Opinion

AASD board has shown transparency

Letters to the Editor

I would like to take an opportunity to respond to the Mirror’s editorial, “AASD board needs more transparency” printed on Sunday, Feb. 24. It was stated that the proposed purchase of the Investment Savings Bank Building did not surface publicly until the school board’s Feb. 4 ...

State should repeal its inheritance tax

Letters to the Editor

If you were one of six individuals out of 50 to “make the playoffs,” you’d probably be pretty pleased with yourself. But what if I told you that Pennsylvania was one of only six states that still has an inheritance tax. Pennsylvania imposes this tax on the value of your estate at the ...

Mishler Theatre remains credit to our region

Editorials

Cultural resources are a major component of a vibrant community, and Altoona is vibrant for many reasons. In terms of cultural amenities, Altoona is blessed by having the Mishler Theatre as a dynamic centerpiece amid the business, industrial and professional assets that, together, make the ...

Refugees must learn to pay for themselves

Letters to the Editor

Refugee: One who flees his or her country for a better life in a richer country. To whomever this may concern — which should be every American citizen who works and pays taxes in these United States. Everyone of us is from somewhere else, brought here by our ancestors from other ...

Think about adoption before abortion

Letters to the Editor

To those of you who are thinking of voting for the Democrats in 2020, please know you are voting to murder full-term babies. What an insane world we have become. Where have our morals and values gone to? There are thousands of childless couples out there that would love to give your baby ...

For Amtrak, an exciting possibility

Editorials

There has been no news yet about the progress of an expanded-passenger-rail-service study — involving only the potential for additional trips between Pittsburgh and Altoona — for which the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hired a consultant approximately five months ago. In ...

Deeply concerned over our country’s direction

Letters to the Editor

How far has America moved away since 1776? We are on a downhill slide, and soon it will be too slippery to climb back up. Our elected leaders of today are rapidly changing our laws, and all that this great nation has been founded upon. The freedoms and rights of the common person are no ...

Voting machines’ debacle

Editorials

Officials of 18 Pennsylvania counties who accepted gifts, trips or meals from companies competing to sell or lease new voting machines ahead of the 2020 elections apparently didn’t break any state law. Nevertheless, state residents — from the counties in question or from any of the ...

Facts got in the way of writer’s opinion

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in response to the letter penned by Bill Marr in which he wrote three columns of false claims and half truths about Democrats. Marr mentions the “Obama Justice Department.” Jeff Sessions was a Republican appointed by Donald Trump as was Rod Rosenstein, Matthew Whitaker and ...

Firemen health risk alarming

Editorials

Many Americans, including many people living here, remember hearing reports about the serious health problems suffered later by many first responders to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York. However, probably only a few area people, by comparison, ever ...

Trump trying to help our nation’s truckers

Letters to the Editor

Walking slowly, with a cup of coffee in one hand and the other stuffed into his pocket, a tired just-got-up look over his face, describes the morning of our nation’s truck driver. They’re everywhere, from as far east to west as you can imagine. Some of the trucks are as nice as can be, ...

Issue of term limits should be on ballot

Letters to the Editor

When the Mueller investigation proves that Russian interference in our 2016 election put Donald Trump in the White House, then what? If his presidency is deemed to be illegitimate, then what? Is everyone in the White House evicted? If they don’t right the wrong, why bother to investigate? ...

Accept fact of life: Deer herd decreasing

Letters to the Editor

With the recent outbreak of chronic wasting disease in our resident deer populations, barroom biology and political meddling is running rampant. This diatribe of unrelenting criticisms directed at our professional wildlife agencies is both unfair and counterproductive. Plant and animal ...

AASD board needs more transparency

Editorials

The Altoona Area School Board’s recent vote in favor of purchasing a bank building at Sixth Avenue and 12th Street probably surprised a lot of people. While the board, in prior months, has discussed a possible location for its administrative offices that was not included in the section of ...

‘Emergency’ sets dangerous precedent

Letters to the Editor

President Donald Trump is treading dangerous ground by calling for a “national emergency” at the border for his border wall. One, it sets a dangerous precedent for the country when we move to the future and have different presidents. If a future president decides that climate change is a ...

Dems should direct criticism internally

Letters to the Editor

Anyone who takes a critical look at the political situation in America today realizes that everything the Democrats, the media and the Obama Justice Department have been accusing and investigating President Donald Trump for they are guilty of themselves — times 10. First, collusion with ...

Compromise: Let’s share outdoors

Opinion

In Harrisburg, there is a renewed push by some that Sunday hunting should be permitted. The PA State Grange respectfully disagrees. Even while disagreeing, we certainly understand the rationale. The PA Game Commission believes it will make more money from the sale of hunting licenses. ...

Change in Roaring Spring?

Editorials

The proposal to end Roaring Spring’s 99-year-long alcohol, manufacture and sales prohibition is being met with mixed reactions. That is no surprise. But there’s an established path within state law for deciding such a change, and borough residents, now that the issue has surfaced, might ...

New legislators can dictate change

Letters to the Editor

Over $300 million. That is what it costs Pennsylvania taxpayers to support the largest, most expensive, most inept and self-serving legislature in the country. In the last year, our legislators have enacted the following somewhat major bills: They relaxed the state liquor laws, and they ...

Surprise appreciated

Letters to the Editor

To the lady who paid for our lunch at Cracker Barrel on Sunday, Feb. 10: It was a very nice surprise for us, reminding us there are good people in the world. Thank you again. Darlene Detwiler Tyrone