Opinion

Socialist movement threat to society

Letters to the Editor

Numerous letters have appeared in this column regarding the threat to our democracy and of the potential for disaster since the election of President Donald Trump. When, in reality, the threat may be far greater from the socialist/communist progressive movement. For example, the ...

Legislators need to encourage town hall forums

Editorials

The amount of anger, hatred, vitriol, division and fear currently dogging the United States might be unprecedented. But the conflicting moods and friction currently in play across the country should not keep federal lawmakers from holding open forums with their constituents, often referred ...

Feeling the pain of Altoona neighbors

Letters to the Editor

By Louise Burkholder Here in Altoona, a good neighbor is a special blessing. Those lucky enough to have one here or anywhere else knows the particular bond that a neighbor shares with you that your friends elsewhere do not. From the vantage point of your yard or your porch, you see all ...

Senator feels comments taken out of context

Opinion

When I was appointed chairman of the Senate Education Committee, I pledged to be tenacious in my ongoing efforts to provide our kids with every opportunity to succeed. What I have discovered is that my intent to identify programs that work and enhance those programs is being met with ...

Nation should strive for truth

Letters to the Editor

My late great aunt Gunilla used to say between drags on her Chesterfield and belts of Old Overholt, “Where there’s smoke there’s fire.” How many coincidences are one too many? Ask a cop how he feels about coincidences. There are too many people, deserved or not, in the present ...

Public education is working well

Letters to the Editor

I am fortunate to have held education related jobs, working with teachers and visiting schools throughout Blair County, the state of Pennsylvania and several other states. I have seen public education at its best. Teachers are working diligently to meet the needs of students in ...

Antis progress derailed

Editorials

Dilapidated properties have no place in any community. They’re unsightly and often dangerous. They erode the value of neighboring properties. But an even broader negative impact is how they diminish the character and appeal of the municipalities in which they exist, especially if there’s ...

Buildings don’t promote education progress

Letters to the Editor

A 2013 report released by NPR indicates the U.S. lagging in global ranking of students in math, reading, and science. One local school board believes that erecting new architectural Taj Mahals is the answer to this troubling statistic. A building does not promote educational progress. ...

Eichelberger missing the big picture

Letters to the Editor

So, Pennsylvania has a very serious structural budget deficit that hasn’t been addressed and a school funding formula that isn’t close to being fair, and Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, is focusing his efforts on sick days allotted to teachers. That isn’t going to stop the ...

Challenges remaining for diocese

Editorials

The reforms announced Monday by the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese in regard to addressing allegations of child sex abuse are an encouraging step that all should welcome. Still, there are unanswered questions that many parishioners of this diocese likely are harboring in the aftermath of ...

For Catholics, let’s hope anniversary brings change

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to the Feb. 24 Mirror article, “Reformation split narrows,” about Catholics celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with speaker and preacher retired Lutheran Bishop Donald McCoid at First Lutheran Church in Altoona. To truly celebrate ...

Congress should strive for reform

Editorials

Implacable critics of President Donald Trump dismissed his speech to Congress last week as full of platitudes and short on substance. One can only wonder whether they dozed off during much of the address. Trump offered a variety of policy prescriptions during the presentation. One of them ...

Give yourself time to beat tax deadline

Letters to the Editor

As we reach the end of the first peak of tax filing season, I wanted to remind everyone of the difference between filing and paying. I appreciate the iconic caricature of someone who has to pay holding on to their money until the very last minute. However, paying is one thing: Filing is ...

Someday, we’ll see Trump as a legend

Letters to the Editor

Someday, when America is great again, a fifth-grade student will bow her head and recite the Lord’s Prayer with great reverence. Someday, when America is great again, that student will place her hand upon her heart and with great pride, pledge allegiance to her flag. Someday, when ...

McClure has traits to be successful sheriff

Letters to the Editor

I have known Sam McClure since he started with the sheriff’s department in February 2013. As the chief deputy, McClure became knowledgeable of every aspect in its operation very quickly and continues to maintain the consistency of the department. His honesty, integrity and credibility ...

‘We have to get past this turmoil’

Letters to the Editor

These past few post-election months have been undeniably rough for all of us. We’ve seen everything from fights to large-scale riots in response to our 45th president, each one shoving the knife deeper into our divided nation. The grand majority of us only see each other as Democrat ...

Pennsylvania higher ed faces belt tightening

Editorials

Pennsylvania’s money shortfall could exact a troubling toll on the state’s higher-education menu, sooner rather than later. An upcoming comprehensive study and other measures by state-owned and state-related universities to limit the money shortage’s negative impacts have been late in ...

Gesture appreciated

Letters to the Editor

Yesterday, my husband and I were sitting at a Chinese restaurant and a young man came to our table and thanked Jim for his service and left. He must have been on a lunch break. He had on a blue uniform from UPMC. The waitress left our bill on the table. When he came back, he asked ...

Mirror, sadly, follows national media trend

Letters to the Editor

The lead story in the Sunday, Feb. 26 edition of the Mirror read, “Gun enthusiasts embrace Trump.” Coincidentally, or not, the headline of the story just under that one read, “Teen who fired gun into car gets prison time.” On Page 2, where the rest of the Trump article appeared, ...

Dems need to stop temper tantrums

Letters to the Editor

I am so sick and tired of all these cry-baby Democrats. They all need to grow up and stop with their temper tantrums. I don’t remember the Republicans out protesting and rioting when Barack Obama won. People are out destroying their own cities, then they will want taxpayers to ...