For incontrovertible evidence of how the government of Scranton exists for the benefit of its employees rather than its citizens, consult reporter Terrie Morgan-Besecker’s five-day series in The Times-Tribune last week about the city’s preposterous disabi (read more)
Congress again has demonstrated how not to govern, with the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill it recently passed. The bill was rushed through at the last minute to avoid a government shutdown, thus precluding any opportunity for debates on important pol (read more)

Chris Kelly Columns
Photo: N/A, License: N/A It was like shaking hands with Santa Claus. Not some schlub playing the jolly old elf for minimum wage at the mall or a portly grandpa shoehorned into a red suit to surprise the kids. This was the real elfin’ deal. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2014:12:13 15:41:13 Winter barriers Editor: Many communities in Northeast Pennsylvania have installed new curb cuts on sidewalks to allow accessible, safe pedestrian crossings for people with disabilities. In order to maintain their usability, municipalities, businesses and (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Tom Gervasi is a convicted arsonist. He is also a retired Scranton firefighter collecting pensions that will pay him at least $32,276 this year — about $300 more than the median Scranton household income. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A As a child, I wore out innumerable copies of “Snoopy’s Christmas,” by the Royal Guardsmen, on my Fisher-Price record player. While Mom and Dad spun Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis and the Ray Conniff Singers on the living room hi-fi, I soared behind enemy lines with Snoopy and the Red Baron. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Secretary clears record on COLTS Editor: I am writing in response to a Dec. 6 letter by Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick O’Malley (Your Opinion, “COLTS Quandary”). PennDOT agrees that all options, including the transit system using existing resource (read more)
Speaking truth to Louis DeNaples’ power is a lonely proposition. He owns Keystone Sanitary Landfill, Mount Airy Casino and damn near everything else he surveys. “Uncle Louie” has countless friends. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A “I’d trade it all for a little more.” — C. Montgomery Burns, discussing his immense fortune on “The Simpsons.” “The Simpsons” premiered in 1989, the same year Keystone Sanitary Landfill opened. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A For years, I’ve annoyed co-workers with pitches for Christmas-themed novels and screenplays that could generate the green that decorates driveways in shiny Lexuses and blood-red bows. I concede the plural of Lexus may be “Lexi.” (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A “When 80 to 85 percent of the (municipal) budget is created by the landfill, it’s very hard to go back to where we don’t have the landfill.” — Thomas Lukasewicz, council president in Throop, which hosts 60 percent of Keystone Sanitary Landfill (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2014:11:25 12:34:33 “Learn to do right; seek  justice. Defend the oppressed...” — Isaiah 1:17 All that’s left of Robert Gensiak would fit into a shoebox. His pathetic remains were cremated. (read more)

Roderick Random Columns
Photo: N/A, License: N/A So if Lackawanna County Democratic Commissioner Corey O’Brien really is serious about wanting the job he has long hoped to leave, his longing to better himself might cost him. Let’s recap. Mr. O’Brien, who at a young age talked Rep. Joseph McDade into an (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has publicly named 68 people as staff of his upcoming administration or members of transition committees, and fewer than half donated to his campaign. The 28 who did donate directly to his campaign gave a total of $303,180 in either ca (read more)
A lot of Lackawanna County Democrats certainly view U.S. Rep. Tom Marino as far too conservative for their tastes, but the congressman is moving up the seniority ladder. Headed into his third term in a House that will become more Republican in January, Mr (read more)
The day before he lost his re-election bid, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett campaigned at Sherwood Freightliner in Dunmore, and brought along a man mostly unfamiliar here. Rob Gleason tagged along. Mr. Gleason has led the state Republican Party since June 200 (read more)
OK, so Gary DiBileo is out, too. The Lackawanna County controller said Friday he isn’t running for county commissioner. “Right now, I’m focused on running for county controller. We’re doing a good job at the controller’s office and there’s more that needs (read more)