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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Grassroots Effort Seeks Presidential Commutation For John Rigas


Due to the considerable number of persons, who have contacted the Rigas family, urging an effort to request a commutation of John Rigas's sentence, the family has proceeded to have the necessary papers filed on Monday. Anyone who would like to write a letter to President Bush to recommend John's commutation, may send them as below.

The time remaining for President Bush to act is extremely limited, so time is of essence in this effort. A few minutes of your time and your prayers may have a profound effect on the life of this man who tried to do so much for the people of Potter County and the surrounding area.

People wanting to support the Commutation request of John Rigas should send their letters to the following address:

Lizette Benedi
Bancroft Associate PLLC
1919 M Street, NW
Suite 470
Washington, DC 20036

However, the letters should be addressed to the President as follows:

The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

The Bancroft Associate group will assemble the letters and send them as a group. Thank you.

57 comments:

Anonymous said...

Boy, now that's a tough one.
I personally like John Rigas.
I personally like President Bush.
John did a lot of good for Coudersport with his, and other peoples money.
John had a trial and was found guilty.
I would like to see Coudersport go back to the way it was several years ago.
John ruined what he and others created.
Coudersport will never be what it once was.
I won't write the letter.

JMHO

Anonymous said...

I'd be all for letting him out, just as soon as he cuts the checks to pay back all the investors that trusted him and now have nothing. His family is still living in the big house, they still have cable companies, and the investors still have nothing.

Anonymous said...

Why would someone write a letter for John Rigas. He never had the guts to take the witness stand as he promised to "tell what really happened." Just look at our community. I read the Rigas family is still worth 79 million dollars. What about the people who he and his family hurt. A letter should be written by John Rigas to all of those people.

Anonymous said...

Can we also send letters to this address to ask the president to not consider letting him go? Can we let him know that we think John should stay in prison for the shenanigans he and his cronies pulled, for hurting all the stockholders that were trusting the leadership to do the correct things, for hurting so many families, and the entire community?

Anonymous said...

How many of you really understand the case? As Adelphia rapidly grew and as accounting standards and laws were changed, the Rigases relied on DeLoitte & Touche for accounting and Buchanan Ingersoll for legal counsel. They then followed the advice of these well-paid advisors. Where did it get them? The Rigases went down as the victims, while the politically connected advisors bought their way out. Just take a look at the settlement that DeLoitte and Touche paid to avoid prosecution (which is really an admission of guilt).
There's no way the blue collar New Yorkers who sat on that jury really understood the highly technical and complex legal and accounting issues. Kind of like Johnny Cochran in the OJ case, the prosecutors mixed the lies and distortions with simplistic and irrelevant tales of Christmas trees on airplanes and bedroom slippers to stir the passions.
The Rigases were railroaded.
Let John come home!

Anonymous said...

You guys make me sick. It is Mulcahy is the one you should vent your anger.

Anonymous said...

Yea, what a wonderful time of year to ask for our kind words and letters of forgivness .. I DON'T THINK SO CHUMPS ! Nice try though, but it seriously probably just hurt you more than you know.. I have a letter already addressed to old Bushy Baby and it isn't begging to let the old bastard out ..

Anonymous said...

Oh...they are worth 79 mil? I will send you the adresses of my bill collectors and insurance companies you can get that all cleaned up for me THEN I WILL TELL BUSHWHACKER ANYTHING YOU WANT.. Oh yea , then the tax claims office, the bank for over drafted checks and may as well throw in the address for my hospital bills.. All of this a result of the domino effect your greed has caused.. ROT THERE !! I BET YOU WILL

Anonymous said...

"The Bancroft Associate group will assemble the letters and send them as a group. Thank you."...

I bet you will assemble & send them as a group.. I bet only the letters from the ass kissers & Shirley Almighty make it to the Pres. Thanks but NO thanks.. I will send my own letter ...

Anonymous said...

pardons have been granted for far worse offenses.

i was once convinced that the rigas family had committed the crimes for which they have been convicted, now, i'm not so sure.

it wouldnt hurt my feelings if mr. rigas was released as he is powerless to inflict any harm on anyone at this point

HFC Director said...

After reading these comments I see that the Coudersport community has accepted the fact that numerous members of the Rigas family were the cause of the Adelphia debacle. This laughable show of propaganda is their latest attempt of trying to keep their name in the news and garner some sick show of pitty from the Coudersport community. Has John, Tim or Mike even offered an apology for stealing the money and throwing the lives of their own employees and investors into disaray? If these low lifes were pardoned will it mean people like Don, Viki, Dan, Moose, Rob, and Jeff get their jobs back in the engineering department? Will the Rigas family step in and attempt to repair the lives of the people they financially raped?

Anonymous said...

Taking into consideration all of the things that have happened with the economy this year and the government having to bail out corporations for $700 billion, it makes what happened with Adelphia equivalent to taking an extra cookie from the cookie jar. John Rigas should not have even had to do any jail time for what happened in the first place. I certainly didn't see the government hauling any other CEO's away in handcuffs from any of the banks that had to have money! The whole deal was a government witch hunt and it is totally ridiculous because the government mismanages money at a much greater extent than any business possibly could. I am definitely going to send a letter out.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, this thread more than any other has spoken volumes about the demographics of the "community" that uses Solomon's Words as a forum.
Thinking citizens would be wise to recognize that this forum does not represent a cross-section of the citizenry, but is instead largely populated with uninformed, bitter individuals with little compassion.
This has indeed been a very revealing string of anonymous comments. It has also been a crushing blow to Solomon's Words as a legitimate source of information.
Perhaps it's time for the moderator to eliminate the "anonymous" feature and require that comments be signed and email addresses of senders required and posted. I would gladly comply with that in my next response to anything that appears on here once that change is made.
Would YOU?

Anonymous said...

too funny...the way the press release from the Rigas' is written it seems like the only reason they are requesting this is because of everyone who has suggested that the family do it..yeah right

Anonymous said...

Justin Cochran is going to write on his behalf, I can tell you that. He told me that there was never one bad thing spoke about the family from 1998-2001. Free hockey tickets, orchestra's, etc.. and you folk can say that it was with taxpayer dollars, but prove it. The government couldn't. Potter County isn't that full of legal and financial experts, which you all seem to be regarding this case. Look at Wall Street oh intelligent county. You will see corruption and greed EVERYDAY. Goverment bailouts for companies followed by lavish parties at resorts. This, folks, is greed. These anonymous posts certainly must be from those who coudn't find a way to move on in life and blame bill colletors and bounced checks on the fall of Adelphia. That is a scandal in itself. To whoever posted that my Lord you need to clean up your life and become responsible FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS. You bounced a check because there was not enough money in your account to pay it. You have bills from doctors because you don't have the common sense enough to work out payment plans. You can blame John Rigas all you want, but you can also learn that he too had to work just as hard as you did, sometimes holding more than one job, to make ends meet. You are a pity, you shouldn't be allowed to post on here.

Anonymous said...

I am glad all are allowed to post on here. It is a blog. For those of you who want names signed, how come I don't see your name on your blog? Exactly it is a blog. The Rigas's did build up the community and maybe in a bad way. It is what it is. I have had many people tell me they are happy to have a little of the home town atmosphere back. We are left with huge buildings that no one can use, huge houses that no one can afford to buy, inflated taxes and the Rigas's are still making a pretty good living, without doing much for this community now. They still live here, What are they contributing. Some of my business accounts were not paid up, so yes I was one of those that got ripped off. But even when they were on top as you all believe, they didn't pay their bills very well, even to the locals. If the Rigas's had stayed a private company, it would be no ones business, but they didn't, they went public and used other peoples money while inflating their subscribers to borrow more money to buy more cable companies. This my freinds is greed. Sorry no letter from here.

Anonymous said...

I thought this site was based entirely on propaganda. When I read the head lines I know exactly who that particular headline is meant to try and influence and those who would never take it seriouly.

If you had to sign your name it just wouldn't be the same. It would ruin it.

bb

Anonymous said...

Hey, I would like to know about the MR. BROWN - also known as the turncoat --- what sentence did he get? I have never seen one thing about what the Government did to him -- probably NOTHING since he was their PATSY!! I truly believe that the case was not fully understood! If I go to the bank and they say you need collateral - trust me - I'll only get the money when every I is dotted and every T is crossed to their liking and that means their board and auditors. Why didn't the banks and auditors require more? You know, I think that the lawyers, auditors & banks are at fault!!

Anonymous said...

One poster says,

"You guys make me sick. It is Mulcahy is the one you should vent your anger"

This is a true statment, yet the townships of Potter County are following Mulcahy like the Pied-piper when it comes to wind turbines.
If you think the Rigas collapse hurt Coudersport, you are in for a real treat when you see the devistation that is going to happen with Mulcahy and his wind turbines.

Anonymous said...

I'm writing 2 letters. Directly to President Bush at the above address. I am mailing them asap.

One to keep Diamond John & son where they are.
The fish stinks from the head down. You can't spend other peoples money the way he did.

The second for Ramos & Compean. 2 Border agents just doing their job against illegal aliens.


http://worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=83767


Ramos and Compean are serving sentences of 11 and 12 years respectively for the shooting of an illegal alien drug smuggler in the line of duty. The drug dealer received only minor injuries and was given full immunity from prosecution by the federal prosecutor in return for his testimony against the agents.

Many Americans have regarded the prosecution and sentencing of Ramos and Compean as nothing short of a travesty of justice:

The illegal alien drug smuggler received only minor injuries and was given full immunity from prosecution by the federal prosecutor in return for his testimony against the agents.


Ramos and Compean were convicted and sentenced under a law requiring a minimum 10-year sentence for the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime – a law Congress never intended to apply to law enforcement officers. Even the lead prosecutor subsequently admitted the sentences are too harsh.


After the trial, several jurors complained they had been intimidated into voting "guilty" while actually believing Ramos and Compean were innocent, yet the judge refused to set the verdict aside.


The Border Patrol agents have already served nearly two years in prison, mostly solitary confinement, subjecting their wives and children to extreme emotional and financial hardship.
Moreover, the imprisonment of Ramos and Compean and the severe impact on their families has demoralized the rest of the U.S. Border Patrol, the nation's first line of defense against the massive influx of illegal aliens into the U.S.

Anonymous said...

John Q. Public hit the nail on the head!The whole Rigas fiasco was brought on by Bush and his buddy Cheney!JMHO said "I like John personally and I like Bush"! I voted for that idiot and how some people can defend Bush for his actions against the Rigas family is beyond me?Bush just pardoned a bunch of scoundrels recently,that made John Rigas look like a saint.Besides that,he has had no regard for the law since he has been in office!He has lied to the people and pretty much told the supreme court to go screw themselves on numerous occassions when told to hand over documents,memouirs,etc.Our good old govt.'s mentality of "Do as I say,Not as I do!" After Wall St. ,insurance companies(and thier CEO's)putting the screws to the american people,with no repercussions,I find it pretty sad that some of us want to put all the blame on the Rigas family for everything going wrong in Potter Co.Did they make mistakes?Yes!Did I lose Money?Yes!Did a lot of people make money?Yes!I personally knew John and his family for 20 years.Did John intennionally want to hurt anyone?NO!He loved Coudy and it's people and employees!I think they have paid way more than any of these real crooks on Wall St.Like John Q Public said,"The high priced Accounting firms that signed off on everything,walked with a slap on the wrist and a big fine and no time!The Rigas' went from movie theater to 5th largest cable company in the country.They weren't big political contributors and the govt. found a scapegoat on thier big witchunt after Enron!Chaney's company,Halliburton has been found several times to be ripping off the taxpayers!Never heard of any charges being brought against them?Kinda funny,don't ya think!?Scooter Libby pardoned??Somethin fishy,don't ya think!?Sorry,I don't give much credibility to whose callin the kettle black!If you all can't call for Bush and Cheney's impeachment,you sure as hell, don't have the right to ask for John Rigas to sit in jail the rest of his life!!So next time your lookin for someone to blame for Adelphia's downfall,at least put half the blame where it belongs!!! I'll be writing my letter for a pardon,not a commute!!There's been enough damage done!! Brad Jones

Anonymous said...

I believe the best way to see how the people feel is to have a poll. A simple one at that. Maybe this question:
Do you favor John and Tim Rigas serve their full prison terms for the crime they were found guilty of?
Simple, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

so, to the person with the poll idea,, lets say i accuse you of rape, and have a shit load of witnesses to back my claims, you are found guilty, does the findings of the court then make you guilty???? hmmm must be, if the courts say it is so, then it must be then i guess.....seems to be the mentality of some.
my letter has been written and sent

Eric

Anonymous said...

If the Rigas' agreed to payback all
the people that lost their life
savings in their investments then
I'd be all for his release.
The Coudersport area will never
see the economic life it had in
Aldephia's hayday.

Anonymous said...

i agree with the above writer. Coudersport will never be the same. I worked for Mr. Rigas and I have lived in this area for 44 years and the economy here is terrible and getting worse. Adelphia is what started it and other businesses have followed. Every person that has worked for Mr. Rigas has suffered one way or the other. Most of us have found other jobs and have moved on. Everybody should be thankful for what you now have and quit putting the blame on other people, your life is what you make your life to be, get out there and seek other employment in other areas if you have to. But be thankful for your new job, your family and your health BECAUSE there is some person worse off than you are.

Anonymous said...

JMHO said "I like John personally and I like Bush"

I voted for that idiot and how some people can defend Bush for his actions against the Rigas family is beyond me?

First off Brad, show some class and quit calling our President an idiot. I am sure he is considerably smarter than you. If you have a problem with how he treated your friend John, fine. Show some respect for the President and the office.

Do you not recall the outcome of the Enron trial? Skilling was convicted of 19 of 28 counts of securities fraud and wire fraud. He was sentenced to 24 years, 4 months in prison, and cannot be released before serving less than 20 years, 4 months. In addition, he must pay $630 million to the government, which includes a $180 million fine.

Ken Lay was convicted of all six counts of securities and wire fraud and could have faced a total sentence of up to 45 years in prison; however, he died of a heart attack on July 5, 2006, prior to sentencing.

Or Worldcom? Bernie Ebbers was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Brad, I can appreciate the fact that you want to stand up for your friend. I would wonder if your friendship was based more on the fact that he lined your pockets or for the fact that he was an honorable man?

JMHO

Anonymous said...

JMHO,
Yes,you are right.I will try to show a little more respect for the office.But respect is earned.Like I said,The president has pretty much done anything and everything he has wanted without any reprisal (whether it was legal or not).That's what I have a problem with!I also stated that the family did make mistakes.I just really don't feel John got a fair trial and that's my humble opinion.And yes ,John did give me a lot of work and I never tried to take advantage of that relationship.I always felt lucky to be his friend and I think the feeling was mutual! Brad

Anonymous said...

Fair enough, Brad. All Presidents seem to live a bit above the law or at least muddy the waters on what the law is. Did laws really apply to these Presidents: Nixon-WaterGate, Clinton-Lewinsky, Reagan-Iran/Contra?

John had every opportunity to defend himself as well as the accounting of his business-Adelphia. I was dumbfounded at the pathetic way he, and his lawyers presented his defense.

I also benefited financially from Adelphia being here, (who didn't) but there will always be a bit of resentment by me towards the Rigas family, and that's JMHO.

Anonymous said...

I say let John out and have Bush take his place. So, John caused destruction for the area, but Bush caused death and destruction to the whole united states. Hmmm, who's the bigger criminal? I will not show respect to a man that ripped so many of our soldiers out of America, and had them killed.

Anonymous said...

JMHO,
First off Geroge Bush IS AN IDIOT!!!! Read Newsweek and every major newspaper in our country, watch CNN and MSNBC, for goodness sake look at his approval rating now compared to directly after September 11. You should decipher it has dropped almost as bad as our stock market. SO for us being in a pointless war with Iraq, we should show the idiot respect? And the fact that this area has lost two young men - one very recently - and a school nurse from Port Allegany- to this war, you are telling Brad he must show the Oval Office respect for that? This garbage is hitting close to home don't you think? Respect for a senseless war and a crumbled economy, for which many more should be imprisoned but will not be, for where there are real criminals and greed and corruption, we have to show respect for this???? You must be out of your meds pal and I will certainly defend Brad and my views on this so please grow a pair and defend your country against idiocracy, not democracy. John Rigas did no harm. The verdict is out on Tim, but as for John, no. And in MHO, you can't call Clinton "above the law" because he wanted what most men deserve after a tough day at the office. JMHO!!!! He was almost impeached for sticking his peach in. Yet "W" can run around and start wars he can't finish and sacrifice thousands of lives for some illusion his even smarter "INTELLIGENCE AGENCY" dare called WMD. I think we would be better off asking President Obama for the pardon. But maybe Bush will come through, I mean, Dick Cheney shot his best friend and thought he was a duck, so anything is possible. Cheney should be serving time for reckless endangerment, but.....

J. Cochran

Anonymous said...

If you all remember correctly, the reason that all of these witch hunts happened was due to a change in the accounting laws by the government. What was considered a legal action was suddenly not legal any longer and before any of these companies, including Adelphia, could resolve the issues and get into compliance, Bush went on the offensive to make examples of these corporate officials. They hauled John out in handcuffs and it was on the front page of papers and news sites all over the world, but the same thing didn't happen to the Enron guys or Bernie Ebbers...they were allowed to turn themselves in. John was poorly represented in court and also had other company officials turn on him to save themselves (Brown/Mulcahey)when they were more to blame for the accounting issues than he was. I have been employed by Hyperion/Abiz/Telcove/Level 3 for many years and wouldn't have had the opportunity that I have had without Adelphia and the Rigas family starting the ball rolling. It has been years since this happened....if people are still having financial problems now they should blame themselves, or better yet, point your finger at the government that mismanages money worse than any public corporation ever will. Isn't it funny how the federal government seized land and properties belonging to Adelphia and sold them off when they had no financial stake in the whole matter in the first place?

Anonymous said...

Well said John Q Public!Justin,don't be so hard on my friend JMHO.He is a respected businessman in Coudy and he also brings up some good points;and has the right to his opinion.He certainly is right about John's defense team!
I moved 1200 miles to take a job to support my family.It's not really what I wanted.I left my family ,friends,my snowmobile club and what was left of my business.I feel for the people and businesses trying to survive and pick up the pieces.I totally respect JMHO and the others that work hard to overcome all the obstacles to surviving there now!!It is just my opinion that John Rigas never maliciously intended for any of this to happen!Happy New Year to all and God Bless! Brad Jones

Anonymous said...

John Q. Public!!! You rock!!!

Anonymous said...

Just a Positive note, I was raised to respect Mr. Rigas, I also worked for Adelphia and lost money, although I harbor no hard feeling. I found new work and stayed in the area that I love. My only New Year's wish is that Mr. Rigas gets to come home to spend it with his family. Anyone that hasn't had the opportunity to meet him, he WAS/IS generous(not talking about money either), he is very soft spoken and would never just walk by anyone without saying a few kind words. I will always have much admiration and respect for Mr. Rigas, and I do not care what people think about my opinion. It's all mine and I am entitled to it. Also, thanks Brad Jones for standing by Mr. Rigas, you are a man of strong beliefs and are not afraid to stand behind them. Nikki

Anonymous said...

Why are all of you people saying nasty thinks about each other and Bush? What Rigas did is done. Let's move on and see if we can get along with each other and not argue about something we have no no control over. Happy New Year.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Nikki.Great post!I have fond memories of seeing John on the street or in the Texas Hot in Wellsville.I think that was what impressed me the most;he didn't act like he was better than anyone else.As busy as he was,he always took,or made the time to care about people!The whole situation is a travesty.I honestly think the company tried to grow too big,too fast.Once the govt. got involved,it was all down hill from there.I really agree with John Q. Public on the change in accounting procedures and the effect they had on this case.The jury didn't have a clue what was going on and didn't know Mr. Rigas.After "Cuff the Bastards",the Enron Scandal,and all the bad publicity;it was pretty evident that the Rigas' weren't going to get a fair trial!On top of that,the investors,employees and the whole region got screwed also!I'll be writing my letter today! Brad Jones

Anonymous said...

Ok, I apologize. I have freedom of speech but apparently I should have just said plainly that I am writing a positive letter for John. Maybe with his behind the scenes guidance Zito may make some kind of run towards a good, decent sustainable company.
J. Cochran

Anonymous said...

Brad your last post summed it all up. Excellent post!!!I as well am writing my letter and sending it today. Nikki

Anonymous said...

I'd just like to ask the people who are blaming the Rigases for losing money when are you going to take responsibility for your own actions? The Rigases did not make you buy stock in Adelphia. The Rigases do not control the price of the stock. The Rigases did not make you sell the stock for less than what you paid for it.

When you choose to buy stock, it's a risk. It's as much of a risk as buying a lottery ticket or going to the casino. There is no guarantee that you will make money.

So if you lost money, suck it up and take responsibility for your own inability to choose a successful stock.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Nikki and good point Damien! Brad

Anonymous said...

I don't think it was only stockholders that lost money.

What about vendors that were owed money to them by Adelphia. They provided a service and/or product but may not have been compensated dollar for dollar via the bankruptcy proceedings.

What about employees who relocated up here, bought a house, enrolled their kids in the schools and then suddenly found themselves without a job and a house they could not sell.

I agree that by buying a stock you are assuming the risk and responsibility that go along with stock ownership. But I am afraid many people other than the shareholders were also damaged by Adelphia's collapse. Now to your point - these people probably have and should have moved on by now as one ultimately has responsibility for their own life.

This is certainly a tough one. What about John's service in WWII. To me personally that warrants some slack, but I would certainly respect someone who said "no way they were convicted in a court of law".

Mark

Anonymous said...

Well Mark, let me comment on your points.

You are correct that more than just the stockholders were affected by the collapse of Adelphia.

Adelphia had not defaulted on any loans at the time of the collapse of the stock. It went into bankruptcy to protect the company, its shareholders, the vendors and the employees. During the bankruptcy proceedings, the vendors negotiated with the other vendors on settlements that the court has approved.

Adelphia currently is continuing to sell off remaining assets and settle outstanding lawsuits to provide additional payments to the vendors. So there is more money still going to the vendors as part of the bankruptcy settlement plan, which at this point looks as though it will continue for a few more years.

You are correct that it is not dollar for dollar, but partial payment is better than no payment when it comes to bankruptcy laws. You yourself can negotiate with your credit card company to have them settle for a lesser amount than what is owed without even having to declare bankruptcy.

Regarding the employees, just like with any company, no job is guaranteed. Pennsylvania is an at will state, and you may be let go from your position without notice or cause. I'm sure the people who are working for the car industry right now are wondering about the security of their jobs, the same as those of us who worked for Adelphia were concerned about our jobs at the time. Fortunately the majority of people who worked for Adelphia were offered positions with Comcast or Time Warner when the assets were sold. There was only a small percentage of the 21,000 employees that were terminated.

When I moved here to work for Adelphia, I made the choice to rent instead of buy. The housing market here was grossly overpriced, and I could not believe the amount of money people were paying for houses that should have been torn down.

The housing market is just like the stock market. You take a risk when you buy. The goal isn't to buy high and sell low, but when that happens you do get to take the loss off your taxes. People who relocated from the "big cities" should have considered whether or not this area was worth $250,000 housing.

You are also right that people need to move on by now. Adelphia moved into bankruptcy back in 2002. It's now 2009. It's a real shame that the anonymous people here are letting something seven years old still dominate their lives. I hope that seven years from now we're not still hearing the same type of negativity about things we have no personal control over.

Anonymous said...

Quote:"Fortunately the majority of people who worked for Adelphia were offered positions with Comcast or Time Warner when the assets were sold."

Yea, we were offered jobs and I have got to admit that once we were offered jobs with either of these companies, I was one of many who let my guard down a little bit. Things started looking a bit better. Then in early December of 2006 that changed. It was devistating to hear the TWC big wigs telling us as of Feb 5th we would be done. Most of us got nice severance packages and our term of unemployment which gave most of us either time to job hunt or relocate within TWC. I chose to stay here born & raised.. I was a fortunate one who did bounce back right aways and got right back on the horse! I think of those that had to relocate some being close family & friends.. All a ripple effect from The Rigas family.. Not so much from Mr. Rigas but his greedy sons. Should Mr. Rigas be allowed to come home? Absolutley!! Should ALL of his kids be sent up the river? ABSOLUTLEY...

Anonymous said...

There isn't enough incentive in the world for me to write a letter in support of John Rigas. I worked for Adelphia for 7 years - and the minute the Rigases were gone the company was an even better place to work!

It's nice to see the people in the area finally wise up to the disgusting actions of this family. So many people had their lives ruined and finances destroyed as a result of their greed. Forget what the old man USED to do - at the end of the day, he was part of the destruction of the company and the town and I hope he rots in jail for the remainder of his term. I have no sympathy for any of the family or the people that still support them.

To hell with the Rigases - they are nothing but a band of crooks and they deserve to spend eternity being miserable and paying for their crimes.

Sara from Buffalo.

Anonymous said...

I would have to disagree with the comment by Sara. My personal opinion about who was the better company to work for was hands down, Adelphia. I worked there from 1994 until the day the doors were closed on us in 2007. Once the bancruptcy began, the stress and tension began. Every day we were reminded by the jerks who stepped in for adelphia and those from Time Warner that if we didn't do this or that, we could be replaced. Or how we should be thankful we even still have our jobs. I for one was relieved whn they told us we were done in 60 days. I was fed up with the "never knowing what was around the corner". Fortunately, I went back to school and now have a job I absolutely love going to again, and the pay is great. I harbor no ill feelings, No job is 100% secure, so this all is just my opinion. As for John Rigas in jail? I think he deserves another chance. After all, I am thankful for getting the chance to work for him and build my skills to be where I am now.

Anonymous said...

Do you idiots really think the Rigas family cares about anything but themselves. If you do, you are really the stupid ones.

Anonymous said...

"First off Geroge Bush IS AN IDIOT!!!! Read Newsweek and every major newspaper in our country, watch CNN and MSNBC..."

Wow. Cochran. You need to add some more water to the Kool Aid you are force fed from Newsweek, CNN and MSNBC, it's no wonder you're a bit bitter, hostile and misinformed. The problems with this country started at the end of Clintons term. Honest. I know you won't be fed that in the "major newspapers" but it's the truth.

My point to my friend Brad was that even if you don't support the President, you must support the office. I'm not an Obama fan, but I will never stoop to such a low level as to call him or anyone that holds the Office "idiots."

Oh, and another point. "He was almost impeached for sticking his peach in." Your sophomoric attempt at humor really speaks volumes about dim you really are.

JMHO

Anonymous said...

That adding more water to the kool aid line is getting old. Get some new material.

Anonymous said...

The person who agreed with John Q. Public - and John Q. Public himself - hit the nail right on the head!!! Unless you knew of the inner workings of Adelphia, you don't really know the whole story. Many, many others were to blame for this, not necessarily John Rigas himself. Yet not one of them were tried and convicted. George W. Bush's crimes against the people of this country FAR SURPASS anything John Rigas ever did, yet George W. will retire on a million dollar income and the golden fleece fund. Open your eyes.....read the entire case before saying John Rigas is guilty. Just like you should have before you ever voted for any Republican in the last 12 years who has helped to destroy this country.

Anonymous said...

the man was found G U I L T Y!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

JMHO,

That sophomore attempt at humor must have lit a fire under you somewhere, otherwise you would not have said anything. Put it this way, nobody else went out of their way to tell me that it wasn't funny. I wasn't trying to be funny, you just don't need to govern this site and tell people what they should or should not say. Regardless of what business in Coudersport you run, it is this site that you do not and it is this site that is free and very much obliged to post opinions of its readers within the realms of decency. If you don't want the person in the Oval Office to be called an idiot, I suggest running for it in 2012. By the way, it doesn't matter what newspaper or journal or magazine it is, they all have negative opinions of Bush, ALL OF THEM!!! As do the approval ratings, which gauge this country's opinion. That kool-aid joke sounds to me like it's much more sophomore pal. I never heard it before, and apparently you have worn it out, much like George Bush has his legacy. By the way, you calling me out has provoked me to respond. I did say in a previous post that I should not have called you out like I did before. By the way, you must have missed that. By the way, free John Rigas. JMHO, This isn't about us, it is about an innocent man in prison who did right his whole life. Until anyone here says they had a conversation with Mr. Rigas in which he said, " I am going to defraud everyone and throw away what I worked so hard to build.." when someone provides us with concrete proof, no technical crap or this law changed, whatever...Let me hear or see something in which John says to hell with Adelphia, that will be the day. Anybody seen Charlie Raptis?

Justin Cochran

Anonymous said...

Hey Cochran- The best thing that happened to Coudersport was that you left. Stay where you are and try to blame Bush for all of your new problems.

Anonymous said...

AMEN TO THAT !!

Anonymous said...

It’s a shame how some people chickened out and cooperated/lied for the government. Others clammed up and kept their mouths shut, thinking they’d keep their jobs. Those of you at Deloitte & Touche, Buchanan Ingersoll, the banks and Wall Street… …oh don’t get me started. You all let an innocent man go to prison, may God have mercy on your souls!

Anonymous said...

This article is almost a thing of the past.. a few more added on today should put this one into the 'older stories' file... Then hopefully , just hopefully Mr. Jones will post more FUN STUFF !!

Anonymous said...

I don't have any problems pal, just defending John Rigas is all...it is best I left the armpit of the world, sorry you are still holed up there. State your name once in awhile. Be a man. Anyway, I'm through, letter is wrote. Great people talk about great things, average people talk about average things, and small people talk about other people...so live large, whoever you are.

Cochran

Anonymous said...

Again I say when does JIM BROWN go to PRISON??? OH and Charlie Raptis he is living in MYRTLE BEACH.