Opinion

Kane can only blame herself

Editorials

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane might be secretly wishing now that she had accepted her punishment when it was meted out two years ago, rather than pursue appeals that have turned out to be fruitless — and no doubt costly. She’d be out of jail by now. Kane, once a ...

Endorsing idea of traffic study

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to your column of Oct. 7 entitled, “Upcoming traffic study will help Altoona.” I agree with your headline. However, I feel obliged to share some concerns especially regarding one-way streets. During my 47 years in Altoona, I served more than 30 years on various ...

Vet’s act of kindness makes Thanksgiving

Letters to the Editor

On Monday, Nov. 19 while shopping at Walmart for a turkey, a gentleman (a veteran) in a wheelchair/scooter came up to me and said, “ma’am, I would like to pay for your turkey.” I told him I should be buying him a turkey. He said he lives at the Veteran’s Home, and they will get lots ...

Praying for closure on vandals

Editorials

Parishioners of the seven area churches burglarized and vandalized between October and December 2017 no doubt experienced deepening concern as each month passed without arrests. That concern was justified, considering the commonly held belief that the longer a case remains unsolved, the less ...

Stressing importance of self-defense

Letters to the Editor

Forty-four years ago today, I made one of the best decisions of my life: I began training in the martial arts. Having been punched in the mouth the day before, I knew I had no idea how to defend myself, and the thought of fighting back was as foreign to me as college calculus. Throughout ...

Gesture appreciated

Letters to the Editor

On Nov. 8, I had a heart catheterization. On Nov. 15, the snowstorm hit. I looked out and saw a neighbor clearing our driveway. I thanked our neighbor. Then, the township piled a foot of snow at the end of our drive and someone cleared that away also. I don’t know who, but to my ...

Trump has caused division in our nation

Letters to the Editor

President Trump is a misogynistic, xenophobic, pathological liar and a bully who is such an incompetent president that he terrifies me. He is a liar who continually distorts reality to make himself look good. His administration is a disaster. The number of personnel who were fired or who ...

Contents in trucks can be dangerous

Letters to the Editor

Why is it that trucks (including township trucks) can have loose items in their beds? Is there no law that can stop this? How easy it is for a bag of leaves or other items to fly off and cause an accident. I see this from small pick-up trucks to large township trucks. It is time the ...

AASD board lacking fiscal responsibility

Letters to the Editor

I read with interest the article appearing in the Mirror on Nov. 18 concerning the division on the current Altoona Area School District Board. It describes the division between the “tax and spend five” members who freely approve excessive spending contrary to the public’s wishes, and ...

Hunters are now on mark

Editorials

“This truly is a great time to be a Pennsylvania hunter,” proclaim two Pennsylvania Game Commission leaders in the 2018-19 issue of Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest. Noting that the commission receives no money from the state’s general fund, the two officials — Bryan J. ...

Has Pa. turned fiscal corner? Let’s stay tuned

Editorials

If Pennsylvania’s revenue total remains in the black for the final eight months of the 2018-19 fiscal year, mimicking the revenue picture of the year’s first four months, state taxpayers will have grounds to be cautiously optimistic that the Keystone State maybe has turned the proverbial ...

McGinnis’ standard should be applauded

Letters to the Editor

I hope residents of the 79th Legislative District and all across the commonwealth will join me in a grateful, enthusiastic salute to the truly honorable Rep. John D McGinnis. Next week, McGinnis will officially keep the last of several promises he made (and kept) almost seven years ago — to ...

Practice shopping safety

Editorials

Great deals and impulse buying: They’re both a big part of Black Friday. But what also should be at the forefront of this day is safety — safety on the highways while traveling to and from stores, or between stores, and safety amid the frenzied crowds trying to scoop up the best ...

True Christians love Jewish people

Other Commentaries

My heart was broken when I heard about the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh last month. I was sitting in my study preparing my sermon when the alert came. I immediately prayed, asking God to protect the people there. It was not until later that I heard 11 precious lives ...

Embrace true meaning of Thanksgiving

Editorials

Today’s observance of Thanksgiving is about more than turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, family get-togethers and watching football. This national holiday, falling on Nov. 22, also is a tragic anniversary in this nation’s history. It was 55 years ago today that President John F. Kennedy ...

Veterans Day parade shows off Altoona pride

Letters to the Editor

What a parade we saw on Veterans Day in Altoona. The neighboring communities, along with the city groups, made me so proud to be from this area. I was “First on Station,” April 23, 1965, in Vietnam. When President Johnson declared the Vietnam conflict in 1965, our ship was first to arrive ...

Listen closely to voices from your empty chair

Other Commentaries

A stranger appeared just as we were sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. And he sat in the chair that we always leave empty to symbolize those, who due to death or distance, could not be with us this year. The stranger then began to talk — and even sometimes sing. “Let us bow our ...

Quick cancer treatment reason to give thanks

Other Commentaries

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful to not have cancer. I hope. Six months ago, my family doctor sent me for a CT scan because I went in to be checked out for something that felt weird which ended up being nothing. However, the CT scan did reveal some nodules in my thyroid. A local ...

Support our local economy

Editorials

The shopping experience known as Black Friday is two days away, but it’s not premature to reflect on that day’s big impact on local merchants’ bottom line. Black Friday and the weeks following it, leading up to Christmas, are a make-or-break time for numerous local stores. Actually, ...

Foreman restores Republican unity

Letters to the Editor

Although he was not on the Nov. 6 ballot, I would like to congratulate Blair County Republican chairperson Jim Foreman for his stellar performance. Foreman’s positive brand of leadership, along with his ceaseless work, has noticeably strengthened our party. He envisioned the ...