Other Commentaries

Colleges now islands of intolerance

Is there no limit to the level of disgusting behavior on college campuses that parents, taxpayers, donors and legislators will accept? Colleges have become islands of intolerance. Let’s examine some recent episodes representative of a general trend and ask ourselves why we should tolerate ...

President attacks his own

Dean Heller is a 57-year-old Mormon, husband and father of four who — because he is a U.S. senator from Nevada (having won in 2012 by a 46-45 percent margin), a state that Barack Obama carried twice and that Hillary Clinton carried — is commonly referred to as the most vulnerable Republican ...

Trump plays genuine tweeting fool

As the nation was preparing to celebrate its storied independence from the British crown, the president secured his place as history’s greatest jester. Or America’s first toddler president. Take your pick. Donald Trump did so by tweeting a doctored video clip of himself from several ...

Don’t penalize the 1-percenters

We keep hearing about “tax cuts for the rich” from various politicians. This demagoguery conflates earning a large income on which income tax is due and accumulating a lot of wealth. Many high earners spend as fast as they earn. Income taxes are levied on income earned, not wealth. ...

Remember those who sacrificed

Peggy Garner had a deeper and different understanding of liberty than Patrick Henry—he who famously shouted “Give me liberty or give me death.” Garner had no liberty. She was a slave. Henry detested taxation —without representation — by a distant British Parliament. Garner paid ...

Trump has mastered confusion

WASHINGTON — Five months into Donald Trump’s administration, only the unwise doubt the president’s intelligence. Just ask former FBI Director James Comey, who, in addition to being fired by Trump, has been redefined by the president as a dishonest leaker who might have lied were it not ...

It’s about his voters, not Trump

In Election 2016, Democrats seemed to assume that the unpopularity of Donald Trump would be enough to keep him out of the White House. It’s true that most Americans viewed him unfavorably, but the same was also true of Hillary Clinton. Given such an unappealing choice, millions of ...

Focused on making Greek safer

We’ve seen too many deaths related to dangerous drinking and hazing on campuses across the country. The horrific nature of Timothy Piazza’s death has further catalyzed a universal understanding that enough is enough. Many question whether these organizations are still sustainable. We ...

Free speech is not always tool of virtue

There’s a tension so deep in how we think about free expression, it should rightly be called a paradox. On the one hand, regardless of ideology, artists and writers almost unanimously insist that they do what they do to change minds. But the same artistes, auteurs and opiners recoil in ...

Balancing transportation, police needs

State government faces many tough choices as it works very hard to strike a balance between meeting critical needs and keeping the burden on taxpayers as fair as possible. One such tough balancing act involves addressing law enforcement needs across the state and keeping our highway and ...

Remove burden from our veterans

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in the United States as of December 2016 is at 4.7 percent. The unemployment rate for Gulf War-era II veterans (since September 2001) is 5.1 percent and 4.3 percent for all veterans (Bureau of Labor Statistics). After ...

Nuclear plant bailouts will hurt PA

Pennsylvania lawmakers will soon decide if a bailout or subsidy is awarded to the state’s nuclear power plants. A bailout will cost Pennsylvania consumers and businesses billions in surcharges over a long period of time and an untold cost for an unwarranted interference in the competitive ...

We’re in an age of unilateral rule

The Trump administration has been exhaustingly eventful, but almost none of the events have involved Congress. The beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency has been an extension of the last six years of the Obama reign, when Capitol Hill was largely a sideshow to the main event in the ...

Virginia shows us the future

Without Virginia, we probably never would have become the United States. It was Virginian leadership and talent that created the nation. Think first of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe, and don’t forget Chief Justice John Marshall, Patrick ...

UPMC flexes muscles, unfairly

COMMENTARY BY Dr. Angela Rowe The physicians and staff of The Advanced Center for Surgery thank state Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., state Rep. Judy Ward and state Rep. John McGinnis for ensuring patient choice in the Greater Altoona healthcare market and for attempting to secure high ...

Personalizing holiday important

A tear welled up in Hal’s eye, a deep sadness etched across his face as he recalled the moment. Omaha Beach, the day after the D-Day invasion. Hal had been tasked by his company commander to go back down onto the beach and retrieve some equipment. A farm boy from Iowa now deep into ...

Heart never stops yearning for Altoona

Random thoughts on a Sunday morning: I’ve traveled those mountains many times in my life. It seems like I know every bump and passing zone on routes 422 and 22 from Butler to Altoona. I departed my hometown Jan. 19, 1967, and headed east for three months and in April was permanently ...

Remembering a radio legend

To those of us working in AM radio in Altoona during the 1960s and ’70s and to a generation of listeners, he was Bill Robbins. A pulsating personality with a soothing delivery, Robbins came to Altoona as disc jockey and program director. He rapidly transformed an ordinary WVAM into a ...

Are farmers spilling the milk?

BY JOEL SOLKOFF Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY- 21) reports farmers in her district are spilling milk because the price is too low. When I was 19, I worked on a dairy farm. The work is hard. After milking twice a day (sometimes more), I cannot imagine spilling it. I have a mental picture of ...

Hard lines need to be drawn to combat bullying

I am getting tired of, according to media reports, the act of bullying in schools, and in the workplace getting swept under the rug — yes, swept under the rug. This is done by both the local school districts and various employers in the area. I personally know of children in the ...