Editorials

Fraternity alumni use of house appalling

The reputation of the national Beta Theta Pi fraternity is facing further damage that needs to be addressed quickly and correctly. Whatever positive contributions its now-banned chapter at Penn State University might have made at the university and in the State College area community over the ...

Storms provide reminders

Residents of America’s hurricane-stricken regions will experience growing impatience and frustration as the days and weeks ahead drag on, some of those residents having to deal with damaged or devastated homes, others without the everyday conveniences of electrical service, water that’s ...

9/11 remains etched

For Americans old enough to remember the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, the images of airliners striking the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York are etched forever in their minds. Beyond that, they cannot forget the additional shock and fear that they experienced upon hearing that ...

Uncertainty still clouding state budget

Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives returns to work Monday with a 2017-18 budget-funding plan, but it’s a proposal not without serious questions, the most important of which is whether there’s any chance that the Senate will concur. The Senate has had its own plan on the table for ...

N.Korea message ominous

Diplomats sometimes engage in hyperbole to make their points. But what Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said earlier this week may be the literal truth. Haley spoke during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Monday. It was called after it was confirmed ...

Fight DUI with more education

There’s no way to determine the full impact of the 1,600 driver education presentations conducted by Pennsylvania State Police troopers last year at schools, businesses and before community groups — sessions that deal with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and the consequences ...

Lottery madness continues

The Pennsylvania Lottery’s insatiable lust for additional revenue, having spilled over last Tuesday to its Match 6 game, evokes speculation about what might happen next. Will Match 6, sooner rather than later, become a twice-a-day game like many of the lottery’s other offerings? Will ...

Nation rallies to cause

Today’s Labor Day observance should focus not only on how American workers have enabled this nation to remain an uninterrupted economic engine with positive impacts around the world. On this holiday, people of this land also should be reflecting on how America’s workforce will mobilize on ...

Trump order carries bigger responsibility

President Donald Trump’s order reviving a Pentagon program making certain military equipment available to local-level police departments is controversial. That’s understandable. However, for the most part, police having access to such powerful gear wasn’t a matter of contention — ...

Israel faces war from two fronts

Brace yourself for another round of propaganda aimed at Israel. Expect to hear new allegations our only reliable ally in the Middle East is attacking Palestinians in the Gaza Strip for no good reason. Except that there will be a reason — self-defense. Yehiyeh Sinwar, the new leader of ...

No end to debt ceiling

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin won last week’s Stating the Obvious Prize when he predicted Congress will approve an increase in the government debt limit sometime in September. Of course lawmakers will approve a new debt ceiling. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth by both ...

Damage exceeds assistance

The front page of Monday’s Mirror highlighted the work of more than two dozen people who turned out Sunday for what’s become the annual Juniata River Cleanup. Sunday, which marked the fifth year of that worthy endeavor, while geared mostly toward removing large items from the river such ...

State leaders have budgeted a failing grade

An important question hanging over Pennsylvania’s state government is whether the commonwealth’s credit rating, which already is one of the nation’s worst, is destined to deteriorate further. As the current stalemate continues over fully funding the nearly $32 billion 2017-18 budget ...

Meth trade a persistent problem

The opioid addiction crisis figures as the most pressing drug problem plaguing Erie and the nation. Not that long ago, fears and resources focused on methamphetamine. Prominent in the 1960s and 1970s, the dangerous stimulant re-emerged here in the mid-1990s. Authorities blamed a ...

Fight vs. blight is worth it

The blight task force being established by the city of Altoona will elevate the community’s attack on that unwanted detriment to quality of life. However, besides getting the effort off the proverbial launching pad, all connected with the stepped-up anti-blight effort will need to ...

Address Hyndman concerns

The CSX railroad has been saddled with a substantial financial burden stemming from the Aug. 2 derailment in the southwestern Bedford County borough of Hyndman. The actual amount of the railroad’s loss might never be known because CSX has no obligation to report that loss. Regardless, ...

PSSA testing changes will be beneficial

Standardized testing required by the State of Pennsylvania should be a realistic barometer of what children have learned rather than how well their schools have prepared them specifically for the examination. That’s the underlying issue dogging the tests known as the Pennsylvania System of ...

Outside voice can help C-K

There’s nothing wrong with the Claysburg-Kimmel School Board’s 8-1 decision on Aug. 9 to seek help from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association regarding the district’s search for a new superintendent. Claysburg-Kimmel agreed to pay the PSBA $3,500 for its assistance in finding a ...

Emergency responders are heroes

The words “hero,” “heroic” and “heroism” all apply to today’s emergency responders. They put their own personal well-being, as well as their lives, on the line every time they respond to a call. The current opioid epidemic has added a new dimension to the challenges with which ...

Postal rules need to change

First-class postage stamps at 49 cents each may be about to go the way of the carrier pigeon. By next month, the Postal Service may be given permission to increase stamp prices dramatically. Increasing use of online communications has hurt the Postal Service, cutting deeply into its ...