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Editorials

In Newry, less may be more

Newry Borough was correct in seeking — and receiving — approval from Blair County Court to shrink the size of its governing council to three members from five. Now, hopefully, the right scenario exists for the town’s government to operate without borough council vacancies going forward, ...

Not betting on casino possibility

It will not be an economic catastrophe if neither the Altoona area nor the area close to Johnstown lands a mini casino as the result of an auction to be conducted by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board around Sept. 4. Pennsylvania is saturated with gambling options, and some people rightly ...

Never lose our place in space

Now, a half-century after America’s victory in the race to the moon, many people in this country might be lamenting that much greater space achievements have not been forthcoming over the five decades since that great accomplishment. Sure, there were additional moon landings, the subsequent ...

Trump’s tolerance lacking

It has been pointed out that President Donald Trump’s attack on four Democratic congresswomen may have been calculated for political reasons. That is, Trump may have hoped outrage over his tweet would show his base that moderate Democrats have more in common with their party’s radicals ...

Commit to voting machines

Gov. Tom Wolf is opting for “Plan B” to help counties pay 60 percent of their costs tied to acquiring new voting machines with voter-verifiable paper systems. It’s unfortunate that the General Assembly and governor haven’t been able to achieve an accord through the preferable ...

Pa. delays restrictions on plastic

Pennsylvania has kicked the proverbial can down the road on the issue of single-use plastics, unlike what has been happening in numerous other states. For example, Vermont and Maine have just imposed statewide bans on plastic bags while Palo Alto, Calif., and Orlando, Fla., last month passed ...

Shielding predators must end

Trust that Roman Catholic Church officials will do the right thing about allegations of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy is in question in many countries, not just the United States. What Pope Francis and others in the Catholic hierarchy do about the matter is watched closely ...

Epstein belongs in prison

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein may yet spend an appropriate amount of time in a federal prison. He should have been sent away years ago. Why that did not happen needs to be explained. Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in New York, on charges of sex trafficking involving ...

Party vote should be on ballot

The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a bill eliminating straight-party voting. The measure was forwarded to Gov. Tom Wolf who on Friday vetoed the it. Unfortunately, the Legislature ignored what would have been a better way to deal with the question of whether to remove the Keystone State ...

Sunday hunt may put target on lawmakers

It’s easy to understand why opponents of Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania are wary regarding the apparent “compromise” legislation that passed the state Senate on June 26, sending it to the House of Representatives for consideration. The obvious basis for concern is that Sunday hunting, if ...

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 ...