John Cole Cartoons

John Cole has been The Times-Tribune’s editorial cartoonist since April 2005. He draws five to seven full-color cartoons weekly.

With apologies to Lewis Carroll

With apologies to Lewis Carroll

Whatever Louis DeNaples wants, Louis DeNaples usually gets. Or at least that’s been the case in his hometown of Dunmore. The wealthy casino, landfill and used auto parts magnate is seeking to have the life of his Keystone Landfill extended nearly another half-century, which means the borough, as well as the state DEP, must sign off on its increased height and attendant environmental impacts. Having secured the blessing of the zoning board in a 3-2 vote, DeNaples now must take his case to the borough council tonight. Public opposition to the expansion has been vigorous, though, so nothing is the slam dunk it once was.

Giant sucking sound

Giant sucking sound

The Trump campaign provides daily proof of the truth behind the old saying, “a fool and his money are soon parted.” The latest case in point: Trump Straws, for which his loyal cult (the GOP’s not really a conventional political party, anymore) have reportedly coughed up nearly $900,000 so that they, like Dear Leader, can fight the liberal scourge of paper straws. (Or whatever. Hey … it’s their money).

But that’s only the tip of Trump’s self-dealing and pursuit of profit, which almost always comes at taxpayer expense.

Donald’s magic Sharpie

Donald’s magic Sharpie

As with many of Trump’s crazy actions and pronouncements, it’s hard to tell whether the latest involving his Sharpie pen and a doctored hurricane tracking map is just another example of him gaslighting the media and U.S. population as a diversion from something else (say, ripping off taxpayers while lining his own pocket), or whether he’s simply lost it. In either event, it’s the latest act of a man determined to bend even the most mundane aspects of reality itself to his will. “Alternative facts” have now become mere hallucinations.

Begone, Bob

Begone, Bob

Longtime Scranton School Board Director Bob Lesh has made himself scarce in 2019, rarely showing up in person for various meetings. Taxpayers and board members are beginning to think he should make his absence a permanent thing.

Where’s the fire, guys?

Where’s the fire, guys?

I’ll be the last to begrudge a young boy’s birthday wish to ride in a real fire truck, but the manner in which Olyphant resident and Democratic activist Brian Doughton and Lackawanna County Commissioner candidate Debi Domenick handled this matter stinks of politics, despite their claims to the contrary. Otherwise, the Olyphant Hose Co.’s engine — which is at least partly funded at taxpayer expense — would be available for birthday parties anywhere in the county, regardless of partisan affiliations. Further, what if an actual emergency occurred in Olyphant, and one of its primary vehicles is sitting 4.5 miles away at a birthday party in Dunmore? In short, this looks like another example of county politics trumping the public’s interest.

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John Cole has been The Times-Tribune's editorial cartoonist since April 2005. He draws five to seven full-color cartoons weekly.