Editorials

Time for AASD board to move forward together

Disagreement, uncertainty and fears will continue in the wake of the Altoona Area School Board’s awarding of contracts on Monday for the proposed high school construction and renovation project. It will be a situation not unique to the local school system. Few school districts embark on a ...

Turnpike needs to crack down

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is most to blame for the motorists who have been depriving the turnpike of millions of dollars in toll revenue each year. The commission has had a history of not pursuing payment by scofflaws as aggressively as it should have felt obligated to do. It also ...

Don’t tax yourself by rushing

Now’s the time for a reminder to taxpayers who have delayed thinking about their 2017 income tax obligation: The filing deadline is Tuesday. That’s two days later than the usual April 15 due date. That’s because of April 15 being a Sunday this year and the fact that the Emancipation ...

Strip pensions for disgraced public servants

While calls to strengthen the state’s pension forfeiture act often follow the downfall of high-ranking elected officials, the list of former public servants who deserve to be stripped of taxpayer-funded retirement benefits is much more extensive. As the Post-Gazette’s Matt McKinney ...

Hollidaysburg should better manage friction

Public officials generate respect, confidence and trust in their job performance by their ability to work cooperatively with others who are serving their community. That doesn’t require them to agree on every issue. In fact, disagreement often paves the correct path to a solution, while ...

Higgins destroys tenure

Upon resigning as Bedford County district attorney on Wednesday after being arraigned on 31 misdemeanor charges, William Higgins issued a statement saying he hopes he made a “positive difference” during his 14 years as a prosecutor. While he had prosecutorial achievements about which he ...

Go+TV will be ‘super’ combo

You’ll notice a significant change in our Go magazine beginning today. Go, which has been a well-received anchor in our Friday edition for 20 years, is merging with Select TV, our tabloid of TV listings that has been published and offered free with your Saturday Mirror. We’re now ...

Others at MSU must pay

Larry Nassar deserves all the punishment that the courts can pile on him. The former sports doctor is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison. Equally as despicable are those who knew something was amiss but failed to stop Nassar from sexually assaulting hundreds of college and ...

MLK work remains unfinished

When people of the United States awoke on the morning of Thursday, April 4, 1968, they did not imagine how significant the day would become — in a troubling way — before dusk would evolve into darkness. People of the nation, looking forward to Easter 10 days hence, and who only four days ...

Christianity’s ‘most important day,’ a beginning

Christians whose religious observances are based on the Gregorian calendar ended their Lenten journey this weekend, embracing the hope that is at the foundation of today’s Easter celebration. Orthodox Christians who are observing Palm Sunday today under the Julian calendar and whose Easter ...

Columbine providing real lesson

Regardless of people’s viewpoints regarding last weekend’s March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., as well as similar rallies held in other locales across the United States, it would do well for them not to ignore what’s happening in the school district that was the scene of the ...

Section highlights ‘progress’

Altoona, other Blair County municipalities and communities in neighboring counties have so much about which to be proud, as evidenced by this year’s People & Progress sections that accompanied Tuesday’s regular Mirror edition. This region is blessed with myriad businesses striving ...

Time to end Facebook’s free pass

Even in the Wild West of online marketing, legitimate enterprises ask consumers to opt in or out of sharing their data. But now, reporting by the Guardian and The New York Times reveals how online social media enterprises like Facebook leave open yawning back doors for marketers to obtain ...

Altoona must issue response in bullying case

The serious bullying and sexual harassment accusations leveled by a student at the March 12 meeting of the Altoona Area School Board demand that, within the bounds of privacy constraints, parents and other district residents are apprised of official findings of an investigation that was ...

Congress needs truth on Shulkin

We Americans disagree on many things. Not on our military veterans, however. There is virtual unanimity in the feeling that while we can never fully repay the debt we owe them, we ought to do our best in the attempt. That has not happened for some time. Scandals involving the quality of ...

Gallitzin warts need attention

Gallitzin Borough’s problems are a product of borough officials over the years preferring to “look the other way.” Rather than address problems as they began to evolve, officials opted to avoid friction between themselves and the people responsible for the problems. That’s not ...

Tax returns should be disclosed

Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates aren’t required by law to release their tax returns, but candidates for the commonwealth’s highest office have done so for at least six campaigns dating back to the 1990s. The practice of releasing returns began as an extension of what started on the ...

Gambling won’t solve state’s financial woes

Pennsylvania might — or might not — be on track to meet money projections for 2017-18 and 2018-19 tied to the major gambling expansion approved by the Legislature last October. But even if the goals for those two fiscal years are met, an important question will continue to be whether ...

Decision should rest with board

The Altoona Area School Board is right in electing not to subject the district’s proposed construction and renovation project to a voter referendum. When voters elect board members, they entrust in the successful candidates their confidence that they’re capable of making the right ...

Route 22 link still unfulfilled

If local-level leaders had been more aggressively involved in planning early-on for the four-lane, limited-access Route 22 in Blair County in the 1960s, this county might now have the eastern link between the Duncansville-Hollidaysburg area and the Huntingdon County line. The fact that that ...