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As the title implies, I’m considering a run for Scranton School Board.  After my runs in 2011 and 2013, I never thought I’d be in this place again.  Why?  Namely, my wife and now budding family.  Running takes a toll on a family, politics takes a toll.  That’s not something I’d care to put my wife through.  Or myself, really....

In the wake of my most recent post about the Decline and Fall of the Scranton School District, I’ve had a lot of private (and some public) responses to specific points I made.  The one I knew would be the most controversial– maintenance– sparked the majority.  I’ve had a continuous stream of people privately informing me of infractions, I’ve had...

Forgive the length of my absence.  Life gets in the way.  Perspective does, too.  On the life front, I work on my home a lot, work a lot, and am prepping for the arrival of a little one.  On the perspective front, I realized that what I say doesn’t really matter or affect anything.  So why not spend time doing...

When Hillary accused Trump of living in his own reality in the first debate, she echoed a thought I’ve long had.  It puts me in mind of what Stephen Colbert once said while roasting George W. Bush, “We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in ‘reality.’ And reality has a well-known liberal bias.”...

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 downtown) to John Basalyga (the...

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, I wonder how many people...

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 thousands of dollars, like a race...

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 use summers to get these...

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 a freshman State Rep, particularly...

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 unapologetically believes the borough to...

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