Opinion

Teacher salary debate needs bipartisanship

Editorials

There are reasonable arguments on both sides of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal to increase, to $45,000, the minimum salary for the state’s public school teachers. However, what also must be at the forefront of discussions, going forward, are the potential ramifications for ...

Altoona board must come together

Other Commentaries

I am writing this after seeing and hearing so much misinformation about the Altoona Area High School project. I served on the Altoona school board for 44 years. I have always had the best interests of the community in mind and wish to share some of the facts as I know them. In spring of ...

Building trust with your child

Editorials

The cover of the May 10, 1999, issue of Newsweek magazine asked the question, “How well do you know your kid?” The reason for that question was the nation’s shock over the Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colo., which had occurred nearly three weeks earlier. This editorial ...

Let Punxsy Phil hibernate in peace

Letters to the Editor

The Mirror printed a story about Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction on the front page on Feb. 21 about being a little off on his prediction. Well, don’t blame a groundhog that should have been hibernating but is awakened every year so Punxsutawney can make a small fortune by suckering ...

Spradling would represent Altoona

Letters to the Editor

Devin Spradling is an enthusiastic, hardworking and devoted guy seeking to become a member of the Altoona Area School Board, and he has my support. Spradling graduated from Altoona Area High School and will make a great board member because he believes public education is important. He has ...

Hollidaysburg needs new parking garage

Letters to the Editor

Hollidaysburg Borough Council has been reviewing parking permits given to residents of the borough. The weight of this review has fallen on eight residents. The committee of three council members propose restricting permit usage to 7 a.m. to 5 p. m. Monday to Friday. On the weekends, ...

Pope must take harder line on abuse

Editorials

Pope Francis said all the right things during the recent extraordinary conference to discuss sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests and coverups by their superiors. But what he did not say has some observers, both inside the church and out of it, upset. Francis summoned 190 Catholic bishops ...

Van Zandt care remains top notch

Letters to the Editor

This letter is to inform the veterans of the excellent care I receive at the Van Zandt Medical Center, commonly known as the VA Hospital. Although I’ve only been associated with the hospital for a couple of years, I would recommend this hospital as having the most outstanding service I ...

Wall won’t stop drug flow into US

Letters to the Editor

If you think that a wall will stop drugs from coming into the USA, think about this: Prisons have walls all around them. They are made of many materials like concrete, brick, stone, fencing and razor wire. They have guards at all main doors, and drugs of all kind got into our prisons. ...

Wolf wage plan is too aggressive

Editorials

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s renewed proposal for an increase in the state minimum wage, which seemed dead on arrival at the time of his 2019-20 budget address on Feb. 6, might actually still be breathing, as a result of limited “life support” being provided by legislative ...

AASD board has shown transparency

Letters to the Editor

I would like to take an opportunity to respond to the Mirror’s editorial, “AASD board needs more transparency” printed on Sunday, Feb. 24. It was stated that the proposed purchase of the Investment Savings Bank Building did not surface publicly until the school board’s Feb. 4 ...

State should repeal its inheritance tax

Letters to the Editor

If you were one of six individuals out of 50 to “make the playoffs,” you’d probably be pretty pleased with yourself. But what if I told you that Pennsylvania was one of only six states that still has an inheritance tax. Pennsylvania imposes this tax on the value of your estate at the ...

Mishler Theatre remains credit to our region

Editorials

Cultural resources are a major component of a vibrant community, and Altoona is vibrant for many reasons. In terms of cultural amenities, Altoona is blessed by having the Mishler Theatre as a dynamic centerpiece amid the business, industrial and professional assets that, together, make the ...

Refugees must learn to pay for themselves

Letters to the Editor

Refugee: One who flees his or her country for a better life in a richer country. To whomever this may concern — which should be every American citizen who works and pays taxes in these United States. Everyone of us is from somewhere else, brought here by our ancestors from other ...

Think about adoption before abortion

Letters to the Editor

To those of you who are thinking of voting for the Democrats in 2020, please know you are voting to murder full-term babies. What an insane world we have become. Where have our morals and values gone to? There are thousands of childless couples out there that would love to give your baby ...

For Amtrak, an exciting possibility

Editorials

There has been no news yet about the progress of an expanded-passenger-rail-service study — involving only the potential for additional trips between Pittsburgh and Altoona — for which the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hired a consultant approximately five months ago. In ...

Deeply concerned over our country’s direction

Letters to the Editor

How far has America moved away since 1776? We are on a downhill slide, and soon it will be too slippery to climb back up. Our elected leaders of today are rapidly changing our laws, and all that this great nation has been founded upon. The freedoms and rights of the common person are no ...

Voting machines’ debacle

Editorials

Officials of 18 Pennsylvania counties who accepted gifts, trips or meals from companies competing to sell or lease new voting machines ahead of the 2020 elections apparently didn’t break any state law. Nevertheless, state residents — from the counties in question or from any of the ...

Facts got in the way of writer’s opinion

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in response to the letter penned by Bill Marr in which he wrote three columns of false claims and half truths about Democrats. Marr mentions the “Obama Justice Department.” Jeff Sessions was a Republican appointed by Donald Trump as was Rod Rosenstein, Matthew Whitaker and ...

Firemen health risk alarming

Editorials

Many Americans, including many people living here, remember hearing reports about the serious health problems suffered later by many first responders to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York. However, probably only a few area people, by comparison, ever ...