Bread and circuses!

Bread and circuses!

Governing is often a difficult pursuit. Decisions have to be made regarding public needs that won’t please everyone, and in some cases actually create enemies. The ever-campaigning and politicking Lackawanna County Commissioner Pat O’Malley, on the other...
Suicide by endorsement

Suicide by endorsement

Even more so that the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, twice-removed Alabama Supreme Court Justice (and accused pedophile) Roy Moore is a cartoonishly bad political candidate. But the GOP swallowed hard and backed him in last Tuesday’s special...
On Santa’s list

On Santa’s list

State Rep. Kevin Haggerty of Dunmore has gone missing. Despite reeling in a base $86,000 annual salary with benefits that ordinary, workaday private-sector schmoes can only dream of, Haggerty has missed every single floor vote since July 22. In short, the...
McConnell’s baby

McConnell’s baby

Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks resigned following reports that he offered millions of dollars to one or more female staffers in exchange for … uh … bearing his child. This, of course, is a totally normal thing in Washington, a town where big-bucks...
What’s that smell?

What’s that smell?

Citing bull market returns, county leaders have elected not to contribute to the employee pension fund. But just as the current market has gone up, it will surely go down some day, potentially taking the fund with it (see 2008-09) and leaving taxpayers holding the...