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.

Thanks for your concern

Thanks for your concern

Following on the heels of Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s statewide “listening tour” regarding the pros and cons of legalizing recreational marijuana use, Gov. Tom Wolf has come out in its favor. The GOP-controlled legislature is less enthusiastic, however, citing a laundry list of worries about the spread of social ills that reefer madness might cause. While their concerns are well-intentioned, one can’t help but wonder why, using the same standards, Pennsylvania allows the sale of booze (to say nothing of running a monopoly off it).

As you were saying?

As you were saying?

Before even the first incriminating document had been released, both Trump and his personal “lawyer” Rudy Giuliani had essentially copped to committing impeachable offenses. As others have observed, this ongoing circus of corruption is “Watergate, with stupid people.”

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.

About John

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