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My grandfather always said that people are only as good as their word.  Despite this, or more likely because of it, I was inspired to get involved in politics.  I’ve worked on countless campaigns, ran for office, and now work behind the scenes supporting whosoever I choose, local conventional wisdom be damned. The first test is a simple one: is...

Okay, semi-misleading title.  But I had to get you here, didn’t I? Here’s the scoop:  One of my short stories, Living in the Singularity, will be a film soon and I’m excited to tell you about it.  A  local production company, Voyager Video, liked a script based on the story written by the very talented Don McGlynn, a long-time friend and...

After publishing a blog post about a secretive band of wealthy people bent on buying the Scranton School Board election,  many open questions remained that bothered me.  Who is the Scranton City Political Action Committee?  What are their intentions?  Nobody crawled out of the woodwork to explain.  Some people, behind the scenes, said they were uncomfortable with the group’s motives.  Evidently,...

Upsets!  Surprises!  Where did the readers of the tea leaves go wrong? In most elections, those readers of the tea leaves are, like most prophets, colored by their own desires.  It’s like looking at shapes in the clouds or staring at Rorschach blots: we see what we want, a reflection of our subconscious minds. Does that mean when people predicted...

Political Action Committees (PACs) and their larger cousins, SuperPACs, infuse money into politics on behalf of candidates and ideologies. Simple enough concept, right?  If Mr. Billionaire wants candidate X to win, Mr. Billionaire donates a fortune to a PAC and influences an election.  Except that Mr. Billionaire doesn’t necessarily have to put his name anywhere, since PAC donations can be...

Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, is running for President and I am happy to offer my relatively meaningless and definitely early endorsement of his candidacy. Of course, Hillary Clinton is going to win.  I’ll cheer alongside her ardent supporters.  With an air of inevitability, why would Bernie run?  Why support a guaranteed loser? Aside from having a potentially great theme...

The polite, rote explanations for my blogging absence are good at deflecting any line of inquiry about why: I’m married now.  I’m more involved in my union. I’m on the Scranton Parking Authority.  I’m on the Executive Board of the Scranton City Democratic Committee. Sounds pretty busy, right? It is.  But the truth is that I was possessed, sadly, by the Fear. It’s left...

Oh, Lordy-loo.  From the abyssal void in which I lost my blogging self, I emerge to tackle the greatest issue facing our great County: Scranton’s (gulp) Commuter Tax! Nobody likes taxes, period.  And nobody likes taxation without representation.  But wait, don’t we elect the people who write up these laws that allow for commuter taxes?  Never you mind that. Ah,...

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 short storied.  Pummeled with pervasive...

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 the people I know in...

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