Scranton’s exploration of recovering insurance fees for some firefighting expenses deserves further inquiry. City officials this week reported they may seek reimbursement from insurance companies providing coverage for properties that are damaged by fire (read more)
State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale only stated the obvious Wednesday when he reported that city pension deficits are pushing Scranton toward insolvency. The city pension fund for firefighters is financed at only 16.7 percent, and within 2½ years, Scr (read more)

Chris Kelly Columns
Pension question Editor: The article regarding the dire financial straits of many local school districts in The Sunday Times on Aug. 17 was eye-opening and alarming. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Show praised Editor: I wanted to add a little to the Aug. 8 article about the Arts Alive event at Marywood University, which did not mention the pictures presented by children who were ages 3 to 13. The work and dedication of these children, most of whom (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A “Who am I to blow against the wind?” — from “I Know What I Know,” by Paul Simon I was 28 when I first lumbered into the Times-Tribune newsroom. I had hair down to my waist and shaved only when the itch got angry. My idea of professional dress was an Army field jacket, threadbare jeans and oxblood Dr. Martens boots. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A My life as a journalist began with maternity leave. Times-Tribune Lifestyles Editor Faith Golay was the North Pocono correspondent and cartoonishly pregnant. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Secret strategy to rescue city Editor: After reading Chris Kelly’s “BatMayor” kung-fu style takedown of Scranton’s floundering mayor (“Dark Night, Light Knight,” Aug. 3), I phoned a Las Vegas book and placed a bet on the precise date when Mr. Kelly, in an (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Marichak suited for temp role Editor: I disagree with your July 31 editorial (“Alas, no place like home for school board.”) It was very obvious to a majority of the Scranton School Board directors last Monday that the appropriate choice for acting superin (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Night in Scranton. The city has weathered decades of decline, decaying into a gray hulk the rain hates to bathe. Generations of irresponsible government and suicidal spending have resulted in bankruptcy. Most businesses have fled. (read more)

Roderick Random Columns
Photo: Jack Hanrahan/AP, License: N/A More than 20 years ago, political consultant James Carville coined the phrase “the economy, stupid” to help elect Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton president. Since then, the phrase morphed into “it’s the economy, stupid,” but the meaning remains. You can point (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A When Caroline Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2008, she pointed out the parallels between his campaign and that of her father, the still-revered-by-Democrats President John F. Kennedy. She focused on the historic nature of his candidacy and (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Anyone who has paid attention to local politics for a long time has heard the stories of dead people voting. You know, the jokes about how “the election isn’t over until the Dunmore Cemetery vote comes in.” (read more)