Friday, July 25, 2008

A Mob By Any Other Name

My print column on Operation Delco Nostra is up.

Meet Pennsy "The Monopoly" Vania.


Anonymous John Franklin said...

You are kidding correct?

i read your piece today and have to say you are one unintelligent person.

Gambling brings on a lot of other crimes, i.e. Prostitution, theft, extortion, assault, burgulary, etc.

Gambling has also cost families their homes, their savings, etc.

By you po poing this "ring" you are truly showing your ingnorance.

Thank God for opinion pieces or you would have no career at all.

Somehow you think by reading this post you have done your job by sparking debate. You haven't. You just show to me and your family how stupid you truly are. Your family should be so proud of daddy, he sits on his computer and decides what is prosecutable and what isn't.

What is it like to be an opinion writed who knows everything?

You are a jerk.

John Franklin

July 25, 2008 at 9:06 AM 
Anonymous r said...

Why so upset, John "The Angry Weeper" Franklin?

July 25, 2008 at 10:55 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with you on the extent that this group was a small potato, this group didn't have any guns or murder charges. the gambling is everywhere whether you go to the casino or bet a bookie.
they were made to be big cause most of the names ended with a vowel! you hit the nail on the head!

July 25, 2008 at 11:21 PM 
Blogger Franny Ward said...

To "John Franklin".

But it's OK for the State to run a gambling operation, right? Or how about your local Catholic Church?

John Franklin said...
"Gambling has also cost families their homes, their savings, etc.

I used to play at one time $100.00 a day on the PA Lottery. All legal mind you. Question: Can I sue the State for my former gambling addiction? Call the cops on them?

July 27, 2008 at 10:28 AM 
Anonymous Bob said...

Gil "the ink man" Spencer

Good column. Hypocracy is alive an well in Pa. I went to school with Gayle "Legs" Hudson- nee C-----.
Nice lady. So, when are we having Monte Carlo night at the Times?

BTW, thanks for the help with the story about my son. They did a great job.

July 27, 2008 at 6:53 PM 
Anonymous john Franklin said...

I am not angry, i have just seen so much happen with gambling. My point is and was, we have no idea how deep and far this or any other gambling ring goes.

I just find it comical that Spencer can pick and choose what is legal and illegal and what is right and wrong.

He is divorced (from what I have been told), now some people think that is the worst thing you can do. So, does that make him a bad person? If, I am catholic, then he sinned, other religions have different views.

See the point? I don't make the laws, and neither does he.

July 28, 2008 at 8:36 AM 
Anonymous r said...

Well, that's a little better. But still not reason to get so upset, JF.

Gil may be a bit pompous but he's not a jerk. You'd see this if you ever met him.

July 28, 2008 at 11:57 AM 
Anonymous randal said...

Everyone makes a big overblown deal about the Mob, organized and white collar crime while the real problem is the much more prevalent disorganized black collar variety.

July 29, 2008 at 12:05 AM 

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