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VA action takes way too long

March 23, 2016 It has been two years since a whistleblower revealed military veterans were being forced by the Phoenix veterans hospital to wait months for health care they needed. Some died while they waited. more »»

Examine turnpike safety

March 22, 2016 The tragic incident at the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Fort Littleton toll plaza east of Breezewood Sunday morning will spark a review of security over the entire toll road syste. more »»

Citizens dying as politicians bowing to NRA

March 21, 2016 On the same day that two gunmen killed five people and critically injured three others in Wilkinsburg, Allegheny County, the state Supreme Court conducted a hearing on one of many idiotic... more »»

Local diocese can only hope healing begins

March 20, 2016 Catholics and non-Catholics living in the eight counties of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese might by now be wondering when the last of the bad news related to the horrific priest child-sex-abuse... more »»

Justice Eakin resignation was right move

March 19, 2016 It’s not often we congratulate someone who’s done something wrong. But state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin did the right thing by resigning his seat on Tuesday. And for that much, thanks. more »»

Bill would help keep sunshine in

March 18, 2016 Sunshine Week, taking place this week, is meant to champion the public’s right to know as much as possible about how government is managing the business taxpayers are funding. more »»

Bill would help keep sunshine in

March 18, 2016 Sunshine Week, taking place this week, is meant to champion the public’s right to know as much as possible about how government is managing the business taxpayers are funding. more »»

Phoenix playing with fire

March 17, 2016 Firefighters, whether volunteer or paid, know the importance of communication at the scene of a blaz. more »»

Tax-bump confusion no surprise

March 15, 2016 Despite all the publicity that Blair County’s property-reassessment effort has gotten, it came as little surprise that some property owners would succumb to premature confusion over its impact on... more »»

Cover-up only serves to make crimes worse

March 13, 2016 President Richard Nixon’s Watergate cover-up experience was regarded back then as a stern warning to all holding positions of responsibility going forward — that there was no guarantee that any... more »»

Ike’s words, tragically, not heeded

March 10, 2016 Were he alive today, former President Dwight Eisenhower would be angry about a report that some Navy SEALs have to share rifles. more »»

Questions lingering for diocese

March 9, 2016 “What if?” questions continue to hang over the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese’s nearly half-century-long child-sex-abuse scandal revealed last week during Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen... more »»

First lady influence apparent

March 8, 2016 During the first half of the nation’s history, wives of our presidents received little public credit or even notice for their behind-the-scenes involvement in public affairs. more »»

Lift statute of limitations on priests’ abuse

March 6, 2016 For parishioners of the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese, still taken aback by the horrific contents of a grand jury report released Tuesday by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, the mos... more »»

Trump showing ignorance

March 4, 2016 No doubt many politicians, both Republican and Democrat, cheered Donald Trump silently for a comment he made last week. more »»

Diocese’s ‘darkest chapter’

March 3, 2016 No news article or editorial is capable of fully expressing the horrors that hundreds of children in the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese endured over more than 40 years at the hands of priests... more »»

For bishop, opposition is mounting

March 1, 2016 It’s the responsibility of Bishop Mark L. Bartchak of the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese to shepherd his diocesan flock. more »»

Schools, services need to pressure Harrisburg Editor’s note: The following editorial was written by

February 28, 2016 The editorial in this space last Sunday criticized the silence in Pennsylvania’s state government amid the unacceptable 2015-16 budget stalemate that’s about to enter its ninth month. more »»

Find beds for mental health

February 27, 2016 Easy access to effective mental health care is a low priority for policymakers until someone with an untreated condition does something tragically newsworthy. more »»

Continuing to ‘Reade’ all about it

February 26, 2016 Like many other rural municipalities, Cambria County’s Reade Township doesn’t usually generate much news. more »»

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