Luzerne County is a place that never fully recovered from the Great Depression and the collapse of the coal industry. The "best" redevelopment project was the 1972 Agnes flood that destroyed downtown Wilkes-Barre and drove people to the mall. The way people talked for a long time made me feel like I was living in the time of Noah. Before the flood, after the flood. And the political reforms of the 1890's have yet to hit.
The Chamber of Commerce touts our work ethic which usually translates into we will do the same work for less money. Every politician that runs for office promises "good paying jobs" that never show up. Our local taxing authorities give 10 year property tax breaks to warehouses that pay $8 an hour while the rest of us are getting screwed by reassessment.
There are a myriad of investigations into the debits cards, no bid contracts, the Judges business dealings, violation of civil rights, etc. but I think nothing will become of them. I hope I'm wrong.
There will be elections for the row offices this year that the Democrats will probably sweep again. There is a rumor that Ann Lokuta is running for Prothonatary after being removed from the bench. If it is true it will be the most entertaining race of the primary and the fall if she wins the nomination. The question is what party's nomination will she seek? Incumbent Jill Moran has many things to explain like her deputy signing her name to legal documents, falsifying a tax lien for her boss and her involvement in W-Cat Inc.
The Controller's spot is the most important post up for election. Acting Controller A.J. Martinelli will not seek election. W-B activist Walter Griffith has expressed interest and just to give everybody a laugh Pittston's Wil Toole wants the job. Maybe if he get's elected he can sue the county for overtime and health benefits. Bob Sypniewski seems to be the only serious candidate for the job.
We need Home Rule
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