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

County tax hike: The can kicks back

County tax hike: The can kicks back

The 11.3% property tax hike in the Lackawanna County commissioners' new 2020 budget is a textbook example of what happens when you treat essential things as optional. Every can you kick down the road eventually kicks back. As detailed in Times-Tribune Staff Writer...

Reality Melts White House Snowflakes

Reality Melts White House Snowflakes

In September, President Trump altered the path of Hurricane Dorian with a Sharpie. Yesterday, the White House tweeted a photo of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with snowflakes falling on the lawn. The caption: First snow of the year! Never mind that it was 70 degrees in...

Cheese and Crackers dine and dash at Charl-Mont

Cheese and Crackers dine and dash at Charl-Mont

If you're hungry for a timely reduction of the unappetizing legacy of former Lackawanna County Commissioners Pat O'Malley and Laureen Cummings, read Times-Tribune Staff Writer Jon O'Connell's story on today's front page. Jon reports that Charl-Mont "restaurant" owner...

The Ghost of Nixon and the Graveyard of Empires

The Ghost of Nixon and the Graveyard of Empires

"History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme." Like many quotes that have traveled around the world, this one is often attributed to Mark Twain. There is no solid evidence he ever said or wrote it, but a peek at today's headlines give it the undeniable ring of...

Enema of the State

Enema of the State

We're getting the band back together! Last night, Times-Tribune Staff Writer Jeff Horvath broke the news that the Zombie Remains of the Scranton Sewer Authority finally did the right thing Thursday and invited state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to audit the $195...

Sondland sings the John Dean Blues

Sondland sings the John Dean Blues

Ambassador Gordon Sondland's testimony before the House Intelligence Committee this morning can be boiled down to three sentences: "Trump absolutely tried to extort the President of Ukraine for political dirt on the Bidens." "I'm not willing to go to jail to save a...

Trump is a cheap, dumb thug, and other old news

Trump is a cheap, dumb thug, and other old news

Today, the world witnessed in real time the President of the United States committing a crime. Marie Yovanovitch, the former United States ambassador to Ukraine, was already a sympathetic witness as she testified Friday before the House Intelligence Committee about a...

Trump learns how deep the ‘Deep State’ runs

Trump learns how deep the ‘Deep State’ runs

This morning, William B. Taylor Jr., acting ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, began a parade of professionals called to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on national TV. The...

The Other Big Race on Tuesday

The Other Big Race on Tuesday

I've been so focused on the Scranton mayoral race, I almost forgot we are electing two -- and maybe three -- (I screwed up the basic math in the original post) new Lackawanna County commissioners on Tuesday. Like the Scranton School Board race, voters did the heavy...

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

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