Opinion

Trump plan could help our region

Editorials

President Donald Trump says shovel-ready projects will be the priority in the estimated $1 trillion infrastructure-improvement initiative over the next decade that he hopes to unveil later this year. “If you have a job that you can’t start within 90 days, we’re not going to give you ...

JFK-Reagan approach would fix economy

Editorials

“Drain the swamp.” It was one of President Donald Trump’s most powerful messages on the way to victory. Shake up Washington, D.C. Break a few eggs to create a new omelet. Overturn the establishment. Hats off to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for doing some swamp draining when he ...

Car industry too mired in present

Editorials

When Henry Ford introduced the Model T in 1908, America had almost no paved roads outside the cities. One of the early owners’ biggest headaches was tires punctured by horseshoe nails left on the road. “Forget about this car thing,” Ford’s detractors might have said. “We don’t ...

‘Faith Climate Week’ time for consideration

Letters to the Editor

I’m writing on behalf of The Greater Altoona Baha’i Community. As members of Altoona’s community of faith, we are calling attention to “Faith Climate Action Week,” observed this year April 17-23. This is an initiative of “Interfaith Power and Light,” a time when people of all ...

‘Entire political system has become corrupt’

Letters to the Editor

Regarding President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court and Mitch McConnell’s threat to go nuclear, where and when did Republicans and/or Democrats get the power and authority to change the rules when things didn’t go their way? It sure didn’t come from the voters. It must have ...

Good day to honor ‘life of awe’

Editorials

One of the Webster’s Dictionary definitions for the word “atonement” is “the reconciliation of God and humankind through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.” In reflecting on the events of the first Good Friday about 2,000 years ago, today’s Christians are more inclined to say ...

Fossil fuels will remain primary energy source

Letters to the Editor

It is a historical fact that the climate has changed over many centuries and most certainly will continue to change. Have fossil fuel emissions been a significant factor in climate changes in the past century? It has been documented that C02 and other gases emitted in the burning fossil ...

Dick knowledgeable of prothonotary’s office

Letters to the Editor

I am pleased to endorse for Cindy Dick to serve as prothonotary for Blair County. I can attest to her commitment to serving the public to the best of her ability. With her current and past career positions, Dick is very knowledgeable of every aspect of the operation of the office and its ...

DJ candidate Elensky ‘more than capable’

Letters to the Editor

Derek Elensky is running for magisterial district judge in District 24-3-04, which covers Claysburg, East Freedom, Roaring Spring and Martinsburg. Elensky has been a board member for the Blair/ Clearfield Association for the Blind since June 2012. When he commits himself to something, ...

Jones capable of filling district justice’s shoes

Letters to the Editor

Todd Kelly and Jeff Aurea have been stalwarts in the Altoona District Justice offices for many years. As they prepare to step down, I believe Altoona Police Lieutenant Ben Jones stands ready to capably fill District Justice Kelly’s shoes. Through hard work and perseverance, Jones has ...

Irwin Adams’ character, work ethic admired

Letters to the Editor

I am writing this letter to publically endorse Kelly Irwin Adams for the AASD School Board. As my daughter’s lifelong friend and neighbor, I admire Adams for her character, dedication and work ethic. Adams was born and raised in Altoona and graduated salutatorian from AAHS in 1995. Upon ...

Gorsuch selection good call

Editorials

One sentence in the Associated Press story about the Monday swearing in of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court makes it clear he was the right choice for the position. Gorsuch, 49, is known as an “originalist” or a “strict constructionist.” According to the AP, that means ...

Unions seem to be Eich’s ‘boogeyman’

Letters to the Editor

Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. is at it again, folks. As told in the Mirror recently, he is on a crusade to stop all union representation on school district time. This is a man bound and determined to solve every problem that doesn’t exist. Anyone who has ever belonged to a union knows ...

Irwin Adams would provide fairness

Letters to the Editor

School boards benefit when individual members have a comprehensive awareness of the scope of needs for students, issues for teachers, curriculum challenges, athletic opportunities and the overall district focus. As a former elementary teacher and an active PTA mom of three children in AASD, ...

Garner has proven she can be sheriff

Letters to the Editor

Following recent news stories regarding the similarities in viewpoint shared by the two Republican candidates for sheriff, citizens of Blair County may be wondering if they have a meaningful choice to make in that election. There is a candidate who stands out from the rest: Holly Garner. ...

Four have city headed in the right direction

Letters to the Editor

These four Altoona City Council members have shown leadership that will be just what the City of Altoona needs once Act 47 is a memory. They are Michael Haire, Dave Butterbaugh, Christine Jordan and Matt Cacciotti — all hard-working leaders. The City of Altoona needs these four, not a ...

Experience helps separate Clapper

Letters to the Editor

Voting is the people’s voice in government. Candidates should be selected on their experience, integrity and commitment to the community as a whole. Therefore, I am endorsing Scott A. Clapper for magisterial district judge of Altoona based largely on his dedication to church, family, ...

Fownes would serve community well

Letters to the Editor

H.T. Fownes has plans to help the working person who makes a mistake by looking at the idea of night court. His ideas for truancy would hold teens responsible again, rather than strapping families with fines for a teen’s lack of respect. I believe his willingness to attend magisterial ...

PSU frat crackdown right call

Editorials

Penn State University’s crackdown on fraternities and sororities should not have had to happen. Members of the university’s Greek-letter organizations are old enough to recognize dangerous, irresponsible, unlawful conduct, and the fact that they are subject to serious consequences if ...

DC march celebrates spirit of Earth Day

Letters to the Editor

On April 22 across the country and across the globe people who believe in evidenced-based research, accurate facts and the health of our communities will be “Marching for Science.” Recent news stating the Trump administration was instructing government researchers not to communicate with ...