Opinion

‘Emergency’ sets dangerous precedent

Letters to the Editor

President Donald Trump is treading dangerous ground by calling for a “national emergency” at the border for his border wall. One, it sets a dangerous precedent for the country when we move to the future and have different presidents. If a future president decides that climate change is a ...

Dems should direct criticism internally

Letters to the Editor

Anyone who takes a critical look at the political situation in America today realizes that everything the Democrats, the media and the Obama Justice Department have been accusing and investigating President Donald Trump for they are guilty of themselves — times 10. First, collusion with ...

Compromise: Let’s share outdoors

Opinion

In Harrisburg, there is a renewed push by some that Sunday hunting should be permitted. The PA State Grange respectfully disagrees. Even while disagreeing, we certainly understand the rationale. The PA Game Commission believes it will make more money from the sale of hunting licenses. ...

Change in Roaring Spring?

Editorials

The proposal to end Roaring Spring’s 99-year-long alcohol, manufacture and sales prohibition is being met with mixed reactions. That is no surprise. But there’s an established path within state law for deciding such a change, and borough residents, now that the issue has surfaced, might ...

New legislators can dictate change

Letters to the Editor

Over $300 million. That is what it costs Pennsylvania taxpayers to support the largest, most expensive, most inept and self-serving legislature in the country. In the last year, our legislators have enacted the following somewhat major bills: They relaxed the state liquor laws, and they ...

Surprise appreciated

Letters to the Editor

To the lady who paid for our lunch at Cracker Barrel on Sunday, Feb. 10: It was a very nice surprise for us, reminding us there are good people in the world. Thank you again. Darlene Detwiler Tyrone

Legislature must focus on PASSHE

Editorials

If the Legislature really has lost faith in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, as one prominent state lawmaker has suggested, commonwealth residents need to ask why the General Assembly hasn’t been more proactive over the past decade to try to fix things that legislators ...

Let’s not forget Food Donation Act

Letters to the Editor

Recently on the bus, our work crew engaged in an interesting discussion about food donations. A man who is employed with a local school said, “It’s such a shame about the multitude of good food we just toss away into school dumpsters each day.” He added, “Between our school district ...

Home rule study remains important

Letters to the Editor

I misplaced my copies of the Mirror articles regarding comments by Commissioner Terry Tomassetti and former Altoona Mayor Bill Schirf regarding the endorsement of a study commission for Blair County Home Rule Charter. I never considered that potential on a county basis. They surely peaked my ...

Gov’t must stop animal cruelty

Letters to the Editor

Every state and every county allows these aberrations to hold, cage, mistreat, mate and sell these dogs and puppies. Almost as soon as they are born, the mother dogs are kept in cages continuously from the time they are bought for the main purpose of having puppies. Their lives are lived ...

Court ruling could impact health care

Opinion

I am writing to voice my opposition to a proposed state Supreme Court rule that, if enacted, could have negative impacts on patient care. I started my orthopedic surgery practice in Altoona in 1986, having come here directly out of residency and fellowship in New York City. Central ...

Counties eye ‘different tomorrow’

Other Commentaries

Do you know how often you use the services and programs provided by your county government? When you go to the courthouse for jury duty or to get a marriage license, it’s obvious that you are interacting with your county. But it’s not so obvious when you call 911. Or when you go to vote. ...

Commitment to state parks is important

Editorials

Pennsylvania’s state parks again are the subject of welcome attention, just as they were in the summer of 2017, when a long-overdue, first-in-25 years public review of the basic mission of the parks system was launched. But while the examination that was begun about a year and a half ago ...

Abortion becoming ‘American Holocaust’

Letters to the Editor

I am writing this letter to state my opinion on the following issue: The American Holocaust. What it is about is the two governors who have approved the killing of babies that have been born. Basically it is equivalent to the final solution by Hitler and his henchmen. So if this is the new ...

On pot talk, Fetterman should chill

Editorials

During his statewide listening tour currently getting underway, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is destined to hear plenty of support — unfortunately — for legalizing recreational use of marijuana, if a September 2017 Franklin and Marshall University poll remains an accurate barometer ...

UPMC, Highmark issue needs to be resolved

Letters to the Editor

Pennsylvania state troopers accept the dangers of their job. So do our loved ones. It’s the price we pay for seeking to serve our communities. But what we cannot accept is when a so-called non-profit is trying to restrict the health care benefits for fellow troopers and their families. ...

The day to celebrate your love

Editorials

(Editor’s note: The following editorial was written by former Mirror Staff Writer Amanda Gabeletto in 2013. We liked it so much, we decided to run it again this year.) Love covers a lot of ground. There is the love between a parent and a child. There’s love for one’s partner, sibling, ...

Responsible gun owners shouldn’t be penalized

Letters to the Editor

In a few weeks, Pittsburgh’s City Council will vote on a series of controversial gun control bills. The bills would, among several other reforms, make it illegal to own assault weapons within the city limits. The bill with the specific focus on assault weapons expands upon its previous ...

Altoona board making taxpayers say ‘uncle’

Letters to the Editor

The Altoona Area School District “tax and spend five” are at it again, doing the only thing they know how to do: tax us and spend our money. The $88 million wasted on an un-needed new school wasn’t enougn. Neither was the money they poured down the drain when they admitted they overpaid ...

Deer culling delay only temporary

Editorials

This part of the Keystone State is taking the Pennsylvania Game Commission to task for wanting to kill more than 2,000 deer in Blair and Bedford counties in a concerted attack against chronic wasting disease, a malady showing up increasingly in the commonwealth’s whitetail population. As the ...