Late diary today. Wednesday’s column came first. 

The TV is on the background most of the day, with brief blasts of Spotify to break up the monotony. Also, I’d rather suffer through the most incomprehensible Wagnerian opera than sit through another of Impeached President Donald Trump’s pity party press conferences where he tries to rewrite history with the vocabulary of a toddler.

Trump chose to be a bystander at the beginning of this mess. He has nothing useful to offer now. Unless Dr. Fauci is standing next to him, there is no reason to keep watching. Trump is incompetent, incoherent, and insignificant.

Andrew Cuomo is a leader. The governor of New York is managing ground zero of the coronavirus pandemic in America. As of Tuesday afternoon, his state had 25,665 people infected and 210 dead.

“The rate of increase of infection is doubling every three days,” Cuomo said today. “The curve is actually increasing.”

Cuomo understands the science of what’s happening because he is willing to listen and learn. He passionately and eloquently argues for his people because he truly cares about their well-being. Trump is too lazy and incurious to learn and only listens to voices that shower him with praise. He has no empathy and is now pushing to re-open the economy against the advice of every health official he uses as props at his press conferences.

On Monday, Cuomo played nice as he urged Trump to enact the Defense Production Act and get American factories making the medical supplies we need right now. Today, he called Trump out. The federal government is sitting on 20,000 ventilators. New York needs 30,000 by the end of the week. The feds initially sent 400. They shipped 2,000 more after Cuomo invited Trump to “pick the 26,000 who are going to die.”

Trump won’t, of course. He takes responsibility for nothing. Cuomo is working around the clock to save his state and serve his country. If only we had a president who worked half as hard and cared to serve anyone but himself.

The Times-Tribune is determined to serve you during this nightmare. We’ve got you covered with all the latest local and state developments in the COVID-19 crisis, updated relentlessly at We’ve also got the latest on the chronically cratering Scranton School District and the reactions of local educators and parents to Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to close schools until April 6.

On the bright side, we present Jennifer Gower, a Times-Tribune carrier going the extra mile for her customers, especially seniors afraid to venture out during the crisis. Read Staff Writer Sarah Hofius Hall’s story here. It’s a good story, better than anything I overheard on TV today.

How did you spend this strange day? Maybe in the office, or at home with the kids. Maybe you’re a service worker, first responder or medical professional. Maybe there’s an unsung hero or someone who’s really struggling in your neighborhood we should know about. Email me at or and I’ll share your stories here.

The Times-Tribune is still here, and so are you. We will get through whatever comes next together, one day at a time. Hang in there, hunker down and wash your hands.