John Cole Cartoons

John Cole has been The Times-Tribune’s editorial cartoonist since April 2005. He draws five to seven full-color cartoons weekly.

What lurks beneath

What lurks beneath

Like selected other municipalities, Scranton has announced plans to trace COVID-19 by sampling the city’s wastewater system, looking for traces of the virus. They just need to make sure they’re testing the right sewer.

Bigger bird

Bigger bird

As the Trump presidency is dragged off kicking and screaming into the sunset, it’s good to pause for a moment during the holidays to remember its legacy. For starters, there’s the roughly $7.1 trillion-with-a-T that was added to the national debt, much of it due to Trump’s starving the public coffers with tax cuts for wealthy individuals and corporations as well as stimulus spending to contend with a pandemic that he tries to deny.

The tell-tale trail

The tell-tale trail

The erstwhile “America’s Mayor” and current legal laughingstock Rudy Giuliani has said and done some pretty outrageous things in the defense of Donald Trump. Thursday’s press conference, wherein he and the rest of Trump’s “legal team” spun fantasies, fibs and conspiracies regarding the outcome of the 2020 election (the one their client lost bigly, by the way) was one for the books.

Uphill climb

Uphill climb

Scranton’s Hill Section neighborhood deals with the fears and realities of the pandemic, as University of Scranton students gather off campus to celebrate what facsimile of college life is available these days.

Let there be darkness

Let there be darkness

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been a busy boy of late. In a Quixotic quest to overturn er, steal Joe Biden’s electoral victory over Donald Trump, he’s contacted numerous GOP state officials to see what could be done about tossing mail-in ballots. Graham’s efforts came to light after Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger blew the whistle on him. If true, Graham should show himself the door, or at least face censure, the likelihood of either of which is vanishingly distant in today’s GOP.

Raffensperger, meanwhile, is feeling the white-hot anger of the Cult45. A lifelong rock-ribbed conservative, he’s discovering that the only litmus test for being a Republican these days is one’s unquestioning fealty to Trump.

(It’s also worth noting that Raffensperger lays the blame for Trump’s loss on Trump himself, pointing out that his admonition to supporters to not trust voting by mail wound up suppressing turnout in Biden’s favor).

Drastic measures

Drastic measures

There’s never really a “good time to raise taxes,” and that’s certainly in the case of a pandemic-related economic recession. This has sent Mayor Paige Cognetti in search of other funds to plug a multi-million-dollar hole in the Scranton city budget. One possibility: the city’s workers’ comp fund.

About John

John Cole has been The Times-Tribune's editorial cartoonist since April 2005. He draws five to seven full-color cartoons weekly.