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Monday, June 23, 2008

Wayne Grube Sticks it to the Man

Twelve years after the fact, The Morning Call now explains how PPL managed to slip in a bill deregulating the entire electric industry. State senator Lisa Boscola piously condemns it. But as Bethlehem Dem reports, Boscola is actually one of the many legislators who voted for it. Between 2001 and 2007, Boscola raked in $4,600 from PPL's PAC. What's even more mind boggling, at least to me, is her bizarre claim that her chief of staff may be leaving so he can work in the "energy industry."

Bethlehem Dem concludes Boscola is an "opportunistic hypocrite who takes opposing sides of the same issue when it is convenient for her." Hopefully, this little ditty will cheer him up.

At last Thursday's county council meeting, a routine easement to PPL was on the agenda. The county was being asked to grant this soon-to-be-deregulated company an easement over county land. Council was assured this easement imposed no burden on the county and that the land itself is worthless.

But council refused to grant the easement, insisting that there be two appraisals first, and that PPL pay for them. When an engineer got up to complain, former council prez Wayne Grube had a very quick answer. "I don't know how in the world we can feel sorry for that utility. Those people have the funds to pay for an appraisal." Even Angle was persuaded.

After the meeting was over, I saw Wayne and told him, "You really stuck it to the man!" He barked, "Yeah, and now when I go home, all my lights will be off."

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Boonie must have woke up last night and realized he hadn't written about Lisa lately, so he's working hard to meet his quota of Democrats to piss off.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Boscola's a Democrat? You could have fooled me. What party is Wayne Grube?

Anonymous said...

Bernie, Thank you for reminding us of Boscola's true posostion on electric de-regulation.The Morning Call did not point this out

Anonymous said...

"true posostion on electric de-regulation."

When paying bills, I feel my true position involves me grabbing my ankles.

O_o

A.J.C. said...

"Yeah, and now when I go home, all my lights will be off."

It's better than having your brakes cut...

Anonymous said...

They all got to go.

Dave said...

Wow..this blog thing is kind of neat. I can curse if I want to? I can tell people how I really feel about them..especially elected officals? This is too good to be true! Freedom of speech...here in the Lehigh Valley? Pinch me..I must be dreaming! Here goes..Hey Lisa B. Who the heck keeps voting you back into office? There..I did it! I hear a police siren..

Anonymous said...

It'll take a lot more similar anecdotes to convince me that Wayne Grube has been little more than a sleepy rubber stamp who appreciates "nice" things - regardless of the cost to those whose tax dollars he's charged with minding.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Dave, the blog police just burst into my house, looking for my PC. I'm hiding in my bunker, but it's only a matter of time before they nail me. Run like hell!

Anonymous said...

I think Wayne may not be the brightest bulb but he means well. sometimes that is better than not being the brightest bulb and not meaning well like McHale or Dowd.

Orly said...

So is this the county being opportunistic or is the 2 appraisals paid for by the submitter SOP?

Bernie O'Hare said...

Usually, the county pays for the appraisals. This time, if PPL wants the easement, it will pay itself.

orly said...

I see. Subjective law.

I'll be sure to use the "Wegman's can afford it" tactic next time I'm supposed to pay for my own groceries.

Bernie O'Hare said...

All law is subjective. the decision to grant or deny an ordinance is necessarily subjective. The life of the law is experience, not logic. Recent experience w/ PPL convinces me there is some justice in this.

orly said...

I understand...I'm just dismayed (but not really surprised) an official would make such a statement.