Opinion

Sentencing is time to send dealers message

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Let's call it what it is. Anyone who deals heroin is likely participating in a homicide. The evidence of that is on our obituary page on an all-too-regular basis.With that as background, the blunt reasoning of Lycoming County Judge Nancy Butts at a sentencing hearing this past week was entirely ...

Blinded by the light

Letters to the Editor

This Republican Congress would veto Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi or Jesus Christ if they'd come back for President Barack Obama to appoint any one of them to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.Daniel MeckesAltoona

Kindness appreciated

Letters to the Editor

I would like to thank the young man who took the time to attend to my need at the Wendy's restaurant in the Cricket Field Plaza.Please know that your kindness and blessing brightened my day and reminded me that it is the kindness of others that gives hope in a sometimes hopeless world.May you ...

GOP, not Trump, is root of problem

Letters to the Editor

I am a registered Republican and support Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for president.I'm also ashamed of the tactics the GOP (the Good Old Boys Establishment) is now using to eliminate Trump as the Republican candidate in favor of Marco Rubio, who is one of them they feel they can ...

Sadly, church scandal is not something new

Letters to the Editor

People are aghast that priests in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese have been molesting children for 50 years.Really?Molesting children has been going on for hundreds and thousands of years in the Catholic church.Let's be fair: Every religion on earth has clergy members who molest children. Why? ...

Parties beware: Trip Sanders, Trump at peril

Letters to the Editor

So much for the party elites. So much for the super PACs. So much for the pollsters. So much for (many in) the media.Donald Trump's and Bernie Sanders' victories on Tuesday demonstrate dramatically how angry many voters are, and how dangerous it would be to try to thwart their candidates in the ...

Libertarians need to be realistic

Letters to the Editor

In this year's Republican presidential primaries, Sen. Rand Paul got little traction. In 2012, his father failed.That year, the Libertarian Party candidate, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, got just 1 percent of the vote.We libertarians must be doing something wrong. Maybe our ...

Appellate judges in Pennsylvania should be appointed

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Let's be frank: When some of the most politically attuned voted for candidates to sit on the state's Superior, Supreme and Commonwealth courts in recent elections, they frequently have not had a clue about who or what they were voting for.Since candidates are typically circumspect on how they ...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor

Like Sandusky case, storyline 'sickening'It's taken me two weeks to write this short letter, and it has been gut wrenching to say the least.I've been following the Mirror's news articles, online, related to child sexual abuse by Catholic bishops and priests.It's a story, as documented in the ...

Dress codes and dignity of females

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How many among us recognize the name of Yolande Betbeze Fox, the Alabama beauty who died recently at the age of 87?Fox blazed quite a trail through American culture when, as Miss America of 1951, she refused to reign in a bathing suit. The swimsuit-maker sponsoring the pageant was not ...

No solutions to ‘white poverty’

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In his continuing effort to pit races and classes against each other, Democratic presidential candidate and socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., has said that if you are white, "you don't know what it's like to be poor."He should drive some of the roads I've driven in West Virginia, among ...

It’s past time to take back power of vote

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Every decade, using updated U.S. Census information, states redraw their legislative and congressional districts. In nearly 45 of the 50 states, including Pennsylvania, state lawmakers get to decide how this process will evolve.Those in power draw the lines, creating wacky-shaped districts that ...

Ike’s words, tragically, not heeded

Editorials

Were he alive today, former President Dwight Eisenhower would be angry about a report that some Navy SEALs have to share rifles.But "Ike," who also was supreme military commander of Allied forces during World War II, probably would not have been surprised.Just days before he left the White ...

Accelerate bill

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to request support for Pa. House Bill No. 1041, an act providing legal protections from abusive work environments and for remedies.If you have been a target of workplace bullying or know someone who has been, contact your state representative asking for sponsorship of this bill.The ...

Trust in Halvorson too much of a risk

Letters to the Editor

Rep. Bill Shuster has earned my respect because he takes action, instead of giving lip service to important issues.Not only has he delivered for our district by creating jobs, fighting Obama on executive overreach, opposing additional spending and advocating for conservative values, he's been a ...

Statute of limitations should be lifted for all

Letters to the Editor

I agree that the statute of limitations needs to be abolished, but not just for victims of priests.As bad and horrific as this crime is, there should be no specialized treatment for one group of victims over others - none.If no one else will speak up, I will.As a victim who was re-victimized by ...

Questions lingering for diocese

Editorials

"What if?" questions continue to hang over the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese's nearly half-century-long child-sex-abuse scandal revealed last week during Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's release of a state grand jury report.What if none of the abuse had occurred and the money ...

Shuster going to bat on health care reform

Letters to the Editor

All of us have been impacted one way or another from the devastating impact of Obamacare.Fortunately for us, Congressman Bill Shuster has spent countless hours trying to roll back the broken law and put all Pennsylvania families in a better place.We all know someone who has lost their doctor, ...

Shuster doesn’t act like true conservative

Letters to the Editor

Congressman Bill Shuster's plan to "privatize" air traffic control by handing it over to the four remaining airlines was a horrid idea even before it was tainted by his dalliances and pleasure jaunts with airline industry lobbyists.While it is true that the sector needs a strong dose of ...

So far, Halvorson focusing on attacks

Letters to the Editor

Retired landlord and property tycoon Art Halvorson wants to be our congressman, but he has yet to decide what kind of campaign he wants to run.He has been running for Congress for three years now and all during this time, he told all of us he planned to run a "positive campaign."Actions speak ...