Affirming the political class

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Nick Miccarelli still is a state representative, even though his fellow majority Republicans have found that serious sexual harassment claims against him are credible and that he clearly violated House rules by retaliating against his accusers. They have (read more)

Vice fuels rise in state income

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It’s hard to believe now that the U.S. Supreme Court has removed obstacles to universal sports gambling and that sports leagues are all in, but Major League Baseball once banned its most beloved stars, Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle, for shilling for casin (read more)

Speed isn’t goal

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For some reason — impending midterm elections, perhaps — President Trump and many congressional Republicans think that special counsel Robert Mueller should wrap up his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The occasio (read more)

Selective accountability

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What is it that compels members of governing boards in Scranton, who are supposed to look out for the public interest, to bestow costly benefits at public expense upon politically wired people who are not eligible for them? Tuesday, the state attorney gen (read more)

PRINT Actreveals truth

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In a grimly spectacular example of special-interest governing, the Trump administration has placed tariffs as high as 32 percent on Canadian uncoated paper — newsprint used by newspapers and other publishers and printers — to protect a single producer, NO (read more)

PUC cuts in consumers

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Most big American companies have begun to do exactly what they said they would do with the massive tax cuts that Congress and the Trump administration gave them in December. In the first quarter, companies bought back nearly $400 billion of their stock. A (read more)

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Philharmonic returns with season, plan

Joni Mitchell wasn’t thinking of classical music when she asked, “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone?” (read more)

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ZTE rescue dubious call

Even before President Donald Trump had imposed about $150 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese products, the Commerce Department had moved to sanction a major Chinese electronics manufacturer for serious trade and national security violations. (read more)

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Prison GED program revival gains momentum

The Lackawanna County Prison Board took an overdue, obvious step Wednesday toward improved prospects for inmate rehabilitation (read more)

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Sugar subsidy must dissolve

For a study in how not to govern, there probably is no better example than the farm bill that Congress cobbles together every five years. (read more)

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Parochial, yet global Senate race

The impending Senate race between Democrat Bob Casey and Republican Lou Barletta has special resonance in Northeast Pennsylvania, yet it’s a microcosm of national politics that likely will indicate which direction the nation will take. (read more)

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Keep internet neutral by law

No one owns the internet. It is, as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer put it Wednesday, “a public good.” (read more)

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All bets off

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Monday that takes the shackles off state-sanctioned sports betting has profound implications beyond legal recreational betting and increased state tax revenue. (read more)

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Vote today if government allows it

Today, primary election day, is one of the two days every year when your opinion truly counts — but in Pennsylvania only if you are a Republican or Democrat. (read more)

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Conflicts win by a furlong

Imagine the uproar if the CEO of a casino company or the general manager of a casino were appointed to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, which awards licenses and regulates the industry. (read more)

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Vote security justifies state borrowing

Documented Russian hacking of U.S. voting systems during the 2016 presidential election, and other evidence that the outrage continues, more than justify the remedial measures to protect elections that have been mandated by Congress and Pennsylvania’s government. (read more)

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Clean air right use for VW cash

The Wolf administration has developed a sound program for using the state’s share of the national settlement with Volkswagen for its pervasive cheating on diesel emission standards. (read more)

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Clear air on Gatto case

Lackawanna County District Attorney Mark Powell was in office for just a few days in January when several of his detectives put a badly damaged and demonstrably fragile young woman directly in harm’s way as a drug informant. (read more)

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Policy doesn’t honor moms

Everybody professes to love Mom — not just their own, but the very idea of motherhood, making it all the more curious that so much American public policy works against mothers. (read more)

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Trail projects build progress

The same rail lines that once were the circulatory system of the region’s industrial might had, for a long time, deteriorated into long, visible scars on the over-exploited landscape. (read more)