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Indian mascots, beware

August 2, 2014 Anyone who thinks the cultural left is going to stop its political correctness with the Washington Redskins isn’t reading USA Today. more »»

Preserve a lie or save lives?

August 2, 2014 Days before two federal courts issued dueling interpretations of the Affordable Care Act, I came across a 1958 photo of my paternal grandmother and felt the familiar onslaught of what-ifs. more »»

Be tolerant of different opinions

August 1, 2014 We’re past the July 4 celebrations and the All-Star Break. NFL training camps have just started. more »»

Hamas tricks some useful idiots

August 1, 2014 Sound bites are usually meant to obfuscate as much as clarify. more »»

When will the blabbermouths wake up Dems?

July 29, 2014 It is often said, believed and undoubtedly right that the Republicans’ ace in midterm elections is apathetic Democrats not showing up at the polls. more »»

America needs to be policed

July 29, 2014 I want the police to be better armed than the bad guys, but what exactly does that mean today? Apparently it means the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security equip even the tiniest rural... more »»

Why Putin is kicking Obama’s... ...

July 27, 2014 On Monday, four days after Vladimir Putin’s minions in Ukraine shot down a passenger airliner carrying 298 people, including an American citizen, President Barack Obama emerged from the White House... more »»

Pension crisis crippling Pennsylvania

July 27, 2014 Pennsylvania is in the midst of a major crisis, and it’s one that’s getting worse by the day. more »»

Gov’t shouldn’t manage higher ed

July 20, 2014 Wikipedia has called it the Veterans Health Administration Scandal of 201. more »»

Cyclists of all kinds share passion

July 20, 2014 Toward the end of June each year, there’s a little event that takes place around Johnstown called “Thunder in the Valley,” when about 100,000 bikers descend upon the general area for a weekend... more »»

Chicago: A town that won’t let you down?

July 18, 2014 Frank Sinatra’s song about Chicago, “My Kind of Town,” “a the town that won’t let you down,” seems dated in light of last weekend’s shooting spree that left 16 dead and dozens wounded in 53 separate... more »»

The most reliable poll of all

July 15, 2014 I dimly recall being rousted out of my bunk bed as a young child before sunrise on Oct. 27, 1948, so I could stand at an intersection in my hometown of Weymouth, Mass. more »»

Drilling down on public’s distrust

July 15, 2014 Watergate didn’t help, but it started well before that In his weekly column for, Julian Zelizer makes a reasonable case that “Distrustful Americans still live in age of Watergate. more »»

Dispute spreads into story

July 13, 2014 An example of how social media has changed what constitutes news and reportable information occurred last weekend over a dispute between a patron and a local restaurant. more »»

Political cronies driving ‘crapitalism’

July 7, 2014 There’s capitalism, and then there’s “crapitalism” — crony capitalism. more »»

Before deployed, fallen Marine asked for God’s grace

July 7, 2014 On April 4, U.S. Marine Cpl. Brandon Garabrant updated his Facebook page as the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion left North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune for Afghanistan. “Going to do what we do best. more »»

Address safety net over wages

July 5, 2014 Currently, there is much discussion around raising the minimum wage. Proponents argue that an increase is necessary to provide a “living wage. more »»

Policy worked well

July 2, 2014 At the end of the school year, I felt it appropriate to acknowledge one of the principals of the Altoona Area School District for a job well done. more »»

Where Moulton misses mark mark

July 2, 2014 As politicians and pundits debate the attorney general’s review of the Sandusky investigation, here is a word of advice from someone who works in the field of victims’ rights: Care is not the same a... more »»

Gay citizens deserve equal marriage rights

July 2, 2014 Judges across the nation continue to find that gay marriage is constitutional. more »»

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