Recent Chris Kelly columns
Photo: Jason Farmer, License: N/A, Created: 2014:02:19 13:38:33 Before mammoth gas marts, cut-rate lube franchises and Internet tire sales, most business was local and built by personal touch. Service with a smile was the rule. The customer came first, and usually came back again and again. John Valtos remembers that (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2014:06:05 05:24:44 She was down in the passing lane, legs splayed beneath her, eyes fixed on the darkness up the road. I was on my way to see a dying friend. I was running late, but I couldn’t leave her there, afraid, alone and suffering. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Live from the National Slanging Bee... The word is, “kuzzint.” Kuzzint. Uh, can you give me the origin? Most sources cite the coal fields of Northeast Pennsylvania, but the term is used across the state to describe extended family. (read more)
Susan Gensiak brought her son into this world and starved him out of it. Robert Gensiak weighed 69 pounds when he died, his shrieking flesh raked by scabies and lice. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A In 20 days, Pennsylvania voters will choose between two suitors — a brash bad boy who cheats and blames you and a pencil-necked political virgin who never learned to flirt. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2014:09:29 13:23:31 “IT’S TIME TO PACK UP THE CONES AND GO HOME” — Marquee at Armetta’s Pizza and Restaurant, 329 Northern Blvd., South Abington Twp. Hitesh Patel got a call from the bank last week. His business account was overdrawn by $8,000. The owner of Convenient Food M (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A An open letter to Eric Frein: It seems unlikely you will ever read this, but Tuesday’s headlines compelled me to reach out. (read more)
Photo: AP, License: N/A The big oak in our backyard is struggling to stay green, but on Saturday it was gutshot with gold. It was raining and the wind blew the perfume of decay. Leaf by leaf, the tree will be stripped naked, its skeleton exposed to the damning glare of winter. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A My new schedule allows Chrissy to ride at my side, so we are no longer taking two cars downtown every day. Also, we no longer have two cars. We pay $100 a month to park at the Mall at Steamtown. (read more)
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)

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