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Political mission’s obstacles

November 26, 2014 The New York Times recently ran an op-ed column calling for the end of midterm elections. more »»

No substitute for Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014 In November 1996 we were living in Pittsburgh. more »»

Consider some options on turkey

November 25, 2014 This week, President Obama will pardon two turkeys to promote the turkey industry. Every one of us can exercise that same pardon power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance. more »»

Senior drivers deserve break

November 25, 2014 I have been driving for 66 years. We have had two cars for 56 years. That amounts to 122 inspections; no questions asked, all bills paid. more »»

Nation’s oil companies now ‘own Congress’

November 24, 2014 Liquid oil won’t flow in the pipeline. What will? Take one quart of motor oil and five pounds of sand and mix in bucket — that’s tar sand. It will take additives, heat or both to keep it moving. more »»

Vote to get finances under some control

November 22, 2014 If you evaluate the current state of monetary and fiscal affairs, there are far too many people in influential positions, both public and private, who continue to remain reticent and complacent abou... more »»

Accountability comes from faith

November 21, 2014 In a recent letter, Elizabeth K. Shade set a double standard by stating that “people should never argue about ... religion. more »»

Home rule charter brings added taxes

November 21, 2014 This is a follow-up to my previous letter (Oct. 28) where I urged people to vote no on the adoption of the home rule charter. more »»

Proclamation raises visibility for cancer

November 20, 2014 It is unacceptable that there is a cancer for which the relative five-year survival rate is still in the single digits at just 6 percent, particularly when you consider the overall five-year relativ... more »»

Fitting tribute

November 20, 2014 I just finished reading Ryan Brown’s wonderful story (Nov. 10) about the Lepore family. Those parents had to be so proud of those boy. more »»

ID law would suppress elderly, minority votes

November 19, 2014 I believe the Voter ID law is aimed at voter suppression. This law disproportionately affects the elderly, minority and low-income groups that tend to vote Democrati. more »»

Improvements to Courtroom 2 overdue

November 18, 2014 We write to support the restoration of the Blair County Courthouse and more specifically, Courtroom No. 2. more »»

Suspended licenses, DUIs show system flaws

November 17, 2014 An ongoing problem for Pennsylvania is people driving with a suspended driver’s license due to having a DUI. more »»

Police risk their lives for us every day

November 17, 2014 In reference to the letter last week from the fellow who wants to know if police would ever spend so much time and effort to find someone like Eric Frein, who killed one trooper and injured another,... more »»

Commercialization of health care

November 15, 2014 UPMC’s plan to build a treatment center in Tyrone comes as very disturbing news to many, especially those living in the Moshannon Valley area. more »»

Seniors thank AAHS students for dance

November 15, 2014 On behalf of all the senior citizens who attended the dance at Altoona Area High School, we would like to acknowledge the students, the bands, security and all others who were involve. more »»

Today’s students face too much stress

November 14, 2014 Emotions are something that every person has, whether they show it or not. Teenagers have emotions. Unfortunately, a lot of these emotions are sad, irritated and angry. more »»

Notable achievement by two in honor guard

November 14, 2014 The Blair County Veterans’ Honor Guard has set a new record for this Veterans Day with two of its most dedicated members, Clair Harr and Ray Glass, receiving their 600 Military Funeral Honors... more »»

Ohio shooting smacks of racism

November 12, 2014 On Aug. 5, police shot a 22-year-old African-American to death as he was shopping at Wal-Mart outside Dayton, Ohio. The shooting was caught on Wal-Mart’s security cameras. more »»

Take private money out of our elections

November 10, 2014 They say Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on anything, but the topic of money in elections is agreed by each party member in a vast majority of public polls that money should be taken out of... more »»

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