Opinion

Blight fight continues in Gallitzin

Editorials

Leaders of some communities can’t foresee a quick solution to the problem of blight, so they avoid talking about it. For many years, Gallitzin Borough was one of those communities, but now it seems poised to become an active combatant against the problem. One key to keeping the fight ...

Burke would be ‘great asset’ to 80th District

Letters to the Editor

I met Laura Burke this summer. I was very impressed with her positions to help our community. She would like to raise the minimum wage, restore funding for public education and help our state and local government to be transparent. She is also interested in approaching the opioid crisis ...

Best is best to fix ‘our broken system’

Letters to the Editor

Our broken system has a better chance of repairing itself if we reject the status quo politician. As a Baby Boomer, I am energized by the new generation of leaders like Emily Best who are connected to the reality of their fellow citizens, not to the influence of corporate dollars. Best is ...

Assessment appeals set up to be affordable

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to the letter of Dennis Dombrosky about the expense of pursuing an assessment appeal and the ability to recoup expenses. He claimed an appeal costs $3,000 to $5,000. This might only be incurred in a full blown trial with a lawyer before one of our judges on a ...

Occupancy in flood zone shows insurance need

Editorials

It’s going to take months for states victimized by Hurricane — subsequently Tropical Storm — Florence to assess fully the damage caused by the tragic, prolonged weather event. It’s going to take longer than that for many individual families to pick up the proverbial pieces from the ...

Vote for Burke for your health

Letters to the Editor

Laura Burke is the right choice for state representative. She believes that patient safety and the quality of care provided suffers when insurance companies (whether they be health insurance, car insurance, or workers compensation insurance companies) are allowed to dictate types of care, ...

Best would fight for environment

Letters to the Editor

We need Emily Best in our state senate. She would fight the abuses of eminent domain. Many of us have seen the devastation the Mariner 2 East Pipeline has caused in our area and across our state. Waterways have been polluted, wells contaminated, land ruined and properties devalued. To ...

New political low has been reached

Other Commentaries

Character assassination is distinctly the order of the day. This is not to be accepted for the good of the country. It is alive and well. The question is rather obvious and the roots for World War III are well underway. The battleground — whether we like it or not — is in the continental ...

Hollidaysburg’s hard line admirable

Editorials

Fines have been an important topic before Hollidaysburg Borough Council in recent weeks — for good reason. No municipality should be content to live with nagging problems affecting not only residents but the community’s image and reputation as a whole. But on one of the problem fronts, ...

Kavanaugh bid will be regretted

Letters to the Editor

Recently, while sacrilegiously dangling invisible crucifixes around their necks, 100 percent of America’s Christian Republican Congress seemed to be willingly complicit in misrepresenting the record and actions of their Supreme Court nominee. Many far-right conservatives are ...

Socialism is what we should embrace

Letters to the Editor

In the Sept. 12 letter to the editor, the writer spoke about socialism leading us down the wrong path. After reading the article, I must assume he is just ill informed and not knowingly misleading the readers. He tries to link Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Democratic congressional ...

Mirror got it wrong about Trump hats

Letters to the Editor

I’m addressing the issue of fake news printed by the news media about our president, Donald Trump. In mid-August, the Mirror printed a very lengthy letter to the editor, I am paraphrasing, how great they were at reporting facts and in being fair. They try in every example to make sure ...

Obama is wrong; Trump succeeding

Letters to the Editor

Recently former President Barack Obama stated there are conspiracy theories about Benghazi. No, Mr. President — a U.S. ambassador being killed along with three others is not a conspiracy theory. His staff, along with Hillary Clinton, first attempted to blame it on a video. The biggest ...

Grieving fathers carrying torch against hazing

Editorials

Tuesday’s Mirror article “Parents, frat leaders launch national anti-hazing effort” was good news that parents and young people alike should have greeted with hope and a sense of optimism. It can be said confidently that no right-thinking person wants to ever again hear of ...

Bishop Guilfoyle should change name

Letters to the Editor

I have contemplated writing this letter for far too long. I believed the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese would be decent enough to address the issue. The name of Bishop Guilfoyle should be removed from the local Catholic high school. Guilfoyle himself was responsible for the sexual abuse ...

Congress must help protect SNAP program

Letters to the Editor

Right as school let out in June, the House of Representatives took a vote that would make it harder for more than a million low-income families to put food on the table. They proposed draconian new requirements for SNAP (what we used to call “food stamps’’) in their version of the farm ...

Means to how we reach America’s goals matter

Letters to the Editor

Bill Teufel, in his Sept. 10 letter to the editor, wonders “why all the national divisiveness when Americans want the same things.” I would agree with Teufel that most Americans do want good jobs, lower taxes, a safe America, global respect and respect for our military, veterans and ...

Reade project in limbo

Editorials

There’s still uncertainty over how proposed water system improvements in Cambria County’s Reade Township will shake out in the weeks ahead. The project, supposedly involving replacement of 400-plus residential water meters and installation of approximately 2,000 feet of new waterline ...

Flooding has area on guard

Editorials

This region — and much of Pennsylvania — is living a wild ride of reality and uncertainty emanating from the persistent water-logged weather conditions that continue to wreak hardship for many while thrusting fear into the lives of many others. Tuesday’s front-page Mirror headline ...

Why did CamTran cut senior service?

Letters to the Editor

As a senior citizen, for years we were able to take a Cam­Tran bus to neighboring counties. I don’t understand why CamTran would all of a sudden stop going to Somerset, Bedford and Westmorland counties. For many seniors, they’ve take away their only option to travel outside of Cambria ...