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Ring in new year safely

December 31, 2013 As sure as there is a New Year’s Eve, just as predictable are the reminders about safety and celebrating sensibly. more »»

Delivery not so special

December 27, 2013 This holiday season express package delivery services had quite a learning experience, thanks to United Parcel Service, and the fallout from that experience — at least for UPS — is destined to... more »»

Crackdown needed on IRS clients

December 26, 2013 If you owe the Internal Revenue Service money, chances are you will be harassed until you pay up or at least make arrangements to do so. Unless you happen to be doing business with the IRS. more »»

Stay true to spirit of season

December 24, 2013 After a final burst of last-minute shopping and other preparations, area residents will settle in for their traditional holiday observances — some solemn, some mostly celebratory, or a mixture of... more »»

For PSU, bad PR

December 23, 2013 Penn State University has been taking some heat for spending more than three-quarters of a million dollars on an advertising campaign that produced an underwhelming slogan. more »»

Donating blood a true gift

December 20, 2013 During the years of the Vietnam conflict, basic trainees at Fort Knox, Ky. — and presumably at other military installations — were asked an important question. more »»

Santa alone can’t cure budget woes

December 17, 2013 This holiday season Gov. more »»

Vote down bill to keep lottery winners secret

December 15, 2013 State Rep. Ted Harhai, D-Westmoreland and Fayette, should find a more productive way to spend his time in Harrisburg than worrying about the privacy of lottery winners. more »»

Unions deserve praise

December 13, 2013 Altoona’s distressed status under state Act 47 set limits on what city employees could hope to receive under new contracts negotiated this year. more »»

President’s wind power allegiance hypocritical

December 12, 2013 For as long as 30 years, the wind power industry will be permitted to do something no one else can get away with, President Barack Obama has decreed. more »»

Reassessing becoming only option for county

December 11, 2013 Blair County boards of commissioners have been kicking the proverbial can down the road for decades on the issue of reassessment. more »»

Mandela an example for others

December 10, 2013 Nelson Mandela is gone, and with him goes the steadying influence he brought to governments across Afric. more »»

Home rule decision could bring better future

December 6, 2013 By opting for home rule, the Altoona Government Study Commission “poured the footer” on Monday for what has the potential to be a better financial future for the Mountain City. more »»

Spending urgency needed

December 4, 2013 Among the many upsetting aspects of federal spending negotiations going on in Washington is a comparison of budget cuts in dispute to those agreed upon with little controversy. U.S. Sen. more »»

Ebensburg tax worth considering

December 3, 2013 At a meeting about 35 years ago dealing with a proposed sanitary sewer project for a section of Cresson Township, Cambria County, a resident, opposed to the estimated financial impact on property... more »»

’Tis the season: Help us sustain a local ‘miracle'

December 1, 2013 Few venues in the region are more pure or innocent than the Miracle League of Blair County, a place where central Pennsylvania’s disabled people gather for recreational baseball. more »»

Oh, deer: season upon us

November 29, 2013 The disclosure last March that the first cases of chronic wasting disease had been confirmed in this region’s deer population has made some hunters apprehensive about the rifle hunting season that... more »»

Enjoy a day to be thankful

November 28, 2013 It’s easy to get caught up in the routine of every-day life and the things that go awry. But when Thanksgiving rolls around, it’s time to count your blessings. In 1621 in Plymouth, Mass. more »»

Passage better late than never

November 27, 2013 Now that new transportation-funding legislation has been passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. more »»

Board oversteps its role

November 26, 2013 In an era in which school districts find themselves in financial crisis, with budgets extremely tight and important decisions necessary to maintain quality education without compromising core... more »»

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