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Why Erie goes crazy over its snowy owls

January 13, 2015 We are accustomed to boasting about Erie’s popularity as a magnet for tourists in summer, and we know that outsiders and locals enjoy our region in the cold months, too, because of the many... more »»

New legislators have chance to make impact

January 11, 2015 There are many reasons why the Pennsylvania General Assembly deserves criticism. The failure to responsibly and courageously address the commonwealth’s fiscal morass for so long easily tops the list. more »»

Attacks in France intolerable

January 10, 2015 On Wednesday, the world was shocked and appalled by the deplorable attacks at the Paris office of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. more »»

Our Town an asset to county

January 8, 2015 Operation Our Town has been a Blair County asset since its beginning in 2007. more »»

Easter Seals outpouring comforting

January 6, 2015 It’s too early to predict how details will play out in response to the decision by Easter Seals of Western and Central Pennsylvania to discontinue services at its Altoona location at 501 Valley View... more »»

Shale tax needs to be implemented

January 4, 2015 Expect the issue of a severance tax for the Marcellus Shale gas-drilling industry to heat up later this month when Tom Wolf replaces Tom Corbett as Pennsylvania’s governor. more »»

Maintain realistic resolutions

January 1, 2015 Some people’s New Year’s resolutions are like a Christmas list that’s long and virtually impossible to fulfill. more »»

Bring in new year responsibly

December 31, 2014 As the final hours of 2014 tick away, people will experience many emotions associated with the past 12 months, some based on cherished memories, others best to be forever cast aside. more »»

Confusion in Cresson troubling

December 30, 2014 Most personnel decisions by local governments are routine. Even when they aren’t, they’re usually not a protracted issue punctuated by confusion, misunderstanding or official evasiveness. more »»

Lawmakers must address unemployment

December 28, 2014 With Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate having reached a more-than-six-year low — 5.1 percent — in November, politicians’ reactions to the statistic could not have been unexpected. more »»

Taliban must be destroyed

December 27, 2014 If peace-loving people throughout the world needed any more evidence Islamic terrorists must be wiped out, it came last week. more »»

We want return on investment

December 26, 2014 A major policy question that government leaders often are reluctant to answer is whether the public gets a fair return on the hundreds of millions of tax dollars it contributes to private-sector... more »»

Bring society back to keystone

December 26, 2014 Pennsylvania politicians and guests mingled earlier this month at the annual Pennsylvania Society bash in New York City. Some events were by invitation onl. more »»

On Jesus’ birthday, hope is eternal

December 25, 2014 Jesus Christ was born into an imperfect world more than 2,000 years ago, but even in this more imperfect world of 2014, his birth continues to inspire hope and remains the basis for jo. more »»

Trust lacking in Bedford

December 23, 2014 When the Bedford County Prison Board met on Thursday, it was more than a meeting. It was a tutorial on how secretive conduct by elected officials can lead to friction and embarrassmen. more »»

Christmas meaning enriched

December 23, 2014 “Last-minute shoppers pack area malls, snarl traffic” was a front-page headline in Sunday’s Mirror. Page 2 showed Altoona Police Sgt. more »»

Pension reform should not be linked to tax

December 22, 2014 The GOP-controlled state Legislature must make Pennsylvania’s biggest financial woe — $50-billion-plus in unfunded pension liabilities — its top 2015 priority. more »»

Relations with Cuba about time

December 21, 2014 U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida probably was right in declaring that the dramatic — albeit controversial — shift in U.S. more »»

Sentence sends key message

December 20, 2014 Vladislav Miftakhov, the former Penn State Altoona student arrested about 10 months ago for making illegal explosive devices in his apartment near the campus, believes his arrest and incarceration... more »»

‘Kicking can’ not answer

December 18, 2014 With countywide property reassessments ongoing and Altoona voters having just last month approved a home rule referendum, perhaps the majority of city council members were right — that 2015 isn’t th... more »»

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