Editorials

Act 13 needs monitored for fairness

When the Pennsylvania General Assembly passes a law, it ought to ensure that it’s being administered properly — and, if not, find a way quickly to fix what’s wrong. Apparently, none of that was done regarding a four-year-old gas drilling impact fee law under which at least $20 million ...

State lags in driving safety

The federal government, seeking to reduce crashes caused by drivers distracted by phones, has launched a push on behalf of smartphone makers’ locking out most apps when the phone is being used by someone driving a car. As an article in the Nov. 24 Mirror reported, the National Highway ...

Pearl Harbor’s warning

This is the date 75 years ago that fears about the prospect of a second world war ended. “Prospect” became reality as Japan attacked America’s naval installation at Pearl Harbor, followed within about 24 hours by attacks directed at British Malaya, Hong Kong, Guam, the Philippine ...

Sharing with Salvation Army aids Altoona

Disasters might be out of the minds for many folks on a daily basis. But for Altoona Salvation Emergency Disaster Services, disasters are at the forefront of everyone’s minds. The group responds to situations throughout the area, lending support and services when many need it more than ...

IRC needs support from state

It’s unlikely that the 20 Blair County municipalities not covered by Pennsylvania’s mandatory recycling law will step forward to help the local Intermunicipal Relations Committee avert a financial crisis now predicted to occur by mid-2018. Money is tight for all local municipalities, and ...

Keep eyes peeled for ‘lone wolf’

Precisely what motivated Abdul Razak Ali Artan to injure 11 people in an attack on the campus of Ohio State University may never be known. Fortunately, a campus police officer at the scene for another reason shot Artan dead. It is a reasonable supposition that Artan was one of those “lone ...

State sending mixed message on alcohol use

When money is tight, you do what you can to cut expenses. It only makes sense. The exception, of course, would be if the cuts you make create another equally troublesome problem. For instance, attempting to shrink one’s winter heating bill by turning down the thermostat and sealing cracks ...

Castro’s troubling legacy

It’s easy to imagine why many young people in and around Blair County paid little attention over the weekend to the news about former Cuba president Fidel Castro’s death. It wasn’t holiday shopping that caused them to be indifferent to the news. Rather, it’s because Castro, eight ...

Reinstituting earmarks could benefit region

Earmarks again are a topic in Congress, and people in this part of Pennsylvania shouldn’t condemn them. Back in the 1970s, when highway construction was booming around the biggest population centers of the Keystone State, places like Altoona, Johnstown, Ebensburg and Bedford were told ...

Practice shopping safety

Good planning is the foundation for any Black Friday shopping experience, and Blair County residents have proven themselves to be experts on that planning front. They began compiling their shopping lists weeks before this day-after-Thanksgiving tradition, then tweaked and plugged in numerous ...

Celebrate tradition in thanks

Thanksgiving, the day set aside each year for Americans to show appreciation for the many blessings in their lives, also is a day of many traditions. The tradition most associated with the holiday, of course, is families gathering for a meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and much ...

Shopping locally important

Television’s home shopping channels, shopping opportunities via the internet, as well as pre-Black Friday sales offered by a few retailers, will chip away no doubt at some of the frenzy that Black Friday used to entail. But the Black Friday shopping experience isn’t dead — not by a long ...

Charges signal shift in fight against heroin

Tragically, nothing has slowed the headlines in the Susquehanna Valley or nationally regarding drug overdoses. One potential precedent-setting case out of Snyder County offers a potential pivot point in this difficult fight as the Valley deals with its 34th confirmed or suspected fatal ...

Pennsylvania won’t ring in happy new year

The “Happy New Year” greeting on the lips of Pennsylvania residents six weeks from now won’t be appropriate for state government in Harrisburg, if the Legislature’s independent budget analyst is correct. According to an article in Wednesday’s Mirror, the Independent Fiscal Office ...

Ballot question was dirty politics

The unprecedented presidential race just past got the lion’s share of the attention from voters and the media. But this election also left us in a Pennsylvania frame of mind. That’s not a good thing. It was emblematic of our state’s political culture that candidates for two of the ...

Red tape, HUD go together

If the Altoona Housing Authority were a problem agency in the eyes of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD’s reluctance and caution regarding an ongoing authority proposal might seem justified. But minus such a troublesome history, it would seem logical for HUD to ...

Keep eye on foreign leaders

Leaders of other countries were not the only people overseas watching the U.S. presidential election last week. Many of them are concerned with maintaining good, if not friendly, relations with us. But others monitoring our leadership have no such desire. All they want to do is kill as many ...

Liberals need to be reasonable

It seems there is no pleasing some liberals, especially those who serve as talking heads on cable channels. After months of condemning everything Donald Trump said from immigration and securing borders to repealing Obamacare and prosecuting Hillary Clinton, now these same critics are aghast ...

Clinton left door open to her defeat

Tuesday’s election proclaimed clearly the degree to which the American people are fed up with Washington’s business-as-usual, as well as the extent to which they’re demanding positive change. But the seeds for Hillary Clinton’s defeat were planted long before she emerged as the ...

State aims for 20th century

Pennsylvania leaped boldly into the mid-20th century this week when Gov. Tom Wolf signed a law that, 60 days hence, will allow retail beer distributors to sell six-packs rather than cases alone. Or, perhaps it was the 17th century or so, since the same new law provides for seasonal farm markets ...