Opinion

B-A valedictorian ‘has great future ahead’

Letters to the Editor

After reading of Bellwood-Antis High School valedictorian Kerri Little in the June 8 edition of the Mirror, I thought, "Go girl, go."She's got a great future ahead of her.Every morning, always observe the three Gs of your day - get up, get out and get at 'em.And if you have to bite, bite first. ...

Council on right track with taxation plan

Letters to the Editor

I read the story about Altoona City Council's plan to eliminate the land-value method of property taxation and hope they follow through.I feel the move to this method years ago was a bad one for residents of the city as it tends to move more of the tax burden away from the commercial side and ...

B-A valedictorian gives lesson in morality

Letters to the Editor

We as Americans are very proud to say that, "Our children are America's future."Sometimes, we should hear without simply listening.I do not know Kerri Little, Bellwood-Antis valedictorian. Nor am I well familiar with the Bellwood-Antis High School.But I think that some principles are universal, ...

Economy combating malaise

Other Commentaries

Some big things continue not to jibe when it comes to the American economy.And Americans should be gravely concerned - not only about the economy but how our "leaders" keep misrepresenting what's happening on the ground.President Barack Obama was touting the decline in unemployment and growth ...

Builder or blabber in White House?

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen last week gave a somber assessment of the current jobs market, throwing cold water on President Barack Obama's election-year messaging. Obama has been bragging that America has "the strongest" economy in the world.Right, and pigs can fly. GDP growth under ...

Fair funding formula a good step

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Last week, I signed a fair funding formula into law, making Pennsylvania's system of school funding fairer and more equitable.Prior to the signing of this bill, Pennsylvania was one of only three states in the nation without a fair funding formula.The fair funding formula was created and ...

Valedictorian’s message a call for evaluation

Editorials

It's too soon to speculate what Kerri Little's ultimate impact on the Bellwood-Antis School District might be, stemming from her decisions not to present the valedictorian speech at her school's commencement ceremony and to boycott the June 2 event.But based on the serious and troubling message ...

Mirror touched by recent passings

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The Mirror is saddened by three recent losses to its extended family.One was Ed Frank, who passed away Thursday at the age of 81.For every byline and photo credit you see in your daily paper, there are unsung heroes who toil quietly out of the spotlight.Professionals like Ed are content to comb ...

Altoona school board must ‘stop bleeding’

Letters to the Editor

What was the true cost of hiring John Kopicki as the Altoona Area School District superintendent less than one year ago?There is his actual salary - $20,000 more than his predecessor. Keep in mind that he had never worked in a district this size, had only six years of prior experience and no ...

Government must answer to its citizens

Letters to the Editor

I generally enjoy the Opinion page of the Mirror, and, as I write this, today's edition contains a column written by Jonah Goldberg concerning Hillary Clinton.I also happened to finish reading a book by Peter Schweizer named "Clinton Cash" for the second time.This has been going on with both ...

Toomey embraces security policies

Letters to the Editor

The Mirror recently included an article regarding Sen. Pat Toomey's visit made to Altoona to discuss the dangers of the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran.Toomey's visit got me thinking about Iran and how it has been decades since the leaders in Iran have given the U.S. any reason to ...

Eight is enough: Parade reveals Kane dysfunction

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has been through eight spokespeople in her tenure. No. 8, Chuck Ardo, resigned last week. He served a long stint as Gov. Ed Rendell's press secretary.There's a reason a public figure goes through spokespeople as rapidly as a prizefighter goes through ...

Addition, not subtraction, rules politics

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Having worked, as a younger man, in three losing presidential campaigns and having been lucky enough to cover the past 10 presidential campaigns as a journalist, I have been forced to learn a few semi-iron rules of politics that might even be helpful in trying to understand our bizarre ...

Couric more TV star than journalist

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In these days of news cycles measured in minutes, if not seconds, the Katie Couric scandal may seem almost as stale as Katie Couric herself.But bear with me. It's a big deal, and not just because she lied. But let's begin with the lie.Serving as host and executive producer for an anti-gun ...

Protecting Fallujah important

Editorials

Islamic State terrorists being pushed out of the critical Iraqi city of Fallujah have slowed the advance of Iraqi troops with a very effective tactic - use of human shields.An estimated 50,000 Iraqi men, women and children are trapped in Fallujah, U.S. and Iraqi officials say. Those who try to ...

Minorities lacking in fire department

Letters to the Editor

My question is for the mayor of Altoona and the newly appointed councilwoman.Are you bothered by the fact that you oversee the city that has a segregated fire department? I raised this question in 2014. They talked a lot about it for five minutes and properly moved on.All tax-paying minorities ...

Trump doesn’t respect POWs

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Col. George Day served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He earned at least one of every combat medal, including a medal of honor.In 1967, he was shot down over Vietnam. He was a POW for five years and seven months, being tortured and treated like an animal.Donald Trump does not like him or ...

Can Antis fire company be saved?

Editorials

For municipalities of northern Blair County, perhaps there's a gold lining lurking somewhere amid the current troubles of the Tipton-Antis Fire Company.Hopefully, that will materialize.But at least temporarily, the Antis Township supervisors' unanimous decision last week to decertify the fire ...

Trump keeps showing he’s ‘out of touch’

Letters to the Editor

Donald Trump is a multi-billionaire with no idea of what the average human plight can be.He is absolutely out of touch with society, and his plans on improving America are blatantly inconsistent and contradictory.Trump's proposal to ban and deport Muslims from our country is incredibly ...

Bellwood parade puts best foot forward

Letters to the Editor

I watched the Bellwood Memorial Day parade. I haven't been to one, I hate to say, in years.The weather was hot-hot, and as I watched this parade, I thought of the people marching who had on heavy clothes.This wasn't a five-minute parade. I think a lot of towns were having parades. We were real ...