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Onus on PennDOT to show (olive) branch

June 16, 2013 If you haven’t traveled Broad Avenue, between 24th and 31st streets, within the last week, make time to pass through. more »»

AASD badges positive

June 14, 2013 The Altoona Area School District’s new policy of requiring all students to wear their school identification around their necks is a common-sense measure that despite initial balking from some... more »»

Smiling at decision in Tyrone

June 13, 2013 We were glad to see Tyrone Borough Council vote Monday to keep fluoridating its water. more »»

No more ‘passing the trash’

June 10, 2013 Sadly, it’s no longer unusual to hear a news story about a child being molested on school grounds. But the days of keeping such incidents hush-hush need to end. more »»

AASD should learn a lesson in disclosure

June 8, 2013 Taxpayers have a right to be disgusted with the Altoona Area School District for past practices that an investigating attorney says led to unauthorized pay raises for 11 people, including... more »»

Mother displays courage

June 7, 2013 We can not imagine the pain felt by Hollie Ayers, whose 2-year-old son, Michael, was shot and killed by his father, Kenneth Robert Ayers, during what was scheduled to be a supervised visit on... more »»

Reckless spending? Check IRS

June 6, 2013 “Taxpayers should take comfort that a conference like this would not take place today,” assured acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Danny Werfel last week. more »»

Draw line on military sex assaults

June 5, 2013 Clearly, the U.S. armed forces approach to preventing sexual assaults is not working. A year ago, the Pentagon estimated about 19,000 members of the military had been sexually assaulted in 2011. more »»

Ex-cop gets off too lightly

June 2, 2013 Although convicted felon and former Altoona police officer Duane “D.J. more »»

Cyclists (still) need helmets

May 31, 2013 Warmer weather typically brings out motorcyclists, and this year is no exception. Adults of all ages embrace that mode of travel and share the roads with vehicle driver. more »»

To 2013 graduates: good luck

May 30, 2013 We’re approaching the beginning of high school graduation season, which is accompanied by mixed emotions for students and families throughout the regio. more »»

Let’s avoid unleashing dog laws

May 29, 2013 During a recent Tyrone Borough council meeting, the police chief and a council member both expressed concern about walking or jogging through the neighborhood because of an unnecessary fear:... more »»

Done voting

May 29, 2013 After noticing all the letters to the editor about the upcoming election, it saddens me that for the first time in 40 years, I did not vote in this election and will not in any subsequent ones. more »»

Suspect decision in Cove

May 28, 2013 While final details have not been released to the public, Spring Cove School District voted to approve a preliminary budget that includes tax increases and job cuts along with two new programs,... more »»

Altoona should probe email leak

May 26, 2013 Just as the Altoona Area school board appears poised to wrap up one investigation, it needs to launch another. more »»

Dodson’s comments disturbing

May 24, 2013 When the results from Election Day are made official, which includes the tabulation of absentee votes and write-in votes that were not included in Tuesday’s results, it’s possible Joseph Dodson will... more »»

Scandals hurting Obama

May 22, 2013 Among troubling aspects of the Internal Revenue Service scandal is that since it began making headlines, they have moved closer and closer to President Barack Obam. more »»

Area voters should have no excuse

May 21, 2013 Today is an election day. Go vote. No matter what excuse might surface, ignore it. The weather shouldn’t be a factor because the forecast sounds fairly good. more »»

Pa. death penalty a sham

May 20, 2013 Constant appeals make executions impossible Our hearts go out to defense attorney Tim Burns of Ebensburg as he recovers from a punch thrown by his client, death row inmate Andre Staton, in a Blair... more »»

Seizing records weakens freedom

May 19, 2013 Our government did what? The incredulous question surfaced last week after news broke about the Justice Department seizing two months’ worth of phone records for reporters and editors of The... more »»

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