January 18, 2013
I learned from your paper that Mr. Robert Lawton and Luzerne County officials are researching the possibility of recruiting Human Service applicants on their own instead of using the state civil service system. As a retired government manager on both federal and state levels, I am really shocked to hear this.
The civil service method of filling jobs is time-tested against nepotism, cronyism and favoritism.
Lawton explains that Luzerne County will put together its own civil service system. Can you imagine the cost of instituting a civil service commission of Luzerne County? Can you imagine charging the taxpayers for the same service that Pennsylvania provides without cost? The county commissioners should be very wary of changes to the state civil service method of job-filling.
It is quite interesting that this request came from the Children and Youth Services.
It raises red flags to me that management in those services is wanting. If anything, Lawton and the county council should start asking questions about Children and Youth Services.
Well, if the decision by the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. to celebrate gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender marriages is a bridge too far for local practicing (or no longer practicing) Episcopalians, I invite you to visit the St. Thomas More Parish ( www.stmscranton.org) in North Scranton, where the reverence and beauty of the Anglican Use Mass is celebrated daily.
Through the authority and blessing of the pope, these former Episcopalian parishioners have come home to the Catholic Church, from whence we all sprang. This parish welcomes all disaffected Episcopalians, or any other individual wishing to experience the melding of Anglicanism within the Roman Rite Mass.
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