Editorials
The shape of the 113th Legislative District has changed somewhat but one thing has remained consistent over the last decade or so: Its state representative has been controversial. (read more)
In a deeply divided state Legislature, Democratic Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich is among a group of lawmakers who are more interested in progress than in ideology. That’s always a good credential in a legislative body, but it’s even more important in the rac (read more)

Chris Kelly Columns
Photo: N/A, License: N/A More Americans have been married to Rush Limbaugh than killed by the Ebola virus. Of the seven patients treated in the United States this Halloween/election season, only two contracted it here. (read more)
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. (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 Rebukes former school director Editor: I have been following the public comments made and letters written to The Times-Tribune by Kathleen McGuigan, prior to and after her resignation from the Scranton School Board. (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 Complex issues Editor: In a letter by Scranton School Board member Cy Douaihy (“Horrid Journalism,” Sept. 20), he readily admits to be “in possession of our own copies of the (teachers) contract,” a contract that was not voted on. “We were fully informed (read more)
Right to get shot Editor: It long has been said that once you are born you have two things to look forward to, death and taxes. It has come to pass that a third needs to be added: Somewhere in America, on any given day, someone is going to be shot and kil (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)

Roderick Random Columns
Photo: Tom Gralish/AP, License: N/A In the governor’s race, TV isn’t what it used to be around here. If you don’t automatically switch stations when a campaign commercial comes on — and who among readers of this column would ever do that? — you’ve seen more of the gubernatorial candidates’ (read more)
The three local incumbent congressmen continue to dominate their opponents in fundraising as the Nov. 4 election approaches. As of Sept. 30, with more than a month to go, U.S. Reps. Tom Marino, Lou Barletta and Matt Cartwright each led their opponents in (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A History lessons bored many in high school and college, but here at Random Notes, we love looking back now and then. This week, it’s the historic chain of succession that Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf seems poised to shatter. Voters have altern (read more)