Opinion

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 ...

Tax blight aimed wrong way

Editorials

A $7.50 fee on every deed or mortgage being recorded — approved by the Blair County commissioners on Friday — will be good from one perspective but not so good from several others. On the positive side, the county’s landscape will benefit from having an additional financial resource ...

Climate change ‘is not age-neutral matter’

Letters to the Editor

I write this letter before our great and wonderful president has informed us if he will pull our country out of the Paris Climate Accord. It’s a heck of a situation we’re in when a comprehensively disturbed human can exercise power to vastly increase the dangerous, unwanted outcomes ...

Altoona policies need accountability

Letters to the Editor

The more I read about the Altoona Area School District investigating its policies on bullying, the more anger it incites in me. Altoona’s policies mean nothing unless it gets to the root of the problem. Investigate the bullies themselves and make them responsible and accountable as ...

UPMC flexes muscles, unfairly

Opinion

COMMENTARY BY Dr. Angela Rowe The physicians and staff of The Advanced Center for Surgery thank state Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., state Rep. Judy Ward and state Rep. John McGinnis for ensuring patient choice in the Greater Altoona healthcare market and for attempting to secure high ...

Gov’t shouldn’t touch our Social Security

Letters to the Editor

I think we should repeal the tax hike that President Bill Clinton put on our Social Security back in 1993. Why do they have to dig into our Social Security with their long fingers every time they think they can and it’s okay? That money does not belong to them. We the taxpayers worked ...

Three Mile Island future important to Pennsylvania

Editorials

Any Pennsylvania resident who has watched the state’s financial fortunes worsen over the past decade probably wonders how the owner of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Harrisburg can be so naive to think that the commonwealth is capable of providing financial aid to the ...

Eichelberger runs by his own agenda

Letters to the Editor

I attended a town hall meeting last week in Martinsburg hosted by Sen. John Eichelberger. What I witnessed shocked and dismayed me and was an affront to all who believe in the foundation upon which our country was built. Like the current occupant of the White House, Eichelberger is very thin ...

Congrats to region’s graduates

Editorials

Editor’s note: The Mirror published this editorial on high school graduation a few years ago and, with slight modification concerning dates, we’ve been repeating it during graduation season. Another year has quickly passed, and we’ve arrived at the beginning of high school graduation ...

Getting back sight is a precious gift

Letters to the Editor

According to the American Foundation for the Blind (2015), 23.7 million Americans are living with vision loss, and 35 percent of those individuals are considered poor or nearly poor. Prevent Blindness America (PBA) reports the annual economic burden of eye disease and vision loss is $139 ...

Altoona must look internally

Editorials

There apparently was a crack, if not a chasm, within the Altoona Area School District’s anti-bullying policies that was allegedly responsible for seventh-grader Wyatt Lansberry’s decision to take his own life. And while it’s troubling to feel impelled to make such an observation, it ...

New school building? An expensive mistake

Letters to the Editor

The proposal to build a new $88 million high school is a terrible idea. As many know, the school board’s budget still has yet to pay off loans owed for the construction of the new junior high school ($2 million a year, which led to hefty tax hikes across Altoona). So one must ask: How ...

Cancer screenings protected, for now

Letters to the Editor

Despite the chaos that currently defines federal policy on health care, buried in the recently passed Congressional budget is an important if transient boost for women’s health. Specifically, insurance companies must continue to cover annual breast cancer screening for women ages 40 and ...

Hollidaysburg service benefits retirees

Letters to the Editor

Recently, our retirement community had a very pleasant experience involving students from Hollidaysburg Area High School. The school district requires students to perform service hours in order to qualify for graduation. One of our residents works for the district and suggested we contact ...

Veterans appreciate community efforts

Letters to the Editor

The Armed Forces Day Committee wishes to thank all who helped to make the May 20 event a great success. We appreciate the efforts of all who volunteered, made donations of time, food and money and those who attended the event. These include our guest speaker Captain Jeff Dietze, local ...

Memorial Day: Show gratitude

Editorials

As Central Pennsylvania joins the rest of the nation today in observing Memorial Day, the most sobering thought in the minds of many people will be that American military personnel still are dying amid the violent unrest in the world. The number of soldier deaths has declined since the United ...

Be mindful, please, of your postal carrier

Letters to the Editor

In April, the United States Postal Service promoted National Dog Bite Prevention Week. I am writing to ask our customers to extend their efforts and help make this “National Dog Bite Prevention Year.” Pet owners’ efforts are critical when you consider the number of Postal Service ...

Personalizing holiday important

Opinion

A tear welled up in Hal’s eye, a deep sadness etched across his face as he recalled the moment. Omaha Beach, the day after the D-Day invasion. Hal had been tasked by his company commander to go back down onto the beach and retrieve some equipment. A farm boy from Iowa now deep into ...

State budget still lacking responsibility

Editorials

The most daunting question hanging over Pennsylvania’s 2017-18 state budget deliberations is whether, at this time next year, the commonwealth’s fiscal shortfall will be close to or exceeding $4 billion. The shortfall estimate was $3 billion in early February when Gov. Tom Wolf ...

Heart never stops yearning for Altoona

Other Commentaries

Random thoughts on a Sunday morning: I’ve traveled those mountains many times in my life. It seems like I know every bump and passing zone on routes 422 and 22 from Butler to Altoona. I departed my hometown Jan. 19, 1967, and headed east for three months and in April was permanently ...