Opinion

Don’t underestimate Trump’s achievements

Letters to the Editor

Let’s present some facts on a couple recent letters to the editor. We’ll start with Martin Baronner’s Jan. 8 letter (“Obama set table for Trump success”) in which he mentioned Benghazi. The state department is responsible for security. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turned ...

Statements about Benghazi incorrect

Letters to the Editor

Regarding Martin Baronner’s letter to the editor published Jan. 8: Is he lying or just “drinking the Kool-Aid?” He continues to follow the worn-out mantra of “It’s Bush’s fault,” and his statements about the failures in Benghazi are misinformed. First, “There was no ...

Joyce’s shutdown vote marks a contradiction

Letters to the Editor

Although it is nice gesture on Congressman John Joyce’s part to give up his pay during the shutdown, considering that he voted “nay” on the House bill to re-open the government and that he has the financial resources to tide him over until the shutdown ends, this gesture seems very empty. ...

Democrats driving dysfunction in DC

Letters to the Editor

Could you imagine how powerful the USA could be if the Democrats would just work with President Donald Trump? The Democrats have been upset since Hillary Clinton lost. I don’t have to ask why, the politicians’ paychecks have shrunk because there are no more payoffs from other countries ...

Future moms need to be accountable

Letters to the Editor

I often think what is wrong with people? Is there no common sense anymore? I reference the article in the Dec. 29 Mirror titled “Court rules moms-to-be using drugs is not abuse.” Really? You have a child that is at the mercy of his/her mother and she chooses — yes, chooses — to ...

Act of kindness shows generosity

Letters to the Editor

On the morning of Dec. 31, we and our special-needs son went for breakfast at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Altoona. Having finished our meal and preparing to leave, the waitress, instead of presenting us with the bill, informed us that our bill had been paid by an anonymous person. We ...

Judge proclaims: ‘Jurors are heroes’

Letters to the Editor

Jury duty is a high duty of citizenship. Jurors help maintain law and order and uphold the principles of justice. In a very real way, jurors protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Working together with the judge, jurors form a team to put into practice the principles of our ...

Teacher retention should become very real concern

Editorials

If people of area counties want a respite from thinking about the partial federal government shutdown, they have the option of focusing on two growing trends in education — four-day weeks and bans on homework — that, who knows, might someday take hold here, for better or worse. It’s ...

Consider consequences of building border wall

Letters to the Editor

The border wall will affect the natural environment. The national debate about border security doesn’t often focus on the natural environment. Hundreds of miles of public lands, including six national parks, sit along the U.S.-Mexico border. Barriers along the U.S.-Mexico frontier can ...

We must pay our $70B pension debt

Letters to the Editor

The Mirror’s call for a closer look at Pennsylvania’s pension systems and the many news stories published in reaction to the review commission’s recommendations are welcome developments on an issue that’s too often overlooked by Pennsylvanians. However, transparency and attention ...

Joyce already setting a good example

Letters to the Editor

Last week, Altoona’s own John Joyce was sworn in to the United States Congress. From my research, Joyce is the first member of Congress born in Altoona. Proudly, I read that Joyce is not accepting his pay until the government shutdown is resolved. If the rest of Congress follows his ...

Gas company must remain transparent

Editorials

Washington County, located in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania, is not a quick ride from Blair County. However, what is happening there should evoke notice and contemplation from people here and throughout the rest of the commonwealth. For the benefit of readers who might have missed ...

Non-presidential election still vital

Letters to the Editor

The article in the Dec. 29 Mirror showed the importance of voting in judicial elections. In recent years, many voters of our state have elected judges who were committed to denying that the unborn child has any legal status in our courts. According to this recent ruling, the mother has no ...

Farm Show real glimpse of our state

Editorials

Better-than-average January weather conditions have greeted the 103rd annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, which is underway this week in Harrisburg. The absence of snow, slippery highways and other adverse conditions is providing a great opportunity for area residents — non-farmers as well as ...

Show appreciation for those wearing blue

Letters to the Editor

Every day, thousands of law enforcement officers across the country leave their families and loved ones at home while they faithfully protect the communities they serve. Every law enforcement officer throughout Pennsylvania says goodbye to their families, not knowing if, when or in what ...

Obama set table for Trump success

Letters to the Editor

An editorial in September by Clifford Johnson was full of misleading statements. He started with Benghazi. The reason for Benghazi’s failure was the federal government’s passage of Sequestra­tion under Republican control. This bill cut government spending, including security for our ...

Trump doesn’t stand for conservatism

Letters to the Editor

Recent letters to the Mirror, once again, have presented opinions as facts. That is merely an attempt to influence the uninformed populace with one’s political views. It’s true that the government borrows from the Social Security Fund, but they always pay it back with time honored ...

Political change alters climate in Blair County

Editorials

“Climate change” was a major topic during 2018, referring, of course, to the issue of global warming and the factors allegedly contributing to it. Blair County is beginning this year with a different kind of climate change; some people might prefer to use the words “different ...

Contrary to column, capitalism is threat

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to a Dec. 19 column in the Mirror by John Stossel titled “Some gifts to help keep your liberty.” In this column, Stossel, who is a fanatical libertarian, attempts to convince us that we should give certain books to friends, even socialists, as gifts this holiday ...

Pensions require close look

Editorials

Pennsylvania’s two public pension systems received a wake-up call on Dec. 20, delivered by a review commission in a 400-page report. What’s clear from the report is that, if the two pension funds don’t respond appropriately, the funds risk increasingly shaky times. Fortunately, they ...