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September 04, 2015
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Power and revenge in Harrisburg

Pennsylvania State Attorney General Kathleen Kane is in legal trouble for allegedly leaking evidence that had been shown to a grand jury to a reporter. Whether she is ultimately found guilty or not, it seems pretty clear that her legal woes stem, at least in part, from a partisan political battle with roots going back to when former Gov. Tom Corbett was attorney general, with his eye on the governor’s office.  Read more

By Margaret Dietrich and Marianne Ofenloch

Recently, a gathering of Pike County residents heard about the state of poverty in our area, when Todd Behr, professor of economics at East Stroudsburg University, spoke at St. Patrick’s Church Hall at the invitation of the Social Justice Committee of the Five Catholic Parishes of Pike County. Behr’s presentation focused especially on a group known today as the working poor.

In 2012, 46.5 million people (15% of the U.S. population)...

Our major parties are supposed to represent a broad cross section of the general public, but in Sullivan County at least one major party doesn’t work that way. The Sullivan County Democratic Committee operates according to rules and procedures that concentrate power in the hands of a few insiders and discourages pubic engagement.

The dysfunction is apparent at committee meetings, which are frequently convened without an agenda and conducted without adherence to any sort of regular...