Opinion

Catholics remain concerned

Editorials

A year ago today — March 1, 2016 — Catholics of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese experienced a tidal wave of shock, sadness, anger and feelings of betrayal in response to a state grand jury report alleging that hundreds of children had been sexually abused by about 50 priests over more than 40 ...

Shuster should spend more time on the job

Letters to the Editor

Has anyone seen Bill Shuster? After just 28 days in session, Congress has been on a week-long recess. This prompted me to call Rep. Bill Shuster’s office to inquire about any planned events to meet with his constituents. I had assumed, incorrectly, that this “break” was intended ...

Trump won election, deserves a chance

Letters to the Editor

I vote every election. I very often don’t get the candidate I prefer. As I get older, my ideals have changed so at this point in my life I am more pro-life, believe we shouldn’t be letting the government take more of our rights (gun ownership, etc.) and should let people into this ...

Eichelberger miscast

Letters to the Editor

It seems to me that putting Sen. John Eichelberger in the position of chairman of Pennsylvania’s Senate Education Committee is equivalent to putting the fox in charge of guarding the hen house. Mary Jane Bickle, Tyrone

Ideas to spawn a new generation

Letters to the Editor

These are ideas from discussing, listening, reading and watching for my 60-some years on earth: We, as a country could reduce divisiveness, racism, poverty and naivete by enhancing patriotism, understanding and camaraderie among countless other good attributes. n Without family, or a great ...

Initiative at prison admirable

Editorials

People end up in prison because of low self-esteem as well as bad decisions. To its credit, the Blair County Prison Board seems on track to tackle the self-esteem issue more aggressively than the county has done in the past. That is in the county’s best interests as well as those of the ...

Victims still seeking justice from diocese

Letters to the Editor

March marks the anniversary of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s report detailing 50 years of sexual abuse of children by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. In well-orchestrated PR events, bishops and popes apologize. Behind the scenes, Bishop Mark Bartchak and the Pa. ...

Americans shouldn’t pay more

Editorials

Why should Americans pay more to defend our European allies than taxpayers in most of their countries are willing to bear? That — not whether Washington should abandon NATO to the not-so-tender mercies of Russian leader Vladimir Putin — is the question President Donald Trump has been ...

Leftist liberalism must accept facts

Letters to the Editor

Congratulations to Adele for winning “Album of the Year,” “Record of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” “Best Pop Solo Performance of the Year” and “Best Pop Vocal Album of the Year” at the 59th annual Grammy Awards. Adele is a class act who doesn’t have to perform ...

Enemy of the American people

Opinion

Donald Trump recently tweeted, “The news media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People.” When Republican Senator John McCain was asked about Trump’s tweet he responded, “If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, ...

Budget versus public safety: tough balance

Editorials

Gov. Tom Wolf faces a difficult journey regarding his proposal to merge crime-related services into an umbrella agency known as the Department of Criminal Justice. Such proposals have failed before, under the weight of logical concerns, and there’s no indication that most state lawmakers ...

Ott worthy to be sheriff

Letters to the Editor

Having served as district attorney for almost 20 years, I am aware of the responsibilities the Sheriff of Blair County has. The duties of the sheriff entail more than simply serving papers, and requires an individual who is able to supervise. Chief Jim Ott has supervised a department since ...

Israel masters brain stimulation

Letters to the Editor

I read Perry Conrad’s article in the Feb. 20 Mirror and found it to be quite informative about brain stimulation treatments that are not well known to most of us. I pay attention to these matters because I have a number of friends dealing with the ravages of Parkinson’s Disease. I was ...

It’s important to hold Shuster accountable

Letters to the Editor

As a member of the non-partisan group Indivisible Blair County, I would like to acknowledge all of those who participated in the rally outside Congressman Bill Shuster’s office. I also would like to thank the Mirror and local news agencies for objective reporting. I believe it is our ...

Toying with police force isn’t funny

Editorials

The perpetrators of the rogue transmission on a Logan Township emergency radio channel late Feb. 11 and early Feb. 12 no doubt got great fun and satisfaction from their actions. After all, they were responsible for police officers spending hours responding to several areas to check out what ...

‘Absolutely shocked’ by Trump’s arrogance

Letters to the Editor

As I am writing this, I am watching Donald Trump’s news conference (Feb. 16). I am absolutely shocked at this man’s arrogance, arbitrary, capricious leadership and lack of tact. I cannot believe he is the leader of this country. He tells lies like a machine gun fires bullets. He ...

President should learn to control his mouth

Letters to the Editor

In response to a letter written by Guy Landofi concerning the media: Come on. Trump is an embarrassment. Other nations are looking at things like this and shaking their heads. Trump’s problem is that he can’t keep his mouth shut. A prayer breakfast is no place to show how jealous ...

Reader needs to be more thick-skinned

Letters to the Editor

I am responding to the letter from Linda Hileman about the political cartoons representing Donald Trump. Over the past eight years, President Barack Obama has been parodied often (and still is at times) — sometimes very unfairly by the Republican leaning Mirror. So now it is Donald ...

Gov’t must not ‘forfeit consent of governed’

Letters to the Editor

Nations just don’t happen. They are put together by groups who are convinced that the people who live within a certain area will be better off as one political entity. This thing is called a nation. Nations are fragile. Homogeneous nations seem to have done best through written ...

Senator can’t run from his constituents

Letters to the Editor

“Hello. I’d like to speak to Sen. Toomey.” Thank you, Sen. Pat Toomey, for inviting us to participate in your teletown hall today. I was able to upload a question prior to your cast and was pleasantly surprised to find that you chose to answer a similar query from another ...