Fools. You know, fools. As in, the electorate, Or, perhaps, the taxpayers. Fools!
A snippet from the city's published rules...
Sec. 2-107. - Residency. (a) Required.
All persons employed by the City of Wilkes-Barre, and members of
boards, authorities and commissions, shall be residents of the city,
unless specifically excused by action of city council. (b) Certificate
of residency; liability for city taxes. All city employees and members
of boards, authorities and commissions shall be required to sign a
certificate of residency, and that said certificate shall declare his or
her residence to be within the City of Wilkes-Barre, and the
understanding that he or she is, and intends to be, liable for all
validly-enacted taxes which are applicable to residents of the City of Wilkes-Barre. (Ord. No. 19-76, § 8.02, 7-8-76; Ord. No.
Going forward, I would suggest that the rules be amended rather than willfully ignored. I'm just saying.
Case in point: Some years ago, um, about 16 years ago, the City of Wilkes-Barre forced the closing of a "nuisance bar" called Chu's. With that, the clientele moved to a new, nearby joint called Desi's Pizza. After Desi's was ordered to shut, the clientele moved down the street a ways, while the owners demanded remonstrance in court.
Here's a snippet of that aforementioned legal tussle...
the opening of the Restaurant and March of 2000, the customers
patronizing Desi's were predominantly white. At some time in March of
2000, the City of Wilkes-Barre, its mayor (Thomas D. McGroarty) and
chief of police (Anthony J. George), and David W. Lupas, the District
Attorney of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania (collectively the
“defendants”), acted in concert to bring about the closure of another
bar and restaurant called Chu's. Chu's clientele consisted primarily of
African-Americans and Latinos. After Chu's closed, many of its former
patrons became regular customers of Desi's.
The residents of
Wilkes-Barre are predominantly white. Following the closure of Chu's
and the change in the ethnic composition of Desi's clientele, people
living in the area surrounding Desi's began to complain to the
defendants about problems allegedly created by Desi's. Residents
complained that Desi's' presence increased “crime, noise[,] and other
disturbances.” App. at 39. These complaints, however, were in fact
motivated by a desire to drive African-Americans and Latinos out of
Wilkes-Barre, and the defendants shared this objective. This desire
and “public criticism” of the defendants for failing “to provide
adequate policing and law enforcement” in the city motivated the
defendants to “embark[ ] on a campaign to close down” Desi's.
So, ineffect, while shuttering one bar to calm things down in one neighborhood may pacify a few angry voters, said action simply forces the bad actors to pick up their firearms and spare clips and move to yet another unsuspecting nearby beer garden.
I offer no solution, just an unwanted observation. There might not be an actual solution, just shot-up way-points.
Recently, the ever-increasing and undeniably astronomical cost of cable and satellite television came up on The Sue Henry radio broadcast haunt.
I listened intently to caller after caller while figures approaching and exceeding $200 a month were mentioned. I was aghast. Horrified. And giggling inside. Here's why...
I used to pay one of those aforementioned, horrendously exorbitant figures for access to hundreds of television networks that I outright refused to watch. Sorry folks, but Bad Girls Club is little more than drunken out-of-control sluts on parade.
So, I called the satellite company, cancelled my service, and demanded that they send one of the illegal aliens on their payroll to remove their equipment. Then I traveled all the way to Boscov's to purchase a digital antenna priced at $14.99. Next came the $99 Roku 3.
These days, we have access to Netflix, Hulu and 23 broadcast channels on our television, channels we are receiving in digital picture and sound. Total monthly out-of-pocket hurt...$16.
In addition, we can rent from both Red Box and the Blockbuster catalogue without leaving the couch. Thanks to the Roku, we can add as much programming as we'd like, and very inexpensively. But, alas, I really, really like that figure I previously mentioned...$16 a month.