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Editorials

Democrats desperate to prevent reforms demanded by voters

We all know the parable of the child who, having not gotten his or her way on the playground, chooses to take the ball and go home. Apparently, those children grew up to be Texas Democrats. More than a week ago, a majority of legislators from that party fled the state, denying Republicans, ...

Blood is in short supply – the Red Cross needs your help. Please donate

Most of us are looking for something to do to celebrate summer — a relatively normal summer, at that. There are camps, vacations, home improvement projects, fairs and festivals ... plenty to occupy active families. Consider adding something else to the list: become a blood donor. The need ...

Clear-bag policies trickling down to high schools with good reason

It’s been a few years since pro sports venues, and then colleges, first implemented restrictions on the types of bags and backpacks that fans are allowed to carry into the stadium. The policy is trickling downward, with Altoona Area School District recently implementing such a policy for ...

It’s time to take the red tape off parades

Ahhh, summertime! It’s a season of coming together as a community for festivals, happy events and parades — or at least it was until the past year or so. That’s when the state Department of Transportation began enforcing regulations that require hosting municipalities and organizations ...

Recent boasting by Vladimir Putin is unwarranted

Americans old enough to remember the prediction “We will bury you,” pronounced by Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet Union premier from 1958-64, still might recall some of the “few choice words” they uttered in response. Khrushchev, who was adept at making predictions regarding a U.S. demise, ...