Opinion

Trump’s scouting report

Opinion

Every time I share my concerns about Donald Trump’s impact on America’s children, a certain percentage of readers assure me that no child is paying attention to what our president says. I hope we can now all agree to put that magical thinking to rest in the wake of Trump’s spectacle of ...

There’s war and rumors of war

Opinion

One month after the election, President-elect Donald Trump made a “victory tour” of states that had helped deliver his surprise win. In Fayetteville, North Carolina, Trump introduced his choice for Secretary of Defense, Gen. James Mattis, and pledged the following: “We will stop racing ...

Proposal shouldn’t be rushed

Editorials

Freshman state Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr.’s proposal that Cambria County be removed from the list of counties where a vehicle emissions test is required each year should not be approved without a close evaluation by environmental experts and the opportunity for public input at formal ...

Trump lacking ‘spiritual center’

Letters to the Editor

Although President Donald Trump later changed his position, he revealed his true heart when he declared that instead of repealing Obamacare, he would let it fail. He was saying that he is willing to let people struggle again for decent health care; he was saying that he is willing to let ...

Court oversteps in WTRN case

Editorials

In reference to the article on July 25 concerning the sale of WTRN, I find myself confused by the court’s attempt to restrict correspondence with the FCC and to cease posting on social media by Ted Simpson, son of the late owner. I feel that there is shown a disregard of the constitution ...

State budget pressure shifts toward House

Editorials

Now that the Pennsylvania Senate has put forth proposals for completing funding of the approved $32 billion 2017-18 state budget, the next step is for the state House to agree or disagree with some or all of them — and unveil new options that it deems workable. As last week ended, with the ...

Here’s plan to save Social Security

Other Commentaries

It is no secret that what the major media seem to care most about is radically different from what concerns average Americans. While the inside the Beltway crowd continues to focus on alleged collusion between President Trump and Russia, real concerns like the future of Social Security are ...

Trump’s day of reckoning has arrived

Opinion

President Donald Trump has reached a “moment of reckoning,” says Sen. Lindsey Graham, the outspoken Republican from South Carolina. And he is correct. The issue is a program created by President Obama called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which protects immigrants who ...

News media needs to regain trust

Letters to the Editor

Today we are bombarded with fake news and outright lies within our news media. This business is a very large industry globally owned by seven companies who control over 50 percent of the print media here in America. Forbes Magazine 2016 declared 15 billionaires in America control the entire ...

Important lesson in Minny death

Editorials

No one disputes that the death of a woman at the hands of Minneapolis police was a terrible mistake. There was no ill intent. Nevertheless, Australian Justine Damond, who had been living in Minneapolis, is dead. She leaves behind a grief-stricken fiance and scores of people who remember her ...

Son of radio station owner treated unfairly

Letters to the Editor

I just finished reading online the Mirror’s July 25 article regarding the sale of radio station WTRN in Tyrone. It appears we have a judge in Blair County who has decided to suppress the free speech of the station’s original owner and founder’s son, Ted Simpson. If I have read the ...

HB97 aims to protect education

Letters to the Editor

In a July 22 op-ed titled “Late-night charter vote suspect,” Susan Spicka, Executive Director of Education Voters of PA, attempted to distort the work of the Senate and wrongly attacks me for my vote on legislation to improve the educational system. The legislation Spicka referenced is ...

Accurate records are vital

Editorials

An effort in the Pennsylvania General Assembly to toughen the commonwealth’s lobbying law is constructed on what appears to be proper consideration and sound judgment. The proposed legislation, House Bill 1175, passed the state House on a unanimous vote July 7, paving the way for the ...

Highland Park swings, playground missed

Letters to the Editor

I live in the Highland Park area, and I have contacted the Central Blair Park and Recreation office manager several times about the removal of the playground swing equipment and their return to service time estimate. The manager has advised me that there is no present date of equipment ...

Let FCC know about scammers

Editorials

If your household is being bombarded by robocalls and you’re irritated about your inability to stop them, now is the right time for you to sound off. Until July 31, the Federal Communications Commission is accepting public comment on the FCC chairman’s proposed rules to allow telephone ...

US should pull out of Afghanistan

Letters to the Editor

After watching yet another war story on Netflix about a battle in Afghanistan where more American soldiers were killed, you have to ask: When is enough, enough? This war has been going on for 17 years. If we have not achieved by now whatever our objective was, we never will. What ...

Kreuz looks out for taxpayers

Letters to the Editor

Thank you, Ed Kreuz. Why would Dutch Brennan be upset with Kreuz for watching out for the taxpayers’ money? Based on the increase in our school taxes alone this year, we need somebody on that board who is looking out for us. Ken Garman Altoona

Parents must be first line of defense

Editorials

Monday’s front-page Mirror article about schools’ efforts geared at curbing cyberbullying acknowledged the difficulties and limits inherent in that mission. Among the school district superintendents quoted in the article was Portage Area’s Eric Zelanko, who expressed the importance of ...

Growing debt needs to be addressed

Editorials

Talk among the politicians in Washington often seems to focus on why the government needs to spend more. If the justification is not national security, it probably will be health care. There seems to be precious little thought given to a serious, growing threat to both our welfare and ...

Rec Commission doing good work

Letters to the Editor

I want to give kudos to the Central Blair Park and Recreation Commission. Up until this summer, I never had the occasion to interact with the commission. This year, my granddaughter took swimming lessons at Altoona Area High School and then at Prospect Pool. The instructors/lifeguards ...