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Accident painful reminder

July 12, 2013 Several local families were painfully reminded earlier this week of the dangers of speeding and how quickly things can go wron. more »»

Be flexible on loans for college

July 9, 2013 The average U.S. college student walks off campus with about $26,500 in student loan debt, much of it in government-subsidized low-interest loans. more »»

Much to be learned from Murray, AASD case

July 7, 2013 In reacting to the Pennsylvania Office of Auditor General report last week finding the Altoona Area School District violated the state’s school code for granting employee promotions, transfers and... more »»

UPMC merger a major step for community

July 5, 2013 The Altoona Regional Health System underwent perhaps the biggest change in its history this week as the long-discussed merger with UPMC went into effect. more »»

Keep true meaning of holiday

July 4, 2013 It’s another birthday for these United States of America today. It comes at a time when we are a nation fighting wars on another side of the planet. We are struggling economically. more »»

Exercise caution on July 4

July 3, 2013 Throughout our area, Independence Day celebrations will begin shortly. So may hospital admissions of people injured by fireworks. more »»

Spending increase unjustified

July 1, 2013 At a time when many Americans are having to tighten our belts and do more with less, President Barack Obama thinks government should be an exception. more »»

Strengthen statewide abuse regs

June 30, 2013 The state House of Representatives last week approved a bill to redefine child abuse in Pennsylvania and a pair of related bills aimed at strengthening laws to encourage more reporting of alleged... more »»

Strategy involved in IRS scrutiny

June 28, 2013 An Internal Revenue Service official in Washington now is admitting she knew of the agency’s discrimination against conservative groups seeking tax-exempt statu. more »»

EPA?needs to protect our water

June 27, 2013 While power plants must stay within strict limits on the amount of pollutants they release into the air, rules intended to safeguard streams and lakes are much less restrictive. more »»

Bloated spending gets win

June 26, 2013 Liberals insist President Barack Obama’s “stimulus” program has worked to pull the nation out of the economic doldrum. more »»

Unlock info on killers

June 24, 2013 After a shooting spree that killed four people in Santa Monica, Calif., the city’s police chief talked with reporter. more »»

Let voters decide judge retirements

June 23, 2013 The state Supreme Court issued a 6-0 ruling Monday dismissing a challenge to the state’s mandatory retirement age of 70 for Pennsylvania judges. Good. more »»

Economic recovery elusive

June 21, 2013 Jobs data for May left economists even more worried about the sputtering of the already painfully slow economic recovery. Automatic Data Processing said private-sector jobs in the U.S. more »»

Legality not only standard

June 20, 2013 If taxpayers needed proof that many in the U.S. government bureaucracy do not see themselves as public servants, Faris Fink provided i. more »»

NHL at PSU is cool idea

June 19, 2013 Penn State is entertaining the idea of hosting an outdoor National Hockey League game at Beaver Stadium as early as 2014. more »»

Senator wrong on Sheetz

June 18, 2013 Jim Ferlo, a Democratic state senator whose district includes parts of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, did a nice job of stuffing his foot in his mouth recently when he fired some unfair and... more »»

Focus on watching children

June 17, 2013 This is the first full week that all of the area school districts are on vacation for the summer — and a good time to remind motorists to take that into consideration. more »»

Onus on PennDOT to show (olive) branch

June 16, 2013 If you haven’t traveled Broad Avenue, between 24th and 31st streets, within the last week, make time to pass through. more »»

AASD badges positive

June 14, 2013 The Altoona Area School District’s new policy of requiring all students to wear their school identification around their necks is a common-sense measure that despite initial balking from some... more »»

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