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Don’t text and drive

July 13, 2014 Is it worth it to put your life in danger just to respond to one text message? Texting and driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents and deaths in the United States. more »»

Perspective needed on reassessment

July 12, 2014 The last Blair County tax assessment was completed in 1958. Blair County Commissioners Tomassetti and Beam were old enough to be in first grade and Commissioner Meling probably wasn’t born yet. more »»

Taking Postal money ‘a terrible idea’

July 12, 2014 The House leadership plan to take money from the Postal Service budget and give it to the Highway Trust Fund is a shell game that relies on illusory savings and accounting gimmick. more »»

Leasing Altoona water could solve money woes

July 12, 2014 The city of Altoona is bankrupt. The Altoona Water Authority is quite profitable. more »»

Evelyn T. Eck

July 11, 2014 Evelyn T. “Lynn” Eck, 86, Altoona, went to her eternal rest on Tuesday. Formerly of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Westwood, N.J., she was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., daughter of the late George E. more »»

Unions’ mission: serve their own agendas

July 11, 2014 There is a myth that the teachers’ unions have been nursing, developing and depending on for decades — that their labor goals incorporate the needs of students, and that they are the guardians of... more »»

County’s ‘partners’ should pay their share

July 10, 2014 Quoting from the county handout on “Understanding Reassessment”: After reassessment is achieved, each property owner will be paying his or her “fair share” of the tax burden. more »»

Catherine ‘Kay’ Tobin Faulds

July 10, 2014 Catherine Tobin Faulds, 94, Altoona, died Monday evening, July 7, 2014, at her home after a rich and rewarding life. She was born in Bryn Mawr, daughter of Anthony J. and Rose (Mullan) Tobin. more »»

Catherine A. Klisiewicz

July 10, 2014 Catherine A. Klisiewicz, 90, Altoona, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter in Juniata. more »»

C. Oliver Knisely

July 10, 2014 C. Oliver Knisely, 73, Queen, passed away Tuesday at home. He was born in Claysburg, son of the late Harry and Lydia (Walter) Knisely. more »»

Mary M. McGough

July 10, 2014 Mary M. McGough, 89, St. Augustine Road, Dysart, died Tuesday at the home of Gary and Mary Louise Wills. She was born in Chest Springs, daughter of the late Andrew “Dude” and Rose (Mulligan) Callahan. more »»

Geraldine Mae Piper

July 10, 2014 Geraldine Mae Piper, 103, formerly of Duncansville, died Tuesday morning at St. Leonard’s Home, Hollidaysburg. She was born in Roaring Spring, daughter of the late Homer and Elsie (Morgan) Delozier. more »»

Robert B. ‘Bob’ Rupert Sr.

July 10, 2014 Robert B. “Bob” Rupert Sr., 70, Altoona, died Tuesday at UPMC Altoona after a long-term illness. He was born in Altoona, son of William Blair and Mae Catherine (Stoudt) Rupert. more »»

Beverly L. (Gottshall) Gerena

July 10, 2014 Beverly L. (Gottshall) Gerena, 73, Altoona, died Wednesday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Ralph Edward and Helen Margaret (Fluke) Gottshall. more »»

Don’t underestimate Corbett’s role at PSU

July 9, 2014 This is in response to the June 27 story headlined, “Corbett: I’ve never condemned Paterno.” Gee, Gov. Tom Corbett makes a true statement for possibly the first time during his tenure. more »»

Gov’t not responsible to educate the masses

July 8, 2014 In the June 7 edition of the Mirror, Kelsey Lantz bemoaned the cost of college education and suggested the government pay for said education since they push people to attend college. more »»

VA needs more support

July 8, 2014 As a Vietnam veteran who was discharged July 10, 1969 and used the VA facility in Altoona, I noticed that when I used the facility in 1970, there was an abundance of doctors and medical staff. more »»

Sheetz setting pace

July 7, 2014 For some time now, I have traveled around Pennsylvania and noticed how our area always seems to have the highest gas prices. Over a recent weekend, I traveled on Route 22 toward Lewistown. more »»

Broaden coverage

July 7, 2014 Covering controversial stories at the school I attend is a big no-no. Our school newspaper consists of topics that make our school seem like a happy-go-lucky place. more »»

Service with a smile? Sometimes, it’s difficult

July 6, 2014 I write this letter because my own grandmother did not know the hardships of a waitress before I became one. I have, unfortunately, been a waitress here in Altoona for the past year. more »»

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