Editorials

Wreckage belongs at Flight 93

Sept. 11, 2001, seems so long ago, in many ways. A whole generation of Americans has no personal recollection of that tragic day. We are being reminded of it, once again, by the announcement that some wreckage from Flight 93, no longer needed for purposes such as investigating the tragedy, ...

Sobering statistics on crashes

Although summer hasn’t yet officially arrived — that occurs on June 21 — the summer travel season already is well underway. At this time of the year, drivers are accustomed to hearing the plea “drive safely and defensively.” Of course, that reminder is appropriate every day of ...

Talks with NKorea mark start

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at their summit in Singapore, made the challenge of improving relations between the two countries seem easy, with both leaving the historic meeting with a signed accord. But the months — perhaps years — ahead will judge whether ...

PASSHE faces tough decisions

Pennsylvania taxpayers shouldn’t be expected to continue supporting colleges that are virtually a shell of what they should be, when other options exist for their students. However, taxpayers of this state continue to financially prop up Cheyney and Mansfield state universities — two of ...

Roads, vision helping to drive Ebensburg growth

The business growth being experienced along the Route 22 corridor in the Ebensburg area is being described as “a rare and unique story” in this part of the state. One of those embracing that view is Dennis Simmers, chairman of the Cambria Township Planning Commission, who was quoted in a ...

Higgins bargain appalling

Many Bedford County residents no doubt shook their head in disgust upon learning that former District Attorney William Higgins apparently won’t spend even a minute in jail in connection with the 31 misdemeanor charges to which he pleaded guilty last week. Those charges involve obstruction ...

Incident at United concerning

United High School in Indiana County isn’t in the Mirror’s general circulation area. However, the high school isn’t very far from communities that this newspaper reaches each day; the United School District is connected to Blair County by Route 22. The high school, just outside the ...

Barr earns her ouster

Social media is like alcohol, in some respects. When not handled with care, it can loosen inhibitions and affect judgment adversely. But also like alcohol, social media need not be harmful if used intelligently and in moderation. Ask Roseanne Barr about that. The entertainer’s career is a ...

Incident puts damper on year at Hollidaysburg

The unconscionable incident that occurred last week in the Hollidaysburg Area School District has caused young people and adults alike, from within and beyond the school system, to wonder how, in this purportedly enlightened time, the four students involved became complicit with such a ...

Treat wildlife cautiously

Now that central Pennsylvania is experiencing some breaks from the persistent rainy weather that has dominated the past several weeks, more people will be venturing outside more often, not just to do yard work but also for walks in the woods or to enjoy recreational assets that parks ...

Opportunity awaiting graduates

So many opportunities await a country of graduating high school seniors. The world is open before them, just waiting for each to make their mark. Make no mistake, each of them will. This week, with graduation season in high gear, we’d like to offer our grads some thoughts as they enter ...

Pondering those who have left us

This hasn’t been an easy spring for those in charge of cemetery maintenance to ready them for today’s important observance of Memorial Day. The persistent rainy conditions have greatly challenged the dedicated workers. In most places, those maintenance workers do a tremendous job, and ...

State has proven it can go without shale tax for now

A severance tax on the Marcellus Shale gas-drilling industry has been one of Gov. Tom Wolf’s major priorities since he became Pennsylvania’s chief executive in 2015. If he’s re-elected in November, it’s likely that that so far elusive goal will remain one of his agenda items, going ...

Gambling expansion crapshoot

Nellie Drew, a sports-law professor at the University of Buffalo, told the Wall Street Journal that the U.S. Supreme Court’s on May 14 decision invalidating federal prohibitions on sports betting across the country would “add an entirely different dimension to fan engagement.” That’s ...

Cop killer shows his cowardice

Eric Frein exuded cowardice when he used the cover of darkness, trees and vegetation to mask his ambush of two Pennsylvania state troopers in September 2014 in Pike County. One of the troopers died at the attack scene — outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks — and another was ...

Election proves voters are open to newcomers

Tuesday didn’t produce the strong voter turnout that the primary election deserved, but people who did venture to the polls provided evidence that they were paying attention prior to the balloting. That was especially true in Blair County, which will elect two new state House members in ...

Reade’s troubles continue

Officials of municipalities in this part of Pennsylvania should be interested in watching how Reade Township’s missing-equipment saga plays out but not for a reason some might expect. To those other municipalities, the identity or identities of anyone who might have had a hand in making the ...

Clinton was right about North Korea

For once, Hillary Clinton is right on target. Her warning about negotiations over North Korea’s weapons buildup is absolutely correct. Clinton, during a visit to Australia last week, said U.S. officials should make no concessions to the North Korean regime without seeing concrete action ...

City takes important first step

The unflattering housing-condition information compiled by a survey launched by Altoona’s city planning office last summer doesn’t mean the Mountain City is a bad place to live. To the contrary, the survey’s optimistic side is that this community is being proactive in trying to ...

Voting should be priority

All of Blair County’s registered Republicans and Democrats should exercise their duty to vote in today’s primary election. With the national political situation so mired in uncertainty in this midterm election year, the eyes of the nation will be on Pennsylvania throughout today, ...