In 1776 the Founding Fathers determined that it was necessary, as the Declaration of Independence put it, to “dissolve the political bands” that had tied the American colonies to Great Britain. And strong bands they had been. American colonists had marche (read more)
Legislative Republicans have sent Gov. Tom Wolf a pension reform bill with some good features and a glaring flaw that should keep it from becoming law. The sound aspects of the bill should be retained, however, as part of a compromise incorporating some o (read more)

Chris Kelly Columns
Photo: , License: N/A, Created: 2008:09:18 15:14:21 Jay Daniels was a quintessential straight man with a crooked grin, the dry vermouth to John Webster’s bathtub gin. Separately, they were good spirits with great talent. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A When he touches down in Scranton, state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale resembles an astronaut stranded on a planet of grinning simpletons who cloak their costly ambitions in convenient amnesia. Every time he visits, the guy somehow seems surprised. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Happy Father’s Day, Dad. Hard to believe it’s been 10 years, but here I am, scribbling in the garage of the house you didn’t live to see. You’re here, too. Chrissy and I cleaned out the closets and found you in a dusty box of cassettes. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A The breaking news of Monday’s hearing on the proposed expansion of Keystone Sanitary Landfill was the claim that after a dozen years, the cause of a leachate leak has miraculously been corrected just as the landfill seeks state approval to pile another 50 years’ worth of garbage on Dunmore and Throop. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A “Jurassic Park” and the Mall at Steamtown premiered the same year. Both were billed as blockbusters that would attract big spenders eager to experience a revolutionary attraction several years and millions of dollars in the making. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Sharing strong coffee with Meegan Possemato is a bracing experience. It’s been years since I had such an urgent need to visit a public restroom while engaged in a conversation interesting enough to sit still. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2015:06:05 21:11:44 “When the President does it, that means it’s not illegal.” — Richard M. Nixon The ghost of Rose Mary Woods haunts the basement of Scranton City Hall. (read more)

Roderick Random Columns
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2010:04:28 11:12:57 For a job that pays less than some of them probably earn as lawyers, the four attorneys who ran for Abingtons magisterial district judge spent a lot of money. Their spending rivaled that of the 13 candidates for Lackawanna County commissioner and clerk of (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A A month after he lost the Republican primary election for Lackawanna County commissioner, Charlie Spano still fumes. Only days before the May 19 primary, Republican voters received an 11-by-6-inch mailer denouncing Mr. Spano for a shaky personal financial (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Next year, we’ll have at least two new Lackawanna County commissioners, but also a new district attorney. Voters will elect commissioners in November, but the county judges will pick the next district attorney, who will replace Andy Jarbola because he’ll (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Four years ago, Jim Wansacz and Corey O’Brien slugged it out in a bruising Democratic primary election campaign for Lackawanna County commissioner. Though they had running mates — Mr. Wansacz with then-Scranton School Director Brian Jeffers, and Mr. O’Bri (read more)