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Bush to be kinder, gentler candidate

February 15, 2015 When Bushes run for president, they portray themselves as more caring, more gentle and more compassionate than their sometimes heartless and harshly ideological fellow Republicans. more »»

Seeing through coal plan

February 13, 2015 Federal budget proposals, running to thousands of pages, can be used to deceive both members of Congress and the American people. more »»

Shut up, sit down and let kids play

February 12, 2015 Get a group of middle-aged guys together over a beer, discussing their youth, and some variation of this theme might pop up: When we were kids, we played outside all summer long. more »»

Suspect should surrender

February 11, 2015 Authorities still are working to identify who sent an angry but non-threatening letter containing a white powder to the Blair County reassessment office in Hollidaysburg on Jan. 23. more »»

Shield Law doesn’t need exemption

February 10, 2015 For all their importance in the process of reporting the news, shield laws don’t get a whole lot of press. Until someone in authority wants to lower the shield, that is. more »»

Legislature must stop its hoarding

February 8, 2015 The surplus money being hoarded by the Pennsylvania General Assembly is an issue that’s never gotten enough public attention — nor been accorded enough public outrage. Too bad. more »»

Questions linger in boroughs

February 6, 2015 The beefed-up scrutiny of financial records of Cresson and Loretto boroughs promised by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is not an issue for debate. more »»

More accessibility needed in Altoona

February 6, 2015 Why is it that City of Altoona offices, departments and the names of directors of those agencies are not listed in the phone directory or on the Internet in a way that makes them easily accessible b... more »»

McCord damages his legacy

February 4, 2015 Rob McCord dealt Pennsylvania state government another black eye by trying to intimidate two potential campaign contributors last year, and the former state treasurer deserves punishment worthy of... more »»

Lawmakers should be drug tested

February 3, 2015 State Re. more »»

Benchmarking is wrong way to pay

February 2, 2015 Benchmarking — comparing what peers make — too often pushes executives’ compensation to ridiculously disproportionate levels that don’t reflect performance and dishearten typical employees. more »»

Open records must be free from politics

February 1, 2015 The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania will be asked Tuesday for an injunction so Erik Arneson can resume his work as executive director of the Office of Open Records. more »»

The sacrifice of Sarah Palin

February 1, 2015 WASHINGTON — When Democrats were looking for evidence of a Republican war on women, they overlooked Exhibit A — Sarah Palin. more »»

Holocaust memories painful

January 31, 2015 Seventy years ago this week, Soviet army troops stormed through the front gate of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in southern Poland. more »»

Bedford prison saga continues

January 30, 2015 The phrase “turn the page” signifies moving forwar. more »»

Share in donation of blood

January 29, 2015 This time of the year poses great challenges to having an adequate supply of blood on hand. Colds, the flu and other ailments keep regular — as well as not-so-regular — donors home. more »»

Limits needed on forfeiture

January 28, 2015 When asset forfeiture power was added to the tools law enforcement agencies have several years ago, some people applauded the mov. more »»

Energy vision lacking

January 27, 2015 Stock markets in several countries, including ours, posted substantial gains last week. Analysts said oil prices were a big reason for tha. more »»

Remark on ISIL needs clarification

January 24, 2015 One of President Barack Obama’s most important requests of Congress, made during his State of the Union address, seemed to draw relatively little notice by lawmakers and the press. more »»

‘Cops in Shops’ proactive

January 23, 2015 A wishy-washy attempt to address a problem can be expected to produce less-than-hoped-for result. more »»

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