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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,...

The Scranton PAC has been of interest to me since they debuted two years ago.  I’ve posted about them here and here.  As of two weeks ago, they’d endorsed for candidates: Katie Gilmartin, Rob Casey, Mark McAndrew, and Chris Phillips. Notice any difference between the two mailers?  One was from two weeks ago, one just came a few days ago....

I’ve been desperately wanting to use the following clip to announce my School Board decision: Arnold handled it best. I apologize for  disappointing those who’ve encouraged me to run for the School Board.  It’s been heartening.  I know I can do the job.  What I can’t do is get there.  The campaign would be too much with a little one...

In Saturday’s Scranton Times, we learned that the Scranton School District is going to make some major changes to the educational structure of the district.  Nobody disputes that this is necessary, but, of course, most will dispute the best course of action. There’s been a rather intense feud between Dr. Alexis Kirijan, the Superintendent, and Rosemary Boland, the head of...

A lot of people have asked why I didn’t share the recent Scranton Times article about my resignation from the Scranton City Democratic Committee.  The article spoke for itself, I felt, and I’m happy with my departure. But a lot of questions have been coming my way, so I thought I’d clear a few things up. I have a lot...

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...

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