Opinion

Settlement for McQueary excessive

Letters to the Editor

Give me a break. Awarding Mike McQueary some $7.3 million is a joke. This money will not fall from the sky as some juriors apparently believe. Since Penn State is a state school, I can only guess it will be a tax burden or tuition increase to fund. What college retains a coaching staff ...

Right approach to restoring courthouse

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to John Boors’ recent letter to the Mirror regarding the needed ceiling work in Courtroom 2 of the County’s historic courthouse. I agree with Boors that the ceiling should not be painted. It is not a smart financial decision. The current estimated cost for ...

The frustration of reassessment

Letters to the Editor

Like other people in Blair County, my wife and I received a ridiculous reassessment. Like Jeanne Stoltz of Altoona in the Oct. 15 Mirror, we have also spent a fortune. After our informal hearing, we were told to go out and pay to have a private appraisal done. Like Stoltz, we went to our ...

Address Gallitzin protection

Editorials

Although Tunnelhill Borough is questioning the amount of police protection it is receiving under its agreement with neighboring Gallitzin Borough, a bigger issue is how much Gallitzin residents want to pay for the peace of mind that police protection offers. Judging from an article in the Oct. ...

Reassessment, really, is just a runaround

Letters to the Editor

Well, it finally happened — a general meeting with no answers, other meeting with no answers and a final meeting with no answers. Call the courthouse, final answer, come out to the prothonatory’s office, bring a check for $131 to leave with papers for the appeal. I have been paying school ...

Halloween experience better than scary

Letters to the Editor

Thursday evening, Oct. 27, I was standing on our front porch handing out treats to youth dressed in all sorts of Halloween costumes. I was impressed that nearly everyone said thank you, but what really made my evening was one young man, perhaps 6 or 7 years old. He was dressed in military ...

Labor regulations hurt job hunt

Editorials

Most people living in the central region of Pennsylvania know that the labor market is not as strong here as it might be in other communities across the country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the nationwide unemployment rate currently stands at 5 percent. In the ...

Shuster best for our region

Editorials

It has been an unusual election year, and the 9th District is no exception. The Republican incumbent, Bill Shuster, is running again against his Republican primary opponent, Art Halvorson, who won the Democratic nomination in a write-in battle over a man, Adam Sedlock, who is actually a ...

Tax dollars keep going to the wrong places

Letters to the Editor

One person I know had their property taxes dropped by $200. Four people I know had their taxes pumped from $2,000 to $4,000. A few will drop, but many will rise, not the same math as the county commissioners, by one-third. Why, with millions of dollars wasted every month on foreign nations, ...

Sculptures in New York, Altoona worth visiting

Letters to the Editor

This letter is being written in respect to the unveiling of a new sculpture for a Public Space Project in the city of New York. The sculpture at the Convention Plaza on 11th Avenue in Altoona was created by an international Pennsylvania designer by the name of Rob Fisher of Bellefonte for the ...

We’d be better off with socialized medicine

Letters to the Editor

Doctors have told me all my life socialized medicine does not work. This is the biggest lie ever told. Canada and many European countries have it, and it works. There are no co-pays, no charge for office calls and no hospital charges. When you go in the hospital they pay you for what it cost ...

Toomey better fit for state

Editorials

Control of the U.S. Senate may be determined by the outcome of the Pennsylvania Senate race between Republican incumbent Pat Toomey and Democrat challenger Katie McGinty. With stakes that high and this being 2016, the campaign for the seat has been expensive — $34 million spent by the two ...

Trump’s accusers minus facts

Opinion

The roll out of women accusers against Donald Trump continues. On Oct. 20, accuser No. 10, Karena Virginia, charged that Trump took hold of her right arm in a crowd after the 1998 U.S. Open. When he did, his hand also made contact with the side of her breast. Attorney Gloria Allred, a ...

Which way does Nobel wind blow?

Opinion

The world got a bit of a surprise when headlines popped, many with implicit question marks, that Bob Dylan — he who needs virtually no introduction — won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The first American to win the prize since Toni Morrison in 1993, he is also the only American to win the ...

Clinton win would hurt Pennsylvania

Editorials

Hillary Clinton as president would be bad for America and bad for Pennsylvania. She would be a catastrophe for our region. Clinton and her mentor on energy issues, President Barack Obama, have convinced many Americans the only real victims will be coal miners and their communities. That ...

Cost of living adjustment unfair

Letters to the Editor

Are there any other senior citizens out there who — like me — are experiencing  absolute wonderment at the minuscule amount reported as the proposed cost of living increase for our specific group in 2017 while staggering amounts of money are pledged by our various elected officials and ...

Paying ransom harmful

Editorials

President Barack Obama is notorious for using executive orders and other unilateral actions to override existing U.S. policy. Now that penchant for imperial rule is coming back to haunt Americans. Several months ago, Iran released four Americans who had been held in captivity — but only ...

Time for Ginsburg to retire

Editorials

U.S. Supreme Court justices are appointed to the highest court in the land for life. But I believe it is time for 83-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to hang up her robe. We should all take a moment to acknowledge her long and spectacular legal career. Ginsburg has been a true liberal ...

Hollidaysburg needs Kaneshiki

Letters to the Editor

This letter is being written in reference to a Hollidaysburg Area School Board member by the name of Lois Kaneshiki. Her judges come from members of the Mirror administration and letter writers to the Mirror. How fascinating. As a taxpayer in the Hollidaysburg School District, it is with ...

Buying American would help all of us

Letters to the Editor

Back in high school, I learned an economic concept called supply and demand. Simply put, if people want something, they buy it. If people demand more of something, then manufacturers will supply more. The problem with this equation is that it doesn’t have a face on it. The only place you ...