Editorials

Abuse of naloxone out of hand residency rule

Narcan, the brand-name version of naloxone, has been a godsend for many opioid users who’ve experienced overdoses and, thus, flirted with death. Narcan has the ability, if administered quickly, to reverse the effects of an opioid. But while a godsend, a downside has evolved as its ...

Neighboring spirit stood test of time

Forty years later, Blair County still can feel a deep sense of pride in how this county rallied to help Johnstown and other communities impacted by the 1977 flood. Any friendly rivalries that might have existed between Altoona and Johnstown at that time evaporated, even if only temporarily, ...

Restrict subprime lending

Interest rates will be allowed to continue rising, but gradually, later this year, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told members of Congress on Wednesday. The economy is improving, meaning the Fed’s longstanding policy of holding interest rates at basement levels is no longer necessary, ...

Legislators’ retreat leaves state in limbo

If the Pennsylvania Constitution absolutely forbade lawmakers from recessing after the June 30 budget-preparation deadline if the budget process remained unfinished, state lawmakers could not have staged their shameful retreat from Harrisburg last week — the House of Representatives, for at ...

Riptide rescue inspiring

Stories of courage exhibited by people helping others in danger are gratifyingly common. Normally, however, they involve only a handful of good Samaritans. More — many more — got into the act a few days ago at a beach in Florida. A couple of boys became trapped in a riptide offshore. ...

Northern route unlikely

The issue that JaNean Karlie discussed with the Antis Township supervisors last week isn’t unique to the area in which she lives. Development oftentimes triggers impacts beyond what are envisioned or intended. For Karlie and those who reside near her, recent construction has resulted in ...

Ward bill deserves quick OK

The Pennsylvania Senate should imitate Friday’s unanimous vote by the state House of Representatives approving a bill authored by Rep. Judy Ward, R-Blair. The Ward measure is aimed at allowing motorcycles registered in this state to display a Purple Heart/Combat Wounded Veteran license ...

Terrorist deserves nothing

Let us hope Omar Khadr never gets to enjoy a dime of the $8 million the Canadian government has awarded him or gets to send any of it to his terrorist chums in Afghanistan. Khadr, a native of Canada, was 15 when he was captured by U.S. troops battling Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan. Before ...

Collecting turnpike money vital

Aug. 4 will be an important day for the Pennsylvania Turnpike and for the more than 10,600 people who owe the toll road a collective $17.1 million. That’s the day when the turnpike officially gains the power to pursue vehicle-registration suspensions for those guilty of overdue toll ...

NKorea must be curbed

If there ever was a time when North Korea’s bullying militarism could be curbed without great loss of life, it probably passed decades ago. That should not blind world leaders to the reality that the regime’s lethality grows by the week — and cannot be ignored forever. A new North ...

Seek help from pros on flooding

Engineers or other professionals with training and experience in stormwater management might be able to guide Ebensburg officials about how to correct — or at least minimize — a Beech Street flooding problem. A street resurfacing project several years ago, by which the street surface was ...

Animals deserve protection

Finally, Pennsylvania has a tough animal-protection law. Praise is in order for the bipartisan legislative effort that achieved the measure’s passage and Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature. The measure is House Bill 1238, also known as Libre’s Law. It was signed by the governor on June 28, ...

Improving radio system important

Pennsylvania is embarking on a positive step, having begun the process of implementing a new statewide emergency radio system — called P25 — that officials hope will not be infected with access “bugs” like those currently hindering emergency responders. The key word is “hope,” ...

Enjoy your July 4 for all right reasons

The familiar painting depicting the signing of the Declaration of Independence portrays a tranquil setting full of confidence, self-assurance and self-fulfillment — a setting lacking doubts about the prospects for a bright future for the new nation. But now, 241 years to the day since ...

Status of mall worth keeping watchful eye

Change often brings anxiety, and the announcement in May that the Logan Valley Mall is up for sale might be causing some concern in the community about the eventual impact of that transaction, if it comes to pass. As an article in the Mirror’s May 23 edition reported, Pennsylvania Real ...

Levels of lead in Philly, state need addressed

Philadelphians live with lead in their air and soil years after scientists warned this heavy metal is unsafe. Some contamination is unavoidable, but steps can be taken to protect public health. Even small amounts of lead can stunt children’s neurological development. Lead may come from ...

Lawmakers should work through recess

It would be refreshing to hear even one Pennsylvania state lawmaker announce that “I will show up for work at my Harrisburg office every day this summer to protest the lack of a 2017-18 state budget that’s responsible, realistic and in the commonwealth’s best interests for the future ...

Altoona police being marred by black eyes

This has not been a good stretch for the Altoona Police Department. Last Sunday morning, Officer Erik Stirk, who was off-duty, was stopped at 11:19 a.m. on the 700 block of Sixth Avenue and arrested for driving under the influence. He is expected to be charged with DUI after tests ...

Camp David shouldn’t get lost in shuffle

President Donald Trump’s style is, well, different. In many ways he seems determined to redefine the presidency. In doing so he may give his successors new tools to deal with both domestic and foreign policy. Let us hope he recognizes the value of some of the old, well-worn tools, ...

New drug monster on horizon

The Mirror’s March 19 editorial began with the message that “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 ...