382 GRIPES and Griping Strong!



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!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Levee, Minimally Acceptable

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a report this week that gives our levee system along the Susquehanna River a minimally acceptable inspection rating. This rating was the same score that our levee received before the massive flooding back in September. The Army Corps sited poor vegetation removal, bad encroachments and the need to inspect conduits with in-line inspection means. The damage caused by the record high river level of 42.66 feet also contributed to the low rating according to an Army Corps representative. In general, the Army Corps said the levee is in "good shape" and "well maintained". The county must correct all of the deficiencies to avoid a future unacceptable rating which would lead to losing federal funds.

Now call me cynical here, but doesn't a minimally acceptable rating mean the levee is not in good shape? Common sense would lead you to believe that and not that the levee is in "good shape". I walked the levee system along the Forty Fort area after the flood in September and found it to be visually damaged. There are cracks in the walls and holes in the dirt parts of the levee itself. Now whether those cracks are deep or superficial I cannot say. I am certainly not an expert in this area. There was also tons of debris scattered all along the levee and in the trees along the river. It appears that Luzerne County has not done much clean up or repair the levee damage for the past 7 months.

This now brings up a question as to what the county is doing with our Levee Tax money. Obviously NOTHING! In 7 months, the rating from last year has not changed which leads me to believe that we are getting duped! There is no excuse for our levee system to receive anything lower than an acceptable rating from the Army Corps of Engineers. As usual, the nit wits over at the court house are pissing away our hard earned tax dollars on other things such as the Hotel Sterling albatross. Speaking of the Sterling, lets get this thing ripped down already! In previous GRIPES I figured that the county should have millions of dollars stockpiled away for levee maintenance. It appears they don't because they can't even cut the damn grass and clear out the debris. ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME! What the hell are they doing with our money? It's now time for The Insane Clown Posse to step up to the plate and get these levee problems fixed and fast. If they don't, they will lose all of the federal funding which means they will slam us in the can with another tax. Frankly, my can is full and I cannot fit anything else up there.

1 comment:

  1. Hey, I'm in Philly and don't know much about the levee tax. Is there a resource that shows you how the levee tax is applied towards levee maintenance? I agree with you, it looks like someone is waiting to have reason for a tax hike. I can see it now X politico: "What do you expect us to do, our federal funds have been reduced. We need to account for these funds for the safety of those effected by the levee system." Nice using the position of protecting the public for such B.S. What a sham, keep up the good work J.M.