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Violence awareness important

October 6, 2015 Good people across this nation have joined residents of Oregon and its community of Roseburg in expressing sorrow, horror and anger over last week’s deadly shooting rampage at Umpqua Community... more »»

Stakes getting higher in budget stalemate

October 4, 2015 A 2015-16 Pennsylvania state budget might not be any closer at hand on Wednesday after the General Assembly votes on Gov. Tom Wolf’s revenue proposals. more »»

Putin sees US as a pushover

October 2, 2015 How do you say “get real” in Russian? One wonders whether the answer might have been voiced Monday, when President Barack Obama met Russian leader Vladimir Putin at the United Nations. more »»

Pope lays important foundation

October 1, 2015 Differences of opinion regarding aspects of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States were inevitable. Varying opinions are refreshing as a means for fully understanding all that issues entail. more »»

Boehner resignation hurts Ohio

September 29, 2015 Commentary rightly has focused on what comes next in the Republican-controlled Congress in the wake of House Speaker John Boehner’s resignation announcement. more »»

EPA role in VW mess troubling

September 29, 2015 Environmental Protection Agency officials and members of Congress should be asking themselves this question: How did Volkswagen executives think they could get away with cheating on emissions... more »»

Portage caution justified

September 28, 2015 Most municipalities have no hesitancy in welcoming events that bring people and revenue to town, even if the events cause temporary inconveniences and challenges. more »»

Scandal in AG office keeps getting worse

September 27, 2015 There still are a few more acts to come before the curtain goes down on the monotonous, albeit troubling, 2015-16 Pennsylvania budget drama. more »»

Address lack of VA oversight

September 26, 2015 Inspectors general can be godsends for people who have to rely on the government, as well as for taxpayers. more »»

Conflicting time for Catholics

September 25, 2015 Despite any mixed feelings they might have regarding Pope Francis’ papacy to date, parishioners of the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese, like millions of Catholics across this land, are elated and... more »»

Time to get your flu shot

September 24, 2015 If you are like most people, you buckle your seatbelt when you get in a car or truck. After all, with about 33,000 traffic deaths each year in the United States, there’s no sense taking chances. So .. more »»

US failing in mission with Syria

September 23, 2015 Almost undoubtedly, Russian military advisers and weaponry being sent to Syria will do more to defeat the Islamic State terrorist army than has been accomplished by the United States. more »»

Additional train option appealing

September 22, 2015 Cautious optimism is in order regarding the prospect of a second daily passenger train serving Altoona. more »»

Stopgap measures only prolong process

September 20, 2015 Stopgap spending advocated by Pennsylvania House and Senate Republicans in response to the 2015-16 budget gridlock would remove temporarily the current financial hardships being felt by public schoo... more »»

Terrorism can’t get free pass

September 17, 2015 Fourteen years ago, Americans were brutally shocked out of our complacency regarding Islamic terrorism when organized murderers used aircraft in a massive attack on us. more »»

Stricter B-A policy right call

September 16, 2015 The new food services policy adopted by the Bellwood-Antis School District is necessary and overdue. more »»

Cambria climate troubling

September 15, 2015 The current friction between the Cambria County commissioners and county Controller Ed Cernic Jr. over a proposed loan and foreign trade zone is troubling but also taxpayer-friendly. more »»

Hillary searches for a heart

September 15, 2015 Hillary Clinton has now decided to re-relaunch her flailing campaign. She’ll do so by showing “more humor and heart,” according to The New York Times. more »»

Hey, Cambria brass: Let the ‘sunshine’ in

September 13, 2015 Now that Cambria County residents know that their county commissioners aren’t being forthright about personnel decisions, particularly firings, they are justified in wondering what else those electe... more »»

Day filled with cause for pause

September 11, 2015 Like Americans who today will recall the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001, generations not yet born will similarly reflect, puzzled and troubled about how the United States was caught so off guard. more »»

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