Opinion

Las Vegas massacre chilling

Editorials

The only conclusion shocked Americans should draw in the immediate aftermath of the horrifying massacre in Las Vegas is that no conclusions should be drawn until investigators have had more time to learn exactly what happened and why. Page one of today’s paper tells the story: At least 59 ...

We can’t be divided by a ‘cultural war’

Letters to the Editor

No, President Donald Trump, our soldiers do not fight for the flag and they don’t fight for the national anthem. They fight to preserve the freedoms that were spelled out in the constitution. Both the flag and the anthem are meaningful symbols of the country that has been built around the ...

Villanueva shows great leadership

Letters to the Editor

All of my friends know me as a diehard Steelers fan, but you know what? I hope they lose every game for the stand they took for our beloved country. Shame on you, Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger. You are not the men I thought you were. I do not want my grandchildren looking to up men who ...

Jones has qualities to be district judge

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in support of Benjamin (Ben) Jones for magisterial district judge. I have known Jones since he began his law enforcement career with the Altoona Police Department. Although I worked for a neighboring police department, I watched as Jones gained experience and rose through the ...

Rebuilding Puerto Rico won’t be easy

Editorials

Hurricane Maria was the most devastating storm to hit Puerto Rico in decades, perhaps as much as a century. It will take years and an enormous amount of federal aid to help the island recover. Because it is a U.S. territory, that assistance is merited. But Puerto Rico had been hit by ...

Pipeline represents progress for our area

Letters to the Editor

I could or should be expressing an opinion about the deplorable condition that our country is in as a result of the presidency of Donald Trump or even the statewide situation that exists with our credit rating as a result of the lack of foresight of legislators to raise taxes to balance the ...

Jones fits the bill to be district judge

Letters to the Editor

We have known Ben Jones for the past 12 years and have had a chance to observe his commitment to our community, both professionally and personally. Jones is an honest and genuine family man with a sincere passion for helping others and protecting our community. He is fair, competent and has ...

Water Authority deserves credit

Letters to the Editor

At 7:15 a.m. sharp on Sept. 25, five angels from heaven arrived at 854 37th St., Altoona, to fix the better part of a 100-year-old water line from the city main on 37th Street to the curb. From the time they arrived, they worked non-stop, all in unison, like a well-oiled machine. They were ...

Small businesses need a tax cut

Letters to the Editor

The negative impact of Philadelphia’s soda tax has taught our state a valuable lesson: High taxes are bad for business and bad for the economy. Congress should provide Pennsylvania small businesses with a tax cut. Roughly 98 percent of companies in our state are small businesses, but they ...

Newspapers remain, proudly, the ‘daily miracle’

Editorials

Today marks the start of National Newspaper Week. It is a time to celebrate the impact newspapers have on their communities and to recognize the dedicated individuals who work diligently so that you, the reader, receive the news and information that you want and need, day in and day out. ...

Lack of respect for humanity troubling

Opinion

Before I started attending Kent State in the fall of 1975, I was a kid living in small-town Ashtabula, Ohio, on the northern edge of a county by the same name, which had lost 26 servicemen in the Vietnam War. Our state total was 3,094, ranking us fifth in casualties. I don’t remember ...

Feeling disabled by our government

Opinion

A third threat to free speech at University of California, Berkeley has led to more censorship than political rioters or college administrators. It’s the Americans with Disabilities Act. Berkeley is expensive. Out of state students must pay $60,000 a year. But for five years, Berkeley ...

Steelers succeed in showing disrespect

Letters to the Editor

I found what the Steelers did Sunday appalling to the state and the country as well as to football. It stands to reason tackle Alejandro Villanueva would honor the flag and the anthem. It, too, is understandable a captain in the Army Special Forces would take the heat for the entire team. ...

Bad message sent to young Americans

Letters to the Editor

Shame on the Steelers and shame on the NFL. I’m so disappointed that the team did not come to the sideline for the national anthem last week in Chicago. Although not perfect, this is a great nation that many Americans have given their lives to keep free or have suffered life-changing ...

‘Bad karma’ caught up with Steelers

Letters to the Editor

Usually I keep my comments to myself. However, in this case I just can’t. You don’t go into a stadium called “Soldier Field” and disrespect our country by staying in the locker room so as to not have to participate in the pre-game national anthem ceremony. Bad karma. Frederick ...

‘So-called role models’ have let us all down

Letters to the Editor

Last Sunday, we witnessed firsthand the disrespectfulness of our role models and mentors. The duality of man was displayed all over our great nation. The thug players disrespected our flag in forms of kneeling, sitting, locking arms and not even coming out of their locker room. These ...

Consider emergency personnel

Editorials

People who encounter an ambulance rushing to the scene of an accident or medical emergency seldom, if ever, ponder the impact that life-saving mission might have on the human responders. Most people who are unfamiliar with the proverbial nuts and bolts of being part of an ambulance crew ...

NFL’s disrespect marks ‘last straw’

Letters to the Editor

Thank you NFL and, at last, the Pittsburgh Steelers for an excuse — the final straw — to be done with you. For the past decade or more I’ve grown bothered by professional football. It’s surely not the football I grew up with. Actually, professional football may not even be a sport ...

McGinnis adding ‘insult to injury’

Letters to the Editor

I was dismayed and disappointed after reading “McGinnis trashes recycling mandate” in the Altoona Mirror on Sept. 19. As an educator who spent much of his career working to foster respect for the earth and caring for the environment, I find it very counterproductive when a role model for ...

Robert E. Lee holds special place

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to the Robert E. Lee statue possibly being torn down. I myself considered the Civil War a very painful time in our American history. Yet, history hasn’t been told — only what we have learned from our school. Let me inform the mass Americans as well as immigrants the ...