Scandal requires full disclosure

State Police Commissioner Tyree Blocker has acknowledged a cheating scandal at the agency’s prestigious training academy in Hershey and has vowed to act against those responsible. “Those who compromise our core values will receive no sympathy or respite f

Fully fund Zika effort Contain threat from virus

Even though the Zika virus has not yet been transmitted by mosquitoes within the United States, President Obama has asked Congress for $1.8 billion in emergency funding to deal with the threat. So far, 26 countries and territories in Central and South Ame

Uncharted territory

Every state tries to emphasize what makes it unique but, in this case, Pennsylvania should try to keep it quiet. Today, for the first time ever, a Pennsylvania governor will make his annual budget address for the next fiscal year while the state does not

Tax dead, like infrastructure

Congressional Republicans reacted explosively last week to President Obama’s call for a $10-per-barrel tax on oil. Several congressional leaders proclaimed it dead on arrival at the Capitol. That’s unfortunate because the tax idea is a good one that also

State dithers, rating burns

What state lawmakers call “reforms” to state pension systems have been applied almost exclusively to new employees — in other words, not to state lawmakers. That means that despite retired and current lawmakers’ bungling that has led directly to the curre

OK same-day registration

As voters prepare to go to the polls Tuesday in New Hampshire, numbers-crunchers continue to analyze the results of last week’s Iowa caucuses. Turnout there exceeded expectations, and it offers a lesson for Pennsylvania, where antiquated election rules of

Boost access to health care

Gov. Tom Wolf acted wisely last year when he expanded the Medicaid program in accordance with the Affordable Care Act. Doing so vastly expanded access to health care for low-income residents. But it also further exposed one of the state’s major health car

Super problem

Between the excitement Wednesday over national signing day for college football recruits and today’s Super Bowl, came the sobering news that yet another football great had suffered the effects of repeated blows to the head. Colorful Oakland Raiders quarte

Urgency lacking to get lead out

The manner by which many children in Flint, Michigan, have been harmed by lead exposure is particularly galling. But the level of dismay regarding Flint is matched by complacency regarding children’s lead exposure elsewhere, including Scranton and other P

Ensure notice of lead threat

Local and state authorities in Michigan didn’t lift a finger to help Flint residents who complained about dirty water. But when the consequences of that dirty water became known, the same officials lifted their fingers to point the blame elsewhere, especi

Fix city pension management

The Courtright administration is determined to use much of a windfall from the impending sale of the Scranton Sewer Authority to shore up the city government’s horribly mismanaged pension plans. City council should not let that happen unless the administr

Odd rationale in Cosby case

Prosecutors are the most powerful figures in the criminal justice system because their influence is on the front end of the process. They decide whether to charge people. The long shadow of that power looms over Montgomery County, where comedian Bill Cosb

Job recovery hits milestone

The region’s recovery from a protracted unemployment crisis finally seems complete. The jobless rate in the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre metro area dipped to 5.1 percent in December, the lowest since November 2007, according to the state Department of Labor and

Dirty money, dirty sales High-end cash buys drawmore government scrutiny

Home ownership always has been a component of the American dream, but being able to pay cash for a house is more in the realm of fantasy. That is, unless you’re a foreign drug lord or human trafficker sitting on piles of dirty cash that you need to launde

Voter list accuracy without bias

Years after Republican state lawmakers lost their ham-handed attempt to restrict access to voting under the guise of fraud prevention, the state government has joined a program that will ensure accuracy without bias. Republican state Rep. Mike Turzai, now

Fund attack on addiction

It has become clear that opioid addiction has made the transition from something that happens to someone else to an epidemic affecting every level of American society. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 24,000 Americans

Public healthnot HIPAA case

Among public officials, secrecy is a communicable disease, with publicly paid lawyers often acting as carriers. It is remarkable how often public officials try to keep the public in the dark about public business. There are several common techniques. ■ Go

Notify locals

Beyond the consequences, little detail is publicly known about the Jan. 23 wrong-way crash on Interstate 81 in South Abington Twp. that killed five people. The driver of the wrong-way car, Gennadiy Manannikov, 28, is charged with multiple counts of murder

City finances no SAFER

Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright welcomed 15 new firefighters to the force last week, eliminating a reduction in the ranks that had been caused by the city’s financial crisis — which has not been eliminated. Like mayors in the past, Mr. Courtright seized on

De-ice trucks for safety Provide equipment, incentives to increase public safety

Winter driving often is dangerous, but never more so than when big rigs kick up clouds of snow and, especially, shed ice and snow from atop their trailers. State Sen. Lisa Boscola, a Northampton County Democrat, has introduced a bill that would require tr

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