Opinion

Obama deserves our nation’s thanks

Letters to the Editor

I would like to thank our former president, Barack Obama, for his steady and thoughtful leadership the past eight years. Despite unprecedented opposition, he accomplished much, and those things left undone cannot be blamed on him, but rather on those who stonewalled his agenda. I thank ...

Pakistan must be top priority

Editorials

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the Senate ...

Pakistan must be top priority

Editorials

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the Senate ...

Obama deserves his share of credit

Letters to the Editor

A few citizens last month wrote editorials about President Barack Obama and how terrible he was to our country. One said he was, is and always will be “the worst president in the history of the world.” That record actually belongs to George W. Bush. The other person said he “never ...

Kaneshiki is free to speak her mind

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to a letter dated 1-29-2017 titled “Kaneshiki post an embarrassment” by William J. Padamonsky Sr. His criticism of Lois Kaneshiki and her cartoonship of the Obamas with the” Beverly Hillbillies” is her business under the Constitution. Just because ...

McClure would follow in Cooper’s footsteps

Letters to the Editor

The primary season is near, Sam McClure has taken the reins of the Blair County Sheriff and will perform well. Former Sheriff Mitch Cooper has given his full support to McClure. The voters of Blair County can trust him to continue Mitch Cooper’s excellent stewardship of the Blair County ...

Toomey ignores future of our children

Letters to the Editor

Nothing is as important to parents as the well-being of their children and their children’s future. As an retired educator in the Altoona Area public school system, I know this fact well. Education is vital to the future of our nation, indeed, to the future of the world. We live in a ...

Enough, already, with the Trump cartoons

Letters to the Editor

The Mirror has been full of sick cartoons lately about President Donald Trump, but the one Thursday about Trump only wanting to save Americans was the worst. Give it a rest. I understand Trump’s dislike of the news media. Trump was not my preferred person to represent the Republican ...

Voting for Trump was vote for change

Letters to the Editor

A recent letter by Elizabeth Shade asked the question “What were you thinking?” with regard to the election of Donald Trump. I can’t speak for everyone who voted for Trump, but I would like to answer the question from my perspective. I was thinking that I couldn’t vote for a woman ...

Toomey didn’t listen to his constituents

Letters to the Editor

Sen. Pat Toomey seems to have forgotten whom he works for. Over the past few weeks, Toomey blatantly disregarded the thousands of emails, phone calls and letters pouring into his offices across the state and Washington, urging him to cast his vote against Betsy DeVos for Secretary of ...

Wolf’s idea to fund police makes sense

Editorials

Gov. Tom Wolf’s resurrection of a proposal to tax municipalities that rely solely on state police protection faces a virtually impossible journey, just like other efforts to implement the idea over the past two decades failed. It is a hot-potato issue from which most lawmakers prefer to ...

Judge presidency with objectivity

Letters to the Editor

A recent letter to the editor written by John Hunter Orr really caught my attention. In it he appears to be attacking President Donald Trump in any way he can. And in it he brings the president’s course of conduct up during the race for the office. Orr brought up the incident where ...

Obama deserves his share of credit

Letters to the Editor

A few citizens last month wrote editorials about President Barack Obama and how terrible he was to our country. One said he was, is and always will be “the worst president in the history of the world.” That record actually belongs to George W. Bush. The other person said ...

State police must restore public trust

Editorials

The cheating epidemic at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy confirmed by a report made public Feb. 3 was disconcerting to people who up to then had unwavering faith and trust in the commonwealth’s main law enforcement department. In the months ahead, state police leaders must provide ...

Action puts republic at point of collapse

Letters to the Editor

Sen. Mitch McConnell and the Republican Senate majority have demanded that the minority not block Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, with a filibuster. However, when McConnell and the majority refused to hold hearings for President Barack Obama’s ...

One-hauler system will hurt ‘a lot of people’

Letters to the Editor

Well, here we go again — trying to take jobs away from the local trash haulers. Not only is this wrong, I think it is a disgrace. Why put so many men out of work and give it to one company? I have had the same trash hauler for years, and he is wonderful, but if he wasn’t, I would have ...

Budget harmony elusive

Editorials

Gov. Tom Wolf’s pursuit of a different strategy to extract Pennsylvania from its fiscal morass might in the end get more support than his two previous state budget proposals. However, the $32.3 billion 2017-18 budget plan Democrat Wolf unveiled on Tuesday still contains much that the ...

Politics driving anti-Muslim terror

Letters to the Editor

Saturday, Jan. 28, about 2 a.m., a mosque in a Muslim community in Victoria, Texas, was destroyed by fire. The mosque also was burglarized earlier this month. At a Mosque in Quebec City, Canada, a gunman fired indiscriminately into the crowd of worshipers, killing six. There is a growing ...

Act 172 provides incentive

Editorials

A law that took effect in mid-January authorizing municipalities to grant a local tax credit to volunteer emergency responders provides an opportunity consistent with current realities. This being a time when men and women increasingly are hard-pressed to find the hours needed for such ...

Home ownership should be tax free

Letters to the Editor

Kudos to Melissa Shaffer for her recent letter to the editor on real estate tax. She is totally correct in stating home ownership should not be taxed. The politicians rammed a proposed bill down our throats with no consideration for the good people who worked to own a home, raised children ...