Opinion

Trump not leading our ‘gateway to freedom’

Letters to the Editor

Living through the 1920s and 1930s, we were occupied with hard times and not really aware of foreign affairs. In Europe, dictators in Germany and Italy were taking control — Hitler with his stiff-armed salute and Mussolini with his protruding jaw salute. Freedom of speech and government ...

Pelosi’s hypocrisy is on full display

Letters to the Editor

It was funny to hear House Speaker Nancy Pelosi state (Jan. 16) that she wants the State of the Union Address canceled because of security reasons and her safety. That’s just proof that we need to build the wall. Her safety counts, but ours does not — her words and thoughts, not ...

‘Sun beginning to filter through swamp haze’

Letters to the Editor

America is great because we can voice our opinions. We should not make up our own facts. Letter writer David Thomas, on Dec. 18, offered his opinions as facts. Thomas’ last bulletpoint said President Donald Trump is working on hiring a fourth chief of staff. Fact is, he will select his ...

Budget address should bring some answers

Editorials

Many Pennsylvania residents will be interested in hearing what Gov. Tom Wolf has to say when he delivers his 2019-20 state budget address on Feb. 5. No state taxpayer should embrace a lackadaisical attitude about the details of that fiscal message, even though taxpayers won’t have to fear a ...

Wofford had talent for happiness

Opinion

Former US senator was always himself By Dennis Roddy Harris Wofford, who died last week at 92, was so lacking in cynicism and guile that people today would scarce believe someone like him ever won a seat in the United States Senate. Born into a well-to-do family, young Harris walked ...

Letter provokes thought on how to help others

Letters to the Editor

I was drawn to the Jan. 3 letter, “For disabled, winter brings problems” as for a number of years I was affiliated with the organization, known as “ODH” — Open Doors for the Handicapped. I participated in their meetings for years, assisting with protocol issues. I was so ...

Let voters decide on home rule

Editorials

A voter-approved study is the right way to ascertain whether adoption of a home rule charter might be good for Blair County government and the county as a whole. Even if a study were conducted, there would be no certainty that home rule would be implemented. After the study, the county’s ...

Maintaining streams has logical solution

Letters to the Editor

I read with amusement the editorial of Jan. 7, “Stream cleaning needs defined responsibility,” in the Mirror. The solution was to pass legislation. I only heard one pundit about climate change blame it on construction. The rain­water will run off to the streams and rivers as it has ...

Cath lab at Nason a win-win

Editorials

Conemaugh Nason Medical Center’s new cardiac catheterization lab, which began offering services at the Roaring Spring-area hospital on Jan. 15, is a win-win for Blair County. The new service further enhances Blair’s already-strong standing as a state-of-the-art medical destination. And ...

As this rate, America facing a scary future

Letters to the Editor

As we prepare for the future, what questions should we ask ourselves? There are so many. For example: Are you surprised at the percentage of Americans who have embraced the idea of having a single, all powerful leader? This question should scare us because there are apparently a good ...

Swamp can’t drown potential politicians

Letters to the Editor

The way the politicians are acting, that old promise we have all heard over the years — that your son or daughter could be the president of the United States — is not true today. If they are not first a career politician and are a sure candidate as a swamp member by thinking along the ...

A special legacy fit for ‘King’

Editorials

Even now, a half-century after his death, debate continues regarding the life and legacy of America’s civil rights giant, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. His goals, successes — and even his unwanted outcomes — will no doubt continue to be subjects of study by many generations, going ...

We must never stop defending our POWs

Letters to the Editor

Our independence from Britain started in 1775 — 244 years ago. Since then, tens of millions of Americans, have served in the military honorably and proudly. Many of my generation can trace family members who served in World War I or World War II, Korea or Vietnam. My father-in-law was a ...

Repeat DUI offenders need tougher penalty

Editorials

The penalties for driving repeatedly under the influence in Pennsylvania got significantly tougher on Dec. 23, thanks to a law passed by the General Assembly in October, then signed by Gov. Tom Wolf. Although the new law is a big step in the right direction, in reality, the new measure can be ...

50 years later, conflicted on Nixon

Opinion

By David Shribman Pittsburgh Post-Gazette YORBA LINDA, Calif. — He was, like Calvin Coolidge, an introvert. He was, like Theodore Roosevelt, a battler. He was, like Bill Clinton, a policy wonk. He was, like Donald Trump, a polarizing figure. He was, like Warren Harding, a scoundrel. He ...

Drug crisis is a national catastrophe

Opinion

By Harry M. Covert For years, illegal drug use has been invading every community of the nation. One of the world’s biggest purveyor of drugs is on trial. And the talk is how opioids are destroying young and old alike. Use of pot, officially called marijuana, has creeped into public ...

Don’t underestimate Trump’s achievements

Letters to the Editor

Let’s present some facts on a couple recent letters to the editor. We’ll start with Martin Baronner’s Jan. 8 letter (“Obama set table for Trump success”) in which he mentioned Benghazi. The state department is responsible for security. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turned ...

Statements about Benghazi incorrect

Letters to the Editor

Regarding Martin Baronner’s letter to the editor published Jan. 8: Is he lying or just “drinking the Kool-Aid?” He continues to follow the worn-out mantra of “It’s Bush’s fault,” and his statements about the failures in Benghazi are misinformed. First, “There was no ...

Joyce’s shutdown vote marks a contradiction

Letters to the Editor

Although it is nice gesture on Congressman John Joyce’s part to give up his pay during the shutdown, considering that he voted “nay” on the House bill to re-open the government and that he has the financial resources to tide him over until the shutdown ends, this gesture seems very empty. ...

Democrats driving dysfunction in DC

Letters to the Editor

Could you imagine how powerful the USA could be if the Democrats would just work with President Donald Trump? The Democrats have been upset since Hillary Clinton lost. I don’t have to ask why, the politicians’ paychecks have shrunk because there are no more payoffs from other countries ...