speak my mind
Knowing I will not have the last word regarding The Times Leader’s editorial (“Talk of retaliation reeks of petty politics,” Oct. 8), I must respond.
You obviously have not attended any council meeting or spoken to me regarding the issue of your editorial. At no time have I professed the firing of any manager or division heads in the government of Luzerne County.
What I have maintained is that there are parameters outlined in the home rule charter that specify how we , legislative and executive branches of government, must operate, as well as rules we must follow. Unfortunately we as a body, both branches, have circumvented many of the mandates. One example is the lateness we are experiencing in getting our budget figures that were due at the end of June.
I have always operated on a performance basis when it comes to evaluating personnel. Statements attributed to me or others about predetermining personnel changes are false and obviously intended to be political. I could cite examples to you of how strong I feel about serving all the public, regardless of political affiliation, but you don’t have enough time and I don’t have the personality to brag.
Merit system hiring to date has been completely tossed out, in my opinion, and I have voiced that publicly. Be assured that you will not hear from me an answer to a question that is always to your liking. I will give you my opinion as well as the truth as I know it.
Should you ever wish to hear from my mouth to your ears where I stand, don’t hesitate to seek me out.
Edward A. Brominski
Member, Luzerne County Council
Our son has a devastating, debilitating, neuromuscular disease called Late Onset Tay-Sachs. We are associated with a wonderful organization called National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases. This organization not only aids with research to help find a cure, but also raises awareness of the diseases and helps the families of the affected in so many ways.
Recently, NTSAD launched its annual “Day of Hope” fundraiser. Because Eric is the only affected member in this area, it is very hard to have a fundraiser on our own. We opted to place donation cans in locations in the area, where allowed to do so. One such location was Denny’s restaurant in Wilkes-Barre. They so kindly allowed us to put a collection can there. To our dismay, someone apparently felt they had the right to just walk away with it. It was very disheartening.
We have donated many long hours to various volunteer and charitable organizations and evidently this person has not – because if they had – they would never have taken the donations – donations that many caring and hardworking people gave to NTSAD.
Thanks to this person, we do not know how much money was collected. But no matter what the amount, please know that by stealing the donation can, you have taken away the opportunity for this organization, NTSAD, to pass on our donations along with the others collected to help find a cure — and not have another family experience what we are dealing with right now — or to help an affected individual and family get through a very difficult time.
For those of you who gave a donation, thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity. We are just sorry that a thief had to ruin it.
and Ruth Ann Koval
Bear Creek Township