Opinion

Teacher retention should become very real concern

Editorials

If people of area counties want a respite from thinking about the partial federal government shutdown, they have the option of focusing on two growing trends in education — four-day weeks and bans on homework — that, who knows, might someday take hold here, for better or worse. It’s ...

Consider consequences of building border wall

Letters to the Editor

The border wall will affect the natural environment. The national debate about border security doesn’t often focus on the natural environment. Hundreds of miles of public lands, including six national parks, sit along the U.S.-Mexico border. Barriers along the U.S.-Mexico frontier can ...

We must pay our $70B pension debt

Letters to the Editor

The Mirror’s call for a closer look at Pennsylvania’s pension systems and the many news stories published in reaction to the review commission’s recommendations are welcome developments on an issue that’s too often overlooked by Pennsylvanians. However, transparency and attention ...

Joyce already setting a good example

Letters to the Editor

Last week, Altoona’s own John Joyce was sworn in to the United States Congress. From my research, Joyce is the first member of Congress born in Altoona. Proudly, I read that Joyce is not accepting his pay until the government shutdown is resolved. If the rest of Congress follows his ...

Gas company must remain transparent

Editorials

Washington County, located in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania, is not a quick ride from Blair County. However, what is happening there should evoke notice and contemplation from people here and throughout the rest of the commonwealth. For the benefit of readers who might have missed ...

Non-presidential election still vital

Letters to the Editor

The article in the Dec. 29 Mirror showed the importance of voting in judicial elections. In recent years, many voters of our state have elected judges who were committed to denying that the unborn child has any legal status in our courts. According to this recent ruling, the mother has no ...

Farm Show real glimpse of our state

Editorials

Better-than-average January weather conditions have greeted the 103rd annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, which is underway this week in Harrisburg. The absence of snow, slippery highways and other adverse conditions is providing a great opportunity for area residents — non-farmers as well as ...

Show appreciation for those wearing blue

Letters to the Editor

Every day, thousands of law enforcement officers across the country leave their families and loved ones at home while they faithfully protect the communities they serve. Every law enforcement officer throughout Pennsylvania says goodbye to their families, not knowing if, when or in what ...

Obama set table for Trump success

Letters to the Editor

An editorial in September by Clifford Johnson was full of misleading statements. He started with Benghazi. The reason for Benghazi’s failure was the federal government’s passage of Sequestra­tion under Republican control. This bill cut government spending, including security for our ...

Trump doesn’t stand for conservatism

Letters to the Editor

Recent letters to the Mirror, once again, have presented opinions as facts. That is merely an attempt to influence the uninformed populace with one’s political views. It’s true that the government borrows from the Social Security Fund, but they always pay it back with time honored ...

Political change alters climate in Blair County

Editorials

“Climate change” was a major topic during 2018, referring, of course, to the issue of global warming and the factors allegedly contributing to it. Blair County is beginning this year with a different kind of climate change; some people might prefer to use the words “different ...

Contrary to column, capitalism is threat

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to a Dec. 19 column in the Mirror by John Stossel titled “Some gifts to help keep your liberty.” In this column, Stossel, who is a fanatical libertarian, attempts to convince us that we should give certain books to friends, even socialists, as gifts this holiday ...

Pensions require close look

Editorials

Pennsylvania’s two public pension systems received a wake-up call on Dec. 20, delivered by a review commission in a 400-page report. What’s clear from the report is that, if the two pension funds don’t respond appropriately, the funds risk increasingly shaky times. Fortunately, they ...

For disabled, winter brings problems

Letters to the Editor

I’m a community member of Altoona, and I know firsthand how individuals who use mobility devices are affected by the poorly plowed roads. I use a wheelchair that I don’t often use for transportation outside of my home. PennDOT is required to plow side streets and main roads, but it does ...

Do your part to help make ’19 positive

Editorials

On the subject of New Year’s resolutions, central Pennsylvania is like anywhere else in America. Many people will make resolutions — some of them frivolous, but some very meaningful. Some of those resolutions will fall by the wayside quickly, others will remain intact for several months ...

As year ends, hoping 2019 is much better

Editorials

Looking back on 2018, it was in numerous ways similar to 1968, which a 2008 publication by Time Books described as “The Year That Changed the World.” Reflecting on that year five decades ago, Smithsonian magazine, in its January-February 2018 issue, provided a more negative description: ...

Diocese not being fully transparent

Letters to the Editor

The Mirror’s Dec. 22 editorial inaccurately refers to the Luddy case as a 1999 case. This error was obviously due to the fact that Bishop Mark Bartchak, in his published statement, incorrectly used this date. The Hutchison vs. Luddy, Bishop Hogan, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, case was ...

Shuster’s next step will be successful

Letters to the Editor

What a great interview the Mirror published on Sunday with Bill Shuster. While I did not always agree with him, I always supported him. He’s done a great job in Congress, and I admire him for his decision to retire from politics to seek other interests. With his background, he should ...

Legalizing pot worth discussion

Editorials

There’s nothing wrong with the “serious and honest look” at legalizing recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania that Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed. “Taking a look” wouldn’t obligate the Keystone State to pursue the legalization. That study would merely identify the pros and cons tied to ...

American can take lesson from Israel

Letters to the Editor

I have watched as illegal citizens of other countries attempt to invade ours at open boarders and the government does nothing but argue over it. Israel had the same problem. People flooded their country illegally. Many were not very good people and caused a lot of problems for the Israeli ...