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.

It’s hero time

It’s hero time

During a mad-dash, early-morning run last weekend through Clarks Summit’s Weis grocery store, I came to appreciate the work being done by the clerks and shelf-stockers there. One young fellow who looked and sounded seriously sleep-deprived cheerfully helped fetch an item that was on our list. During these pandemic-panicked times, it’s good to have folks like these making sure society’s basic needs are met.

Hacking democracy

Hacking democracy

Hampered by pandemic-driven social distancing and self-quarantining, both the Scranton City Council and School Board turned to the Internet and meeting app Zoom to arrange legal, open-to-the-public forums. Problems quickly arose though when unidentified hackers and trolls interrupted the proceedings by scrawling obscenities and racial slurs across the computer screens.

Hanging out

Hanging out

As the state’s public school students sit at home while riding out the COVID-19 outbreak, there are lots of unanswered questions regarding the plausibility of online lessons (unlikely, given that not all kids have equal access to the internet at home), and changing the standards for graduating seniors and allowing younger students to repeat their grade. As yet, matters seem to be up in the air. 

About John

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