Opinion

Joyce’s courage following footsteps

Letters to the Editor

Seventy-four years ago last week, our father suffered severe wounds on the front line while serving his country during World War II. On the anniversary of his injury, my sister happened to come across a letter among family papers that he wrote home from a hospital, just four months after this ...

Public schools are making a difference

Letters to the Editor

America’s public school educators and school support professionals prepare our students to tackle the challenges of tomorrow and succeed. They teach students to read great books and become math wizards. They introduce children to the wonders of history and science. They stay after ...

Vandals will regret their acts

Editorials

The three boys — two 11-year-olds and one 9-year-old — who caused major damage at the East End Ball Field on Oct. 27 presumably will pay a heavy price for plunging into the abyss of criminal behavior. Their immature, arrogant, stupid, shortsighted, destructive spree targeted at five of ...

Sadly, country lacks mental health education

Letters to the Editor

It seems like every time I turn on the news or open the paper, there’s another horrendous story about murder, mass shootings, bomb threats, or other violent acts. For whatever reason, people think violence is OK and the most appropriate way to end disputes. Our culture has less and less ...

Newspapers ‘tent pole’ of community

Letters to the Editor

According to a recent online article in Editor and Publisher, a Nielsen Scarborough study suggested “that in an average month, 169 million adults read a U.S. newspaper. They may be reading it in one or more iterations — in print, on the web, via a mobile app, courtesy of an e-newsletter or ...

Take the time to recognize a veteran today

Editorials

Voting in last week’s national mid-term election was one of Americans’ duties as citizens of this great country, and the size of the voter turnout was indicative of how important voters viewed casting their ballots to be. Meanwhile, the intensity of the campaigns leading up to Election ...

100 years after ‘war to end all wars’

Other Commentaries

I’ve waited 40 years to write this article. For it was in 1978 when I first came across my Uncle Carroll Hosbrook’s WWI letters, including one written from France on November 11, 1918, Armistice Day, now a full century ago. History will honor these American Doughboys, the many thousands ...

Health care plans can solve problems

Letters to the Editor

There has been extensive press coverage regarding financing of our health care. The current system, including Obamacare, is not working and continues to become more expensive. Because of the high cost, many employers and individuals find it difficult to afford and may drop health insurance ...

Remembering a fallen soldier

Other Commentaries

This was a military plan to force Germany out of France. To assist this huge operation, our military planned to invade southern France. The landing would go ashore on the Mediterranean coast near Cannes. Before the Allies could launch their huge attack, they had to assemble enough men and ...

Legislation will protect prisons

Letters to the Editor

Flying under the radar at the close of the recent state legislative session was a new law that will create a formal process to consider the closure of a state prison facility. In the last five years, three state prisons have closed with little or no warning, affecting thousands of corrections ...

Election surprises minimal

Editorials

Despite the intense voter interest that it generated, primarily due to what’s been happening on the federal level, Tuesday’s mid-term election didn’t deliver much in the way of big surprises to people of Blair and adjacent counties. An exception was in Cambria County’s 71st state ...

Socialism is no real threat

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to an Oct. 13 column in the Mirror, “Socialism will tank economy,” by Betsy McCaughey. McCaughey’s column was filled with Trumpism, irrationalism and outright lies. She claimed that many Democrats view capitalism in a negative light and want to replace that system ...

Getting tough on jurors

Editorials

The problem of people ignoring jury duty summonses in Blair County isn’t new, and the court system has been a big cause of why the troubling situation has persisted for so long. For too long, the court system failed to initiate a tough stance against the no-shows, despite having the ...

Tamburitzans put on show to remember

Letters to the Editor

On Sunday, Oct. 28, we attended the 4 p.m. performance of the Pittsburgh-based Tamburitzans at the Mishler Theatre. To my surprise, when I called the theater the Wednesday before the performance, there were still tickets available, so I hurriedly rushed to the box office. Again, to my ...

At long last, time to vote

Editorials

People across America, including thousands here in central Pennsyl­vania, are breathing the proverbial sigh of relief today — that the long, bitter, divisive 2018 mid-term election campaign finally is ending. Fortunately for this part of the Keystone State, the campaign landscape was ...

Hollidaysburg parade should be at night

Letters to the Editor

The Hollidaysburg Hallo­ween parade is fast becoming a parody of itself. For years, the parade started at 6 p.m., and it lasted no less than two full hours. To get a good spot for viewing the parade, you had to get there two hours or so before it started. People would be lined up three- and ...

State should raise awareness on mental health

Editorials

It was in mid-October that Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale urged Keystone State residents to take advantage of available mental health services, at which time he also stressed the importance of improving mental health services at schools. DePasquale’s statement, made in ...

Parties must work together to ‘calm storm’

Letters to the Editor

We are under attack in a way my father, a World War II veteran, would not have understood. He was a very intelligent man and would be so sad to see our country so divided and angry. He was no fool and would have believed the U.S. Intelligence agencies’ charge that Russia interfered with ...

City needs more manufacturing jobs

Letters to the Editor

The city of Altoona, being flush with cash, now needs to focus on jobs. Former Mayor Bill Schirf set up a business-like plan for Altoona. This plan has produced excellent results; going forward will need his leadership. Altoona will need to stop increasing retail spaces and make time for ...

Joyce best represents our region

Editorials

Whoever is elected to succeed retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster in the newly created 13th Pennsyl­vania Congressional District will start at the bottom rung in committees and party roles. That’s a fact of life in Washington when a longtime incumbent steps aside; seniority means ...