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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Firehouse? Oh, yeah, that firehouse

After all of this ego-fueled back-and-forth further fed by depraved stubbornness, in the end, who was the ultimate winner? Er, the loser?

The link: Mayor, W-B ordered to pay up

The excerpt: A federal judge on Thursday ordered Wilkes-Barre and Mayor Tom Leighton to pay nearly $196,000 in costs and fees to the attorney of a woman who waged a five-and-a-half-year legal fight against the city.

U.S. District Judge Sylvia Rambo reduced the original amount of more than $240,000 sought by attorney Cynthia L. Pollick, who represented Denise Carey in her civil rights case.

Rambo determined Pollick, of Pittston, is entitled to $187,547 in fees and an additional $8,163 in costs.

Less than 48 hours ago, I wrote the following...

"But, yes, we've seen it time and again and again in this city, how quickly heartfelt activism morphs into being overzealousness. When you fight the good fight and somehow lose, you should be content with your efforts. But not in this city. In this city, when the activists don't get their way, they press on until things end either badly or stupidly."

So the ill-advised, ill-fated "Save the Firehouse" marathon led us to this: The firehouse was not saved. Plenty of taxpayer dollars were frittered away. And in the end, bad feelings still abound.

And to this very day, the Heights has still not burned to the ground as the activists warned us it would.

Again, when you fight the good fight and somehow lose...


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