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Heart never stops yearning for Altoona

Random thoughts on a Sunday morning: I’ve traveled those mountains many times in my life. It seems like I know every bump and passing zone on routes 422 and 22 from Butler to Altoona. I departed my hometown Jan. 19, 1967, and headed east for three months and in April was permanently ...

Remembering a radio legend

To those of us working in AM radio in Altoona during the 1960s and ’70s and to a generation of listeners, he was Bill Robbins. A pulsating personality with a soothing delivery, Robbins came to Altoona as disc jockey and program director. He rapidly transformed an ordinary WVAM into a ...

Are farmers spilling the milk?

BY JOEL SOLKOFF Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY- 21) reports farmers in her district are spilling milk because the price is too low. When I was 19, I worked on a dairy farm. The work is hard. After milking twice a day (sometimes more), I cannot imagine spilling it. I have a mental picture of ...

Hard lines need to be drawn to combat bullying

I am getting tired of, according to media reports, the act of bullying in schools, and in the workplace getting swept under the rug — yes, swept under the rug. This is done by both the local school districts and various employers in the area. I personally know of children in the ...

AHCA allows patients to be charge, not DC

American taxpayers pay far more than any other country in the world for health care, but are we getting what we pay for? Skyrocketing premiums, lack of choices, insurers pulling out of the market, and cancelled plans are all symptoms of a deeper problem I have been pointing to for years — ...

Bills plus for financial freedom

Gov. Tom Wolf and I would like to congratulate the members of our Pennsylvania House of Representatives for their bi-partisan actions on two pieces of legislation designed to help Pennsylvania consumers achieve and maintain lifelong financial independence. House Bill 780, sponsored by Rep. ...

Pre-K investments worthwhile

Blair County is our home, and we love it. The scenery is lush. Our industries helped shape a nation. The people are generous and full of community spirit. With all these blessings, opportunity abounds, but not for everyone. Too many of our young children have been denied the chance to enjoy ...

Nothing fake about ‘daily miracle’

The term “news media” can mean a lot of different things these days, but at the Pennsylvania News­-Media Association, the news media that we work with are Pennsylvania’s newspapers and online-only news publications. There are 77 daily newspapers in Pennsylvania, more than 175 ...

Renew resolve on Earth Day and every day

Environmental health and sustainability is a growing priority for communities everywhere. A recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association found that most Americans want their governments to prioritize sustainable environmental practices in such things as water quality ...

Home always has a place for your heart

They say you can never go home, that things have changed, and it’s never the same. Maybe there is some truth to that, but I think home will always be home no matter where your life resides. When I think of home, I think of Altoona and the mountains. I think of the Horseshoe Curve and ...

Mariner East project coming at good time

It’s fair to say that in today’s intense political climate, taking a stand to a vocal minority can be challenging, especially as it concerns disparate residents across the state. It’s a battle being waged not just here but across the country, and the consequences are real. Consumer ...

Indivisible group seeks dialogue

We had the opportunity to meet with Congressman Bill Shuster on March 3, and we learned a great deal about his viewpoints on a variety of issues. As constituents of his district and members of Indivisible Blair County, we would like to let others know about who we are and our interest in ...

Senator feels comments taken out of context

When I was appointed chairman of the Senate Education Committee, I pledged to be tenacious in my ongoing efforts to provide our kids with every opportunity to succeed. What I have discovered is that my intent to identify programs that work and enhance those programs is being met with ...

Drug problem at VAs seeing opioids disappear

Amid America’s opioid-abuse epidemic, it’s unsurprising — but nevertheless appalling — that such drugs and others are going missing from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Based on information from the VA inspector general’s office, the Government Accountability Office and the ...

Enemy of the American people

Donald Trump recently tweeted, “The news media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People.” When Republican Senator John McCain was asked about Trump’s tweet he responded, “If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, ...

Protecting my house

Not taking in Syrian refugees and closing the borders isn’t “mean” or “heartless.” I lock the doors to my house every night. I don’t do it because I hate the people outside my house. I lock them because I love the people inside my house. Charles Thomas Ebensburg

Resolution needed for patients

By Perry Conrad On June 10 of 2000, I was a 41-year-old triage nurse at Altoona Hospital when I felt my first Parkinson’s tremor. Now, nearly 17 years later, I’m happy to tell you that I am still living the dream right here in central Pennsylvania. The road hasn’t always been ...

Challenges face new ag boss

At one of the inaugural balls, Sonny Perdue, Donald Trump’s choice to run the Department of Agriculture wore a peanut-theme bow tie. Former Georgia governor Perdue wore a tractor theme tie weeks ago when he boarded the elevator at Trump Tower for the first of several job ...

Balance lacking in Electoral College

In the recent presidential election, a candidate who did not win the popular vote won the Electoral College and the presidency. This has happened more than I thought. In the 56 presidential elections since 1788, five (1824, 1876, 1888, 2000, and 2016) — or almost 9 percent — had this ...

Lincoln, King legacies intertwined

Abraham Lincoln is generally regarded today as one of America’s greatest presidents. But, that wasn’t always the case. It took more than half a century after his death before the memorial erected in his honor could be built. The bitterness of the Civil War he waged to preserve the Union ...