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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!







Sunday, March 16, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Parades

It's St. Patrick's Day weekend here in NEPA and the cities of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre are having their annual parades.  These parades are some of the top ones in the country.  People flock from miles around to see the marchers, floats, bands and bag pipers slowly meander down the main drags of both towns.  Even the Mummers dawn their over bearing green costumes to march in these parades.  If the Mummers show up you know it's big time.  Before, during and after the parade, revelers drink themselves into a self induced alcohol coma with green beer and shots of Irish Whiskey that they normally don't drink.  Local bars and eateries are packed to the gills with people dressed in green slamming down drinks like it's their jobs.  It is 12 to 18 hours of sheer, good clean fun for all.  You can't beat it. 

Hell, so whats to Gripe about?  I can only think of one thing, the weather.  Wilkes-Barre always gets Mother Natures shaft for St. Patrick's Day weekend while Scranton stays in her good graces year after year after year.  Take last year for example, Scranton had a bright sunny day with temps in the mid to upper 40's.  Wilkes-Barre, wet snow and sub freezing temperatures.  This year Scranton had a gorgeous sun lit day with highs in the mid to upper 40's once again.  For Wilkes-Barre, it will be sunny, but the high will only be around 30 degrees with winds at 10 to 15 mph.  This means the wind chill factor will be around 10 to 15 degrees.  It will be ball nipping cold under all those kilts.  It seems that over all the years Scranton gets the better end of the stick when it comes to the parade weather.

For one, I am sick of Scranton getting the good weather for the St. Patrick's Day Parade.  Why does Wilkes-Barre get the shaft year after year?  I can tell you I have marched in many of these parades and it is always bone ass cold for Wilkes-Barre.  In fact, I stopped marching because of this and this alone.  Instead, I hike up my kilt and head to Senunas' pub on North Main St to tip a few beers to salute my Irish heritage with my friends and family.  I thumb my nose at Mother Nature, she can't stop me today.  To all I wish a Happy St. Patrick's Day.           

Sunday, March 2, 2014

I'm As Mad As Hell

I'm as mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore.  There are a few things stuck in my craw that have been chaffing my irritation button for a week or so now.  First off, why hasn't Kids For Cash participant Rob Mericle been sentenced yet.  Mericle pleaded guilty in September to withholding information on a crime for taking actions that prosecutors said helped former judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan conceal the source of $2.8 million Mericle and Attorney Robert Powell had paid them.  It seems to me that 5 months is a long time to wait for sentencing.  Prosecutors allege the money, roughly $2.1 million of which was paid by Mericle, was a reward for rulings the judges made that ensured two juvenile centers once co-owned by Powell maintained a high occupancy rate.  On a positive note, federal prosecutors now have a motion in front of a judge to change the sentence possibility from the minimum to the max for his role in this despicable affair.  Let's see if the federal judge has enough guts to allow the justice system to throw the book at this crook.

Shame on Kraft Foods.  They have struck a deal with Genpact foods to ship jobs from our area to India.  WHAT!  WHAT! ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME!  On Monday, Kraft foods informed their 350 employees that work in the Hanover Industrial Park that they will be moving to Genpact which is a few miles away.  Under the "Strategy Description employees saw,
  
 “Genpact was chosen by Kraft senior management to provide order to cash services. This bid waiver covers the 5-year term of the contract for the OTC services. Kraft employees will be transferring to Genpact. Contract language includes the agreed upon severance, benefits and all employment related provisions. Pricing for the first year is based on FTE count. Thereafter, Kraft has rights to convert to transaction based pricing. Kraft will exit Wilkes-Barre by July 1, 2014 and move into Genpact’s Wilkes-Barre facility. Beginning July, 2015 FTE will being (sic) to transition to Genpact’s India facility.”

It's time for this crap to stop.  I recommend that we all boycott products produced by Kraft Foods.  It's time we send a message to these companies that "we are as mad as hell and we're not gonna take it anymore".

And finally, it appears that the Insane Clown Posse at the Luzerne County Courthouse have screwed up yet again.  Our County Council debate over the 2014 budget has held up tax bills from being sent out.  The Council has been debating over an 8% tax hike.  The bills were supposed to be mailed out in January but are now just going out.  No big deal right?  Yes big deal.  The county now has only about $2 million is reserves to cover expenses which include payroll and other bills.  Local tax collectors are required to turn over tax payments by the 10th of each month which now means the county will not get any more money until April 10th.  Two million bucks does not go a long way when you are trying to cover the bills for a month and a half.  All I can say is, "What a bunch of idiots".  I made the call a few years ago that this Council form of government will not work.  I predicted that many things will get caught up in gridlock due to the members not agreeing and "BOOM" here it is.