Editorials

Venezuela uprising concerning

Venezuela is the 10th-biggest oil producer in the world. It may have larger petroleum reserves than any other country. Yet socialism has devastated the nation’s economy to the point that there are shortages of food. About three million Venezuelans have fled their homeland during the past ...

Oh, deer: More talk important

Many area landowners and hunters remain angry about the method the Pennsylvania Game Commission would prefer to use to try to halt — or at least greatly slow — the spread of chronic wasting disease in the state’s deer population. The commission wants to employ U.S. Department of ...

Hard line still needed on Taliban

To Americans of a certain age, the conflict in Afghanistan is beginning to look a lot like the Vietnam War. There are crucial differences, however, and they need to be borne in mind. U.S. troops continued to fight — and die — in Vietnam long after Washington stopped trying to win that war. ...

Anti-blight initiative good move

As reported in a front-page article in the Jan. 27 Mirror, Blair County’s anti-blight initiative is poised to move another step forward, now that about $66,000 has been collected through an additional $7.50 charge added to the recording of deeds and mortgages, effective in September ...

Legislature must tackle tough issues

Pennsylvania lawmakers in Harrisburg seem busy, based on developments at the state capital over the past week. However, some state residents — specifically, those who support a “window” for long-ago victims of the Roman Catholic Church child-sexual-abuse scandal to sue the church and ...

Stop putting politics before country

The first and most important responsibility of our elected officials within Congress is to protect the United States of America and its citizens. In this regard, it is clear that our representatives in both parties have failed miserably. Any problem can be solved by breaking it down into ...

Amtran report troubling

Amtran’s reported low ranking among its bus-service-provider peers, based on a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation performance report covering a five-year period that ended in 2015, has cast a shadow over its operations and the strong image it has tried to maintain. Exacerbating that ...

Budget address should bring some answers

Many Pennsylvania residents will be interested in hearing what Gov. Tom Wolf has to say when he delivers his 2019-20 state budget address on Feb. 5. No state taxpayer should embrace a lackadaisical attitude about the details of that fiscal message, even though taxpayers won’t have to fear a ...

Let voters decide on home rule

A voter-approved study is the right way to ascertain whether adoption of a home rule charter might be good for Blair County government and the county as a whole. Even if a study were conducted, there would be no certainty that home rule would be implemented. After the study, the county’s ...

Cath lab at Nason a win-win

Conemaugh Nason Medical Center’s new cardiac catheterization lab, which began offering services at the Roaring Spring-area hospital on Jan. 15, is a win-win for Blair County. The new service further enhances Blair’s already-strong standing as a state-of-the-art medical destination. And ...

A special legacy fit for ‘King’

Even now, a half-century after his death, debate continues regarding the life and legacy of America’s civil rights giant, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. His goals, successes — and even his unwanted outcomes — will no doubt continue to be subjects of study by many generations, going ...

Repeat DUI offenders need tougher penalty

The penalties for driving repeatedly under the influence in Pennsylvania got significantly tougher on Dec. 23, thanks to a law passed by the General Assembly in October, then signed by Gov. Tom Wolf. Although the new law is a big step in the right direction, in reality, the new measure can be ...

Teacher retention should become very real concern

If people of area counties want a respite from thinking about the partial federal government shutdown, they have the option of focusing on two growing trends in education — four-day weeks and bans on homework — that, who knows, might someday take hold here, for better or worse. It’s ...

Gas company must remain transparent

Washington County, located in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania, is not a quick ride from Blair County. However, what is happening there should evoke notice and contemplation from people here and throughout the rest of the commonwealth. For the benefit of readers who might have missed ...

Farm Show real glimpse of our state

Better-than-average January weather conditions have greeted the 103rd annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, which is underway this week in Harrisburg. The absence of snow, slippery highways and other adverse conditions is providing a great opportunity for area residents — non-farmers as well as ...

Political change alters climate in Blair County

“Climate change” was a major topic during 2018, referring, of course, to the issue of global warming and the factors allegedly contributing to it. Blair County is beginning this year with a different kind of climate change; some people might prefer to use the words “different ...

Pensions require close look

Pennsylvania’s two public pension systems received a wake-up call on Dec. 20, delivered by a review commission in a 400-page report. What’s clear from the report is that, if the two pension funds don’t respond appropriately, the funds risk increasingly shaky times. Fortunately, they ...

Do your part to help make ’19 positive

On the subject of New Year’s resolutions, central Pennsylvania is like anywhere else in America. Many people will make resolutions — some of them frivolous, but some very meaningful. Some of those resolutions will fall by the wayside quickly, others will remain intact for several months ...

As year ends, hoping 2019 is much better

Looking back on 2018, it was in numerous ways similar to 1968, which a 2008 publication by Time Books described as “The Year That Changed the World.” Reflecting on that year five decades ago, Smithsonian magazine, in its January-February 2018 issue, provided a more negative description: ...

Legalizing pot worth discussion

There’s nothing wrong with the “serious and honest look” at legalizing recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania that Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed. “Taking a look” wouldn’t obligate the Keystone State to pursue the legalization. That study would merely identify the pros and cons tied to ...