His daughter Sophie gave him a big hug when he was done. She was confused by the fat man in the strange hat wondering how such a cute little girl could have such an ugly Dad. Peter explained I was teasing. Then she smiled again. .
Melan had to use the Grand Eastonian to make his announcement because the County refused to allow him to announce at the courthouse, the people's building.
Melan, a Moravian College graduate, is the President of VeraTrack, which verifies employment histories for human resources professionals. Before branching out on his own, he was a database analyst with United HealthCare, Lehigh Valley Health Network and Synectics Group. He has also been a certified EMT for over 20 years. Before being elected to Easton City Council, he served on the police civil service and zoning hearing boards.
He made it a point to note that his attendance record at City Council and committee hearings is 100%. That's in stark contrast to NorCo Council member Glenn Geissinger. He attended a scant 54% of the meetings last year because he was busy running for Congress, a race he lost in the primary. It's also a lot better than Seth Vaughn's failing 66% record, which included the Budget hearing in which Council members proposed amendments. "So what?" said Seth Vaughn (in the presence of witnesses) when confronted about his pitiful record.
Why is he running? He gave four reasons:
2. Gracedale. - The county-owned nursing home is operating at a profit for now, but he asks why anyone would oppose a nonprofit foundation that would receive tax-deductible donations to support Gracedale. He also notes that Medicare has rated "quality measures at Gracedale as "much below average," mostly because of the high percentage of short-stay residents who are ginned up with antipsychotic medication, but who still report moderate to severe pain. "We should not only focus on revenue and expenses but want families to place their loved ones in a safe and comforting environment and maintain a home away from home feeling," he said.
Human Services Chair Seth Vaughn has never bothered to address why Gracedale is rated "much below average" in quality measures.
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4. Where are the Jobs? - "There is no economic development plan; considering Easton and Bethlehem are attracting major corporations and attractions on their own with very little or no assistance from the current Administration. It should aslo give everyone in our county a great deal of anxiety when a lawsuit is filed by the casinos that ultimately turned over the mandated host fee, which is a major contributor to the local municipalities. The county's only response was by NorCo District Attorney John Morganelli ... ." He said that the refusal of Brown and NorCo Council to speak out is "troubling and cowardly," but is what to expect from a group "who seem to shy away from any fight and will not get their hands dirty."
Melan is seeking the Democratic nomination to one of five at-large seats that are up this year. Three other Democrats are mulling over the nomination. Lori Vargo Heffner, a licensed professional counsel, has run once before. Dr. Muhamad Aly Rifai is a well-respected psychiatrist and internist.who discovered a link between hepatitis C and psychiatric disorders.
Peter is a member of the Easton area's proud Lebanese community. They are the people who make this community great, and many have been here for generations. Yet yesterday, a supposed tea party sympathizer calling herself "Yosemite Samantha" claimed that downtown Easton and Allentown are "two cities once controlled by Anglo-Saxon land owners currently they are in large part owned by Syrians, Lebanese, and other Middle Easterners who may still have connections to ISIS and other bad actors in the area."
Though this statement is so outrageous I have to wonder if it is a plant, it's still cause for concern in this divided country. Anyone of Lebanese heritage needs to think long and hard before voting for the Republicans on Council, most of whom have allied themselves with so-called President Trump.
What the Republicans on Council are doing is unclear. That's just the way they like it. It's what to expect from a body that won't release its official email addresses to the public. It's what to expect from an Administration that modified the county website to make it less transparent than it was before, and to advertise Lehigh County businesses.