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Editorials

Putin’s boasting unwarranted

Americans old enough to remember the prediction “We will bury you,” pronounced by Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet Union premier from 1958-64, still might recall some of the “few choice words” they uttered in response. Khrushchev, who was adept at making predictions regarding a U.S. demise, ...

Wolf wrong to veto Voter Act

The ink was barely dry on Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of Pennsylvania’s Voter Rights Protection Act, and the political press releases began rolling in. Not surprisingly, the folks well to the left of center hailed the veto as a victory, while those who supported passage saw it as a threat to ...

July 4 is time to eliminate divisiveness

When the last firecracker has exploded, when the last sparkler no longer brightens the darkness, when the last Independence Day fireworks display has ended with what usually resembles a bombardment, many Americans will begin turning their attention to the end of summer, rather than remain ...

With July 4 looming, be safe

A season of sparklers and celebrations of freedom is upon us, but please, we urge you, be careful with any and all forms of fireworks. Better yet, leave the fireworks to the professionals. Take a look at what happened just over a week ago in York. It began innocently enough. A child was ...

McCrory’s must heed sad warning

Many Altoona residents probably are wondering whether the deadly building collapse in the community of Surfside near Miami, Florida, last week is causing the owner of the former McCrory’s store on 11th Avenue to rethink its troubling inaction regarding the long-vacant, deteriorated ...

Firefighter shortage concerning

The shortage of volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania — indeed, across the country — is not a new phenomenon. It has been a topic of increasing discussion for decades, with leaders of volunteer departments scratching their heads regarding the growing problem as they’ve tried to ...