Opinion

Pennsylvania won’t ring in happy new year

Editorials

The “Happy New Year” greeting on the lips of Pennsylvania residents six weeks from now won’t be appropriate for state government in Harrisburg, if the Legislature’s independent budget analyst is correct. According to an article in Wednesday’s Mirror, the Independent Fiscal Office ...

Fox News did part to set voters straight

Letters to the Editor

Fox News deserves credit for being straightforward about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. CNN and MSNBC went in a different direction by constantly trying to stop Trump. It didn’t do much for Clinton, but it helped Trump. Sean Hannity did a great job bringing out all the facts of both ...

Democratic Party can use election as lesson

Letters to the Editor

In an effort to discover and/or rationalize the election results, the political analysts and professional politicians are really scrambling. A Democratic state committee member is quoted as saying that those who voted for Trump were persons who were “down and out” and have a tendency to ...

Ballot question was dirty politics

Editorials

The unprecedented presidential race just past got the lion’s share of the attention from voters and the media. But this election also left us in a Pennsylvania frame of mind. That’s not a good thing. It was emblematic of our state’s political culture that candidates for two of the ...

Red tape, HUD go together

Editorials

If the Altoona Housing Authority were a problem agency in the eyes of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD’s reluctance and caution regarding an ongoing authority proposal might seem justified. But minus such a troublesome history, it would seem logical for HUD to ...

GMO consumption could harm in future

Letters to the Editor

You are what you eat. We’ve all heard our mothers, health teachers and doctors tell us that for years. Do you want to turn into a raging chicken filled with antibiotics and chemicals? No? Then take control of your diet and learn the risks of eating foods enhanced by genetically modified ...

Reassessment was never going to be fair

Letters to the Editor

Blair County reassessment process is not fair, but what did homeowners expect? After 58 years of neglecting the reassessment process, the county can ill afford to make the effort to make this a fair process. Think about it. Property values are so out of whack after 58 years of guessing what ...

Real Trump will emerge

Letters to the Editor

There are many words that come to mind with the election of Donald Trump — embarrassed, shocked, worried, astonished and just plain wrong. His campaign was full of hateful rhetoric, his behavior anything but Presidential. And now we’re supposed to forget all about his racist comments, his ...

Cleaning waterways

Letters to the Editor

As a concerned citizen of central Pennsylvania, it has come to my attention that some things concerning our town could be improved within the environment. While researching for a geography project at Penn State, I recently have come across deforestation issues in the Philippines that are ...

Seniors enjoy AAHS visit

Letters to the Editor

Once again the senior citizens spent an enjoyable evening with the AAHS students. We want to thank the students who made sure we had everything we needed. Also, thanks to the high school bands and the people who prepared the food, the ones who served it and anyone else who was involved in ...

Keep eye on foreign leaders

Editorials

Leaders of other countries were not the only people overseas watching the U.S. presidential election last week. Many of them are concerned with maintaining good, if not friendly, relations with us. But others monitoring our leadership have no such desire. All they want to do is kill as many ...

Address ‘barbaric’ puppy mill industry

Letters to the Editor

We have a tremendous crisis in this country that needs immediate attention. “Lifer” is the apt term used to describe female dogs kept in puppy mills, sentenced to an existence of continual pregnancy to produce the cash crop of puppies sold in pet shops across the country. These lifers ...

Liberals need to be reasonable

Editorials

It seems there is no pleasing some liberals, especially those who serve as talking heads on cable channels. After months of condemning everything Donald Trump said from immigration and securing borders to repealing Obamacare and prosecuting Hillary Clinton, now these same critics are aghast ...

Memo to city, county: ‘Enough is enough’

Letters to the Editor

I have read so much about the Blair County reassessment. And I hear the commissioners say about the citizens who didn’t file an appeal must be pleased with the results. Did they ever think about the seniors or the poor who just didn’t have the money to file an appeal? And now you have ...

Election leaves educators confused

Letters to the Editor

As the stunning upset by Donald Trump sinks in, one group feeling perplexed consists of those sophisticated professors who teach students across our universities. They are confused as to how the candidate who ran up a laundry list of offensive statements was not soundly defeated by his ...

Act of generosity warms shopper’s heart

Letters to the Editor

I awoke on a recent morning and wondered if what had occurred to me was a dream. I had gone grocery shopping recently at Aldi’s. After picking up a number of items, I proceeded to the checkout. While awaiting my turn, I noticed that the customer in front of me was a young, attractive ...

Democrats get their payback

Letters to the Editor

How sweet Donald Trump’s spectacular victory to be elected president is. Not only was it stunningly spectacular for him, but it was the majority of the voters of Pennsylvania that delivered the last 20 Electoral College votes he needed to get 274 electoral votes to win the election. The ...

Election leaves reader ‘despondent’

Letters to the Editor

It’s a gloomy and rainy post-election day morning here in Blair County. The electorate chose Donald Trump to be their next president, a man who seems deeply flawed to me. But then it occurred to me — I should be happy. I’m happy that I’m not Muslim, I’m not gay, I’m not black ...

Clinton left door open to her defeat

Editorials

Tuesday’s election proclaimed clearly the degree to which the American people are fed up with Washington’s business-as-usual, as well as the extent to which they’re demanding positive change. But the seeds for Hillary Clinton’s defeat were planted long before she emerged as the ...

State aims for 20th century

Editorials

Pennsylvania leaped boldly into the mid-20th century this week when Gov. Tom Wolf signed a law that, 60 days hence, will allow retail beer distributors to sell six-packs rather than cases alone. Or, perhaps it was the 17th century or so, since the same new law provides for seasonal farm markets ...