Opinion

Americans must stop divisive rhetoric

Letters to the Editor

We, the American people from all nationalities and religions, Democrats, Republicans and independents, need to stop, open our eyes and take a good look at what’s going on around us. We need to listen closely at what’s being said. Let’s make it perfectly clear; one of two things in this ...

Only creation explains abundance of species

Letters to the Editor

I want to respond to a letter that argued the undeniable existence of evolution. My point is not to argue against the existence of evolution. An organism adapting to its environment over time makes some sense to me. However, mutations typically do not result in a more complex and more ...

Spotlight on Garver offered new insights

Letters to the Editor

My sincerest thanks to Sean Sauro for his Monday Spotlight feature on Hugh Garver, one of my favorite professors at Penn State Altoona. What a pleasure it was to study under Garver, as he was always kind and respectful and always had time to assist and work with his students. He is a true ...

US debt choking America

Editorials

The $21.2 trillion national debt today is worrisome enough. But it is going to get worse, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. You may want to sit down for this: Within 30 years, the national debt will top $100 trillion, if nothing changes, the CBO is predicting. That ...

Mirror should remove its Opinion page

Letters to the Editor

After reading the Mirror’s view, “Sad day for the free press,” I was unable to follow how you somehow connected the tragedy at the Capital Gazette with attacks on the free press. The perpetrator was an evil deranged man with a personal vendetta. It was a scene that could have, and has, ...

Libraries help prevent the ‘Summer Slide’

Letters to the Editor

While the Summer Slide may sound like a ride at one of our local amusement parks, it refers to the loss of academic skills and knowledge while students are out of school for the summer. Researchers have shown that students’ progress in subjects like reading and math can be reduced by one to ...

Organ shortage thorny

Editorials

In this country there remains a serious shortage of human organs such as kidneys for transplantation. Despite informational efforts aimed at encouraging people to designate themselves as organ donors, many healthy organs go to people’s graves instead of helping to save or better someone ...

Prosecution of cases doesn’t seem equal

Letters to the Editor

William Higgins, former Bedford County District Attorney, charged with “unconscionable crimes” by Attorney General Josh Shapiro is allowed to plea bargain a deal with no jail time or felonies. He is released on $50,000 unsecured bond, and he may lose his license. I would hope this ...

Pa. lading turnpike with debt

Editorials

News that turnpike tolls will go up 6 percent in January was neither a surprise nor welcome. The toll increase — which, like state pension contributions — are going nowhere but up in the coming years, largely because of shortsighted decisions years ago by lawmakers and the governor. Not ...

Stun gun use raises serious questions

Editorials

Video of a Lancaster city police officer using a stun gun against a black man went viral last week after it was uploaded to Facebook. According to the Lancaster City Bureau of Police, officers responded to a disturbance on the first block of South Prince Street involving a man identified as ...

US should send illegal immigrants back

Letters to the Editor

A quick fix to the immigration problem at the border of Texas would be to give them all five days’ ration and water and send them back where they came from. Why are so many Hollywood celebrities ranting and raving about how we should take these people in and feed and clothe them and give ...

Where’s humanity in Trump’s actions?

Letters to the Editor

Beginning in April, the Trump administration has forcibly separated over 2,300 immigrant children from their parents. They have no plan in place to reunite these children with their parents. The children were shipped, mostly under cover of darkness, to centers all over the country. For ...

Take jury summons seriously

Editorials

The Blair County court system’s latest crackdown on people who’ve ignored summonses for jury duty, while commendable, could have been made more effective for both the short and longer terms. Regarding some of the individuals who ignored their summonses multiple times, the $25 or $50 fines ...

Republicans will miss work of Kaneshiki

Letters to the Editor

Let’s read a bit of information to help level the playing field, shall we? Who, upon accepting the office of chair of the Blair County Republican Party, discovered their rented office to be two months in arrears in rent and facing a $750 fine from the state party. Who, with frugal ...

On this day, let’s pause to reflect

Editorials

In this year 2018, some Americans are concerned about the future of this great country. That such a situation is in play isn’t the first time, and it probably won’t be the last. Correct within the minds of most of the citizenry, despite today’s problems and issues, is the fact that ...

New Altoona building ‘absolutely not needed’

Letters to the Editor

This letter is being written in two parts in reference of the subject matter to accurately cover what is needed to be stated. First, to leave the taxpayers of the Altoona Area School District know they are getting a huge shafting in the building of a new high school that is absolutely not ...

Reminder: Be safe on July 4

Editorials

This Independence Day celebration in central Pennsylvania — and throughout the rest of the commonwealth — no doubt will be more colorful and noisy than any in the past. This will be the first celebration of the nation’s independence since the state abandoned its archaic, overly ...

Sustain recycling efforts

Editorials

The time for Americans to be honest about recycling may have arrived. Thank the Chinese for forcing us into a discussion we should have had years ago. Millions of Americans separate materials such as paper and plastic from their garbage, placing the items in recycling bins. Then, homeowners ...

America no longer as great as it once was

Letters to the Editor

A popular political slogan is “Make America great again.” This slogan implies that America once was great but no longer is. So is America less great than it once was, and what caused our decline in greatness? Last February, I was shopping at the Walmart in Shippensburg, looking to ...

Online business could face level playing field

Editorials

Because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 21, it’s too early to predict the wording of the Use Tax line on the 2018 Pennsylvania state income tax form and whether, beyond this year, the line will have to continue to exist. For 2017, the line — Line 25 — said simply, “Use Tax. Due ...