Tilting at monopolies

— Pennsylvania’s GOP-controlled House of Representatives has embarked on its latest effort to privatize the state’s antiquated and much-ridiculed wine and liquor monopoly. Given that the last few efforts at this failed even though...

War-of-words zone

— One got the sense that Fox News brand-maker Bill O’Reilly enjoyed tearing NBC anchorman Brian Williams a deserved new one over Williams’ concocted story about taking enemy fire while on assignment in Iraq. Turns out, though, that karma’s a...

Too late, guys.

— A Somalia-based terror outfit calling itself Al-Shabaab has threatened to stage lone-wolf attacks on Western shopping malls. While this is cause for potential concern, it does call into question how closely these guys have been following the arc of the...

Let the word go forth …

— A who’s-who of longtime (too longtime, really) local political actors are elbowing each other out of the way in the hope of landing in County Commissioner Corey O’Brien’s soon-to-be-vacant seat. Starting with former state Rep. Ed Staback,...

The triple-dip

— And the dips just keep coming. With Scranton groaning under the financial weight of expensive union contracts, grossly underfunded pension plans and other bad money decisions, it’s been reported that a handful of non-uniform union retirees have received...