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Ongoing war putting too much stress on VA

July 16, 2014 Up until the Bush-Obama years of Middle East conflicts, and with many more to come, the VA only had to deal with the few World War II vets still alive, as well as a small number of Korean vet. more »»

Troubling trend

July 16, 2014 I see more and more stories about animals getting abused and neglected every day. I bet that when you scroll down any social media site, you would see a picture or a video of an animal getting abused. more »»

Headline not supreme

July 16, 2014 Your July 1 front-page headline read “Supreme Court sides with religion.” It should have read: “Supreme Court sides with freedom,” in my humble opinion. more »»

Liberals are getting what they voted for

July 15, 2014 This is in response to Joe Hill’s letter (June 26) about divisions within our country. Yes, I agree. more »»

Future brightening for CTE programs

July 14, 2014 Conventional wisdom states that the attainment of a college degree is a necessary step in a path to a successful and fulfilling career. more »»

Maintain police numbers

July 13, 2014 The Pennsylvania State Police are responsible for the primary law enforcement duties for more than 85 percent of the commonwealt. more »»

Don’t text and drive

July 13, 2014 Is it worth it to put your life in danger just to respond to one text message? Texting and driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents and deaths in the United States. more »»

Perspective needed on reassessment

July 12, 2014 The last Blair County tax assessment was completed in 1958. Blair County Commissioners Tomassetti and Beam were old enough to be in first grade and Commissioner Meling probably wasn’t born yet. more »»

Taking Postal money ‘a terrible idea’

July 12, 2014 The House leadership plan to take money from the Postal Service budget and give it to the Highway Trust Fund is a shell game that relies on illusory savings and accounting gimmick. more »»

Leasing Altoona water could solve money woes

July 12, 2014 The city of Altoona is bankrupt. The Altoona Water Authority is quite profitable. more »»

Evelyn T. Eck

July 11, 2014 Evelyn T. “Lynn” Eck, 86, Altoona, went to her eternal rest on Tuesday. Formerly of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Westwood, N.J., she was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., daughter of the late George E. more »»

Unions’ mission: serve their own agendas

July 11, 2014 There is a myth that the teachers’ unions have been nursing, developing and depending on for decades — that their labor goals incorporate the needs of students, and that they are the guardians of... more »»

County’s ‘partners’ should pay their share

July 10, 2014 Quoting from the county handout on “Understanding Reassessment”: After reassessment is achieved, each property owner will be paying his or her “fair share” of the tax burden. more »»

Catherine ‘Kay’ Tobin Faulds

July 10, 2014 Catherine Tobin Faulds, 94, Altoona, died Monday evening, July 7, 2014, at her home after a rich and rewarding life. She was born in Bryn Mawr, daughter of Anthony J. and Rose (Mullan) Tobin. more »»

Catherine A. Klisiewicz

July 10, 2014 Catherine A. Klisiewicz, 90, Altoona, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter in Juniata. more »»

C. Oliver Knisely

July 10, 2014 C. Oliver Knisely, 73, Queen, passed away Tuesday at home. He was born in Claysburg, son of the late Harry and Lydia (Walter) Knisely. more »»

Mary M. McGough

July 10, 2014 Mary M. McGough, 89, St. Augustine Road, Dysart, died Tuesday at the home of Gary and Mary Louise Wills. She was born in Chest Springs, daughter of the late Andrew “Dude” and Rose (Mulligan) Callahan. more »»

Geraldine Mae Piper

July 10, 2014 Geraldine Mae Piper, 103, formerly of Duncansville, died Tuesday morning at St. Leonard’s Home, Hollidaysburg. She was born in Roaring Spring, daughter of the late Homer and Elsie (Morgan) Delozier. more »»

Robert B. ‘Bob’ Rupert Sr.

July 10, 2014 Robert B. “Bob” Rupert Sr., 70, Altoona, died Tuesday at UPMC Altoona after a long-term illness. He was born in Altoona, son of William Blair and Mae Catherine (Stoudt) Rupert. more »»

Beverly L. (Gottshall) Gerena

July 10, 2014 Beverly L. (Gottshall) Gerena, 73, Altoona, died Wednesday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Ralph Edward and Helen Margaret (Fluke) Gottshall. more »»

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