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Do Names Matter?

Feb 25th, 2017 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

What’s in a name, said the Bard? Well, if you call yourself Integrity Bank, you’d better make sure your operations are on the up and up. But the pressure proved to be too much, and they succumbed. In 2013, two bank executives and a third person were sentenced for “their roles in a conspiracy to commit bribery and bank fraud, insider trading and tax evasion.”(1)  Five years later, Integrity Bank went under. That was the bad Integrity Bank, based in Georgia. Here, in Pennsylvania, we continue to have our own Integrity Bank with branches in York and Lancaster. A disaster[Read more...]



Trump’s Uncanny Resemblance to St. Augustine

Oct 8th, 2016 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

Did Trump’s recent apology for past behavior mollify the liberal media? Not in the least! Here’s the wretched New York Times (1) : “During a 90-second videotaped appearance, Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, offered a strikingly brief articulation of regret for a decade-old audiotape in which he boasted about grabbing women’s genitals and said he could have his way with women because of his fame.” A brief articulation of regret? That’s what the NYT chose to focus on—the inadequacy of the apology! But to anyone who craves fair and balanced media treatment, this sort of coverage is not surprising.[Read more...]



Trump and the Immigrants

Sep 28th, 2016 | By | Category: Front Page, News

  Homer had long believed that Trump would save America. He had, on various occasions, lauded Trump’s business acumen (mostly self-advertised), his dedication to the cause of education (via Trump University), and his steadfast resolve to get to the bottom of an issue that was preventing America from becoming great again (Obama’s birth certificate). So now, as Trump edges ever closer to the White House, Homer is confidently looking forward to the Trump presidency. And what might a President Trump mean for America, in particular for its immigration stance? A useful starting point is Trump’s website. Building a wall to[Read more...]



Pennsylvania’s unending story of corruption and sleazy emails

Jul 10th, 2016 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

Pigs love to wallow in mud. In Pennsylvania, members of Pennsylvania’s political and legal establishments seem to relish wading into cesspools of corruption. Nine years ago, in Pennsylvania, Democrats were charged with “illegal use of government funds for political purposes.” Former House Speaker Bill DeWeese and Democratic Whip Mike Veon went to jail for their starring roles in Bonusgate. (1) Republicans were not to be outdone. Five years later, in the Computergate scandal, House Republicans were charged with “using state-paid employees and computer resources to abet GOP political campaigns.” Several worthies went to jail, including former House Speaker John Perzel[Read more...]



Professor Homer is Not Happy About Trump Panel Discussion at Elizabethtown College (includes unsolicited response)

Apr 27th, 2016 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

Editor’s note: Sanjay Paul is an Associate Professor of Economics at Elizabethtown College.  As for Homer, we are not exactly sure who he is.  He may be the ghost of the ancient author or, perhaps, the human manifestation of the popular television personality.  Many scholars believe that Homer may not be a single person and they hypothesize that he may represent several of the many personalities with whom Dr. Paul travels.  April 25, 2016 Homer attended a panel discussion on the Trump phenomenon the other day. Held in Elizabethtown College, the event featured speakers from different disciplines. One of the[Read more...]



The Education of Mitt Romney

Mar 5th, 2016 | By | Category: Front Page, News

Mitt Romney has attacked Trump in very harsh terms. Washington Post reports: “Here’s what I know,” Romney said. “Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat.” Four years ago, as a presidential candidate, Romney had made a pilgrimage to New York to seek Trump’s blessings (and possibly his cash). At the time, notes CNN, Romney praised Trump for “an extraordinary ability to understand how our economy[Read more...]



Choosing the Heads of the IMF and World Bank

Dec 18th, 2015 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

Dec 18, 2015 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) are two major components of the international financial system. They were established at the end of World War II, with differing objectives. The IMF was meant to provide short-term loans to member countries that found themselves in balance-of-payments crises—typically situations where countries were running short of foreign-exchange reserves to finance imports of necessary goods. The WB’s original mission was to provide financing for the reconstruction of Western Europe; but this goal being quickly met, the attention of the WB turned to issues of the developing world, viz.[Read more...]



Homer Ponders New Rules for the GOP Debates

Nov 2nd, 2015 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

  Editor’s note: Homer is the author’s alter ego or fantasy nemesis or a distant relative.  We are not sure. He couldn’t believe it. Homer was watching the third GOP candidates’ debate, and was shocked to see the CNBC moderators ask the presidential contenders one “gotcha” question after another. Did they have no respect for the distinguished people standing at their podiums? Trump, Carson, Bush, Rubio—no one was spared the ignominy of having to answer questions that were clearly meant to embarrass them. Why, oh why, couldn’t CNBC have trotted out a more respectable lineup of questioners? Ted Cruz suggested[Read more...]



Another Case of Regulations Strangling Entrepreneurship in Pennsylvania? Homer Investigates

Oct 17th, 2015 | By | Category: Front Page, News

  Where’s the damn outrage, said Homer to the crack staff of EJ in a recent interview. Homer was talking about a case brought against Chaka Fattah Jr, the son of a Philadelphia congressman, who himself is being investigated by the FBI on corruption charges, Where to begin, said Homer heavily, as the EJ staff nodded sympathetically. They had heard about the heavy hand of regulations being brought to bear against this noble father-son duo who, after all, were engaging in their God-given right to pursue life, liberty and happiness (and a little bit of extra cash.) According to media[Read more...]



Dream Team for 2016

Jul 25th, 2015 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

Noted diplomat Dennis Rodman is not content to rest on laurels. You may recall that last year, he single-handedly undertook a dangerous mission to North Korea where, through a game-theoretic strategy involving high-stakes basketball, he managed to disarm the Little Dictator and make the United States North Korea’s BFF. Upon his return to America, he was rewarded by the media with glowing testimonials to his courage, statesmanship, and choice of nose rings. And now, Rodman has outdone himself! He has managed to bring order to what was increasingly becoming an unruly fight for the Republican presidential nomination. He has come[Read more...]