Opinion

Amendment needed to stop flag burning

Letters to the Editor

Since the first shots were fired in both Concord and Lexington, Massachusetts, in April 19, 1775, marking the start of the American Revolutionary war, many men, women and even children have died in all wars defending and preserving Old Glory, the United States Constitution and the American way ...

‘Leftist liberals’ continue to get way

Letters to the Editor

America, we are on a slippery slope. We are now removing statues from the public view because a few people are offended. Right, wrong or indifferent, it is American history. If we are going to remove statues of Civil War generals because they offend and bring up memories of our past, then ...

Poorly-written bill hurt UC centers

Letters to the Editor

Well that was fast (by Harrisburg standards). On April 24, Gov. Wolf signed SB250 (now known as Act 1 of 2017), that makes $15 million available to reopen the three unemployment compensation centers for the next nine months. It took just 36 days from the introduction of the bill until it ...

Hillary remains in denial

Editorials

Hillary Clinton apparently believes 26.4 million American women hate themselves, along with everyone else of their gender. During an interview last week, Clinton was asked why she thought she lost the presidential election last fall. In typical fashion, she blamed everyone but herself and ...

New Altoona building is not the answer

Letters to the Editor

I, along with a lot of other people, am looking at the proposed new Altoona Area High School. This is not only going to affect the people in that school district but other districts and the state are looking at how this will transpire. I remember reading about one of the present school ...

Irwin Adams has strong qualifications for board

Letters to the Editor

This letter is being written in support for Kelly Irwin Adams, a candidate for the Altoona Area School District School Board. I personally have known Adams for approximately 15 years and believe she possesses the qualifications and demeanor to work effectively in this important elected ...

Expanded gambling won’t solve budget

Editorials

As Pennsylvania inches closer to allowing its casinos and the state lottery to take their games online, the obvious question becomes whether those new revenue sources would make a significant-enough dent in the commonwealth’s projected $3 billion shortfall to make that move wise. An even ...

Strangulation bill will help fight abuse

Letters to the Editor

When I began my career as a Sarah Coventry jewelry consultant, I never anticipated that it would lead me to advocating for domestic violence victims and the creation of Blair County’s first and only women’s shelter. My first experiences with domestic violence were as a child as myself, ...

‘Sweeping changes’ at diocese incomplete

Letters to the Editor

On March 1, the last sexual abuse survivor serving on the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors resigned from the commission, citing resistance from the Vatican. Marie Collins wrote in the National Catholic Register, “I find it impossible to listen to public statements about ...

Future, not past, should be primary focus

Letters to the Editor

Whether you are a believer or denier of climate change, one consideration is what are the risks of action or inaction? As a believer, if I am wrong, the risks are none, but the benefits are new technology, new jobs, less pollution, etc. If I am a denier, the risks of of being wrong are ...

‘Sweeping changes’ at diocese incomplete

Letters to the Editor

On March 1, the last sexual abuse survivor serving on the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors resigned from the commission, citing resistance from the Vatican. Marie Collins wrote in the National Catholic Register, “I find it impossible to listen to public statements about ...

Future, not past, should be primary focus

Letters to the Editor

Whether you are a believer or denier of climate change, one consideration is what are the risks of action or inaction? As a believer, if I am wrong, the risks are none, but the benefits are new technology, new jobs, less pollution, etc. If I am a denier, the risks of of being wrong are ...

Gambling findings deceiving

Editorials

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s director of compulsive and problem gambling — Elizabeth Lanza — says “gambling addiction is a huge, enormous problem for (only) a very small percentage of people.” Her use of the words “small percentage” in relation to the state’s ...

Toomey needs to start representing masses

Letters to the Editor

No one should support a repeal of the ACA unless the replacement legislation is significantly better. The replacement law should provide insurance coverage for more people, not fewer than the existing law. The replacement’s insurance plans should cover all the essential services. The ...

World’s powers must unite against genocide

Letters to the Editor

The U.N. reports that more than 400,000 have died over the past six years in Syria. The Syrian Network for Human Rights estimates the number of children dead at 24,000. In the recent sarin gas attack against its own people the Syrian government killed 87, including 21 children. President ...

Republicans have short memories

Letters to the Editor

Prior to and since the November election, I have read/enjoyed many pro and con communications on the Mirror’s Opinion page. My opinion is “to each their own.” I am a Democrat and have voted a straight ticket for many years. As a person, now retired, I was employed from age 17 ...

Pre-K investments worthwhile

Opinion

Blair County is our home, and we love it. The scenery is lush. Our industries helped shape a nation. The people are generous and full of community spirit. With all these blessings, opportunity abounds, but not for everyone. Too many of our young children have been denied the chance to enjoy ...

AG audit concern for state

Editorials

Last Tuesday, shareholders of Wells Fargo & Co., still reeling from a widespread sales-practices scandal, dealt the bank’s directors what the Wall Street Journal described as a “stinging rebuke rarely seen in corporate elections.” Pennsylvania residents, who in fact are shareholders ...

Science can provide important evidence

Letters to the Editor

Got polio? Neither do I. This was one of the many signs I saw at the March for Science on April 22. My family and I participated in the march in State College, which was a sister march to the larger one in Washington, D.C. It was well attended, and participants peacefully showed their ...

Waltz has vision for prothonotary

Letters to the Editor

I’ve known Cristi Waltz for a few years now, but I’ve known her husband since we were just little kids. That’s certainly not why I’m voting for her; that would just be ridiculous. Far too often that is the reason someone gets elected. Let’s elect officials that are qualified and ...