Opinion

House was just bluffing on reduction

Editorials

For a while, there was a basis for cautious optimism that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was serious about reducing the size of its membership. During the 2015-16 legislative session, the House voted to trim its size, and the lower chamber seemed poised for the required second ...

Make your Valentine gift from the heart

Editorials

Bouquets upon bouquets of scarlet roses, heart-shaped powder candy with messages like “Be Mine” and “Soul Mate,” bite-sized chocolates meticulously wrapped in wax paper, dinner-for-two bargain deals — call these couples’ galore or single people’s incessant reminders of their ...

There’s a cost of doing nothing

Letters to the Editor

I recently tuned into the evening news, only to learn that Portage area deer hunters successfully organized a “shout down” of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s plan to harvest 40 deer for a Chronic Wasting Disease study. I listened as a young man — perhaps in his early 20s — ...

Rail probe should be welcome

Editorials

Two crew members were killed early Sunday when an Amtrak passenger train on the wrong track crashed into a line of freight cars. More than 100 people were injured in the accident, which occurred in South Carolina. Rail accidents seem to have become a regular occurrence. Sunday’s was the ...

Men must share responsibility, too

Letters to the Editor

Eugene Montgomery’s letter in the Jan. 27 edition of the Mirror makes it sound as though women get pregnant on their own, without any help from a male counterpart. What should happen in the case of incest or rape? Is a woman supposed to carry this child to term, a child created by force or ...

Narcan will only enable the junkies

Letters to the Editor

To the people this concerns: You know who you are, you are the so called do-gooders who think it’s a good idea to give opioid and other drug junkies a free box of Narcan so that after they take too much of a good thing and overdose, they will get another chance to do it all over again and ...

Wolf not ‘kicking the can’

Editorials

With Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf having delivered his fourth and final first-term budget proposal, attention shifts to the Legislature, which will alter significantly what the governor has put forth. Specifically, the state chief executive’s attempt at getting $1 billion in additional ...

Too often, agendas are dictating votes

Letters to the Editor

I usually hesitate to offer my opinion on issues if I don’t have all the facts, but several recent letters and articles in the Mirror have tempted me to offer some thoughts. The letter on Feb. 2 contained good facts and figures. It mentioned wages and benefits as major expenses. One issue ...

Addicts should pay for their Narcan

Letters to the Editor

I would like someone to tell me why we are now giving free Narcan to people who insist on using drugs. People keep saying drug use is a disease, but it’s not. It’s an addiction. These people choose to inject drugs into their system. So why should we give them a free dose of Narcan when ...

Missing Obama

Letters to the Editor

I miss President Barack Obama. It’s been a year now, and I still miss him. I miss his quick easy smile. I miss the dignity and grace he brought to the White House. I miss the warm feeling I got on seeing him with his family. I miss the love. I miss that. Donna Hamilton Altoona

Districts should consider school starting times

Opinion

Penn State researchers are far from the only ones who have found that later high school start times would better serve the adolescent internal clock. This isn’t a matter of “babying the future generations,” as one commenter on LancasterOnline put it. It’s a matter of biology. We know ...

TCJA benefits significant for many

Opinion

The benefits of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed at the end of 2017 will positively impact the take home pay of many Americans as soon as this month. Unfortunately, to listen to many media reports and some politicians, it amounts to “crumbs” and favors the “rich.” This is pure ...

PA budget still needs addressed

Editorials

Pennsylvania Republican legislative leaders and state Budget Secretary Randy Albright said in December that the commonwealth’s deficit problems were resolved with the passage in October of the Fiscal Year 2017-18 revenue package. They said that long-drawn-out preparation exercise, completed ...

Mercer served Logan ‘without fear, favor’

Letters to the Editor

To the citizens of Logan Township: Please be informed that our Chief of Police Tim Mercer will be leaving in early March. Mercer has served this township without fear or favor. As a former deputy state police commissioner, his strong leadership and command background has served us well. The ...

Friend’s life finally went up in smoke

Letters to the Editor

My best friend died today in a nursing home. She smoked two or more packs of cigarettes a day for 60 years. As I visited her this past week, I watched as she gasped for each breath. She coughed and almost choked on her secretions. Her weight had dropped to 70 pounds. Even with stents, ...

Legislators need reduction in pay

Letters to the Editor

We are all aware that our state is in a deep financial crisis. In 2017, the state missed a more than $1 billion reimbursement payment to Medicaid and $581 million in payments to school districts. The hard-working citizens of Pa. and their children are suffering because our state is ...

At least those on death row are still alive

Editorials

Despite not being worthy of much sympathy, the five Pennsylvania death row inmates who are suing prison officials over the issue of solitary confinement have, in that federal court action, made a point that many people don’t dispute. That is that solitary confinement can expose prisoners to ...

Congress should mend FBI

Editorials

It should have come as no surprise that some in the FBI have seen their power as something to be protected and perpetuated through political dirty tricks. This is the agency that was ruled over for decades by the late J. Edgar Hoover, after all. The agency’s headquarters, incidentally, ...

Four chaplains died as heroes

Letters to the Editor

The U.S.S. Dorchester, captained by Hans J. Danielsen, was carrying 902 servicemen and a full crew on Feb. 3, 1943 — destination Greenland. It was cold with heavy seas in the North Atlantic. The ship was overloaded as were many other transports that ferried troops to Europe. The conditions ...

AASD taxpayers better start bracing themselves

Letters to the Editor

If certain members of the Altoona Area School Board had any vision at all, they could look down the road a couple years and see the financial crisis that is looming in the not too distant future. I submit the following facts for consideration and defy any board member to dispute them. - ...