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Audit needs prompt attention

October 13, 2015 Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s performance audit of the state Department of Education and state Board of Education has alleged serious deficiencies within those two entities. more »»

As crisis looms, Wolf must turn proactive

October 11, 2015 The Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ sound defeat of Gov. more »»

As crisis looms, Wolf must turn proactive

October 11, 2015 The Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ sound defeat of Gov. more »»

Fantasy sports business could aid state casinos

October 8, 2015 We have an amazing patchwork of gambling laws in this country from state to state, made only more complicated by the potential for online gaming. more »»

Recycling should be prioritized

October 7, 2015 In 2014, Pennsylvania’s recycling performance grant program awarded $137,000 to Blair County. more »»

Violence awareness important

October 6, 2015 Good people across this nation have joined residents of Oregon and its community of Roseburg in expressing sorrow, horror and anger over last week’s deadly shooting rampage at Umpqua Community... more »»

Stakes getting higher in budget stalemate

October 4, 2015 A 2015-16 Pennsylvania state budget might not be any closer at hand on Wednesday after the General Assembly votes on Gov. Tom Wolf’s revenue proposals. more »»

Putin sees US as a pushover

October 2, 2015 How do you say “get real” in Russian? One wonders whether the answer might have been voiced Monday, when President Barack Obama met Russian leader Vladimir Putin at the United Nations. more »»

Pope lays important foundation

October 1, 2015 Differences of opinion regarding aspects of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States were inevitable. Varying opinions are refreshing as a means for fully understanding all that issues entail. more »»

Boehner resignation hurts Ohio

September 29, 2015 Commentary rightly has focused on what comes next in the Republican-controlled Congress in the wake of House Speaker John Boehner’s resignation announcement. more »»

EPA role in VW mess troubling

September 29, 2015 Environmental Protection Agency officials and members of Congress should be asking themselves this question: How did Volkswagen executives think they could get away with cheating on emissions... more »»

Portage caution justified

September 28, 2015 Most municipalities have no hesitancy in welcoming events that bring people and revenue to town, even if the events cause temporary inconveniences and challenges. more »»

Scandal in AG office keeps getting worse

September 27, 2015 There still are a few more acts to come before the curtain goes down on the monotonous, albeit troubling, 2015-16 Pennsylvania budget drama. more »»

Address lack of VA oversight

September 26, 2015 Inspectors general can be godsends for people who have to rely on the government, as well as for taxpayers. more »»

Conflicting time for Catholics

September 25, 2015 Despite any mixed feelings they might have regarding Pope Francis’ papacy to date, parishioners of the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese, like millions of Catholics across this land, are elated and... more »»

Time to get your flu shot

September 24, 2015 If you are like most people, you buckle your seatbelt when you get in a car or truck. After all, with about 33,000 traffic deaths each year in the United States, there’s no sense taking chances. So .. more »»

US failing in mission with Syria

September 23, 2015 Almost undoubtedly, Russian military advisers and weaponry being sent to Syria will do more to defeat the Islamic State terrorist army than has been accomplished by the United States. more »»

Additional train option appealing

September 22, 2015 Cautious optimism is in order regarding the prospect of a second daily passenger train serving Altoona. more »»

Stopgap measures only prolong process

September 20, 2015 Stopgap spending advocated by Pennsylvania House and Senate Republicans in response to the 2015-16 budget gridlock would remove temporarily the current financial hardships being felt by public schoo... more »»

Terrorism can’t get free pass

September 17, 2015 Fourteen years ago, Americans were brutally shocked out of our complacency regarding Islamic terrorism when organized murderers used aircraft in a massive attack on us. more »»

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