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Altoona shouldn’t dive into lease prematurely

May 21, 2014 Altoona’s water is our finest asset — the watershed encompasses 66 acres of fresh running streams, seven reservoirs, beautiful forested acres for commonwealth citizens’ health and recreatio. more »»

Seek diet alternatives

May 21, 2014 It’s perversely ironic for rancher Cliven Bundy to denounce poor people for collecting government subsidies, while ripping off the federal government of a million dollars in grazing fees. more »»

Charges filed too soon in alleged puppy abuse

May 21, 2014 Upon reading the article concerning the alleged abuse of a puppy by Gary McCloskey (“Police accuse man of abusing puppy,” April 23), I was appalled. more »»

Gay and proud

May 20, 2014 I want to commend the students of Penn State Altoona’s Gay/Straight Alliance who have helped to support and put on the fifth annual Altoona Gay Pride Celebration that we hosted on April 25. more »»

System inconvenient

May 20, 2014 Recently, my 87-year-old mother was in UPMC Altoona ICU. Because of Obamacare, she was forced to be moved to a hospital in Pittsburgh. more »»

‘Mr. D’ a true mentor

May 20, 2014 Blair County is losing a public servant in the truest sense of the phrase when James DiFrancesco leaves his post as chief public defender. “Mr. more »»

Embrace the future

May 20, 2014 This is the 21st century. more »»

Political candidates need evaluations

May 19, 2014 Politically, 2014 is a crucial year for the U.S. Congress and Pennsylvania legislative offices for both the House and Senate. more »»

Beautiful tones

May 19, 2014 Area folks missed an excellent concert by Sandy Harteis with the warm tones by bass-baritone Jesse Neace. more »»

Teachers can offer safety net through open door

May 17, 2014 The key ingredient to school safety lies in the hands of each classroom teacher. more »»

The president and country need backbone

May 15, 2014 The United States has a critical credibility problem, at home and abroad. more »»

Shuster supports safety for volunteers

May 15, 2014 Volunteer firefighters are fortunate to have Congressmen Bill Shuster as our representative in Washington. His support of emergency responders is unwavering. more »»

‘Little bit of news’ should still be free

May 15, 2014 Thanks for doing all of us a big favor on the Internet. It’s pretty bad when you have to start charging your Internet readers $20 a month for a little bit of news each da. more »»

Climate change views go against science

May 15, 2014 Sunny days, budding flowers and bursting trees show nature coming alive again in all its beauty. more »»

Voter ID criticisms are reverse racism

May 14, 2014 Well, everyone seems to be offended by something, and I have finally had enough. I was offended by the political cartoon in the April 19 Mirror. more »»

Administration needs to get pipeline rolling

May 14, 2014 On Good Friday, a holiday weekend, the Obama administration released a statement that the State Department would be putting on hold indefinitely a decision on the Keystone Pipeline. more »»

Medical marijuana is a smokescreen

May 13, 2014 Recently, the issue of legalizing marijuana has been widely publicized. more »»

Represent the poor

May 13, 2014 I think it’s funny when you hear our elected officials lie to all of us, then they all act as if they know what the people need but yet they are doing what’s best for them and their pockets. more »»

Staffing shortage plagues nursing

May 12, 2014 National Nurses Week is wrapping up. It’s a time when we celebrate the hard work and dedication of nurses everywhere who have answered the call of caring for those in need. more »»

It’s a special day; ‘bless all the mothers’

May 11, 2014 Mothers come in many forms and sizes. Some teenagers, who are still babies themselves, get caught up in the fast living society of today. more »»

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