Opinion

Current politicians need to be replaced

Letters to the Editor

There are two perspectives on Donald Trump’s “drain the swamp.” One group looks at it as a return to the days of good, livable wages and a feeling in their minds of what America is. In Trump’s mind, “drain the swamp” means “lower my taxes” and “get rid of all those rules ...

State still in fiscal fairy tale

Editorials

Pennsylvania faces the difficult task of addressing what Gov. Tom Wolf and the Legislature seem to agree is a $3 billion deficit — a figure $1 billion higher than what state government acknowledged during 2016-17 budget preparation last year. Because no one in Harrisburg has disputed that ...

Catholic church has misplaced priorities

Letters to the Editor

The Catholic organization is at it again — trying to improve its image. A “memorandum of understanding” isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. It is just another smoke screen. The memorandum simply is a piece of paper that says “I might do something if I choose to do so.” It ...

Trump not interested in clean air, water

Letters to the Editor

When I read the Mirror’s Feb. 1 editorial headlined, “Good sign: Trump for pipelines,” I thought you must be joking. After reading the article, I realized you were serious. Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt are not interested in clean air and water and those pipelines that you like are ...

House bill threatens police force

Editorials

All right-thinking people harbor respect for police and the important, indispensable job that they do. In the course of conducting their duties, they risk their well-being and their lives on others’ behalf. That phrase “to protect and serve” isn’t fluff. It’s the foundation ...

Candidate still seeking office

Letters to the Editor

On March 22, the Mirror notified me that Judge Elizabeth Doyle canceled my bid to be on the May 16 ballot for one of the four openings. The reason given: Of the 133 signatures collected by people who said they were the person I­ was requesting from the election office listing of ...

Rec commission makes right call

Letters to the Editor

As a former NCAA basketball player, local coach and PIAA official, I totally applaud the Central Blair Recreation & Park Commission for attempting to suppress inappropriate behavior from those attending sporting events. While that behavior is likely perpetrated by the minority, it ...

Trump leadership fell short

Editorials

Harry S. Truman, president of the United States from 1945-53, kept on his desk in the Oval Office a sign with the phrase “The Buck Stops Here.” The sign was his acknowledgment that the president has to make the decisions and accept the ultimate responsibility for those decisions. In the ...

Ward’s comment on wage misses mark

Letters to the Editor

I would like to give your readers my thoughts regarding last Sunday’s Mirror political notebook, written by Ryan Brown. Regarding Rep. John D McGinnis decision to not seek another term, we are losing (statewide) a man of great intellect who tried, tirelessly, to alert his colleagues of both ...

Unsung heroes run Meals on Wheels

Letters to the Editor

Heroes do not always have 18-inch arms, and they have not always killed the dragon. They give their time and effort to help others. They live among us, and they do not always talk to us. They cook and package and are usually on time. They are Meals on Wheels. They bring it right to your ...

Mother knows best: Lift ban on refugees

Letters to the Editor

President Trump says most people in America agree with his refugee ban. I, for one, do not. Why? It’s because of my mother. Trump says that most people in America agree with his refugee ban. I, for one, do not. Why? It’s because of my mother. In summer 2015, 80 refugees — all ...

Diligent road crews deserve lots of credit

Letters to the Editor

We have had a relatively mild winter in spite of these recent days. Annually, Altoona does not get nearly as much snow as most nearby area communities such as Cresson, Gallitzin, State College, Bedford, etc. But we have had a number of noteworthy snowfalls that demanded the attention of ...

Candidate Varney still wants to serve

Letters to the Editor

I’m Nikki Varney, and you may have read about me withdrawing my petition to be on the Republican primary ballot for Hollidaysburg Area School Director. Despite my withdrawal, I’m still interested in representing you. Let me explain: Lois Kaneshiki filed a petition against my ...

Lakemont Park improvements fuel anticipation

Editorials

Central Pennsylvania will lose a summertime friend this year, but with the promise that it will return in 2018, much more vibrant and family friendly. That friend is Lakemont Park, which is targeted to remain closed this summer as its operator, the Lakemont Partnership, embarks on major ...

Like the ’60 Pirates, Trump won by rules

Letters to the Editor

Being a lifelong fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates, my favorite World Series was in 1960. That moment when Bill Mazeroski hit that momentous home run was one of those sentinel moments where you always remember where you were and what you were doing at the time. I was in Mr. Mitchell’s ...

Courthouse repairs going overboard

Letters to the Editor

OK, I really don’t get into a push-and-shove match (putting it mildly) over how our money is spent in local government. But I really think that it’s time for someone to speak up over a total waste of our money. The great judges’ shrine in Hollidaysburg (aka the county courthouse) ...

Jones has qualities to be district judge

Letters to the Editor

The Honorable Todd Kelly is retiring as district judge. Ben Jones is the right person for this office. Jones understands what it takes to uphold the dignity of judicial office and the duty to comply with the principles of justice. Ben has successfully served as an officer, detective and ...

Attitude in Reade ridiculous

Editorials

Reade Township in northeastern Cambria County remains a municipality in need of soul-searching. That suggestion isn’t directed at the township’s residents, who must watch while unrest encompassing the township’s municipal authority and board of supervisors prevents smooth operation of ...

Only one president apologized for mocking

Letters to the Editor

An Altoona writer in his Feb. 11 letter to the Mirror titled “Judge presidency with objectivity” committed a false equivalence fallacy saying that President Barack Obama mocked the bowling abilities of Special Olympic children. He certainly did not mock them, but Donald Trump’s mockery ...

Trump falling short on coal promises

Letters to the Editor

Among other untruths, President Donald Trump’s promise to bring back “King Coal,” thereby saving coal companies from bankruptcy and increasing coal-related jobs, is patently false. The coal industry is battered due to competitive power generation using natural gas, wind and solar. ...