Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What did I miss?

I took a few days off from blogging and will play catch-up for a bit. The long awaited 20/20 piece about the Juvie Brothers aired on ABC on Friday and we made the New York Times on Saturday. Another claim to fame for the area. It was just a matter of time before Luzerne County was named as a defendant in one of the lawsuits and new President Judge Chet Muroski wants former judge Mark Ciavarella’s seat placed on the May 19 primary election ballot.

Acting Controller A. J. Martinelli made some news when he was accepted into the ARD program after his spectacular performance when he got popped for DUI in January. No word on if he will required to wear a belt. And in the latest misuse of county funds to come to light Martinelli was the benefits coordinator when 2 unpaid members of the prison board were given health coverage. He claims he can't remember the details of the applications.

And the price of smokes is going up.

1 comment:


The new cigarette tax will be used to fund children's health insurance. In other words, a federal program will be solely funded by a specific group of taxpayers. I am not sure, but this may be unprecedented. In a perfect world, tomorrow morning everyone would quit smoking. Maybe the govt. would then bail out the tobacco companies and head a PR campaign to get people to start smoking again. Better yet, maybe the government---both state and federal can set its sights on the real enemy--ILLEGAL drugs, which are killing our kids by the hundreds across this nation everyday. But of course, that would be more difficult as opposed to slapping a tax on a legally sanctioned drug.