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.

Keystone comfort

Keystone comfort

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.

Hidey hole

Hidey hole

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.

Three-wheeling it

Three-wheeling it

Lackawanna Co. Commissioner and tea party adherent Laureen Cummings doesn’t like the government collecting or spending money on things that arguably improve our local quality of life. Like the local arts. Or bicycle lanes.

Blind leading the blind

Blind leading the blind

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.

Nothing to see, folks …

Nothing to see, folks …

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.

Man who wasn’t there

Man who wasn’t there

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.

 

An affront to dogs and ponies

An affront to dogs and ponies

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.

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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.

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