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Early childhood education vital

July 1, 2014 I have been involved with Blair County Head Start for more than 30 years. Making sure that at-risk young children get high-quality early learning has become a volunteer job for me. more »»

20 years later, images still vivid

June 29, 2014 As the coroner’s van took away one of the bodies, I walked toward the bloodied sidewalk outside Nicole Brown Simpson’s condo. I’ll never forget what I saw that day. more »»

Mother of fallen soldier reflects on her longest year

June 23, 2014 In November 2012, Joelle Ellis watched her son deploy to Afghanistan before he was old enough to buy a beer. more »»

Keep firearms out of kids’ reach

June 22, 2014 News announcer: “There’s been another school shooting. This time at the Troutdale High School in Oregon, about 16 miles east of Portland.” I don’t want to write about this. more »»

Where’s the outrage over missing email scandal involving IRS?

June 22, 2014 “Congressional investigators are fuming over revelations that the Internal Revenue Service has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency’s tea party controversy. more »»

Soldier’s ability to elicit laughter a special trait

June 16, 2014 Sgt. Devin Snyder could always make her friends laugh, even during long patrols in northeastern Afghanistan. more »»

Doing nothing about pension crisis can’t be a viable option

June 16, 2014 Pennsylvania law might guarantee state employees a set pension when they retire, but mathematics has its own laws. All the legal protections in the world mean nothing if a pension plan is insolvent. more »»

Pictures on the mantelpiece

June 1, 2014 Frank Lautenberg died last year at 89 — an unremarkable event, except for one thing. The New Jersey Democrat was the last surviving World War II veteran in the Senate. more »»

Five Bailey brothers of WWII

May 25, 2014 Every Memorial Day I attend a parade in the little town of Mercer, Pa. more »»

Pop culture breaks ground on inequality

May 13, 2014 Pop culture is a better indicator of the public mood than political talking points, so it’s interesting to see how two top-rated and long-running CBS television dramas have recently dealt with the... more »»

A man with courage makes majority

May 13, 2014 Even though the staff people who work on Capitol Hill voted him “the nicest” member of Congress, Rep. more »»

Patients deserve peace of mind

April 26, 2014 In November, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed H.B. 1603 by an overwhelming 131-67 vote, with broad bipartisan support — 70 Republicans and 61 Democrats voted yes. more »»

Johnstown has reasons for optimism

April 8, 2014 I am an optimist. I believe that America’s best days are still to come and today’s children will live a life far better than their parents and grandparents. more »»

Money won, but now what’s next?

April 8, 2014 There’s no way we didn’t see this coming. Last week’s 5-4 Supreme Court decision, split along partisan lines, has guaranteed that money will play an even bigger role in American politics. more »»

Daughter of fallen Col.: ‘My dad was important’

April 7, 2014 Sara Beth Bedgood was only 13 years old on Sept. 11, 2001. As the Twin Towers collapsed, she felt anguish for the victims and a deep sense of concern for her father, Col. Thomas Felts Sr. more »»

Rudel: All-access launch a key step

April 2, 2014 Numerous changes have taken place over the Mirror’s 140-year history, changes that have allowed us to continue answering the bell by landing on your porch, or in a newspaper box, every single day. more »»

Political notebook: Corbett stops, challenger drops

March 16, 2014 Hours after he hailed Altoona’s crime-fighting efforts and stopped by the Mirror office Thursday morning, Gov. more »»

Health issue: Variables hinder US

March 14, 2014 The medical service delivery system in the United States is said to be broken. One basis for this assertion is the lower life expectancy in the U.S. compared to Canada and Great Britai. more »»

The flaws of spellcheck can almost become a ... sin

March 2, 2014 The Mirror has been fortunate to have an engaged readership for many years — 140 to be exact, dating back to 187. more »»

Labor friction causes vulnerability

February 15, 2014 One of the most common misconceptions that can occur in a close-knit community during difficult times is that people can choose not to be impacte. more »»

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