From the day the first drill bit broke the surface of Pennsylvania in search of natural gas from the deep Marcellus Shale formation, the industry's impact on water quality clearly has been the primary environmental concern.
Yet the state Department of En
As anger mounted this week over the IRS' targeting of some conservative political organizations, a problem on the other end of the spectrum - tax avoidance by corporations - generated far less outrage.
The Senate Permanent Committee on Investigations thi
Lackawanna County voters overwhelmingly voted for change Tuesday while voting against it, a feat possible only in one of the most remarkable and complex primary elections in recent history.
County residents passed up guaranteed savings in the operation
Today's primary election in Lackawanna County is like few others in the region's electoral history. It has the potential not only to put some candidates in office long before the general election, but to alter the very structure of the government itself.
Thousands of high school seniors throughout Pennsylvania are about to have the common experience of receiving a high school diploma. That doesn't mean, however, that their diplomas have common value.
And according to state statistics, about 43 percent of
Despite leading the charge to repeal a ban on Scranton school directors accepting campaign contributions from district vendors, Director Bob Lesh has returned $1,100 in such contributions during his campaign.
Mr. Lesh was the board president last July wh
The future is on every election ballot, but never more emphatically than in Tuesday's primary election. Voters have an opportunity, through five ballot questions, to help determine the very structure of the Lackawanna County government far into the futur
State lawmakers entertained the usual cavalcade of special-interest pleaders recently when they conducted hearings on the faltering effort to introduce the free market to alcoholic beverage sales in the commonwealth.
Public employees of the state booze m
Drunken driving remains a serious problem despite significant improvements over the last several decades. About 10,000 people in 2011 were killed in crashes caused by drunken driving, about a third of all traffic fatalities, and 170,000 are injured.
Scranton Tax Collector Bill Courtright has made it clear in his campaign for the Democratic mayoral nomination that he will defend his office's late solicitor, attorney Mark Walsh, even though no one has created any need to do so. At issue is Mr. Courtri
It might be due to the ongoing IRS controversy that the Justice Department's seizure of Associated Press phone records recorded a second-tier level of outrage in Congress. Or, it might be because so many members of Congress don't care about freedom of th
Make no mistake. Lousy governance at the local and state levels underlies the pension time bomb facing Dunmore and other local governments.
But the $5 million loan taken by the borough council to shore up its pension plans is a reasonable approach to the
Participation is the objective of federal Title IX and other rules that have opened innumerable opportunities for girls and women in academics and sports.
Now, a growing movement in Pennsylvania threatens to turn that idea on its head by limiting girls'
Even as Welfare Secretary Beverly Mackereth contended recently that the state government would not expand Medicaid until 2015 -if at all - Pennsylvania's hospitals reported that in the 2012 fiscal year, the amount of uncompensated care they provided exce
The IRS was wrong to target conservative political groups for particular scrutiny, beginning in 2010. Every federal agency must be politically neutral, regardless of which party controls the executive and legislative branches.
So the outrage from across
As the Corbett administration attempts to slash corporate taxes amid a revenue shortfall in the existing state budget, it and lawmakers continue to allow the burgeoning natural gas industry to export legitimate tax revenue.
Rather than simply placing a r
Abortionist Kermit Gosnell's conviction for killing babies and a woman validates strict limitations on abortion and shames Pennsylvania's government.
Dr. Gosnell's operation, appropriately dubbed a "chamber of horrors," was discovered inadvertently by Ph
Local governance in Pennsylvania is severely fragmented, making it needlessly inefficient and excessively costly.
There are five questions on the May 21 ballot relative to the structure of Lackawanna County's government. To navigate them, voters should
Five candidates with a wide array of legal experience seek to replace retiring Lackawanna County Judge Chester Harhut, and several are well-suited to the task. The Times-Tribune editorial board endorses Magisterial District Judge James A. Gibbons, based