Opinion

Event shows pride in our veterans

Letters to the Editor

I wish to acknowledge total gratitude to the Blair County Historical Society for an event called “Born To Be Wild.” This was a 1960s and ’70s dinner dance party especially honoring our Vietnam veterans who served in our armed forces, past and present. The event was held on Sept. 1, ...

Breakfast group appreciates gesture

Letters to the Editor

On a Saturday in August, a group of us were having breakfast at Denny’s. In a booth close to us, there was a young man and a small boy with a missing tooth. They were enjoying their breakfast and each other. They left, and the boy smiled and said goodbye. When it was time for us to ...

Credit rating downgrade a wake-up call

Editorials

Pennsylvania government and state taxpayers will have to live with ramifications from the commonwealth’s latest credit downgrade, regardless of when full funding of the $32 billion 2017-18 state budget, passed nearly three months ago, finally is accomplished. On Wednesday, Standard & ...

Legislature needs to fund child welfare

Editorials

Pennsylvania’s child welfare system is broken. That was the finding of Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, whose “State of the Child” report was released last week. And it confirms what we in York County already knew. The yearlong audit described a system overwhelmed by new state ...

McGinnis’ views on recycling are off

Letters to the Editor

I am responding to the offensive article in the Mirror featuring comments from Rep. John McGinnis regarding recycling mandates in Pennsylvania. I am now retired from Penn State. While employed, I was the program manager of the labor and equipment and municipal solid waste program. In ...

College about more than rankings

Opinion

It’s rankings season, and we college presidents are explaining, decrying and celebrating. We insist rankings don’t matter and then rush to talk about how we did. This isn’t hypocrisy on our part. Presidents know people look at rankings. They look because rankings appear to provide ...

Americans’ ignorance worrisome

Opinion

At a National Archives ceremony last Friday in Washington, D.C., 30 immigrants became naturalized U.S. citizens. In a video, President Donald Trump encouraged them to embrace the “full rights, and the sacred duties, that come with American citizenship.” It was a noble sentiment that once ...

Libraries deserve support

Editorials

Blair County is testimony that, despite the vast amount of information available via the internet, community libraries retain their importance. They deserve the government funding they receive, and they deserve business and public financial support — as well as remembrance in estates — to ...

Build the wall, and make it solar

Letters to the Editor

President Donald Trump is correct in asking the legislators to solve the “dreamers” deportation problem. That is how it should be done as opposed to an executive order. How they should do it is by addressing the immigration problem by addressing the various issues independently. The ...

Climate consensus needed

Opinion

If the American people, collectively speaking, had enough sense to come in out of the rain, the climate “debate” — long settled almost everywhere else on earth — would be over. No, it’s not possible to assert with mathematical certainty that hurricanes Harvey and Irma were caused by ...

How Democrats won the presidency

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Rarely, if ever, have so many presidential winners and losers been so incessantly chatty. Hillary Clinton — who lost the 2016 election, in case you weren’t sure — is on a book tour with her campaign memoir, “What Happened.” Donald Trump is chatting up Democrats to ...

Keeping trust in cops vital

Editorials

In many towns and cities, some members of minority communities do not trust police officers. Many in law enforcement work to build trust among those they serve. Clearly, however, enforcing the law is the department’s overriding priority. We pay police officers and sheriff’s deputies to ...

State can’t raid conservation funds

Letters to the Editor

As the chairman of the Blair County Conservation District, I am very concerned about a proposal by a handful of state House of Representatives members to balance the state budget. These representatives propose to balance the state budget by taking a one-time transfer from non-lapsing funds, ...

The Wall, the deal and Trump

Opinion

Build that wall. Eventually. Or at least patch up some existing fencing. If Chuck and Nancy will agree. Donald Trump’s signature pledge to build a border wall, aka The Wall, is diminishing almost by the hour. No battle plan survives contact with the enemy, said Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, ...

War demands equality of sacrifice

Opinion

Three aging U.S. veterans of the war in Vietnam, each of whom still bears the scars of battle, took their seats on the stage of Washington’s Kennedy Center on a cool September evening. They were there to discuss Ken Burns’ historic 18-hour PBS project, “The Vietnam War,” which will ...

Truth in mining needed

Editorials

For eight years, it seemed as if then-President Barack Obama had unleashed every weapon in the bureaucracy’s arsenal against the coal mining industry. Then, Obama invented some new tools to harass coal country. In that context, President Donald Trump’s plan to roll back the regulatory ...

US in dire need for tax reform

Opinion

Thirty-one years ago, President Ronald Reagan signed the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the largest tax reform and simplification bill in American history. Since then, our country, global economics and the way the world does business have all changed dramatically while the U.S. tax code has failed ...

Free market vital to Americans’ lives

Opinion

Though my family escaped Hurricane Irma’s wrath here in northern Indiana, we had our own little mess when our septic tank overflowed this weekend, spewing nasty “water” all over the basement bathroom floor. After several frantic calls to plumbers (who correctly diagnosed it as a septic ...

Trump’s option play debt deal

Opinion

What just happened? President Donald Trump cut a deal with Democrats to pay for hurricane damage relief and raise the debt ceiling without getting anything in return, except the temporary avoidance of a government shutdown. How to describe this? Was it a sellout, or a pragmatic act? It’s ...

Be on safe side in testing for CWD

Letters to the Editor

In June of 2017, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) killed a sick deer near Mahaffey on State Game Lands 87. In July, the PGC confirmed that the sick deer DID have Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and did not come from a deer farm but was a wild deer. In order for that sick deer to show ...