Opinion

Lincoln, King legacies intertwined

Opinion

Abraham Lincoln is generally regarded today as one of America’s greatest presidents. But, that wasn’t always the case. It took more than half a century after his death before the memorial erected in his honor could be built. The bitterness of the Civil War he waged to preserve the Union ...

Readers sound off on death penalty

Opinion

Whenever I write about serial killers, guns and the death penalty, my inbox blows up. Last week’s column about convicted murderer Dylann Roof and America’s policy of capital punishment — public support for it, the costs associated with it and its usefulness in deterring other criminals ...

New state officials send right message

Editorials

Pennsylvania’s new attorney general and state treasurer were right in emphasizing integrity in government during their swearing-in ceremonies on Tuesday. Both individuals elected to head those offices in 2012 didn’t complete their terms because of criminal charges. Rob McCord, who was ...

Home ownership shouldn’t be taxed

Letters to the Editor

Property taxes should be paid by businesses, hospitals, and personal residences that are being used to bring income in any building/house that produces an income should be taxed. This money can be used to help maintain the city, county, township which they are in. Someone’s home should ...

Pennsylvania legislators ‘cannot be bought’

Letters to the Editor

Pennsylvania legislators would never be influenced by campaign contributions. Their votes are not for sale no matter how much money greases the rails to re-election or goes secretly into private coffers. Therefore, I am convinced that Pennsylvania is home to some of the most generous and ...

McQueary settlement shows flawed system

Letters to the Editor

I am writing about the Mike McQueary settlement. I find it totally irresponsible that anyone could be awarded over $12 million for standing and watching a young man be raped. That is exactly what this coward did, and now he’s going to be rewarded by receiving more than $12 million, ...

No jackpot: Seniors should be taxed more

Opinion

The Pennsylvania Lottery has always been a dubious proposition: It is at its heart a scam on the poor whose proceeds pay for programs for Pennsylvania’s seniors — some of whom are the Lottery’s most dedicated patrons. And after some record-breaking years, including $4.1 billion in sales ...

Let’s keep open mind on Trump

Editorials

Donald Trump’s presidency hopefully will mean good things for this region, Pennsylvania and the nation. Beyond that, it’s to be hoped that he can make positive inroads regarding America’s relations with other countries but, along the way, protect America’s best interests to the full ...

Holding out hope for America’s success

Letters to the Editor

I am a 64-year-old Democrat, at least by name. The Democratic Party I knew is long gone. It is no longer as President John Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Our politicians, for the most part, have become a bunch ...

Obama’s legacy won’t be tough act to follow

Letters to the Editor

I find it absolutely impossible to believe there are still people who are living in a dream world who believe that they will wake up to find Hillary Clinton is president of our country. Beginning today, the “Trumpster” will soon be running things, and as far as I’m concerned, thank ...

Address budget for police

Editorials

An Altoona decision years ago apparently is the chief culprit in the declining number of applicants for police department vacancies. But blame for the decline also must extend to Pennsylvania state government’s failure to address its own fiscal problems. Harrisburg’s “kick the can ...

Chicago hate crime deserves prison time

Letters to the Editor

The torture of a white mentally challenged teen held for hours and tortured by several black teens in Chicago, the murder capital of the country, is deplorable. These must be the “deplorables” Hillary Clinton spoke about. This is a hate crime and should be treated as such and is not a ...

‘Time for all Americans to come together’

Letters to the Editor

I have been a registered Democrat for 60 years, and this is the first time I am ashamed to admit it. I have never seen a bunch of politicians bashing a future president as has happened since the election was over. Those are the magic words. It’s over now, and it’s time to move on. Give ...

Tyrone fire association needs work

Editorials

It’s common for the Pennsylvania Auditor General’s Office to make recommendations after an audit. Some of the recommendations are for correcting deviations from accepted procedures by the entity audited, or merely to help in implementing efficiencies. Since entities that the Auditor ...

Both sides of aisle lack common decency

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to a story that was in the Jan. 12 edition of the Mirror, titled “Trump’s attitude alarming” by Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker. I found the story by Parker to indeed be alarming, only for different reasons than stated in her column. As Ms. Parker states, ...

Porngate disclosure still lacking

Editorials

Individuals, families and businesses are expected to pay their bills. Governments at all levels should be held to that same responsible standard. Despite developments during the past week, people of this state still need to know more about the bill the commonwealth was asked to pay for ...

Trump won’t be duped; have faith in him

Letters to the Editor

Is anybody shocked that most Americans don’t trust Russia? More than 50 years ago and in the year 1958, the U.S. was quick to let the world know the U.S. didn’t trust Russia to live up to any promises. Did Russia really ever make any promises to the U.S.? Eleanor Roosevelt said that ...

Obama missed chance to postpone election

Letters to the Editor

All hail Donald Trump. Everyone learn to speak Russian and put the red flag over Old Glory. Of course, election officials would say Russian influence was inconsequential. If President Barack Obama could have done what anyone else would have done, he could have declared an emergency, ...

Organ donation shouldn’t be automatic

Letters to the Editor

I just read an article in the Mirror about people not donating blood or donating their organs after they die. This article seems to say basically that the people who donate just their “good” organs to someone that needs them to live are being unselfish. My organs, according to my ...

Trump’s tenure will leave long negative impact

Letters to the Editor

A Donald Trump presidency terrifies me. He is not qualified for the position. I fear not only the damage he will cause the nation, but also, his deleterious impact on other nations. His past actions have demonstrated he cannot tolerate anyone who disagrees with him. What will he do when ...