Opinion

Getting tough on jurors

Editorials

The problem of people ignoring jury duty summonses in Blair County isn’t new, and the court system has been a big cause of why the troubling situation has persisted for so long. For too long, the court system failed to initiate a tough stance against the no-shows, despite having the ...

Tamburitzans put on show to remember

Letters to the Editor

On Sunday, Oct. 28, we attended the 4 p.m. performance of the Pittsburgh-based Tamburitzans at the Mishler Theatre. To my surprise, when I called the theater the Wednesday before the performance, there were still tickets available, so I hurriedly rushed to the box office. Again, to my ...

At long last, time to vote

Editorials

People across America, including thousands here in central Pennsyl­vania, are breathing the proverbial sigh of relief today — that the long, bitter, divisive 2018 mid-term election campaign finally is ending. Fortunately for this part of the Keystone State, the campaign landscape was ...

Hollidaysburg parade should be at night

Letters to the Editor

The Hollidaysburg Hallo­ween parade is fast becoming a parody of itself. For years, the parade started at 6 p.m., and it lasted no less than two full hours. To get a good spot for viewing the parade, you had to get there two hours or so before it started. People would be lined up three- and ...

State should raise awareness on mental health

Editorials

It was in mid-October that Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale urged Keystone State residents to take advantage of available mental health services, at which time he also stressed the importance of improving mental health services at schools. DePasquale’s statement, made in ...

Parties must work together to ‘calm storm’

Letters to the Editor

We are under attack in a way my father, a World War II veteran, would not have understood. He was a very intelligent man and would be so sad to see our country so divided and angry. He was no fool and would have believed the U.S. Intelligence agencies’ charge that Russia interfered with ...

City needs more manufacturing jobs

Letters to the Editor

The city of Altoona, being flush with cash, now needs to focus on jobs. Former Mayor Bill Schirf set up a business-like plan for Altoona. This plan has produced excellent results; going forward will need his leadership. Altoona will need to stop increasing retail spaces and make time for ...

Joyce best represents our region

Editorials

Whoever is elected to succeed retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster in the newly created 13th Pennsyl­vania Congressional District will start at the bottom rung in committees and party roles. That’s a fact of life in Washington when a longtime incumbent steps aside; seniority means ...

Shedding more light on Kaczynski bombing

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to the editorial “Terror begets terror, and fear begets fear,” published in the Oct. 28 edition of the Mirror. In the seventh paragraph, this article’s author states that Kaczynski “engaged in a misguided and doomed-to-fail-from-the-start attempt to trigger ...

Address Pa.’s declining population

Other Commentaries

The facts are undeniable. Over the past 50 years, we’ve witnessed a decline in population and a decline in overall economic growth. Today, Pennsylvania’s problems are masked by a strong national economy and seemingly positive employment numbers. Sadly, Pennsylvanians are leaving the ...

Police program worthy

Editorials

The new police internship program to which Hollidaysburg Borough Council gave unanimous support earlier this month might have benefits beyond the borough’s borders. It could encourage some other communities served by municipal police departments, in this county and beyond, to implement ...

‘Seditious rhetoric’ influencing attacks

Letters to the Editor

On Saturday, Robert Bowers carried out a vicious attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh during Shabbat services, taking away the lives of 11 innocent worshipers. This deadly attack on the Jewish community came after the shooter proclaimed anti-Semitic slurs such as “all Jews ...

Impressive tribute to Altoona heritage

Letters to the Editor

Local Boy Scout Troop 49 and Cub Pack 49 were recently given a tour of the Railroaders Memorial Museum by Joe DeFrancesco, chief curator. It was a wonderful opportunity for the scouts, leaders and family members to explore the rich history of railroad in our fine community. What I was ...

Seeking answers, with heavy hearts

Other Commentaries

Pittsburgh now has joined America’s pantheon of mass atrocity. The 11 worshippers killed in Tree of Life Synagogue are seared in our consciousness now, but we cannot forget the 17 students and faculty in Parkland, Fla., in February; the 26 worshippers in Sutherland Springs, Tex., last ...

Violence attacks freedom

Editorials

In what has become far too commonplace in this country, another mass shooting occurred over the weekend — this time, right here in Pennsylvania — as an anti-Semitic gunman rampaged through the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday morning in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, killing 11 ...

Gas workers come to rescue

Letters to the Editor

It’s heartwarming to know that there are some caring people in this world, and fortunately for me and my son, on Tuesday, Oct. 16, there happened to be a group of them working for Peoples Gas Co. just outside our house along Garber Street in Hollidays­burg. On that day, as we were heading ...

We lemmings must start working together

Letters to the Editor

We are all lemmings. What kind are you? Are you the rebel, long-hair, ponytailed smoking Harley rider or the politically correct man who defers to everyone? Are you the tattooed beauty who got in line for one because it made you unique, or the nose-ringed tattooed teen who yearns to be ...

Descending enrollment clouds state

Editorials

Enrollment at the 14 state-owned universities in Pennsylvania is down by 4 percent this year, including nearly 38 percent at Cheyney University, the nation’s oldest historically black college. This is the latest batch of bad news for our state universities system, as enrollment has been ...

‘Terror begets terror, and fear begets fear’

Editorials

The cover of the April 15, 1996, issue of Time magazine, which focused on then-Unabomber suspect Theodore J. Kaczynski, referred to the Berkeley math professor-turned-recluse as “Mad Genius.” Time began what it referred to as a Special Report with the words, “The Power of Paranoia.” ...

Embrace slogan: ‘Love for all, hatred for none’

Letters to the Editor

The world head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, arrived in the U.S. for a three-week visit earlier this month. His first stop was the national headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Commu­nity, located in Silver Spring, ...