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Gov’t shouldn’t manage higher ed

July 20, 2014 Wikipedia has called it the Veterans Health Administration Scandal of 201. more »»

Cyclists of all kinds share passion

July 20, 2014 Toward the end of June each year, there’s a little event that takes place around Johnstown called “Thunder in the Valley,” when about 100,000 bikers descend upon the general area for a weekend... more »»

Chicago: A town that won’t let you down?

July 18, 2014 Frank Sinatra’s song about Chicago, “My Kind of Town,” “a the town that won’t let you down,” seems dated in light of last weekend’s shooting spree that left 16 dead and dozens wounded in 53 separate... more »»

The most reliable poll of all

July 15, 2014 I dimly recall being rousted out of my bunk bed as a young child before sunrise on Oct. 27, 1948, so I could stand at an intersection in my hometown of Weymouth, Mass. more »»

Drilling down on public’s distrust

July 15, 2014 Watergate didn’t help, but it started well before that In his weekly column for, Julian Zelizer makes a reasonable case that “Distrustful Americans still live in age of Watergate. more »»

Dispute spreads into story

July 13, 2014 An example of how social media has changed what constitutes news and reportable information occurred last weekend over a dispute between a patron and a local restaurant. more »»

Political cronies driving ‘crapitalism’

July 7, 2014 There’s capitalism, and then there’s “crapitalism” — crony capitalism. more »»

Before deployed, fallen Marine asked for God’s grace

July 7, 2014 On April 4, U.S. Marine Cpl. Brandon Garabrant updated his Facebook page as the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion left North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune for Afghanistan. “Going to do what we do best. more »»

Address safety net over wages

July 5, 2014 Currently, there is much discussion around raising the minimum wage. Proponents argue that an increase is necessary to provide a “living wage. more »»

Policy worked well

July 2, 2014 At the end of the school year, I felt it appropriate to acknowledge one of the principals of the Altoona Area School District for a job well done. more »»

Where Moulton misses mark mark

July 2, 2014 As politicians and pundits debate the attorney general’s review of the Sandusky investigation, here is a word of advice from someone who works in the field of victims’ rights: Care is not the same a... more »»

Gay citizens deserve equal marriage rights

July 2, 2014 Judges across the nation continue to find that gay marriage is constitutional. more »»

Early childhood education vital

July 1, 2014 I have been involved with Blair County Head Start for more than 30 years. Making sure that at-risk young children get high-quality early learning has become a volunteer job for me. more »»

20 years later, images still vivid

June 29, 2014 As the coroner’s van took away one of the bodies, I walked toward the bloodied sidewalk outside Nicole Brown Simpson’s condo. I’ll never forget what I saw that day. more »»

Mother of fallen soldier reflects on her longest year

June 23, 2014 In November 2012, Joelle Ellis watched her son deploy to Afghanistan before he was old enough to buy a beer. more »»

Keep firearms out of kids’ reach

June 22, 2014 News announcer: “There’s been another school shooting. This time at the Troutdale High School in Oregon, about 16 miles east of Portland.” I don’t want to write about this. more »»

Where’s the outrage over missing email scandal involving IRS?

June 22, 2014 “Congressional investigators are fuming over revelations that the Internal Revenue Service has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency’s tea party controversy. more »»

Soldier’s ability to elicit laughter a special trait

June 16, 2014 Sgt. Devin Snyder could always make her friends laugh, even during long patrols in northeastern Afghanistan. more »»

Doing nothing about pension crisis can’t be a viable option

June 16, 2014 Pennsylvania law might guarantee state employees a set pension when they retire, but mathematics has its own laws. All the legal protections in the world mean nothing if a pension plan is insolvent. more »»

Pictures on the mantelpiece

June 1, 2014 Frank Lautenberg died last year at 89 — an unremarkable event, except for one thing. The New Jersey Democrat was the last surviving World War II veteran in the Senate. more »»

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