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County voters engaged

September 29, 2016 The interest in absentee ballots could portend a record Blair County voter turnout for the Nov. 8 general election. more »»

VA shows gov’t lacks accountability

September 28, 2016 Revelations of mismanagement, waste and outright criminal behavior at the Department of Veterans Affairs have become a regular thin. more »»

Cresson: Keep open all options

September 27, 2016 Time will tell whether the new, lower asking price for 328 acres at the former Cresson state prison will attract a buyer. more »»

What can be done on guns?

September 26, 2016 Thirteen-year-old children should not die of gunshot wounds. That is such a self-evident proposition that debating it would be absurd. more »»

Catholics shaken again by probes

September 25, 2016 Catholics across Pennsylvania, shaken by the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese clergy sex-abuse scandal exposed earlier this year, as well as a similar scandal uncovered in the years since 2003 in... more »»

Feds should stay out of elections

September 24, 2016 The security of U.S. elections are sacrosanct. That’s precisely why talk of the federal government stepping in to “protect” election systems deserves no vote of public confidence. more »»

Legislators waste time amid crisis

September 23, 2016 Pennsylvania’s allegedly full-time state legislators have returned to the Capitol after a typically overly generous seven-week summer vacation, which they took despite an unfolding opioid epidemic... more »»

Politicos bury head in sand

September 22, 2016 Less than a week after the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, residents of New York, New Jersey and Minnesota were under attack again over the weekend. more »»

Kaneshiki failing in mission

September 21, 2016 There’s an old recommendation that people engage their brains before putting their mouths in gear. more »»

Tyrone, Snyder need deal

September 20, 2016 Tyrone Borough Council isn’t unreasonable in refusing to allow borough police to enforce parking restrictions on Clay Avenue in Snyder Township, in front of Tyrone Area School District buildings. more »»

Gambling expansion roll of dice

September 18, 2016 People looking forward to expanded gambling opportunities in Pennsylvania this year shouldn’t hold their breath. more »»

Hillary criticism shows ugly side

September 17, 2016 GOP national Chairman Reince Priebus’ tweet about Hillary Clinton appearing angry and not smiling during the recent national security forum proved that the chairman is clueless. And sexist. more »»

We can’t let guard down on NKorea

September 15, 2016 There has been no indication for years that North Korea was slackening the pace of its arms buildup. Nothing the rest of the world has done in response has proven effective. more »»

Long, ABCD not short on vision

September 14, 2016 Altoona should relish its good fortune regarding the former Bon Secours hospital property, which is targeted to become a meaningful, beautiful asset for senior citizens. more »»

Hope continues to shine through terror

September 11, 2016 Despite the unlikelihood of total peace ever coming to pass, most people of the world nevertheless harbor hope that nations of the world someday will learn to live together without animosity toward... more »»

Time to trim obesity in Pa.

September 10, 2016 It doesn’t count as a full pants size, but Pennsylvania has begun to lose a bit of weight after decades of getting fatter. more »»

Teacher shortage troubling

September 8, 2016 Many readers no doubt were surprised to learn about the region’s teacher shortage, which was the topic of a Mirror article on Tuesday. more »»

Heroin epidemic alarming

September 6, 2016 First Huntington, W.Va. Then Cincinnati, Ohio. Now Louisville, Ky. An epidemic that might be called the White Death is sweeping that region of the countr. more »»

Pondering Labor Day significance

September 5, 2016 The 2016 presidential race has kept jobs and workers in the spotlight throughout most of this year, and they will remain important subjects of emphasis as the days and weeks draw closer to the No. more »»

State should update format for its election

September 4, 2016 A Pennsylvania Senate resolution passed recently calls for appointing a task force to study outdated voting technology — hopefully to determine how to get rid of it quickly and save a lot of... more »»

State help lacking on SCI front

September 2, 2016 It’s disappointing that Pennsylvania state government received no bids for a 328-acre parcel of land at the site of the former state prison in Cresson Township. more »»


“Mysteries of the Gettysburg Cyclorama” October 4, 2016

October 04 - Central PA Civil War Round Table: “Mysteries of the Gettysburg Cyclorama” Noted author Chris Brenneman will discuss the Gettysburg Cyclorama painting by the French artist Paul Philippoteaux depicting Pickett's Charge, the climactic Confederate attack during the Battle of Gettysburg o... more »

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