As COVID-19 cases continue to soar in some parts of the country and hospital capacities are stretched thin, some athletic organizations have begun dialing back their plans for the fall. NCAA’s Ivy League and Patriot League conferences have led the way by cancelling their entire fall schedules, while the Big 10 has written off all non-conference contests. Will others follow suit?
Joe Biden’s in town today, masked up and pressing the flesh with old friends and political allies. Meanwhile, his presidential opponent tries to gaslight the nation into believing that the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t real and that the primary threats are Black Lives Matter protesters and the removal of confederate memorials.
The good news is that the local and national employment rates rose during the month of May. The bad news is that there’s still a lot of lost ground to make up, and any resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic could make the job market even tougher.
Fire works safety and the importance of adult supervision brought to mind our toddler-in-chief running amok at the White House.
The steep cliffs and roaring waters of Scranton’s Nay Aug Gorge have long drawn daredevils and others, who swim and dive there against the advice of local law enforcement. Given this, I suppose it’s only natural and a not-insignificant portion of our population refuses to take pandemic mask-wearing seriously.
State Attorney-General Josh Shapiro latest crusade has led his office to the doors of the Department of Environmental Protection and the natural gas drillers whose activities they are supposed to be regulating. According to the findings of a two- year state grand jury, the DEP’s job performance has been inadequate at best.
Scranton and its beleaguered financial situation have been under Act 47 oversight — otherwise known as distressed-city status — ever since Bill Clinton set up shop in the Oval Office. The city was prepared to check out of this particular “roach hotel” next month, but crashing tax revenues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic slowdown likely will push that date back a year or more. Factor in the city school district’s awful financial picture, and it seems that once again city taxpayers can’t get a break.