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  • On the Lackawanna Study Commission Proposal

    Chuck Volpe: Crusader for the Public Good or Megalomaniac Millionaire (or Milgalomaniare)?  It’s the question on barely anybody’s mind (minus three or four hundred political insiders, out of the tens of thousands of voters in the county). Mr. Volpe’s brainchild: The Lackawanna County Study Commission.  Its history is long and storied.  Or maybe brief and […]

  • The Big Dog Weighs in on My Political Existential Crisis

    Those trusted few who know me well are aware that I’m going through an existential crisis of the political sort.  Actually, those trusted few who happen to be in my hearing over the past month probably know. I feel soiled by politics.  I feel jaded because of the lack of goodwill, loyalty, and integrity in […]

  • Ain’t No Party Like a Tom Wolf Comes to Scranton Party!

    … Because a Tom Wolf Comes to Scranton Party Don’t Stop! I hope you enjoy the Office reference and clunky title. On to the meat of it: I’ve been around the block enough to have my hopes and dreams (and really any kind of reasonable sense that the future will be alright) totally crushed by […]

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On the Lackawanna Study Commission Proposal

Chuck Volpe: Crusader for the Public Good or Megalomaniac Millionaire (or Milgalomaniare)?  It’s the question on barely anybody’s mind (minus three or four hundred political insiders, out of the tens...

The Big Dog Weighs in on My Political Existential Crisis

Those trusted few who know me well are aware that I’m going through an existential crisis of the political sort.  Actually, those trusted few who happen to be in my...

Ain’t No Party Like a Tom Wolf Comes to Scranton Party!

… Because a Tom Wolf Comes to Scranton Party Don’t Stop! I hope you enjoy the Office reference and clunky title. On to the meat of it: I’ve been around...

PA-Gov: A Totally Biased Primer for the Uninitiated

For the average registered homo sapien, the upcoming gubernatorial primary isn’t number one on the priority list.  Maybe it’s putting food on the table.  Or what case of beer to...

PA-112, PA-113, & PA-114: And We Have Races!

The routine of breakfast consumption in NEPA involves more than mimosas and toast.  We get our truest, necessary sustenance from politics.  A slice of gossip here, buttered with a little...

Don’t Burn on the Weekends

Very few of us can imagine the horror and terror of waking to a house fire.  Nobody should have to.  And especially, nobody should have to on the weekends.  Says...

Gambling, the Lottery, and the Scranton School Board

The rush the gambler feels, the manic thrill of hitting on the river, the blood-pumping anxiety while watching the flop… the addictive chemicals are too much to handle.  The gambler...

What’s the Word? Edition #2: Post-Holiday Politcs, from Lackawanna to Harrisburg

A return from my honeymoon means a return to the world of blogging.  I’ll have a post with some reflections on that magical time in relatively short order.  To hold...

Governor Corbett’s Conversion

Governor Tom Corbett has come out in favor of non-discrimination against members of the LGBT community.  This is wonderful and he should be congratulated. I didn’t go with a headline...

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