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Word from Punxsy Phil: Six more weeks of winter

February 2, 2014 PUNXSUTAWNEY — The handlers for groundhog Punxsutawney Phil say he's forecasting six more weeks of what already has felt like a brutally long and cold winte. more »»

Dumping probe troubling

January 31, 2014 The size and complexities of the federal bureaucracy make it ripe for waste and inefficiencies, but also allows the government to be victimized in countless and costly way. more »»

Prison call-off problem must be addressed

January 30, 2014 The Blair County Prison Board has begun the year on the wrong foot regarding the ongoing corrections officers call-off problem that last year cost taxpayers more than $321,000. more »»

On ‘super’ gifts, Pennsylvania should say no

January 26, 2014 It’s official: The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will be invading the New Jersey Meadowlands next Sunday to decide who will be Super Bowl XLVIII champion. more »»

Debate needed on mayor

January 23, 2014 When the Altoona Government Study Commission writes a draft charter for Altoona to operate under a home rule charter, it is expected to spell out the powers assigned to the mayor. more »»

C-K focus deserves attention

January 22, 2014 For the April 13, 1998, issue of Newsweek magazine, respected Washington Post columnist George F. more »»

Tame pension beast

January 21, 2014 Pennsylvania Senate President Joseph Scarnati, R-Jefferson, hopes this is the year that the General Assembly corrals the commonwealth’s pension-funding beast. An article in the Jan. more »»

It’s high time to reassess

January 19, 2014 We see no need to panic over the Blair County commissioners’ plan to initiate the first property reassessment since 1958. more »»

Cove forums positive

January 17, 2014 Spring Cove School District leaders are worried about losing $475,000 in federal funds if the district doesn’t address a $1,200 inequity in per pupil spending between Martinsburg and Spring Cove... more »»

Don’t let safety fly under radar

January 15, 2014 Drivers have avoided speeding tickets as a result of Pennsylvania’s refusal to authorize use of radar by municipal police departments. more »»

Elected officials need to help with UPMC

January 15, 2014 Recently we went to a town hall meeting to discuss UPMC Altoona not wanting to honor other insurance except UPMC insurance after 2014. more »»

Keeping charities in mind

January 14, 2014 Christmas is over, and that means many area residents have put away their altruistic impulses along with the holiday decorations. more »»

Flap over drive-in sign shows Portage’s passion a real misdeal

January 11, 2014 It’s nearly impossible for many communities to attract more than a handful of residents to public meetings and hearings, even those sessions dealing with projects involving big sums of mone. more »»

Raise cap on Social Security

January 10, 2014 Raising the cap on earnings that are taxed to fund Social Security wouldn’t, by itself, resolve all of the federal program’s ills. more »»

Prisoners shouldn’t have email

January 9, 2014 Even though the Bedford County Prison’s new online system is projected to save money by streamlining the jail’s commissary system, not so palatable is the fact that it also will provide for limited... more »»

Sustain libraries’ funding

January 7, 2014 Many people consider libraries obsolete because of the information and reading opportunities available on the Internet. more »»

Corbett’s lottery plan a misdeal

January 5, 2014 If Gov. Tom Corbett is re-elected in November, his failed experience in trying to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery hopefully will help him be a better governor going forward. more »»

Prioritize retrieving Pa. assets

January 4, 2014 Pennsylvania’s fiscal health was “sickened” by effects of the Great Recession. That can’t be disputed. more »»

Behavioral center a start

January 2, 2014 A small unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation may be paving the way for state governments in search of a system that could help prevent mass shootings and violence, not through weapons bans,... more »»

There’s no shortage of ways to improve

January 1, 2014 Sunday’s Mirror editorial page included a web poll asking readers what their New Year’s resolution would be and provided five possibilities: lose weight, stop smoking, exercise more, spend more time... more »»

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