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Opinion

Bullying bill worth developing

Editorials

Despite agreement across Pennsylvania that bullying in schools is a problem that needs much more preventive action, it is hard to imagine that proposals being prepared by state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Johnstown, will achieve passage without formidable challenges. It is reasonable to wonder how ...

Cambria Heights must work to save its pool

Letters to the Editor

Only we can save our Cambria Heights pool. The threat to remove this resource from our students and community is one that we, as a community, must come together over. It is rare to have such an asset outside the county seat or city, in a rural area. Our pool facilities are praised by ...

Taliban can’t be trusted

Editorials

Getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan would be quite a coup for President Donald Trump. It would give him a foreign policy advantage going into next year’s election — one no Democratic candidate could criticize. But would it also be setting the stage for a bloodbath? Would it mean a ...

Arming teachers is not the answer

Letters to the Editor

As a 25-year secondary public school teacher (now retired), I have concerns about guns in the classroom. The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) says on its website, “Law enforcement officers who respond to an incident in a school could mistake for an assailant a ...

Trump: Vote me, or else

Opinion

During a December 2015 debate among Republican presidential candidates in Las Vegas, former Florida governor Jeb Bush said to Donald Trump: “You can’t insult your way to the presidency.” Never mind. The question for next year’s election is whether the insulter-in-chief can use the ...

Warning signs for Republicans

Opinion

President Donald Trump has backed off tariffs on toys made in China. His commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, said the administration did not want to hurt Christmas. This is an admission against interest that the trade war with China is hurting the American people. Lately, the yield curve ...

In crisis, Philly cops set example

Editorials

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies are accused regularly — and as a class — of being too eager to use violence, especially against African-Americans. Those who have that attitude ought to consider what happened last Wednesday night in Philadelphia. During the day there, police ...

Politicians should be tested for mental fitness

Letters to the Editor

As a Gulf War veteran — after reading an article about the Veterans Administration red flagging veterans — I wanted to comment on exposing the dangers of this back-door, unconstitutional, political-rights grabbing operation. Maybe we should turn the tables and publicly demand mandatory ...

State needs to clean up school property taxes

Letters to the Editor

During the last off-year election cycle, Gov. Tom Wolf carried 17 out of 67 Pennsylvania counties. His challenger, Sen. Scott Wagner, carried the other 50. Quite a discrepancy. Wolf retained the governorship because he carried the most populous counties. Looking at a map of Pennsylvania ...

Fireworks confounding Legislature

Editorials

Pennsylvania lawmakers still are trying to think of ways to undo the Legislature’s shortsightedness and narrow-mindedness when they passed a law in October 2017 to abandon what was then the commonwealth’s archaic, overly restrictive fireworks rules. The effort to bring rules governing ...

All-out ‘blitz’ marks opening of season

Other Commentaries

One of the credos of the newspaper industry is to “get through the J months, and then something magical happens in the fall.” Or so Circulation Manager Dan Slep, whose family’s Mirror roots date back to 1874, has long maintained. Vacation season is over, the oppressive heat of August ...

America can’t be fixed by turning back clock

Letters to the Editor

Make America great again. It’s a catchy slogan but I’m not sure what that means. As an immigrant, I chose my American citizenship. I actually believe America is pretty great. I’m not a member of the “love it or leave it crowd.” I know there is room for improvement, and I think ...

Opportunity plentiful for contributing seniors

Letters to the Editor

Most everyone knows that Blair Senior Services has two volunteer programs for seniors: The Senior Companion Program and the Foster Grandparent Program. But for those who don’t know about these programs, please let me encourage you to check into it. All low-income seniors (55 years and ...

Democrat is upset with her own party

Letters to the Editor

Each election year, our choices for president get worse. Long gone are the times when people ran with the intelligence and commitment necessary to sustain the economy and protect the interests of diverse groups of people. Today, people are running, delivering promises that can’t be kept ...

Judges’ training questioned

Editorials

The finding that a former northwestern Pennsylvania district judge misclassified more than 800 civil claims raises serious questions that need to be addressed. Probably the most basic one in many people’s minds is whether district judge training is all that it should be in terms of ...

Blame for violence is often misguided

Letters to the Editor

Violence is evil, not political, and it’s been around since the dawn of time. The only difference now is we don’t come together in the aftermath of violence. We have to choose sides. We need to blame someone or something. Here’s who to blame: The sick person who killed people with ...

Local pharmacies need protection

Opinion

I write as president of a cooperative company comprised of independent community pharmacies, typical of the community pharmacies throughout our commonwealth. For more than a century, independent, community pharmacists have served generations of families all across Pennsylvania, providing ...

To fight blight, city needs cooperation

Letters to the Editor

It’s not news to say that blight exists in Altoona. The first question to ask is not “What do we do about blight?” but rather, “Why does blight exist?” I believe that there two possibilities for the existence of blight. First, people are unable to do anything about it. ...

Personal crystal ball: Long winter looming

Letters to the Editor

My father, Maurice McNulty, who died in 1975, always thought that the severity of any winter was in contrast to the severity of the previous summer — that if there was a cold, hard winter, the summer before was beautiful, and that if there was an easy winter, the summer before was ...

Tourism impact is critical

Editorials

The potential impact of a $1 million state grant targeted for a long-abandoned section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bedford and Fulton counties extends far beyond that former part of “America’s First Superhighway.” The grant will impact in a positive way, as well, these other ...