Opinion

Toomey better fit for state

Editorials

Control of the U.S. Senate may be determined by the outcome of the Pennsylvania Senate race between Republican incumbent Pat Toomey and Democrat challenger Katie McGinty. With stakes that high and this being 2016, the campaign for the seat has been expensive — $34 million spent by the two ...

Trump’s accusers minus facts

Opinion

The roll out of women accusers against Donald Trump continues. On Oct. 20, accuser No. 10, Karena Virginia, charged that Trump took hold of her right arm in a crowd after the 1998 U.S. Open. When he did, his hand also made contact with the side of her breast. Attorney Gloria Allred, a ...

Which way does Nobel wind blow?

Opinion

The world got a bit of a surprise when headlines popped, many with implicit question marks, that Bob Dylan — he who needs virtually no introduction — won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The first American to win the prize since Toni Morrison in 1993, he is also the only American to win the ...

Clinton win would hurt Pennsylvania

Editorials

Hillary Clinton as president would be bad for America and bad for Pennsylvania. She would be a catastrophe for our region. Clinton and her mentor on energy issues, President Barack Obama, have convinced many Americans the only real victims will be coal miners and their communities. That ...

Cost of living adjustment unfair

Letters to the Editor

Are there any other senior citizens out there who — like me — are experiencing  absolute wonderment at the minuscule amount reported as the proposed cost of living increase for our specific group in 2017 while staggering amounts of money are pledged by our various elected officials and ...

Paying ransom harmful

Editorials

President Barack Obama is notorious for using executive orders and other unilateral actions to override existing U.S. policy. Now that penchant for imperial rule is coming back to haunt Americans. Several months ago, Iran released four Americans who had been held in captivity — but only ...

Time for Ginsburg to retire

Editorials

U.S. Supreme Court justices are appointed to the highest court in the land for life. But I believe it is time for 83-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to hang up her robe. We should all take a moment to acknowledge her long and spectacular legal career. Ginsburg has been a true liberal ...

Hollidaysburg needs Kaneshiki

Letters to the Editor

This letter is being written in reference to a Hollidaysburg Area School Board member by the name of Lois Kaneshiki. Her judges come from members of the Mirror administration and letter writers to the Mirror. How fascinating. As a taxpayer in the Hollidaysburg School District, it is with ...

Buying American would help all of us

Letters to the Editor

Back in high school, I learned an economic concept called supply and demand. Simply put, if people want something, they buy it. If people demand more of something, then manufacturers will supply more. The problem with this equation is that it doesn’t have a face on it. The only place you ...

Where’s fairness in reassessment?

Letters to the Editor

When the reassessment process first began, “fairness” was the keyword used as one of the reasons for reassessment along with the fact that it hadn’t been done since 1958. I believe most people would agree that it was necessary, and all that anyone wanted is fairness. But from my ...

Damage upsetting

Editorials

I was very excited and proud for Penn State’s win over No. 2 Ohio State last Saturday night, but not so much for the conduct of the fans in State College after the game. Over $18,000 worth of senseless damage? I will never understand that. Shame on those involved. Nancy E. Riley Altoona

Quick turnaround

Letters to the Editor

I find it both amazing and commendable that the Penn State-Ohio State game was won and over at 11:54, and the Mirror had it printed and delivered to our front door by early Sunday morning. They don’t miss a beat. Rosalind Sky Altoona

Florida recount mandated by law

Letters to the Editor

I am writing regarding the Mirror editorial that appeared last Friday, titled “Clinton forgets about Gore.” It was not factual. The recount of the votes in Florida was mandated by law because the vote was so close. The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, decided the outcome when it ...

Hog farm raises issue of zoning

Editorials

Back in the 1970s, when communities like Duncansville were preparing zoning ordinances, people were told that such regulations would prevent undesirable land uses that might have adverse effects on neighboring properties and a municipality as a whole. In reality, such thinking also was one of ...

Blair County’s ‘tragedy of commons’

Letters to the Editor

I don’t often agree with County Solicitor Nathan Karn, nor do I appreciate his outsized influence over county policy and that of many of its municipalities. But he has it right with respect to the Intermunicipal Relations Committee (IRC), led by the very able but often frustrated John ...

Some dirty tricks: Then and now

Opinion

Students of the Watergate era (or those old enough to have lived through it) will recall the “dirty tricks” played by Richard Nixon’s henchmen, most notably Donald Segretti. Segretti, who was hired by Nixon’s deputy assistant, Dwight Chapin, was tasked with smearing Democrats, including ...

PSU needs to control celebration

Editorials

The “celebration” that followed Penn State’s football victory over No. 2 Ohio State last weekend caused damage not only on the streets of State College. Much larger damage was inflicted on the image and reputation of Penn State’s student body, even though it’s reasonable to suggest ...

Reassessment ‘lot of lip service’

Letters to the Editor

A lot of lip service has been given (by the county) to the effect that the Blair County reassessment process is all about fairness. But when the formal appeals board won’t change an assessment in the face of hard evidence that it’s incorrect, how fair is that? I hired a professional, ...

Electoral College not best option

Letters to the Editor

Amidst all this activity in the presidential campaigning there is not a word about our getting rid of the Electoral College. In 2000, Al Gore had the higher number of popular votes, but George W. Bush was declared the winner because he had five more electoral votes than did Gore. This was ...

Kane must live with her legacy

Editorials

Pennsylvania stands to gain from the failure of former Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s bid for leniency and sympathy, but only if current and future state politicians and employees heed the message that they too are not above the law. It would have been an injustice to the commonwealth and ...