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Document weather damage

October 11, 2013 While it is hoped Pennsylvania won’t experience another weather event necessitating a federal disaster declaration anytime soon, that is uncertain, thanks to Mother Nature’s unpredictabilit. more »»

911 calls should not be secret

October 10, 2013 A Delaware County lawmaker has proposed a bill that would prohibit the release of identifying information for individuals calling 911 — such as a caller’s name, phone number and address — without a... more »»

Common sense lacking

October 9, 2013 Part of the reason so many Americans are fed up with government in general is that too often, bureaucrats display a complete lack of common sense. During World War II, Joe McGrain of Rochester, N.. more »»

Deny Congress pay during shutdown

October 8, 2013 Regardless of how or when the federal government shutdown ends, one thing is certain: Members of Congress should not get paid for the days the government was not fully operational. more »»

DC shows it’s full of...puppets

October 3, 2013 Although the start of the federal government shutdown on Tuesday was the farthest thing from the minds of most Pittsburgh Pirates fans, the situation that took effect — both in Washington and across... more »»

Gov’t not ready for Obamacare

October 2, 2013 Admissions from President Barack Obama’s administration that it isn’t really ready to roll out the new national health insurance program have become regular occurrences. By Jan. more »»

Altoona’s tree plans uprooting

October 1, 2013 Any community contemplating planting of trees as part of a neighborhood revitalization or beautification project needs to consider Altoona’s experience before embarking on its own effort. more »»

9th District race has implications beyond region

September 29, 2013 The hot topic on central Pennsylvania’s political scene is that U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th, will have competition for his party’s nomination in next spring’s primary election balloting. more »»

Embrace recyclables’ burning ban

September 29, 2013 Blair County’s solid waste plan will disappoint the members of a solid waste advisory committee that asked for a ban on the burning of recyclable materials. more »»

Obama is energy’s affliction

September 27, 2013 More than two centuries ago, Americans fought a War of Independence in large measure because our ancestors would not submit to taxation without representation. more »»

C-K needs to rethink bus plan­

September 26, 2013 Most Claysburg-Kimmel School District taxpayers no doubt applaud the efforts of the school board and administration to reduce student transportation costs. more »»

Cove issue should be of concern

September 25, 2013 Fewer than 10 Spring Cove School District residents attended a school board meeting last Tuesday at which information carrying huge financial implications was outlined. more »»

Peoples widely respected

September 24, 2013 Former Blair County President Judge Thomas G. Peoples’ legacy likely will be a force for many generations as a result of the respect from his judicial colleagues and lawyers. U.S. 3rd Circuit Judge D. more »»

Housing study good idea

September 23, 2013 Altoona City Council should agree to a state-funded study investigating the possibilities of downtown housing for young professionals and collegians. more »»

Public keeping a close eye on Plummer case

September 22, 2013 The aggravated-assault case against Altoona Police patrol officer Matthew J. more »»

Tormentors must face sick reality

September 20, 2013 Young people everywhere need to reflect on the death of 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick of Lakeland, Fla., who committed suicide on Sep. more »»

Rampage exposes security

September 18, 2013 Aaron Alexis destroyed lives and caused serious damage to others on Monday during his shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yar. more »»

Speed up fight vs. new drug

September 17, 2013 When crack cocaine was identified as the new illegal drug in central Pennsylvania about 25 years ago, warnings were issued about it being “instantly addictiv. more »»

Corbett facing an uphill climb toward retention

September 15, 2013 Speculation abounds as to whether Gov. more »»

Close pension loophole

September 13, 2013 It’s a small matter in the state’s $49-billion unfunded pension issue, but one that deserves attention when lawmakers return to Harrisburg later this month. more »»

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