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Now for something completely different ...

Politicians at every level prove continuously that campaigning and governing are two completely different things, and that governing is the hard part. (read more)

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Obama’s U.S. better than he found it

On President Barack Obama’s last full day in office, the United States is in better shape than it was on his first day. (read more)

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If city isn’t distressed, then ... what?

A quarter century after the state designated Scranton a “distressed city,” Mayor Bill Courtright says he is optimistic that the city government can shed the label this year. (read more)

Court lifts curtain

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The digital information age, as it tragically turns out, is marked more by the proliferation of disinformation than improved public education. All the more tragic is that the federal courts, a realm of actual constitutionality and facts, has kept a tight (read more)

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Stormwater major issue for region

Each time the region’s governments have managed to overcome parochial concerns to cooperate on common problems, it has produced good results. (read more)

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Circus loses uniqueness

During its 146 years of continuous performances, the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus always has offered the masses something that they couldn’t see anywhere else. (read more)

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Traffic hazards

Decades of steady declines in traffic fatalities led the federal Department of Transportation in 2015 to announce the ambitious goal of eliminating traffic deaths by 2030. (read more)

Good move on polygraph

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Polygraphs are known euphemistically as “lie detectors,” but they more accurately might be described as “nervousness detectors.” (read more)

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Property tax bill faulty

Pennsylvania needs major property tax reform. For far too long, state legislators have refused to take sufficient responsibility for state-level education funding. (read more)

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Biden’s honor

Vice President Joe Biden has been highly effective at the highest levels of the federal government since he was 30. (read more)

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Keep access to treatment

In Columbus, Ohio, a 27-year-old heroin addict pleaded guilty Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter for injecting into her 55-year-old father, also an addict, a heroin overdose that killed him. (read more)

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Perp-drive execs

Following the massive economic crisis that began in 2007, the Justice Department settled criminal cases against many big investment banks by agreeing to multibillion-dollar fines paid by the institutions (read more)

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Cummings’ art of obfuscation

While refusing to use a substantial surplus to establish a fair countywide tax base, Lackawanna County Commissioner Laureen Cummings has vowed to eliminate a 1-mill tax that delivers more bang for the buck than just about any other tax or fee on local governments’ books (read more)

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FBI inquiry badly needed

FBI Director James Comey put on exclamation point on his own hypocrisy Tuesday when he told a Senate committee that, as a matter of policy, he could not confirm or deny (read more)

Expensive, irreversible, imprecise

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The Wolf administration plans to close two state prisons to help reduce annual corrections costs by at least $200 million. (read more)

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AVP should seize trend

The Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport has experienced growth over the last two years for a fundamental reason — passengers have filled planes. (read more)

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Ground guns at airports

Bombings and shootings at airports in Europe and the United States demonstrate that the public areas of airports — outside the screened and restricted departure and arrival gates — can be fertile ground for killers. (read more)

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Prison suit illustrates problem

Lackawanna County District Attorney Shane Scanlon had little choice last week but to relinquish control of an investigation into the Lackawanna County Prison. (read more)

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Safety key to closing state prisons

Given the sheer size and cost of the state prison system, it makes sense that the Wolf administration plans to reduce its size as a means of significant savings. (read more)

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Dead of night dead wrong

After public outrage forced state lawmakers to repeal the infamous 2005 pay raise that they had given themselves in the dead of night on a holiday weekend, House members sensibly passed rules to deter them from repeating the abuse. (read more)