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On Jesus’ birthday, hope is eternal

December 25, 2014 Jesus Christ was born into an imperfect world more than 2,000 years ago, but even in this more imperfect world of 2014, his birth continues to inspire hope and remains the basis for jo. more »»

Trust lacking in Bedford

December 23, 2014 When the Bedford County Prison Board met on Thursday, it was more than a meeting. It was a tutorial on how secretive conduct by elected officials can lead to friction and embarrassmen. more »»

Christmas meaning enriched

December 23, 2014 “Last-minute shoppers pack area malls, snarl traffic” was a front-page headline in Sunday’s Mirror. Page 2 showed Altoona Police Sgt. more »»

Pension reform should not be linked to tax

December 22, 2014 The GOP-controlled state Legislature must make Pennsylvania’s biggest financial woe — $50-billion-plus in unfunded pension liabilities — its top 2015 priority. more »»

Relations with Cuba about time

December 21, 2014 U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida probably was right in declaring that the dramatic — albeit controversial — shift in U.S. more »»

Sentence sends key message

December 20, 2014 Vladislav Miftakhov, the former Penn State Altoona student arrested about 10 months ago for making illegal explosive devices in his apartment near the campus, believes his arrest and incarceration... more »»

‘Kicking can’ not answer

December 18, 2014 With countywide property reassessments ongoing and Altoona voters having just last month approved a home rule referendum, perhaps the majority of city council members were right — that 2015 isn’t th... more »»

Difficult choices face Wolf

December 17, 2014 Gov. Tom Corbett will leave office next month with state revenue collections probably ahead of projections for the first half of the fiscal year ending next June 30. According to a De. more »»

Sun Air offering Blair County a fresh start

December 16, 2014 For too many years, local residents have shrugged their shoulders at the thought of catching a flight at the Altoona-Blair County Airport. more »»

Maintain hallowed ground

December 15, 2014 Some national parks and historic sites are much more than beautiful places and reminders of our heritage as Americans. more »»

79th District paying for promise

December 14, 2014 During his first term in the state House, 79th District Rep. John McGinnis, R-Altoona, has kept the promises on which he campaigned two years ago. more »»

Service trumps celebration

December 13, 2014 Last December, as a tough Democratic gubernatorial primary was heating up, Tom Wolf decided to not to hold a cocktail party in Manhattan during the annual Pennsylvania Society political hobnobbing... more »»

Bedford secrecy backfires

December 12, 2014 Bedford County leaders need to rethink their errors in the aftermath of a county prison inmate’s escape on Sept. 30. more »»

Parents must think about guns

December 11, 2014 The death of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy should give parents pause before buying toy guns for their children this holiday seaso. more »»

Science behind rule key

December 10, 2014 White House aides say that if Congress attempts to establish new requirements that the Environmental Protection Agency disclose information such as the scientific basis for its rulings, President... more »»

Police always on guard

December 9, 2014 People of central Pennsylvania joined Americans elsewhere in watching the troubling events in Ferguson, Mo. more »»

‘Sharing’ BackPack efforts

December 7, 2014 The benefits of childhood nutrition can’t be overstated. more »»

Day brings somber reminder

December 6, 2014 People are caught up in the getting-ready for Christmas that seems to begin earlier each year. more »»

FDA ruling too late for women

December 5, 2014 Many women here and across America are no doubt wondering “What were they thinking?” in regard to the slow, unconscionable response of the medical profession and U.S. more »»

Hagel’s departure negative

December 4, 2014 President Barack Obama does not seem to have very good luck in keeping secretaries of defense. The third one of his administration, Chuck Hagel, is resigning. more »»

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