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Commentary on issues regarding property rights, this blog relays information on events past, present, and into the future in Northeast PA (USA). While facts are presented, an opinion may be thrown in the mix to make things more interesting. Corrections are welcomed by using the comments -  as long as we see documents to back it up.

As far as the comment part of this blog, we appreciated hearing from people literally all over the world! We generally don't publish the comments though because this is a local blog. Even so, comments published are rare unless they add to the story or a correction is needed and information sent was confirmed. Glad you're enjoying it though! We STILL have some freedoms here and intend to exercise them at will!

First They Came For My Neighbor...And I did Not Speak Out

Yes, and then they came for you - alone with no one to speak for. This of course is in reference to the cowardice German intellectuals who watched the Nazis rise to power eliminating one group after another. 

Not about Nazis (not yet at least) this comment has more to do with those who sit back and watch ordinary men rise to seemingly untouchable power oppressing those they can - while "little people" are afraid to take a stand. By not offering a challenge, the nightmare eventually becomes reality. This is true of criminals and politicians. Both never make profits as they take from those who produce. The degree of their success depends on the willingness of the good to oversee and act.

And so it is, in NEPA...we are faced with the Cabal who have enriched themselves and friends off the backs of taxpayers. It's a growing problem throughout red-inked boroughs and cities struggling with the bad economies they over decades help create.

To balance books, they must get revenue AND trim the fat. Under the guise of safety, Pittston City created a very expensive rental program - when compared to other cities across the commonwealth. Let's keep in mind that most fire related deaths happen in single family homes - while this ordinance targets landlords...for now. The Property Maintenance Code, by the way, can be used against ANY one's home. It's only a matter of time, when Pittston wants to push "safety".

Heck, it you want to talk safety, more people are killed by drunk drivers and yet Pittston hired a manager from a small town in New Jersey who was arrested for drunk driving and possession of Puleeese! It's revenue especially when they continued to hire an aggressive Code Enforcement Officer who left Forty Fort while under investigation for targeting political opponents and providing political said City Solicitor Falcone. To be fair, the CE Officer said his leaving had nothing to do with the investigation...and we have beach front property in Pittston for sale if you believe that one.

NEPALTA vs. The City Of Pittston

Yes, we are...this time we have a law firm from Pittsburgh who has an impressive record in dealing with ordinances. The first set of Interrogatories is in Pittston's solicitor's hands. We want accountability and transparency to determine the ordinances' validity especially the fees charged and property confiscation. More information in the "Press Release" section of the website.

The fact is: we pulled our case out of a sure defeat (going federal) and now have a methodological approach better suited for Commonwealth Courts. At any time, Pittston could save their insurance company's (and down the road taxpayers') money by coming to the table - but the Cabal will force the issue as they did before. That's an easy prediction.

The question is, now that property owners see their aggressive approach to make housing less affordable by fees and fines trying to bring old but safe homes up to the big city standards, will they join us...or will they watch and hope the lanky Grim Reaper with his iPad passing by their door doesn't notice Property Maintenance Code violations one didn't know existed?

Join us today or donate. Membership is confidential, but your voice will be heard and no one can say "you didn't speak out".

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