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Rail authority fulfilling mission

September 8, 2015 For over 30 years, the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority (JRA) has been a self-sustaining engine of economic development for central Pennsylvania. more »»

Superior outsider? It’s Carson

September 8, 2015 While Jeb Bush feuds with Donald Trump and others kowtow to him, only one candidate is seriously gaining on him. Ben Carson is now tied with Trump in one Iowa poll and is close in others. more »»

Labor union support encouraged

September 7, 2015 Today we recognize the incredible achievements of America’s working people and celebrate all those who make our country ru. more »»

Residents must fight EPA regulations

September 5, 2015 As of Sunday, state lawmakers have exactly one year to make one of the most important decisions of their time in office: Will Pennsylvania submit an implementation plan to the Environmental... more »»

Moynihan explains GOP race

September 4, 2015 Daniel Patrick Moynihan — four-term U.S. more »»

Affirming Maynard’s right to die

September 4, 2015 SAN DIEGO — Brittany Maynard was soon to die. The question was whether she could do so on her own terms, as a last act of autonomy. Dr. more »»

It’s time for online registration

September 2, 2015 Imagine if there were a way to save taxpayer money, fulfill an important role of government with far greater accuracy and efficiency and bring about increased participation in our democrac. more »»

For Catholic education, a new era

September 1, 2015 A new era is dawning for Catholic education in the Altoona area. more »»

Heroin epidemic needs focus

September 1, 2015 Steve was guest-hosting “The Diane Rehm Show” on NPR recently, and the topic was the nationwide upsurge in heroin addiction. The first caller was Stacy from New Albany, Indiana. more »»

Diocese must prioritize education

August 31, 2015 Over the past year, the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese has put families, students, teachers and staff at their Blair County Catholic schools through an emotional and spiritual ringer over the pending... more »»

Carter’s spirituality brings peace

August 27, 2015 When Ronald Reagan announced in November 1994 he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, even some of his most ardent political opponents paused to wish him well. more »»

On immigration, pander to Trump

August 27, 2015 Donald Trump’s rise in the polls is inextricably linked to the issue of immigration. more »»

Don’t dismiss ‘outsider’ candidate

August 26, 2015 “There’s something happening here. But what it is ain’t exactly clear” said Buffalo Springfield GOP. In my view, it already has happened in local state Senate and House elections. more »»

Artists of courtroom earn kudos

August 26, 2015 In the wake of “Deflategate” (or whatever they’re calling the controversy surrounding New England quarterback Tom Brady these days) and then “Sketchgate,” I think it’s time to speak up for courtroom... more »»

Honoring Ike with monstrosity

August 23, 2015 WASHINGTON — We could wearily shrug, say “Oh, well,” and economize waste and annoyance by just building the proposed $142 million Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. more »»

New Orleans still fighting over the education of its students

August 23, 2015 Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans — Cokie’s hometown — breaking the levees and damaging or destroying almost all of the city’s already dilapidated and disgraceful public... more »»

It’s been summer of discontent

August 21, 2015 Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders represent two sides of the same coin. Both men have tapped into a deep anger — a discontent — in the public mood. Little seems to be going righ. more »»

Example of tackling entitlement

August 21, 2015 NFL quarterbacks fear Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harriso. more »»

Big tax increases not good for PA

August 20, 2015 With the 2015-16 fiscal year underway without a state spending plan in place, Pennsylvania is reverting back to the old days of budget impasses and standoffs. more »»

Will computer take fall for Hillary?

August 19, 2015 It happened sooner than even the doomsayers predicted. The era of artificial intelligence is here. A computer has become self-aware, a moral agent responsible for its own actions. more »»

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