Opinion

Someday, we’ll see Trump as a legend

Letters to the Editor

Someday, when America is great again, a fifth-grade student will bow her head and recite the Lord’s Prayer with great reverence. Someday, when America is great again, that student will place her hand upon her heart and with great pride, pledge allegiance to her flag. Someday, when ...

McClure has traits to be successful sheriff

Letters to the Editor

I have known Sam McClure since he started with the sheriff’s department in February 2013. As the chief deputy, McClure became knowledgeable of every aspect in its operation very quickly and continues to maintain the consistency of the department. His honesty, integrity and credibility ...

‘We have to get past this turmoil’

Letters to the Editor

These past few post-election months have been undeniably rough for all of us. We’ve seen everything from fights to large-scale riots in response to our 45th president, each one shoving the knife deeper into our divided nation. The grand majority of us only see each other as Democrat ...

Pennsylvania higher ed faces belt tightening

Editorials

Pennsylvania’s money shortfall could exact a troubling toll on the state’s higher-education menu, sooner rather than later. An upcoming comprehensive study and other measures by state-owned and state-related universities to limit the money shortage’s negative impacts have been late in ...

Gesture appreciated

Letters to the Editor

Yesterday, my husband and I were sitting at a Chinese restaurant and a young man came to our table and thanked Jim for his service and left. He must have been on a lunch break. He had on a blue uniform from UPMC. The waitress left our bill on the table. When he came back, he asked ...

Mirror, sadly, follows national media trend

Letters to the Editor

The lead story in the Sunday, Feb. 26 edition of the Mirror read, “Gun enthusiasts embrace Trump.” Coincidentally, or not, the headline of the story just under that one read, “Teen who fired gun into car gets prison time.” On Page 2, where the rest of the Trump article appeared, ...

Dems need to stop temper tantrums

Letters to the Editor

I am so sick and tired of all these cry-baby Democrats. They all need to grow up and stop with their temper tantrums. I don’t remember the Republicans out protesting and rioting when Barack Obama won. People are out destroying their own cities, then they will want taxpayers to ...

Trump and his top aide would welcome attack

Letters to the Editor

If you consider the constant fear mongering of the president related to possible terrorist attacks, I can’t help but agree with those commentators who think nothing could be better for Donald Trump than a terrorist attack here at home. Consider: What better way is there to rally the ...

Fox viewers know what media thinks

Letters to the Editor

The relationship between the public and the mainstream media is known to be at an all-time low. We know that relationships that lack mutual respect have little chance of surviving. Your columnist on Sunday, Feb. 26, Gene Lyons, started his column with: “(Fox News network’s) target ...

It’s difficult to show patience with Trump

Letters to the Editor

I thought it would be a year or two before I wrote a letter to the editor concerning Donald Trump, but his contempt for our judicial system, unconstitutional executive orders and daily lies have prompted me. I didn’t vote for any presidential candidate last year because all were either ...

Drug problem at VAs seeing opioids disappear

Opinion

Amid America’s opioid-abuse epidemic, it’s unsurprising — but nevertheless appalling — that such drugs and others are going missing from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Based on information from the VA inspector general’s office, the Government Accountability Office and the ...

Burden on state cops too great

Editorials

Pennsylvania’s approximately $3 billion deficit wouldn’t be reduced by $600 million if zero local-level municipalities relied solely on the state police for protection. But if all municipalities provided their own protection and required state police help only in certain serious ...

Single-hauler system is not free enterprise

Letters to the Editor

As councilman for the 2nd Ward of Hollidaysburg Borough, I am appalled by the attitude of my colleagues toward our constituents as it relates to the issue of whether or not to mandate a single hauler for trash pick-up. I have personally received nearly 400 letters from borough residents from ...

Obamacare is elephant in the room

Editorials

You have to give former President Barack Obama credit for one thing: He and those in Congress who aided and abetted him did everything in their power to ensure Obamacare’s most glaring flaws could never be eliminated. They did so by crafting perhaps the most massive income transfer in U.S. ...

Name calling inappropriate

Letters to the Editor

As I am writing this, I have in front of me the letter by Jack Marquis dated Feb. 24 entitled “Absolutely shocked.” Well, I am absolutely shocked that I have been able to accomplish what I have in life while being a “deplorable,” and a “moron.” Webster defines each as ...

Election’s lesson: voter responsibility

Letters to the Editor

As improbable as it may seem, there may be some benefit to the recent presidential election. If nothing else, it reminds us of the fragility of democracy, the need to be ever vigilant and to take our responsibilities as citizens very seriously. Because many of us didn’t participate in ...

Catholics remain concerned

Editorials

A year ago today — March 1, 2016 — Catholics of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese experienced a tidal wave of shock, sadness, anger and feelings of betrayal in response to a state grand jury report alleging that hundreds of children had been sexually abused by about 50 priests over more than 40 ...

Shuster should spend more time on the job

Letters to the Editor

Has anyone seen Bill Shuster? After just 28 days in session, Congress has been on a week-long recess. This prompted me to call Rep. Bill Shuster’s office to inquire about any planned events to meet with his constituents. I had assumed, incorrectly, that this “break” was intended ...

Trump won election, deserves a chance

Letters to the Editor

I vote every election. I very often don’t get the candidate I prefer. As I get older, my ideals have changed so at this point in my life I am more pro-life, believe we shouldn’t be letting the government take more of our rights (gun ownership, etc.) and should let people into this ...

Eichelberger miscast

Letters to the Editor

It seems to me that putting Sen. John Eichelberger in the position of chairman of Pennsylvania’s Senate Education Committee is equivalent to putting the fox in charge of guarding the hen house. Mary Jane Bickle, Tyrone