Opinion

Ross has modernized coroner’s office

Letters to the Editor

I would like to endorse Coroner Patricia Ross for re-election. I have worked with Ross for more than 40 years as a funeral director and on the Coroner’s Child Death Review Committee. Ross has brought the coroner’s office from the 19th to the 21st century. She continues to take ...

Frederick will benefit Antis Twp.

Editorials

When John Frederick assumes his new role as Antis Township recreation and environmental code director today, he will be bringing with him an opinion that concurs with foresight demonstrated by the Blair County Planning Commission a half-century ago. Back then was when Altoona was beginning to ...

Straw vote: We can all help to recycle

Letters to the Editor

It’s finally summer. You and your family are headed to the beach for vacation — a week of fun in the sun. Once you finally arrive and go to the beach, you realize something is caught in your flip flop. It’s a plastic straw from another family who left it there. You kick it out of your ...

Sanders proposal falls short

Editorials

“Health care is a human right, not a privilege,” lectured Sen. Bernie Sanders — even as he unveiled a plan that would deny Americans the right to seek the best health care they can afford. Sanders, the Vermont Independent running for the Democrat nomination for president, previewed his ...

Warren best suited for Superior Court

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in support of Rebecca Warren for the Superior Court of Penn­syl­va­nia. Warren has a distinguished 27-year legal career in the private and public sector, where she has appeared in county, state and federal courts in thousands of cases. She grew up in central Pennsylvania ...

Spradling poised to serve community

Letters to the Editor

I have known Devin Spradling for nine years. We went through school and matured together. He now works as a pastor. However, I have witnessed him serve his community long before he was ordained. He is, and always has been, an intelligent man. More importantly, he is a compassionate, honest ...

Benzel would be fair district judge

Letters to the Editor

I have known Rick Benzel all his entire life. I worked with his father and later with Benzel when he became a police officer. The values he learned growing up stayed with him — good or bad. From a boy growing to when he became a police officer, he treated every one with courtesy, fairness ...

On CWD, Joyce, GT get it right

Editorials

On the landscape of total annual federal spending, the $15 million that two area congressmen are seeking for research into finding a cure for chronic wasting disease would be but a pittance. Congress and the Trump administration would be remiss if they declined to make available — as ...

Timely reminders for Safety Week

Letters to the Editor

The Cambria County Farm Bureau is celebrating Rural Roads Safety Week April 14-20 by encouraging county motorists to travel safely on roadways this spring and throughout the year. Motorists will begin seeing more farm equipment on Pennsylvania roadways as weather conditions improve. It is ...

More than few hunters oppose deer culling

Letters to the Editor

In response to the article that was printed on April 1, I would like to inform the public the “real” truth about how the majority of hunters and landowners feel about the culling of 2,000 deer in Blair and Bedford counties. Three comments in this article caught my attention. - The ...

Cohen offer to Dems cheap trick

Editorials

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, is making a sleazy attempt to save his own skin by pandering to Democrats in Congress. They should turn him down flat. Cohen was caught red-handed in a variety of misdeeds by federal investigators. Last year, he pleaded guilty ...

Antibiotic misuse boosting resistance

Letters to the Editor

You have acquired your third ear infection this year, and your family doctor is going to prescribe another antibiotic. He prescribes the same antibiotic that you had previously been given. After a week, the symptoms persist, and you are not progressing. You ask, “What could be preventing ...

Meloy the best choice for Altoona board

Letters to the Editor

With the upcoming election, residents of Altoona Area School District, are fortunate to have Frank Meloy as a candidate running for school board. I have known Meloy in both a professional and personal level. In each and every setting that I have observed Meloy, he has always put our children ...

Criticism of Erb on home rule wrong

Letters to the Editor

I was disturbed by Jan Mills’ March 30 letter calling Commissioner Bruce Erb arrogant because Erb doesn’t support Mills’ opinion on home rule. I have known Erb for over 40 years. He is anything but arrogant. Erb said he did a detailed study and found home rule wouldn’t provide any ...

Gun limit creates victims

Editorials

Gun control is not the one-sided argument its proponents claim. In addition to the Second Amendment, there are practical considerations. For example, as a federal judge in California recognized recently, there is the very real potential for new limits on firearms to be harmful. California law ...

Chronic wasting disease increase not a mystery

Letters to the Editor

At a recent Clearfield County community meeting, the U. S. Department of Agriculture was seeking farmers’ and land owners’ permission for the purpose of conducting another deer culling operation in the chronic wasting disease zone in Clearfield County. However, according to researchers ...

Newspaper carriers deserve thanks

Letters to the Editor

This winter has been icy, with snow and sleet, but our paper delivery people don’t get the recognition they deserve. Our paper girl, Lynn, is amazing. She came no matter what — ice storm, snow, sleet — we got our paper. Yes, you all called when your paper was late, not us. She came ...

State needs to embrace all-day ‘K’

Editorials

Some Pennsylvania children probably have benefited from not having had to begin their formal education until age 8, currently the latest starting age allowed under state law. Those children are a small minority, however. Gov. Tom Wolf wants to lower the mandatory starting age to 6 — the ...

Let voters decide on recreational pot

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to the March 27 letter (“Pennsylvania should not allow recreational marijuana”) submitted by Dr. John Wells about recreational marijuana. I could not disagree more with this position. I strongly feel that cannabis should be legalized. I am a clinical mental health ...

Nominations invited for ‘20 Under 40’

Community

The Mirror is accepting nominations for its 12th edition of 20 Under 40, which will recognize 20 deserving community members younger than 40 years old in the June edition of Blair Living. Criteria for nomination include business success, entrepreneurial spirit and community service of those ...