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Leeway in court fines reasonable

November 21, 2014 Those who intentionally ignore payments on fines, costs and restitution ordered by Blair County’s courts should see the inside walls of the county prison. Few people would dispute that. more »»

Senator’s message falls short

November 20, 2014 State Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, ignores some important facts when he expresses the opinion that it will be up to Democratic Gov. more »»

New vets boss sends message

November 19, 2014 Earlier this year, a major, disgraceful scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs made headlines. more »»

Rosebud posture positive

November 18, 2014 Three months have passed since the Portage Township supervisors announced their troubling decision to curb dialogue with residents about coal dust and speeding trucks tied to Amfire Mining Co. more »»

On law banning gifts, Wolf off to smart start

November 16, 2014 Pennsylvania’s state law allowing gifts of any value to public officials, including lawmakers, always has raised the question of how many decisions were being based on considerations other than what... more »»

Do politicians get the message on education?

November 15, 2014 If there is one clear message from this year’s race for governor in Pennsylvania, it’s this: The way the state funds K-12 schools is neither fair nor adequate. more »»

Council’s secrecy troubling

November 13, 2014 Trust in government is built upon openness — transparency. more »»

The staggering cost of justice

November 12, 2014 The costs associated with Eric Frein’s alleged ambush on Sept. more »»

A day to say thanks to our vets

November 11, 2014 On this Veterans Day, a number of central Pennsylvania restaurants again are providing vets a free meal to show appreciation for their honorable service to this nation. more »»

Supper Table offered humor

November 10, 2014 Many of us are accustomed to spending our Sunday mornings and afternoons perusing the newspaper, expanded that day to include more feature articles, advertisements, comics, puzzles and other... more »»

It’s important now to educate on home rule

November 9, 2014 Altoona residents came up with 4,471 votes in Tuesday’s election for city leaders to begin transitioning toward a home rule charter. more »»

Parties must work together

November 8, 2014 Despite Tuesday’s federal midterm election results, there’s a better than 50-50 chance that the fourth quarter of the Obama presidency won’t be dominated by the frustration, ineffectiveness and... more »»

NCAA betrays Penn St.

November 7, 2014 It’s hard to believe that an organization could look worse than Penn State did in its handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. more »»

Challenge awaiting Tom Wolf

November 6, 2014 Pennsylvania voters handed Democrat Tom Wolf a strong mandate on Tuesday in ousting incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett. more »»

Be sure to visit the polls

November 4, 2014 Gov. Tom Corbett, vying for a second term as Pennsylvania’s chief executive, said last week that, win or lose, he looks forward to the end of the gubernatorial campaign. more »»

Philly prosecutors deliver stinging message to AG

November 3, 2014 Philadelphia prosecutors didn’t call out state Attorney General Kathleen Kane by name last week. But they might as well have. more »»

Altoona finds itself in need of home rule

November 2, 2014 A likely deal with the Water Authority for more money and the completion of a county reassessment mean prospects are looking up for Altoona emerging from distressed status. more »»

Frein’s capture a relief

November 1, 2014 Gov. Tom Corbett was correct Thursday night in characterizing Pennsylvania as a grateful state in response to the news that the most intense manhunt in the commonwealth’s history was now over. more »»

Election a prelude to 2015

October 31, 2014 It’s not too early for Pennsylvania voters to start looking ahead to the 2015 elections, even though they face the immediate task of electing a governor on Nov. . more »»

Halloween nostalgia is special

October 30, 2014 Nostalgia always seems to sneak up on us about this time each year. more »»

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