Reformicide

Reformicide

There’s no quicker way to kill off meaningful good-government reform than subjecting them to the Pennsylvania’s fatuous and famously corrupt legislature.
Correction!

Correction!

Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick O’Malley plans to be Johnny-on-the-spot where it comes to correcting errors on county courthouse monuments. Since he’s intent on fix-it campaign, he might address the county’s biggest problem, namely it’s...
Sunday schooled

Sunday schooled

Jeff Sessions came to Scranton yesterday to defend the Trump administration’s policy of separating the children of migrants seeking asylum at our southern border from their parents. He earlier cited a biblical passage from Romans 13 in defending his actions,...
On the summit

On the summit

I’ll admit that the sight of a U.S. president shaking hands with the leader of North Korea is in and of itself an historic moment. For the moment, at least, the fear of nuclear war has lessened, if only because the two sides are talking rather than pounding the...
Feeling insecure

Feeling insecure

Our state legislature, tasked with drawing congressional districts, seemingly exists only to advance the political desires of the Republican majority that has it in a stranglehold. The most recent case in point: the abortive efforts to bring congressional...
Curious statistics

Curious statistics

The recent deaths of designer Kate Spade and chef/author/humanist Anthony Bourdain have highlighted a disturbing and mysterious uptick in the nation’s suicide rate. Both were talented, intelligent, creative individuals who had pursued their passions to great...