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Misappropriation of funds troubling

June 6, 2016 A few weeks ago, news reports exposed a situation involving $750 million that was misdirected to the Pennsylvania State Police. more »»

At AASD, ‘mediocrity has become standard’

June 6, 2016 At one time, the citizens of the Altoona Area School District had an educational system that they could be proud of. more »»

Global Food Act worth supporting

June 6, 2016 Recently an overwhelming majority of Congress voted to support a bill known as the Global Food Security Act (GFSA). more »»

Touched by fan’s act of kindness

June 4, 2016 On Friday, May 20, my husband and I took our grandson to celebrate his fourth birthday at the Curve gam. more »»

Area benefits from Shuster’s experience

June 4, 2016 Regarding the cartoon in the Feb. 28 edition of the Mirror depicting Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, as favoring the airline industry, I don’t believe that’s the case. more »»

Seniors enjoy evening at AAHS

June 4, 2016 On behalf of all the senior citizens who attended the dance at Altoona Area High School, we would like to thank everyone who was involved in making it such a wonderful evening. more »»

Recently signed act sets Mississippi back

June 3, 2016 Gov. Phil Bryant recently signed Mississippi’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Mississippi’s governing bodies state that the legality of this law comes from the Federal RFR Act of 1993. more »»

Penn Lincoln working ‘to change the label’

June 2, 2016 Overcrowded, low-performing, poor — Penn Lincoln. Know-it-alls, close-minded, do whatever they want — city of Altoona leaders. more »»

In eight years, Obama ‘accomplished nothing’

June 1, 2016 President Barack Obama was on television on May 6 telling everybody that Donald Trump’s record needs examined. It certainly wouldn’t take long to examine Obama’s record. more »»

Voters should weigh choices better this time

June 1, 2016 Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas is correct in his opinion that President Barack Obama is undermining the rule of law in this country. more »»

Heroin arrest numbers do not add up

May 31, 2016 This is in response to the news on May 23, which was dominated by yet another drug bust in the Altoona area. more »»

Don’t lose sight of Memorial Day meaning

May 30, 2016 1. It’s a three-day weekend. 2. Get the hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, beer, pop, chips, etc. 3. Don’t forget the charcoal. 4. Mom wants to go to all the sales. 5. more »»

Fort Roberdeau proves it’s anything but boring

May 30, 2016 As the director of Fort Roberdeau, I am obliged to defend our Blair County Revolutionary War Fort. more »»

Kaneshiki comments didn’t offend

May 26, 2016 I wish to add to the letter written by Maria Brandt (May 24, “School director wording offensive.”) Lois Kaneshiki did not in any way use the word retarded to describe a human being. more »»

‘Boring’ cartoon shot at history

May 26, 2016 As a small business owner interested in taking my children to sites such as Fort Roberdeau, I found the “Take it From the Tinkersons” Fort Boring cartoon insulting. more »»

Let club play music outside

May 26, 2016 The headline on the May 19 Cesare Battisti article should have read “People with vendetta against club not OK with changes. more »»

Life Skills students teach valuable lessons

May 25, 2016 I had the privilege to attend the graduation celebration for the Altoona Area High School Life Skills students. more »»

School director wording offensive

May 24, 2016 I am writing in reference to the May 19 apology by Hollidaysburg Area School Board member Lois Kaneshiki. Kaneshiki used the word “retarded” on a Facebook post. more »»

Masses are just a smokescreen

May 21, 2016 Sexual abuse is not only an event or an episode. More importantly, it is a traumatic event that has a life-long impact on individuals — their work, their relationships and their families. more »»

Donors should not face higher premiums

May 21, 2016 Many living organ donors today experience higher premiums or denial of insurance coverage based solely on their status as a donor. But hopefully not for long. more »»

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