Opinion

Will women at last create a new world order?

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It has occurred to me, during this hot summer week, that perhaps we are finally seeing what my beloved mother used to say occasionally - that the world really would be better off if women were to run things.No, she wasn't a feminist or much of a critic of men. Her words would just suddenly come ...

Fire co. should open books

Editorials

A new agreement between Hollidaysburg's Phoenix Volunteer Fire Company and the borough involving limited access to company financial records has been touted as "a good steppingstone."But it's something much less than that.The sooner the "good steppingstone" is cast aside in favor of full ...

Remember good priests

Letters to the Editor

We have all been scandalized by the bad priests in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. But what about the good ones?They perform baptisms, conduct marriages, visit/anoint the sick, bury the dead and teach in Catholic grammar schools, colleges and universities. They say daily Mass, hear ...

Drivers, get off phone

Letters to the Editor

After reading the article by Ronald Norris regarding the lives of motorcycle riders and car drivers using cellphones, I have to say I could not agree more.Every time my husband and I go anywhere in our car, we have at least one close call with another driver who is texting or talking on their ...

Talk can empower assailants

Editorials

Adopting the Old Testament eye-for-an-eye reaction to violence accomplishes nothing except, perhaps, to leave everyone involved blind. When it is directed at the peacemakers, it harms us all in a very direct way.It has been said of the men and women in law enforcement that they "have targets on ...

Abolish unneeded positions

Editorials

Although many of the 146 job positions that Cambria County officials voted to eliminate last Thursdayhadn't been filled for several years, the action shows how out of touch the county government had become over time regarding efficiency and cost savings.If Cambria government can operate ...

Don’t tax for stadiums

Letters to the Editor

Once again politicians are looking to raise taxes on consumers to maintain professional sports facilities where some athletes are paid more money in a year than the average person will earn in a lifetime.This is exactly why I was very opposed to construction of the Blair County Ballpark and the ...

Certificate rules wrong

Letters to the Editor

Produce certificates: I get them, but anymore it is not worth it.It used to be when you got them, you could use them on tomatoes from anywhere. But now thanks to those idiots in Harrisburg, you must buy produce bought and raised in Pennsylvania.This year, I got tomatoes at $1.49 right next to ...

Hess will be missed

Letters to the Editor

For those of you who weren't familiar with Dr. Megan Hess, my husband and I would like to let you know about her.We had been patients of hers for more than 13 years. She was the most intelligent doctor I've known, not only as a doctor but as a person. We had a connection with her not only as ...

Leiden treated unfairly

Letters to the Editor

My name is Bob Sigrist. I was president, Altoona Catholic High School Class of 1959. I am a classmate of Sister Donna Marie Leiden, current director of Catholic education, Diocese of Altoona Johnstown.Your article June 12 deals with the abuses that have taken place under various circumstances ...

GOP voters turn backs on Bushism

Letters to the Editor

Much of post-Cold War dogma being repudiated by RepublicansNeither George W. Bush, the Republican Party nominee in 2000 and 2004, nor Jeb, an early 2016 candidate are in Cleveland. Nor are John McCain or Mitt Romney, the last two nominees.They would like it thought that high principle keeps ...

Running toward oblivion

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The first "presidential" test in public for every nominee for the White House is the selection of a vice presidential running mate.Right after the 1968 Miami Beach convention where he had won the Republican nomination, Richard M. Nixon explained why he chose his running mate: "There is a ...

Americans must hold onto hope

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My heart is full as I continue to grieve for Seth Rich, shot by an unknown assailant as he walked to his Washington, D.C., home on July 10. Seth was my colleague at the Democratic National Committee. He registered voters and helped them find their polling place.I grieve for him as I grieve for ...

Who will keep us safe?

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Nice, France, of all places. But of course a terrorist in love with death would choose one of the world's most beautiful coastal cities to mow down innocents in a moment of celebration.There are no words.As Republicans convene in Cleveland, we'll hear the familiar words and refrains. ...

Too early for budget optimism

Editorials

The completion of Pennsylvania's 2016-17 budget exercise doesn't justify an end to pessimism regarding the commonwealth's financial future.State residents should recognize Wednesday's budget passage for what it truly was: a ticket for lawmakers to go home to, in most cases, gear up their ...

Guns don’t make people safer

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There is a major misconception that carrying guns will keep you safe.ABC News conducted a study in 2009 to find the truth. Chris Benton and firearms instructor Glen Dorney, both of the Bethlehem Police Department, were heads of the experiment.They had participants go through more training than ...

Good things happen

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There are terrible things happening in the world, but there are also good things happening.My husband and I went to breakfast at Perkins last week, and the waitress said, "Your meal is paid."That same day, my husband and son went to a Curve game, and somebody paid for their tickets. There are ...

Terminology off

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In the July 7 edition of the Altoona Mirror on Page 2, the caption on the Fresh Air child had homecoming from "Bronx Borough."One says, "the Bronx" or "the Borough of the Bronx."The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of New York.Robert GordonAltoona

At Fox, sexism is business

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What to make of Gretchen Carlson's suit against Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes alleging sexual harassment? If Ailes did demand sex as a condition of her employment and Carlson can prove it, then she'd seem to have a good case.But other complaints about "inappropriate" behavior at Fox News don't ...

Stories turned negative as Trump won

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A new report from Harvard University says press coverage of Donald Trump's presidential campaign became progressively more negative as Trump built a lead in the Republican primaries - and soared after Trump clinched the nomination.A graph in the report from the Shorenstein Center of Media, ...