decision might be personally libel for the decision they made against legal rulings and authority.

Diaper Don was immune from litigation when he was President. That isn’t the case for Luzerne County Council people who literally thumbed their noses at the Chief Legal officer as well as the Charter they swore to uphold when they took their oaths.



Republican Party committee members in Pennsylvania were meeting remotely Wednesday night, possibly for hours, in what is expected to include a discussion of whether to censure U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.

Toomey's vote to convict Donald Trump during the former president’s second impeachment trial — and his earlier assessment that Trump had committed “impeachable offenses” in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol — has set off a wave of pro-Trump county and local party condemnations of Toomey in Pennsylvania.

So the state GOP essentially endorsed the thug pig President on all his bad behavior, they were cool to leave seditious Congressmen like Dan Meuser and  Fred Keller alone but a twice elected U.S. Senator thgey censure because he voted for the obvious? 

I never knew grown Republicans still needed to suck their thumbs and throw a tantrum when an adult made an adult decision.



Lorraine DeHoff  (a friend and former co worker masked up. 

In an effort to fulfill President Biden’s goal of having all Americans wear face masks through his first 100 days in office to limit the spread of COVID-19, the White House announced Wednesday that it plans to deliver more than 25 million masks to communities hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

 The Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense will begin distributing the “high-quality” cloth masks to approximately 1,300 community health centers as well as 60,000 food pantries and soup kitchens next month, the White House said in a press release.

 Anyone living in these communities will be eligible to pick up the free masks and will be encouraged to take an individually wrapped package of two for each person in their household. An estimated 12 to 15 million Americans will receive masks, the White House said.

The cost of the program, which will continue through May, will be $86 million, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said Wednesday.




Senator Bob Casey (Photo: LuLac archives)  


U.S. Senator Bob Casey  released  a statement following committee hearings for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Xavier Becerra:

 “Following hearings in the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and the Committee on Finance, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has demonstrated that he is the kind of leader our Nation needs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) during this challenging time. He has spent his career fighting to expand access to health care, protecting patients and consumers, and working to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid. As a Congressman, he was instrumental in the drafting and passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and as California’s Attorney General he has led the fight to protect it. After reviewing his background and record, meeting with him and listening to his testimony before two committees, I look forward to supporting his nomination on the Senate floor.”



Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives) 


U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright  announced that the Federal Aviation Administration allocated $2.4 million for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP). The allocation comes from a nearly $2 billion relief fund authorized by the coronavirus relief compromise bill enacted by Congress in late December. AVP can lay claim to the funds for its COVID-19 prevention and response efforts through the FAA’s ongoing economic assistance program.


“AVP is a linchpin of our area’s economy. Businesses and workers have continued to rely on it throughout the pandemic,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “This funding will help them maintain a COVID-safe environment for employees and all those who pass through this important regional transit hub.”


“The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport is pleased to be included in the allocation of funds from Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations bill. We thank our legislators, in particular Congressman Matt Cartwright, for supporting this important program. We plan on utilizing these funds in connection with our COVID-19 mitigation efforts and for small airport business support,” said Timothy McGinley, AVP Airport Board Chairman.


For AVP, the FAA has allocated $2,352,737 in funds authorized by the December COVID-19 compromise bill. AVP is also still eligible for $89,981 in unallocated CARES Act funding, the FAA said, for a total eligibility of $2,442,718 in COVID relief funds for the Northeastern Pennsylvania airport








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At 9:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you ever met lil Urban and Dombroski? They are irrational zealots who care little for what is right, only as long as it comes from "the right," as defined at the moment.


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