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Today’s focus: Be thankful

November 27, 2014 Thanksgiving is a day for being grateful, but it’s also a cornerstone of opportunity. more »»

Dialogue on prison important

November 26, 2014 Some Blair County taxpayers no doubt were dismayed to learn that the idea of constructing a new county prison had been broached by the prison boar. more »»

State can do better of tuition

November 25, 2014 There are hopeful signs in the College Board’s annual study of tuition trends, but prices for Pennsylvania students remain far higher than national average. more »»

Take a stand for the libraries

November 24, 2014 Amid all the discussion during this year’s gubernatorial campaign about public education funding, another bastion of learning was largely ignored. more »»

Supporting local business sustains entire community

November 23, 2014 During the coming month of holiday shopping, area residents will be witnessing more than the usual high-powered competition for their dollars. more »»

Leeway in court fines reasonable

November 21, 2014 Those who intentionally ignore payments on fines, costs and restitution ordered by Blair County’s courts should see the inside walls of the county prison. Few people would dispute that. more »»

Senator’s message falls short

November 20, 2014 State Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, ignores some important facts when he expresses the opinion that it will be up to Democratic Gov. more »»

New vets boss sends message

November 19, 2014 Earlier this year, a major, disgraceful scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs made headlines. more »»

Rosebud posture positive

November 18, 2014 Three months have passed since the Portage Township supervisors announced their troubling decision to curb dialogue with residents about coal dust and speeding trucks tied to Amfire Mining Co. more »»

On law banning gifts, Wolf off to smart start

November 16, 2014 Pennsylvania’s state law allowing gifts of any value to public officials, including lawmakers, always has raised the question of how many decisions were being based on considerations other than what... more »»

Do politicians get the message on education?

November 15, 2014 If there is one clear message from this year’s race for governor in Pennsylvania, it’s this: The way the state funds K-12 schools is neither fair nor adequate. more »»

Council’s secrecy troubling

November 13, 2014 Trust in government is built upon openness — transparency. more »»

The staggering cost of justice

November 12, 2014 The costs associated with Eric Frein’s alleged ambush on Sept. more »»

A day to say thanks to our vets

November 11, 2014 On this Veterans Day, a number of central Pennsylvania restaurants again are providing vets a free meal to show appreciation for their honorable service to this nation. more »»

Supper Table offered humor

November 10, 2014 Many of us are accustomed to spending our Sunday mornings and afternoons perusing the newspaper, expanded that day to include more feature articles, advertisements, comics, puzzles and other... more »»

It’s important now to educate on home rule

November 9, 2014 Altoona residents came up with 4,471 votes in Tuesday’s election for city leaders to begin transitioning toward a home rule charter. more »»

Parties must work together

November 8, 2014 Despite Tuesday’s federal midterm election results, there’s a better than 50-50 chance that the fourth quarter of the Obama presidency won’t be dominated by the frustration, ineffectiveness and... more »»

NCAA betrays Penn St.

November 7, 2014 It’s hard to believe that an organization could look worse than Penn State did in its handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. more »»

Challenge awaiting Tom Wolf

November 6, 2014 Pennsylvania voters handed Democrat Tom Wolf a strong mandate on Tuesday in ousting incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett. more »»

Be sure to visit the polls

November 4, 2014 Gov. Tom Corbett, vying for a second term as Pennsylvania’s chief executive, said last week that, win or lose, he looks forward to the end of the gubernatorial campaign. more »»

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