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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 a right to study painting,...

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 very dangerous here:   The group...

In today’s paper, we learn, via the Board’s budget chairman, Tom Schuster, that the Board is considering doing a “scoop” in order to balance the budget this year. This is a mistake.  Right now, with the cash infusion from the state, we have $4 million to find.  If you want to save 89 jobs and a ton of programs, that’s...

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. After this, according to the...

I’ve had a lot of feedback from my previous post about saving money.  Many of you have reached out with some wonderful ideas and clarifications about some things.  I’ve been compiling them and will do a follow-up. I can’t go to tonight’s Board meeting and am not sure that speaking would help, anyway.  Besides, I contacted most of the Directors...

As I told the Scranton School Board the night I made my case for joining them (more on that coming soon), I was ready to hit the ground running.  I know the issues, I’ve thought about solutions, and I’ve been pointing out how to solve problems since I first ran for a seat in 2011. The furlough of 89 teachers...

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 behind the Liberal Arts Center....

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 to think that the deal...

Chris Phillips, who I wrote about recently, indeed has a skeleton, as I surmised.  Except it’s not in the closet, it’s pretty much out in the open. Phillips has been publicly criticizing directors Sheridan and Casey for violating the district ethics policy. They did. So did Chris Phillips. Oops.  Probably the wrong line of attack if you’re trying to score...

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 support that road.  By extension,...

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