Opinion

At Van Zandt Center, every day is Vets Day

Letters to the Editor

Every year on Veterans Day, we reflect on the contributions and sacrifices of those men and women who have worn the cloth of this great nation. Countless ceremonies take place around the country as we honor our patriots who have protected our liberty by serving in the United States armed ...

On freedom, there’s no room for compromise

Letters to the Editor

Recently the Mirror published an article which speaks about a South Carolina High School prohibiting the displaying of the American flag at a football game, lest it offend the opposing team. How outrageous. When did we become such timid mice that the idea of offending someone with our ...

State’s cards fall for Trump

Editorials

Pennsylvania, a state oftentimes of little consequence during presidential primary seasons because of its late voting date, was anything but inconsequential in Tuesday’s election. As election night 2016 hinged on the results of only a handful of states in the early hours of Wednesday, ...

Reassessment process champions unfairness

Letters to the Editor

I read with interest the half-page advertisement that appeared in the Nov. 3 issue of the Mirror entitled “County Commissioners betray the public” submitted by Blair County Citizens for Accurate Reassessment. Having been involved in the reassessment process, I can verify the facts as ...

RECLAIM act needs Shuster’s support

Letters to the Editor

The proposed RECLAIM Act is a win-win for Pennsylvania. This grassroots-inspired legislation will authorize a $1 billion disbursement from the Abandoned Mine Lands Trust Fund to put displaced workers back to work reclaiming abandoned mine sites. The communities in District 9 need ...

Make sure to exercise your right

Editorials

It was exactly three weeks ago — on Oct. 18 — that the Wall Street Journal reported on a Journal/NBC News survey that indicated voters were tuning out the contentious presidential campaign and that a low turnout at the polls today was likely. That was when Democratic standard-bearer ...

Election system reflects voters’ will

Opinion

Every four years Americans head to the polls to elect the leader of the free world — just as our forbearers have done for over 220 years — and state and local elections are held every single year. Voting is as American as apple pie, and the process has been refined and improved upon over ...

Presidential trivia for election day

Opinion

With the presidential derby of 2016 heating up, many a conversation will deal with our quadrennial phenomenon. Here are some facts and figures which might hold one in good stead in electoral discussions: —   Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest president at 42, but John F. Kennedy, at ...

Better engineering needed to chart radar

Letters to the Editor

Calling for municipal police radar is a pure cash cow. Speed limits are already underposted, and some bills allow tickets at 6 mph over the limit. Radar makes many errors, and if multiple vehicles are present, it cannot tell which one generated the reading. Radar fails the Daubert Test used ...

Reassessment policy lacking fairness

Letters to the Editor

Hollidaysburg Borough: Where is the fair treatment to your citizens when you only trigger assessment for sales of 15 percent or higher based on a new sale? What about the majority who have assessments that are too high and should be lowered? This policy should apply both ways to be ...

Legislature’s consistency needs work

Editorials

Pennsylvania’s Senate Judiciary Committee decided last month that allowing retroactive access in civil lawsuits for child sex-abuse survivors would be unconstitutional. The problem with that decision is that the Judiciary Committee is not a court and doesn’t have the power to rule ...

Local employers can aid those with autism

Letters to the Editor

The number of persons diagnosed with autism and other disabilities is steadily rising. Children with these challenges are enrolled in special education programs and allowed to remain in school until age 21. In their high school years, they participate in the transition process for post-high ...

Settlement for McQueary excessive

Letters to the Editor

Give me a break. Awarding Mike McQueary some $7.3 million is a joke. This money will not fall from the sky as some juriors apparently believe. Since Penn State is a state school, I can only guess it will be a tax burden or tuition increase to fund. What college retains a coaching staff ...

Right approach to restoring courthouse

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to John Boors’ recent letter to the Mirror regarding the needed ceiling work in Courtroom 2 of the County’s historic courthouse. I agree with Boors that the ceiling should not be painted. It is not a smart financial decision. The current estimated cost for ...

The frustration of reassessment

Letters to the Editor

Like other people in Blair County, my wife and I received a ridiculous reassessment. Like Jeanne Stoltz of Altoona in the Oct. 15 Mirror, we have also spent a fortune. After our informal hearing, we were told to go out and pay to have a private appraisal done. Like Stoltz, we went to our ...

Address Gallitzin protection

Editorials

Although Tunnelhill Borough is questioning the amount of police protection it is receiving under its agreement with neighboring Gallitzin Borough, a bigger issue is how much Gallitzin residents want to pay for the peace of mind that police protection offers. Judging from an article in the Oct. ...

Reassessment, really, is just a runaround

Letters to the Editor

Well, it finally happened — a general meeting with no answers, other meeting with no answers and a final meeting with no answers. Call the courthouse, final answer, come out to the prothonatory’s office, bring a check for $131 to leave with papers for the appeal. I have been paying school ...

Halloween experience better than scary

Letters to the Editor

Thursday evening, Oct. 27, I was standing on our front porch handing out treats to youth dressed in all sorts of Halloween costumes. I was impressed that nearly everyone said thank you, but what really made my evening was one young man, perhaps 6 or 7 years old. He was dressed in military ...

Labor regulations hurt job hunt

Editorials

Most people living in the central region of Pennsylvania know that the labor market is not as strong here as it might be in other communities across the country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the nationwide unemployment rate currently stands at 5 percent. In the ...

Shuster best for our region

Editorials

It has been an unusual election year, and the 9th District is no exception. The Republican incumbent, Bill Shuster, is running again against his Republican primary opponent, Art Halvorson, who won the Democratic nomination in a write-in battle over a man, Adam Sedlock, who is actually a ...