Opinion

Holding out hope for America’s success

Letters to the Editor

I am a 64-year-old Democrat, at least by name. The Democratic Party I knew is long gone. It is no longer as President John Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Our politicians, for the most part, have become a bunch ...

Obama’s legacy won’t be tough act to follow

Letters to the Editor

I find it absolutely impossible to believe there are still people who are living in a dream world who believe that they will wake up to find Hillary Clinton is president of our country. Beginning today, the “Trumpster” will soon be running things, and as far as I’m concerned, thank ...

Address budget for police

Editorials

An Altoona decision years ago apparently is the chief culprit in the declining number of applicants for police department vacancies. But blame for the decline also must extend to Pennsylvania state government’s failure to address its own fiscal problems. Harrisburg’s “kick the can ...

Chicago hate crime deserves prison time

Letters to the Editor

The torture of a white mentally challenged teen held for hours and tortured by several black teens in Chicago, the murder capital of the country, is deplorable. These must be the “deplorables” Hillary Clinton spoke about. This is a hate crime and should be treated as such and is not a ...

‘Time for all Americans to come together’

Letters to the Editor

I have been a registered Democrat for 60 years, and this is the first time I am ashamed to admit it. I have never seen a bunch of politicians bashing a future president as has happened since the election was over. Those are the magic words. It’s over now, and it’s time to move on. Give ...

Tyrone fire association needs work

Editorials

It’s common for the Pennsylvania Auditor General’s Office to make recommendations after an audit. Some of the recommendations are for correcting deviations from accepted procedures by the entity audited, or merely to help in implementing efficiencies. Since entities that the Auditor ...

Both sides of aisle lack common decency

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to a story that was in the Jan. 12 edition of the Mirror, titled “Trump’s attitude alarming” by Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker. I found the story by Parker to indeed be alarming, only for different reasons than stated in her column. As Ms. Parker states, ...

Porngate disclosure still lacking

Editorials

Individuals, families and businesses are expected to pay their bills. Governments at all levels should be held to that same responsible standard. Despite developments during the past week, people of this state still need to know more about the bill the commonwealth was asked to pay for ...

Trump won’t be duped; have faith in him

Letters to the Editor

Is anybody shocked that most Americans don’t trust Russia? More than 50 years ago and in the year 1958, the U.S. was quick to let the world know the U.S. didn’t trust Russia to live up to any promises. Did Russia really ever make any promises to the U.S.? Eleanor Roosevelt said that ...

Obama missed chance to postpone election

Letters to the Editor

All hail Donald Trump. Everyone learn to speak Russian and put the red flag over Old Glory. Of course, election officials would say Russian influence was inconsequential. If President Barack Obama could have done what anyone else would have done, he could have declared an emergency, ...

Organ donation shouldn’t be automatic

Letters to the Editor

I just read an article in the Mirror about people not donating blood or donating their organs after they die. This article seems to say basically that the people who donate just their “good” organs to someone that needs them to live are being unselfish. My organs, according to my ...

Trump’s tenure will leave long negative impact

Letters to the Editor

A Donald Trump presidency terrifies me. He is not qualified for the position. I fear not only the damage he will cause the nation, but also, his deleterious impact on other nations. His past actions have demonstrated he cannot tolerate anyone who disagrees with him. What will he do when ...

Organ donor possibilities encouraging

Editorials

It’s estimated that a new name is added about every 10 minutes to this country’s organ waiting list. Lifesharing, a Donate Life organization, says about one-third of those needing organ transplants die waiting. According to Lifesharing, as of last July 9, 1,887 of the approximately ...

Altoona’s recovery under Act 47 strong

Opinion

When I became mayor in 2010, Altoona was facing major critical problems. It was time to act to save our city from serious financial and internal structural matters. It was a daunting task hampered by a declining population and tax base. After intensive research during my tenure, I ...

Trump on right track with United Nations

Letters to the Editor

Recently, President-elect Donald Trump said, to paraphrase, the U.N. is a social club where everybody has fun. He is exactly correct. Trump also wants to defund the United Nations. There are many, many more of us who would like to see this spy organization completely abolished or moved out ...

Kerry should brush up on his history

Letters to the Editor

This letter is being written in reference to the Associated Press report in the Mirror Dec. 29 as an article entitled “Kerry tears into Israel.” The important factor that John Kerry, the Secretary of State, fails to recognize is the building of the settlements in the West Bank and in East ...

Insurance payments protect everyone

Letters to the Editor

Betsy McCaughey’s recent opinion piece “Debunk pre-existing conditions myths” is misleading. Her conclusion is to make those who have pre-existing conditions get their insurance from a high-risk pool and don’t make us young, healthy people “overpay for insurance.” High-risk ...

Electoral College gives entire country a voice

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to a letter to the editor published Jan. 5, by Elizabeth Shade. The Electoral College was not established to guarantee that a qualified person would be elected president. No, it was designed so the whole country had a say in a presidential election, not just heavily ...

More must be done to protect the Jersey Shore

Opinion

At long last, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and New Jersey are starting work on a comprehensive back bay flooding plan, but they are lumbering along waiting for bags of cash from the federal government and thinking about work as though they have the luxury of time on their side. They ...

Coal country eyes renaissance

Opinion

With the Trump administration just days away from taking the reins of power in Washington, coal country rightfully waits with great anticipation. The Obama administration’s war on coal cut deep in a number of states that rely on the industry as a backbone of their economies. The ...