Opinion

Constitution includes no ‘right to abortion’

Letters to the Editor

In recent weeks a number of states have passed new restrictions on abortion. Georgia, Alabama, Ohio and Kentucky to name a few have passed new restrictions ranging from outright bans to those prohibited after eight weeks. The actions of these states have led to the pro-choice (code for ...

Questions remain in Columbus

Editorials

Someone finally noticed something was wrong at the Mount Carmel Health System hospital near Columbus, Ohio — but only after 25 people had died, allegedly because a doctor ordered they be given excessively large doses of a painkiller drug. Last Wednesday, Dr. William Husel was charged with ...

Stormwater issues merit attention

Editorials

Sadly, many families in parts of the United States are facing years of recovery as the result of another catastrophic weather-related event. This time it is flooding. Flooding is no stranger to central Pennsylvania. However, flooding here generally is of a much smaller scale and shorter ...

Prince Gallitzin roads need to be addressed

Letters to the Editor

Prince Gallitzin State Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the state. However, the roads around it are a disgrace with potholes, berms broken off and patches on top of patches. I don’t really think it has been resurfaced since the park was built. Where is Cambria County’s ...

Like Trump, we need to put America first

Letters to the Editor

I support our president, Donald Trump. Better yet, I support America and our ideals. I did not support Barack Obama and most of his ideas, but, like most Americans, I remained quiet out of respect for our country and most of our ideals. We are, and have always been, a troubled country, ...

‘We are no longer safe in America’

Letters to the Editor

I always read with interest when there is a suicide bomb attack, or some other act of terrorism in places like Afganastan, Pakistan, Africa or Iraq and wonder what it must feel like to know if you go to the market, or to church or just out for stroll, your life is in jeopardy. You never know ...

‘Joy in the City’ helps bring us hope

Letters to the Editor

The city of Altoona was blessed last Sunday evening at the Mishler Theatre with the presentation of an ecumenical extravaganza called “Joy in the City.” The Mishler was packed with seats for 900, and most every seat was filled. This two-hour event was the dream of several pastors and ...

Memorial Day parade no place for politics

Letters to the Editor

I was very angry as I watched the Memorial Day parade in Duncansville. There was a Trump 2020 float in the parade followed by several riders on horses, carrying Trump flags. Before you think it, yes, I do not support this president nor his administration. However, I would not be happy to see ...

Commission oversight falling short

Editorials

Area hunters’ disgust in response to news about the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s financial condition was predictable. Keystone State sportsmen rightly expect that agencies that exist to look out for — and protect — their best interests should be transparent. However, the financial ...

Game Commission wants to set record straight

Letters to the Editor

A Mirror article titled, “Game Commission audit ‘disgusts’ hunters” that appeared June 2 contained several misleading claims that need to be addressed. First, one of the individuals quoted in the article references a single line from the auditor general’s 136-page report in which the ...

Tyrone hallmark: Stability

Editorials

The Tyrone Area School District is like the Pittsburgh Steelers in terms of leadership longevity. Whereas the Steelers have had only three head coaches since 1969 — Chuck Noll, from 1969 to 1991; Bill Cowher, from 1992 to 2006; and Mike Tomlin, from 2007 to the present — the northern Blair ...

Rights of women isn’t gov’t business

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to Grace Kennedy’s May 28 letter to the editor (“Our right to choose can’t be taken away).” I agree with everything she said, 100 percent. We are all human beings, we all have a right to be here and we all have a right to live our lives without interference from ...

Lessons of D-Day never fade

Editorials

Modern weaponry ensures that there won’t ever be U.S. involvement in another invasion like the one on this date 75 years ago, when Allied forces during World War II began their liberation of Europe on the beaches of Normandy, France. However, there are people in the United States and other ...

‘God bless greatest generation’

Opinion

Today’s the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, France in World War II — codenamed Operation Overlord, the largest amphibious assault and the largest sea, air and land operation in history. On Tuesday June 6, 1944, 150,000 American, British and Canadian troops supported ...

Hollidaysburg council leaving us strapped

Letters to the Editor

Recently I had the occasion to attend a Hollidaysburg Borough Council meeting. Uncharacteristically, I arrived early. While surveying the room, I watched as the 30 some chairs for the audience filled. The 11 principle players on the dais appeared at ease and cordial with each other while ...

IRS audit rate needs attention

Editorials

Each year, many more Americans join the ranks of people who opt to file their federal, state and local tax returns electronically. On the federal level, the arrival and growth of the generally less cumbersome electronic-filing option is part of the reason why some officials advocate a smaller ...

Lettermen’s show had pluses, minuses

Letters to the Editor

Thank you to the Mishler Theatre and sponsors for bringing a very class act, The Lettermen, to town. They were excellent and a very polished act. The number of shows that the senior crowd enjoys is limited, and we are excited when shows such as this come to town. The audience was definitely ...

Clean water plan needs your voice

Other Commentaries

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says the latest clean water blueprint is the “best and perhaps the last chance to restore water quality” to the bay. After decades of volunteer efforts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 mandated D.C. and the five states in the watershed to ...

Right call for Paule: Bow out now

Editorials

Despite the many ways she has tried to help the Republican Party in Blair County over the past several years while serving as an active volunteer, Samantha Paule, one of the nominees for Altoona City Council in the Nov. 5 general election, would help the party now by withdrawing her candidacy ...

Wolf must do his part to manage fossil fuels

Letters to the Editor

On Monday, April 29, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Pennsyl­vania would join 23 other states in the United States Climate Alliance and unveiled his Climate Action Plan. Thank you, Gov. Wolf, but we need to go beyond statements to actions. It’s time to address the immediate threats to our ...