Editorials

Help keep MLK dream at forefront

The cover of this year’s January-February issue of Smithsonian magazine delivers the message “1968: The Year That Shattered America.” Like Time Books’ 2008 publication “1968: The Year That Changed the World,” Smithsonian examines the 12-month period a half-century ago that many ...

Candidates should address sexual payouts

This legislative and gubernatorial election year will be dominated by campaigning dealing with the annual state-budget-preparation fiasco, cutting the size of government, saving money by other means, candidate qualifications and continued debate over issues such as whether Pennsylvania should ...

Borough gets off on wrong foot

Cambria County’s Reade Township seems poised for less municipal controversy in the months ahead, if two meetings held this month are an accurate barometer. But the jury’s still out on whether the same will be true in Duncansville, based on the less-than-harmonious mood of Monday’s ...

Weather challenges need plan

This region is experiencing a respite from the brutally low temperatures and dangerous wind chills that maintained such a stranglehold during the final weeks of 2017 and the first days of this new year. It’s still winter, and more bad weather can be expected over the next approximately 90 ...

In election year, be wary of promises

Many Mirror readers probably reacted with an emphatic “Yes!” upon reading last Sunday’s article about possible 2018 efforts in Harrisburg aimed at state tax reductions and other commonwealth tax reforms. Those readers probably concluded “What’s not to like?” about this or any ...

Duncansville needs some new direction

For Duncansville residents who usually aren’t interested in attending their community’s borough council meetings, the meeting of Monday, Jan. 8 might be a good time to start becoming interested. The borough has entered 2018 without a budget, the council has failed to make a final decision ...

A positive legacy will follow Shuster

Without a doubt, many residents of Pennsylvania’s 9th Congressional District were taken aback Tuesday by the news of Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster’s retirement at the end of his current term. The unexpected news means that, at the beginning of next year, the 9th District apparently ...

Schools need to embrace transparency

Officials of the Glendale School District were criticized by parents and others last month for the way they handled information connected with a perceived threat. The district’s immediate response apparently was handled correctly; a lockdown was imposed and police were called. However, days ...

Let’s work to make 2018 a better year

What might be the most logical statement about this new year is that 2018 is going to be a fragile year. While 2017 was steeped in national controversy, 2018 needs to be a twelve-month period pointed away from such a counterproductive — perhaps even dangerous — scenario. This year needs ...

Mercifully, 2017 draws to a close

Today, people, pondering the events of the past 12 months, are likely more inclined to describe 2017 as a year to be forgotten, rather than one worthy of fond recollections. However, that’s no excuse for anyone to act carelessly or irresponsibly during 2017’s final hours while welcoming ...

Twitter must be careful

Twitter announced earlier this month that it has begun to enforce new rules meant to reduce abusive, hateful, violent content. Of course, the intent is good; and Twitter has every right to host whatever content it chooses. It is free to encourage or suppress whatever speech its ...

Onus on NTSB for answers

It became clear almost immediately after an Amtrak train crashed near Olympia, Washington, earlier this month that excessive speed was to blame. The train was traveling at 80 mph on tracks rated for 30 mph when it derailed, killing three people and injuring many others. National ...

City roads should be a priority

Keeping Altoona’s streets in good condition has always been a daunting challenge for city leaders. However, it’s not a situation unique to the Mountain City; cities all throughout Pennsylvania and in other states of the Northeast struggle with that same expensive task without ...

Payout for House rep. disgusting

It’s bad enough that $248,000 in Pennsylvania taxpayers’ money funded a sexual-harassment settlement involving a longtime member of the state House of Representatives. What many state residents might consider worse is that it has taken two years for the payment to see “the light of ...

Christmas full of hope, reflection and joy

For some people, it wouldn’t seem like Christmas if they weren’t finishing their holiday shopping at virtually the last minute. Liken it to those fathers and mothers who choose to decorate their Christmas tree on Christmas Eve — and wrap presents — after their children have gone off ...

Bruscoe’s sentence too light

No one besides Marc J. Bruscoe knows exactly what he was thinking when he was being led out of a Cambria County courtroom in handcuffs last month. Bruscoe was sentenced to six months in jail on Nov. 28 by Judge Timothy Creany for causing a June 2016 crash that claimed the lives of two Blair ...

Mellow decision appalling

Regardless of their political affiliation, Pennsylvania residents weren’t inclined to shed a tear in 2012 when Robert Mellow was sent to prison for 16 months and had to forfeit his state pension. The former Democratic state senator from the Scranton area, who served in the Legislature’s ...

Right answers remain elusive in Harrisburg

Republicans in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives have been busy working on a package of bills aimed at making changes to the annual budget-preparation process. The GOP lawmakers envision that the steps they are proposing will make inroads toward averting repeats of the consternation ...

Tyrone making progress

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 ...

Franken is merely the latest

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 ...