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County brass needs to work OT to fix budget

September 1, 2013 Blair County taxpayers are paying a significant price because of a bad provision in the contract governing corrections officers at the county prison authorizing six call-off days without discipline. more »»

Football brings renewal

August 30, 2013 The dawning of another high school football season brings a special time of the year. more »»

History repeating in Iraq

August 29, 2013 Forty-six people were killed in Iraq on Sunday, as it becomes clearer and clearer U.S. strategy to pacify that country was a dismal, bloody, expensive failur. more »»

A worthy ‘chairman,’ indeed

August 27, 2013 It’s refreshing to hear about a young person like Katelyn Richards, who took time out this summer from the many activities and distractions of teen life, directing her attention instead to helping a... more »»

Hoping victims can start healing

August 25, 2013 No amount of money can adequately compensate those whose lives were forever damaged by the indignities, and the mental and physical suffering, inflicted upon them by former Penn State assistant... more »»

Prioritize Amtrak’s future

August 24, 2013 Amtrak’s east-west service in Pennsylvania, faced with more bad news in recent days, has some officials, as well as passengers dependent on the service, much more pessimistic about its prospects for... more »»

End delay on Yucca roadblock

August 23, 2013 Among the most serious energy-related challenges facing the United States is what to do with waste generated at nuclear power plants, health care facilities and other users of radioactive materia. more »»

Investing in tech can save

August 21, 2013 While a recent decision by Antis Township to lay out $3,219 for five iPads for its supervisors may have raised a few eyebrows among residents, if the purchases save the taxpayers money down the road... more »»

Bias case vs. Cove troubling

August 20, 2013 The accusations recently levied against the Spring Cove Middle School by a former therapeutic staff worker are very troubling. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. more »»

Nigeria needs aid from US

August 19, 2013 Americans sometimes wonder why Muslim clerics are not more energetic in their criticism of terrorists who claim to be Islamic fundamentalists. more »»

Smaller legislature (still) a good idea

August 18, 2013 The idea of reducing the size — and expense — of our state Legislature has surfaced again. Perhaps this will be the beginning of a momentum leading to that goal. more »»

Smaller legislature (still) a good idea

August 18, 2013 The idea of reducing the size — and expense — of our state Legislature has surfaced again. Perhaps this will be the beginning of a momentum leading to that goal. more »»

Mirror editorials are more than one person’s view

August 18, 2013 We typically do not respond to letter writers who criticize the Mirror in general or staff members in particular. more »»

Gov’t must protect journalism

August 15, 2013 Our nation’s founders disagreed on much. But on one thing — the necessity of a vigorous, unfettered press to defend Americans’ rights — they were solidly in agreement. more »»

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 »»

 
 

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