Opinion

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 ...

County sends wrong message

Letters to the Editor

Every day, I read or hear people talking about their property taxes going up due to the county’s recent reassessment. Those folks on fixed incomes are the ones who can least afford it. Now I read in the Mirror (Nov. 16) that the county is seeking an additional 10 percent increase in ...

Reassessment hearing ‘hostile environment’

Letters to the Editor

If you want to walk into a hostile environment and be treated rudely, you won’t be disappointed when you attend your formal reassessment hearing at the Blair County Convention Center. And on top of that, you get to pay the salary of the three professionals for doing it. Something is ...

EPA knows what it’s doing

Letters to the Editor

I really like to breathe clean air and drink clean water. That’s how I roll. I like that the government protects our air and water by, dare I say, making regulations, which make water safe to fish and swim in. I actually prefer regulations that help keep the air flowing into my lungs nice ...

Celebrate tradition in thanks

Editorials

Thanksgiving, the day set aside each year for Americans to show appreciation for the many blessings in their lives, also is a day of many traditions. The tradition most associated with the holiday, of course, is families gathering for a meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and much ...

ASO performance deserves ‘big bravo’

Letters to the Editor

I went to the Altoona Symphony performance of “Flight and Fancy” presented at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School last Saturday. I was spellbound by the talents of the ballet dancers and their sophisticated education and training and how they came to share with our community. We ...

Shopping locally important

Editorials

Television’s home shopping channels, shopping opportunities via the internet, as well as pre-Black Friday sales offered by a few retailers, will chip away no doubt at some of the frenzy that Black Friday used to entail. But the Black Friday shopping experience isn’t dead — not by a long ...

‘This country was built by immigrants’

Letters to the Editor

This is a great and wonderful country, and it is only getting better and improving. We have been led to believe that our country is under-performing. Unemployment is below 5 percent. The hourly wage has increased nicely, and there are pockets in this country that are crying for ...

Bill strengthens adoptees’ rights

Letters to the Editor

November is National Adoption Month. November 2016 is especially significant for adopted adults born in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. On Nov. 3, Gov. Tom Wolf signed HB 162 into law. Effective Nov. 3, 2017, adoptees at age 18 will have the right to their original birth certificate (OBC) ...

Ginsburg actions shows it’s time

Letters to the Editor

This letter is being written in response to an article written by Diane Dimond, entitled “Time for Ginsburg to retire,” published in the Oct. 27 edition of the Mirror. In the article, she states that Ginsburg commented on the controversy surrounding San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin ...

Charges signal shift in fight against heroin

Editorials

Tragically, nothing has slowed the headlines in the Susquehanna Valley or nationally regarding drug overdoses. One potential precedent-setting case out of Snyder County offers a potential pivot point in this difficult fight as the Valley deals with its 34th confirmed or suspected fatal ...

Clintons got what they reaped

Letters to the Editor

I guess the Clintons are probably upset now that they won’t be back in the White House to rent out the Lincoln Bedroom as they did in the past. Hillary said they were dead broke when they left the White House. I guess they had to pay out too much hush money for Bill’s numerous ...

Pension crisis was self-inflicted

Opinion

Fall carries with it football season, beautiful changing foliage and now annual attempts by parties within Pennsylvania’s Legislature to dismantle the statewide pension system. While officials place the blame on thousands of hard-working employees who have quietly paid into the fund for ...

We only need one language — English

Letters to the Editor

Congratulations to Donald Trump on his victory. I hope it all works out. Now before you go get a utility knife and cut your wrists, read on. There is a four-word sentence that needs to be eliminated from this country — “press one for English.” This country, or should I say the ...

Vets appreciative

Letters to the Editor

The Blair County War Veterans Council, Lloyd Peck commander, wishes to thank all who helped to plan and execute the Veterans Day parade and program in Altoona. A special note of gratitude to Admiral James Loy, U.S.C.G., our featured speaker, and all who participated. The parade and program ...

Pennsylvania won’t ring in happy new year

Editorials

The “Happy New Year” greeting on the lips of Pennsylvania residents six weeks from now won’t be appropriate for state government in Harrisburg, if the Legislature’s independent budget analyst is correct. According to an article in Wednesday’s Mirror, the Independent Fiscal Office ...

Fox News did part to set voters straight

Letters to the Editor

Fox News deserves credit for being straightforward about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. CNN and MSNBC went in a different direction by constantly trying to stop Trump. It didn’t do much for Clinton, but it helped Trump. Sean Hannity did a great job bringing out all the facts of both ...

Democratic Party can use election as lesson

Letters to the Editor

In an effort to discover and/or rationalize the election results, the political analysts and professional politicians are really scrambling. A Democratic state committee member is quoted as saying that those who voted for Trump were persons who were “down and out” and have a tendency to ...

Ballot question was dirty politics

Editorials

The unprecedented presidential race just past got the lion’s share of the attention from voters and the media. But this election also left us in a Pennsylvania frame of mind. That’s not a good thing. It was emblematic of our state’s political culture that candidates for two of the ...