Editorials
Dunmore zoners should disclose their relationships April Fool’s Day often is a challenge in Northeast Pennsylvania because many school boards and local governments pull childish pranks on citizens throughout the year. It’s often hard to tell the differenc (read more)
Arizona legislators risked further separating police from their communities with an ill-advised bill that would have required police departments to keep secret the names of police officers who shoot someone, regardless of underlying circumstances. Credit (read more)

Chris Kelly Columns
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Four Februaries ago, I sat in an Arizona hotel room with Paul Sorvino and his son, Michael. I told them how excited I was to finally see the film made in part with $500,000 in Lackawanna County taxpayer money. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Former Scranton Firefighters Union President Dave Gervasi and I were never friendly, but we once had a reluctant professional relationship predicated on a pair of assumptions: He would dismiss anything I wrote as anti-union propaganda and I would treat just about anything he said as crapola. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Admit it: You miss Rick Santorum. You don’t want to, but you do. There was a time when the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania was the nuttiest, nastiest crank cruising in the GOP clown car. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2015:03:20 08:54:11 U . S . Sen. Bob Casey’s annual salary is $174,000. He earned every penny Friday. In a letter to the state Department of Environmental Protection, the Scranton native showed he is a true Friend of Lackawanna by standing up for his constituents and against the proposed expansion of Keystone Sanitary Landfill in Dunmore and Throop. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A THIS JUST IN: Scranton is fat, drunk and drowning in debt. We eat too much, drink to excess and spend money we don’t have. So says a report by something called badcredit.org. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Columnist Chris Kelly was on medical leave after spinal surgery, but he insisted on being a pain in the neck today. His blog and columns return this week. Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy. Vicodin helps, too. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A My wife, three small kids and I make frequent drives to upstate New York from Philadelphia and always need stopping points along the way. It turned out that the Mall at Steamtown is nearly a geographic center point of our trip. The mall provided the neces (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Who said that? Editor: Haters of President Obama bloviate over his steadfast refusal to use the words “radical Islam” when discussing the Islamic State terror group. Consider the following quotes from the commander-in-chief: ■ “Ours is a war not against a (read more)

Roderick Random Columns
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2012:10:10 19:34:46 What a difference a couple of weeks makes. Two weeks ago, Republicans had six candidates for Lackawanna County commissioner. Now, three remain. With Joe Albert, Gary Propersi and attorney Martin Toth dropping out, Republican voters will choose from among (read more)
Photo: Jason Farmer, License: N/A, Created: 2013:11:20 20:02:10 OK, so now we know pretty much who will run for Lackawanna County commissioner, but what everybody wants to know, we won’t know until the May 19 primary election. Who will win? As of Friday morning, we still had five candidates for county commissioner on (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Chris Patrick tried hard. The Lackawanna County Democratic Party chairman formed a committee of seven lawyers to look for a Democratic judicial candidate. The lawyers — attorneys Jerry Karam, Paul Walker, Todd O’Malley, Frank Ruggiero, Chris Munley, Rick (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A We’ve been here before. All week long — from Gov. Tom Wolf’s first budget address to the race for Lackawanna County commissioner — a sense of déjà vu permeated the air. Let’s start with the commissioners race, which is full of familiar faces. First, the i (read more)