Editorials

City aims to better its service

It might seem a non-issue that Altoona officials will be making it easier for the public to present concerns and other comments to the various municipal departments. But the move is in fact an issue, because many municipalities do not have a contact-friendly means for the public to access the ...

Honoring those who died serving

In 1987, U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, a World War II veteran, introduced a measure aimed at returning Memorial Day to its traditional date of May 30. He continued introducing that measure without success until his death in 2012. There are people in this country who still ascribe to ...

This election proves every vote counts

Tuesday’s primary election in Blair County reaffirmed the importance of every vote, sending a strong message to registered voters nonchalant about their civic duty to cast ballots on Election Day. The election also proved the importance of every absentee ballot — that people not able to ...

Stressing importance of vaccines

Hopefully, Pennsylvania residents will be hearing and reading much about hepatitis A in the days and weeks ahead, now that Pennsylvania has declared an outbreak of the liver infection — a declaration that has made the state eligible for federal money for the purchase of additional vaccine, if ...

Police are always in harm’s way

No one needs to be reminded that when a law enforcement officer leaves home for his or her shift, there’s no guarantee he or she will be alive at shift’s end. There are myriad dangers out there. No officer knows what he or she will have to confront, whether in terms of a person wielding ...

There’s no such thing as ‘off year’

Although Blair County Republicans and Democrats will have the important responsibility of selecting two nominees each for seats on the Pennsylvania Superior Court, the main interest in today’s primary election balloting will be offices close to home that no registered voter should regard as ...

High-speed rail worthy of dreaming

It’s impossible to predict whether a fully functional system of high-speed passenger rail service ever will come to this part of Pennsylvania. However, for the Keystone State as a whole and other states in close proximity to the eastern seaboard, it would be great if there were ...

Duncansville project needs some patience

Some Duncansville residents might be troubled over the explanation they’ve been given about the bidding process connected to a $201,000 state Department of Environmental Protection grant. While it is not unheard of for a project to attract bids higher than anticipated, the fact that bids ...

Rainy Day Fund needs restocked

Pennsylvania’s Rainy Day Fund still hasn’t recovered from having been caught in the “storms” of recession and otherwise worsening state finances over much of the past decade. Ten years ago, the fund had a positive balance of $755 million. However, now, due to recession-related ...

Patience worn out with Iran

Some wars are ignited not because they were planned, but because what could have been contained confrontations blew up in everyone’s faces. That should not — cannot — be permitted to happen between the United States and Iran. Since President Donald Trump pulled this country out of the ...

Parking violations appalling

Contrary to its size, a short-in-length article in the May 3 Mirror was of interest to many people, including those who don’t necessarily pay close attention to what’s happening in the offices of state government and its various departments. The reason for that interest was that, during ...

Online gambling leaving lottery profits at risk

To varying degrees, lotteries impact the budgets of America’s states. Even if lottery profits are directed primarily toward funding specific programs, like in Pennsylvania, where senior citizen programs benefit, those profits enable states to avoid tapping general fund budgets for that ...

Strategy needed on NS plans

No information has been forthcoming about whether Norfolk Southern’s adoption of what’s being called “precision-scheduled railroading,” or PSR, will impact this railroad city in a negative way. For now, that silence is good news. However, Altoona would prefer an announcement that ...

Medicare, SS short on accounting

Washington again is crying “crocodile tears” about the financial condition of Social Security and Medicare. On April 22, the government’s overseers of Medicare and Social Security issued their latest annual report, this one indicating that Medicare is headed toward insolvency by 2026 ...

Ex-Altoona cop didn’t deserve ‘Starr’ treatment

Former Altoona police Sgt. Matthew S. Starr should consider himself extremely lucky. The sentence meted out in Blair County Court on Tuesday to Starr, who was employed by the Altoona department for 17 years, can only be judged as anemic, considering the charges prompting his arrest. The ...

Amtran to SC: What’s changed?

Whether Amtran can provide cost-effective bus service to Tyrone and/or State College in the future isn’t only going to necessitate a close examination of the current overall need and level of potential ridership. Also necessary will be a detailed look at past service failures involving the ...

Message still lost on frats

“Fraternities just aren’t getting it” was the headline of a Mirror editorial on Nov. 10, 2017. The editorial began: “The senseless death of a Penn State University fraternity pledge in February, reported nationwide, should have made every fraternity and sorority — at every college ...

Internet upgrades welcome

President Donald Trump revealed two pieces of big news earlier this month — one of them of enormous importance to millions of Americans who do not yet enjoy technology taken for granted by many of their neighbors. Some of those second-class tech citizens live right here in our ...

Christ’s resurrection rises above all

On this Easter Sunday, as Christians around the world celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection, a sense of sorrow also prevails, due to Monday’s devastating fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, described by the Vatican as the symbol of Christianity in France and a great symbol of ...

Fireworks ordinance confining

The proposed fireworks ordinance introduced by Altoona City Council on April 10 is laudable in its intent but might not be enough to avoid a repeat of the dangerous, irresponsible fireworks mayhem that the city experienced last July 4. The city is limited in what new fireworks provisions it ...