Opinion

Altoona graduation ‘was a total disgrace’

Letters to the Editor

I would like to address the Altoona Area School District administration and school board. The way graduation was handled for the class of 2019 was a total disgrace, not only to the parents and family of the graduates, but also the entire school district. Times have changed. Not all of the ...

Altoona needs to learn lesson from graduation

Editorials

Members of the Altoona Area High School class of 2019 received their diplomas on Monday, beginning their transition toward higher education, jobs, military service and the next chapter of their lives. Moving on from high school always evokes mixed emotions, not only regarding challenges that ...

Be safe when driving in highway work zones

Letters to the Editor

You hurt, maim and kill us by the thousands every — who are we? We are your municipal, city, state and federal highway workers. You drive through our works zones without obeying speed limits, road closed signs and traffic control devices. Why? Because you are late for work, your kids ...

Burke was unpatriotic at Memorial Day parade

Letters to the Editor

As an Army veteran, on Memorial Day, my wife and I went up to the former Gables building on 12th Avenue to watch the parade. As we were watching the different units in the parade come past, I saw something that really disturbed me. There were three people walking past. One was Laura Burke, ...

It’s a day to proudly fly our flag

Editorials

National Flag Day, tucked between Memorial Day and Independence Day, isn’t likely to attract the notice and spawn the patriotic fervor usually accorded to those other observances. That’s unfortunate. Although today’s observance is not a federal holiday, Flag Day still is important. ...

Lettermen, Mishler teamed for great event

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of JD Promotions LLC, I would like to thank Russell Barton for his recent comments in the Mirror regarding The Lettermen concert on May 21 at the Mishler Theatre and also clarify a few points so that all have a better understanding of the situations mentioned. The Altoona audience ...

Constitution includes no ‘right to abortion’

Letters to the Editor

In recent weeks a number of states have passed new restrictions on abortion. Georgia, Alabama, Ohio and Kentucky to name a few have passed new restrictions ranging from outright bans to those prohibited after eight weeks. The actions of these states have led to the pro-choice (code for ...

Questions remain in Columbus

Editorials

Someone finally noticed something was wrong at the Mount Carmel Health System hospital near Columbus, Ohio — but only after 25 people had died, allegedly because a doctor ordered they be given excessively large doses of a painkiller drug. Last Wednesday, Dr. William Husel was charged with ...

Stormwater issues merit attention

Editorials

Sadly, many families in parts of the United States are facing years of recovery as the result of another catastrophic weather-related event. This time it is flooding. Flooding is no stranger to central Pennsylvania. However, flooding here generally is of a much smaller scale and shorter ...

Prince Gallitzin roads need to be addressed

Letters to the Editor

Prince Gallitzin State Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the state. However, the roads around it are a disgrace with potholes, berms broken off and patches on top of patches. I don’t really think it has been resurfaced since the park was built. Where is Cambria County’s ...

Like Trump, we need to put America first

Letters to the Editor

I support our president, Donald Trump. Better yet, I support America and our ideals. I did not support Barack Obama and most of his ideas, but, like most Americans, I remained quiet out of respect for our country and most of our ideals. We are, and have always been, a troubled country, ...

‘We are no longer safe in America’

Letters to the Editor

I always read with interest when there is a suicide bomb attack, or some other act of terrorism in places like Afganastan, Pakistan, Africa or Iraq and wonder what it must feel like to know if you go to the market, or to church or just out for stroll, your life is in jeopardy. You never know ...

‘Joy in the City’ helps bring us hope

Letters to the Editor

The city of Altoona was blessed last Sunday evening at the Mishler Theatre with the presentation of an ecumenical extravaganza called “Joy in the City.” The Mishler was packed with seats for 900, and most every seat was filled. This two-hour event was the dream of several pastors and ...

Memorial Day parade no place for politics

Letters to the Editor

I was very angry as I watched the Memorial Day parade in Duncansville. There was a Trump 2020 float in the parade followed by several riders on horses, carrying Trump flags. Before you think it, yes, I do not support this president nor his administration. However, I would not be happy to see ...

Commission oversight falling short

Editorials

Area hunters’ disgust in response to news about the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s financial condition was predictable. Keystone State sportsmen rightly expect that agencies that exist to look out for — and protect — their best interests should be transparent. However, the financial ...

Game Commission wants to set record straight

Letters to the Editor

A Mirror article titled, “Game Commission audit ‘disgusts’ hunters” that appeared June 2 contained several misleading claims that need to be addressed. First, one of the individuals quoted in the article references a single line from the auditor general’s 136-page report in which the ...

Tyrone hallmark: Stability

Editorials

The Tyrone Area School District is like the Pittsburgh Steelers in terms of leadership longevity. Whereas the Steelers have had only three head coaches since 1969 — Chuck Noll, from 1969 to 1991; Bill Cowher, from 1992 to 2006; and Mike Tomlin, from 2007 to the present — the northern Blair ...

Rights of women isn’t gov’t business

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to Grace Kennedy’s May 28 letter to the editor (“Our right to choose can’t be taken away).” I agree with everything she said, 100 percent. We are all human beings, we all have a right to be here and we all have a right to live our lives without interference from ...

Lessons of D-Day never fade

Editorials

Modern weaponry ensures that there won’t ever be U.S. involvement in another invasion like the one on this date 75 years ago, when Allied forces during World War II began their liberation of Europe on the beaches of Normandy, France. However, there are people in the United States and other ...

‘God bless greatest generation’

Opinion

Today’s the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, France in World War II — codenamed Operation Overlord, the largest amphibious assault and the largest sea, air and land operation in history. On Tuesday June 6, 1944, 150,000 American, British and Canadian troops supported ...