Opinion

Attitudes about gambling have changed

Letters to the Editor

Maybe someone in Harrisburg can answer a question. Many years ago I used to work in a bar as a bartender. Back then the bars would sneak in so-called "poker machines."These machines paid the winners some money: some small, some large if you won a hand. The state police along with the Liquor ...

Don’t fall for IRS scam

Letters to the Editor

Many people in our area may be receiving multiple automated calls, about the Internal Revenue Service putting law suits against them.They will give you a number to call; do not do this. As soon as they mention the IRS, hang up. If you have caller ID, write the number down they called from.These ...

Why can’t two women run US?

Editorials

Raising the issue of whether the White House has room for two powerful women, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell recently stated the obvious.Some voters in a presidential election won't support an all-female ticket.Either out of gender bias or 240 years of conditioning, certain Americans ...

Lifetime limits

Letters to the Editor

After reading several articles about the grand jury report of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, I believe that the statute of limitations on sexual crimes against minors needs to be reformed. Currently, the statute of limitation allows a victim to press charges for up to 12 years after the minor ...

Bicyclists ignore law

Letters to the Editor

In the July 3 edition of the Mirror was an article by bicyclist to remind drivers that the law requires them to give bicyclists a 4-foot clearance when passing.The law also states that bicyclists are required to pull over to the far right side of the road, but not onto the berm so drivers can ...

Concert shows ‘high standard of excellence’

Letters to the Editor

I just got home from attending the 28th Infantry Division Band Concert at The Mishler Theatre sponsored by Blair County Arts Foundation. It was a very enjoyable evening titled, “A Night at the Movies.” The talented men and women of The 28th Infantry Division Band (U.S. Army Band) are ...

Reins need kept on government

Letters to the Editor

It is said that "Freedom isn't free."Yet, we have all heard, "I will gladly give up some freedoms to feel safe."But if that door is opened, where does it end? Who determines the freedoms I must give up in exchange for safety? Maybe there will be a feeling of safety, but are we safe from ...

House bill on gambling no sure bet

Other Commentaries

Like it or not, gambling and human civilization go hand in hand.It's an activity that's likely existed since the very dawn of man. In fact, the earliest evidence of gambling dates to 2,300 B.C. in ancient China. Now, 4,500 years later, gambling is more popular than ever.It should come as no ...

Education must embrace innovation

Other Commentaries

States and school districts have a once-in-a-decade opportunity to pursue student-centered, results-oriented policy and funding for their educational systems in order to provide greater opportunity and equality for students.This is a pivotal time for our nation's educational destiny.The ...

Hillary too big for jail

Other Commentaries

Last Monday, America celebrated the 240th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which condemned King George III for "(obstructing) the Administration of Justice."On Tuesday the American left celebrated as the federal government obstructed the administration of justice ...

New Altoona superintendent faces big issues

Editorials

New Altoona Area School District Superintendent Charles A. Prijatelj is being greeted by an overflowing plate of important issues, some of which will chart the course of the local school system for decades.He doesn't have the luxury of what's often referred to as a honeymoon - months to settle ...

Remaining true to Catholic faith

Letters to the Editor

As a Catholic in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, I, with so many others of my faith, have been scandalized and demoralized by the horrendous crimes perpetrated by the leaders of our church.At even the lowest level of awareness and honesty, it is impossible to pretend this is a minor problem soon ...

Altoona school board leading wrong way

Letters to the Editor

Is there a more inept group of people than those that serve or have recently served on the Altoona Area School Board?These people can't throw a ball into the ocean. They close schools then complain about lack of classrooms two years later? Now the grand plan is trailers. One has to be high up ...

Fly flag from tree at Halleck Place

Letters to the Editor

I read with dismay that Altoona City Council has been asked to chop down the majestic tree at Halleck Place and Morningside Avenue and replace it with a flag.Would it be possible to strap a flagpole to the tree, a flagpole taller than the tree and fly the flag from it above the tree?That would ...

Sign dismemberment abortion ban

Other Commentaries

On June 21, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives - in a bipartisan vote - overwhelmingly passed HB 1948, the Ban on Dismemberment Abortions.This bill also shortens the time when elective abortions can be committed in Pennsylvania, from six months (24 weeks) to five months (20 weeks).Its ...

Limit flag flying at half-staff

Editorials

A headline in Monday's Mirror asked, "Is flying flag at half-staff overused?"The answer to that question is an unequivocal "Yes."The practice of flying the Stars and Stripes at half-staff always has been associated with a national loss, such as the death of a president, former president or ...

Open lavatories affront to our rights

Letters to the Editor

Open lavatories? What difference does this make?For a parent with young children in a decent neighborhood in a small city much like any other, a quick internet search of public records revealed over 80 known sexual predators within three miles of our home. One listed as a sexually violent ...

TV newscasters need to be more accurate

Letters to the Editor

Almost every day when you watch the news, regardless of the channel, we are assaulted by a lack of professionalism.It is so completely clear that each of our news professionals simply do not know the news.They routinely mispronounce the names of people, places and things. Today I heard Gov. ...

Carrying firearms would limit mass shootings

Letters to the Editor

If more citizens carry firearms, the chance of a mass shooting would be greatly declined.According to CrimeResearch.org, from 1950 to 2016, 98.8 percent of mass public shootings happened in gun-free zones, meaning that only 1.2 percent of mass public shootings happened where guns are allowed.I ...

‘Pot’ train leaving the stations

Other Commentaries

Just four years after Washington and Colorado led in legalizing recreational uses of marijuana, the pot train has left the station.Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia allow legal marijuana access in some form, with legislatures in Ohio and Pennsylvania approving medical marijuana in ...