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...
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...
The thimble brigade

The thimble brigade

After several days of struggling behind closed doors, the legislature and governor have managed to accomplish … not much. The so-called “reform” bill currently headed toward likely enactment will do little to address Pennsylvania’s crushing $60...