Opinion

Sharing with Salvation Army aids Altoona

Editorials

Disasters might be out of the minds for many folks on a daily basis. But for Altoona Salvation Emergency Disaster Services, disasters are at the forefront of everyone’s minds. The group responds to situations throughout the area, lending support and services when many need it more than ...

Altoona needs to curtail spending

Letters to the Editor

Is Sharon Bream the only member of the Altoona Area School Board who realizes the taxpayers of Altoona are tapped out? The front-page story in last Monday’s Mirror has me wondering how the other board members think we can afford their endless school building projects. One option presented ...

Act of kindness much appreciated

Letters to the Editor

On Monday, Nov. 21, I was shopping at Lowe’s in Altoona. When I got to the cashier, I could not find my wallet. I called home to ask my wife to check where I usually leave it. She could not find it. I went back to my car and looked there. My next stop was customer service. I am so ...

Welfare isn’t meant for life

Letters to the Editor

We on Social Security are going to get in January a 0.03 percent increase or average $4 per month. I just received my light bill, and it went up $3 a month. A $4 raise minus $3 street light equals $1 balance per month. It was in the Mirror that heating oil was going up nearly 38 percent in ...

IRC needs support from state

Editorials

It’s unlikely that the 20 Blair County municipalities not covered by Pennsylvania’s mandatory recycling law will step forward to help the local Intermunicipal Relations Committee avert a financial crisis now predicted to occur by mid-2018. Money is tight for all local municipalities, and ...

Commissioners didn’t see the big picture

Letters to the Editor

I read these articles pertaining to the numerous property tax hikes and listen to some very dear friends of mine, some of whom are elderly whose taxes doubled and tripled. It is a true shame that the elderly on fixed incomes get such an increase that they are forced to move or place their ...

‘America first’ Trump trade policy

Opinion

Donald Trump’s election triumph is among the more astonishing in history. Yet if he wishes to become the father of a new “America First” majority party, he must make good on his solemn promise: To end the trade deficits that have bled our country of scores of thousands of factories, ...

Less agonizing, more organizing

Opinion

Where was all this passion during the campaign? Now, opponents of Donald Trump are incensed and outraged. Students are walking out of classrooms and campuses. Two protest marches will descend on the capital in January. A meeting of liberal activists was “intense, angry and unforgiving,” ...

Keep Electoral College intact

Opinion

During the recent presidential election the Electoral College was thrust to the fore. Some, including one long serving senator (Barbara Boxer, D-California), called for its repeal.  This view is ill informed and would destabilize the presidential election process. To review, the founding ...

Keep eyes peeled for ‘lone wolf’

Editorials

Precisely what motivated Abdul Razak Ali Artan to injure 11 people in an attack on the campus of Ohio State University may never be known. Fortunately, a campus police officer at the scene for another reason shot Artan dead. It is a reasonable supposition that Artan was one of those “lone ...

State sending mixed message on alcohol use

Editorials

When money is tight, you do what you can to cut expenses. It only makes sense. The exception, of course, would be if the cuts you make create another equally troublesome problem. For instance, attempting to shrink one’s winter heating bill by turning down the thermostat and sealing cracks ...

Hollidaysburg parking needs thorough plan

Letters to the Editor

The parking recommendations that were presented to Hollidaysburg Borough Council in October make a good point concerning the current problems of borough parking ordinance for the 100-500 blocks of Allegheny Street. This ordinance change would encompass all of Hollidaysburg, without ...

Castro’s troubling legacy

Editorials

It’s easy to imagine why many young people in and around Blair County paid little attention over the weekend to the news about former Cuba president Fidel Castro’s death. It wasn’t holiday shopping that caused them to be indifferent to the news. Rather, it’s because Castro, eight ...

Commissioners, past and present, to blame

Letters to the Editor

The property reassessment project was long overdue, and the current Blair County commissioners should not be held accountable for the inadequacies of their predecessors to start this process much earlier than they did. Having not reassessed since 1958 is causing so much pain to those who are ...

‘Generational theft’ afflicts Pa.

Opinion

Last June 30, the state legislature passed a spending bill of $31.6 billion that Gov. Tom Wolf, without signing, allowed to become law on July 10. On July 13, the Legislature passed a revenue package several hundred million dollars less than that spending number and that bill got the ...

Reinstituting earmarks could benefit region

Editorials

Earmarks again are a topic in Congress, and people in this part of Pennsylvania shouldn’t condemn them. Back in the 1970s, when highway construction was booming around the biggest population centers of the Keystone State, places like Altoona, Johnstown, Ebensburg and Bedford were told ...

Election brought right president

Letters to the Editor

After reading Elizabeth Shade’s Nov. 17 letter to the editor, I feel compelled to express my feelings from the morning of Nov. 9. I thought “thank the Lord,” we won’t have someone in the White House who has trouble with the truth or “what difference does it matter?” ...

Citizens must unite against reassessment

Letters to the Editor

I am truly appalled at the recent tax reassessment fiasco as I am sure you are also. It is so hard to believe how much you are being taken advantage of. Have you as citizens demanded or questioned just how much your county commissioners taxes have changed or how about family members of the ...

Sanctuary cities show federal double standard

Opinion

If you are a school district that refuses to allow students to use the restroom of their choosing, you could be in big trouble. Your federal funding could be reduced or eliminated. But if you are a city proclaiming to illegal immigrants that you will help them dodge federal law, no problem. ...

Practice shopping safety

Editorials

Good planning is the foundation for any Black Friday shopping experience, and Blair County residents have proven themselves to be experts on that planning front. They began compiling their shopping lists weeks before this day-after-Thanksgiving tradition, then tweaked and plugged in numerous ...