Majority of Scranton City Council members voice support for two applicants to serve on ethics board | Coronavirus

The majority of Scranton City Council members support appointing a University of Scranton philosophy professor and a senior manager with the State Workers Insurance Fund to the city ethics board.

Council intended to meet in caucus Tuesday with Mayor Paige Gebhardt Cognetti, city Business Administrator Carl Deeley and city Office of Economic and Community Development Director Eileen Cipriani to discuss, among other business, the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on Scranton’s 2020 budget. But, when technical issues temporarily prevented council from broadcasting live on YouTube and delayed the start of the caucus by more than 30 minutes, officials opted to postpone the session with the Cognetti administration until next week.

Anticipating drops in earned income tax, real estate transfer tax and delinquent property, business privilege and mercantile tax revenues, city officials warned in June that 2020 city revenues could drop by $6 million to $10 million as a result of the pandemic.

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Majority of city council members voice support for two applicants to serve on ethics board | Coronavirus

The majority of Scranton City Council members support appointing a University of Scranton philosophy professor and a senior manager with the State Workers Insurance Fund to the city ethics board.

Council intended to meet in caucus Tuesday with Mayor Paige Gebhardt Cognetti, city Business Administrator Carl Deeley and city Office of Economic and Community Development Director Eileen Cipriani to discuss, among other business, the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on Scranton’s 2020 budget. But, when technical issues temporarily prevented council from broadcasting live on YouTube and delayed the start of the caucus by more than 30 minutes, officials opted to postpone the session with the Cognetti administration until next week.

Anticipating drops in earned income tax, real estate transfer tax and delinquent property, business privilege and mercantile tax revenues, city officials warned in June that 2020 city revenues could drop by $6 million to $10 million as a result of the pandemic.

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Cultivating Mahatma Gandhi’s ethics of Love

The principles propounded by Mahatma Gandhi during the anti-imperial struggle are relevant to the people of the country ever since. Whenever the country finds itself encountered with problems of similar nature, his teachings are equally relevant today. Among many issues, looking at the cacophony of hatred and intolerance spread across everywhere, we find ourselves impounded with the question – where have we lost the harmony of love. This cacophony of hatred and intolerance and the lost harmony of love do not apply only to India, but all over the world. Among the many legacies of Mahatma Gandhi that we have largely failed to actively inherit as a nation – cultivating an ethic of love is one major area. Let us try to locate the ethic of love in Gandhi’s teachings and attempt to cultivate the ethics of love.

In the introduction to “Hind Swaraj”, ‘A Word of Explanation’, Mahatma Gandhi

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