Editorials

State needs to embrace all-day ‘K’

Some Pennsylvania children probably have benefited from not having had to begin their formal education until age 8, currently the latest starting age allowed under state law. Those children are a small minority, however. Gov. Tom Wolf wants to lower the mandatory starting age to 6 — the ...

Nominations invited for ‘20 Under 40’

The Mirror is accepting nominations for its 12th edition of 20 Under 40, which will recognize 20 deserving community members younger than 40 years old in the June edition of Blair Living. Criteria for nomination include business success, entrepreneurial spirit and community service of those ...

Troop can take lead on repairs

Friday’s Mirror article about damage to two toilets at the borough-owned Duncansville Community Center obviously wasn’t the biggest news of the day. However, there’s an important point that needs to be made regarding the unfortunate, troublesome — albeit small-scale — incident, and ...

Adamec’s legacy, sadly, will forever remain tainted

The fact that retired Altoona-Johnstown Bishop Joseph V. Adamec was laid to rest on Tuesday will not end reflection on his 24-year-long diocesan leadership role. Unfortunately, but deservedly, much of that reflection will focus on his failures tied to the diocese’s clergy sex-abuse scandal, ...

PSU could lower tuition with state help

Penn State President Eric Barron had hardly taken his seat in front of PennLive’s Editorial Board before he started extolling the benefits of Penn State and citing a flurry of statistics to back it up. Statistic number one — Penn State educates almost 100,000 students each year, and many ...

Williamsburg possibilities are intriguing

Smaller communities like Williamsburg, which are a significant distance from a major business and governmental corridor, need to capitalize on whatever assets they possess to be vibrant entities on the geographical landscape. It is not enough for leaders of those communities to be content ...

New HUD ruling is positive

Owners of some federally subsidized housing across the United States are undoubtedly deeply upset about a new rule put in place by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Even the executive director of the Altoona Housing Authority considers the rule “extreme,” although ...

Legislation good step for environment

Officials in some environmental groups were not at all happy when President Donald Trump signed into law the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act. But, you say, the act is a major step in protecting the environment. What gives? Indeed, the law, named for the ...

Barto gets what he deserved

The sentencing of former Johnstown pediatrician Johnnie “Jack” Barto on Monday in Cambria County Court exploded quickly beyond the parameters of local news. Just hours after the sentencing, a former suburban Johnstown resident currently living in Colorado emailed a relative about ...

Credit First Lady for mission

“Working group” too often is a political term that translates in the long run to talking much about a problem — but doing little. Let us hope a meeting hosted by first lady Melania Trump this week breaks the mold. Trump called a meeting Monday at the White House of the Interagency ...

Sheetz showing its vision

Sheetz stores have been good to Altoona and the hundreds of other locales where they exist as a vibrant member of the business community. The stores are well-respected by everyday customers as well as customers who are able to shop at them only infrequently. Altoona is, of course, the ...

On safety, city must not rush

Many Altoona residents probably wouldn’t be opposed to the city rescinding some of its rules governing plumbing and electrical work, and about who is authorized to perform that work. There are residents who consider certain existing rules problematic; they believe that the mandates infringe ...

PA shouldn’t be worried about clock

Pennsylvania lawmakers have many more important issues demanding their attention than considering whether Daylight Savings Time, which went into effect last weekend, should in the future be eliminated in the commonwealth. As long as the whole nation, or a region of the country like the Middle ...

Bridge project welcome

The biggest problem with PennDOT’s proposed project to eliminate congestion in the area of Altoona’s Seventh Street Bridge is that construction isn’t slated until 2022. But based on a front-page article in the March 2 Mirror, the improvement will be worth the wait. Traffic flow, once the ...

Teacher salary debate needs bipartisanship

There are reasonable arguments on both sides of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal to increase, to $45,000, the minimum salary for the state’s public school teachers. However, what also must be at the forefront of discussions, going forward, are the potential ramifications for ...

Building trust with your child

The cover of the May 10, 1999, issue of Newsweek magazine asked the question, “How well do you know your kid?” The reason for that question was the nation’s shock over the Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colo., which had occurred nearly three weeks earlier. This editorial ...

Pope must take harder line on abuse

Pope Francis said all the right things during the recent extraordinary conference to discuss sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests and coverups by their superiors. But what he did not say has some observers, both inside the church and out of it, upset. Francis summoned 190 Catholic bishops ...

Wolf wage plan is too aggressive

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s renewed proposal for an increase in the state minimum wage, which seemed dead on arrival at the time of his 2019-20 budget address on Feb. 6, might actually still be breathing, as a result of limited “life support” being provided by legislative ...

Mishler Theatre remains credit to our region

Cultural resources are a major component of a vibrant community, and Altoona is vibrant for many reasons. In terms of cultural amenities, Altoona is blessed by having the Mishler Theatre as a dynamic centerpiece amid the business, industrial and professional assets that, together, make the ...

For Amtrak, an exciting possibility

There has been no news yet about the progress of an expanded-passenger-rail-service study — involving only the potential for additional trips between Pittsburgh and Altoona — for which the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hired a consultant approximately five months ago. In ...