Editorials

Libraries still need more funds

The Altoona Area and Johnstown public libraries, as well as others in Blair and Cambria counties and beyond, apparently will be impacted in a positive way by the 2019-20 state budget passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. For the first time in a decade, libraries in ...

History: July 2 sold short

John Adams, America’s first vice president, who eventually would become this nation’s second president, did not believe today’s date — July 4 — should be celebrated as Independence Day. On July 3, 1776, he wrote to his wife, Abigail, that “the second day of July, 1776, will be the ...

Celebrate July 4 with pride, safety

This region finally is getting a break from the persistent wet and windy — some people would say “nasty” — weather conditions that dominated much of the spring. Fortunately, it’s just in time for the celebration of Independence Day. That doesn’t necessarily mean that all of this ...

As fiscal year dawns, let’s wait and see

Pennsylvania’s 2019-20 budget-preparation exercise will be remembered for the general silence that surrounded it. Even during most of the final days leading up to Monday’s start of the new fiscal year, budget negotiations remained unusually quiet and subdued, although more-detailed ...

Internet progress too slow

Despite movement in Harrisburg in recent days regarding Pennsylvania’s anemic access to high-speed internet, commonwealth residents need to accept the reality that major progress on behalf of expanded service won’t be achieved quickly. The deficiency is too mammoth. Too many people ...

Eldorado deserves fast action

Corrective action cannot come soon enough for the 39th Street residents in Eldorado who are plagued by sewage and stormwater runoff. The situation should have been resolved a long time ago. Had those problems been resolved, new development — construction of new homes — might have ...

Court ruling clouds joint police ventures

Police officers crossing municipal boundaries to assist officers of a neighboring or nearby jurisdiction who are in need of help due to some emergency is nothing new. That has been happening as long as people can remember. Assistance doesn’t generally entail routine police patrols unless ...

Admirably, Alabaman cuts to chase

There is plenty of bad news and there are plenty of truly bad people for those of us in journalism to tell you about. Occasionally, really good people surface, however. You ought to know about them, too. You may never have heard of Rodney Smith Jr., of Huntsville, Alabama. Lots of other ...

Attacks on tankers need fully probed

If Iran is indeed behind recent attacks on several tanker ships carrying petroleum products, action by the world community — not just the United States — may be necessary. But as of last Thursday, only circumstantial evidence of Iranian complicity had been provided. It was on that day ...

Juneteenth well worth celebrating

New holidays and special observances are a dime a dozen. Sometimes, it seems we have too many. But one gaining popularity is well worth noting — and celebration by each and every American. It is Juneteenth, to be observed today — June 19. It is a celebration of the end of slavery in the ...

Credit city for trying reinvention

Downtown Altoona never again will be the bustling business and retail hub of Blair County that it was prior to the exodus to suburban malls and shopping centers, beginning in the 1960s. As redevelopment projects shifted into high gear during the decade of the ’60s, many memorable but ...

Altoona needs to learn lesson from graduation

Members of the Altoona Area High School class of 2019 received their diplomas on Monday, beginning their transition toward higher education, jobs, military service and the next chapter of their lives. Moving on from high school always evokes mixed emotions, not only regarding challenges that ...

It’s a day to proudly fly our flag

National Flag Day, tucked between Memorial Day and Independence Day, isn’t likely to attract the notice and spawn the patriotic fervor usually accorded to those other observances. That’s unfortunate. Although today’s observance is not a federal holiday, Flag Day still is important. ...

Questions remain in Columbus

Someone finally noticed something was wrong at the Mount Carmel Health System hospital near Columbus, Ohio — but only after 25 people had died, allegedly because a doctor ordered they be given excessively large doses of a painkiller drug. Last Wednesday, Dr. William Husel was charged with ...

Stormwater issues merit attention

Sadly, many families in parts of the United States are facing years of recovery as the result of another catastrophic weather-related event. This time it is flooding. Flooding is no stranger to central Pennsylvania. However, flooding here generally is of a much smaller scale and shorter ...

Commission oversight falling short

Area hunters’ disgust in response to news about the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s financial condition was predictable. Keystone State sportsmen rightly expect that agencies that exist to look out for — and protect — their best interests should be transparent. However, the financial ...

Tyrone hallmark: Stability

The Tyrone Area School District is like the Pittsburgh Steelers in terms of leadership longevity. Whereas the Steelers have had only three head coaches since 1969 — Chuck Noll, from 1969 to 1991; Bill Cowher, from 1992 to 2006; and Mike Tomlin, from 2007 to the present — the northern Blair ...

Lessons of D-Day never fade

Modern weaponry ensures that there won’t ever be U.S. involvement in another invasion like the one on this date 75 years ago, when Allied forces during World War II began their liberation of Europe on the beaches of Normandy, France. However, there are people in the United States and other ...

IRS audit rate needs attention

Each year, many more Americans join the ranks of people who opt to file their federal, state and local tax returns electronically. On the federal level, the arrival and growth of the generally less cumbersome electronic-filing option is part of the reason why some officials advocate a smaller ...

Right call for Paule: Bow out now

Despite the many ways she has tried to help the Republican Party in Blair County over the past several years while serving as an active volunteer, Samantha Paule, one of the nominees for Altoona City Council in the Nov. 5 general election, would help the party now by withdrawing her candidacy ...