Opinion

Prospect must enforce ordinance on dogs

Letters to the Editor

I am a coach in the Altoona Area Little League. Since the weather is improving, we have been practicing in the Prospect ballfield. Apparently, we have no dog law enforcement in Altoona because both times we were assigned to practice at Prospect, the coaches must collect bags of dog feces ...

Respectful of office, but not of Trump

Letters to the Editor

During my 20-plus years in the military, I learned that you respected the uniform and the rank it carried even if you didn’t respect the individual wearing the uniform. That is the way I feel about the office of the President of the United States. I respect the office of the ...

Trustee’s comments appalling

Editorials

Graham Spanier had the power to halt former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s molestation of children about a decade before Sandusky’s perverted deeds were revealed in late 2011. The fact that Spanier, Penn State’s former president, didn’t inform police ...

Writer needs to accept that Trump is president

Letters to the Editor

After reading, or trying to read John Hunter Orr’s rambling diatribe in the March 23 edition of the Mirror, I feel the strong need to reply. The content of this opinion seems to be once again rehashing a bit of fake news taken out of context concerning President Donald Trump. Referring ...

Bernard represents a judge’s character

Letters to the Editor

I am pleased to provide a professional endorsement for Jackie Bernard to serve as judge in the Blair County Court of Common Pleas. I have known Bernard in a professional capacity for many years, and I can attest to the depth of skill, knowledge, compassion and integrity that she has brought ...

Kaneshiki emerges from hibernation

Letters to the Editor

It’s that time of year again: We are seeing the return of sunshine and warmer weather, and it is welcome after a few rough weeks of winter. This is also the time of the year when Lois Kaneshiki comes out of hibernation and sticks her head out of the Blair County Republican headquarters to ...

Recycling takes cooperative effort

Letters to the Editor

John Frederick’s article on recycling as a lifestyle, in my opinion, should be a way of life for all of us. When are we going to realize it takes more than a few of us to stop the landfills from filling up? It takes an effort and working together to make recycling a larger priority for ...

‘We need to leave our egos at the door’

Letters to the Editor

Democrat or Republican we, as Americans, need to stand united. We need to stop bickering amongst ourselves. We need to hold the elected officials, regardless of party denomination, responsible for the welfare of the residents of the United States. Division is what politicians want and ...

State gambling, once again, with financial future

Editorials

The resurrected attempt in the Pennsylvania Legislature to legalize video gaming terminals in taverns, bars, truck stops and off-track betting locations makes some sense from a revenue perspective for this state that’s dogged by an estimated $3 billion shortfall. But whether it makes sense ...

Blair County enduring unfair taxation

Letters to the Editor

Want to see people who take from you and are punished by the law? Go to the Blair County Prison. Want to see people who take from you and are protected by the law? Go to the Blair County commissioners and the Altoona Area School Board. When King George III was ruler of England, his ...

Trump, politicians letting us all down

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to Bryce Dunio’s letter in the March 6 edition of the Mirror. In case Dunio missed it, all through the campaign Donald Trump exhibited behavior that does not reflect what we expect from our president. He called Mexicans rapists and murderers; he made fun of a ...

Endorsements built on trust

Letters to the Editor

As the May 16 primary election is soon upon us, I wanted to take this opportunity to publicly endorse several candidates on the ballot. As a retired police officer, having served in Blair County for 36 years, I have not only worked alongside these individuals but I have developed personal ...

Current politicians need to be replaced

Letters to the Editor

There are two perspectives on Donald Trump’s “drain the swamp.” One group looks at it as a return to the days of good, livable wages and a feeling in their minds of what America is. In Trump’s mind, “drain the swamp” means “lower my taxes” and “get rid of all those rules ...

State still in fiscal fairy tale

Editorials

Pennsylvania faces the difficult task of addressing what Gov. Tom Wolf and the Legislature seem to agree is a $3 billion deficit — a figure $1 billion higher than what state government acknowledged during 2016-17 budget preparation last year. Because no one in Harrisburg has disputed that ...

Catholic church has misplaced priorities

Letters to the Editor

The Catholic organization is at it again — trying to improve its image. A “memorandum of understanding” isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. It is just another smoke screen. The memorandum simply is a piece of paper that says “I might do something if I choose to do so.” It ...

Trump not interested in clean air, water

Letters to the Editor

When I read the Mirror’s Feb. 1 editorial headlined, “Good sign: Trump for pipelines,” I thought you must be joking. After reading the article, I realized you were serious. Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt are not interested in clean air and water and those pipelines that you like are ...

House bill threatens police force

Editorials

All right-thinking people harbor respect for police and the important, indispensable job that they do. In the course of conducting their duties, they risk their well-being and their lives on others’ behalf. That phrase “to protect and serve” isn’t fluff. It’s the foundation ...

Candidate still seeking office

Letters to the Editor

On March 22, the Mirror notified me that Judge Elizabeth Doyle canceled my bid to be on the May 16 ballot for one of the four openings. The reason given: Of the 133 signatures collected by people who said they were the person I­ was requesting from the election office listing of ...

Rec commission makes right call

Letters to the Editor

As a former NCAA basketball player, local coach and PIAA official, I totally applaud the Central Blair Recreation & Park Commission for attempting to suppress inappropriate behavior from those attending sporting events. While that behavior is likely perpetrated by the minority, it ...

Trump leadership fell short

Editorials

Harry S. Truman, president of the United States from 1945-53, kept on his desk in the Oval Office a sign with the phrase “The Buck Stops Here.” The sign was his acknowledgment that the president has to make the decisions and accept the ultimate responsibility for those decisions. In the ...