Opinion

Tyrone fire association needs work

Editorials

It’s common for the Pennsylvania Auditor General’s Office to make recommendations after an audit. Some of the recommendations are for correcting deviations from accepted procedures by the entity audited, or merely to help in implementing efficiencies. Since entities that the Auditor ...

Both sides of aisle lack common decency

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to a story that was in the Jan. 12 edition of the Mirror, titled “Trump’s attitude alarming” by Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker. I found the story by Parker to indeed be alarming, only for different reasons than stated in her column. As Ms. Parker states, ...

Porngate disclosure still lacking

Editorials

Individuals, families and businesses are expected to pay their bills. Governments at all levels should be held to that same responsible standard. Despite developments during the past week, people of this state still need to know more about the bill the commonwealth was asked to pay for ...

Trump won’t be duped; have faith in him

Letters to the Editor

Is anybody shocked that most Americans don’t trust Russia? More than 50 years ago and in the year 1958, the U.S. was quick to let the world know the U.S. didn’t trust Russia to live up to any promises. Did Russia really ever make any promises to the U.S.? Eleanor Roosevelt said that ...

Obama missed chance to postpone election

Letters to the Editor

All hail Donald Trump. Everyone learn to speak Russian and put the red flag over Old Glory. Of course, election officials would say Russian influence was inconsequential. If President Barack Obama could have done what anyone else would have done, he could have declared an emergency, ...

Organ donation shouldn’t be automatic

Letters to the Editor

I just read an article in the Mirror about people not donating blood or donating their organs after they die. This article seems to say basically that the people who donate just their “good” organs to someone that needs them to live are being unselfish. My organs, according to my ...

Trump’s tenure will leave long negative impact

Letters to the Editor

A Donald Trump presidency terrifies me. He is not qualified for the position. I fear not only the damage he will cause the nation, but also, his deleterious impact on other nations. His past actions have demonstrated he cannot tolerate anyone who disagrees with him. What will he do when ...

Organ donor possibilities encouraging

Editorials

It’s estimated that a new name is added about every 10 minutes to this country’s organ waiting list. Lifesharing, a Donate Life organization, says about one-third of those needing organ transplants die waiting. According to Lifesharing, as of last July 9, 1,887 of the approximately ...

Altoona’s recovery under Act 47 strong

Opinion

When I became mayor in 2010, Altoona was facing major critical problems. It was time to act to save our city from serious financial and internal structural matters. It was a daunting task hampered by a declining population and tax base. After intensive research during my tenure, I ...

Trump on right track with United Nations

Letters to the Editor

Recently, President-elect Donald Trump said, to paraphrase, the U.N. is a social club where everybody has fun. He is exactly correct. Trump also wants to defund the United Nations. There are many, many more of us who would like to see this spy organization completely abolished or moved out ...

Kerry should brush up on his history

Letters to the Editor

This letter is being written in reference to the Associated Press report in the Mirror Dec. 29 as an article entitled “Kerry tears into Israel.” The important factor that John Kerry, the Secretary of State, fails to recognize is the building of the settlements in the West Bank and in East ...

Insurance payments protect everyone

Letters to the Editor

Betsy McCaughey’s recent opinion piece “Debunk pre-existing conditions myths” is misleading. Her conclusion is to make those who have pre-existing conditions get their insurance from a high-risk pool and don’t make us young, healthy people “overpay for insurance.” High-risk ...

Electoral College gives entire country a voice

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to a letter to the editor published Jan. 5, by Elizabeth Shade. The Electoral College was not established to guarantee that a qualified person would be elected president. No, it was designed so the whole country had a say in a presidential election, not just heavily ...

More must be done to protect the Jersey Shore

Opinion

At long last, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and New Jersey are starting work on a comprehensive back bay flooding plan, but they are lumbering along waiting for bags of cash from the federal government and thinking about work as though they have the luxury of time on their side. They ...

Coal country eyes renaissance

Opinion

With the Trump administration just days away from taking the reins of power in Washington, coal country rightfully waits with great anticipation. The Obama administration’s war on coal cut deep in a number of states that rely on the industry as a backbone of their economies. The ...

In tragedy, county puts its best foot forward

Letters to the Editor

The tragedy of the Trooper Landon Weaver shooting is something that hit every one of us in so many ways. We believe that everyone felt the pain and sorrow of this horrific event. We also believe that Blair County showed what this community is about in the aftermath of the tragic ...

Congress starts on wrong foot

Editorials

Republicans of the new 115th Congress were right in killing a plan to effectively strip the independent Office of Congressional Ethics of its power and put it under lawmakers’ control. It’s hard to fathom how the lawmakers responsible for the proposal could have been so out of touch with ...

Commissioners off mark

Letters to the Editor

The Blair County commissioners fail to realize that it is not the need for reassessment that is the cause of citizen concern but instead the totally unfair and illogical way in which it was implemented. In addition, the treatment of the citizens who have entered the appeal process and have ...

State police appreciate support for fallen officer

Letters to the Editor

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the citizens of Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon counties. I have been a member of the Pennsylvania State Police for more than 22 years and was humbly moved by the show of support by citizens, law enforcement and emergency responders at the recent ...

Transferring technology to blind

Opinion

The special problems of the elderly blind in central Pennsylvania came home to me when I was a patient last year at HealthSouth’s Physical Rehabilitation Hospital in Pleasant Gap. I am a 69-year-old paraplegic. I was in the hospital because I broke my ankle. My ankle has since ...