When was the right to free speech, once protected by the First Amendment, declared illegal? When the courts decided what—where and when—could by spoken of or report on; that is when. When GAG ORDERS issued by courts against the press, litigants, professionals, and non-litigants became a popular form of intimidation; that is when. Judge for yourself whether or not this video needs to be removed.
On June 5, 2013, Edward Snowden released classified NSA documents, causing ripples of distrust and anger to not only boil up within America, but throughout the world. Since the news broke, many have wondered what it means for the average individual. Should you be worried? Or does it even really matter, because you have nothing to hide . . . right? Those debates will sift through the public discourse in one form or another. But while those arguments rage on, let’s take a look at how using a few simple tools can help protect your right to privacy in the digital age.
The Greater Scranton Black Diamonds Pipe Band has been entertaining crowds for almost 20 years with its bagpipes, drums, color guard, and synchronized marching. For the last four years, Jim George has been the group’s business manager — and one of its drummers. He recently spoke to the Independent Gazette about the pipe band, relaying that the Black Diamonds are a very talented group of musicians, ranging in age from 17 to 72, and hailing from many different towns throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.
There are people who believe that things in life happen for a reason. Sometimes what happens — no matter if it is a good thing, a bad thing, a funny thing, or something very serious — makes you who you are and teaches a lesson in life and self-understanding.
A new and unique performance art group has sprung up in the area — the vibrant and energetic Eclectic Circus — a troupe of young artistic performers regaling the eyes with acts reminiscent of a seventh-century fair. Not only does the group now march in many of the region’s parades (including the Greater Pittston St. Patrick’s Parade), but it can also be seen at many other local venues, or even hired as an attraction at private events!
On Friday, March 14, the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock will be hosting fiber works from artist Rose M. Wright, with writer Robert Anderson reading from his book The Cat, the Sun, and the Mirror. Illustrator of the book, Hanna Way Rawe, will also have artwork hanging. The show is titled R&R+H:Image/Word.
Lately, in the company of friends, the John Cage exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City often becomes the subject of conversation. I thus bring up, nostalgically, that I once performed John Cage’s 4’33”, to the best of my ability, at a local university when I was a music student.
Andy Ostrowski, candidate for the 2014 Democratic Party nomination for Pennsylvania’s Eleventh Congressional District, will file a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Hazleton on Friday, March 7, alleging First Amendment freedom of speech violations. This filing action was taken on behalf of his petitioners and campaign. The Ostrowski for Congress campaign reported to the Independent Gazette on Wednesday, March 5, that a campaign volunteer, while collecting nomination signatures for Ostrowski in Hazleton, was approached by a Hazleton police officer who claimed that, according to a Hazleton ordinance, she needed to secure a $50 permit to engage in the petitioning. When the Ostrowski worker could not produce any such documentation the police officer allegedly proceeded to seize her petition and rip it up, destroying the more than 60 signatures it contained.
Lately, I’ve been distressed by how little Americans care about conflicts overseas. But on one hand, it’s understandable — after more than a decade of US military action abroad, our citizens have made it clear that they want domestic affairs front and center in Congress. The strife in Syria briefly held the spotlight in national news, but reports were soon dropped in lieu of the US government shutdown and the bungled Affordable Care Act rollout. While the pseudo-pundits whipped the media circus into a frenzy over a broken website, protests began in Kiev, Ukraine, and quickly reached a boiling point. Now, the fates of 54 million people hang in the balance, and American and European politics with Russia may turn tenuous moving forward.
Ruddy and Spangler do their very best to make dogs (and cats) and their owners comfortable, and one of the two proprietors is on the premises at all times — something that earned them the 2013 Reader’s Choice award for “Best Doggie Daycare” from the Scranton Times-Tribune. Talking about the business Spangler says, “[It's] your dog’s home away from home. ‘Welcome to the family!’ It really is like that since we’re going to be spending so much time with them.”