There was much ado among the county work force about Luzerne County Council candidates Michael Giamber and Renee Ciaruffoli Taffera wanting to outsource services. It was all false. However, look at the outsourcing having been done by council to date.
A non-taxpaying, non-voting manager from California.
A former budget director, who paid no taxes nor voted here, from Lehigh County.
An insurance company from the Lehigh area (council voted out a local agency that employed local property owners and voters).
Another budget director, who resigned, from Lackawanna County. A non-taxpayer and non-voter.
Director of corrections from Lehigh County. He does not pay taxes here or vote here.
Fired a competent director of elections to hire a Wyoming County part-time commissioner’s clerk/part-time election office worker. She did move to the county, and I presume she votes and hopefully pays taxes.
Every panel for selecting division heads had people from outside Luzerne County. In fact, the two panel members who selected the director of corrections were from the Lehigh County area and knew their choice for 26 years. One of the panel had been hired by the director choice, 26 years ago! Conflict? Not according to the director or the council. His appointment was ratified by the council, but not with my vote.
Presently we are having the Children and Youth agency reviewed by four people from as far away as Philadelphia. There is nothing wrong in C/Y except no one wants the job of director.
We have lost two engineers. They are being replaced by a former policeman who heads 911 (he has no engineering experience).
Budget and finance has had five temporary heads since Jan. 1, 2012. A purchasing director left. The head of IT has left. The register of wills and the prothonotary were sent home instead of assigning them duties. The zoning head is retiring. The list goes on.
So far, there has not been one idea presented by council or the manager for solving our fiscal problems, except fire people and/or raise taxes. There is a business that wishes to come into the county to provide work and income; however, the chair scheduled it to make a presentation in the future! No hurry to get them started. That company was recommended to council by me and Rick Morelli for presentation.
I also arranged and attended a meeting last year with about a dozen community and elected leaders and the manager to start promoting Luzerne County and its assets. We had business professionals make presentations to the manager regarding cost-saving measures dealing with utilities, yet none of them have been approached for input to this date.
Outsourcing by Giamber and Taffera? We are self-destructing and outsourcing voluntarily and intentionally.
We are on the way to being not a strong Luzerne County, but a copy of Detroit.
Luzerne County Council Member
The Christmas rush for retailers begins well before Thanksgiving Day. The true meaning of the season becomes lost in the frenzy of shopping and holiday parties.
That is why I am inviting everyone to take pause for a little while on Friday at 5 p.m. We will meet at the Luzerne County Courthouse on the lawn in front of the Nativity display to celebrate the reason for the season upon us.
This will be the fifth annual “Keeping Christ In Christmas” hymn singing around the manger. Scriptures about the birth of Jesus Christ will be read as we reflect with Christmas carols. Holding candles will symbolize our desire to bring light into a world of darkness and hope into a world of despair. For more than 2,000 years ago, a radiant star led wise men to a stable, choirs of angels sang and announced the news to men of goodwill, that a savior had been born.
Like the simple shepherds who went to the manger, let us prepare to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas “glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen” (Luke 2:20).
On Nov. 18, the door closed at the Edwardsville Adult Center. This was due to extensive work that had to be done both in and outside the building and a lack of funds to do the work.
There were 40-plus members and a terrific manager who had to leave that day. To all of us, it was more than a second home. It was a place where we would go to laugh, tell jokes and just be a family together.
We were more than friends. We were family. We looked out for each other. We helped each other. When one of us was sick, we prayed for each other. You couldn’t find a better crowd to be with. We always had good hot food, and plenty of it. We had a lot of activities, including shuffleboard. There was never a dull moment.
That place meant so much to all of us, and now it’s gone. It was someplace to turn to when we had no other place to go. Even though we have fond memories, and many of them, our lives have changed. We love each other dearly, and that will never change.
So, to my family at the Edwardsville Adult Center, thank you for everything, especially for being my family. Until we’re together once again, take care, God bless you all and I love you all. Don’t give up!
Turnout less than 25 percent for the Nov. 5 general elections! It is very disturbing to me as a taxpayer, voter and human being that more people aren’t voting, but they are the ones doing all the complaining.
I say shut it if you don’t vote.
They should be ashamed of themselves; we, as a family in whole, vote in every election, never miss out on our right to cast our ballets.
I’m guessing you’re all happy with this country falling apart all around you, or don’t you care?
Can anyone explain to the people why 75 percent aren’t voting?
This is a sad state of affairs this country is facing with people in D.C. rolling up the money, filling their pockets and stuffing their bank accounts, while our accounts are being drained, and you people can’t get out and vote. Really, what are you thinking? Or, better yet, you’re not thinking.
I can say one thing about our little town: We had a big election for council this year and 430 voters turned out. That’s about 50 percent of this borough’s population. And, guess what? The people’s voices were heard loud and clear. Three new council members were elected.
God bless this once great nation, because someone has too!