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Kane saga bewildering

July 24, 2016 Pennsylvanians will remain focused on presidential politics this week as the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia takes center stag. more »»

 
 
 
Secret deals costly, hurt public trust

July 23, 2016 Newspapers make a lot of noise about transparency, mostly about closed-door meetings where elected officials make secret deals. Not that all those deals are illicit or even questionable. more »»

Killing police heinous

July 22, 2016 Another police officer was murdered Tuesday. He was Capt. Robert Melton of Kansas City, Kan., gunned down as he was approaching suspects in a drive-by shooting. more »»

Fire co. should open books

July 21, 2016 A new agreement between Hollidaysburg’s Phoenix Volunteer Fire Company and the borough involving limited access to company financial records has been touted as “a good steppingstone. more »»

Talk can empower assailants

July 19, 2016 Adopting the Old Testament eye-for-an-eye reaction to violence accomplishes nothing except, perhaps, to leave everyone involved blind. more »»

Abolish unneeded positions

July 19, 2016 Although many of the 146 job positions that Cambria County officials voted to eliminate last Thursday hadn’t been filled for several years, the action shows how out of touch the county government... more »»

Too early for budget optimism

July 18, 2016 The completion of Pennsylvania’s 2016-17 budget exercise doesn’t justify an end to pessimism regarding the commonwealth’s financial futur. more »»

PSU wounds keep opening

July 17, 2016 On the field, Penn State went 2-0 last week with admirable efforts at the annual Lift for Life, which raises money to fight kidney cancer, and a visit to the Children’s Hospital in Hershey, where... more »»

Wipe out terror groups

July 16, 2016 How is it that a few small terrorist groups with relatively limited resources have been able to kill so many people in so many different places? We know the answer to that, but it raises another... more »»

Police deserve protection

July 15, 2016 The state Legislature is notorious for dragging its feet on issues, regardless of its importance. But in coming days, lawmakers should attach urgency to state Rep. more »»

Seniors need real answers

July 14, 2016 The Republican National Convention is about ready to jump onto center stage, with the Democratic National Convention not far behind. more »»

Police can only do so much

July 13, 2016 “We’re asking cops to do too much in this country,” Dallas, Texas, Police Chief David Brown worried aloud on Monday. “Every societal failure, we put it off on the cops to solve,” he explaine. more »»

Why can’t two women run US?

July 12, 2016 Raising the issue of whether the White House has room for two powerful women, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell recently stated the obvious. more »»

New Altoona superintendent faces big issues

July 10, 2016 New Altoona Area School District Superintendent Charles A. more »»

Limit flag flying at half-staff

July 7, 2016 A headline in Monday’s Mirror asked, “Is flying flag at half-staff overused?” The answer to that question is an unequivocal “Yes. more »»

Assessment: All should keep cool

July 5, 2016 Regardless of what coming weeks produce in terms of informal reviews or formal appeals, there are few, if any, grounds for criticizing the Blair County commissioners over the way the first countywid... more »»

Embrace founders’ mission

July 4, 2016 Like their native-born parents and grandparents, today’s children, a number of times during their years of formal schooling, will study important words of America’s founders that poured the... more »»

Neglect leaves Blair County in deep $ hole

July 3, 2016 Blair County property owners are about to pay for the shortsightedness — or perhaps ineptitude — of past county commissioners in failing to keep up with pension obligations. more »»

Abortion ruling a warning to Pa.

July 2, 2016 Monday’s U.S. more »»

Understand danger of fireworks

July 1, 2016 It’s always better to join family and friends at a community or organization-sponsored Fourth of July fireworks display under the supervision of professionals than being treated in a hospital... more »»

Past time to take back our gov’t

June 30, 2016 President Barack Obama is accustomed to getting his way, even when that means trampling the Constitution. more »»

 
 

LECTURE - "Fighting the Civil War . . " August 2, 2016

August 02 – Central PA Civil War Round Table: "Fighting the Civil War: Historical Treasures and Artifacts of the Conflict” Mr. Wayne Mott, CEO of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, will talk about the artifacts and archival holdings within the museum collections. 7:00 p.m. more »

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