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Editorials

Rosa Parks deserving of tribute

We Americans have torn down a lot of statues during the past few years. You know the type: Memorials to military and civil leaders of the Confederate States of America. Perhaps it’s time to switch gears and erect a few new statues. Give credit to the people and public officials of ...

Well being of less fortunate should be focus

Current opposition in Pennsylvania regarding the proposed closing of two centers for individuals with intellectual disabilities — Polk in Venango County and White Haven in Luzerne County — is not unique. The announcements in 2017 about the closings of the state centers in Norristown, ...

Answers needed in Florida

Until they have answers, the top priority for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies needs to be determining whether Mohammed Alshamrani was a lone-wolf terrorist or part of a larger plot. Alshamrani, an officer in the Royal Saudi Air Force, was being trained at a U.S. naval base at ...

Improved DUI laws necessary

The Southern Alleghenies region is no stranger to repeat drunken-driver arrests, and that doesn’t mean a single repeat offense. There have been drivers here who have compiled even five or more DUI arrests, convictions and/or guilty pleas, but have continued to drive, whether alcohol- or ...

Weighing Fetterman initiative

It is obvious why many people might strongly oppose Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s initiative aimed at reforming the sentence-commutations process in Pennsylvania — at least to the degree he has proposed. Those people’s opinion is no doubt rooted in the premise that any individual, having ...

State can’t hide its deficit as ‘structural’

A couple of months from now, when Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his 2020-21 budget address to the Legislature, as the General Assembly is beginning preparations to launch its annual budget-preparation exercise, Pennsylvania residents again will be hearing terms such as “incoming revenues, ...

Lessons of attack still valid

Seventy-eight years have passed since Japan made its biggest mistake ever as a nation, its attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. While Dec. 7 is commonly associated with that grave error, it is important to remember that what happened on that terrible day was not the product ...

Organization’s ‘skills’ provide vital mission

Back when Skills of Central Pennsylvania began as a small day program in Bellefonte in 1960, even its talented, determined, dedicated founders could not have envisioned how big of a role it would come to play for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, behavioral health ...

CWD clouds opening of deer season

If it weren’t for the existence and spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in Pennsylvania’s deer population, especially in this part of the commonwealth, today’s opening of the firearms deer season would have virtually no major concern besides the always important issue of safety. But CWD ...

Big day for local retailers

With the passage of each year, Black Friday takes on new meaning for many people. Online shopping and increased reliance on home shopping channels have removed some of the frenzy and outright chaos that characterized this day after Thanksgiving — the official start of the Christmas shopping ...

Logan’s proposal sensible

Logan Township’s desire for a seat on the Altoona Water Authority is a reasonable request, although the city can be excused for wanting to maintain total control, as it has throughout the authority’s existence. But now, with a proposal in the works for the authority to purchase the ...

Food bank exercises caution

Some hunters and other people no doubt disagree with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s decision not to accept venison donations this year. They have a right to that opinion. But “with the jury still out” over whether eating meat of deer infected with chronic wasting disease, or ...

More info needed on e-cigarettes

For decades, tobacco companies insisted their product was not hazardous to health. When scientific proof countered that, they maintained their advertising strategies were not calculated to get as many new smokers hooked on nicotine as possible. We know now that all of those protestations ...

Council right on (no) tree tax

Altoona City Council mustered the right judgment in turning thumbs-down to a proposed 0.15-mill tax increase for tree care. There was no logical basis for imposing such a tax increase, with the city sitting on what essentially is $11 million of surplus money. There can be no denying that ...

Massacre in Mexico cries for assistance

Americans who leave our country to reside in another are outside the protection of our government in most ways. But the sheer horror of what happened in Mexico last week — nine women and children massacred, apparently by drug cartel terrorists — cries out for some meaningful reaction by ...

Veterans deserve this day

On this Veterans Day, the perception that the world never will be able to live in total peace and harmony remains ingrained. Among Americans, there’s virtually universal acceptance of the theory that, as long as the United States exists, there will be tyrants and other foreign entities that ...

Pennsylvania lags behind in highway safety

Not until early 2020 will motorists who violate Pennsylvania work zone speed limits experience lighter wallets and pocketbooks under provisions of Act 86 of 2018, which authorizes speed cameras in highway construction and repair areas. Unfortunately, it is taking the commonwealth too long to ...

Challenges await new electees

Now that Tuesday’s general election votes have been counted and congratulations have been extended, successful governmental candidates — especially those elected to offices for the first time — need to begin gearing up quickly for the formidable tasks they will be facing when they take ...

Municipal elections vital, too

Don’t be fooled into believing that today’s election is less important than those devoted to state and federal offices. It cannot be emphasized too much that municipal elections like today’s definitely are as important, because they involve offices that are closest to the people. Just ...

NCAA requires clear plan

Especially at major powers in the collegiate sports world, purely amateur athletics has been a myth for many years. Under-the-table gifts by well-to-do boosters have ensured that. Now, however, even the pretense may be about to end. Last week, the NCAA Board of Governors voted to allow ...