Opinion

Don’t lose hope: Make a better ’17

Editorials

In his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy exhorted Americans to: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Now, nearly 56 years later, as another new year has dawned, that message still holds true, although there is much ...

Tax relief must be responsible

Editorials

Both Republicans who control Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have plans to grant most Americans tax relief. They hope to inject real growth into an economy still recovering only anemically from the so-called Great Recession. In reconciling their slightly different versions of tax ...

Too much food wasted at AASD

Letters to the Editor

I am a student in the 11th grade at Altoona Area High School, and I often work in the school cafeteria. We students help to prepare and serve the lunches each day after they are brought in by the school district. I am appalled at the amount of food waste that is happening. Pounds of ...

Star illuminates Brush Mountain

Letters to the Editor

I want to give a holiday shoutout to the family living on Kettle Road toward Sinking Valley, that has illuminated Brush Mountain with a big beautiful bright star for as long as I can remember. A few years ago, all of my children were home for Christmas (they are in their 30s) and I heard them ...

Posture on Israel troubling

Editorials

In public, President Barack Obama has been exceedingly, commendably courteous toward President-elect Donald Trump. But in handling public affairs, it has been a different story. Since Trump won the election, Obama has been pushing to implement both domestic and international agendas with ...

‘Our duty’ to hold Trump accountable

Letters to the Editor

Concerning the election of Donald Trump, Democrats are now being asked to accept the electoral results and told to “get over it.” How quickly the Trump supporters forget the well-documented efforts of the Republicans immediately upon President Barack Obama’s first inauguration to oppose ...

Local residents being ‘gouged’

Letters to the Editor

OK, Blair County has doubled taxes. Altoona is raising taxes 10 percent. The Altoona Water Authority is raising water sewer rates. My question is: How can we draw business and industry to the area when the people that live here can’t afford to own a home? Will someone please wake up and ...

Willing to receive, but not give

Other Commentaries

The holidays are gone for another year but were packed with shoppers seeking the perfect gifts for their loved ones. At a glance, it would seem that Pennsylvanians are truly embracing the sense of giving that comes with the holiday season. However, a recent survey found that many people are ...

Cresson site sale first step

Editorials

It would have been better if the sale of the former Cresson state prison property had been accompanied by immediate assurance that hundreds of new jobs would be coming to the location. But even without such an assurance, it’s good news that the 328-acre site’s fate no longer is in ...

Toomey must reject EPA appointment

Letters to the Editor

Scott Pruitt once said of the climate change debate that “dissent is not a crime.” I couldn’t agree more, but because of the hundreds of thousands of dollars donated to his campaigns by the fossil fuel industry, he is blinded by ignorance. Human-caused climate change is no longer a ...

Property taxes grossly unfair

Letters to the Editor

We have a tax for this and we have a tax for that. It seems like we have a tax for everything. When the county and especially the school districts need more revenue, they will say they have to raise the millage rate or raise taxes. Since the property tax generates the lion’s share of ...

Cooler heads prevailing after assassination

Opinion

Last week’s assassination of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov in Ankara, Turkey, had the potential to destabilize already strained relations between the two nations, which back different sides in the Syrian war and have other points of conflict. To their credit, Russia and Turkey have ...

Both sides seeking more ‘normal’ Trump

Opinion

Donald Trump was supposed to take over the Republican Party, but the question going forward will be whether the Republican Party takes over him. So far the early legislative agenda of Republicans after the Trump revolution is shaping up to be what you would have expected prior to the Trump ...

Make restoring civility top priority

Opinion

We have just come off of the most acrimonious presidential election in modern memory. There are many distinctive aspects to the 2016 election: the first woman candidate for a major party, a shocking (to many) upset, a victory by a complete outsider to politics. Even the level of ...

Despite management, Pennsylvania thriving

Letters to the Editor

In the Mirror article on Dec. 15 titled “Lean budget year could bring changes,” it was stated that there is a projected Pennsylvania budget shortfall of $600 million. Our state is thriving, albeit for a lack of fiscal management. Pennsylvania is ranked sixth in the United States for its ...

Keith perfect spot for a family park

Letters to the Editor

The Keith Athletic Complex is a prime spot for a park, for family recreation and fun. I have pulled the little ones on sleds there and watched kids playing and people out walking. It should be utilized as a center-city park, as you won’t find a more desirable and historic spot. We spend ...

Support Bill 76

Letters to the Editor

I agree with State Rep. Jim Cox on House Bill 76. The only problem I have with this bill is if the owner is making money or any kind of income off of the property then a tax should be paid. Contact your local state representatives and ask them to vote for this bill. Homeowners have paid ...

Legislators’ raises hard to swallow

Letters to the Editor

Magicians use slight of hand to fool people, get your attention on one hand so you don’t know what the other is doing. That’s what legislators in Harrisburg do, but instead of fooling people, they’re deceiving them. On Nov. 24, a small article in the Mirror said lawmakers will get a ...

Unions would do well to learn from Dallas

Opinion

And just like that the Dallas, Pa., teacher strike is over. Residents endured a month of acrimony, and Thursday’s negotiation session showed no promise. The union insisted it had presented a valid case, the district begged to differ. Along with repeating the claim that there isn’t ...

Rep. on gas tax: It’s hurting taxpayers

Letters to the Editor

With Pennsylvania’s gasoline tax of 51.4 cents per gallon already the highest in the nation — and another 8-cents-per-gallon hike set for Jan. 1 — it’s time to remind you that this is why I voted against the transportation bill that became Act 89 of 2013. In an attempt to stave off ...