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New budget must end state’s liquor monopoly

November 21, 2015 It’s hard to tell how much progress has been made behind closed doors in the nine days since Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican leaders announced their agreement on a budget framework. more »»

Include voters on budget

November 19, 2015 Based on information that’s been revealed during the past week, Pennsylvanians have grounds for being troubled about the 2015-16 budget deal that the Legislature and Gov. more »»

Sadly, terrorism is winning

November 18, 2015 Are U.S. intelligence agencies any better at “connecting the dots” regarding Islamic terrorists than they were before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on America? Let us hope so. more »»

Kane saga will prove too costly

November 17, 2015 Pennsylvania taxpayers were no doubt appalled when they learned last month that they paid nearly $300,000 toward the legal fees of four former officials tied to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’... more »»

Supreme Court race shows money talks

November 15, 2015 During this year’s campaigns for three state Supreme Court seats, commonwealth voters witnessed a money flow on that front that was unlike any on recor. more »»

Does God rake leaves?

November 15, 2015 Occasionally, I find myself slightly awake very early in the morning realizing I have slept through the night without making at least seven trips to the bathroom and am warm and snug like a bug in a... more »»

State should update vaccine exemptions

November 14, 2015 Pennsylvania health and education officials are moving to close a window that allows young children to attend school for up to eight months before getting all their required immunizations. more »»

Pipeline: Obama drops ball

November 13, 2015 It was bad enough when President Barack Obama used the proposed Keystone XL pipeline for domestic political reasons, to placate his radical environmentalist base. more »»

Reflect on vets’ service

November 11, 2015 Unlike Memorial Day, during which Americans remember those who died while serving this country, today’s Veterans Day observance is a tribute to all who served in the military honorably, on this... more »»

Rift among Catholics will take time to heal

November 8, 2015 The dispute over the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese’s plan to consolidate/regionalize its kindergarten-through-Grade 8 parochial schools in Blair County apparently won’t be resolved until... more »»

Challenge of aging buildings

November 6, 2015 There is cause for cautious optimism that better days are ahead for the former McCrory’s building in the 1300 block of Altoona’s 11th Avenue. more »»

Derailment concern justified

November 5, 2015 Altoona officials’ concern about not having been notified quickly about a Norfolk Southern train derailment in the city during the early hours of Oct. 28 is justifie. more »»

Local gesture admirable

November 4, 2015 An article in the Oct. more »»

Don’t stay home, go vote today

November 3, 2015 Today is public comment day for all registered voters. By showing up a poll and casting a ballot, you can be part of a group that helps determine the future of our state, county and communities. more »»

Troubling silence in Cove

October 30, 2015 Some members of the Spring Cove School Board think they’ve set aside the controversy involving Superintendent Robert Vadella by negotiating a package deal that included his resignatio. more »»

State’s civil asset forfeiture laws must be changed

October 29, 2015 Mark down this day — Democrats and Republicans in Harrisburg are in agreement on something. more »»

Feel the spirit of Halloween

October 28, 2015 Nostalgia always seems to sneak up on us about this time each year. more »»

Railroad service essential

October 27, 2015 A month ago, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported the good news that it was investigating the feasibility of an additional Amtrak trip serving the commonwealth’s central and wester... more »»

Politicians turn backs on older population

October 25, 2015 The decision on whether Social Security recipients should get a cost-of-living increase should be based on reality, rather than data that don’t provide a true measure of retirees’ and disabled... more »»

‘That’s why I love this place I call home’

October 25, 2015 I am writing this with the hope that one of your readers might help me to answer some questions. I’m 76 years old, and I thought I had a pretty good grasp of the important things in life. more »»

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