Seeing Trump’s appeal in Pa. poll

Seeing Trump’s appeal in Pa. poll

It’s no surprise that a new Franklin & Marshall College poll shows Pennsylvania voters are disgusted by our alleged leadership in Harrisburg. The Republican-controlled Legislature and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf have given us the longest budget impasse in 45...
Slipping the surly bonds

Slipping the surly bonds

Hard to believe it’s been 30 years since the space shuttle Challenger exploded over the Atlantic Ocean, killing its seven-member crew and shaking the nation’s faith in the space program and American exceptionalism. I was a senior in high school on Jan. 28,...
You, me and Louis DeNaples

You, me and Louis DeNaples

I dreaded writing the profile of Louis DeNaples for our continuing series on important people in the 150-year history of Scranton. The Dunmore garbage/casino/auto parts baron is perhaps the most controversial figure in Northeast Pennsylvania history, and I was deeply...
Sour grapes of wrath

Sour grapes of wrath

Jerry Notarianni was the top vote-getter in the November election, but has been reduced to filing a lawsuit demanding he be declared the minority Lackawanna County commissioner.  He may as well be a jilted groom suing to recover an engagement ring that has already...
No grace period; bills are due

No grace period; bills are due

This morning, I stopped by the Lackawanna County Administration building to ask Commissioner Pat “Cheese” O’Malley who paid for his wife and children to attend a November conference for which he has billed Recorder of Deeds Evie Rafalko McNulty. Evie...