Editorials

State should raise awareness on mental health

It was in mid-October that Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale urged Keystone State residents to take advantage of available mental health services, at which time he also stressed the importance of improving mental health services at schools. DePasquale’s statement, made in ...

Joyce best represents our region

Whoever is elected to succeed retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster in the newly created 13th Pennsyl­vania Congressional District will start at the bottom rung in committees and party roles. That’s a fact of life in Washington when a longtime incumbent steps aside; seniority means ...

Police program worthy

The new police internship program to which Hollidaysburg Borough Council gave unanimous support earlier this month might have benefits beyond the borough’s borders. It could encourage some other communities served by municipal police departments, in this county and beyond, to implement ...

Violence attacks freedom

In what has become far too commonplace in this country, another mass shooting occurred over the weekend — this time, right here in Pennsylvania — as an anti-Semitic gunman rampaged through the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday morning in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, killing 11 ...

Descending enrollment clouds state

Enrollment at the 14 state-owned universities in Pennsylvania is down by 4 percent this year, including nearly 38 percent at Cheyney University, the nation’s oldest historically black college. This is the latest batch of bad news for our state universities system, as enrollment has been ...

‘Terror begets terror, and fear begets fear’

The cover of the April 15, 1996, issue of Time magazine, which focused on then-Unabomber suspect Theodore J. Kaczynski, referred to the Berkeley math professor-turned-recluse as “Mad Genius.” Time began what it referred to as a Special Report with the words, “The Power of Paranoia.” ...

Copley’s closure needed

This early in the criminal justice proceedings, no one can predict with any 100 percent degree of certainty how the murder charges against Michael Copley will play out. The same can be said regarding Samantha J. Musselman, who is charged with helping Copley dispose of his dead wife’s ...

Let’s assure safety this Halloween

As the end of October creeps closer, so, too, do trick-or-treat nights for local children. Blair County’s trick-or-treat is tonight. How many who are now adults remember the excitement that came with putting on that Halloween costume and canvassing the neighborhood knowing you’d return ...

Migrant walk poses US threat

Clearly, officials in some Central and South American countries are capitalizing on U.S. domestic policies to handle some of their own problems. The fact that they get to embarrass President Donald Trump’s administration seems to be a bonus for some of them. Rampant violence and poor ...

Keystone alternatives are needed

Pennsylvania’s decision to walk away from heavy-handed reliance on the Keystone Exams as a basis for high school graduation acknowledges that standardized testing alone isn’t a reliable mechanism for upping students’ prospects for achieving success as adults. While the ...

Don’t let journalists die in vain

Thoughtful Americans ought to be concerned about the disappearance and murder of a Saudi journalist who wrote columns for the Washington Post. But what about the other 44 journalists who have met violent deaths this year? What about the 48 who perished in 2017? Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi ...

Church action won’t alleviate ongoing concern

The Roman Catholic Church, so much at the center of bad news over the past couple of years due to the child sex-abuse scandal involving hundreds of priests over much of the past half-century, experienced a happy, proud and prayerful day last Sunday as Pope Francis elevated to sainthood a former ...

Tree issue up to city, Amtran

There’s nothing wrong with Altoona’s ordinance placing the responsibility for tree maintenance on property owners, even if the city planted the trees. Many other places have such a requirement. However, if certain trees have not been a problem but something new comes along suddenly ...

DJs don’t deserve advantage

Pennsylvania lawmakers were wrong in approving a bill giving incumbent district judges an unfair advantage when seeking re-election. As with challengers, an incumbent should be required to collect voter signatures on petitions for the right to have his or her name appear on ballots. When the ...

Replacing Haley won’t be that easy

Some in the White House are not especially fond of Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor who became this country’s ambassador to the United Nations under President Donald Trump. Still, there is evidence Trump himself understood her great value to Americans. Haley revealed last ...

Blair County budget planning shows progress

Pennsylvania counties’ annual budget preparations seldom are as traumatic, contentious and politically charged as what goes on in Harrisburg practically every year. That’s true even when the first county budget drafts seem extremely troublesome. Most counties find a way to make cuts and ...

Exploring regional police force

At Cresson Borough Council’s meeting on Monday, during which discussion centered on police manpower, Chief Brad Klock used what to many communities is a controversial word: “regionalizing.” “Places have to start regionalizing,” Klock said, referring to the police staffing shortage ...

Good eye: Speed-zone cameras

Everyone and everything is at risk when there is speeding in work zones, not just the workers doing the work and their equipment, but also the irresponsible motorists themselves, other motorists, passengers, the improvements underway and the work already completed. For too long, Pennsylvania ...

Celebrate your local newspaper

Newspapers explore many of the topics that affect your senses. The stories we report may get your blood rushing, wrinkle your brow, inspire you to call a friend about an event or simply entice you to relax and read about your favorite team that pulled out a victory that was destined to be a ...

Upcoming traffic study will help Altoona

It’s best for Altoona residents to be open-minded about the downtown traffic study that will begin in about a month. The Mountain City’s vehicular traffic still is being governed by decisions made a half-century ago or longer. Times, needs and conditions change, and Altoona, like other ...