Opinion

PSU wounds keep opening

Editorials

On the field, Penn State went 2-0 last week with admirable efforts at the annual Lift for Life, which raises money to fight kidney cancer, and a visit to the Children's Hospital in Hershey, where more than 100 Nittany Lions raised the spirits of the less fortunate.Off the field?Well that's ...

Comey’s Clinton probe deja vu all over

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When James Comey announced his decision not to recommend the prosecution of Hillary Clinton for the misuse of classified information, it was not his first investigation of Clinton that ended without the filing of criminal charges. It was his third and the second in which he personally decided ...

Discussions must face realities of race

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By now most Americans know the name of Dallas Police Chief David Brown - and quite a few wouldn't mind seeing him play a larger national role.Brown is admired as a defender of law and order and as a blunt spokesman for a nation reeling from violence. He minces no words when he says, "We're ...

Wipe out terror groups

Editorials

How is it that a few small terrorist groups with relatively limited resources have been able to kill so many people in so many different places? We know the answer to that, but it raises another question: Why are the major powers of the world not doing more to stop the evil movement?Not so long ...

Help stop drug abuse

Letters to the Editor

I moved to Altoona a little over a year ago to get help for addiction. I have found that there are a lot of opportunities in the area to assist me and my needs. I have been able to reach out and get help from places such as Blair County Drug and Alcohol, Community Action, treatment facilities, ...

Americans are back in action

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Reports of NASA's Juno spacecraft's entering the orbit around Jupiter lit a sparkler in this American heart - on the Fourth of July, no less. It showed that Americans still have what it takes.To keep spirits orbiting, let's note another recent American feat that few could have imagined a couple ...

Is anemic growth the new normal?

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America's economy has now slouched into the eighth year of a recovery demonstrating how much we have defined recovery down.The idea that essentially zero interest rates are, after 7 years, stimulating the economy "strains credulity," says James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of ...

Police deserve protection

Editorials

The state Legislature is notorious for dragging its feet on issues, regardless of its importance.But in coming days, lawmakers should attach urgency to state Rep. Frank Burns' proposal to add to the list of hate crimes incidents in which police are targeted.Last week's tragedy in Dallas, in ...

Tax bill doubles

Letters to the Editor

I only want to say thank you Blair County for doubling my taxes. I expected an increase but not double. Unbelievable.Bill HughesAltoona

Doesn’t make sense

Letters to the Editor

I would like to point out a reassessment irony.The county reassesses my house at X. Then more than doubles my taxes to Y, automatically devaluing my house to Z(ero).Richard McLaughlinAltoona

Philly archbishop’s rules ridiculous

Letters to the Editor

After reading the Philadelphia archbishop's pastoral guidelines, I can only say it left me in a state of disbelief. How out of touch is this guy? The very idea that two people would civilly marry and then be celebate in order to receive Communion is naive and ridiculous.He also says people in ...

Tragedies reveal ideological blind spots

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It seems almost ghoulish to look for a silver lining in the dark cloud that blanketed the nation last week. But I think there was one.The killings by police in Minnesota and Louisiana, quickly followed by the killings of police in Dallas, knocked the lazy certainty out of almost everybody.At ...

Seniors need real answers

Editorials

The Republican National Convention is about ready to jump onto center stage, with the Democratic National Convention not far behind.Whether there will be any major surprises at either event remains open to conjecture, but the happenings at both events will be worth watching.This election year ...

Bias clearly evident at Senate hearing

Letters to the Editor

I am stunned by the events on June 13 in Harrisburg.I expected a fair hearing on House Bill 1947. What I witnessed was a comedy of errors and outright collusion.I watched a parade of characters handpicked by Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R-Montgomery, to "prove" the unconstitutionality of this bill.I ...

Service commended

Letters to the Editor

I was privileged to attend another Blair Memorial Service honoring our fallen police officers on June 16.I appreciated each of them, but this was one of the best so far.The speakers were very good, and the singing was outstanding. It was such a smooth and meaningful program.There has always ...

Police can only do so much

Editorials

"We're asking cops to do too much in this country," Dallas, Texas, Police Chief David Brown worried aloud on Monday. "Every societal failure, we put it off on the cops to solve," he explained.Brown, whose department lost five officers to a racially motivated killer last week, is right to an ...

Attitudes about gambling have changed

Letters to the Editor

Maybe someone in Harrisburg can answer a question. Many years ago I used to work in a bar as a bartender. Back then the bars would sneak in so-called "poker machines."These machines paid the winners some money: some small, some large if you won a hand. The state police along with the Liquor ...

Don’t fall for IRS scam

Letters to the Editor

Many people in our area may be receiving multiple automated calls, about the Internal Revenue Service putting law suits against them.They will give you a number to call; do not do this. As soon as they mention the IRS, hang up. If you have caller ID, write the number down they called from.These ...

Why can’t two women run US?

Editorials

Raising the issue of whether the White House has room for two powerful women, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell recently stated the obvious.Some voters in a presidential election won't support an all-female ticket.Either out of gender bias or 240 years of conditioning, certain Americans ...

Lifetime limits

Letters to the Editor

After reading several articles about the grand jury report of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, I believe that the statute of limitations on sexual crimes against minors needs to be reformed. Currently, the statute of limitation allows a victim to press charges for up to 12 years after the minor ...