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I had to do it! I had to create a blog so you and I could gripe about all of "The Crap" that we encounter everyday in our lives. Believe me, there is plenty! You can now come to this blog to Gripe because you have the right to do so. Over time, we will Gripe about topics ranging from sports to politics to just about all of the garbage that happens around us. When you Gripe, you can add your name or not. It's your right! You can vent any way you want. Use foul language if you are angry enough to and if you are offended, just Gripe It! Hell, we have been banned from Facebook twice! You can Gripe about people, places and things. The only thing I ask is if you are going to Gripe about someone and you use their name, make sure you have the facts straight or say it's your opinion. Otherwise they will sue your and my ass off! It's your RIGHT TO GRIPE! You can respond to one of our Gripes or you can lay down your own Gripe. It's easy. To post your own Gripe just email it to therighttogripe@hotmail.com and we will get it on. You can also post a Gripe on our Facebook page. Just search The Right To Gripe. If you don't want to write it down, just click on one of the boxes below each Gripe to give your opinion. You can also become an official "Griper". All you need to do is "Sign Up" and create an account. IT'S FREE! So, don't sit back and take it, just GRIPE IT!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Hotel Sterling - How Convenient Was The Flood

The headline of today's (September 21st) Times Leader reads, "Sterling gets death sentence". It appears that the waters from the raging Susquehanna seeped through the flood walls and inundated the basement of the old hotel with up to 6 feet of water. The city of Wilkes-Barre took in two engineering firms to assess the damages and the conclusion was rip this thing down before it collapses. The engineers estimated that 50 million gallons of water flowed through the structure damaging the already weak foundation and structural steel. They also stated that the building is in immediate danger to the public and it should be torn down immediately. For the supporters of the old grand hotel, this is a blow right to the nuts. They were hoping that the owners, CityVest were going to remodel the hotel to make it a show place for the downtown. This is not going to happen!

I have a few questions concerning the Sterling. If the structure is in danger of collapse and the public is in danger, why did the city of Wilkes-Barre give CityVest 30 days to haul it to the ground. The city is putting up barriers to close off the lanes of traffic closest to the hotel. Drew McLaughlin, spokesman for the city said the city believes the detour being placed around the structure will ensure public safety and at this point is not demanding that CityVest meet the 30 day deadline for the demolition which will cost between $800,000 and $1,000,000. WHAT! WHAT! If the building is going to collapse at any second, those freakin barriers are not going to do squat! Either the building is not ready to collapse or the city is taking the easy way out and putting people in harms way.

My second question is why 30 days? I'll tell you why, it's 30 days so CityVest can secure a government grant to wreck the place. That's why! CityVest is a shrewd group and they realize that they got the shitty end of the stick with the Sterling. The flood waters were just a great excuse to find the structure in danger of collapse so they can get a government grant to rip it down. There will be government dollars flowing into the area because of the flood and I bet they will get exactly what they need. One million bucks to rip down the grand old lady.

Question 3, did the city purposely let some flood water through those walls knowing that it would flow right into the basement of the Sterling? I don't know, but I wouldn't put it past the powers involved with this no win project. There is nothing like a good conspiracy theory and this could be the case here. The bottom line is the city of Wilkes-Barre along with CityVest let the Sterling deteriorate to the point of no return. Of course the place is going to hell with all the windows busted out, the roof leaking and the back torn off. What in the ever livin' hell did they expect. What did these morons think, everything inside would stay in pristine condition? I think this was a carefully orchestrated plan which will end up costing the taxpayers a bundle. The flood of 2011 was the perfect opportunity to raise the dagger and plunge it right into the back of the Hotel Sterling. In 30 days or so, we will be burying history here in Wilkes-Barre. That's one thing the city does very well.


  1. I find it VERY hard to believe the Sterling had 6 feet of water in the basement. Guard Insurance Group's basement was BONE DRY. Shame on those "public officials" for taking advantage of a natural disaster to work the system in their favor. They're "looting" disaster relief funds. Disgusting!!!
    ~K. Hudak

  2. Do you know what pisses me off the most about The Sterling? The fact that I can't get in there to get pictures! You don't see a ruin like that every day....Talk about the beauty in decay! They are too short-sighted to see that even if they demolish the building, it still deserves a second life in urban exploration art!

  3. Cheri, I am a little late weighing in here but I agree. Years ago when they evacuated the people that lived in the Sterling due to whatever convoluted reason they had, I was able to get inside to see the place. The lobby had beautiful Italian marble built into the structure as well a a grand staircase leading up to the 2nd floor. I agree that it is criminal that the Sterling was allowed to get to where it is now.