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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 »»

Santa would surely agree:?It’s good to shop local

November 24, 2013 Like other people across the country, Blair County residents are increasingly tuning in to the Home Shopping Club, QVC and the various online venues when considering purchases. more »»

Ethanol mandate flawed

November 22, 2013 Mention “renewable energy” and many normally skeptical Americans begin taking the government’s word for the allegedly undiluted benefits of fuels such as ethanol. more »»

‘Silver’ lining? Not quite

November 21, 2013 Silver Airways believes its decision to eliminate two important Altoona-Blair County Airport flights will help the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company better serve the airpor. more »»

State transportation issues should be priority

November 20, 2013 Purported optimism about prospects for Pennsylvania General Assembly passage of comprehensive transportation legislation in October disintegrated as the Legislature pushed back the issue until this... more »»

50 years later, Kennedy’s death hasn’t killed hate

November 17, 2013 Over the past half-century, Americans have wondered how different this country might be if President John F. Kennedy had not been cut down by an assassin’s bullets. more »»

Backlog of vets’ claims is troubling

November 15, 2013 When our nation needed them, veterans of the armed forces responded quickly and decisively. more »»

Forgotten link remains a debacle

November 14, 2013 There might not now be a missing four-lane, limited-access Route 22 between Hollidaysburg and the Lewistown Bypass if the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hadn’t erred in the late 1960s and... more »»

Stern legacy positive

November 12, 2013 State Rep. Jerry Stern’s early decision not to seek re-election next year will provide plenty of time for a strong field of possible successors to step forward for the voters’ consideratio. more »»

Veterans deserve thanks

November 11, 2013 For some, today is a day off from school or work. For others, it’s not. But for every veteran, today is a day to be recognized. more »»

Pacifico's attitude refreshing

November 8, 2013 Congratulations to all winners in Tuesday’s election, and in particular, Matt Pacifico, Altoona’s mayor-elect. more »»

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