Legal jargon often is confusing to laymen, so Senior Judge Richard N. Saxton deserves credit for distilling a dispute between the Lackawanna County controller and the county commissioners into language every citizen can understand. “And you know what? It’ (read more)
Richard Nixon ran for president in 1968 asserting that he had a “secret plan” to end the Vietnam War. Five years and 28,000 more dead American soldiers later, he pulled it off. So Americans should be wary of politicians’ “secret plans.” Scranton Mayor Bil (read more)

Chris Kelly Columns
The search for Acting Mayor Bill Courtright ended Wednesday, when the headlines finally forced him to return multiple calls from The Times-Tribune. Turns out he wasn’t missing, just busy working on a top-secret plan to save the city from objective reality, which has a nasty anti-Scranton bias. (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)
Wipe those tears Editor: For Chris Kelly: our mayor is only in office six months. Former Mayor Chris Doherty had 12 years to screw up this city. Second, if you don’t like paying the extra commuter tax, move to Scranton, then you will know how taxes really (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Acting Mayor Bill Courtright campaigned as The Union Whisperer, a unique peacemaker who could convince the police and fire unions that Scranton does not exist to provide its employees with jobs, health care and pensions. (read more)
Photo: Themba Hadebe/ASSOCIATED PRESS, License: N/A, Created: 2014:07:01 18:46:17 Options dwindle for Scrantonians Editor: A financial adviser came to Scranton, and all we got is a bunch of fairy tales. Reduced business taxes luring commerce to the city? Tell me another one. The unions reopening their contract in order to make concessi (read more)
Another Fourth of July passes in a deeply divided United States. We gathered through the long weekend to char flesh, guzzle soda, beers and boxed wine and shoot off fireworks made in China. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2013:05:30 19:49:52 Chris Kelly knows writing. That’s a fact made evident with the release of the 2014 Keystone Press Awards, in which the Times-Tribune columnist, writing coach and assistant metro editor earned first-place honors in the Distinguished Writing category.Chris’ (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing. Unless the game is soccer. The reaction to the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team’s World Cup loss to Germany on Thursday made me dizzier than usual. The Team USA lost 1-0 (nil), but no one seemed to notice the score. (read more)

Roderick Random Columns
So Scranton gains its first Republican city councilman since Brian Reap stepped down in 2002 because three Democrats decided it was the right thing to do. Wow. Someday, historians could mark the appointment Thursday of civic leader and Realtor Wayne Evans (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Philadelphia hopes to attract the 2016 Democratic National Convention and, of course, a Scranton guy is right in the middle of the bid. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A The cost of losing is in. It’s $402,000. Citizens for Smaller Government Inc., Chuck Volpe’s political action committee, spent that much to try, unsuccessfully, to sell Lackawanna County residents on a new form of government. Of that, $344,800 came from E (read more)
Photo: Bradley C Bower/AP, License: N/A Boy, you have to wonder about state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane and why she keeps struggling to find her footing. This week, her office issued its report on the way Gov. Tom Corbett conducted the Jerry Sandusky-Penn State sex abuse case while he was (read more)