Many municipal governments in Pennsylvania have abandoned their sensible gun laws because public officials believe they cannot afford to defend them against lawsuits. A court ruling last week in Dauphin County, however, demonstrates why it’s worth the cos (read more)
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to address the Congress of the United States in an effort to undermine the foreign policy of the United States, it’s worth noting that the Obama administration has committed to keeping strong ties desp (read more)

Chris Kelly Columns
Photo: N/A, License: N/A I often refer to Northeast Pennsylvania as Our Stiff Neck of the Woods. It’s cute, but even the sharpest metaphors prove dull against a scalpel. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A A thank-you note from the future... Hey, how’s it going back there in 2015? Pretty tough, I gather from the archives on The Times-Tribune NeuroLink, which I am legally obligated to say is sponsored by DeNaples Solar Solutions Inc., where “Green isn’t just a color — it’s a way of life.” (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A A virus is spreading through our Stiff Neck of the Woods, infecting unsuspecting citizens as they trudge through another winter of discontent. Seasons change, but pessimism is a chronic condition around here. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A The story is familiar even to those who haven’t read it: An ambitious power broker with hair to die for gets bored with the sado- masochistic restraints of his job. He snarls at his shackles and decides it’s time for someone else to be on bended knee. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2015:02:09 12:14:23 Crowned with a bronze horse, the clock on the top shelf is at least 75 years old. Its gears grind decades of grime but the electrified relic keeps on keeping time. Mickey Mazza is 91 and beating the clock. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2013:04:14 13:00:58 Fraud call Editor: I am a senior citizen with a family of six children and 10 grandchildren. Recently, I received a phone call telling me that one of my grandsons, who lives in New York, was in trouble and needed some financial help. While I was on the ph (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A WILKES-BARRE The stage actor who shot Lincoln, the country doctor jailed for treating the assassin’s broken leg and the greedy farmer who killed the Golden Goose were all cited Tuesday in Luzerne County Court. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A The difference between stagnation and progress is almost always a matter of perspective. Losers fixate on obstacles. Winners never cease seeking opportunities. Obstacles are everywhere. Finding them requires zero effort. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A “I still see things that are not here. I just choose notto acknowledge them.” — from “A Beautiful Mind” (2001) Acting Mayor Bill Courtright may not have a beautiful mind, but he is a genius at political calculations. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A The proposed expansion of Keystone Sanitary Landfill looms over our next half-century like a split cinch sack. An overdue and abandoned property reassessment ensures unfair taxation in perpetuity. The county is pushing 87 percent of its legal debt limit. (read more)

Roderick Random Columns
Photo: N/A, License: N/A We cover all of the hoopla over Republican Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick O’Malley’s announced switch to the Democrats elsewhere in the newspaper today. So we’ll keep our focus on the contest to replace the resigning Corey O’Brien as Lackawanna Co (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Republican Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick O’Malley faces re-election and could find himself in a tough spot politically. To guarantee his re-election, the former president of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats could really use a running mate to win (read more)
Well, now things get interesting in the Lackawanna County commissioners race. There’s an open seat and maybe two separate contests to replace Democratic Commissioner Corey O’Brien. First, the county Democratic Party executive committee will recommend a te (read more)
Circuses rank far lower on the list of entertainment attractions than they once did. That might explain the reluctance so far of people to step forward and run for the Scranton School Board. In 2013, 12 people sought four of the four-year unpaid posts tha (read more)