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Obamacare ‘unmixed blessing’

December 16, 2015 Ask most people whether they would prefer free health insurance or a job where they can earn money to buy it while supporting themselves, or perhaps get coverage as a fringe benefit, and there is n... more »»

Hard line needed on blight

December 15, 2015 Many small communities such as Portage in Cambria County encounter problems with deteriorated properties. more »»

Budget stalemate shameful

December 10, 2015 Saturday is the 228th anniversary of Pennsylvania’s ratification of the U.S. Constitution. That action came five days after Delaware became the first state to “jump aboard” on behalf of the documen. more »»

Obama falls short in terror fight

December 9, 2015 Before Sunday night, President Barack Obama had used the Oval Office as a backdrop for televised speeches just twice. more »»

Chases should be selective

December 8, 2015 It’s understandable that some Blair County residents might be questioning the judgment of police in regard to high-speed chases on Nov. 20 and 25. more »»

Gates gift should come with strings

December 7, 2015 If billionaire Bill Gates is as serious about clean, economical energy as he claims, he will direct much of the $7 billion research and development fund he announced last week toward finding better... more »»

This season, share with teen center

December 6, 2015 A quote from a teen center and shelter guest on the Family Services Teen Center and Shelter website says the center is “a place to go when nowhere else seems right. more »»

Kane saga continues its swoon

December 5, 2015 Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett used his service as state attorney general as a stepping-stone to the commonwealth’s top executive office. more »»

‘America has a big problem’

December 4, 2015 The holiday season is supposed to be one of joy and anticipation, but Wednesday’s tragedy in San Bernardino, Calif., as well as a mass shooting in Savannah, Ga. more »»

Terrorism vs. Israel warning

December 3, 2015 Terrorism tends to gain attention when single, large-scale attacks claim many victims, as in the Paris massacre of 129 people by Islamic State operatives. more »»

Shuster building on past

December 2, 2015 U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster was correct in his prediction that a proposed five-year-long federal highway-funding program will be warmly received on most fronts, once it’s finalized. more »»

Election reform should rest with voter

December 1, 2015 The popularity of unconventional political outsiders like Donald Trump and Ben Carson is said to be a result of voters’ disaffection with politics and governance as usual. more »»

Hunter safety first aim

November 30, 2015 “Pull the trigger, but save someone’s life” is an appropriate theme for what hopefully will be the state’s safest rifle deer season on record, as hunting gets underway today. more »»

State budget debacle can’t be duplicated

November 29, 2015 Two messages jump out from Pennsylvania’s five-month-long 2015-16 budget debacle. more »»

PSU athletes mending fences with Cuba trip

November 28, 2015 Covering formidable ground usually begins by finding common ground. Developing big relationships usually begins by developing small ones. more »»

Shopping locally pays back

November 25, 2015 Temptation is a part of every holiday season, and it’s not just about overeating. more »»

Gun checks are working in our state

November 24, 2015 A man walks into a sporting goods store to buy a gun. No, it’s not the opening line of a joke. It’s a true story. And it happens thousands of times a day in Pennsylvania. more »»

State right to question Keystone exams’ value

November 22, 2015 If Pennsylvania’s proposed Keystone exams were truly the slam dunk necessary for ensuring that high school seniors are adequately prepared to succeed in “the big world out there,” the exams would no... more »»

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 »»

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