Opinion

Our state gov’t could use lesson from Kansas

Editorials

People of Pennsylvania don’t pay attention to financial challenges affecting the state of Kansas. After all, this commonwealth has more than enough financial headaches of its own. But it’s a good time for Keystone State residents — and their state lawmakers — to look westward, in ...

Paying visit to cemetery leaves much to wonder

Letters to the Editor

Late last month, I visited my parents in Altoona. The old folks live in an even older farmhouse, which dates back to the 1840s and some of the earliest days of this all-but-forgotten railroad city in southern Pennsylvania. Between my parents’ home and Brush Mountain, and stretching ...

Altoona’s math doesn’t add up

Letters to the Editor

What kind of math is this? A quote from the front page of today’s Mirror (June 13) really has me scratching my head and wondering what kind of smoke and mirror show is being presented to the Altoona Area School District taxpayers to justify the new high school project. The quote I refer ...

Arrange to collect campaign signs

Letters to the Editor

It has been nearly a month since the primary, and there are stills some signs up. Many years ago when I was training in Oklahoma City, a radio station offered 10 cents for each political sign collected. Perhaps one of our TV or radio stations could do this. Robert Gordon Altoona

Islam in need of reformation

Letters to the Editor

The recent wave of terrorist attacks in London have been nothing short of barbaric, and these attacks will be visited upon the United States at a greater pace if a travel ban on several countries is not instituted. The myth that radical Islam is just a tiny minority of the entire Muslim ...

Flag Day marred by fear

Editorials

Americans will be watching closely as more information emerges about Wednesday’s shooting at an Alexandria, Va., baseball field at which a reported 22 Republican members of Congress were practicing for a charity event. However, citizens of this country will be doing more than waiting for ...

Remove burden from our veterans

Opinion

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in the United States as of December 2016 is at 4.7 percent. The unemployment rate for Gulf War-era II veterans (since September 2001) is 5.1 percent and 4.3 percent for all veterans (Bureau of Labor Statistics). After ...

New voting machines welcome

Editorials

The announcement that Blair County residents might have access to new voting machines a year or two from now is indicative of county officials’ proactive attitude. But sound advice for those county leaders would seem to be that, if there are new machines, they should be put in service for ...

Nuclear plant bailouts will hurt PA

Opinion

Pennsylvania lawmakers will soon decide if a bailout or subsidy is awarded to the state’s nuclear power plants. A bailout will cost Pennsylvania consumers and businesses billions in surcharges over a long period of time and an untold cost for an unwarranted interference in the competitive ...

We’re in an age of unilateral rule

Opinion

The Trump administration has been exhaustingly eventful, but almost none of the events have involved Congress. The beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency has been an extension of the last six years of the Obama reign, when Capitol Hill was largely a sideshow to the main event in the ...

Late-night gambling (bill) is bad

Editorials

The public firestorm that erupted after Pennsylvania lawmakers granted themselves a big middle-of-the-night pay raise in July 2005 seemed to ensure that, thereafter, important votes would be conducted only during the light of day. But now, just shy of the 12th anniversary of that infamous ...

Virginia shows us the future

Opinion

Without Virginia, we probably never would have become the United States. It was Virginian leadership and talent that created the nation. Think first of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe, and don’t forget Chief Justice John Marshall, Patrick ...

June is right time to fight Alzheimer’s

Letters to the Editor

If you have a brain, you can be affected by the degenerative brain disease, Alzheimer’s — even as young as 30 years old. As many as 5.5 million people in the United States have it. Pennsylvania is home to roughly 400,000 people who are living with Alzheimer’s or a related ...

Colleagues can learn a lesson from McGinnis

Editorials

It’s too bad that only about 30 people showed up for state Rep. John McGinnis’ town hall meeting at the Altoona Area Public Library on June 1. The range of topics McGinnis, R-Altoona, discussed provided an important look inside Pennsylvania state government — and, most importantly, ...

Make driver licenses available earlier

Letters to the Editor

The original driving age for teens starts at age 16. Then once you turn 16, you get a paper test. If you pass, you get a permit for six months. After six months of your permit, you take another test. I think we need to change this rule. I believe this rule needs to be changed so that ...

Cambria County needs transparency

Letters to the Editor

Can anyone out there tell me why our elected Cambria County commissioners are fighting in court an order by the Office of Open Records to not release information from the pass-through grant they give the Child Development Corporation on salaries? Am I the only one — I doubt it — who ...

Paterno’s memory conveniently selective

Letters to the Editor

The Joe Paterno family, through its spokesperson Jay Paterno, wants loyal PSU fans to believe that Joe Paterno knew nothing about his assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s proclivity for boys. Also, fans were asked to believe that Paterno never knew sexual abuse of boys existed. This ...

Eichelberger, Trump leading the right way

Editorials

Kirk Dodson, a self-proclaimed “teacher,” recently wrote that he became “shocked and dismayed” at a town hall meeting hosted by Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. Dodson referenced “... an affront to all who believe in the foundation upon which our country was built.” I believe in ...

Reade Twp. antics keep on sinking

Editorials

Going forward, the first order of business for members of the Reade Township Municipal Authority should be to end friction and personality conflicts that have eroded the authority’s image and, more importantly, the ability to conduct itself in an organized, professional and productive ...

Eichelberger needs to support House Bill 1688

Letters to the Editor

I feel the frustration directed at Washington politicians concerning the turmoil over health care. After all, why should the government feel obligated to provide Americans health care? Maybe some guys that risked their lives to sign a document in July 1776 would have something to say ...