Opinion

Police program worthy

Editorials

The new police internship program to which Hollidaysburg Borough Council gave unanimous support earlier this month might have benefits beyond the borough’s borders. It could encourage some other communities served by municipal police departments, in this county and beyond, to implement ...

‘Seditious rhetoric’ influencing attacks

Letters to the Editor

On Saturday, Robert Bowers carried out a vicious attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh during Shabbat services, taking away the lives of 11 innocent worshipers. This deadly attack on the Jewish community came after the shooter proclaimed anti-Semitic slurs such as “all Jews ...

Impressive tribute to Altoona heritage

Letters to the Editor

Local Boy Scout Troop 49 and Cub Pack 49 were recently given a tour of the Railroaders Memorial Museum by Joe DeFrancesco, chief curator. It was a wonderful opportunity for the scouts, leaders and family members to explore the rich history of railroad in our fine community. What I was ...

Seeking answers, with heavy hearts

Other Commentaries

Pittsburgh now has joined America’s pantheon of mass atrocity. The 11 worshippers killed in Tree of Life Synagogue are seared in our consciousness now, but we cannot forget the 17 students and faculty in Parkland, Fla., in February; the 26 worshippers in Sutherland Springs, Tex., last ...

Violence attacks freedom

Editorials

In what has become far too commonplace in this country, another mass shooting occurred over the weekend — this time, right here in Pennsylvania — as an anti-Semitic gunman rampaged through the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday morning in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, killing 11 ...

Gas workers come to rescue

Letters to the Editor

It’s heartwarming to know that there are some caring people in this world, and fortunately for me and my son, on Tuesday, Oct. 16, there happened to be a group of them working for Peoples Gas Co. just outside our house along Garber Street in Hollidays­burg. On that day, as we were heading ...

We lemmings must start working together

Letters to the Editor

We are all lemmings. What kind are you? Are you the rebel, long-hair, ponytailed smoking Harley rider or the politically correct man who defers to everyone? Are you the tattooed beauty who got in line for one because it made you unique, or the nose-ringed tattooed teen who yearns to be ...

Descending enrollment clouds state

Editorials

Enrollment at the 14 state-owned universities in Pennsylvania is down by 4 percent this year, including nearly 38 percent at Cheyney University, the nation’s oldest historically black college. This is the latest batch of bad news for our state universities system, as enrollment has been ...

‘Terror begets terror, and fear begets fear’

Editorials

The cover of the April 15, 1996, issue of Time magazine, which focused on then-Unabomber suspect Theodore J. Kaczynski, referred to the Berkeley math professor-turned-recluse as “Mad Genius.” Time began what it referred to as a Special Report with the words, “The Power of Paranoia.” ...

Embrace slogan: ‘Love for all, hatred for none’

Letters to the Editor

The world head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, arrived in the U.S. for a three-week visit earlier this month. His first stop was the national headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Commu­nity, located in Silver Spring, ...

Copley’s closure needed

Editorials

This early in the criminal justice proceedings, no one can predict with any 100 percent degree of certainty how the murder charges against Michael Copley will play out. The same can be said regarding Samantha J. Musselman, who is charged with helping Copley dispose of his dead wife’s ...

Let’s assure safety this Halloween

Editorials

As the end of October creeps closer, so, too, do trick-or-treat nights for local children. Blair County’s trick-or-treat is tonight. How many who are now adults remember the excitement that came with putting on that Halloween costume and canvassing the neighborhood knowing you’d return ...

Kavanaugh hearings bring teaching moment

Letters to the Editor

I watched the Kavanaugh hearings with an open mind, ready to hear an incredible he said/she said tale woven by the two. As I was watching Christine Blasey Ford — her demeanor, her body language — and hearing the timbre and tone of her voice, I realized I had seen the exact same mannerisms ...

Migrant walk poses US threat

Editorials

Clearly, officials in some Central and South American countries are capitalizing on U.S. domestic policies to handle some of their own problems. The fact that they get to embarrass President Donald Trump’s administration seems to be a bonus for some of them. Rampant violence and poor ...

Skateboarding issue needs call to action

Letters to the Editor

As reported in the Mirror’s Oct. 17 article, “Skateboarders to face stiffer fines,” Hollidaysburg Borough leaders have increased the fines for those found violating the borough’s skateboarding laws. This decision provides an opportunity for community reflection and conversation about ...

Keystone alternatives are needed

Editorials

Pennsylvania’s decision to walk away from heavy-handed reliance on the Keystone Exams as a basis for high school graduation acknowledges that standardized testing alone isn’t a reliable mechanism for upping students’ prospects for achieving success as adults. While the ...

Logan Township must police speeding better

Letters to the Editor

After several years of calling the Logan Township Police Department to have something done about speeding and failures to stop at stop signs, I have come to the conclusion that the township just doesn’t care. I recently contacted the LTPD again and was told they would enforce traffic laws ...

Candidates’ absence is disappointing

Letters to the Editor

On Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., Indivisible Blair County and the Blair County Tea Party co-sponsored a candidate forum. The forum was held for the 13th Congressional District, currently and 80th State Representative District. The two candidates for the 13th Congressional seat are Democrat Brent ...

Don’t let journalists die in vain

Editorials

Thoughtful Americans ought to be concerned about the disappearance and murder of a Saudi journalist who wrote columns for the Washington Post. But what about the other 44 journalists who have met violent deaths this year? What about the 48 who perished in 2017? Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi ...

Trump is winning; don’t fire Mueller

Letters to the Editor

In many ways, President Donald J. Trump is the best thing to happen to the GOP in recent memory. He’s energized our base and brought new voters into the Republican fold. He’s advocated a bold agenda. Because of his policies, our economy is growing at a record pace. He has instituted ...