Editorials

Attitude in Reade ridiculous

Reade Township in northeastern Cambria County remains a municipality in need of soul-searching. That suggestion isn’t directed at the township’s residents, who must watch while unrest encompassing the township’s municipal authority and board of supervisors prevents smooth operation of ...

Choking law good for state

It’s been about 11 weeks since a new law addressing specifically the violent act of strangulation — choking — went into effect in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, the commonwealth has been slow in disseminating information about it. It’s likely that many people in the Mirror’s ...

Raise awareness of carfentanil, before too late

There’s a powerful new villain on the drug scene, and talking about it before it claims people here — warning how deadly it is — is preferable to waiting until coroners and other law enforcement officials are counting its victims. Last month, coroners of Blair and Cambria counties ...

Vets’ home in need of intervention

For nearly 40 years, the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home has been a source of great pride for Blair County. It garners respect not only here, but from well beyond this county’s borders. Some people might recall that during the home’s early days — it opened on June 30, 1977, with just ...

Lesson in past PSU priorities

Had two former Penn State University officials done the right thing, some children might have been spared the ongoing pain of having been sexually abused. Apparently, the university’s football program was more important to the two. Former Penn State Vice President Gary Schultz, 67, and ...

Tyrone secrecy troubling

Regardless of how public reaction plays out regarding the departure of Tyrone Borough Manager Phyllis Garhart, the borough council erred in its handling of information related to the situation. And, unfortunately, borough residents still remain in the dark about the circumstances leading to ...

Legislators need to encourage town hall forums

The amount of anger, hatred, vitriol, division and fear currently dogging the United States might be unprecedented. But the conflicting moods and friction currently in play across the country should not keep federal lawmakers from holding open forums with their constituents, often referred ...

Antis progress derailed

Dilapidated properties have no place in any community. They’re unsightly and often dangerous. They erode the value of neighboring properties. But an even broader negative impact is how they diminish the character and appeal of the municipalities in which they exist, especially if there’s ...

Challenges remaining for diocese

The reforms announced Monday by the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese in regard to addressing allegations of child sex abuse are an encouraging step that all should welcome. Still, there are unanswered questions that many parishioners of this diocese likely are harboring in the aftermath of ...

Congress should strive for reform

Implacable critics of President Donald Trump dismissed his speech to Congress last week as full of platitudes and short on substance. One can only wonder whether they dozed off during much of the address. Trump offered a variety of policy prescriptions during the presentation. One of them ...

Pennsylvania higher ed faces belt tightening

Pennsylvania’s money shortfall could exact a troubling toll on the state’s higher-education menu, sooner rather than later. An upcoming comprehensive study and other measures by state-owned and state-related universities to limit the money shortage’s negative impacts have been late in ...

Burden on state cops too great

Pennsylvania’s approximately $3 billion deficit wouldn’t be reduced by $600 million if zero local-level municipalities relied solely on the state police for protection. But if all municipalities provided their own protection and required state police help only in certain serious ...

Obamacare is elephant in the room

You have to give former President Barack Obama credit for one thing: He and those in Congress who aided and abetted him did everything in their power to ensure Obamacare’s most glaring flaws could never be eliminated. They did so by crafting perhaps the most massive income transfer in U.S. ...

Catholics remain concerned

A year ago today — March 1, 2016 — Catholics of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese experienced a tidal wave of shock, sadness, anger and feelings of betrayal in response to a state grand jury report alleging that hundreds of children had been sexually abused by about 50 priests over more than 40 ...

Initiative at prison admirable

People end up in prison because of low self-esteem as well as bad decisions. To its credit, the Blair County Prison Board seems on track to tackle the self-esteem issue more aggressively than the county has done in the past. That is in the county’s best interests as well as those of the ...

Americans shouldn’t pay more

Why should Americans pay more to defend our European allies than taxpayers in most of their countries are willing to bear? That — not whether Washington should abandon NATO to the not-so-tender mercies of Russian leader Vladimir Putin — is the question President Donald Trump has been ...

Budget versus public safety: tough balance

Gov. Tom Wolf faces a difficult journey regarding his proposal to merge crime-related services into an umbrella agency known as the Department of Criminal Justice. Such proposals have failed before, under the weight of logical concerns, and there’s no indication that most state lawmakers ...

Toying with police force isn’t funny

The perpetrators of the rogue transmission on a Logan Township emergency radio channel late Feb. 11 and early Feb. 12 no doubt got great fun and satisfaction from their actions. After all, they were responsible for police officers spending hours responding to several areas to check out what ...

PSU sees emotional swings

February has been a month of two extremes for Penn State University. On the positive side, last weekend’s 46-hour dance marathon known as THON raised more than $10 million to benefit pediatric cancer patients and their families. Last year’s event raised $9.7 million. The ...

Trump must keep it real with Pence

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...