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State’s cards fall for Trump

Pennsylvania, a state oftentimes of little consequence during presidential primary seasons because of its late voting date, was anything but inconsequential in Tuesday’s election. As election night 2016 hinged on the results of only a handful of states in the early hours of Wednesday, ...

Make sure to exercise your right

It was exactly three weeks ago — on Oct. 18 — that the Wall Street Journal reported on a Journal/NBC News survey that indicated voters were tuning out the contentious presidential campaign and that a low turnout at the polls today was likely. That was when Democratic standard-bearer ...

Legislature’s consistency needs work

Pennsylvania’s Senate Judiciary Committee decided last month that allowing retroactive access in civil lawsuits for child sex-abuse survivors would be unconstitutional. The problem with that decision is that the Judiciary Committee is not a court and doesn’t have the power to rule ...

Address Gallitzin protection

Although Tunnelhill Borough is questioning the amount of police protection it is receiving under its agreement with neighboring Gallitzin Borough, a bigger issue is how much Gallitzin residents want to pay for the peace of mind that police protection offers. Judging from an article in the Oct. ...

Labor regulations hurt job hunt

Most people living in the central region of Pennsylvania know that the labor market is not as strong here as it might be in other communities across the country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the nationwide unemployment rate currently stands at 5 percent. In the ...

Shuster best for our region

It has been an unusual election year, and the 9th District is no exception. The Republican incumbent, Bill Shuster, is running again against his Republican primary opponent, Art Halvorson, who won the Democratic nomination in a write-in battle over a man, Adam Sedlock, who is actually a ...

Toomey better fit for state

Control of the U.S. Senate may be determined by the outcome of the Pennsylvania Senate race between Republican incumbent Pat Toomey and Democrat challenger Katie McGinty. With stakes that high and this being 2016, the campaign for the seat has been expensive — $34 million spent by the two ...

Clinton win would hurt Pennsylvania

Hillary Clinton as president would be bad for America and bad for Pennsylvania. She would be a catastrophe for our region. Clinton and her mentor on energy issues, President Barack Obama, have convinced many Americans the only real victims will be coal miners and their communities. That ...

Paying ransom harmful

President Barack Obama is notorious for using executive orders and other unilateral actions to override existing U.S. policy. Now that penchant for imperial rule is coming back to haunt Americans. Several months ago, Iran released four Americans who had been held in captivity — but only ...

Time for Ginsburg to retire

U.S. Supreme Court justices are appointed to the highest court in the land for life. But I believe it is time for 83-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to hang up her robe. We should all take a moment to acknowledge her long and spectacular legal career. Ginsburg has been a true liberal ...

Damage upsetting

I was very excited and proud for Penn State’s win over No. 2 Ohio State last Saturday night, but not so much for the conduct of the fans in State College after the game. Over $18,000 worth of senseless damage? I will never understand that. Shame on those involved. Nancy E. Riley Altoona

Hog farm raises issue of zoning

Back in the 1970s, when communities like Duncansville were preparing zoning ordinances, people were told that such regulations would prevent undesirable land uses that might have adverse effects on neighboring properties and a municipality as a whole. In reality, such thinking also was one of ...

PSU needs to control celebration

The “celebration” that followed Penn State’s football victory over No. 2 Ohio State last weekend caused damage not only on the streets of State College. Much larger damage was inflicted on the image and reputation of Penn State’s student body, even though it’s reasonable to suggest ...

Kane must live with her legacy

Pennsylvania stands to gain from the failure of former Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s bid for leniency and sympathy, but only if current and future state politicians and employees heed the message that they too are not above the law. It would have been an injustice to the commonwealth and ...

Peoples lets down Gallitzin

When Gallitzin-area residents’ natural gas service finally is turned on, most probably will put aside quickly the sour feelings they might now be harboring toward Peoples Natural Gas. But the anxiety they’re currently feeling is understandable. They had been told all along that their ...

PA turnpike truckers need to slow down

Many eastbound motorists, after having exited the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Allegheny Tunnel, probably have wondered why eastbound big-truck traffic is not limited to slower speeds on the winding, downhill stretch of roadway beyond. Even the temporary speed limit tied to the ...

WikiLeaks emails will poison Hillary

Sometimes you can’t just plan for the ball; you have to plan for the hangover, too. No matter how 2016 ends, there will be a headache that haunts the country for years to come. Let’s start with the most obvious but less likely scenario: Donald Trump wins the presidency in perhaps the ...

And then Michelle Obama showed up

Hillary Clinton’s candidacy has sparked endless commentary about her gender, and rightly so. She is increasingly likely to be the first female president of the United States. That’s a big deal — even if the thought of it makes you curl up into the fetal position, you poor thing. Two ...

Our ability to disagree has been lost

One of the great tragedies of the current state of divisiveness in American politics is that we have lost the ability to reasonably disagree. Rather than discuss our societal issues — and they are many — we tend to divide into camps and declare war on those with whom we disagree. Such ...

Mercifully, campaign winds down

Now, finally, there is a logic — a strategic and even ideological rationale — for a presidential campaign that has shattered all the assumptions of logic, all the strategic and ideological precedents, of our politics. The final debate now in the swiftly receding past, the final balloting ...