Recent Chris Kelly columns
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Once in a while, I get a letter from an old friend “vacationing” in sunny Pensacola, Florida. These days, he's known as federal inmate #68385-067, but folks back home remember him as A.J. Munchak. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Today marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. The preceding 44 installments passed without much impact here in Our Stiff Neck of the Woods, but this one sees citizens demanding a future that doesn’t double down on the delinquent debts of the past. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A The terminally ill Mall at Steamtown encompasses about 600,000 square feet. Philadelphia’s thriving Reading Terminal Market rounds out at 78,000 square feet. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A If Tuesday’s Republican romp to control both houses of Congress seems eerily familiar, it’s because we’ve seen this B-movie before. It stars a demonized chief executive whose aloof attitude and disdain for politics makes him vulnerable to haters who would (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” — Matthew 28:19 Hope is hard to find if you don’t know what it looks like. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A History is littered with cautionary tales of overconfident leaders who underestimated the opposition and got massacred. To a roster that includes Napoleon at Waterloo, Custer at Little Big Horn and Pickett at Gettysburg, we can now add Frank Farina at Jessup Hose Company No. 1 (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A When Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce President Robert Durkin said back in March that the Mall at Steamtown was doomed as a retail space, he drew the ire of many locals with hope for the mall’s revival as an artisan market. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A We gather today to celebrate the brief, troubled life of “Cali,” the illegitimate, unloved offspring of a doomed romance between starstruck county commissioners and an ego oversized even by Hollywood standards. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Four Februaries ago, I sat in an Arizona hotel room with Paul Sorvino and his son, Michael. I told them how excited I was to finally see the film made in part with $500,000 in Lackawanna County taxpayer money. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Former Scranton Firefighters Union President Dave Gervasi and I were never friendly, but we once had a reluctant professional relationship predicated on a pair of assumptions: He would dismiss anything I wrote as anti-union propaganda and I would treat just about anything he said as crapola. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A The deluded soul who first said children should be seen and not heard never spent a night in a hotel jammed with families. Children live to be seen and heard, especially in public. Kids come with parents, who in the strongest families tend to be adults. (read more)

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