Opinion

DRP condemns House changes to Medicaid

Letters to the Editor

Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP) condemns the repeal of the Affordable Care Act released by the United States House Energy and Commerce Committee because the legislation will harm persons with disabilities. The committee’s proposal would fundamentally alter Pennsylvania’s Medicaid ...

America in no danger of losing its democracy

Letters to the Editor

I suppose it was no surprise that President Donald Trump has evoked a squeal from our local liberal nest at Juniata College in the form of Professor Philip Dunwoody’s recent op-ed in the Mirror. It was all but guaranteed. So the professor has studied authoritarianism for some 15 years. ...

Tyrone secrecy troubling

Editorials

Regardless of how public reaction plays out regarding the departure of Tyrone Borough Manager Phyllis Garhart, the borough council erred in its handling of information related to the situation. And, unfortunately, borough residents still remain in the dark about the circumstances leading to ...

Trump on his way to fulfilling promises

Letters to the Editor

On March 3, the Mirror stated that ex-President Barack Obama was ready to roll to help get a Democrat elected for president next election. Obama should keep his nose out of politics. Had he stayed out of politics in the first place, the United States would be way better off than we are ...

Tragedy shows Trump is on right track

Letters to the Editor

An alarming incident in our own area within the past week truly illustrates President Donald Trump’s position on illegal aliens with criminal backgrounds. With an amber alert being issued for a 6-year-old girl, and a great job by state and local police to rescue her, it came to light the ...

Indivisible group seeks dialogue

Opinion

We had the opportunity to meet with Congressman Bill Shuster on March 3, and we learned a great deal about his viewpoints on a variety of issues. As constituents of his district and members of Indivisible Blair County, we would like to let others know about who we are and our interest in ...

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 ...