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Bellwood showing patience

July 17, 2014 For the Bellwood-Antis School District, it’s good news that the teaching staff has decided not to withhold services at the start of the coming school year if the instructors don’t have a new contrac... more »»

Secrecy a ‘chief’ concern

July 16, 2014 Regardless of how the situation involving longtime Hollidaysburg Police Chief Jeffrey Ketner plays out, borough officials have provided a horrific example of how not to handle a sensitive issue. more »»

Curve, EL stars shining

July 15, 2014 Our city has a chance to show off its support for the Altoona Curve and Eastern League baseball over the next two night. more »»

Budget exercise frustrating

July 13, 2014 Neither Gov. Tom Corbett nor state lawmakers came out of Pennsylvania’s 2014-15 budget-preparation exercise looking good. Corbett has ended up looking weak and lacking persuasivenes. more »»

Lafferty’s shining moment

July 12, 2014 Local sports history was made two weeks ago when Hollidaysburg native Sam Lafferty was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the National Hockey League’s annual draft. more »»

States should brace for funding pinch

July 10, 2014 Blair and its neighboring counties have reaped many economic benefits from the “arrival” of north-south Interstate 99 and the rebuilt Route 22 from Blair westboun. more »»

Securing borders paramount

July 7, 2014 A flood of thousands of Central American children who managed, sometimes alone, to sneak across the allegedly secure border between the U.S. more »»

Turnpike future plan reasonable

July 6, 2014 With the advent of E-ZPass was born the question of when electronic tolling would fully replace the traditional employee-manned Pennsylvania Turnpike cash toll booth. more »»

Weather package ‘Peachey’

July 6, 2014 Approximately seven years ago, the Mirror stopped printing a national weather map. more »»

Take time to honor our history

July 4, 2014 It’s safe to say that America’s adults have forgotten many of the details of this country’s founding that they learned while in school. more »»

Kane raised successes of Sandusky probe

June 29, 2014 Anyone certain that the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office probe into the handling of initial allegations against Jerry Sandusky would turn up intentional investigatory wrongdoing or evidence of... more »»

Councilman’s ‘playbook’ missing a page

June 28, 2014 All levels of government have experienced instances where an official has sought to defuse criticism by using the excuse that a comment was misconstrued or taken out of context. more »»

Preparing for another withdrawal

June 26, 2014 Even as President Barack Obama was bragging in December 2011 about withdrawing U.S. combat troops from Iraq, skeptics warned the pullout was ill-advised — and far from complete. more »»

VA bonus package bad call

June 25, 2014 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, under fire for treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals and clinics, deserves veterans’ and other taxpayers’ outrage on another front. more »»

Reserve account too fat

June 24, 2014 There ought to be a law limiting the amount of money in the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s reserve account — an account most Keystone State residents hadn’t even heard of 10 years ago. more »»

Consider natural solutions

June 23, 2014 Nature Conservancy scientists are collaborating with Dow Chemical Co. to develop a plan that would help solve several environmental problems with one effort — plant more trees. more »»

Recidivism drop good for state

June 22, 2014 Pennsylvania was one of eight states recently recognized for making progress in reducing the number of inmates who were back in state prisons within three years of release. more »»

Legislative priorities troubling

June 21, 2014 The clock continues to tick toward June 30, the end of Pennsylvania’s fiscal year. It’s likely that the commonwealth will begin the 2014-15 fiscal year on July 1 without an approved budget in place. more »»

Events in Iraq troubling

June 19, 2014 Americans who remember the fall of South Vietnam in 1975 — and the frantic evacuation of U.S. troops and civilians from Saigon — may be watching events in Iraq with a dismayed sense of deja vu. more »»

Magnet school idea intriguing

June 19, 2014 The Altoona Area School Board had an interesting discussion Monday night while considering the district’s 2014-15 budget of $96.3 million. more »»

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