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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 »»

Reserve account too fat

June 24, 2014 There ought to be a law limiting the amount of money in the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s reserve account — an account most Keystone State residents hadn’t even heard of 10 years ago. more »»

Consider natural solutions

June 23, 2014 Nature Conservancy scientists are collaborating with Dow Chemical Co. to develop a plan that would help solve several environmental problems with one effort — plant more trees. more »»

Recidivism drop good for state

June 22, 2014 Pennsylvania was one of eight states recently recognized for making progress in reducing the number of inmates who were back in state prisons within three years of release. more »»

Legislative priorities troubling

June 21, 2014 The clock continues to tick toward June 30, the end of Pennsylvania’s fiscal year. It’s likely that the commonwealth will begin the 2014-15 fiscal year on July 1 without an approved budget in place. more »»

Events in Iraq troubling

June 19, 2014 Americans who remember the fall of South Vietnam in 1975 — and the frantic evacuation of U.S. troops and civilians from Saigon — may be watching events in Iraq with a dismayed sense of deja vu. more »»

Magnet school idea intriguing

June 19, 2014 The Altoona Area School Board had an interesting discussion Monday night while considering the district’s 2014-15 budget of $96.3 million. more »»

Clintons dead broke on truth

June 18, 2014 Hillary Clinton whined to an interviewer recently that when she and former President Bill Clinton left the White House in 2001, they were “dead broke. more »»

Pension issue must be priority

June 17, 2014 Most Pennsylvania taxpayers wouldn’t mind a budget impasse at the end of the commonwealth’s fiscal year on June 30 over the ongoing pension-funding morass. more »»

Economic progress elusive

June 15, 2014 Some young Americans unable to find jobs after they graduate from college, simply stay on campus, working toward advanced degrees. more »»

School pensions are a time bomb

June 14, 2014 The (Hanover) Evening Sun The pension time bomb in Pennsylvania is a $50 billion funding liability loaded with politically explosive issues. more »»

Not enough being done in Portage

June 13, 2014 At a meeting in May, Portage Township supervisor Chairman Bill Cooper expressed the opinion that Amfire Mining Co. more »»

Troubles not over for VA

June 12, 2014 When President Barack Obama’s Veterans Affairs secretary, Eric Shinseki, announced his resignation last week, the president said “the VA needs new leadership,” to address the systemic failures that... more »»

Tomassetti should be more open

June 11, 2014 Blair County residents are justified in wondering why county commissioners Chairman Terry Tomassetti was so secretive after a spat involving a Memorial Day email was resolved. more »»

Reflect on taxpayer realities

June 10, 2014 Arguments on both sides of the issue of raises for Altoona Area School District administrative employees were valid, although not all were in the best interests of taxpayers. more »»

New coal policies will cost us

June 9, 2014 Last week’s announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency is coming down hard on existing coal-fired power plants raises literally hundreds of questions. more »»

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