Editorials
Lackawanna County officials continue to run up the tab from litigation over access to employee records. County taxpayers, so far, have shouldered legal fees of $11,400 from a lawsuit Controller Gary DiBileo initiated in March against the commissioners in (read more)
Labor Day gives many workers scant reason to celebrate. At least they can be thankful to be employed. For 18,600 jobless people in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metro area, today is no holiday. The region has maintained the state’s highest jobless rate for 52 (read more)

Chris Kelly Columns
Great drama depends upon the suspension of disbelief. The trick is convincing the audience it has been transported to another place where the plots and performances on the stage or screen are as real as the seats beneath them. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Global idea Editor: Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick O’Malley sent a refreshing letter (Your Opinion, “County Should Buy Globe Store,” Aug. 17). Finally, a politician is thinking outside the box by suggesting the county buy the former department sto (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)
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)