Opinion

Third-party candidates deserve fair chance

Letters to the Editor

We're bountifully bamboozled by Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, "news" squawkers from cable, network and print, and maddening malfeasance by the RNC and DNC.Our rigged system ignores legitimate presidential contenders, keeping them out of debates and off major news outlets, ensuring that all ...

Mirror’s joke misses the mark

Other Commentaries

Regarding your recent brimstone and vinegar editorial headline "Joke's on Philly lawyer."As the inheritors and trusted guardians of a free press, you should know better than most that the term "a good Philadelphia lawyer" originated as a compliment, inspired by gratitude and respect for Andrew ...

Tonight’s debate could be snooze fest

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Thanks to the nomination of volatile reality television star Donald Trump, the tonight's presidential debate between Trump and the soporific Hillary Clinton is widely expected to draw record numbers. With the polls knotted up and the swing states in heavy contention, conventional wisdom says ...

Catholics shaken again by probes

Editorials

Catholics across Pennsylvania, shaken by the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese clergy sex-abuse scandal exposed earlier this year, as well as a similar scandal uncovered in the years since 2003 in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, now are facing another possibly similar, unwanted, troubling test ...

Facts don’t bear out Kaneshiki comments

Letters to the Editor

On Sept. 6 WRTA had as its guest on the morning show Lois Kaneshiki, the new chairwoman of the Blair County Republican Committee.During the course of this show, the guest made the comment she wanted "educated" people working with her to essentially build a strong committee. Apparently, ...

Decisions on building by school board questioned

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in reference to the article "AASD asked to review decision."I find in this article statements by individuals like Bob Kutz, president of the Altoona Area Buildings Trade Council, to be absolutely correct in his B building presentation and he is an expert in the structural and ...

Feds should stay out of elections

Editorials

The security of U.S. elections are sacrosanct. That's precisely why talk of the federal government stepping in to "protect" election systems deserves no vote of public confidence.Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has said he's considering designating election systems as ...

Did Founders wait or put trust in God?

Letters to the Editor

The Altoona Area School District delayed accepting a gift from the class of 1966.The decoration gift included the words "In God We Trust." Board members said they could not act because it was a surprise to them. Was the reason for the delay because it was a surprise gift or was it because of ...

Teaching kindergarten far from baby sitting

Letters to the Editor

Being a retired early childhood educator, I read with great interest the articles about Hollidaysburg Area School Board member Lois Kaneshiki and her comments concerning kindergarten.Both at a recent board meeting and also when questioned by the Mirror about her comments, Kaneshiki clearly ...

Legislators waste time amid crisis

Editorials

Pennsylvania's allegedly full-time state legislators have returned to the Capitol after a typically overly generous seven-week summer vacation, which they took despite an unfolding opioid epidemic that claims the lives of nearly 10 state residents every day.They have left themselves just a ...

Tabling `In God We Trust’ bad move

Letters to the Editor

Because the Altoona Area School Board tabled the acceptance of the gift of a decoration that says "In God We Trust," then maybe they need to table the cash they get for their pay, because after all our money has "In God We Trust."Patricia Louise FlukeHollidaysburgEditor's note: School board ...

Abortion decision destroys US values

Letters to the Editor

A decision made by five Supreme Court justices has done more to destroy the moral values in America than any other single decision. Now the sanctity of human life has been completely destroyed, as experienced by the complete disregard of human life.The Roe v. Wade decision that permitted the ...

Kaneshiki’s remarks ill-advised, wrong

Letters to the Editor

Recently Hollidaysburg Area Superintendent Robert Gildea asked the Hollidaysburg Area School Board to approve a temporary kindergarten teaching position to keep kindergarten classes manageable at Foot of Ten Elementary School.Gildea was concerned that excessive class sizes would reduce ...

Politicos bury head in sand

Editorials

Less than a week after the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, residents of New York, New Jersey and Minnesota were under attack again over the weekend.A man wielding a knife asked potential victims if they were Muslims and talked about Allah before injuring eight people at the Mall of ...

An ode to Baker Elementary School

Letters to the Editor

We have lived across the street from Baker Elementary on Logan Boulevard since 1971 and have seen Baker renovated at least two times, now encompassing a block, from Ward Avenue to Landis Street.Fortunately, our four grandchildren attended Baker. They then moved onto Roosevelt Junior High School ...

Baby-sitting remark offends retired teacher

Letters to the Editor

As a retired teacher for the Altoona Area School District, who taught kindergarten for 35 years, I was deeply hurt and offended by Lois Kaneshiki's reference to kindergarten teachers as baby sitters who are wasting taxpayers' money.May I correct you by saying that these fun-loving, energetic ...

Don’t count Trump out just yet

Other Commentaries

If you aren't seriously contemplating the biggest black swan event in American electoral history, you aren't paying attention.Fifteen months ago, Donald Trump was a reality-TV star with a spotty business record and a weird penchant for proclaiming that he was on the verge of running for ...

TV, Trump overhype dangers

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The explosives going off in the dumpster in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea was not a major terrorist event - except on the TV news channels. No one was killed, fortunately. And thanks to superb police work, a suspect was captured within 48 hours.On the night after, Sunday, trains from ...

Kaneshiki failing in mission

Editorials

There's an old recommendation that people engage their brains before putting their mouths in gear.A couple of times this year, Hollidaysburg Area School Board member Lois Kaneshiki chose to ignore that sound advice - either that, or she proved she never heard it.But it's a recommendation ...