Editorials
Gov. Tom Corbett helped balance his proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year by lifting a moratorium on new gas drilling under state forests and other public lands. According to the budget, leases and royalties will produce $75 million for the state trea (read more)
Pennsylvania is not the sunniest spot on the continent, as the weather this week yet again has confirmed. Even though that circumstance drives many people to acquire tans indoors, Pennsylvania's government is one of just a few not to bar adolescents from (read more)

Chris Kelly Columns
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2013:10:09 17:00:41 Not the priest they know, trust Editor: Normally I do not read Chris Kelly's column because I because I don't get his humor; obviously others do. However, this morning (April 13) I am reading his column and am sobbing because he nailed it! I, too, know F (read more)
I met the Rev. Philip Altavilla 14 Palm Sundays ago. He was the pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Taylor, where my wife was raised in the Catholic faith. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2012:10:31 15:23:56 Latest power play stings consumers Editor: The PUC allows PPL to collect storm fees from customers (Times-Tribune, April 4). Well, what a surprise. According to my electric bill, PPL charges $0.031775 per kilowatt hour for the use of its lines and equipm (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Congratulations! You have been selected as a candidate for membership in the Pennsylvania Legislature, the Keystone State's most exclusive publicly funded private club! While this exciting opportunity doesn't guarantee you access, you have cleared our preliminary screening process, which we entrust to unpaid interns and the long-term unemployed. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Kathleen Kane got it right before she got it wrong. Her decision not to prosecute a botched corruption case in Philadelphia was a good call. Her reaction to the public revelation of that decision betrays an astonishing disconnect from the realities of politics in a society with a free press and Internet access. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Close borders Editor: I was glad to read The Times-Tribune article on the state Ethics Commission decision on the "new" legislative districts ("Legislators clash over district boundary changes," March 23). I live in northern Wyoming County and as of toda (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2014:03:18 10:11:54 March is Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. Nov. 4 is Election Day. If the connection isn't obvious, Gov. Tom Corbett, R-Drillers, can walk you through it. The governor toured the Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania on Tuesday. (read more)

Roderick Random Columns
Photo: N/A, License: N/A The people trying to adopt or defeat the proposed new council-executive form for Lackawanna County government might want to concentrate hard on the factor that always decides elections. Voter turnout. Lackawanna County Commissioner Jim Wansacz sort of ma (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2013:11:20 20:08:56 Irony abounded as Lackawanna County Commissioners Jim Wansacz and Corey O'Brien and county government study commission Chairman Chuck Volpe presented their cases to business leaders Wednesday on changing the county's form of government. Last year, to hel (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2012:09:04 19:22:39 The conventional wisdom of some Democrats says U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz's political weakness in large parts of Pennsylvania centers on one issue - abortion. The suburban Philadelphia congresswoman and the other three Democratic candidates for governor (read more)
As if all the reshuffling of local state legislators over the last few years wasn't enough to confuse voters, throw in the latest reapportionment. Reapportionment, often confused with but similar to redistricting (congressional districts), is the rewriti (read more)