• Scranton Parking Authority: Saving the City One Garage at a Time

    The Parking Authority met last night and voted on a sale/lease agreement on city garages.  We voted unanimously in favor.  It’s a great deal for the city and it’s going to help dig us out of the deep hole we’re in. A summary: The SPA will sell the Electric City Garage (next to the movie theater […]

  • No, Hillary Isn’t the Nominee (But I’m Sure She Will Be)

    I’m simply not a fan of the media.  They have a lot of control over our perception of, well, everything.  So I saw the news today that Hillary Clinton is the presumptive nominee.  In the era of Donald Trump, who can’t speak a word with more than two syllables without nearly popping a blood vessel, […]

  • The Daily Hag: Owing Money All Over Town

    At certain points throughout a campaign season, finance reports are due.  These exist so that voters and journalists can examine who is supporting a candidate.  They also give insight into a candidates priorities.  There is a penalty for getting these in late: $10 per day, capped at $250.  This is peanuts for a campaign raising tens of […]

  • Assault on Teaching: PA Senate Edition

    The teaching profession has been systematically under assault for some time.  Stop me if you’ve heard these: Teachers get summers off. Teachers are glorified babysitters. Teachers get paid too much. Teacher benefits are too high. All this ignores: That teachers are required to keep getting college credits, or we lose our jobs.  Many of us […]

  • PA-112: Thanks to Farina, the Daily Hag Will Return

    Years ago, when I ran NEPArtisan and commented on local politics pretty regularly, I started a regular series called “The Daily Hag” about the exploits of perpetual misanthrope Kevin Haggerty.  I’m sad to say that the column will be returning and we only have Frank Farina to thank blame. Given Frank’s accomplishments in the House as […]

  • Haggerty: AWOL and Running for a Job He Barely Did

    As anybody paying attention knows, the race in PA’s 112th district has been a mess.  Last week, I wrote about current Rep. Frank Farina’s issues with per diems.  While I was out of town for a wedding, it looks like his issues extend into campaign reimbursements.   We have Tom Lukasewicz, a  Throop Councilman who […]

  • PA-112: This Race Is A Distaster

    The race in the 112th legislative district (which covers the Midvalley, Dunmore, and parts of Scranton) has, in my view, been a lock for Frank Farina from the beginning.  He’s got Tom Lukasewicz, who was for the Landfill before he was against it.  And then there’s Kevin Haggerty, who probably definitely needs counselling. The solid political strategy for […]

  • Going, Going, Gaughan: Scoring Points for Higher Office

    There’s nothing inherently wrong with wanting to get ahead in the political arena.  I find, though, that how ones does so often taints the process.  There’s a reason why most people hate politics and think politicians are self-serving and power-hungry. While all of my interactions with Bill Gaughan have been positive, and I find him […]

  • The Scranton Times: Revising Revisionist Revisionism

    Losing an argument?  I’m sure you’ve heard of this simple strategy: deny, and counter with false accusations.  It’s a great way to throw people off, since it’s a natural human tendency to respond to whatever train of thought you’re being presented with.  I see it at public meetings a lot when elected officials don’t want to […]

  • WNEP’s Disservice to Students and Teachers

    Every year in my capacity as a teacher at Riverside, I take my AP Literature & Composition kids, along with another teacher and his AP US History kids, to State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich’s annual Youth and Government Forum at Keystone College.  It’s a wonderful experience. Check this video out and draw your own conclusions […]

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Scranton Parking Authority: Saving the City One Garage at a Time

The Parking Authority met last night and voted on a sale/lease agreement on city garages.  We voted unanimously in favor.  It’s a great deal for the city and it’s going...

No, Hillary Isn’t the Nominee (But I’m Sure She Will Be)

I’m simply not a fan of the media.  They have a lot of control over our perception of, well, everything.  So I saw the news today that Hillary Clinton is...

The Daily Hag: Owing Money All Over Town

At certain points throughout a campaign season, finance reports are due.  These exist so that voters and journalists can examine who is supporting a candidate.  They also give insight into a...

Assault on Teaching: PA Senate Edition

The teaching profession has been systematically under assault for some time.  Stop me if you’ve heard these: Teachers get summers off. Teachers are glorified babysitters. Teachers get paid too much....

PA-112: Thanks to Farina, the Daily Hag Will Return

Years ago, when I ran NEPArtisan and commented on local politics pretty regularly, I started a regular series called “The Daily Hag” about the exploits of perpetual misanthrope Kevin Haggerty....

Haggerty: AWOL and Running for a Job He Barely Did

As anybody paying attention knows, the race in PA’s 112th district has been a mess.  Last week, I wrote about current Rep. Frank Farina’s issues with per diems.  While I...

PA-112: This Race Is A Distaster

The race in the 112th legislative district (which covers the Midvalley, Dunmore, and parts of Scranton) has, in my view, been a lock for Frank Farina from the beginning.  He’s got...

Going, Going, Gaughan: Scoring Points for Higher Office

There’s nothing inherently wrong with wanting to get ahead in the political arena.  I find, though, that how ones does so often taints the process.  There’s a reason why most...

The Scranton Times: Revising Revisionist Revisionism

Losing an argument?  I’m sure you’ve heard of this simple strategy: deny, and counter with false accusations.  It’s a great way to throw people off, since it’s a natural human tendency...

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