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

Scranton City Council talks trash tonight

Scranton City Council talks trash tonight

It's Earth Day, so it seems natural to talk trash. At its Monday caucus, Scranton City Council will hear from Northeast Revenue Service, the firm that apparently has had little success collecting almost $17 million in delinquent garbage fees. An ongoing Times-Tribune...

Redaction is the new black

Redaction is the new black

Lackawanna County has asked for 30-day extensions on my Right-to-Know Law requests for the costs of renovations at the county building, so I'm stuck reading the redacted Mueller Report. What the 400-plus-page report says seems to depend on who's reading it....

All hail the snot otter!

All hail the snot otter!

Unless you live under a rock in a very clean stream, you've heard by now that Pennsylvania has an official amphibian. The House voted 191-6 Tuesday to declare the Eastern hellbender king of the state's river monsters. North America's largest amphibian, the hellbender...

Charl-Mont: A name you can trust

Charl-Mont: A name you can trust

With a new version of the storied Charl-Mont restaurant set to open next month, I've heard from readers with fond memories made in the hungry heart of the former Globe department store. Now that the Globe has reopened as the Lackawanna County Government Center, many...

Scranton bests Daytona Beach in best places list

Scranton bests Daytona Beach in best places list

Every now and then, Scranton makes a list of "Worst Places to (Live, Work, Raise Kids, Buy a Home, Retire, Whatever)." Local reaction is generally split into two camps: Those offended by any outside criticism of the city and those who don't think the criticism was...

Opinion: Take me out to the ballgame

Opinion: Take me out to the ballgame

Quick blog today. I'm burning up the boot leather chasing something big for the Sunday column, but I had to pause and point to two Times-Tribune stories every Lackawanna County taxpayer should read today. First up is Staff Writer Borys Krawczeniuk's report on inside...

Opinion: I want fries with that

Opinion: I want fries with that

My column today documents a "walk-through" tour of a restaurant that does not exist. Read it here, and note this pair of paragraphs in particular: In October, the administration said it cost the county about $100,000 to shape up the 1,511-square foot Charl-Mont space...

Opinion: At the Charl-Mont with Whine and Cheese

Opinion: At the Charl-Mont with Whine and Cheese

Just had a walk-through tour of what will soon be a resurrected Charl-Mont restaurant at the Lackawanna County Government Center at the Globe. It's a scaled-back version of the storied downtown staple at the department store that once anchored the downtown shopping...

Opinion: Skip of the lip (video)

Opinion: Skip of the lip (video)

Scranton School District students, parents and taxpayers woke to bad news this morning:  Saddled with $200 million in debt, the district may consider closing six buildings, including four elementary schools. On the...

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

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