Friday, February 23, 2007

Pennsylvania Legislators' Piercing PENDOT Probe

State Representative Rich Grucela has asked some of his constituents, including Nazareth's Bill Coker, for their take on the state's pitiful response to our Valentine's Day snow and ice storm, which stranded some motorists for nearly a day along Route 78. Bill shared his response with me, and I'm sharing it with you.
PennDOT is getting a bad rap. They only had four days notice of a storm, salt and crews were exhausted from previous heavy storms and they had to deal with inexperienced truckers coming from NY (10-12 FEET of snow).

Several of my friends were traveling to PA from points west, north, and south (same storm conditions) and roads in adjoining states were clear. PA was simply maintaining its image of worst roads in the country and should be commended
Nazareth humor! Not to be confused with Bill White humor, and his very enlightening live blogs about our state senate's self-serving inquiry into a government bureaucracy that seems to have forgotten that it does have a purpose.


Chris Casey said...

I read Bill white's blogs last night, and they had me laighing. The amount of praise these guys were heaping on themselves for overcoming the conditions is only surpassed by the Penndot dump truck full of manure they were shoveling it from. Biehler apologized, that's a start, but until we start hiring qualified individuals to run things and stop handing out positions as rewards for campaign contributions, nothing will change. The culture of incompetence permeates PA state government at all levels, that's just the way it is.

Anonymous said...

I just read Stoffa's plan on property reassessment for the County.Is he out to punish everyone in the County, employees(present or former),residents, home owners, etc., because he lost his job 10+ years ago and had to go to Lehigh County? He said that reassessment would mean political suicide-duh! He has done this since he got into office. What else is new?

Bernie O'Hare said...

Anon 9:17, Every county needs to reassess periodically, whether it's political suicide or not. It's just the right thing to do. NC has not been re-assessed for 10 years and unless it is done, people will be taxed unfairly. That's just the way it is. If you prefer political hacks to run things, there are plenty of themn around.

LVDem said...

I am now thoroughly convinced that John Stoffa only wants to serve one term. Good for him.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I think Stoffa could pull it off if it is a regional plan w/ LC and Cunningham, speaks up for it, too. The snakes on council might slither away if they know Cunningham supports this. But I don't know that he does.

It needs to be done.