Opinion

Teachers are most important resources

Letters to the Editor

I taught university mathematics for more than four decades.Some of my most memorable classes involved teaching elementary education students. They all had to meet the same rigid requirements, no matter what grade level they wanted to teach upon graduation (kindergarten-eighth grade).My ...

Downtown cruise made possible by cooperation

Letters to the Editor

On Sept. 2, with the cooperation of the City of Altoona, the Blair County Antique Auto Club had the 10th annual Downtown Cruise.More than 600 vehicles of all sizes and kind lined 11th and 12th avenues. Hundreds, if not thousands, of spectators were in attendance.For those people not aware, the ...

America’s ‘real’ October drama here

Other Commentaries

Ignore, if you can, the insult marathon that passes for a national election while we turn to America's real October drama: the final chapters of our baseball season.Why? Because we Americans, especially those in my adopted hometown of Washington, urgently need, in this unhappy year of 2016, to ...

We can we protect from lone wolves?

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Here we go again. We've just endured more terror attacks on American soil by radicalized Muslim young men. Their faith is not mentioned here to condemn the Muslim religion. It is a common denominator that should not be left unspoken for fear of finger wagging by the stewards of political ...

What can be done on guns?

Editorials

Thirteen-year-old children should not die of gunshot wounds. That is such a self-evident proposition that debating it would be absurd.Yet they and even younger children are killed by gunfire regularly in cities throughout the United States. Sometimes they are innocent bystanders mowed down by ...

County seeking funds for repairs

Letters to the Editor

The Blair County Courthouse restoration project is a monumental multi-year repair and improvement project to address numerous inter-related exterior and interior problems.The priorities of the work to date have been correcting dangerous conditions that threaten public safety and stopping ...

Kaepernick’s actions correct, patriotic

Letters to the Editor

On Aug. 29, Colin Kaepernick decided not to stand up for the playing of our national anthem. This was a very bold move, and although it is heavily criticized, Kaepernick has every right to do so. Kaepernick decided that the best way for him to fight bigotry and racism in this country was to ...

Third-party candidates deserve fair chance

Letters to the Editor

We're bountifully bamboozled by Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, "news" squawkers from cable, network and print, and maddening malfeasance by the RNC and DNC.Our rigged system ignores legitimate presidential contenders, keeping them out of debates and off major news outlets, ensuring that all ...

Mirror’s joke misses the mark

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Regarding your recent brimstone and vinegar editorial headline "Joke's on Philly lawyer."As the inheritors and trusted guardians of a free press, you should know better than most that the term "a good Philadelphia lawyer" originated as a compliment, inspired by gratitude and respect for Andrew ...

Tonight’s debate could be snooze fest

Other Commentaries

Thanks to the nomination of volatile reality television star Donald Trump, the tonight's presidential debate between Trump and the soporific Hillary Clinton is widely expected to draw record numbers. With the polls knotted up and the swing states in heavy contention, conventional wisdom says ...

Catholics shaken again by probes

Editorials

Catholics across Pennsylvania, shaken by the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese clergy sex-abuse scandal exposed earlier this year, as well as a similar scandal uncovered in the years since 2003 in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, now are facing another possibly similar, unwanted, troubling test ...

Facts don’t bear out Kaneshiki comments

Letters to the Editor

On Sept. 6 WRTA had as its guest on the morning show Lois Kaneshiki, the new chairwoman of the Blair County Republican Committee.During the course of this show, the guest made the comment she wanted "educated" people working with her to essentially build a strong committee. Apparently, ...

Decisions on building by school board questioned

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in reference to the article "AASD asked to review decision."I find in this article statements by individuals like Bob Kutz, president of the Altoona Area Buildings Trade Council, to be absolutely correct in his B building presentation and he is an expert in the structural and ...

Feds should stay out of elections

Editorials

The security of U.S. elections are sacrosanct. That's precisely why talk of the federal government stepping in to "protect" election systems deserves no vote of public confidence.Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has said he's considering designating election systems as ...

Did Founders wait or put trust in God?

Letters to the Editor

The Altoona Area School District delayed accepting a gift from the class of 1966.The decoration gift included the words "In God We Trust." Board members said they could not act because it was a surprise to them. Was the reason for the delay because it was a surprise gift or was it because of ...

Teaching kindergarten far from baby sitting

Letters to the Editor

Being a retired early childhood educator, I read with great interest the articles about Hollidaysburg Area School Board member Lois Kaneshiki and her comments concerning kindergarten.Both at a recent board meeting and also when questioned by the Mirror about her comments, Kaneshiki clearly ...

Legislators waste time amid crisis

Editorials

Pennsylvania's allegedly full-time state legislators have returned to the Capitol after a typically overly generous seven-week summer vacation, which they took despite an unfolding opioid epidemic that claims the lives of nearly 10 state residents every day.They have left themselves just a ...

Tabling `In God We Trust’ bad move

Letters to the Editor

Because the Altoona Area School Board tabled the acceptance of the gift of a decoration that says "In God We Trust," then maybe they need to table the cash they get for their pay, because after all our money has "In God We Trust."Patricia Louise FlukeHollidaysburgEditor's note: School board ...

Abortion decision destroys US values

Letters to the Editor

A decision made by five Supreme Court justices has done more to destroy the moral values in America than any other single decision. Now the sanctity of human life has been completely destroyed, as experienced by the complete disregard of human life.The Roe v. Wade decision that permitted the ...