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 By Lee H. Hamilton    Opinion 

The Faith We Place in Our Elections

I’ve lost track of the times over the years I’ve heard a politician say, “This is the most important election of my lifetime.” In fact, I’ve said it myself. I’m sure we all believed it at the time, but in my case, at... — Updated 9/17/2020

 By Ad Crable    Opinion 

Congress passes Great American Outdoors Act

The U.S. House on July 22 followed the Senate’s lead and overwhelmingly passed historic public lands legislation to guarantee federal funds for local, state and national parks, trails and recreation facilities. The bipartisan... — Updated 9/10/2020


Celebrate The Foundation Of America

Editor’s Note: Constitution Week is the commemoration of America's most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of Sept. 17-23. There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the... — Updated 9/10/2020

 By Lisa Schaefer    Opinion 

Counties Are Getting 'Election Ready 2020' But Need the State's Help

By LISA SCHAEFER Executive Director County Commissioners Association of Pa. This fall’s presidential election is coming up quickly, and during every day leading up to Nov. 3, Pennsylvania’s county leaders and election... — Updated 9/3/2020

 By Lois Kaneshiki    Opinion

Back to School: 'Buildings' or 'Virtual'? What is the Answer?

The answer is, there is no one correct answer, because all children are different. School districts, again, are having to make impossible choices that affect thousands of students. It is literally impossible to make the... — Updated 8/27/2020


'Back-On-Track ESAs' Offer A Unique Opportunity For Pa. Parents And Students

By SEN. JUDY WARD and REP. CLINT OWLETT With the start of the school year fast approaching, everyone from parents and students to teachers and school administrators is likely feeling anxious about what lies ahead. So many kids... — Updated 8/27/2020


A Clarification on Republican Ballot Mailer

By JIM FOREMAN Chairman Blair County Republican Party As some of you may already know, there was a mailer received by many registered Republicans in Pennsylvania over the past few days. The mailer made reference to your option of... — Updated 8/20/2020


All of Us Need to Help Revitalize Our Democracy

OPINION Amid all the troubles occupying our attention, one of the more worrisome is also one of the least visible. It is the loss of public faith in the effectiveness of our representative democracy. Concern over our system as a wh... — Updated 8/13/2020


'Daily Rags' are Community Treasures

To the Editor: Never has there been more information available at our fingertips. Given a computer and an internet connection, anyone can read and produce material for the world to view. Amidst that sea of oftentimes contradictory... — Updated 5/28/2020


Gov. Wolf's May 11 Remarks on Staying the Course, Following the Law

Editor’s Note: The Hollidaysburg Herald believes in letting people speak for themselves, in their own voices. This applies to residents of the Cove and elected officials whose decisions can affect the Cove. Whether we agree or... — Updated 5/14/2020


So Many to Thank … Don't Forget Local Government

By DAVID M. SANKO Executive Director Pa. State Association of Township Supervisors Pennsylvania Local Government Week is April 6-10, and we can think of no better time to recognize our townships, which are on the front lines of... — Updated 4/6/2020


Voting by Mail is No Longer the Exception

By STATE SEN. WAYNE FONTANA D-Allegheny County As this frightening pandemic affects every facet of our lives, more and more citizens are doing what they can to keep safe by staying at home, practicing social distancing and keeping... — Updated 4/6/2020


NFIB Statement on Small Businesses Being Shut Out of Paycheck Protection Program Loans

The NFIB, the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization, on April 3 issued the following statement from NFIB President Brad Close in response to the rollout of the Paycheck Protection Program loans: “We are hearing... — Updated 4/6/2020

 By Lois Kaneshiki    Opinion

Keeping Democracy Healthy ... Locally

By I feel compelled to respond to Lee Hamilton’s piece entitled “How do We Keep Our Democracy Healthy?” (Print edition, Herald of Dec. 19, 2019) because this is an area in which I have taken great interest for over two... — Updated 4/2/2020


What You Smell Is Rotten Politics In The Courthouse

By JOHN KASUN I read with amusement the opinion of Rick Boston, staff writer, in the Jan. 16, 2020, edition of the Morrisons Cove Herald. Boston's column stressed the required cohesiveness of the Blair County Board of... — Updated 1/30/2020


The President is Not Above the Law

To the Editor: Pity poor, pathetic Donald Trump. The man has been a fraud and a cheat for his entire life but has always managed to avoid paying the consequences for his serial lawlessness. Oh, sure, there were the $2 million fine... — Updated 12/26/2019


Blair County Home Rule: Its Status and Its Biggest Obstacle

OPINION Postponement of the home rule referendum effort has become necessary for two primary reasons. One is that other duties and primarily the time needed for completion of the courthouse restoration project before the end of... — Updated 8/15/2019


They Dared Insult the Honor of This Man?

OPINION I’d like to offer a different perspective on the recent appearance of Robert Mueller before the U.S. House of Representatives in late July. Millions of words have been exchanged about Mueller and his famous report, but th... — Updated 8/15/2019

 By Lois Kaneshiki    Opinion

Can a School District Get Rid of Common Core Math? Hollidaysburg Might Find Out

We have been told over and over that we cannot get rid of Common Core at the school district level. These standards were adopted “voluntarily” by the states and nailed in by federal reporting standards. However, several events... — Updated 7/24/2019


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