Opinion

Obama set table for Trump success

Letters to the Editor

An editorial in September by Clifford Johnson was full of misleading statements. He started with Benghazi. The reason for Benghazi’s failure was the federal government’s passage of Sequestra­tion under Republican control. This bill cut government spending, including security for our ...

Trump doesn’t stand for conservatism

Letters to the Editor

Recent letters to the Mirror, once again, have presented opinions as facts. That is merely an attempt to influence the uninformed populace with one’s political views. It’s true that the government borrows from the Social Security Fund, but they always pay it back with time honored ...

Political change alters climate in Blair County

Editorials

“Climate change” was a major topic during 2018, referring, of course, to the issue of global warming and the factors allegedly contributing to it. Blair County is beginning this year with a different kind of climate change; some people might prefer to use the words “different ...

Contrary to column, capitalism is threat

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to a Dec. 19 column in the Mirror by John Stossel titled “Some gifts to help keep your liberty.” In this column, Stossel, who is a fanatical libertarian, attempts to convince us that we should give certain books to friends, even socialists, as gifts this holiday ...

Pensions require close look

Editorials

Pennsylvania’s two public pension systems received a wake-up call on Dec. 20, delivered by a review commission in a 400-page report. What’s clear from the report is that, if the two pension funds don’t respond appropriately, the funds risk increasingly shaky times. Fortunately, they ...

For disabled, winter brings problems

Letters to the Editor

I’m a community member of Altoona, and I know firsthand how individuals who use mobility devices are affected by the poorly plowed roads. I use a wheelchair that I don’t often use for transportation outside of my home. PennDOT is required to plow side streets and main roads, but it does ...

Do your part to help make ’19 positive

Editorials

On the subject of New Year’s resolutions, central Pennsylvania is like anywhere else in America. Many people will make resolutions — some of them frivolous, but some very meaningful. Some of those resolutions will fall by the wayside quickly, others will remain intact for several months ...

As year ends, hoping 2019 is much better

Editorials

Looking back on 2018, it was in numerous ways similar to 1968, which a 2008 publication by Time Books described as “The Year That Changed the World.” Reflecting on that year five decades ago, Smithsonian magazine, in its January-February 2018 issue, provided a more negative description: ...

Diocese not being fully transparent

Letters to the Editor

The Mirror’s Dec. 22 editorial inaccurately refers to the Luddy case as a 1999 case. This error was obviously due to the fact that Bishop Mark Bartchak, in his published statement, incorrectly used this date. The Hutchison vs. Luddy, Bishop Hogan, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, case was ...

Shuster’s next step will be successful

Letters to the Editor

What a great interview the Mirror published on Sunday with Bill Shuster. While I did not always agree with him, I always supported him. He’s done a great job in Congress, and I admire him for his decision to retire from politics to seek other interests. With his background, he should ...

Legalizing pot worth discussion

Editorials

There’s nothing wrong with the “serious and honest look” at legalizing recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania that Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed. “Taking a look” wouldn’t obligate the Keystone State to pursue the legalization. That study would merely identify the pros and cons tied to ...

American can take lesson from Israel

Letters to the Editor

I have watched as illegal citizens of other countries attempt to invade ours at open boarders and the government does nothing but argue over it. Israel had the same problem. People flooded their country illegally. Many were not very good people and caused a lot of problems for the Israeli ...

Cellphone usage vital to refugees

Letters to the Editor

Media attention on the southern border has re-ignited commentary on the usage of smartphones by refugees. It’s become a trend yet again to suggest that someone using an iPhone (for instance) cannot be a “genuine” refugee, as if biblical images of poverty and destitution are the only ...

Local concert leaves lasting impression

Letters to the Editor

I attended “The Sunderman Memorial Concert Series” at Trinity Lutheran Church in Juniata on Sunday, Dec. 16, presented by Claude Fabinyi. What a talented young man from Altoona, and one day he will be the most talented organist in the world. We will be so proud that we had a part in his ...

Parents should teach children true message

Editorials

Christmas is a time of joy and celebration, but it’s also a time of faith, hope, gratitude and appreciation. People here should reflect on that today and feel comfort as they ponder Jesus’ birth in a manger in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago, but also not fail to acknowledge how much the world ...

Make best of all that is positive

Editorials

For many families, Christmas Eve, from before dawn through midnight, holds as much or more excitement than the actual holiday observance itself. It’s not necessarily because of the rush to tie up the proverbial loose ends of holiday shopping, although that might factor into the overall ...

Elder-care programs should be supported

Letters to the Editor

Froma Harrop’s recent commentary prompted me to reflect on the elder care that is provided every day in local nursing homes after in-home volunteer and family resources have been exhausted. Because I volunteer at Garvey Manor, where my mother was a resident for two years, I recognize the ...

Important for parents to accept responsibility

Letters to the Editor

The Mirror editorial Nov. 29 entitled “Vandals will regret their acts” was an excellently written column to the point and the emphasis on the parents of these three elementary juvenile boys being brought to the Altoona Police Depart­ment. This is honorable and shows parental ...

Dark cloud still hovers on diocese

Editorials

It’s not exaggeration to say that additional clouds of shock and disgust descended upon parishioners of the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese earlier this month when they learned the financial toll of the diocese’s child sexual abuse scandal whose fallout isn’t destined to go away ...

Commissioners overstep bounds

Letters to the Editor

Blair County commissioners seem to be very selective in whom they provide pay raises to and to whom they apply the salary study. As a reminder, commissioners, as well as all elected officials, were not part of the salary study. They speak of equity and fairness, yet they do not apply the ...