One of our Founding Fathers, John Adams, once wrote in a letter to his wife, I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children […]

In today’s paper, Borys points out that the Scranton PAC called in a few sitting Scranton School Directors and told them they wanted Paige Cognetti on the Board. Now, I’m sure Paige could’ve and would’ve gotten on the Board without this influence.  This isn’t about her.  Instead, I want to point out something very important and […]

With news that the state is going to provide $2 million to the district as a kind of lifeline, there’s reason to celebrate this Christmas.  There’s also reason to be cautious, because, based on the district’s Powerpoint from their raucous meeting last Monday, $2 million isn’t nearly enough to dig us out of this hole. […]

Marywood Can Do Better
October 6, 2017

On my way to Marywood University at around 3:45 pm on October 4th, as I drove down N. Washington Ave., ten police cars blew by me.  I knew there had to be a problem.  But I took my usual route and saw no flashing red and blue lights as I got to the parking lot […]

Sewer Authority Deal: Not Good, but Great
June 24, 2017

The Scranton Times has been routinely drumming up criticism of Mayor Courtright for a lack of clarity regarding the recent sale of Sewer Authority assets to Pennsylvania American Water.  Information wants to be free, as they say, and so I agree that more information from the Authority and the Mayor are necessary.  While I’ve tended […]

Primary 2017: Scranton City Council
May 10, 2017

Scranton’s 2017 primary is a whole lot more fun than usual.  The city is doing a lot better these days (although if you’re Councilman Gaughan, it’s a hellscape), and the school district is falling apart. Before you read, it’s important to note that I see the city as on the road to recovery, and I […]

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