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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 »»

PA Legislature won’t pull trigger on gun proposal

September 21, 2014 The observation of a Pennsylvania state lawmaker from Philadelphia regarding a bill to allow commonwealth teachers, administrators and other school employees to carry guns was on target but didn’t... more »»

PA Legislature won’t pull trigger on gun proposal

September 21, 2014 The observation of a Pennsylvania state lawmaker from Philadelphia regarding a bill to allow commonwealth teachers, administrators and other school employees to carry guns was on target but didn’t... more »»

Ambush sobering reminder

September 19, 2014 The fatal ambush outside the state police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pike County, in the rural northeastern corner of Pennsylvania, occurred hundreds of miles from Blair County. more »»

Legality of act not the issue

September 17, 2014 The American Civil Liberties Union has the right to question the constitutionality of a law under which an Everett 14-year-old has been charged for allegedly “desecrating” a statue of Jesus. more »»

Councilmen show lack of discretion

September 16, 2014 Altoona City Councilmen Dave Butterbaugh and Bill Neugebauer should know better than to show or imply disrespect to anyone who comes before the council to discuss an issue of legitimate public... more »»

‘Kicking the can’ giving our state case of sore feet

September 14, 2014 The Chicago-based economic think tank Truth in Accounting says one of the reasons Pennsylvania is in its precarious financial position is that state officials use antiquated budgeting and accounting... more »»

Arrest details chilling

September 12, 2014 The troubling news Altoona and its environs received last week about a 26-year-old local man’s alleged contacts with area young boys has no doubt filled residents with questions about what can be... more »»

 
 
 

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