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Judgment springs bad leak

September 10, 2015 A visitor from California last week might have been appalled when reading about the water leak on Third Avenue in Duncansville that had remained unrepaired for about a month. more »»

Pennsylvania should catch up on paid leave

September 8, 2015 Only New Jersey, California, Rhode Island, and a handful of U.S. more »»

Don’t lose Labor Day’s significance

September 7, 2015 The Labor Day holiday weekend ranks among the busiest travel weekends of the year as Americans try to take full advantage of one last “long weekend” before the summer ends. more »»

Area has reason to promote itself

September 6, 2015 Aggressive self-promotion helps build a vibrant business, community or region. But on the community and regional fronts, promoting oneself is not a singular task. more »»

Elected officials paid to do nothing

September 5, 2015 High speed rail is way behind Japan and Europe. Airport runways and buildings are outdated. Roads into big cities are extremely congested, many bridges are dangerous. more »»


September 5, 2015 Today’s birthday (Sept. 5) Mutually enriching relationships are the gold of the year. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You feel like a tiny ship of order floating on a vast sea of chaos. more »»

Laser therapy helps some, but placebo effect is possible

September 5, 2015 Dear Dr. Roach: I would like your opinion, as a noninterested party, on laser therapy. I see many ads touting its advantages and success in treating bone-on-bone knee osteoarthritis. more »»


September 5, 2015 “Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” — Proverbs 16:18 God has warned us all. more »»

Stalemate hurting everyone

September 4, 2015 For most entities in Pennsylvania whose operations depend on state money, the ongoing 2015-16 budget-preparation stalemate hasn’t yet produced the dire impact that it’s having on the Chester Upland... more »»

Deadbeats deserve crackdown

September 1, 2015 Having conducted its latest child-support amnesty day on Wednesday, it’s now the duty of Blair County authorities to make life uncomfortable for all those who, for whatever reason, failed to heed... more »»

For local diocese, a challenging time

August 30, 2015 Whether or not all elements of the elementary school consolidation plan cemented in place Aug. more »»

Assessing process takes time

August 27, 2015 Countywide reassessments such as the one underway in Blair have an upside and downside that don’t hit home to property owners until new tax figures are announced. more »»

Students are back; be careful

August 26, 2015 As another school year begins, today serves as a good time to offer a reminder stressing safety first. more »»

Women shining Rangers

August 25, 2015 Army Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver made history last week. They became the first women to make it through the Army’s rigorous Ranger training program. more »»

Budget proposal ‘sliver of hope’

August 23, 2015 Even if a proposal offered Wednesday by Pennsylvania legislative Republicans is the deadlock-breaker in the commonwealth’s 2015-16 budget-preparation exercise, it is premature for state residents to... more »»

Another challenge for Cresson

August 21, 2015 Monday’s news about a coming loss of approximately 70 jobs wasn’t welcome news for the Cresson area, which still is feeling the negative economic impact of the closing of the state prison in Cresso... more »»

Sobriety program a model

August 19, 2015 The Mirror and most other community newspapers devote countless column inches of space to police and court reports involving drunken-driving cases. more »»

SS model must be addressed

August 18, 2015 Virtually all Americans rely on the Social Security program or will once they reach the age at which they need income to replace paychecks they no longer receive. more »»

Altoona financial report positive

August 16, 2015 State fiscally distressed status has been a godsend for a number of cities across the commonwealth, including Altoona. more »»

Pennsylvania’s hard line on DUI totally appropriate

August 15, 2015 State Sen. Lloyd Smucker, R-West Lampeter Township, is pursuing tougher penalties for those who repeatedly drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both. more »»

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