Jeffrey Brauer: Pennsylvania voters could hold key to Oval Office

Jeffrey Brauer: Pennsylvania voters could hold key to Oval Office

All eyes should be on Pennsylvania this presidential election cycle.While Pennsylvania has been dependably “blue” since Bill Clinton won i...

July 25th, 2016 |  


Beyond the Byline: A van, a dog and a cellphone game were my newest challenges

Beyond the Byline: A van, a dog and a cellphone game were my newest challenges

Last week found me driving to the Philadelphia International Airport after midnight to pick up my daughter, Caitlyn, after a trip to California.I wasn...

July 24th, 2016 |  


Beyond the Byline: Kielbasa Festival makes Plymouth come alive every year

Beyond the Byline: Kielbasa Festival makes Plymouth come alive every year

PLYMOUTH — Being a judge, whether it be in a courtroom, a beauty pageant or, yes, a Kielbasa Festival, is a serious matter.For 12 years, I have ...

July 23rd, 2016 updated: July 23rd, 2016. |  


Zeroing In: Review Luzerne County prison’s rules on use of restraints

Zeroing In: Review Luzerne County prison’s rules on use of restraints

It appears that most prisoners, no matter how dangerous they might be, are allowed to roam freely, unrestrained, in the Luzerne County prison.That was...

July 22nd, 2016 |  


The Hot Corner: Downtown Pittston a hotbed for ‘Pokemon Go’ players

The Hot Corner: Downtown Pittston a hotbed for ‘Pokemon Go’ players

It was 8 p.m., and the sun was still out and Main Street in Pittston bustling with activity. It wasn’t parade day, or the Second Friday Art Walk...

July 21st, 2016 updated: July 21st, 2016. |  


Michael A. MacDowell: Our next president needs whip-smart economic advisers not stuck on outdated policies

Michael A. MacDowell: Our next president needs whip-smart economic advisers not stuck on outdated policies

“It’s the economy, stupid” became the key phrase that Bill Clinton’s campaign adopted in 1992 to thwart George H.W. Bush’...

July 20th, 2016 |  


Beyond the Byline: Showing concern for a brother in blue

Beyond the Byline: Showing concern for a brother in blue

I’ve been uneasy with what’s going on in the world these days.With the spree of shootings of police officers as of late, I can’t hel...

July 19th, 2016 |  


Gregory Bassham: At 50, ‘Star Trek’ still offers universal remedy for strife-filled times

Gregory Bassham: At 50, ‘Star Trek’ still offers universal remedy for strife-filled times

Resistance is futile.2016 marks the golden anniversary of the “Star Trek” television and movie franchise, which began on Sept. 8, 1966, wh...

July 18th, 2016 |  


From the RNC: As Mayberry goes, so goes America

From the RNC: As Mayberry goes, so goes America

You don’t have to look further than Mayberry to find a bellwether city this election year.That’s right. The fictional TV home where Sherif...

July 18th, 2016 updated: July 18th, 2016. |  


Bill Jones: Leaders remind us that we are stronger – as a community and a country – when united

Bill Jones: Leaders remind us that we are stronger – as a community and a country – when united

Every six to eight weeks for the past year-and-a-half or so, I have a lunch meeting with a retired corporate executive.The retired executive has a rea...

July 17th, 2016 |