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Recidivism drop good for state

June 22, 2014 Pennsylvania was one of eight states recently recognized for making progress in reducing the number of inmates who were back in state prisons within three years of release. more »»

Legislative priorities troubling

June 21, 2014 The clock continues to tick toward June 30, the end of Pennsylvania’s fiscal year. It’s likely that the commonwealth will begin the 2014-15 fiscal year on July 1 without an approved budget in place. more »»

Events in Iraq troubling

June 19, 2014 Americans who remember the fall of South Vietnam in 1975 — and the frantic evacuation of U.S. troops and civilians from Saigon — may be watching events in Iraq with a dismayed sense of deja vu. more »»

Magnet school idea intriguing

June 19, 2014 The Altoona Area School Board had an interesting discussion Monday night while considering the district’s 2014-15 budget of $96.3 million. more »»

Clintons dead broke on truth

June 18, 2014 Hillary Clinton whined to an interviewer recently that when she and former President Bill Clinton left the White House in 2001, they were “dead broke. more »»

Pension issue must be priority

June 17, 2014 Most Pennsylvania taxpayers wouldn’t mind a budget impasse at the end of the commonwealth’s fiscal year on June 30 over the ongoing pension-funding morass. more »»

Economic progress elusive

June 15, 2014 Some young Americans unable to find jobs after they graduate from college, simply stay on campus, working toward advanced degrees. more »»

School pensions are a time bomb

June 14, 2014 The (Hanover) Evening Sun The pension time bomb in Pennsylvania is a $50 billion funding liability loaded with politically explosive issues. more »»

Not enough being done in Portage

June 13, 2014 At a meeting in May, Portage Township supervisor Chairman Bill Cooper expressed the opinion that Amfire Mining Co. more »»

Troubles not over for VA

June 12, 2014 When President Barack Obama’s Veterans Affairs secretary, Eric Shinseki, announced his resignation last week, the president said “the VA needs new leadership,” to address the systemic failures that... more »»

Tomassetti should be more open

June 11, 2014 Blair County residents are justified in wondering why county commissioners Chairman Terry Tomassetti was so secretive after a spat involving a Memorial Day email was resolved. more »»

Reflect on taxpayer realities

June 10, 2014 Arguments on both sides of the issue of raises for Altoona Area School District administrative employees were valid, although not all were in the best interests of taxpayers. more »»

New coal policies will cost us

June 9, 2014 Last week’s announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency is coming down hard on existing coal-fired power plants raises literally hundreds of questions. more »»

Altoona must consider water lease option

June 8, 2014 Altoona City Council was right to vote recently in favor of hiring a consultant to negotiate a longterm lease of its water and sewer systems. more »»

Bravery of troops amazing

June 6, 2014 Many Americans probably have never heard of Guadalcanal, the Kasserine Pass, Anzio, the Hurtgen Forest, Peleliu, the Coral Sea, Tarawa or Ploesti. more »»

PlanCon only part of strain

June 5, 2014 The front page of last Sunday’s Mirror reported on the plight of two area school districts seeking to obtain reimbursements under PlanCon, the state’s process for reviewing and compensating for... more »»

Students in USA lag behind

June 4, 2014 Every year, U.S. businesses with job openings for technology specialists resort to hiring thousands of bright young foreigners to fill them. more »»

Backfired prank fails to amuse

June 3, 2014 There are many adjectives to describe last week’s decision by a Northern Cambria High School senior to bring a 6-foot black snake to school in his backpack. more »»

Gov. decision only following laws of state

June 1, 2014 More than a week has passed since U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III’s May 20 ruling prohibiting further enforcement of Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban. With Gov. more »»

Raising suicide awareness

May 29, 2014 A Mirror front-page article of May 5 dealt with the topic of suicide and the pain John and Mary Jo McConnell of Altoona have endured since their 30-year-old son Johnny took his life in 2004. more »»

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