Opinion

As 2018 looms, Pennsylvania in fiscal trouble

Editorials

When word filtered out of Gov. Tom Wolf’s office in late August that Pennsylvania’s chief executive might be proposing what was described as a “bare bones” budget for 2018-19, the news didn’t provoke much surprise. That’s what happens during an election year when governors and ...

Changing CIA culture a positive

Editorials

It has been clear for some time that U.S. intelligence agencies need an overhaul. Too much reliance has been placed on technology, with old-fashioned human spying taking a backseat. Last week, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that is about to change. More intelligence agents will be sent out ...

‘Using the whole buffalo — priceless’

Letters to the Editor

Just when you think you’ve heard everything, some water head pulls out a soap box and spews a drunken, myopic twaddling for the woebegone. With the abysmal public view of our electeds, Rep. John McGinnis among them, I’m scratching my head wondering why anyone who shines such a peevish ...

Newburg situation troubling

Editorials

How and when the dispute encompassing Logan Township’s Newburg Volunteer Fire Department will be resolved are questions that for now are limited to conjecture. If the department hasn’t already initiated a formal, methodical process for identifying all of the causes of the seemingly ...

US needs lesson from Australia

Letters to the Editor

In 1971, I entered the United States Army. My destiny was sealed by an anonymous clerk in an anonymous office in an anonymous place: I was to be an Infantry­man. Over the next six months, I underwent training in the art of efficiently killing human beings. I learned that one could ...

AHS 60th reunion ‘monumental’

Letters to the Editor

The 60th reunion of Altoona High School’s Class of 1957 had many highlights. It took place Sept. 22-23 at the Casino at Lakemont. Friday night started off with a musical recording, “Class of 1957” by the Statler Brothers, the class song “Dear A.H.S.,” written by Neil Port and the ...

Players in protest just don’t get it

Letters to the Editor

Don’t you feel sorry for the beleagured NFL players? They are so put upon. Poor babies. They play a 60-minute game once a week and get paid millions of dollars to do so. When they kneel during the playing of the national anthem, I wonder what they are thinking. They should be thinking of ...

Jones ‘perfect fit’ for district judge

Letters to the Editor

Ben Jones is the perfect fit for the next district judge. Holding a certification under the Pa. Constitution for magisterial district judge, Jones has the background and absolute experience to serve our community the way it needs to be served — the right way. Jones has repeatedly shown ...

Kagarise has shown leadership qualities

Letters to the Editor

This November, voters will have the opportunity to elect seven new statewide judges. The Republicans have a strong slate of judicial candidates up this year, including Blair County’s own Court of Common Pleas Judge, Wade Kagarise. It has been more than 88 years since Blair County has ...

Kreuz will help control spending

Letters to the Editor

Children deserve to have the very best education that our community can afford to provide. This year’s Altoona Area’s School Board election will elect candidates who will represent our citizens’ viewpoints of how much our community can afford to provide. The proposal is currently ...

McGinnis-bashing needs to stop now

Letters to the Editor

I hope and pray that editorial contributors of the Mirror are finished bashing state Rep. John McGinnis of the 79th Legislative District. Truth be told, we should bow in reverence to the man and thank him unconditionally for bringing to light the true purpose of the hippie movement of the ...

Flag flies proudly over SFU, Loretto

Letters to the Editor

Words of commendation and thanks to the Third Order Regular Franciscan Brothers and Priests who reside at Mount Assisi Monastery in Loretto. As a collegian and seminary student at Saint Francis College (now university) in Loretto, I discovered a stately flag pole erected on the property by ...

‘Smell of money’ ruining the NFL

Letters to the Editor

The Steelers and the NFL, which I have loved for so many years, are gone. They have been replaced by an organization that is a sad version of the original. What the Steelers and all those other teams did during their national anthem protests was a slap in the face to all those people who ...

Jones ready to be district justice

Letters to the Editor

I have known Ben Jones for most of his adult life. He’s a hard-working Altoona police officer and a family man. I worked alongside him when I was district justice. I’ve seen firsthand his ability to get the job done, but mostly the professional way he did it, caring for victims of ...

Don’t underestimate importance of voting

Letters to the Editor

On Nov. 7, there will be a general election in Pennsylvania. Since there are no national candidates running in this “off year,” the voter turnout is typically low with about two-thirds or more of the registered voters not participating. Central Pennsylvania is a significant voting ...

Trump’s mission is fueling hatred

Letters to the Editor

All of the editorials about football players disrespecting our flag are missing the point. Colin Kaepernick’s reason for kneeling was to protest against racial injustice in our country. How others wish to interpret his actions does not change that fact. Now suddenly, because of our less ...

Township officer deserves recognition

Letters to the Editor

On Sunday, Oct. 1, the Allegheny Township Police Department was dispatched to a disturbance within the township. As events unfolded, a township officer suffered a cardiac arrest, leaving him in critical condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with the officer who suffered the medical ...

Revealing JFK papers right thing

Editorials

Despite conclusive debunking of most of the conspiracy theories regarding the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, many Americans believe our government has not told us everything. It hasn’t. At all levels, federal officials insist the basic facts are established: Lee Harvey ...

Let’s not discount nuclear power

Opinion

What is an ideal energy source for electricity production? Students in my class say the ideal source must be plentiful, sustainable, inexpensive, reliable, safe, and produced right here in the United States thereby providing jobs. While no single source is perfect, nuclear power checks many ...

It’s deeper than having gun debate

Editorials

The Sunday night massacre in Las Vegas will spark a furious — and that is the correct word — debate in America. How can we as a people not wonder what, if anything, could have been done to prevent an attack that claimed at least 59 lives and wounded more than 500 other people? Knee-jerk ...