The president repeatedly has demonstrated his love, and even need, for adulation. Correctly supposing he’ll receive neither at tonight’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner in D.C., he’s heading for the Keystone State — his biggest electoral college win last November — to mark his 100th day in office with what he hopes will be the embrace of an adoring crowd (what are the odds that there’ll be a round or three of “LOCK HER UP” or ‘BUILD THAT WALL?”).
This will be the second time Trump’s returned to our state for a political dog-and-pony show since the election. Obviously, he enjoys some sense of security from it and us.
Columnist Chris Kelly’s Wednesday piece put Scranton School Board President Bob Sheridan squarely on the spot, as Sheridan basically copped to canceling any and all board meetings until after the May 16 primary elections. Given the district’s precarious fiscal condition, it’s understandable that the president might not want further public reminders of the board financial management.
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Mr. and Mrs. Stack.
True fact: Fallen Fox News personality spent an early portion of his career right here in NEPA, at WNEP, channel 16.
This week’s conviction of Eric Frein for the murder of Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Bryon Dickson came hardly as a surprise. Through his own words and actions, Frein’s guilt was nearly a foregone conclusion.
It seems that Scranton has engaged in a scattershot effort to assess and collect rental fees of homeowners, many of whom are not, in fact, landlords. The problem (aside from the city’s well-earned reputation for incompetence) mainly centers on Scranton’s use of Lackawanna County’s nearly half-century-old property assessment as a basis for which residents received the notices. The rental-fee mess will sort itself out in time, but the episode provides yet another reason why the county needs to perform a reassessment. Otherwise, episodes like this will continue to occur.
Two bills are working their ways through the state legislature that obstruct the public’s right to know pertinent details about their local and state police forces. House Bill 27 would make it a misdemeanor to reveal the name of an officer involved in a shooting or arrest that resulted in injury or death. Senate Bill 560, meanwhile, would make it far more difficult for the public to have access to video and audio recordings captured by an officer’s bodycam. Further, it would not require an officer to notify a citizen that they are being recorded, and would allow recordings to be made inside one’s home.
Stories of Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Mike Stack’s recent problems with interpersonal employee relations caught many folks by surprise. For starters: we have a lieutenant governor?
One of our own — 10th District U.S. Representative Tom Marino — has been selected to join the the raft of plutocrats and science-deniers composing the Trump administration. As payoff for coming out early in his support for Trump, Marino reportedly is in line to become the next federal “drug czar.” Considering U.S, Attorney-General Jeff Sessions’ retrograde plan to restart “the war on drugs,” Marino likely will find himself with his hands full and in the spotlight.
Meanwhile, news of his plan to leave his office will come as a complete surprise to constituents who have tried for months to corral the congressman into a town hall meeting and explain himself and his positions. It seems Marino was rarely if ever in his office.
Lackawanna County Commissioner Jerry Notarianni’s legal quest to be granted minority-member status hit another snag this week. His choice of words following the court decision laid bare the political infighting and resentment that’s been a hallmark of the board recently.
Pennsylvania American Water Company has lifted its boil-water advisory, put in place following a water main break in Dunmore that affected roughly 50,000 customers. Meanwhile, the Scranton School District’s own problems continue to boil.