Opinion

Mishandling of case smells of a cover-up

Letters to the Editor

The act of sexual abuse directed toward anyone is revolting and should not be tolerated by anyone. However, the revelations regarding the sexual escapade of a former Blair County intern, and the abysmal response of nearly every individual in a position of authority in the courthouse, leaves ...

It’s past time for state to fund CHIP program

Opinion

Families of nearly 180,000 children in Pennsylvania have an extra worry this holiday season. They are waiting for a letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services telling them that the state has no funding left for CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Pennsylvania’s ...

Can Trump survive Trump?

Opinion

The past two months of electoral losses for the Trump GOP feel very familiar. Newly elected president Barack Obama’s party lost off-year gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey and suffered a stunning upset in a Senate race it had no business losing, in Massachusetts. Trump’s ...

Who to thank for strong economy

Opinion

A president deserves partial credit for a strong economy. The current economic numbers are good, so to the extent that gratitude is due, let us offer it. Thank you, President Obama. The economic gauges have been improving steadily for the eight years of the current recovery. Barack Obama was ...

Cyber schools different, but they’re not inferior

Letters to the Editor

I would like to correct the record as stated in a recent letter to the editor titled, “Local schools are superior to cyber.” As a special education and social studies instructor at the Central PA Digital Learning Foundation (CPDLF), a cyber charter school in Duncansville, I have a ...

Longer vets’ program provides worthy tribute

Letters to the Editor

In the wake of the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, I am reminded of the patriotism and respect shown by more than 500 children at the Charles W. Longer Elementary School on Veterans’ Day. Their assembly program was entitled “Women in the Military.” With my 91-year-old mother sitting ...

Tyrone making progress

Editorials

Leaders of some communities carry out their routine responsibilities well but lack the kind of aggressiveness that’s needed for pursuing important new initiatives. Don’t count Tyrone Borough officials among those leaders, at least not in regard to the borough’s Logan Avenue streetscape ...

Commissioners have lost their way

Letters to the Editor

Did you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, after reading the Mirror, happy to see Blair County Commissioner Terry Tomassetti and his crew are raising your taxes again? Or did you have a large bottle of Malox on hand? Tomassetti cares about a building, the courthouse, which does not eat, ...

Downtown streets need improvement

Letters to the Editor

Every time I visit downtown Altoona, I am amazed at the improvements being made — on all but the main street. The stores and Penn State buildings have added new life to the downtown, but the streets remain rough and in need of improvement also. I mentioned this to my husband many times, ...

Tax increases have got to stop

Letters to the Editor

We the taxpayers have paid to fix the courthouse windows, paid to repair the roof and now we are told we are in for a major tax increase. What is next: Do the county commissioners want us to buy them a home and a new car? I benefitted from reassessment, and now they are going to take that ...

Franken is merely the latest

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigned on Thursday. He was following U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ lead. Conyers, D-Mich., “retired” earlier in the week. So, the two members of Congress in the news recently for sexual harassment have left. Problem solved? Hardly. The problem is not two ...

Tomassetti has lost touch with taxpayers

Letters to the Editor

Terry Tomassetti is the worst commissioner in the history of Blair County and a far cry from the self-proclaimed conservative who, when he hosted a local television talk show, had nothing but wretched things to say about anyone who so much as thought about raising taxes. Since his election ...

Blair County ‘robs Peter to pay Paul’

Letters to the Editor

The Blair County commissioners are now proposing a 25 percent increase in real estate taxes. Do you suppose they gave even one second of thought to the many senior citizens who live on a fixed income? They really cannot afford to pay any more because their budget is already stretched beyond ...

Helpful officer goes extra mile

Letters to the Editor

I was getting my car inspected when I received a phone call that my brother had just taken a nice whitetail on Huntingdon mountain. I told him I was on the way to help. I started the 2¢-mile trip back to where he was. After the long trek back, I realized I wasn’t in that good of shape. In ...

Disney needs to recognize princess

Letters to the Editor

During the Second World War, animators such as Warner Bros. and Disney created multiple propaganda cartoons for the Allied war effort. One of Disney’s animations “Der Fuehrer’s Face,” produced in 1943, showcased Donald Duck dreaming about living in Nazi Germany and the bad quality of ...

Goal for 2018: Find out way back

Letters to the Editor

Can anyone doubt that Putin has won? It is so clear that all that he could have wanted is what he has gotten. We are completely mired in our own spiral of chaos led by our president who continues to deliver to Putin all that he could ask for — chaos in the west and an America absent from ...

Graduate students merit aid

Editorials

The potential negative impact on university graduate students is evidence of the misbegotten haste dominating the current congressional tax-reform agenda. Lawmakers purportedly dedicated to the best interests of this country shouldn’t be giving even remote consideration to a provision, ...

Lessons of Pearl Harbor

Editorials

Time Inc., in a book it published in 2008, called 1968 “the year that changed the world.” The book’s introduction carries the statement that 1968 was “a knife blade that severed past from future.” Lance Morrow, the author of that introduction as well as of a 1988 Time magazine ...

Grad students can’t be tax exempt

Editorials

I wish to provide a counterpoint to Ryan Brown’s front-page article on taxing graduate assistant tuition waivers. The article lists a litany of alleged negative consequences. Let’s evaluate the size and fairness of the tax as well as who bears the cost of it. First, compensation is ...