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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...

… 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 my mortal enemy: reality.  Where...

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 grab after work.  I’m not disputing the importance of such necessities.  Instead, I’m saying the race for governor affects those things, man.  I mean. Minimum wage increases. Modernizing the liquor...

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 bit of hearsay there, and a healthy balanced meal of the latest corruption arrests coupled with  rampant speculation about upcoming elections leaves us ready for work to talk about it...

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 PP&L. In a city where just a few years ago a firefighter died because of electrocution, we just witnessed a family lose a home that could’ve seen less damage had...

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 returns again and again, win or lose. Most lose. So I can empathize as I dealt with yet another rejection in my attempt to ascend the dias upon which the...

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 you off, the feature image is of Spello, the town I spent most of my time in.  Bella! My absence from America over the holidays means I missed a lot...

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 that said something like, “Corbett Comes Out…” because everybody is doing that.  It’s too easy.  (Actually, I’m just jealous they beat me to it.) Why did it take so long...

It’s important that I spend some more time blogging, as opposed to thinking about blogging.  The format of this space hasn’t really been solidified in my mind, yet.  Since this is TomBorthwick.com and not NEPArtisan.com, my former political blog, it’s obvious that the focus is different. So I’d rather my writing life take precedence over the political one.  I’d also...

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