Land of the amaz­ing co­in­ci­dence

The Times-Tribune - - Editorial -

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.

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