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Christopher J. Kelly, is the Scranton Times-Tribune Columnist. He writes columns on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Wallace plea a sign of changing times

Wallace plea a sign of changing times

Andy Wallace had it all. Power, prestige and the perks that come with being an elite player in Lackawanna County politics. His annual salary as county chief of staff was $77,131 in a county where the average household income is $59,635. By local standards, Wallace had...

Public deserves answers on SSD harassment report

Public deserves answers on SSD harassment report

The Scranton School Board is not legally bound to release the results of an investigation into harassment complaints made by the district superintendent, but directors have a moral obligation to tell taxpayers, families and students what -- if anything -- they...

Halloween in Trumpland

Halloween in Trumpland

Be afraid. Be very afraid. A caravan of brown people is creeping toward Trump America, bringing smallpox and Democratic votes in time for Tuesday's midterm election. Never mind that smallpox was eradicated from the planet decades ago and non-citizens can't vote...

Pipe bombs and baby powder

Pipe bombs and baby powder

Does anyone else miss the good old days, when hateful crackpots sent envelopes stuffed with baby powder to terrorize fellow Americans they deemed insufficiently patriotic? The white dust was meant to mimic anthrax and scare recipients and a nation still reeling from...

Kavanaugh’s lies enough to disqualify him

Kavanaugh’s lies enough to disqualify him

"False in one, false in all" is a jury instruction based on a simple, serrated premise: If a witness lies about one thing, jurors are free to assume that he or she lied about everything. By this standard, federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath in his testimony...

McCain’s death shames Trump’s life

McCain’s death shames Trump’s life

Because poison packaged as populism is a guilty pleasure, I tuned in to the local affiliate of Corporate GOP Radio this morning to learn why the late Sen. John McCain should not be honored as a war hero, statesman and patriot. It didn't take long. An especially vexed...

Return of the King

Return of the King

The last book in J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy has always been my favorite, because it chronicles the resolution of a thinly veiled allegory of totalitarianism, its depredations and the sacrifices required to repel it. The good guys win, but at...

Trump proves he’s Putin’s stooge

Trump proves he’s Putin’s stooge

Body language needs no translation. It speaks every tongue fluently. From his childlike sitting posture to his fidgeting behind the podium, President Trump's physical tics in the presence of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin during their Helsinki "summit" screamed...

Andy Wallace has not been charged

Andy Wallace has not been charged

The court of public opinion has ruled on the case of Andy Wallace. The verdict: Not guilty by reason of political connections. The former Lackawanna County chief of staff resigned Friday, two days after District Attorney Mark Powell confirmed that the longtime...

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Christopher J. Kelly, is the Scranton Times-Tribune Columnist. He writes columns on Wednesdays and Sundays.

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