Opinion

Reade has chance for new start

Editorials

“Bury the past,” “avoid new distractions” and “concentrate on the work at hand” are three good recommendations for the Reade Township Municipal Authority, going forward. The authority has been unfortunate in having had to deal with a number of persistent controversies. However, ...

Taxpayers should push back vs. AASD board

Letters to the Editor

I have read so many articles in the Mirror lately about the desires of the AASD school board to build a new senior high building and the proposed building of a new elementary school. When will the taxpayers of Altoona stand up and say enough is enough? It is time to take the pens away ...

‘Anti-abortionists’ victory would be hollow

Letters to the Editor

My Mirror letter of Jan. 23 gave anti-abortionists a way to stop many abortions, which they quickly discarded. Put your names on a national list and have it picked at random, to raise a child that was to be aborted. In past years, large statements have been in the Mirror against abortions ...

Immigration order counterproductive

Letters to the Editor

I disagree with the immigration executive order recently issued dealing with a 90- and 120-day hold on any visa and passport for individuals coming from seven Muslim countries, including Iraq, Iran and Syria. Individuals who have come and are scheduled to come from Iraq are those individuals ...

Resolution needed for patients

Opinion

By Perry Conrad On June 10 of 2000, I was a 41-year-old triage nurse at Altoona Hospital when I felt my first Parkinson’s tremor. Now, nearly 17 years later, I’m happy to tell you that I am still living the dream right here in central Pennsylvania. The road hasn’t always been ...

Drug deaths must raise family urgency

Editorials

Last week’s report by Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross that there were 45 drug-overdose deaths in this county last year — up from 38 in 2015 and 22 in 2014 — must be a wake-up call for everyone here. The growing toll has upped the urgency for all families to be vigilant for any sign ...

Demand respect from peers, gov’t

Letters to the Editor

After reading Daniel Stuckey’s letter (Feb. 11: “Judge presidency with objectivity,”), I felt the need to make a point. In this country, many voters do not even know why they are voting for a candidate. Most will quote a sound bite from Fox or MSNBC, but they don’t bother to ...

Sticking to facts helps argument

Letters to the Editor

After moving back to Central Pennsylvania a few years ago, I was somewhat dismayed by the number of opinions submitted to the Mirror by local citizens that were obviously based on something other than facts. I always thought that opinions were based on collecting facts, weeding out ...

Citizentry must embrace trust

Letters to the Editor

Obstructionist: A Republican Congress that declared anything Barack Obama is for we are against. Juvenile: Has there ever been a more juvenile behaving, bullying, spoiled brat behaving person than Donald Trump? Do you realize that a citizenry that is driven by love of a peaceful country ...

Women need to band together

Letters to the Editor

I’m responding to the Feb. 7 letter to the editor from Heather Wiser of Tyrone. If the Women’s March was for women’s rights as Wiser stated, then why were the pro-life marchers told they could not march? Wiser said that insurance needs to continue to cover birth control. It ...

‘Welcome to your new dark world’

Letters to the Editor

I have truly enjoyed reading letters to the editor in the Mirror the last three weeks. Isn’t it astonishing to see a president actually doing something constructive for a change instead of literally bowing down for foreign leaders and apologizing for America’s greatness? After ...

Strengthen our troops in Afghan

Editorials

When U.S. military helicopters were sent to Afghanistan to aid in the battle against terrorists there, many of their mechanics stayed behind in this country. Men and women accustomed to servicing the aircraft and with a very real stake in doing it well — their comrades in arms fly the ...

Clean up after mansion sledding

Letters to the Editor

Last Thursday, in the early hours of the morning, the city was blanketed in a heavy wet snow that eventually led to the Altoona schools deciding to close. Hooray for snow days. Yes, I, too, was once a kid who enjoyed no school on a snowy day to spend it sledding down the hill at a ...

Toomey abandons his constituents

Letters to the Editor

In the week leading up to Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as education secretary, Sen. Patrick Toomey was unreachable by phone due to the flood of constituents begging him to oppose her confirmation. Nevertheless, Toomey voted to confirm DeVos anyway. In doing so, he has placed party ...

Trump should slow down

Editorials

The first weeks of the Donald Trump administration have demonstrated shortsightedness in trying to do too much too quickly. No one, except perhaps the president himself, has expected the nation’s new chief executive to deliver on all of his campaign promises during his first 100 days in ...

Trump’s ego keeps getting in his way

Letters to the Editor

I normally adjust and accept all presidents in time, but I will have a hard time, if ever, accepting Donald Trump. Words matter to me, especially when it is consistently ignorant. One camera caught him degrading women in the most vulgar and hurtful ways. He’s also mocked a disabled ...

Obama deserves our nation’s thanks

Letters to the Editor

I would like to thank our former president, Barack Obama, for his steady and thoughtful leadership the past eight years. Despite unprecedented opposition, he accomplished much, and those things left undone cannot be blamed on him, but rather on those who stonewalled his agenda. I thank ...

Pakistan must be top priority

Editorials

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the Senate ...

Pakistan must be top priority

Editorials

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the Senate ...

Obama deserves his share of credit

Letters to the Editor

A few citizens last month wrote editorials about President Barack Obama and how terrible he was to our country. One said he was, is and always will be “the worst president in the history of the world.” That record actually belongs to George W. Bush. The other person said he “never ...