Land of the amazing coincidence
The casino gift also enhances Pennsylvania’s status as the land of the amazing coincidence.
Mount Airy was founded by Dunmore businessman Louis DeNaples, who turned over the operation in 2008 to a trust headed by his daughter, in part to resolve a perjury charge that had been brought against him in Dauphin County regarding his receipt of the license.
The anonymous amendment aiding Mount Airy is the just the latest in a series of dubious government actions in favor of DeNaples business interests.
In 2010, the Scranton Sewer Authority allowed effluent from the Keystone Sanitary Landfill to flow through a sewage main under the Green Ridge Section of Scranton, despite an earlier agreement that appeared to restrict that effluent to a dedicated line. Gene Barrett, the authority director at the time, said he unilaterally changed a permit to correct what he claimed was a typographical error.
Recently, state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale lambasted the Scranton School Board for approving an unbid bus contract with DeNaples Transportation, which also was renewed without bids. Someone at the district amended the contract, without submitting it to the board, increasing its cost by 4 percent per year. That cries for criminal investigation.
Last week, an administrative law judge for the Environmental Hearing Board sharply criticized the state Department of Environmental Protection for failing to follow its own policies, which it uses for a host of compliance inspections, when dealing with the Keystone dump.
The Declaration of Independence holds that all men are created equal and the Constitution codifies that principle in multiple ways. But in the state Capitol and local government board rooms, it’s clear that some people are more equal than others.