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Obits can tell a life story

September 6, 2010 Not long ago, I attended a community event and was seated at a table beside an old friend and his wife. more »»

Learning about families’ grief

August 29, 2010 You’re no doubt reading today’s spread by Bill Kibler on the horrific tragedy in which three local residents were senselessly murdered five years ago this weeken. more »»

Public education working despite criticism, increasing demands

June 27, 2010 Despite what the critics say, public education is working. National media report that the U.S. more »»

Night to remember and forget

June 20, 2010 I’m hoping things went a little more smoothly at the Mirror last night than they were going a week ago. more »»

Coverage tied to charges

June 13, 2010 We’ve taken a couple of concerned — no, make that angry — calls lately on an alleged assault involving off-duty Altoona police officers and why more hasn’t been reporte. more »»

Graduating to full coverage

June 6, 2010 The Mirror’s coverage of high school graduations has evolved over the years from sporadic stories and pictures and massive gray lists, mainly from Blair County, to where we are toda. more »»

For parents, high school graduation means mixed emotions

May 30, 2010 Author’s note: The Mirror graciously asked to reprint this column, which first ran in 200. more »»

A taste of election night

May 23, 2010 There’s a buzz in every newsroom — and every news organization — on election night. more »»

There’s no sense horsing around

May 2, 2010 The evolving media business is fascinating as we try to bridge the expanse between the traditional newspaper and its website and how emerging entities such as Facebook and Twitter factor into the... more »»

World of denial can be treacherous

April 25, 2010 The great 20th Century philosopher Alfred E. more »»

Role shifts for local cartoonist

April 18, 2010 You may have noticed the absence of Bill Bettwy’s cartoons from the Mirror editorial page. more »»

Providing Classic support

March 28, 2010 Part of a newspaper’s role goes beyond just reporting the news. That includes representation in the community and involvement in various events. more »»

We’re all ears; obesity epidemic rooted in corn

March 28, 2010 Everybody realizes that we are suffering from an epidemic of obesity, and it all boils down to corn. more »»

Oh, deer: taking animals’ side

March 7, 2010 I read with interest a recent story in the Mirror about the Pennsylvania Game Commission discouraging deer feeding in the winter. The Fe. more »»

Weathering the storm(s)

February 21, 2010 The weather has dominated the news for the past two weeks. more »»

Don’t be so eager to cast the first stone

February 20, 2010 Regarding the letter by Ron Stauffer on “Mirror doing its job,” it’s apparent to me that Stauffer has substantiated himself as “without sin,” as it appears that he is quite eager to cast that... more »»

Address energy costs

February 20, 2010 Why are fuel and energy prices not still a big daily issue in the news? Until gas prices come down, the U.S. economy will not recove. more »»

Churches gave park its name

February 14, 2010 By John Conlon “After long delays, Altoona, at last, is to have a city park.” With these words, the Altoona Mirror on Au. more »»

If you eat, farm show offers education

February 1, 2010 From sleek show horses and polished livestock to chocolate cakes and cornbread, Blair and surrounding counties were well represented at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisbur. more »»

Teamwork message hits home

January 31, 2010 This is the time of the year, or so it seems, that doubles as the banquet circuit. The Blair County Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards breakfast Friday. more »»

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