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Limit flag flying at half-staff

July 7, 2016 A headline in Monday’s Mirror asked, “Is flying flag at half-staff overused?” The answer to that question is an unequivocal “Yes. more »»

Assessment: All should keep cool

July 5, 2016 Regardless of what coming weeks produce in terms of informal reviews or formal appeals, there are few, if any, grounds for criticizing the Blair County commissioners over the way the first countywid... more »»

Embrace founders’ mission

July 4, 2016 Like their native-born parents and grandparents, today’s children, a number of times during their years of formal schooling, will study important words of America’s founders that poured the... more »»

Neglect leaves Blair County in deep $ hole

July 3, 2016 Blair County property owners are about to pay for the shortsightedness — or perhaps ineptitude — of past county commissioners in failing to keep up with pension obligations. more »»

Abortion ruling a warning to Pa.

July 2, 2016 Monday’s U.S. more »»

Understand danger of fireworks

July 1, 2016 It’s always better to join family and friends at a community or organization-sponsored Fourth of July fireworks display under the supervision of professionals than being treated in a hospital... more »»

Past time to take back our gov’t

June 30, 2016 President Barack Obama is accustomed to getting his way, even when that means trampling the Constitution. more »»

Next AASD super faces tough issues

June 29, 2016 The Altoona Area School Board says it has narrowed its list of candidates for district superintendent to two applicants. more »»

History helps explain Brexit

June 29, 2016 The genesis of the European Union was a good idea, but it has been taken too far. It morphed into something at odds with national identity and national interest. more »»

Protecting identity is suspicious

June 28, 2016 Nothing less than a thorough investigation of the June 15 crash in Cambria County that claimed the lives of two Altoona area women is necessary, and police and Cambria’s coroner indicated quickly... more »»

Creating a gray area

June 27, 2016 In trying to protect citizens, a new Supreme Court ruling may create gray areas with a police officer’s ability to stop people. more »»

Be on guard when dealing with scammers

June 26, 2016 It has been said that cynicism is a necessary part of being a journalist. more »»

Be on guard when dealing with scammers

June 26, 2016 It has been said that cynicism is a necessary part of being a journalist. more »»

Treat traitors harshly

June 24, 2016 People around the world continue to hear about the warped dedication of Islamic State fighters to their terrorist organization’s murderous, destructive objectives. more »»

Delays aid Clinton’s campaign

June 23, 2016 President Barack Obama’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president did not compromise the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Clinton, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Sunday. more »»

Gallitzin shows its leadership

June 22, 2016 Gallitzin Borough lost the first — and perhaps only — round of legal sparring over a controversial ordinance directed at felony drug offenders. more »»

Another misstep on pensions

June 21, 2016 A total of $15 million of new pension debt each and every day over the last 15 years. more »»

State still not right about its booze sales

June 21, 2016 An episode of Comedy Central’s “Drunk History” telling the tale of alcohol sales in Pennsylvania could be pretty amusing. more »»

Bishop, diocese need to resolve latest concerns

June 19, 2016 While the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese should not resort to poorly thought-out, knee-jerk reactions regarding concerns brought to its attention, there are significant matters — such as current... more »»

Jimmy Carter’s last mission: attacking racism

June 18, 2016 Former President Jimmy Carter has made it his mission — probably his last great mission — to close the chasm between the races in his own beloved Baptist church. more »»

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