Opinion

AASD needs to proceed cautiously

Editorials

Whatever the Altoona Area School Board ultimately decides regarding the district’s administrative office space needs, paramount in that decision must be that it’s anchored with careful spending. The goal must not be creation of an administrative Taj Mahal. Rather, the facility eventually ...

Congress needs more who served country

Letters to the Editor

There was plenty of drama during the lengthy congressional hearing with disgraced FBI agent Peter Strok. Sadly, the congressional inquiry into bias and abuse of power by anti-Trump Strok was more of a partisan circus than an inquiry into the truth. I was appalled by the behavior of the ...

Letter to the editor

Letters to the Editor

TV has progressed, not for the better When we first married in 1953, we obtained a new black-and-white television with a 9-inch screen. We had a television antenna on our roof, and we did get several stations, and, if you tried for it, long-range stations. It had what they would call a ...

Our View-Gallitizin facing decision

Editorials

Our view Gallitzin facing decision Gallitzin Borough Council’s discussion last week about whether borough police officer Gil Barton should be allowed to work as a member of the Cambria County Specialized Emergency Response Team was important from the standpoint of available local police ...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor

Another day, Altoona asks for another dollar Another day in Altoona, another headline stating the Altoona Area School Board is looking to spend more of our money. We are now being asked to foot the bill for a new sign, an unwanted and unnecessary expense. The current sign works. No one ...

Left too often relies on using scare tactics

Letters to the Editor

Well, here we go again. President Donald Trump has been afforded the opportunity of another Supreme Court pick, and the left is apoplectic. All the minions have been summoned and have obediently reported. First order of business, develop false and/or misleading talking points and ...

Financial oversight paramount

Editorials

The criminal case tied to the theft of $123,481 from the Pleasantville Assembly of God in Bedford County between 2011 and 2017 is winding toward a close, but there’s still an important issue that needs to be addressed. It’s the question of why only one person was entrusted with official ...

70-plus years on earth have wrought lessons

Letters to the Editor

I didn’t vote for the president, and I’m not happy with the way that things are going in the country. But my 70-plus years have taught me the joys and sorrows of partisan politics. What I do know for sure is what I’m really missing in the White House. I know for certain because ...

Tyrone proves single-hauler best

Letters to the Editor

Kudos to Tyrone for being the only Blair municipality to figure out how to take out the trash. Here in Altoona, property owners are on their own to contract a hauler, but there is no ordinance requiring them to do so. If they do, they will pay a significantly higher rate than Tyrone’s ...

Tolling limited-access roads a funding option

Letters to the Editor

After reading Our View in the July 8 Mirror, I recalled writing you as well as a number of our elected officials with a simple solution to this ridiculous scenario of the debt being incurred by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. It is not with the feds where the problem lies, but rather ...

Mandate lead test for schools

Editorials

Whether or not state House Bill 2025 becomes law — we hope it will — Pennsylvania school districts should comply with the proposed law’s intent of having all school buildings’ water tested for presence of lead, a neurotoxin interferes with children’s ability to learn and ...

Eichelberger: Facts don’t match story

Letters to the Editor

I must set the record straight after reading the Altoona Mirror’s front-page story on June 22 about a Blair County Republican Committee meeting where a change was proposed to its rules concerning the election of the party’s chair. I am not on the committee and didn’t attend the ...

Iran got $2 billion; US received nothing

Letters to the Editor

According to senior cleric in the Iranian Parliament, President Barack Obama and his administration traded U.S. citizenship for at least 2,500 Iranians in the middle of the negotiations over the nuclear agreement. According to Iran’s Etemad Newspaper, Obama offered this as a favor to ...

Heed judge’s warning

Editorials

There was everything to like about the way Blair County Judge Jackie Bernard handled a 19-year-old’s burglary case on July 6. Hopefully, the young man learned enough from the experience to ensure that he’ll never again come before Bernard or any other judge as a defendant. We hope many ...

School board shows fiscal irresponsibility

Letters to the Editor

I have seen numerous letters in the Mirror over the past few years complaining about the fiscal irresponsibility of certain members of the Altoona Area School Board. Despite their numbers being reduced in the last election and being replaced by more fiscally responsible individuals, the “tax ...

Americans must stop divisive rhetoric

Letters to the Editor

We, the American people from all nationalities and religions, Democrats, Republicans and independents, need to stop, open our eyes and take a good look at what’s going on around us. We need to listen closely at what’s being said. Let’s make it perfectly clear; one of two things in this ...

Only creation explains abundance of species

Letters to the Editor

I want to respond to a letter that argued the undeniable existence of evolution. My point is not to argue against the existence of evolution. An organism adapting to its environment over time makes some sense to me. However, mutations typically do not result in a more complex and more ...

Spotlight on Garver offered new insights

Letters to the Editor

My sincerest thanks to Sean Sauro for his Monday Spotlight feature on Hugh Garver, one of my favorite professors at Penn State Altoona. What a pleasure it was to study under Garver, as he was always kind and respectful and always had time to assist and work with his students. He is a true ...

US debt choking America

Editorials

The $21.2 trillion national debt today is worrisome enough. But it is going to get worse, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. You may want to sit down for this: Within 30 years, the national debt will top $100 trillion, if nothing changes, the CBO is predicting. That ...

Mirror should remove its Opinion page

Letters to the Editor

After reading the Mirror’s view, “Sad day for the free press,” I was unable to follow how you somehow connected the tragedy at the Capital Gazette with attacks on the free press. The perpetrator was an evil deranged man with a personal vendetta. It was a scene that could have, and has, ...