Editorials

Let’s keep open mind on Trump

Donald Trump’s presidency hopefully will mean good things for this region, Pennsylvania and the nation. Beyond that, it’s to be hoped that he can make positive inroads regarding America’s relations with other countries but, along the way, protect America’s best interests to the full ...

Address budget for police

An Altoona decision years ago apparently is the chief culprit in the declining number of applicants for police department vacancies. But blame for the decline also must extend to Pennsylvania state government’s failure to address its own fiscal problems. Harrisburg’s “kick the can ...

Tyrone fire association needs work

It’s common for the Pennsylvania Auditor General’s Office to make recommendations after an audit. Some of the recommendations are for correcting deviations from accepted procedures by the entity audited, or merely to help in implementing efficiencies. Since entities that the Auditor ...

Porngate disclosure still lacking

Individuals, families and businesses are expected to pay their bills. Governments at all levels should be held to that same responsible standard. Despite developments during the past week, people of this state still need to know more about the bill the commonwealth was asked to pay for ...

Organ donor possibilities encouraging

It’s estimated that a new name is added about every 10 minutes to this country’s organ waiting list. Lifesharing, a Donate Life organization, says about one-third of those needing organ transplants die waiting. According to Lifesharing, as of last July 9, 1,887 of the approximately ...

Congress starts on wrong foot

Republicans of the new 115th Congress were right in killing a plan to effectively strip the independent Office of Congressional Ethics of its power and put it under lawmakers’ control. It’s hard to fathom how the lawmakers responsible for the proposal could have been so out of touch with ...

State riding dangerous fiscal course

Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision not to seek 2017-18 income and sales tax increases puts Pennsylvania on track for a more amicable budget-preparation exercise than the first two of Wolf’s administration. Still, it’s premature to speculate that Harrisburg will accomplish its budget mission ...

Repair ties with Israel

Fortunately, Israeli officials and citizens have been well aware for several years that President Barack Obama is no friend of the Jewish state. They also understand that in less than three weeks, Obama will be out of the White House. That will leave President-elect Donald Trump, the State ...

Address reform in steps

Haste makes waste, especially in Washington, D.C. There, undue haste to replace the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — could make it or something worse permanent. As its unofficial name implies, the national health care takeover law is President Barack Obama’s baby. Reportedly, he and ...

Dangers to police too real

Trooper Landon E. Weaver had been a member of the Pennsylvania State Police for only about six months when he was gunned down Friday as he responded to an alleged protection-from-abuse-order violation. The death of the 23-year-old East Freedom native is the latest grim reminder that whenever ...

Don’t lose hope: Make a better ’17

In his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy exhorted Americans to: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Now, nearly 56 years later, as another new year has dawned, that message still holds true, although there is much ...

Tax relief must be responsible

Both Republicans who control Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have plans to grant most Americans tax relief. They hope to inject real growth into an economy still recovering only anemically from the so-called Great Recession. In reconciling their slightly different versions of tax ...

Posture on Israel troubling

In public, President Barack Obama has been exceedingly, commendably courteous toward President-elect Donald Trump. But in handling public affairs, it has been a different story. Since Trump won the election, Obama has been pushing to implement both domestic and international agendas with ...

Cresson site sale first step

It would have been better if the sale of the former Cresson state prison property had been accompanied by immediate assurance that hundreds of new jobs would be coming to the location. But even without such an assurance, it’s good news that the 328-acre site’s fate no longer is in ...

Address Social Security

The frustration of Blair County senior citizens who will be paying higher property tax bills out of their fixed incomes as a result of reassessment is understandable. But those and others who must rely mostly on Social Security for their needs now find themselves further challenged by another ...

Finally, time to move on

Throughout the United States, presidential electors cast their ballots Monday. Fewer than a handful of them broke faith with their states’ electorates by not voting as the Nov. 8 results in their states indicated they should. President-elect Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton ...

Legislature keeps sending wrong signals

Pennsylvania residents concerned about the state’s fiscal health probably would have preferred a lump of coal for their Christmas stockings rather than the troubling financial report handed down on Wednesday. However, there’s additional bad news that should evoke even greater concern but ...

Prioritze access in Logan Twp.

Regardless of how Logan Township’s driveway accessibility standards issue eventually shakes out, the one thing certain is that many more residents will embrace a greater awareness and understanding of the subject’s importance than what existed previously. While discussion and ...

More trouble with VA

The body of a military veteran was left in a Veterans Affairs health care facility shower room for more than nine hours before someone finally had it moved to a morgue, the Tampa (Fla.) Bay Times reported last week. Then, once their negligence came to light, some staff at the Bay Pines VA ...

Help solve anguish of Copley case

Dec. 25 will be the second Christmas that Cathy Copley’s killer or killers will be living with the guilt of having snuffed out the 29-year-old woman’s life after her disappearance on Dec. 9, 2015. Anyone who might have been an accomplice in hiding Copley’s body in a garage behind an ...