‘Next level’ is step down

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The Lackawanna County Convention & Visitors Bureau did something truly remarkable for a county agency back in 2014 — it hired an apolitical, proven tourism professional to head the agency. (read more)

DOJ opts for intimidation

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The U.S. Department of Justice shamefully is using its law enforcement power to intimidate not just political protesters, but anyone who dares view an anti-Trump administration website. (read more)

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Poison pill suits toxic governance

Patrick O’Malley and Laureen Cummings really, really do not want to conduct the first reassessment of Lackawanna County properties in half a century. (read more)

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Already 4th quarter for contracts

Public schools and the high school football season are about to open. Guess which one will go on regardless of whether teachers and at least three of the region’s school districts achieve contracts. (read more)

Raise ceiling for stability

Congressional leaders don’t agree on much these days, across the aisles or, increasingly, even with factions of their own rank and file. (read more)

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Fourth ‘R’ for city schools is reform

A nascent effort to untangle the financial wreckage of the Scranton School District has produced a report that is, as the teachers union complained, “one-sided.” (read more)

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Monuments, in their place

President Donald Trump, who couldn’t bring himself to denounce white supremacists following the outrages they committed Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, has lamented the rapidly accelerating trend of removing from public places monuments to Confederate figures. (read more)

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Eliminate school strikes

Nights are cooler. Hints of colors other than green grace the region’s ridge lines. Teachers in at least three Northeast Pennsylvania school districts threaten to strike — like nature’s own signs, a sure indication that fall is nigh. (read more)

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Fight false equivalency

Political leaders across the spectrum, business leaders, the joint chiefs of staff and innumerable other people who cherish American values all have repudiated (read more)

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Sewer line decision isn’t about merits

The broad question about the Scranton Sewer Authority remains even after a judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit claiming that it had violated an agreement with Scranton residents by allowing treated effluent from a massive garbage dump to flow through a sewer line under Green Ridge (read more)

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ACA still law; implement it

Faced with deep internal divisions and public opposition, congressional Republicans have failed to execute their promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. (read more)

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Fix broken law

From former Lackawanna County Commissioner Bob Cordaro to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, from former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fatah of Philadelphia, disgraced politicians hope to be rescued by an ill-considered 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision. (read more)

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Maddon right on Hazleton, basic issue

Change is a constant in Major League Baseball. So, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is accustomed not only to change but to rolling with it to make it work for the common good. (read more)

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Public wants better ACA

Most Americans appear to believe that federal health care policy actually is supposed to be about actual health care rather than political advantage. (read more)

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Legislature short on coins

State legislators have made a habit of balancing — or more accurately, in recent years, not balancing — the state budget with one-time transfers of money to pay for annually recurring expenses. (read more)

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Release JFK data

Conspiracy theories die hard, none more so than those surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. (read more)

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Circular logic drives pay

For a sense of how broken school governance is in Pennsylvania, consider the situation at the Scranton School District. (read more)

Save election from real fraud

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President Donald Trump’s assertion that he lost the popular election by 3 million votes due only to vote fraud is baloney, but it’s red meat to many of his ardent followers. (read more)

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Unexplained, uninsured

The Courtright administration and the Scranton Sewer Authority, along with Dunmore Borough Council, have been unable or unwilling to explain to the public why they ignored state law in selling the Scranton/Dunmore sewer system (read more)

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Epidemic an emergency

President Donald Trump is right that the best way to stop someone from becoming a drug addict is to educate them against using drugs in the first place. (read more)