Opinion

Gov’t needs to focus more on FDA safety

Letters to the Editor

Our government needs to get after the FDA to be a safe place when it comes to our drugs and foods. Some of the generic and so-called “brand name” meds should not be on the market because of all the terrible side effects. I hear about a lot of bad side effects because I live in an ...

Cautious approach with NK

Editorials

It would be nice to believe news from North Korea last week is evidence that country’s regime is serious about the “denuclearization” deal with President Donald Trump. Indeed, the report sounded very, very good: “North Korea appears to have started dismantling key facilities at its ...

Hoping Roe v Wade will be reversed

Letters to the Editor

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s selection of Brett Cavanaugh to sit on the Supreme Court, there has been vigorous debate about the fate of Roe v Wade. I am a life-long Republican and consider myself to be a social conservative. I do agree that a woman has the constitutional ...

Moderate Democrats are a dying breed

Letters to the Editor

Decades ago, President Bill Clinton stated that abortions should be “safe, legal, and rare.” Democrats, like Sen. Barack Obama, advocated for stronger border control with Sen. Hillary Clinton in 2006 advocating for a wall on the border with Mexico. (Sound familiar?) The Democratic ...

AASD ‘railroading’ its taxpayers

Letters to the Editor

The Altoona Area school board has really outdone itself with its spending. They have taken the notion that this is a railroad town to heart because they think that we the taxpayers are the money train, and they have all jumped on board. No sooner did the Mirror report that they were seeking ...

Clapper letter ‘hits nail on head’

Letters to the Editor

This is in regard to David Clapper’s July 3 letter entitled “New Altoona building absolutely not needed.” I must say that this was a very well written letter addressing the issue at hand. Clapper hit the nail on the head on the issue regarding the Altoona Area School District’s ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Trump not to blame for kids’ separation This is in response to Elizabeth Shade’s recent letter. If I had small children and committed a crime, I would be incarcerated and separated from my children. I have empathy for the children in this case, but let’s lay the blame where it ...

Highway crews deserve better protection

Editorials

Typical of Pennsylvania state lawmakers’ lack of urgency on many — if not most — issues, both houses of the Legislature scurried from the state Capitol for their summer recess without completing work on important legislation that should have been passed and signed into law this spring, ...

US ought to help Mexico

Editorials

Most illegal immigrants come to the United States for economic opportunity. A few make the journey to escape political repression or crime. In many ways, what they do is entirely understandable — though, of course, immigration laws need to be enforced. Making their own homelands more ...

Theory of evolution can be denied

Letters to the Editor

In a recent letter to the editor, it was claimed that the theory of evolution cannot be denied. A big problem for evolution is that it has never been observed, which is quite devastating since observations are vital for science. No one has ever witnessed one kind of animal in the process of ...

Altoona measure worthwhile

Editorials

Whether in Altoona or any other municipality, ordinances are in place for good reasons. Among them are to maintain order, respond to existing problems or address anticipated issues. Municipalities with leaders who pay attention to the issues and concerns of today but also look routinely ...

Democrats don’t want opposite viewpoints

Letters to the Editor

For about the past 10 years or so, American politics have grown increasingly divisive. Violent protests, speech censorship and overall close-mindedness plague the modern political landscape. And all we have to blame is the left. Protesters proudly stop public speakers from voicing their ...

Playgrounds must strive for inclusion

Letters to the Editor

Recently, there was an article concerning Blair Park and Recreation Commission receiving funds to upgrade parks throughout Blair County. I would like to appeal on behalf of families of loved ones that have children with learning disabilities ranging from autism (varying levels on the ...

Trump is the one guilty of treason

Letters to the Editor

Here we have a president of the United States having declared many times how he doesn’t need any advice because he knows more than his generals and our intelligence community. The president declares to the world, in front of our allies, that there is no need for NATO, the European Union is ...

Lawsuit by MGM disturbing

Editorials

So crazy has the lawsuit climate become that a court filing last week probably should have come as no surprise. Still, it is more than a little unsettling. MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas, has filed suit against hundreds of victims of the mass ...

Hollywood celebs need to set example

Letters to the Editor

I appreciated Bruce “Pete” Williams’ letter on his calling out the Hollywood celebs’ behavior. They’re standing on stage accepting awards and using profanity and bashing every decent thing about our country instead of helping mend it. Williams is right: Hollywood never pays for ...

Tips to assist Service Paws

Letters to the Editor

Service Paws of Central PA collects aluminum can tabs as one of its signature fundraising efforts. First and foremost, we want to thank everyone for their continuing support by saving these tabs. To date, we have recycled over 4,500 pounds. As a reminder, when saving your tabs, please ...

Reporting of records troubling

Editorials

In this legislative and gubernatorial election year, Pennsylvania lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf were elated regarding their ability to complete work on the 2018-19 state budget prior to the June 30 deadline for finalizing the spending plan. Both the Republican-controlled Legislature and ...

With Trump, careful what you wish for

Letters to the Editor

As most government data reports, the tax cuts have dramatically increased the deficit and the growth in the economy is being driven by government borrowing, rather than the tax cuts alone. Additionally, the average tax cut I can donate to the National Education Association averages $17 a ...

‘Shenanigans’ prompted committee’s bylaws

Letters to the Editor

Having no ambitions for elected office, I do not wish to get bogged down in the swamp of nasty politics, but I feel compelled to respond to Sen. John Eichelberger Jr.’s June 14 letter accusing me of “manufacturing a lie.” The facts are that Eichelberger was defeated in court when ...