Opinion

Woman thankful for trio’s kindness

Letters to the Editor

On Dec. 7, I went to the Park Hills Plaza to do business in one of the shops. When I arrived at my destination, I discovered I had a flat tire. There was no way I could change it. As I was leaving the place of business, a couple was entering. I asked if they could change a tire. The ...

Concerned about Trump in office

Letters to the Editor

As Hillary Clinton’s popular vote lead approaches 3 million, I consider myself part of the silenced majority of Americans who cast their vote for her and who are very worried about the future — both near and far-off future. My concerns are so many it is hard to put into words. My ...

Legislature keeps sending wrong signals

Editorials

Pennsylvania residents concerned about the state’s fiscal health probably would have preferred a lump of coal for their Christmas stockings rather than the troubling financial report handed down on Wednesday. However, there’s additional bad news that should evoke even greater concern but ...

Dam safety is very important

Opinion

Dams provide a vital service to our communities and economy, creating reservoirs for our water supply, protecting us from floods, and providing clean, renewable energy through hydropower, and serving as recreational facilities. But as our population grows and more people live below dams, ...

Prioritze access in Logan Twp.

Editorials

Regardless of how Logan Township’s driveway accessibility standards issue eventually shakes out, the one thing certain is that many more residents will embrace a greater awareness and understanding of the subject’s importance than what existed previously. While discussion and ...

‘Nothing fair’ on reassessment

Letters to the Editor

I hope a lot of other people on fixed  incomes especially will unite together and fight our corrupt commissioners. We need to stand together as Aaron Ritchey said and fight this reassessment. We need to contact an attorney from another county to represent all of the people who have been so ...

More trouble with VA

Editorials

The body of a military veteran was left in a Veterans Affairs health care facility shower room for more than nine hours before someone finally had it moved to a morgue, the Tampa (Fla.) Bay Times reported last week. Then, once their negligence came to light, some staff at the Bay Pines VA ...

Nurses question UPMC commitment

Letters to the Editor

As registered nurses at UPMC Altoona, we were extremely disheartened by the Dec. 5 story in the Mirror regarding UPMC’s ongoing lawsuit against CBIZ (“Company requests UPMC lawsuit dismissal.”) Specifically, we were both surprised and dismayed by UPMC’s contention that, had it known ...

Will Trump defy Rubio and McCain?

Opinion

When word leaked that Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, a holder of the Order of Friendship award in Putin’s Russia, was Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, John McCain had this thoughtful response: “Vladimir Putin is a thug, a bully, and a murderer and anybody else who describes him ...

Love helps ease hate crimes

Opinion

Today’s headlines seem full of horrible crimes — teenagers committing gruesome and senseless murders; a young California mother kidnapped off the street while jogging, then tortured for weeks and branded by her captors; a young father in Georgia convicted of deliberately leaving his toddler ...

Help solve anguish of Copley case

Editorials

Dec. 25 will be the second Christmas that Cathy Copley’s killer or killers will be living with the guilt of having snuffed out the 29-year-old woman’s life after her disappearance on Dec. 9, 2015. Anyone who might have been an accomplice in hiding Copley’s body in a garage behind an ...

Altoona needs new Christmas decorations

Letters to the Editor

The city of Altoona does all kind of improvements, which are great for us. We have a new park at the foot of the bridge approaching the hospital, and there are new colored lights at the skating rink for the skateboarders. So why in heaven’s name can’t the city find some resources to ...

City, school district ‘piling on’ reassessment

Letters to the Editor

Well, as I predicted, it didn’t take long for the other shoe(s) to drop. The county, city and school district jumped on the let’s-get-the-most from the new reassessment train. These leaders are so out of touch they only see what is in it for us, what amount of the pie can we get. The ...

SS posture troubling

Letters to the Editor

Today I got my yearly notice from the Social Security Administration telling me how much my 2017 check would be. I was only expecting an increase of a couple bucks because of being forewarned by the SSA, but imagine my surprise when I discovered I received no increase at all — not one red ...

Election’s over: Move on

Letters to the Editor

Plain and simple: We have a new president-elect, and we will have a new president on Jan. 20. No matter who won, we really need to get over it. All this talk about the election being tainted in some way I’m sure is just that — talk. Let’s get over this and move on. There are more ...

Senate should handle Paris climate accord

Opinion

.com Reports that President-elect Donald Trump is backtracking on his skepticism of man-made global warming and his criticism of the Paris climate accord are unfounded, insists his incoming chief of staff. Rather, “He’ll have an open mind about it,” says Reince Priebus. Good. He can ...

John Glenn stood, and rode, above

Opinion

If you were old enough to tie your shoes Feb. 20, 1962, then you almost surely remember Marine Col. John H. Glenn Jr. entering the history books by becoming the first American to orbit the earth. During that flight, Americans, watching on their black-and-white television sets, held their ...

Seeing the party of workers

Opinion

In the course of a couple of tweets, Donald Trump may have ended the image of the GOP as the party of corporate America. After striking a Carrier deal to preserve about 800 jobs, the president-elect slapped the Indiana company Rexnord on Twitter for “rather viciously firing” its workers ...

Politicians need education in coal

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in regards to clean coal. There is a process when making coke called pyrolysis, where the coal is baked in the absence of air and the gases are siphoned off. I’ve been told they make more money from the gases than the finished coke. Now you have pure carbon, and if you mix it ...

Our country is in sad state

Letters to the Editor

Well, how many more do you want to come over here? It is a familiar story by now — the maniac that did his thing at Ohio State, as in Boston, we welcome them with open arms, put them on welfare and feed them with food stamps. Then, to show their gratitude, they attack us. The first ...