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Cellphone use behind wheel must be curbed

May 7, 2015 Slowly but surely state legislators have recognized the danger of distracted driving due to cellphone use. Hand-held cellphone use is now banned in 14 states, Washington, D.C. more »»

Incumbents’ endorsing excessive

May 6, 2015 The sides of roadways, as well as front yards, are providing ample evidence once again that an election is nea. more »»

Young rock throwers earn fate

May 5, 2015 Although the crime occurred on Interstate 80 northeast of Altoona, some area people nonetheless have followed the case of Sharon Budd of Ohio with more than cursory interest. more »»

Politicians must be able to take stance

May 3, 2015 When a local politician comes calling this month for your vote, here’s a question to ask: If you’re elected to office, will you speak up for me? While every candidate will say yes, voters should... more »»

Houtzdale fallout balanced

May 1, 2015 Many residents of the Houtzdale area experienced some degree of uneasiness and concern on Tuesday when they learned that an altercation involving inmates at the local state correctional... more »»

Baltimore reaction out of line

April 30, 2015 Much information surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, the black man who died April 19, a week after being taken into custody by Baltimore police, still needs to be ascertained and evaluated. more »»

McDonald’s decision justified

April 29, 2015 Management of the McDonald’s restaurant near Station Medical Center acted within its rights Friday in banning young people under the age of 18 from the restaurant interior and the eatery’s property... more »»

Response to quake lacking

April 28, 2015 Nearly a million children in and near Nepal are in “urgent need” of humanitarian aid because of the massive earthquake on Saturday, UNICEF said. more »»

Reject Hinckley release

April 27, 2015 John Hinckley Jr. shot then-President Ronald Reagan in 1981. The attack nearly killed Reagan. His press secretary, James Brady, was left with a permanent brain injury. more »»

Lawmakers must decide on nurse oversight

April 26, 2015 Both sides in the issue of nurse practitioner autonomy make good points. Currently Pennsylvania prohibits nurse practitioners from operating independentl. more »»

FBI lab results hair raising

April 24, 2015 Fairness and impartiality are at the foundation of the American concept of justice. It has been eroded to an alarming extent. more »»

Continue city fight on blight

April 23, 2015 Those who read Sunday’s Mirror article “Consultant: Money neutralizes blight” were no doubt happy to learn that the efforts directed at problem properties will remain in high gear in 2015. more »»

Don’t tax us with rail service

April 23, 2015 A recent Mirror editorial (Sunday, April 19) criticized me for a “knee-jerk” rejection of a proposal put before City Council to increase the number of Amtrak trains connected to Altoon. more »»

Examining death as taxable event

April 23, 2015 Prepare for the rise of the landed nobility. Democracy as we’ve known it was nice while it lasted, but House Republicans have signaled the beginning of its end with a vote to repeal the estate tax. more »»

Don’t hurry to eliminate property tax

April 20, 2015 The two hours spent by the Pennsylvania House Finance Committee last Tuesday regarding the issue of property tax relief accomplished little. more »»

Additional Amtrak trips worth thought

April 19, 2015 Altoona City Council is right in not acting hastily on a request to endorse adding two daily round-trip Amtrak trains through Altoona. more »»

Curtain rises on Curve

April 16, 2015 The region’s crown jewel opens its gates again tonight as the Altoona Curve embark on their 17th season with the 2015 home opener. more »»

Too often, data on charter schools mixed, confusing

April 15, 2015 Taken at face value, two recent developments on the charter-school front — at the national and state level — might be considered positive ammunition for those championing alternatives to traditional... more »»

Minority program off course

April 14, 2015 The loan program of the Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority is a once-optimistic initiative that has gone awry. more »»

Gun incident at Cathedral most troubling

April 12, 2015 Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese Bishop Mark L. more »»

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