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Katrina lessons unheeded

August 25, 2016 Pennsylvania residents aren’t strangers to floodwaters’ destructive force. more »»

Address Newburg stench

August 23, 2016 Fortunately, the sewage-odor problem that’s been plaguing Newburg isn’t a year-round nuisance. more »»

UN fails mission of peace

August 22, 2016 When was the last time you remember reading of the United Nations’ peacekeeping forces actually keeping the peace? It has been awhile, hasn’t it? More likely is that you have seethed over reports... more »»

Guantanamo won’t go away; nor will stain

August 20, 2016 President Barack Obama has authorized the transfer of 15 of the prisoners still held at the U.S. Naval Station prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United Arab Emirates. more »»

Kane raises state level of disgrace

August 17, 2016 People of Pennsylvania can be excused for wondering what might be next, now that the commonwealth’s chief law enforcement officer is a convicted criminal and will be resigning, effective today. more »»

Kane raises state level of disgrace

August 17, 2016 People of Pennsylvania can be excused for wondering what might be next, now that the commonwealth’s chief law enforcement officer is a convicted criminal and will be resigning, effective today. more »»

Lyme support important

August 16, 2016 The new Altoona Area Lyme Disease Support Group has the opportunity to perform a public service far greater in scope than what the size of its membership might ever seem to porten. more »»

More affordable college tuition must be priority

August 14, 2016 It’s been almost three decades since then-U.S. more »»

Flossing debate: There’s no reason to stop routine

August 13, 2016 To the 220 million Americans who haven’t flossed a day in their lives — rejoice. The days of lying to your dentist, feeling guilty and being castigated by your floss-superior peers are gone. more »»

Trump visit gives city exposure

August 12, 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s visit to the Altoona area today will put our city in the national spotlight, hopefully in a positive way. more »»

Influence buying Hillary

August 11, 2016 Hillary Clinton has pledged that if she is elected president, she will do something about the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court. more »»

Seeking answers in Antis

August 10, 2016 The Antis Township supervisors are correct in not acting hastily regarding the future of the Tipton-Antis Fire Company, which the township leaders decertified in early June. more »»

VA reforms must be new priority

August 8, 2016 Important progress has been made in caring for those who have served our country, President Barack Obama told attendees at the Disabled American Veterans national conference last week. more »»

State must get handle on OT

August 7, 2016 The $250 million in overtime costs Pennsylvania paid out to state workers last year is an eye-opening number. more »»

Savoring trip down memory lane

August 7, 2016 Lest we forget. A few weeks ago, I climbed the old stone stairs behind the Cathedral in my hometown of Altoona. I was headed for the summit of Gospel Hill. more »»

Careful scrutiny must be used on juvenile lifers

August 6, 2016 The families of victims murdered by teens serving life sentences hope the state parole board remains fair when rendering decisions to release offenders on parole. more »»

‘Speedway’ concerns legitimate

August 5, 2016 Residents’ concerns over dangerous driving on a Snyder Township road will result in a speed study of that road and several other. more »»

For county, ‘time of reckoning’

August 3, 2016 The flak Blair County commissioners currently are receiving regarding the just-completed countywide property reassessment wasn’t unexpected, despite the county leaders’ commendable dissemination of... more »»

Free college plan has way too many holes

July 31, 2016 During his speech Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton said there are real and affordable solutions to problems facing the nation. more »»

ISIS sinks to new low

July 30, 2016 Two Islamic State terrorists invaded a church in France during morning Mass on Tuesday. Before they were shot down by police, they forced the 86-year-old priest to his knees and slit his throa. more »»

Carroll responds quickly

July 29, 2016 Troubling new allegations, questions and suspicions still abound in regard to the Jerry Sandusky child-sexual abuse scandal that thrust Penn State University into a nightmare of horrendous scope in... more »»


Open House at Boogersburg Schoolhouse August 28, 2016

Go “back to school” 19th century style at Boogersburg One Room School, built in 1877 by Moses Thompson, and open until 1952. From a wooden desk, learn using soapstone, slate, and chalkboards. Teachers will instruct you in spelling, mental math, and interactive activities, followed by recess games. more »

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Dog Days Live Music Fun!

August 19, 2016 A number of outdoor live music events highlight this summer dog days weekend in late August…Flight 19 performs at downtown Altoona’s Heritage Plaza on Friday evening…The annual St. more »

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