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Editorials

Prospect deserves deeper dive

Altoona residents who value the existence of Prospect Pool have cause for cautious optimism about the pool’s future. On Sept. 26, the city council provided a tentative endorsement to keeping the pool in operation next summer if costs are not prohibitive. However, the pool was not without ...

Holidays loom: Stay ahead of staff shortage

As the year-end holidays creep ever closer — along with the beefed-up consumer spending that generally goes along with them — businesses already are knee-deep in the annual task of trying to improve their appeal to everyone who will be spending money. As the weeks ahead approach and pass, ...

Keller deserving recipient

Shining rays of sun on some good news: The Blair County Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement award is the most prestigious individual award a local business person can attain. Over the 20-year history of the award, many of the community’s giants in business have been honored. ...

Authority’s efforts worthwhile

An article tucked in last Thursday’s Mirror reported on the Altoona Redevelopment Authority’s effort to find its footing, in hopes of re-establishing itself as an engine of progress, after decades of languishing as a relatively minor city agency. Likely, most of the Mountain City’s ...

Pandemic aftermath still critical

Parents, grandparents and America as a whole understood early on that this nation’s children — especially teenagers — would not emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic without potentially long-term negative impacts. But many parents, grandparents and America as a whole did not comprehend how ...

County assistance valuable

Blair County planners have helped Altoona’s municipal leaders make the right decisions and choices on numerous projects and issues over the past half-century. It is logical for that partnership to continue in every way possible — of course, within the planning office’s manpower and ...