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NEPA needs TRASH Act

State regulators confirmed Tuesday that there had been a wastewater leak at the Keystone Sanitary Landfill just as U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey introduced a bill that would enable states to better control the flow of garbage across their borders. (read more)

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Rein in civil forfeiture

Federal and state governments created civil asset forfeiture laws as a means to deny drug traffickers economic rewards for criminal conduct. (read more)

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Short on ideas, but not chips

A bipartisan group of state legislators put on their croupier personas Monday and took to the microphones at the Capitol to extol, again, the apparently infinite virtues of state-sanctioned gambling. (read more)

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Pass RECLAIM

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday eviscerating clean-air regulations adopted by the Obama administration, but his expectation that the pass on pollution will revive the coal industry is overly optimistic. (read more)

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Legislators, law protect ‘pay-to-play’

In his stunning dismissal Monday of a corruption case against investment manager Richard Ireland, U.S. District Judge John Jones III ruled that there was insufficient evidence to find that Ireland had attempted to bribe former state Treasurer Rob McCord with campaign donations. (read more)

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New VA rule true lifesaver

Veterans are about 9 percent of the nation’s population but account for 18 percent of its suicides, a stunningly tragic toll of about 20 a day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. (read more)

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Many offices, little interest

Pennsylvania has more than 2,500 municipal governments, which guarantees inefficiency, costly redundancy, tiny tax bases that can’t support services, bankrupt municipal pension plans and a long roster of related problems. (read more)

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Privacy breach

When you pay your internet service provider, you purchase a service. It is a simple commercial relationship. (read more)

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Require fee disclosure

Scranton’s sale of its sewer system is a done deal, even though the Courtright administration and the sewer authority have not fully explained the reasons for high legal fees to accomplish it and lower-than-advertised proceeds for the city government. (read more)

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Change bond requirement

Restoring condemned houses into safe homes should be a top priority for Scranton’s government. (read more)

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Air show good NEPA marketing

An air show at an active commercial airport is the wild blue yonder of logistics. (read more)

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Scranton: Livin’ dream

Anyone can tell you what’s wrong with the place where he lives. Sometimes it takes an outsider to offer a more objective and, therefore, optimistic view. (read more)

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Gas-fed job developmentrequires public disclosure

Gov. Tom Wolf is much like his predecessor, former Gov. Tom Corbett, in his belief that the state’s abundant natural gas has the potential to transform the state economy beyond the gas industry itself. (read more)

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Keep privacy around DNA

Amid the focus on Cabinet and Supreme Court confirmation hearings and the House effort to overturn Obamacare, a dangerous attack on personal privacy quietly has passed a House committee. (read more)

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Pilarz, city should build strong ties

When the Rev. Scott Pilarz, S.J., again becomes president of the University of Scranton, he will be in the unusual position of succeeding his successor. (read more)

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Speaking of addiction . . .

As an enabler of casino gambling, state government is partly responsible for thousands of cases of gambling addiction. (read more)

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Return cash slush fund to budget

You have to hand it to the state Legislature for innovative budgeting. Or, perhaps it’s that members don’t understand the definition of budgetary “balance.” (read more)

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Hubris claims another ‘star’

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams gladly picked at the bones of former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane as she foolishly abused her power, destroyed her career and broke the law in pursuit of a political vendetta. (read more)

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Roll over Beethoven

Chuck Berry didn’t invent rock ’n’ roll, but he broadened its appeal and laid a foundation for its enduring legacy. (read more)

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State police fee proposal no-brainer

There is a word to describe the cost for state police protection that Gov. Tom Wolf would impose on local governments that don’t have their own police departments — bargain. (read more)