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Details of filthy home repulsive

August 14, 2013 One of the more disgusting stories we can recall was reported on in the Mirror last week. Jennina R. Pratt of 411 23rd St. more »»

AASD should be nurturing

August 13, 2013 The Altoona Area School District needs to show a caring attitude as it deals with angry parents over last-minute boundary changes forcing children to change elementary schools. more »»

Hood trial more than formality

August 12, 2013 Army Maj. Nidal Hasan went on trial in a military court at Fort Hood, Texas, last week with his life on the line. Hasan killed 13 people and wounded dozens more in a 2009 shooting rampage at the post. more »»

Education dept. should clarify ‘vague language’

August 11, 2013 The state Department of Education would be wise to remind school districts of the need for public votes when it comes to spending money, including budgeted raises. In a story published Sunday, Aug. more »»

Address tragedy logically

August 9, 2013 It’s not unusual for local residents, including disgruntled ones, to attend a governmental meeting to address leaders with decision-making power. more »»

Encourage seniors to seek funds

August 5, 2013 The Pennsylvania chapter of the AARP has embarked on an effort to encourage eligible senior citizens to sign up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly referred to as food stamp. more »»

Stall gay marriage licenses

August 4, 2013 Montgomery County Register of Wills Bruce Hanes has jumped the gun with his recent decision to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. more »»

Weakland provided stability

August 1, 2013 Altoona City Manager Joe Weakland is retiring, ending a long career of service to the city that stretches over 40 years, including the last 17 as manager or interim manager. more »»

World Bank heading off course

July 30, 2013 For decades, leaders of the World Bank have recognized one of the surest ways to reduce poverty in developing countries is to help their residents obtain reasonably priced electricity. more »»

Hagel spinning wheels

July 29, 2013 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is spending much of his time these days jetting around the country to spread his woe-is-us message to the Pentagon’s civilian worker. more »»

Transportation’s quick-fix remedy will add pothole

July 28, 2013 State Rep. Brad Roae, R-Crawford, has come up with a counterproposal in transportation funding to earlier plans offered by Gov. more »»

Earmarks reek of favoritism

July 25, 2013 When it comes to school district funding, some Pennsylvania lawmakers are playing a game of favoritism. Anyone who doesn’t like it should start speaking up because, otherwise, the game will continue. more »»

A step toward openness

July 24, 2013 A recent Commonwealth Court decision represents a step toward forcing more access to certain records involving state-related universities. more »»

Posture on Syria ‘insane’

July 22, 2013 Presidents are right to insist the Pentagon prepare contingency plans to meet any eventuality, no matter how remote the possibility they might be use. more »»

Legislators won’t need to look far to find poverty

July 21, 2013 If Pennsylvania House Republican lawmakers want to know what poverty really looks like, perhaps they need to stay home instead of touring the state. With approximately 1. more »»

Gesture typical of Curve

July 19, 2013 Since the club’s inaugural season in 1999, the Altoona Curve have been an outstanding community partner. more »»

Pursuit of MIAs lacking

July 17, 2013 Beside and just below the American flag at many places where it’s displayed can be seen the black and white POW/MIA banner. more »»

Obamacare is financial nightmare

July 16, 2013 “Obamacare,” the White House version of socialized medicine for Americans, always was a train wreck about to happen. Already the law has jumped the tracks. more »»

Obama botching Egypt aid

July 15, 2013 The so-called “Arab spring” has turned into a long, hot summer in Egypt — but for now, the hottest seat is in the Oval Office at the White House. more »»

County should focus on bed tax

July 14, 2013 When it comes to collecting and spending Blair County’s bed tax, paid by those who stay at local lodging facilities, commissioners need to take an active role. more »»

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