Opinion

Hollywood celebs need to set example

Letters to the Editor

I appreciated Bruce “Pete” Williams’ letter on his calling out the Hollywood celebs’ behavior. They’re standing on stage accepting awards and using profanity and bashing every decent thing about our country instead of helping mend it. Williams is right: Hollywood never pays for ...

Tips to assist Service Paws

Letters to the Editor

Service Paws of Central PA collects aluminum can tabs as one of its signature fundraising efforts. First and foremost, we want to thank everyone for their continuing support by saving these tabs. To date, we have recycled over 4,500 pounds. As a reminder, when saving your tabs, please ...

Reporting of records troubling

Editorials

In this legislative and gubernatorial election year, Pennsylvania lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf were elated regarding their ability to complete work on the 2018-19 state budget prior to the June 30 deadline for finalizing the spending plan. Both the Republican-controlled Legislature and ...

With Trump, careful what you wish for

Letters to the Editor

As most government data reports, the tax cuts have dramatically increased the deficit and the growth in the economy is being driven by government borrowing, rather than the tax cuts alone. Additionally, the average tax cut I can donate to the National Education Association averages $17 a ...

‘Shenanigans’ prompted committee’s bylaws

Letters to the Editor

Having no ambitions for elected office, I do not wish to get bogged down in the swamp of nasty politics, but I feel compelled to respond to Sen. John Eichelberger Jr.’s June 14 letter accusing me of “manufacturing a lie.” The facts are that Eichelberger was defeated in court when ...

Love of country is part of faith

Letters to the Editor

I would like to congratulate the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, more than 120 years ago, on a successful three-day annual convention (Jalsa Salana). It was the 70th convention and indeed an extraordinary event where ...

AASD needs to proceed cautiously

Editorials

Whatever the Altoona Area School Board ultimately decides regarding the district’s administrative office space needs, paramount in that decision must be that it’s anchored with careful spending. The goal must not be creation of an administrative Taj Mahal. Rather, the facility eventually ...

Congress needs more who served country

Letters to the Editor

There was plenty of drama during the lengthy congressional hearing with disgraced FBI agent Peter Strok. Sadly, the congressional inquiry into bias and abuse of power by anti-Trump Strok was more of a partisan circus than an inquiry into the truth. I was appalled by the behavior of the ...

Letter to the editor

Letters to the Editor

TV has progressed, not for the better When we first married in 1953, we obtained a new black-and-white television with a 9-inch screen. We had a television antenna on our roof, and we did get several stations, and, if you tried for it, long-range stations. It had what they would call a ...

Our View-Gallitizin facing decision

Editorials

Our view Gallitzin facing decision Gallitzin Borough Council’s discussion last week about whether borough police officer Gil Barton should be allowed to work as a member of the Cambria County Specialized Emergency Response Team was important from the standpoint of available local police ...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor

Another day, Altoona asks for another dollar Another day in Altoona, another headline stating the Altoona Area School Board is looking to spend more of our money. We are now being asked to foot the bill for a new sign, an unwanted and unnecessary expense. The current sign works. No one ...

Left too often relies on using scare tactics

Letters to the Editor

Well, here we go again. President Donald Trump has been afforded the opportunity of another Supreme Court pick, and the left is apoplectic. All the minions have been summoned and have obediently reported. First order of business, develop false and/or misleading talking points and ...

Financial oversight paramount

Editorials

The criminal case tied to the theft of $123,481 from the Pleasantville Assembly of God in Bedford County between 2011 and 2017 is winding toward a close, but there’s still an important issue that needs to be addressed. It’s the question of why only one person was entrusted with official ...

70-plus years on earth have wrought lessons

Letters to the Editor

I didn’t vote for the president, and I’m not happy with the way that things are going in the country. But my 70-plus years have taught me the joys and sorrows of partisan politics. What I do know for sure is what I’m really missing in the White House. I know for certain because ...

Tyrone proves single-hauler best

Letters to the Editor

Kudos to Tyrone for being the only Blair municipality to figure out how to take out the trash. Here in Altoona, property owners are on their own to contract a hauler, but there is no ordinance requiring them to do so. If they do, they will pay a significantly higher rate than Tyrone’s ...

Tolling limited-access roads a funding option

Letters to the Editor

After reading Our View in the July 8 Mirror, I recalled writing you as well as a number of our elected officials with a simple solution to this ridiculous scenario of the debt being incurred by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. It is not with the feds where the problem lies, but rather ...

Mandate lead test for schools

Editorials

Whether or not state House Bill 2025 becomes law — we hope it will — Pennsylvania school districts should comply with the proposed law’s intent of having all school buildings’ water tested for presence of lead, a neurotoxin interferes with children’s ability to learn and ...

Eichelberger: Facts don’t match story

Letters to the Editor

I must set the record straight after reading the Altoona Mirror’s front-page story on June 22 about a Blair County Republican Committee meeting where a change was proposed to its rules concerning the election of the party’s chair. I am not on the committee and didn’t attend the ...

Iran got $2 billion; US received nothing

Letters to the Editor

According to senior cleric in the Iranian Parliament, President Barack Obama and his administration traded U.S. citizenship for at least 2,500 Iranians in the middle of the negotiations over the nuclear agreement. According to Iran’s Etemad Newspaper, Obama offered this as a favor to ...

Heed judge’s warning

Editorials

There was everything to like about the way Blair County Judge Jackie Bernard handled a 19-year-old’s burglary case on July 6. Hopefully, the young man learned enough from the experience to ensure that he’ll never again come before Bernard or any other judge as a defendant. We hope many ...