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Crime can follow those involved throughout life

August 24, 2014 Each new edition of the Altoona Mirror brings reports of criminal investigations, arrests and court proceedings. more »»

Warning: fraternize with caution

August 24, 2014 I hope you read last Sunday’s extensive story, written by Russ O’Reilly, on the ongoing grief felt at Penn State Altoona over the March suicide of one of its students, Marquise Braham, during spring... more »»

Apology doesn’t suffice

August 23, 2014 Like other states and the federal government, Pennsylvania has witnessed its share of apologies from elected officials guilty of wrongdoing. more »»

Evaluate salaries carefully

August 21, 2014 State and federal offices are the focus of the Nov. 4 general election. Next year the focus shifts back to county and municipal offices. more »»

Time to end pigeon shoots

August 20, 2014 A true sportsman or sportswoman cringes at the thought of blasting away at pigeons released from cages only yards away. more »»

Public deserves PLCB data

August 19, 2014 Before the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board considers any proposal to increase its markup on liquor and wine, consumers deserve more transparency regarding the agency’s overall financial condition... more »»

ABCD proposal could help solve city’s cash woes

August 17, 2014 The city of Altoona needs every dollar it can muster to extract itself from the state’s Act 47 distressed municipalities program. more »»

Committee must open its records

August 15, 2014 The Antis Township supervisors erred regarding the Bellwood-Antis 125th Anniversary celebration. Now they’re experiencing its consequenc. more »»

Portage answers lacking

August 14, 2014 The Portage Township supervisors are setting a bad precedent by their decision to curb dialogue with residents about coal dust and speeding trucks associated with Amfire Mining Co. more »»

Weapons’ incidents troubling

August 13, 2014 A rash of gun violence in Blair County recently raises many questions. more »»

Israeli attacks justified

August 12, 2014 Israeli leaders have been criticized roundly by officials in the U.S. and other countries — and yes, by many in the media — for their handling of the conflict against the Hamas terrorist organization. more »»

Funeral food: Silly law turns into silly remedy

August 11, 2014 Do the courts have to settle every issue? That is the big question in Heffner v. more »»

Brady’s courage inspiring

August 9, 2014 Jim Brady became the most unpopular person ever to hold the title of presidential press secretary. more »»

Altoona airport, facing uncertain future, in need

August 9, 2014 We suspect the Altoona-Blair County Airport has almost no chance of attracting an average of 32 passengers per day on daily flights back and forth to Pittsburgh. more »»

Wanted: Debate for 80th seat

August 8, 2014 Now that there’s a contest for Blair County’s 80th District state House seat, the two candidates vying for the voters’ confidence — Republican Judy Ward and Independent Jason Lynn — should agree to... more »»

Election season looming

August 7, 2014 Labor Day will kick off what might become one of Pennsylvania’s most interesting political campaign seasons in decades. more »»

Democrats not being reasonable

August 6, 2014 Many members of the House of Representatives want to forestall implementation of a proposal that would increase costs for the Medicare program, while forcing many older Americans to leave their own... more »»

Election law limits choices for state voters

August 5, 2014 In November’s election, will you have to choose between candidates only from the two major parties or will smaller parties get candidates onto the ballot, too? That question will be decided soo. more »»

State needs to get its finger on compliance

August 3, 2014 If Pennsylvania intends to crack down on police departments that fail to comply with the fingerprinting law currently on the books, the state Legislature will need to allocate money on behalf of tha... more »»

Federal mandate would contribute to oil cars’ safety

August 2, 2014 The latest federal proposal to improve the safe transportation of flammable liquids by rail would require oil shippers to use stronger tank cars by October 201. more »»

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