Opinion

Mirror coverage not responsible

Letters to the Editor

After reading the Friday, Aug. 4 edition of the Mirror, I had to just shake my head in disbelief. In the article about the drug bust as part of the story, the Mirror listed all the ingredients and containers needed to make meth. What were you thinking? I understand in this Internet ...

Duncansville project needs to be priority in here

Editorials

If President Donald Trump’s proposed trillion-dollar national infrastructure-improvement initiative now were on the verge of evaluating shovel-ready projects for funding, the borough of Duncansville’s busiest corridor might be a good candidate for a grant under that program. The ...

VA project raises red flags

Editorials

A package of emergency funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs was approved by the U.S. Senate this past week. It includes $2.1 billion for a special program to ensure veterans are not kept waiting for health care treatment at VA facilities. Meanwhile, the agency continues to spend in ...

Rail accident underscores shortcomings

Editorials

Wednesday’s train derailment in the southwestern Bedford County borough of Hyndman, while tragic, can also spawn appreciation for all of the strides that have been made in terms of railroad safety. While last week’s accident might make some people skeptical about whether enough has been ...

Mental health care cannot be optional

Letters to the Editor

Any health care plan that does not include mental health coverage is unacceptable. Recently, a health care plan known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act was attempted to be passed that made mental health care coverage optional, including health-sustaining treatments such as ...

Ott’s success story gets deserving coverage

Letters to the Editor

How refreshing, for once, to see on the front page the story of our own Dan Ott and his accomplishment. I had the pleasure of knowing Dan, his twin Dillon and sister Ceara, while they were students at Logan Elementary. What a fine family they are. I am sure his mom, who is a sweetheart, ...

Insurance provider shouldn’t jeopardize health

Letters to the Editor

Although my wife and I moved from Altoona to Virginia several years ago, we both still have our Altoona-area cellphone numbers. Because of this, this past weekend I was called by a pollster seeking opinions on the UPMC Health System. The gist of the poll was: If I could only go to a UPMC ...

Culture clash: History repeats itself in Pa. town

Opinion

They came, like other immigrants, seeking freedom from persecution and a new start in the United States. And, like immigrants before them, their transition into a new culture is a bumpy one. PennLive reporter Steve Marroni’s story about the fractious relations between roughly 100 Romanian ...

Missing case for GOP health care

Opinion

At 2 o’clock on a Friday morning in July — after having successfully run in three national elections on their party’s repeated promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which Barack Obama had spent the first two years of his own presidency (and a lot of political popularity) getting ...

Instability is not unpredictability

Opinion

One of the great myths about President Trump is that America’s enemies would fear him because he is predictably unpredictable. Trump himself stated during the campaign that he didn’t want to spell out general military strategy because he didn’t want to warn our enemies. “Douglas ...

State parks need more attention

Editorials

It shouldn’t have taken Pennsylvania 25 years to launch a new public review of the basic mission of the state parks system. The system, which now consists of 121 parks, should be subjected to a thorough evaluation at least once every 10 years. Too much can change — or deteriorate — over ...

Before teen leaves, talk about alcohol

Letters to the Editor

In the coming weeks, millions of college-bound freshmen will be leaving home for the campus for the first time. As parents prepare their teens for college, it’s important to set aside time to talk about alcohol. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, ...

GOP questions not new

Opinion

A president campaigns with promises to achieve a specific goal. The House goes along. The Senate begins to examine the matter, accedes to various lawmakers’ demands for special favors and concessions, but the process runs into resistance. Commentators ask why a Republican president with a ...

Reversing pipeline is bad news

Opinion

Many in the gas and oil industry are aware that Buckeye Partners’ affiliate Laurel Pipeline has asked the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to approve reversing the flow of the pipeline that delivers gasoline and other products to western Pennsylvania. However, very few Pennsylvanians ...

As cards aligned, Ott shined

Editorials

It’s always nice to see local products make good, and that is certainly the case with Altoona’s Dan Ott. The 25-year-old found himself at the center of the poker world during the World Series of Poker that was televised nationally by ESPN over several days and wrapped up July 23. Poker ...

Stop placing hope in our political parties

Letters to the Editor

Concerning health care for all Americans, the nation has witnessed the spurious, corporate concerns of both Trump and the Republican majority of Congress. Both branches of government want to impose a system that would deny health care to countless Americans, including millions of Trump ...

Trump’s scouting report

Opinion

Every time I share my concerns about Donald Trump’s impact on America’s children, a certain percentage of readers assure me that no child is paying attention to what our president says. I hope we can now all agree to put that magical thinking to rest in the wake of Trump’s spectacle of ...

There’s war and rumors of war

Opinion

One month after the election, President-elect Donald Trump made a “victory tour” of states that had helped deliver his surprise win. In Fayetteville, North Carolina, Trump introduced his choice for Secretary of Defense, Gen. James Mattis, and pledged the following: “We will stop racing ...

Proposal shouldn’t be rushed

Editorials

Freshman state Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr.’s proposal that Cambria County be removed from the list of counties where a vehicle emissions test is required each year should not be approved without a close evaluation by environmental experts and the opportunity for public input at formal ...

Trump lacking ‘spiritual center’

Letters to the Editor

Although President Donald Trump later changed his position, he revealed his true heart when he declared that instead of repealing Obamacare, he would let it fail. He was saying that he is willing to let people struggle again for decent health care; he was saying that he is willing to let ...