With all the shenanigans of various Luzerne County officials in the news we have to remember that we have some very good public officials such as Leonard Piazza and long time State Rep Kevin Blaum.
Kevin has stepped down as chairman of the Luzerne County Convention Authority that oversees the operations of the Wachovia Arena in W-B Twp. The arena is one of the best things that ever happened to our area and without him it may have never been built. His leadership has transformed an abandoned strip mine into the most vibrant retail and entertainment district in Luzerne County.
I first met him when he was a young high school teacher that won a seat on the Wilkes-Barre City council at the ripe old age of 22. We both worked on the 1976 Jimmy Carter campaign and he later defeated a long time party hack for the state rep seat. We had a ton of fun in that campaign as we both got to spend a day with the next President of the United States.
The good news is that he is not going away and will be writing a political column for Times-Leader starting Jan. 27.