Editorials

Amid ‘clouds,’ another school year launches

August is the month when back-to-school shopping is in its proverbial high gear, even though sales of school supplies and the latest school fashions get underway right after the Fourth of July. But this month has been unusual on two fronts, and they’re the bases for concern and the fodder ...

WWI parade would be worthwhile

After hearing of the estimated cost — $92 million — of a parade he proposed to showcase America’s military, President Donald Trump wisely called the event off. As he noted, that much money could do much good if spent on defense hardware. Trump suggested the parade in Washington, ...

Welcome news on vets home

Although veterans will be the primary beneficiaries of the multimillion-dollar “renewal” targeted for the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home over approximately the next decade, Blair County as a whole also will reap great benefits from the upgraded facility. Here’s the way that a front-page ...

Higgins got off too easy

The old saying “poor guy” shouldn’t be used in reference to former Bedford County District Attorney William Higgins. On Friday, Higgins received a criminal sentence that can be likened to a sweetheart deal, despite the multiple serious crimes to which the former DA pleaded guilty in ...

Strzok testimony sealed case

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok was fired by the agency earlier this month, long after he should have lost his job. Strzok was involved in both the FBI’s investigation of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and that of President Donald Trump. He was removed from the Trump probe ...

Trimming trees can nip outages

The Electric Service Reliability Report for 2017 released on July 31 by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission shows what it describes as regressed overall reliability performance by the state’s electric distribution companies. However, those companies don’t deserve the black eye that ...

Newspapers cover everything but fake news

Even while he was running for president, the news media was a frequent target for Donald Trump. During his August 2016 campaign rally in Altoona, Trump took aim at the news media, pointing out the reporters covering his appearance and encouraging jeers from the crowd. So, it’s no surprise ...

Staying wary of cyber attacks shows vision

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that the United States is stepping up its fight against worsening threats to this country’s electricity system and other critical industries. According to the Journal, top Trump administration officials are devising new penalties “to hit back ...

Hyndman solution overdue

Most communities victimized by some troubling or terrible event aren’t prevented from moving forward and putting what occurred behind them relatively quickly. But the southern Bedford County community of Hyndman, which was the scene of a derailment involving 33 cars of a 178-car train on ...

Global wildfires declining

With destructive, deadly wildfires in California making both headlines and dramatic pictures, expect a new round of claims that climate change is to blame. But if there is a link between global warming and wildfires, it is a negative one. Solid, scientific research indicates the area burned ...

Flooding solutions important

It’s impossible to know for sure whether this part of Pennsylvania has seen the worst of this summer’s flooding and whether current clean-up efforts will be able to proceed without weather-related setbacks. It must be acknowledged that forecasts covering the coming weeks have indicated ...

Only judge Manafort on facts

Give U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III credit for insisting that Paul Manafort get the fairest trial possible. Manafort, at one time during 2016 a key adviser to Donald Trump in his bid for president, went on trial last week on charges unrelated to that campaign. Manafort is accused of a ...

State must keep pension funding at its forefront

The front page of Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal provided the troubling news that state and local pension shortfalls are hitting retirees with little time to engineer what the Journal described as a “Plan B.” “Many cities and states can no longer afford the unsustainable retirement ...

Expediting land bank smart move

Units of government oftentimes bog down proposals by trying to stuff too much into one measure. A Mirror editorial on Sunday noted one such situation involving the Pennsylvania General Assembly, which has failed to pass a Senate bill authorizing speed cameras in active work zones, in part due ...

Cautious approach with NK

It would be nice to believe news from North Korea last week is evidence that country’s regime is serious about the “denuclearization” deal with President Donald Trump. Indeed, the report sounded very, very good: “North Korea appears to have started dismantling key facilities at its ...

Highway crews deserve better protection

Typical of Pennsylvania state lawmakers’ lack of urgency on many — if not most — issues, both houses of the Legislature scurried from the state Capitol for their summer recess without completing work on important legislation that should have been passed and signed into law this spring, ...

US ought to help Mexico

Most illegal immigrants come to the United States for economic opportunity. A few make the journey to escape political repression or crime. In many ways, what they do is entirely understandable — though, of course, immigration laws need to be enforced. Making their own homelands more ...

Altoona measure worthwhile

Whether in Altoona or any other municipality, ordinances are in place for good reasons. Among them are to maintain order, respond to existing problems or address anticipated issues. Municipalities with leaders who pay attention to the issues and concerns of today but also look routinely ...

Lawsuit by MGM disturbing

So crazy has the lawsuit climate become that a court filing last week probably should have come as no surprise. Still, it is more than a little unsettling. MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas, has filed suit against hundreds of victims of the mass ...

Reporting of records troubling

In this legislative and gubernatorial election year, Pennsylvania lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf were elated regarding their ability to complete work on the 2018-19 state budget prior to the June 30 deadline for finalizing the spending plan. Both the Republican-controlled Legislature and ...