Opinion

Raise awareness of carfentanil, before too late

Editorials

There’s a powerful new villain on the drug scene, and talking about it before it claims people here — warning how deadly it is — is preferable to waiting until coroners and other law enforcement officials are counting its victims. Last month, coroners of Blair and Cambria counties ...

McClure would serve Blair County well

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to support Sheriff Sam McClure in the upcoming election for Blair County sheriff. I have known McClure for a long time and have really had the opportunity to get to know him as a friend. McClure has dedicated himself to serving and protecting the citizens of Altoona and ...

Eichelberger failing to represent us

Letters to the Editor

Here in Pennsylvania’s 30th District, the need for change is more apparent than ever. Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. and his views do not represent the people of central Pennsylvania. Instead of focusing on the real-life issues facing members of our community, and the state as a whole, ...

Americans must stand together

Letters to the Editor

The division in our country is heartbreaking. This isn’t about our political differences. This defines who we are and what we believe in as Americans. What are we willing to accept? Lying, bullying, disrespect for women, the disabled, entire religions and anyone that disagrees with ...

Vets’ home in need of intervention

Editorials

For nearly 40 years, the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home has been a source of great pride for Blair County. It garners respect not only here, but from well beyond this county’s borders. Some people might recall that during the home’s early days — it opened on June 30, 1977, with just ...

Funding necessary for better schools

Letters to the Editor

Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. has been under fire for his comments about the inner-city students in Philadelphia. As a retired teacher from Altoona Area School District, his comments did not sit well with me, so I called his office. His aides there told me that his quotes had been taken ...

Lesson in past PSU priorities

Editorials

Had two former Penn State University officials done the right thing, some children might have been spared the ongoing pain of having been sexually abused. Apparently, the university’s football program was more important to the two. Former Penn State Vice President Gary Schultz, 67, and ...

‘Give peace a chance’

Letters to the Editor

When it comes to keeping America safe, educating our youth and having an affordable health care, everyone should be on the same page. That’s the American dream. Give peace a chance. Terry Wilkes Sr. Roaring Spring

DRP condemns House changes to Medicaid

Letters to the Editor

Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP) condemns the repeal of the Affordable Care Act released by the United States House Energy and Commerce Committee because the legislation will harm persons with disabilities. The committee’s proposal would fundamentally alter Pennsylvania’s Medicaid ...

America in no danger of losing its democracy

Letters to the Editor

I suppose it was no surprise that President Donald Trump has evoked a squeal from our local liberal nest at Juniata College in the form of Professor Philip Dunwoody’s recent op-ed in the Mirror. It was all but guaranteed. So the professor has studied authoritarianism for some 15 years. ...

Tyrone secrecy troubling

Editorials

Regardless of how public reaction plays out regarding the departure of Tyrone Borough Manager Phyllis Garhart, the borough council erred in its handling of information related to the situation. And, unfortunately, borough residents still remain in the dark about the circumstances leading to ...

Trump on his way to fulfilling promises

Letters to the Editor

On March 3, the Mirror stated that ex-President Barack Obama was ready to roll to help get a Democrat elected for president next election. Obama should keep his nose out of politics. Had he stayed out of politics in the first place, the United States would be way better off than we are ...

Tragedy shows Trump is on right track

Letters to the Editor

An alarming incident in our own area within the past week truly illustrates President Donald Trump’s position on illegal aliens with criminal backgrounds. With an amber alert being issued for a 6-year-old girl, and a great job by state and local police to rescue her, it came to light the ...

Indivisible group seeks dialogue

Opinion

We had the opportunity to meet with Congressman Bill Shuster on March 3, and we learned a great deal about his viewpoints on a variety of issues. As constituents of his district and members of Indivisible Blair County, we would like to let others know about who we are and our interest in ...

Socialist movement threat to society

Letters to the Editor

Numerous letters have appeared in this column regarding the threat to our democracy and of the potential for disaster since the election of President Donald Trump. When, in reality, the threat may be far greater from the socialist/communist progressive movement. For example, the ...

Legislators need to encourage town hall forums

Editorials

The amount of anger, hatred, vitriol, division and fear currently dogging the United States might be unprecedented. But the conflicting moods and friction currently in play across the country should not keep federal lawmakers from holding open forums with their constituents, often referred ...

Feeling the pain of Altoona neighbors

Letters to the Editor

By Louise Burkholder Here in Altoona, a good neighbor is a special blessing. Those lucky enough to have one here or anywhere else knows the particular bond that a neighbor shares with you that your friends elsewhere do not. From the vantage point of your yard or your porch, you see all ...

Senator feels comments taken out of context

Opinion

When I was appointed chairman of the Senate Education Committee, I pledged to be tenacious in my ongoing efforts to provide our kids with every opportunity to succeed. What I have discovered is that my intent to identify programs that work and enhance those programs is being met with ...

Nation should strive for truth

Letters to the Editor

My late great aunt Gunilla used to say between drags on her Chesterfield and belts of Old Overholt, “Where there’s smoke there’s fire.” How many coincidences are one too many? Ask a cop how he feels about coincidences. There are too many people, deserved or not, in the present ...

Public education is working well

Letters to the Editor

I am fortunate to have held education related jobs, working with teachers and visiting schools throughout Blair County, the state of Pennsylvania and several other states. I have seen public education at its best. Teachers are working diligently to meet the needs of students in ...