Opinion

Trump plays genuine tweeting fool

Opinion

As the nation was preparing to celebrate its storied independence from the British crown, the president secured his place as history’s greatest jester. Or America’s first toddler president. Take your pick. Donald Trump did so by tweeting a doctored video clip of himself from several ...

Animals deserve protection

Editorials

Finally, Pennsylvania has a tough animal-protection law. Praise is in order for the bipartisan legislative effort that achieved the measure’s passage and Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature. The measure is House Bill 1238, also known as Libre’s Law. It was signed by the governor on June 28, ...

Improving radio system important

Editorials

Pennsylvania is embarking on a positive step, having begun the process of implementing a new statewide emergency radio system — called P25 — that officials hope will not be infected with access “bugs” like those currently hindering emergency responders. The key word is “hope,” ...

Don’t penalize the 1-percenters

Opinion

We keep hearing about “tax cuts for the rich” from various politicians. This demagoguery conflates earning a large income on which income tax is due and accumulating a lot of wealth. Many high earners spend as fast as they earn. Income taxes are levied on income earned, not wealth. ...

Enjoy your July 4 for all right reasons

Editorials

The familiar painting depicting the signing of the Declaration of Independence portrays a tranquil setting full of confidence, self-assurance and self-fulfillment — a setting lacking doubts about the prospects for a bright future for the new nation. But now, 241 years to the day since ...

Young writer is right about social media

Letters to the Editor

After reading 14-year-old Mychenze Alberts’ letter to the editor on June 24 (“Social media leading youth on downhill spiral”), I was struck with the degree of her perception on a topic I had just published a book on. Part of my book introduction is apropos to her concerns with ...

Privatizing aviation merely about power

Letters to the Editor

The Mirror’s recent column from longtime Washington media figure John Stossel about privatizing air traffic control (“Fly better with private air control,” June 16) may play well in some Inside-the-Beltway circles, but it unfortunately left readers without some key information about ...

Too much hatred fueling our country

Letters to the Editor

Hatred breeds hatred. The recent shooting of a Republican politician, in my opinion, is caused by the hatred that has been brewing in our country. I listen to the current president crying like a baby — why is everyone always picking on me? He can’t understand the hatred toward ...

Status of mall worth keeping watchful eye

Editorials

Change often brings anxiety, and the announcement in May that the Logan Valley Mall is up for sale might be causing some concern in the community about the eventual impact of that transaction, if it comes to pass. As an article in the Mirror’s May 23 edition reported, Pennsylvania Real ...

Remember those who sacrificed

Opinion

Peggy Garner had a deeper and different understanding of liberty than Patrick Henry—he who famously shouted “Give me liberty or give me death.” Garner had no liberty. She was a slave. Henry detested taxation —without representation — by a distant British Parliament. Garner paid ...

Levels of lead in Philly, state need addressed

Editorials

Philadelphians live with lead in their air and soil years after scientists warned this heavy metal is unsafe. Some contamination is unavoidable, but steps can be taken to protect public health. Even small amounts of lead can stunt children’s neurological development. Lead may come from ...

Republicans are not working for all of us

Letters to the Editor

This past week, Senate Republicans unveiled their version of their long awaited Obamacare repeal. The bill was written in secrecy, without any Democratic input, and by a select group of senators — all of them older white men. One would assuredly think that any legislation that affects the ...

Eagle Scout project admirable undertaking

Letters to the Editor

I have recently been walking for exercise around Ruskin Drive, Baker School vicinity. There was a man and two young boys painting the fire hydrants in the area. I found out by talking to the adult with them that the one boy (his son) is doing this project, in part, to get his Eagle Scout ...

Trump has mastered confusion

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Five months into Donald Trump’s administration, only the unwise doubt the president’s intelligence. Just ask former FBI Director James Comey, who, in addition to being fired by Trump, has been redefined by the president as a dishonest leaker who might have lied were it not ...

It’s about his voters, not Trump

Opinion

In Election 2016, Democrats seemed to assume that the unpopularity of Donald Trump would be enough to keep him out of the White House. It’s true that most Americans viewed him unfavorably, but the same was also true of Hillary Clinton. Given such an unappealing choice, millions of ...

Lawmakers should work through recess

Editorials

It would be refreshing to hear even one Pennsylvania state lawmaker announce that “I will show up for work at my Harrisburg office every day this summer to protest the lack of a 2017-18 state budget that’s responsible, realistic and in the commonwealth’s best interests for the future ...

Too much spent on courthouse

Letters to the Editor

Sitting here reading the Altoona Mirror, I came across an article about the Blair County courthouse needing another $1.5 million upgrade on its air circulating system. This courthouse is becoming a money pit, and believe me it won’t end with the latest wish list, which, of course, they will ...

Marcellus Shale gas needs to be taxed

Letters to the Editor

Facts: -- Pennsylvania has a structural deficit. -- Our deficit has increased a billion dollars since the last fiscal year. -- The pension crisis remains. Marcellus Shale gas facts: -- Pa. ranks second in production of Marcellus Shale gas. -- New York State has a rich Marcellus ...

Smile in the ‘Sky’

Letters to the Editor

Blair County lost someone beyond special with the passing of Phil Sky on June 16. He was forever a dreamer, always trying, always positive, always giving to others, always a smile, always your friend. If there is a Place of Dreams, Phil is riding his bike again. Fred Petrunak Altoona

Altoona police being marred by black eyes

Editorials

This has not been a good stretch for the Altoona Police Department. Last Sunday morning, Officer Erik Stirk, who was off-duty, was stopped at 11:19 a.m. on the 700 block of Sixth Avenue and arrested for driving under the influence. He is expected to be charged with DUI after tests ...