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Judge’s message fell short

July 25, 2014 Blair County Senior Judge Hiram A. Carpenter missed an opportunity on July 18 to drive home an important message to young people — a message that perhaps someday might have saved someone’s life. more »»

Beware caffeine powder

July 24, 2014 The federal Food and Drug Administration’s announcement last Friday that it is considering regulatory action regarding caffeine powder should be welcomed. more »»

Agencies’ disclosure staggering

July 23, 2014 Estimates by federal agencies that they in effect threw away nearly $100 billion last year should infuriate taxpayers. It is our hard-earned money, after all. more »»

Legislature should have stalled 1060

July 20, 2014 It’s not uncommon for Pennsylvania lawmakers to hold public hearings at various locations across the state to gather public input on projects or other proposals. more »»

Name change too costly

July 19, 2014 An often quoted piece of advice suggests that if people take care of their pennies, nickels and dimes, then the dollars take care of themselve. more »»

Pennsylvania’s political climate troubling

July 18, 2014 Looking back at the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s 2014-15 budget-preparation exercise, it’s good that it didn’t result in any noticeable disruption in state services. more »»

Bellwood showing patience

July 17, 2014 For the Bellwood-Antis School District, it’s good news that the teaching staff has decided not to withhold services at the start of the coming school year if the instructors don’t have a new contrac... more »»

Secrecy a ‘chief’ concern

July 16, 2014 Regardless of how the situation involving longtime Hollidaysburg Police Chief Jeffrey Ketner plays out, borough officials have provided a horrific example of how not to handle a sensitive issue. more »»

Curve, EL stars shining

July 15, 2014 Our city has a chance to show off its support for the Altoona Curve and Eastern League baseball over the next two night. more »»

Budget exercise frustrating

July 13, 2014 Neither Gov. Tom Corbett nor state lawmakers came out of Pennsylvania’s 2014-15 budget-preparation exercise looking good. Corbett has ended up looking weak and lacking persuasivenes. more »»

Lafferty’s shining moment

July 12, 2014 Local sports history was made two weeks ago when Hollidaysburg native Sam Lafferty was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the National Hockey League’s annual draft. more »»

States should brace for funding pinch

July 10, 2014 Blair and its neighboring counties have reaped many economic benefits from the “arrival” of north-south Interstate 99 and the rebuilt Route 22 from Blair westboun. more »»

Securing borders paramount

July 7, 2014 A flood of thousands of Central American children who managed, sometimes alone, to sneak across the allegedly secure border between the U.S. more »»

Turnpike future plan reasonable

July 6, 2014 With the advent of E-ZPass was born the question of when electronic tolling would fully replace the traditional employee-manned Pennsylvania Turnpike cash toll booth. more »»

Weather package ‘Peachey’

July 6, 2014 Approximately seven years ago, the Mirror stopped printing a national weather map. more »»

Take time to honor our history

July 4, 2014 It’s safe to say that America’s adults have forgotten many of the details of this country’s founding that they learned while in school. more »»

Kane raised successes of Sandusky probe

June 29, 2014 Anyone certain that the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office probe into the handling of initial allegations against Jerry Sandusky would turn up intentional investigatory wrongdoing or evidence of... more »»

Councilman’s ‘playbook’ missing a page

June 28, 2014 All levels of government have experienced instances where an official has sought to defuse criticism by using the excuse that a comment was misconstrued or taken out of context. more »»

Preparing for another withdrawal

June 26, 2014 Even as President Barack Obama was bragging in December 2011 about withdrawing U.S. combat troops from Iraq, skeptics warned the pullout was ill-advised — and far from complete. more »»

VA bonus package bad call

June 25, 2014 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, under fire for treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals and clinics, deserves veterans’ and other taxpayers’ outrage on another front. more »»

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