Opinion

Treat wildlife cautiously

Editorials

Now that central Pennsylvania is experiencing some breaks from the persistent rainy weather that has dominated the past several weeks, more people will be venturing outside more often, not just to do yard work but also for walks in the woods or to enjoy recreational assets that parks ...

Reaching out can reduce loneliness

Opinion

Global health service company Cigna (NYSE: CI) released results from a national survey earlier last month exploring the impact of loneliness in the United States. The survey, conducted in partnership with market research firm, Ipsos, revealed that most American adults are considered lonely. ...

Reassessment should help homeowner, too

Letters to the Editor

I understand (and support) the need to keep property values current. If a home’s real, fair value increases due to inflation or added value improvements, then that’s fair to everyone. If done properly, we should never have to spend (waste) taxpayer’s money on a reassessment again. I ...

Opportunity awaiting graduates

Editorials

So many opportunities await a country of graduating high school seniors. The world is open before them, just waiting for each to make their mark. Make no mistake, each of them will. This week, with graduation season in high gear, we’d like to offer our grads some thoughts as they enter ...

McGinnis too smart for his own good

Letters to the Editor

In a recent Mirror article, soon-to-be former Rep. John McGinnis showed his — and might I say the GOP as a whole’s — true colors. The article itself was penned as a quasi swan song about McGinnis’ frustrations and regrets about his time in office. He stated the the GOP missed their ...

May the American flag forever wave

Opinion

Sorrow so deep that it can be seen but not said. “Strong men grasped each other’s hand, none able to express their sympathy to the bereft except by look.” A tide of sorrow swept over the small village, a silence of sadness breached only by the occasional “outburst of anguish ...

Pondering those who have left us

Editorials

This hasn’t been an easy spring for those in charge of cemetery maintenance to ready them for today’s important observance of Memorial Day. The persistent rainy conditions have greatly challenged the dedicated workers. In most places, those maintenance workers do a tremendous job, and ...

Kick-starting an economic revolution

Opinion

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — On Election Day 2016, Jonathan Webb found himself on a lavish cruise liner with America’s elite, gliding along the Atlantic outside of Miami. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, was there, and so were Quentin Tarantino, Erin Brockovich, TV legend Norman Lear and ...

Conspiracy theorists see no gray

Opinion

The Trump presidency is often a kind of political “Rashomon,” with partisans on either side looking at the same facts and coming to wildly different conclusions. So it’s all the more remarkable that the central controversy of our time isn’t a fight over one story with different ...

State has proven it can go without shale tax for now

Editorials

A severance tax on the Marcellus Shale gas-drilling industry has been one of Gov. Tom Wolf’s major priorities since he became Pennsylvania’s chief executive in 2015. If he’s re-elected in November, it’s likely that that so far elusive goal will remain one of his agenda items, going ...

Community service credit to Hollidaysburg

Letters to the Editor

The Hollidaysburg Area School District requires each senior student to perform some community service in order to graduate. In 2017, our retirement community had students volunteer to plant flowers in front of each of our homes. The students worked hard and did a great job. We were so ...

Eichelberger has earned his free time

Letters to the Editor

Prior to the election, state Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. made the statement that the election was up to God, now. I couldn’t agree more, and so God finally got rid of Jogging Johnny for us. It also gave us a twofer. We got a new state Senator in Judy Ward and gave Eichelberger time to ...

God needs to be welcome in schools

Letters to the Editor

I looked at the youth protest regarding school shootings, and I could not help feeling sad that it all began in 1962, when I was in high school. Why then? Because the liberals rose up and demanded Bible reading and prayer be removed from the schools. What, therefore, has replaced this ...

Bill would improve state redistricting

Opinion

Anyone who has observed the political slime that has been Pennsylvania’s redistricting map changes of recent months should be heartened that even some members of the sitting Legislature are embarrassed enough to change the process. The Senate’s State Government Committee this past week ...

Gambling expansion crapshoot

Editorials

Nellie Drew, a sports-law professor at the University of Buffalo, told the Wall Street Journal that the U.S. Supreme Court’s on May 14 decision invalidating federal prohibitions on sports betting across the country would “add an entirely different dimension to fan engagement.” That’s ...

Nuclear weapons: Should be all or none

Letters to the Editor

There are nine countries in the world with nuclear weapons — the U.S., U.K., Russia, France, China, North Korea, India, Pakistan and Israel. But according to the U.S., Israel and others, Iran is absolutely forbidden to have them. Why are some countries allowed to have nuclear weapons, ...

Cop killer shows his cowardice

Editorials

Eric Frein exuded cowardice when he used the cover of darkness, trees and vegetation to mask his ambush of two Pennsylvania state troopers in September 2014 in Pike County. One of the troopers died at the attack scene — outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks — and another was ...

Boards looking out for Gaysport

Letters to the Editor

I and two other members of the Hollidaysburg Community Watch Dog Association attended the last meetings of the Hollidaysburg Planning Commission and the zoning board. On the agenda at both meetings was a request for zoning variances by the developer of the apartment complex to be built ...

Hollidaysburg deserves credit

Letters to the Editor

We hear a lot of negative stories about teenagers. As a grateful grandmother, I want to acknowledge the students of Hollidaysburg Area High School for helping my grandson with Down’s Syndrome have a very typical and inclusive experience in school. He graduates this year and has ...

Bedford increase should help tourism promotion

Letters to the Editor

How to increase tourism in Bedford County has come to the forefront in the issue of whether or not to increase the room tax from 2 to 5 percent. The last large increase in the tourism budget occurred in 2008 when revenues increased by more than a third. Why did this increase occur? The ...