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Anti-drug workshop valuable

People of Blair County, particularly those residing in Altoona, where there are many rental properties, owe a debt of gratitude to the Altoona Housing Authority, Operation Our Town and the Central Pennsylvania Landlords Association. The three entities’ commitment to being a roadblock to the ...

Sandusky nightmare never ends

While employed at Penn State, former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, despite his lofty athletic position, was but a speck within the massive university community. But what he has cost the school over the past six years monetarily, as well as to the university’s image and ...

Dialogue needed on pros, cons of casino possibility

Rumors regarding a possible Altoona area casino have re-emerged, and no one should be surprised. The Pennsylvania General Assembly’s action authorizing 10 casinos, in areas where such gambling meccas currently don’t exist, makes the Mountain City, State College and numerous other places ...

Celebrating honorable veterans

Veterans Day, being celebrated on a Saturday this year — today — provides the opportunity for more Americans than usual to attend patriotic parades and participate in other activities associated with the observance. This being a weekend, fewer people will have to report to their jobs, ...

Fraternities just aren’t getting it

The senseless death of a Penn State University fraternity pledge in February, reported nationwide, should have made every fraternity and sorority — at every college and university across America — stop and think about their activities and conduct, going forward. Florida State University ...

We the People, free to recycle or not

“He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out of their substance.” — America’s Declaration of Independence. King George III had nothing on today’s America. I am reminded constantly of the line in the movie, ...

Every election important

“It’s just a local election. So what?” That will be the troubling thinking many registered voters will express today — either within their own minds or to others — as they try to justify not casting their ballots. But that thinking not only will be wrong from an attitude ...

Tyrone preaches safety

No community should set speed limits abnormally low, with the main purpose being to increase the number of tickets to raise revenue. Creating a “cash cow” isn’t behind Tyrone Borough’s desire to lower the speed limit on three avenues — Lincoln, Blair and Cameron — to below 25 mph, ...

Upgrade needed on dog fees

By now, even the Pennsylvania residents who tend to tune out happenings in the state Legislature might have heard about the proposal in Harrisburg to increase dog license fees — which haven’t been increased in 21 years. Along with that, those same residents might have heard that the ...

Langerholc’s leadership noteworthy

A Pennsylvania state lawmaker’s first term in office — whether in the Senate or House of Representatives — is a learning experience. Having no governmental seniority, freshman lawmakers generally spend much of their time just adhering to the opinions and wishes of their party ...

Police mergers a viable option to retain safety

The issue of whether municipalities without local police departments should be assessed a per-capita fee for coverage by the Pennsylvania State Police is on the front burner in Harrisburg again. That and other ideas regarding local-level police protection were discussed at a public hearing ...

Liberals should get on board

Liberals in Congress are up in arms about a plan to grant some tax relief to Americans. The idea, by conservative lawmakers and President Donald Trump, is irresponsible, they huff. It could add as much as $1.5 trillion to the national debt within the next decade, opponents of the plan ...

Address Burns’ bill promptly

Law-abiding Pennsylvania residents might ask “What’s not to like?” about a bill introduced by state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, aimed at stiffening penalties for attempting to flee police. They’re probably right, although some defense lawyers probably can point to situations where ...

For AWA, reckoning on horizon

Sunday’s Mirror article “AWA behind on piping work” provided numerous troubling statistics related to the Altoona area water and sewer systems — thus the Altoona Water Authority — and alluded to the higher bills that customers might face in the years ahead. But that picture of ...

Reminder to control your eating

With fall making its appearance, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year’s feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks may already be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor ...

City study well worth exploring

How well Altoona’s current traffic patterns will meet future needs is an important question that needs to be answered. Based on changes that have occurred downtown over the past few years, as well as changes that continue to evolve, the overall parking situation needs to be ...

Portage policy is good step

In every venue in which a formal policy exists, that policy should be enforced in a uniform way. There should be no grounds for anyone to allege special treatment or conflict of interest. That’s the laudable goal behind the Portage Area School Board’s revision of the district’s ...

As 2018 looms, Pennsylvania in fiscal trouble

When word filtered out of Gov. Tom Wolf’s office in late August that Pennsylvania’s chief executive might be proposing what was described as a “bare bones” budget for 2018-19, the news didn’t provoke much surprise. That’s what happens during an election year when governors and ...

Changing CIA culture a positive

It has been clear for some time that U.S. intelligence agencies need an overhaul. Too much reliance has been placed on technology, with old-fashioned human spying taking a backseat. Last week, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that is about to change. More intelligence agents will be sent out ...

Newburg situation troubling

How and when the dispute encompassing Logan Township’s Newburg Volunteer Fire Department will be resolved are questions that for now are limited to conjecture. If the department hasn’t already initiated a formal, methodical process for identifying all of the causes of the seemingly ...