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Opinion

Letter on firearms contradicts itself

Letters to the Editor

The Aug. 26 letter by Mark Herbert Townsend requires a rebuttal. First, it is historically factual that firearms have undergone improvements from the day they were invented. Even the men who wrote our constitution saw significant changes while fighting for the freedom we now enjoy, which ...

Ryan’s plan needs to be deep-sixed

Editorials

State Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon, does not advocate taxing retirees’ Social Security benefits to help boost Pennsylvania’s coffers. However, he is wrong in advocating that those former workers, who paid taxes that helped keep the state government afloat throughout their employment years, ...

Lawmakers need new approach to Pa. road woes

Editorials

It seems appropriate that the political division responsible for the Pennsylvania government’s inertia often is described relative to Interstate Route 80, which divides the state roughly in half from east to west. Political analysts often talk about issues regarding their impact “above or ...

State should keep care centers open

Letters to the Editor

State should keep care centers open This is in response to the Mirror story last week, “State to close two care centers.” Right now we as taxpayers are doing the right thing for the care of the most fragile of our citizens — the profoundly mentally disabled. The main reason why ...

Dems need smarter nominating process

Opinion

Is anything really wrong with Jay Inslee? Was John Hickenlooper not qualified to be president? And is Steve Bullock a weak candidate? The answers are no, no, no and for all three, “on the contrary.” Any of them could be a remarkably attractive Democratic nominee for president. In a ...

They’ve lost their minds in San Fran

Opinion

San Francisco, a city described in song for its natural beauty, is descending into an abyss of homelessness, the use of sidewalks as toilets and a place you might not want to visit, much less live. The latest, but surely not the last demonstration of insanity, is San Francisco’s Board of ...

State right to explore sticker shock

Editorials

It has been about three years since Pennsylvania stopped requiring annual license plate stickers on vehicles as a means for confirming up-to-date registration. Evaluation of new policies or programs is important after they’ve been in effect for a while. Therefore, the scrutiny currently ...

‘Team effort’ leaves lasting impression

Letters to the Editor

For eight weeks this summer, the city of Altoona was blessed by young people from many different states. The program was called “Team Effort.” Every week, a different group of young people paid their own way to come here on a mission trip, to help folks in this area with needed projects ...

Good Samaritans come to the rescue

Letters to the Editor

Earlier this month, my husband and I were shopping at Pleasant Valley Shopping Center. We were there to shop at two different stores. I had set my walker on the sidewalk, but when I went to step up to the walker, I lost my balance and fell flat on my back. The only injury was to my ...

State shouldn’t take more from its seniors

Letters to the Editor

It is about time legislators take a look at the unfair school property tax that has been burdening Pennsylvania residents forever. Now all of a sudden, State Rep. Frank Ryan is offering a proposal to stop the practice of school districts using our homes as collateral to support school ...

Bedford vandals all wet

Editorials

A judge should have no difficulty deciding on a course of punishment for the individual or individuals responsible for vandalism to four fire hydrants in the Bedford area that resulted in a loss of 150,000 gallons of water. Of course, that observation is built upon the premise that all ...

Quakers share ‘deep concern’ for immigrants

Letters to the Editor

For almost 371 years, The Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers, has held the belief that “There is that of God in everyone.” No exceptions. Friends have worked to abolish slavery, worked to help refugees around the world during and after World Wars I and II and worked to ...

Bedford vandals all wet

Editorials

A judge should have no difficulty deciding on a course of punishment for the individual or individuals responsible for vandalism to four fire hydrants in the Bedford area that resulted in a loss of 150,000 gallons of water. Of course, that observation is built upon the premise that all ...

Quakers share ‘deep concern’ for immigrants

Letters to the Editor

For almost 371 years, The Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers, has held the belief that “There is that of God in everyone.” No exceptions. Friends have worked to abolish slavery, worked to help refugees around the world during and after World Wars I and II and worked ...

Civilians should not need semi-automatic weapons

Letters to the Editor

Just think of when the Second Amendment was written. Americans were fighting Indian tribes, English soldiers and loyalists to control the colonies. Families were slaughtered so everyone, even children, needed to use a gun. It was survival in the wilderness. We needed a gun for protection ...

Act of generosity will be remembered

Letters to the Editor

Imagine a dad school clothes shopping with two kids — a daughter in a wheelchair with a broken leg who wasn’t able to try anything on and a son who had his own ideas about what he wanted to wear. Now imagine, after all the size checking and price checking was done, going to the register ...

Want a free country? Start with free press

Editorials

America’s news media continue to be the target of a verbal beating by President Donald Trump, who has continued to call the reporting of many news outlets — print and electronic — “fake news.” The president also has voiced many other unflattering phrases directed at the media and ...

Environmental concerns are vital

Letters to the Editor

I am concerned about the destructive effects of petroleum-based fuels to run our machines. We have already raised the temperature two degrees Celsius on the average in the USA, especially near the Northwestern border near Canada. And every day millions of people turn over their vehicles’ ...

Democrats can only blame themselves

Letters to the Editor

I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump because one was worse than the other. However, it was the conservative Democratic voters, along with the Democratic voters that hated liberal Hillary Clinton, who were responsible for Trump’s victory. No matter who the liberal Democrats ...

Keystone XL construction long overdue

Other Commentaries

The decade-long fight over Keystone XL, a 1,179-mile underground oil pipeline that would carry crude from Canada to Nebraska, just took another surprising turn. In June, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted an injunction and allowed the long-delayed construction project to move forward. ...