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‘Puppies’ can’t get job done in Harrisburg

October 19, 2014 When campaigning for state legislative offices, candidates promise to go to Harrisburg to make a difference — to lead the way in successfully tackling important issues. more »»

Girl Scout numbers need spike

October 17, 2014 The drop in both youth and adult members in Girl Scouts of the USA is not destined to be a quick, easy fix. Times have changed. more »»

Logan Twp. making right call

October 16, 2014 The Logan Township supervisors have compiled a strong, positive history in working with businesses to help build the Altoona area econom. more »»

No ground broken in debates

October 14, 2014 It’s no surprise that the gubernatorial-campaign debates between Republican incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett and his Democratic challenger, businessman Tom Wolf, didn’t merit banner headline. more »»

Good use of partnerships

October 13, 2014 Public-private partnerships sometimes are overhyped by advocates, who often don’t recognize that some matters properly are the purview of government. more »»

Desecration case brings passion, lessons learned

October 12, 2014 The 14-year-old Everett youth who triggered a firestorm of public opinion in reaction to his simulation of a sex act with a statue of Jesus has learned an important lesson that other young people —... more »»

Supreme Court’s nonruling

October 12, 2014 Three points need to be made about Monday’s decision by the Supreme Court not to decide whether the equal protection clause of the Constitution grants people of the same sex the right to marr. more »»

Ebola and 41 million uninsured

October 12, 2014 With the first diagnosed case of the deadly Ebola virus in the United States located in Dallas, Texans are understandably alarmed. The patient just died. Gov. more »»

Dreaming of eastern corridor

October 10, 2014 From a highways standpoint, Blair County can regard itself as blessed. more »»

Ebola concern spreads

October 9, 2014 In all likelihood, you have never heard of Hendra Virus Disease or Chapare Hemorrhagic Fever. You probably do know about Ebola, however. more »»

Forum offers community perspective

October 7, 2014 Back in the 1950s, downtown business districts such as Altoona’s were flourishing. Malls and strip shopping centers hadn’t yet come over the retail and services horizon. more »»

Porn emails don’t belong in the workplace

October 5, 2014 “You will have 7 years of bad luck if you don’t send this to at least 5 other perverts in 5 minutes!!!” — Warning on adult-oriented email Now we find out how much bad luck comes if you receive such... more »»

Escapee exposes problem

October 3, 2014 It’s hard to criticize Bedford County Jail officials for any lapse of judgment in connection with the escape of inmate Jeremiah Robert Moser Tuesday morning. more »»

Security absence troubling

October 1, 2014 Omar J. Gonzalez was carrying a knife when he stormed into the White House 10 days ago. What if he had been equipped with a bomb? Gonzalez, a military veteran, clearly is mentally unbalanced. more »»

Legislature in need of reminder

September 30, 2014 October is poised to be a critical month for public access to information in Pennsylvania. more »»

State House blocks progress with snow job

September 28, 2014 The Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ handling of legislation aimed at streamlining the issue of school snow days provides new evidence of why so little gets done inside the state Capitol. more »»

Bridge program overdue

September 25, 2014 Pennsylvania’s new Rapid Bridge Replacement program, which officials are touting as the first of its kind in the nation, is an initiative that should have been tried long before now. more »»

Casino gaming didn’t live up to all of hype

September 24, 2014 In the workplace, some of the best advice an employee can get is to underpromise and overdeliver. Keep expectations realistic and then do your best to exceed them. more »»

Response to wreck impressive

September 23, 2014 The quick, energized reaction of Norfolk Southern to Saturday morning’s 17-car derailment in Altoona can only be characterized as exemplary. more »»

Pittsburgh schools need more instruction

September 22, 2014 “Testing is not a substitute for curriculum and instruction. Good education cannot be achieved by a strategy of testing children, shaming educators and closing schools,” Diane Ravitch, a former U.S. more »»

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