Opinion

New Altoona school hurts taxpayers

Letters to the Editor

I have not talked to one person that supports building the new Taj Mahal school in Altoona. New state of the art classrooms are not going to make the students any more intelligent. The teachers will do that. I can assure you that, with overruns, the cost to the taxpayers will exceed $100 ...

Politicians enable ‘devils in disguise’

Letters to the Editor

The Catholic Church is in the news once again, and it brings nothing but shame to parishioners across the state and world. The church wonders why folks are fleeing in mass exodus. Well, your answer lies in the headlines. I’m not writing this to bash on the Pennsylvania pedophile priests. ...

Conservatives are losing ground in United States

Letters to the Editor

Most know little or nothing about the legendary Mexican General Santa Anna, who wiped out a small band of heroic American fighters at the Alamo during the Mexico-American War of 1846-48. His real name was Antonio Lopez Santa Anna, born 1794. Liberal American public educators have done a ...

Trimming trees can nip outages

Editorials

The Electric Service Reliability Report for 2017 released on July 31 by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission shows what it describes as regressed overall reliability performance by the state’s electric distribution companies. However, those companies don’t deserve the black eye that ...

‘If you believe in creation, say so’

Letters to the Editor

In response to Pastor John Leatherman’s July 28 letter, I wish to applaud him and say how happy I am to have someone stand up and say that this theory of evolution can and should be denied. I hope that more and more people will stand up and denounce this ridiculous theory, because it is ...

Newspapers cover everything but fake news

Editorials

Even while he was running for president, the news media was a frequent target for Donald Trump. During his August 2016 campaign rally in Altoona, Trump took aim at the news media, pointing out the reporters covering his appearance and encouraging jeers from the crowd. So, it’s no surprise ...

Opioid crisis needs help from above

Other Commentaries

Most of us, whether Catholic or not, have heard the story of Saint Maximillian Kolbe (1894-1941), the Polish saint who died in Auschwitz, a German death camp. Father Kolbe was a Franciscan priest who volunteered to take the place of an inmate who was sentenced to death. Because three ...

Ottaway would help with checks, balances

Letters to the Editor

Although I have voted most of my adult life in Blair County, I now live outside the state and vote elsewhere. But I always consider Pennsylvania to be home and lend support to area office seekers who grab my attention. That is why I’m writing in favor of Democrat Brent Ottaway for U.S. ...

Kaepernick should add voice to Chicago tragedy

Letters to the Editor

The weekend of Aug. 4, 2018, at least 66 people were shot in Chicago, killing 12. My question is, where is Colin Kaepernick and his merry band of wealthy NFL protesting players who chose to take a knee during the national anthem, protesting because of what they call “racial injustice” to ...

Staying wary of cyber attacks shows vision

Editorials

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that the United States is stepping up its fight against worsening threats to this country’s electricity system and other critical industries. According to the Journal, top Trump administration officials are devising new penalties “to hit back ...

AASD majority must control excess spending

Letters to the Editor

In our last election of 2017, the taxpayers sent a clear message to the Altoona Area School Board that they did not want our elected members to continue to waste taxpayer dollars on new building projects proposed. The people replaced the tax-and-spend members of the board up for election ...

Hyndman solution overdue

Editorials

Most communities victimized by some troubling or terrible event aren’t prevented from moving forward and putting what occurred behind them relatively quickly. But the southern Bedford County community of Hyndman, which was the scene of a derailment involving 33 cars of a 178-car train on ...

Black misguided over kids’ separation

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to an article which appeared in the Mirror on July 30, entitled “Trump not to blame for kids’ separation.” Barbara Black, who wrote the article, appeared to be OK with the fact that these kids were separated from their parents by President Donald Trump because they ...

Anti-Trump folks need to move on

Letters to the Editor

Kudos to Barbara Black of Martinsburg for her sound thrashing of Elizabeth Shade. Shade seems to be walking around with blinders on and living in the past (the Obama administration). Donald Trump is president. Learn to accept it and move on, the way we did when Barack Obama was in the ...

Global wildfires declining

Editorials

With destructive, deadly wildfires in California making both headlines and dramatic pictures, expect a new round of claims that climate change is to blame. But if there is a link between global warming and wildfires, it is a negative one. Solid, scientific research indicates the area burned ...

Lowry taking on ‘fabricated enemy’

Letters to the Editor

The following is in response to a July 17 column in the Mirror by Rich Lowry, “Supreme Court’s power is dangerous.” Lowry comes from the right wing National Review magazine, which has never been known for campaigning the human rights of the oppressed in this country. Lowry contends ...

Keeping families together paramount

Letters to the Editor

Anyone who separates children from family members is a soulless, selfish, evil monster. Children need families. That is, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, to love, nurture and teach them to grow into caring adults. Anyone who looks the other way or is complacent in this is just as ...

Flooding solutions important

Editorials

It’s impossible to know for sure whether this part of Pennsylvania has seen the worst of this summer’s flooding and whether current clean-up efforts will be able to proceed without weather-related setbacks. It must be acknowledged that forecasts covering the coming weeks have indicated ...

Gun violence more threat than Muslims

Letters to the Editor

Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump asserted on many occasions with statements like, “a complete and a total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” to whip up the narrative that “Islam hates us.” Since the beginning, he has been playing the religion card in the ...

Only judge Manafort on facts

Editorials

Give U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III credit for insisting that Paul Manafort get the fairest trial possible. Manafort, at one time during 2016 a key adviser to Donald Trump in his bid for president, went on trial last week on charges unrelated to that campaign. Manafort is accused of a ...