Opinion

Voting for Trump was vote for change

Letters to the Editor

A recent letter by Elizabeth Shade asked the question “What were you thinking?” with regard to the election of Donald Trump. I can’t speak for everyone who voted for Trump, but I would like to answer the question from my perspective. I was thinking that I couldn’t vote for a woman ...

Toomey didn’t listen to his constituents

Letters to the Editor

Sen. Pat Toomey seems to have forgotten whom he works for. Over the past few weeks, Toomey blatantly disregarded the thousands of emails, phone calls and letters pouring into his offices across the state and Washington, urging him to cast his vote against Betsy DeVos for Secretary of ...

Wolf’s idea to fund police makes sense

Editorials

Gov. Tom Wolf’s resurrection of a proposal to tax municipalities that rely solely on state police protection faces a virtually impossible journey, just like other efforts to implement the idea over the past two decades failed. It is a hot-potato issue from which most lawmakers prefer to ...

Judge presidency with objectivity

Letters to the Editor

A recent letter to the editor written by John Hunter Orr really caught my attention. In it he appears to be attacking President Donald Trump in any way he can. And in it he brings the president’s course of conduct up during the race for the office. Orr brought up the incident where ...

Obama deserves his share of credit

Letters to the Editor

A few citizens last month wrote editorials about President Barack Obama and how terrible he was to our country. One said he was, is and always will be “the worst president in the history of the world.” That record actually belongs to George W. Bush. The other person said ...

State police must restore public trust

Editorials

The cheating epidemic at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy confirmed by a report made public Feb. 3 was disconcerting to people who up to then had unwavering faith and trust in the commonwealth’s main law enforcement department. In the months ahead, state police leaders must provide ...

Action puts republic at point of collapse

Letters to the Editor

Sen. Mitch McConnell and the Republican Senate majority have demanded that the minority not block Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, with a filibuster. However, when McConnell and the majority refused to hold hearings for President Barack Obama’s ...

One-hauler system will hurt ‘a lot of people’

Letters to the Editor

Well, here we go again — trying to take jobs away from the local trash haulers. Not only is this wrong, I think it is a disgrace. Why put so many men out of work and give it to one company? I have had the same trash hauler for years, and he is wonderful, but if he wasn’t, I would have ...

Budget harmony elusive

Editorials

Gov. Tom Wolf’s pursuit of a different strategy to extract Pennsylvania from its fiscal morass might in the end get more support than his two previous state budget proposals. However, the $32.3 billion 2017-18 budget plan Democrat Wolf unveiled on Tuesday still contains much that the ...

Politics driving anti-Muslim terror

Letters to the Editor

Saturday, Jan. 28, about 2 a.m., a mosque in a Muslim community in Victoria, Texas, was destroyed by fire. The mosque also was burglarized earlier this month. At a Mosque in Quebec City, Canada, a gunman fired indiscriminately into the crowd of worshipers, killing six. There is a growing ...

Act 172 provides incentive

Editorials

A law that took effect in mid-January authorizing municipalities to grant a local tax credit to volunteer emergency responders provides an opportunity consistent with current realities. This being a time when men and women increasingly are hard-pressed to find the hours needed for such ...

Home ownership should be tax free

Letters to the Editor

Kudos to Melissa Shaffer for her recent letter to the editor on real estate tax. She is totally correct in stating home ownership should not be taxed. The politicians rammed a proposed bill down our throats with no consideration for the good people who worked to own a home, raised children ...

Friendly Altoona officers make birthday special

Letters to the Editor

I would like to take the time to acknowledge the Altoona Police Department for making a child smile. My son turned 7 years old on Jan. 26. I told him it was his day to do whatever he wanted. His response was “Mom, can we go visit the cop house, and see the good guys?” So off we went ...

Mission of march was to show example

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to educate the many people who do not understand what men, women and children are trying to accomplish by protesting and marching. We are marching for a variety of reasons. We are not marching solely because Donald Trump won. We are marching because we want to be heard by Trump ...

Women’s March wasn’t about ‘me’

Letters to the Editor

Why did people march the day after Donald Trump became president? Why, indeed? In the Mirror on Jan. 27, columnist Star Parker’s editorial in the Mirror complained that the press is giving all the attention to the Women’s March and not to the pro-life’s March for Life. She writes ...

Pennsylvania has mastered ‘kicking can’

Editorials

Although “$2 billion” has been used widely to describe Pennsylvania’s fiscal troubles, the Legislature’s nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office in mid-December offered the “brighter” projection of a $1.7 billion shortfall for Fiscal Year 2017-18, which begins July 1. But now, only ...

Organ donation ‘truly the gift of life’

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to recent letters by Betsy Chilcote and Ronald Norris. They are both very special people in my eyes. Chilcote literally supported organ donation through the death of her young daughter and subsequent donation of her daughter’s organs. Norris, while wanting to ...

Focusing on Tyrone practices

Editorials

Tyrone Borough Councilman Charles Mills wasn’t unreasonable when he voiced the opinion last month that the council should decide employee hirings and firings, not the borough manager. Although the municipality’s home rule charter grants that authority to the manager, it can’t be ...

74 years later, heroic chaplains remembered

Letters to the Editor

On Feb. 3, 1943 — 74 years ago — the USS Dorchester, with 902 men aboard, was making its way in the cold water of the North Atlantic heading toward Greenland. The ship was crowded and living conditions unbearably hot. Most of the men removed their life jackets contrary to orders. A ...

Challenges face new ag boss

Opinion

At one of the inaugural balls, Sonny Perdue, Donald Trump’s choice to run the Department of Agriculture wore a peanut-theme bow tie. Former Georgia governor Perdue wore a tractor theme tie weeks ago when he boarded the elevator at Trump Tower for the first of several job ...