Editorials

Reminder to control your eating

With fall making its appearance, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year’s feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks may already be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor ...

City study well worth exploring

How well Altoona’s current traffic patterns will meet future needs is an important question that needs to be answered. Based on changes that have occurred downtown over the past few years, as well as changes that continue to evolve, the overall parking situation needs to be ...

Portage policy is good step

In every venue in which a formal policy exists, that policy should be enforced in a uniform way. There should be no grounds for anyone to allege special treatment or conflict of interest. That’s the laudable goal behind the Portage Area School Board’s revision of the district’s ...

As 2018 looms, Pennsylvania in fiscal trouble

When word filtered out of Gov. Tom Wolf’s office in late August that Pennsylvania’s chief executive might be proposing what was described as a “bare bones” budget for 2018-19, the news didn’t provoke much surprise. That’s what happens during an election year when governors and ...

Changing CIA culture a positive

It has been clear for some time that U.S. intelligence agencies need an overhaul. Too much reliance has been placed on technology, with old-fashioned human spying taking a backseat. Last week, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that is about to change. More intelligence agents will be sent out ...

Newburg situation troubling

How and when the dispute encompassing Logan Township’s Newburg Volunteer Fire Department will be resolved are questions that for now are limited to conjecture. If the department hasn’t already initiated a formal, methodical process for identifying all of the causes of the seemingly ...

Revealing JFK papers right thing

Despite conclusive debunking of most of the conspiracy theories regarding the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, many Americans believe our government has not told us everything. It hasn’t. At all levels, federal officials insist the basic facts are established: Lee Harvey ...

It’s deeper than having gun debate

The Sunday night massacre in Las Vegas will spark a furious — and that is the correct word — debate in America. How can we as a people not wonder what, if anything, could have been done to prevent an attack that claimed at least 59 lives and wounded more than 500 other people? Knee-jerk ...

Address trooper shortage

There are about 500 trooper vacancies within the Pennsylvania State Police, and Gov. Tom Wolf is a big part of the reason why that situation exists. He continues to reject filling all of the vacancies, although he reportedly has authorized hirings for 200 of them. But Wolf isn’t the only ...

Addressing bullying important

Members of the Penn Cambria School Board and the district’s administration were taken aback to some degree on Sept. 19 by a parent’s expressed viewpoints critical of the district’s anti-bullying policy. Penn Cambria officials are on record as being proactive in trying to eradicate ...

Las Vegas massacre chilling

The only conclusion shocked Americans should draw in the immediate aftermath of the horrifying massacre in Las Vegas is that no conclusions should be drawn until investigators have had more time to learn exactly what happened and why. Page one of today’s paper tells the story: At least 59 ...

Rebuilding Puerto Rico won’t be easy

Hurricane Maria was the most devastating storm to hit Puerto Rico in decades, perhaps as much as a century. It will take years and an enormous amount of federal aid to help the island recover. Because it is a U.S. territory, that assistance is merited. But Puerto Rico had been hit by ...

Newspapers remain, proudly, the ‘daily miracle’

Today marks the start of National Newspaper Week. It is a time to celebrate the impact newspapers have on their communities and to recognize the dedicated individuals who work diligently so that you, the reader, receive the news and information that you want and need, day in and day out. ...

Consider emergency personnel

People who encounter an ambulance rushing to the scene of an accident or medical emergency seldom, if ever, ponder the impact that life-saving mission might have on the human responders. Most people who are unfamiliar with the proverbial nuts and bolts of being part of an ambulance crew ...

Disability cases take too long

Deciding whether a person is eligible for Social Security disability payments is time consuming, sometimes complex, and requires no small amount of documentation. But this nation, which, for the most part, prides itself on being compassionate, has, for the past half-decade, been guilty of an ...

Credit rating downgrade a wake-up call

Pennsylvania government and state taxpayers will have to live with ramifications from the commonwealth’s latest credit downgrade, regardless of when full funding of the $32 billion 2017-18 state budget, passed nearly three months ago, finally is accomplished. On Wednesday, Standard & ...

Legislature needs to fund child welfare

Pennsylvania’s child welfare system is broken. That was the finding of Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, whose “State of the Child” report was released last week. And it confirms what we in York County already knew. The yearlong audit described a system overwhelmed by new state ...

Libraries deserve support

Blair County is testimony that, despite the vast amount of information available via the internet, community libraries retain their importance. They deserve the government funding they receive, and they deserve business and public financial support — as well as remembrance in estates — to ...

Keeping trust in cops vital

In many towns and cities, some members of minority communities do not trust police officers. Many in law enforcement work to build trust among those they serve. Clearly, however, enforcing the law is the department’s overriding priority. We pay police officers and sheriff’s deputies to ...

Truth in mining needed

For eight years, it seemed as if then-President Barack Obama had unleashed every weapon in the bureaucracy’s arsenal against the coal mining industry. Then, Obama invented some new tools to harass coal country. In that context, President Donald Trump’s plan to roll back the regulatory ...