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Spirit of Halloween is special

October 31, 2013 Nostalgia always seems to sneak up on us about this time each year. The fall and winter holiday seasons have a way of doing that, but none so much as Halloween because it truly is a holiday for kids. more »»

Hippo’s message important

October 30, 2013 Former Altoona Mayor Wayne Hippo’s suggestion at a Government Study Commission meeting on Oct. more »»

EPA?plan has gone too far

October 29, 2013 U.S. Supreme Court justices already have ruled that President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to shut down coal-fired power plants. more »»

Like other schools, Hollidaysburg money woes go back years

October 27, 2013 The big reason for the Hollidaysburg Area School District’s growing financial worries is not district property owners’ opposition to paying higher taxes. more »»

Commit to making difference

October 25, 2013 Make a Difference Day is celebrated each year on the fourth Saturday of October, which is tomorrow. If you have a chance to participate, even in a small way, do it. more »»

City can add bark with K-9s

October 23, 2013 When Altoona Police Chief Janice Freehling appeared before City Council on Oct. more »»

Consider additional train trip

October 22, 2013 While the prospect might now seem remote for a second Amtrak daily passenger train between central Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh, it’s too soon for proponents of the additional travel resource to... more »»

Logan Township wise in beefing up PSU Altoona rules

October 20, 2013 The inappropriate conduct of some Penn State Altoona students at collegiate parties this year has begun diverting some of the Logan Township supervisors’ time from other township business. more »»

COLA increase goes fast

October 17, 2013 Elderly Americans who depend on their Social Security income to make ends meet are facing another small cost-of-living (COLA) increase in 2014 — 1. more »»

Focus on guardians paramount

October 16, 2013 The issue of guardianships for the elderly and disabled gets lost amid the major issues of the day. more »»

Carrying on our tradition

October 12, 2013 Today is International Carrier Day. more »»

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 »»

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