Rapacious taxpayers

Chutzpah most often has been described as the case of a man killing his parents and then begging the mercy of the court because he is an orphan. That might have to change due to a trial unfolding in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington. Henry “H

No free ride for politicians

Senior Judge John Braxton did not simply provide relief for Scranton commuters Tuesday, when he struck the tax that city council and Mayor Bill Courtright had attempted to place on them. His decision, in effect, also is a call for city government leaders

Wrong issue guides court

A trial is scheduled in October for William Giordano of Scranton, who is accused of attempting to carry a sword into the Scranton School District administration building. The unusual case is certain to draw media interest. Sept. 25, the day that the trial

Pick right growth to cut

State lawmakers deliberately have evaded a host of complex issues over the last several years, which is why the current state budget is a contrivance with a $2 billion revenue hole that will have to be corrected — after the impending elections, of course.

Vatican gets this one right

Ever since the Boston Globe exposed Cardinal Bernard Law’s shell game with pedophile priests about 15 years ago, the Vatican has struggled to deal effectively with innumerable cases that subsequently emerged around the world. From promoting Cardinal Law t

Effort couldstop tragedies

Lackawanna County has a history of reacting to problems that arise at the county prison rather than anticipating and preventing them. So an effort by Warden Robert McMillan and the county commissioners to reduce congestion there and deal with inmates’ men

Those darn out-of-staters

All 50 of Pennsylvania’s state senators agreed last week to roll back the public’s right to know about their governments by amending the state Open Records Law. Among a long list of changes that will help to maintain government secrets is a pernicious pro

Kane sets standard, deterrence

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane grasped an opportunity for transparency last week when she released a synopsis of pornographic emails that were uncovered during her inquiry into her predecessors’ handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case. T

Ban censors, keep books

Everyone has the right to decide what to read, and parents unquestionably have the right to determine the material that their children see and read. It’s remarkable, though, that so many Americans want to impose their personal preferences on the rest of t

Reduce comp drug costs

How to reduce the costs of workers’ compensation without adversely affecting injured workers is a perennial public policy issue that often is complex and volatile, pitting labor against business and furthering polarization among their political allies in

Right to know much less

Five years ago, The Times-Tribune set out on a long and arduous trip through the state court system in an effort to extract clearly public records from a company that had been hired to transact some business on behalf of Lackawanna County’s government. SW

Barkley’s violent view ‘turrible’

Charles Barkley is no expert on corporal punishment. The former NBA star and popular commentator made light of the allegation of child abuse against Adrian Peterson, just one of the scandals plaguing the NFL. “Whipping — we do that all the time,” Barkley

Pass fair bill on black lung

Responding to a Pulitzer Prize-winning exposé of how thousands of former coal miners have been denied access to health care and black lung benefits, two coal-state senators have introduced a fair bill that deserves to become law. Sen. Bob Casey of Scranto

Don’t let deal build trash mountain

Dunmore Borough Council was about to pull the trigger on a new deal with the massive Keystone Landfill at its Monday meeting, until a couple of lawyers in the audience raised a host of issues about the proposed contract language. Attorney Thomas Cummings

Lew takes on inversions

Faced with a politically paralyzed, do-nothing Congress, the Obama administration acted well to slow the pace of U.S. corporations utilizing a tax dodge known as inversion. Under the practice, a U.S. company acquires a foreign one and, at least on paper,

Costs soar as state keeps 500 districts

This campaign season is consumed by the question of whether Gov. Tom Corbett actively cut school funding by $1 billion or passively allowed that amount in federal subsidies to expire without replacing it. Either way, school districts were down $1 billion

Gitmo costs respect, cash

The U.S. prison camp at Guantánamo, Cuba, long ago crossed the threshold from expediency to embarrassment. Over the last dozen years, the detention there of scores of “detainees” who never have been charged with crimes has been a weight on the nation’s ef

Kane should release office emails

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane’s review of her predecessors’ handling of the Jerry Sandusky case included a heroic effort to recover deleted office emails that apparently has produced less than heroic results. That review sought to answer why it took t

Contracts reflect reality

Two neighboring school districts in Lackawanna County have new contracts with teachers that, in different ways, recognize economic reality within their tax bases. In the Abington Heights district, where labor relations between teachers and the board have

DePasquale right on DOE

Even though the Corbett administration has failed to produce any work product from former Education Secretary Ron Tomalis, who was kept on as an adviser after the governor sacked him, it also contends there is something wrong with Auditor General Eugene D

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