Opinion

CamTran shouldn’t limit its service

Letters to the Editor

I applaud the Cambria County Area Agency on Aging for recognizing just how devastating CamTran’s cuts are for seniors in our area. I appreciate their trying to compensate for CamTran’s callous decision. However, the Area Agency on Aging’s renting a 15-passenger van will never even come ...

Taking a stand against church

Letters to the Editor

According to Webster’s Dictionary, abuse means to injure to damage. Abusive is characterized by wrong or improper use or action. These two words perfectly describe the reason why I left my former church. I did not abandon God, only the church. How long have we been hearing about priest ...

We should discuss our disagreement

Letters to the Editor

There is a deep divide in our nation, with many disagreeing with the current administration’s agenda. But is there true disagreement? The vast majority of Americans want a good job, lower taxes, a safe America, global respect, respect for our military, veterans and nation, plus, there is ...

Pennsylvania should weigh cash bail merits

Editorials

A question that the Pennsylvania Legislature should weigh is whether cash bail should be eliminated or kept as an option for people accused of having committed crimes in this state. A new law eliminating cash bail will take effect in California on Oct. 1, 2019. The District of Columbia, as ...

America’s productivity on the rise

Editorials

We hear a lot about unemployment rates, the gross domestic product, business inventories and a variety of other economic indicators. But among the most interesting are productivity reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In essence, productivity data compares the value of goods and ...

Cambria County silencing seniors

Letters to the Editor

CamTran cut bus services that directly affect senior citizens, eliminating thousands of trips to neighboring counties. We’ve voiced complaints to the Cambria County commissioners, CamTran and its drivers, and everyone is passing the buck. A petition was started in the local senior centers ...

Wrong assumption to blame Democrats

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in response to the letter submitted by Wendy Geesey titled “Elect those who will help to protect you.” Aside from the fact that the writer offers no evidence that Democrats support putting anyone in harm’s way, she appears to make false assumptions. The first is that ...

Diocese should still face many questions

Letters to the Editor

There has been discussion about recent Pennsylvania Attorney General Grand Jury Report detailing sexual clergy abuse within six dioceses. This follows a similar report in Altoona-Johnstown Diocese released in 2016. Some people want to know more, but lack the knowledge of sources. Read ...

Burn rules should be modernized

Editorials

Today isn’t like the 1950s, when open burning of trash, leaves, brush and branches was a common practice of families and individuals, many of whom didn’t have close at hand the convenience of regular trash-collection service, municipal composting facilities and other disposal ...

Do research before blaming immigrants

Letters to the Editor

I have to wonder why Wendy Geesey did not honor the wishes of Mollie Tibbitts’ family in her hysterical and politically motivated rant blaming Democrats for Mollie Tibbetts’ death. The Tibbetts family in formal statements and her father in her eulogy specifically asked that their tragedy ...

Security clearances should be revoked

Letters to the Editor

The revocation of John Brennan’s security clearance is long overdue. In fact, all of the former Obama administration officials who still have access to classified information should likewise immediately have their clearances revoked. I recently retired from the U.S. Army and had ...

Islamic conference spreads word of peace

Letters to the Editor

UK’s largest annual Islamic convention attracted more than 38,000 people from 115 countries. The Jalsa Salana event was held Aug. 3-5. Attendees benefited both from spiritual and worldly perspectives while standing for tolerance, love, peace, and harmony. The event was streamed live on ...

Immigration facts cannot be ignored

Letters to the Editor

In her column on Aug. 26, Connie Schultz ignored the facts of illegal immigration. I, like most all Americans, am an immigrant — legal. Aside from all the killings and many other crimes done by these illegals, the facts are we are supposedly a country of laws. I have always felt that ...

Address local demand, not supply, of drugs

Letters to the Editor

Congratulations to the Blair County drug force for taking down 72 low-level street dealers last week, believing that the community will be a safer place. Contrary to their belief, it will create a vacuum for other dealers to move in. Now that there are 72 low-level dealers off the streets, ...

Education on ‘Real ID’ must become priority

Editorials

Pennsylvania is gearing up to begin issuing Real ID-compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards to people who want them, beginning in March. If you’re not familiar with why this state will be making them available, you’re not alone. It’s safe to surmise that most Pennsylvania residents ...

Medal of Honor ceremony stirs emotions

Other Commentaries

Editor’s note: Rita (Lehman) Novak graduated from Central High School in 1962. After her schooling, she raised her family in Windber. Last week, she attended the Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House recognizing her son-in-law, Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman, who died in action in 2004. ...

Trump should practice what he preaches

Letters to the Editor

Webster’s Dictionary defines a hypocritical act as an action by someone “that is in direct contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings.” A few days ago on WJAC, I saw a report about President Donald Trump’s new 2020 campaign flags. The new flag logo is “Keep America ...

Real hoax is Mirror’s view on climate change

Letters to the Editor

The Mirror’s editorial on the Aug. 9 Opinion page talks of the decline of wildfires around the world and in the U.S., and the author attempts to make a case that the decline is proof that climate change is a hoax. He blames junk science and political correctness as co-contributors to the ...

Fireworks rules need addressed

Editorials

Altoona — and, presumably, more than a few other Keystone State municipalities, particularly the larger ones — have experienced unwanted impacts from the law passed last fall that liberalized Pennsylvania’s antiquated fireworks rules. It’s obvious now that the Legislature failed to ...

Elect those who will help protect you

Letters to the Editor

As parents, our most precious asset is our children. To think that I would lose a daughter to a tragedy is awful; to lose her to a criminal evil deed would be even worse. Yet, to know that this could have been completely avoided would move me to unspeakable emotions. Yet, this is the ...