BY JOE SHAY STIVALA/ The Gov. CORBETT lawsuit of the NCAA was, at first, thought to be the right thing to do – and clever. As I hear opinions from NON-POLS on this, it is even cleverer. The NCAA was indeed too harsh on the fines and penalties, doing harm to the university as a whole, and on innocent present and future athletes. But the lingering, haunting question over the Sandusky investigation by the then-State Attorney General (Corbett) fills their thoughts. I call upon Attorney General KATHLEEN KANE to investigate! What happened?… You have read the State LOTTERY is a top revenue generator. THE BEST in the Nation! And the Corbett Administration wants to PRIVATIZE it?? If you favor doing so, then tell me your brand of cigarettes? PRIVATIZING of government work IS A PLUM to some company, but government workers do the same job CHEAPER.
CALLING VETERANS: John KLINE, W.M., noted Vet and patriot, and PUBLIC RECORD contributor, is asking you to contact your Senators and Congress Members to ask for their vote on the AGENT ORANGE Bill which is known as HR 3612 in the House and S 1629 in the US Senate. Please help!!…. FIRE DEATHS: One news article confused me when it said the two firefighters lost in the Kensington warehouse fire were not included in an official count – which was ONLY civilian deaths. Do the research.
POLITICS in the 36th Ward will not be the same. Caring community leader and Democrat Ward Chairman Bernie GUILLETT passed away. With a number of committeepersons in the ward passing on, one wonders what the formidable 36th will be like after Ward Leader Anna VERNA retires (said to occur at the end of her term). Allies of DOC and Sen. Anthony Williams, along with Dave SHADDING and Kevin HANNAH, could eye the leadership…. MY BAD: Last week I reported JOE RUSSO was rumored to seek the ward leadership of the 1st Ward. It SHOULD have read “2nd Ward.”
JON SAIDEL is talked up as the one MAYORAL candidate that could UNITE all factions. He is loved by all ethnic communities, and has the top, needed fiscal qualifications for the job…. COUNCIL: Councilwoman Jannie BLACKWELL been touted as a one-person DHS Dept. She can also be praised as a forerunner of promotion of international trade here. Monthly, she partners with a mayoral commission on Caribbean-Africa trade. This week it was a reception for the CEO of UNICEF in Haiti.
Councilman Bobby HENON has a great Energy Conservation Workshop ready for his constituents in the Tacony PAL Center, 4401 Aldine Street (St. Bernard’s) on Jan. 20, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn what is available. Get advice and help on lowering energy bills…. GREAT to see Judge Frederica Massiah-JACKSON at the Henry NICHOLAS New Year open house up on Jefferson Street. The judge DESERVES your retention vote this year!!
The word FROGGY CARR apologized for the New Year parade delay can be explained since the unit has 1,100 members! And on TV, I watched PARADE clubs perform, followed by what seemed a dismissive, shrill “Thank you” (move on). Of course you parade directors know how many long, hard hours go into the costume and routine preparations. Don’t you? If not, LEARN!!… On New Year’s Eve, a grand (and cold) birthday celebration was held to celebrate the birthday and wedding celebration of the Civil War Hero, Gen. George Gordon MEADE (played by Professor Andy WASKIE of Temple U.) in Laurel Hill Cemetery on Ridge Avenue. A Champagne toast and a 21-gun salute contributed to a great time (be there at noon next December). Waskie and others will march from 5th & Chestnut Streets to Ben FRANKLIN’S grave for a wreath-laying on the 13th – Franklin’s birthday. All are welcome to march or watch the free event which includes a Franklin seminar just before the march in Library Hall. Our Ben Franklin Post American Legion is a prime sponsor. A luncheon follows honoring former Gov. John HUNTSMAN.