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Decade later, a legacy lives

July 7, 2013 When I think of the old Mirror in downtown Altoona, on the corner of 10th Street and Green Avenue, I think of a different age, of a then-afternoon paper operating at a slower pace, without a Sunday... more »»

UPMC deal healthy for our area

June 23, 2013 These are historic times for health care in our community. more »»

Tax fairness or tax favors?

May 12, 2013 The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation last week that eventually could end up costing the state nearly $1 billion in lost revenue every year. more »»

Bettwy’s progress impressive

May 5, 2013 Local cartoonist Bill Bettwy is now national cartoonist Bill Bettwy. more »»

Boston bombings hit home for longtime ‘helper’

April 21, 2013 There’s a picture on the front page of Tuesday’s Boston Globe — in the background of the shot, someone is bent over an injured spectator, administering care. more »»

Tax code must be simplifiedWashington can unleash the economic potential of hardworking Americans, grow a healthier economy and foster the creation of more jobs by taking some common-sense steps. Unfortunately, the Obama economy is failing families, youn

April 14, 2013 Washington can unleash the economic potential of hardworking Americans, grow a healthier economy and foster the creation of more jobs by taking some common-sense steps. more »»

Fed should stay out of colleges

April 14, 2013 If a college freshman stepped onto a campus where the administration spent months eviscerating each other over petty slights instead of balancing the budget or refusing to name a dean because a... more »»

Gov’t, liquor stores shouldn’t mix

February 18, 2013 Gov. Corbett proposes to privatize the wine and spirits stores. This proposal brought criticism from the labor union officials representing the store employees. more »»

Paterno report latest in saga

February 17, 2013 Those attempting to move on from the Penn State scandal were again reminded last week that the only way to do that is to sequester yourself in Siberia. And even there, Internet service is available. more »»

Keep the local trains rolling

February 10, 2013 The young college student, steps onto the railcar, looking one last time at the guy she’s been dating and heads off to the big city. more »»

Inaugural blues: more of same

January 22, 2013 The presidential inauguration is a marvelous tradition. It is an exemplar of the peaceful transfer of power that exists in our democratic system. more »»

Shift focus to bolster rural police

January 22, 2013 I spent Monday in a milling crowd of people cheering the inauguration, yet I wasn’t nervous at al. more »»

Commentary: Hoping for better days in 2013

December 30, 2012 Does anybody else have the sense that we’ve staggered to the end of 2012? If so, join the club. more »»

Insurance exchange not game

December 23, 2012 Growing up I remember watching the game show “Let’s Make a Deal,” the centerpiece of which was forcing contestants to select an unknown prize: to essentially gamble on making the right choic. more »»

Fiscal cliff stalemate threatens farmers

December 16, 2012 Pennsylvania farmers could face a troubling future if several crucial issues related to the “fiscal cliff” are not resolved by Congress before the end of the year. more »»

Child advocacy centers needed

December 4, 2012 Nationally, at least five children die daily as a result of child abuse. Eighty percent of these children are 4 years old or younger. more »»

Child’s 13th birthday turns somber with mother’s death

December 2, 2012 It was my 13th birthday, a day I was looking forward to celebrate being a teenager. However, there was no party or celebration. All the family was home with my mom that day; she died that evening. more »»

What’s missing from PA ballot?

November 18, 2012 HARRISBURG — Voters cast ballots for every elected position from president of the United States down to state representatives this month. more »»

Bat designation would threaten state’s forest industry

September 23, 2012 By Andrew J. Blazewicz Jr. Concerning the proposal by the Pennsylvania Game Commission to add three species of bat to the endangered list (Aug. 20 Mirror), the U.S. more »»

Altoona conference turned tide 150 years ago

September 2, 2012 One hundred and fifty years ago, in September of 1862, Altoona was the scene of a Civil War event that was to prove as crucial to the Union’s victory as any battle fought on the blood-stained soil o... more »»

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