Editorials
A trial is scheduled in October for William Giordano of Scranton, who is accused of attempting to carry a sword into the Scranton School District administration building. The unusual case is certain to draw media interest. Sept. 25, the day that the trial (read more)
State lawmakers deliberately have evaded a host of complex issues over the last several years, which is why the current state budget is a contrivance with a $2 billion revenue hole that will have to be corrected — after the impending elections, of course. (read more)

Chris Kelly Columns
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Jerry Snyder is 69 years old. He lives in Greenfield Twp. but works in the city at the Gino Merli Veterans Center. He is a Vietnam veteran, an avid hunter and vehemently opposed to paying a commuter tax for the privilege of earning a living in Scranton. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A “Baby’s heads have no hair; Old men’s heads are just as bare. Between the cradle and the grave; Lies a haircut and a shave.” — Samuel Hoffenstein, (1890-1947) As soon as we could walk, Dad took my brother and me to Jim Bell’s barber shop in a blue-collar neighborhood 20 minutes outside Pittsburgh. As soon as we could walk, Dad took my brother and me to Jim Bell’s barber shop in a blue-collar neighborhood 20 minutes outside Pittsburgh. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2013:10:10 16:57:15 Televise school board meetings Editor: The Times-Tribune has been full of distressing news about the turmoil within the Scranton School District. School board members, union representatives, administrators and teachers are at odds. Finger-pointing is ramp (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A I visited the Frein Zone on Monday. It’s a police state run by state police as they hunt the accused murderer of one of their own. Eric Matthew Frein, 31, is also accused of wounding another trooper in an ambush outside the Blooming Grove barracks. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A The Times-Tribune editorial board invited me to its Friday meeting with Gov. Tom Corbett, R-Drillers. His re-election campaign insisted I be uninvited. Why? Because a month ago, I almost went to work for Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2013:06:25 10:25:31 Horrid journalism Editor: On Sept. 11, Sarah Hofius Hall wrote in a Times-Tribune article about the Scranton School Board that solicitor John Minora circulated the new teachers contract and Directors Bob Sheridan, Carol Oleski and I signed it “sight unsee (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Cpl. Bryon Dickson loved the pizza at Maroni’s in West Scranton. His favorite spot in Philly was Bob’s Diner on Ridge Avenue. Strawberry pancakes aren’t on the menu. You have to ask. (read more)
Back when the Times Building had manual elevators, one of the operators wore a “Star Trek” communicator badge. I’d step in and say, “Beam me up to three.” (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Idling at the crossroads on a warm Sunday morning ... Dalton has no traffic lights. Stop signs suffice. I was stuck at one, three blocks from home as hundreds of motorcycles roared by in the 7th annual Sgt. Jan Argonish Ride. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A It’s that time of election year. Pennsylvania’s future leaders have returned to public schools in hundreds of districts shortchanged by the state’s alleged leaders of today. (read more)

Roderick Random Columns
Photo: N/A, License: N/A If you’ve watched local politics for a long time, you have a pretty good idea of what a hot-button issue abortion can be here, but Mark Aurand is turning the heat around. We’ll get to Mr. Aurand in a minute, but first some background. For years, partly be (read more)
Photo: Matt Rourke/AP, License: N/A Here’s a comparison of the last time a Pennsylvania governor ran for re-election and this year and why Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is really up against it as he tries to rally to win a second term. Upfront, we’ll concede one point — this is likelier to tu (read more)
The only thing more fun than watching Lackawanna County Commissioners Corey O’Brien and Jim Wansacz rip each other in the Democratic primary election three years ago might happen next year. The uneasy alliance known as Wansacz-O’Brien might face a ticket (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Hold on to your heads, rockers, because here comes a bit of a twist. Former Lackawanna County register of wills, former city and county Democratic Party chairman and former county government study commission member Jerry Notarianni is thinking about runni (read more)