Opinion

Troop can take lead on repairs

Editorials

Friday’s Mirror article about damage to two toilets at the borough-owned Duncansville Community Center obviously wasn’t the biggest news of the day. However, there’s an important point that needs to be made regarding the unfortunate, troublesome — albeit small-scale — incident, and ...

‘Weaponized’ invocation has no place in House

Letters to the Editor

A couple of weeks ago, I attended an Altoona City Council meeting and Mayor Matt Pacifico opened the session by asking those present to observe a moment of silent prayer and reflection. How respectful that action was to everyone, to those who may believe as the mayor and city council members ...

Altoona VA staff helps combat vet persevere

Letters to the Editor

I am a 72-year-old combat veteran of the Vietnam War. I am a 100 percent disabled sergeant of the Marines, combat wounded and decorated for valor by the U.S. Marine Corp. There has been a lot of discussion in the news recently about veteran suicide in Pennsylvania, approximately 304 per ...

Adamec’s legacy, sadly, will forever remain tainted

Editorials

The fact that retired Altoona-Johnstown Bishop Joseph V. Adamec was laid to rest on Tuesday will not end reflection on his 24-year-long diocesan leadership role. Unfortunately, but deservedly, much of that reflection will focus on his failures tied to the diocese’s clergy sex-abuse scandal, ...

PSU could lower tuition with state help

Editorials

Penn State President Eric Barron had hardly taken his seat in front of PennLive’s Editorial Board before he started extolling the benefits of Penn State and citing a flurry of statistics to back it up. Statistic number one — Penn State educates almost 100,000 students each year, and many ...

On home rule, Erb, Beam overstepping

Letters to the Editor

I read with keen interest your March 20 article entitled, “Erb won’t back home rule referendum.” I know both commissioners Bruce Erb and Ted Beam. I admire and respect them both and am pleased with their work as commissioners. I am taken back with their arrogance in telling us ...

Health care computers can kill you

Opinion

Texting while driving is so dangerous that it’s outlawed. But doctors and nurses are expected to care for patients while keeping their eyes glued to a computer screen, following prompts and clicking boxes. Some electronic health record systems require 62 clicks just to order Tylenol, and ...

Williamsburg possibilities are intriguing

Editorials

Smaller communities like Williamsburg, which are a significant distance from a major business and governmental corridor, need to capitalize on whatever assets they possess to be vibrant entities on the geographical landscape. It is not enough for leaders of those communities to be content ...

Trump not coming through for miners

Letters to the Editor

Quite possibly the biggest lie told by President Donald Trump is his claim that he supports the rights of Amer­i­can workers. Unfortu­nate­ly, many fell for this fabrication. When West Virginia teachers went out on strike not long ago, where was Trump’s show of support? When teachers ...

New HUD ruling is positive

Editorials

Owners of some federally subsidized housing across the United States are undoubtedly deeply upset about a new rule put in place by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Even the executive director of the Altoona Housing Authority considers the rule “extreme,” although ...

Legislation good step for environment

Editorials

Officials in some environmental groups were not at all happy when President Donald Trump signed into law the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act. But, you say, the act is a major step in protecting the environment. What gives? Indeed, the law, named for the ...

PA shouldn’t allow recreational marijuana

Letters to the Editor

Pennsylvania should just say no to recreational marijuana legalization. I recently met with a group of very concerned Blair County residents. We discussed the legislative situation in Pennsylvania with the proposed legalization of recreational marijuana products. The gist of that ...

Country needs better-paying jobs

Letters to the Editor

After listening to several presidential candidates say they want to make college more affordable for everyone, I think the more pressing problem is the availability of jobs once these students graduate. Many college graduates are still living at home with their parents because they cannot ...

Judgment on Mazur shouldn’t be rushed

Letters to the Editor

I write this letter with ambivalence as I know how readers will respond, but I felt compelled to as being raised Catholic by parents that taught me to do the right thing not the popular thing. That being said, we live in a country where you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. I find ...

Barto gets what he deserved

Editorials

The sentencing of former Johnstown pediatrician Johnnie “Jack” Barto on Monday in Cambria County Court exploded quickly beyond the parameters of local news. Just hours after the sentencing, a former suburban Johnstown resident currently living in Colorado emailed a relative about ...

Bad sign: New York can’t manage money

Letters to the Editor

A mental health program in New York City called “Thrive NYC” was given hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, and the program’s champion, Chirlane McCray, wife of NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio, can’t account for it. Where has $850 million gone? They have failed to keep records and the ...

Credit First Lady for mission

Editorials

“Working group” too often is a political term that translates in the long run to talking much about a problem — but doing little. Let us hope a meeting hosted by first lady Melania Trump this week breaks the mold. Trump called a meeting Monday at the White House of the Interagency ...

New trade deal will help small biz

Opinion

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was signed by President Trump and his fellow leaders at the G20 in Argentina. The accord modernizes the decades-old NAFTA and is chock full of provisions that will help American small businesses boost exports and safeguard their intellectual ...

Sheetz showing its vision

Editorials

Sheetz stores have been good to Altoona and the hundreds of other locales where they exist as a vibrant member of the business community. The stores are well-respected by everyday customers as well as customers who are able to shop at them only infrequently. Altoona is, of course, the ...

Remote sales tax needs to be reported

Letters to the Editor

Now that it’s tax season, I’m sure everyone in Pennsylvania knows that they are to report and pay the sales tax on those taxable purchases made over the internet, toll-free numbers, mail order catalogs, etc., from out of state businesses that did not collect the PA sales tax in ...