Opinion

Trump keeps showing he’s ‘out of touch’

Letters to the Editor

Donald Trump is a multi-billionaire with no idea of what the average human plight can be.He is absolutely out of touch with society, and his plans on improving America are blatantly inconsistent and contradictory.Trump's proposal to ban and deport Muslims from our country is incredibly ...

Bellwood parade puts best foot forward

Letters to the Editor

I watched the Bellwood Memorial Day parade. I haven't been to one, I hate to say, in years.The weather was hot-hot, and as I watched this parade, I thought of the people marching who had on heavy clothes.This wasn't a five-minute parade. I think a lot of towns were having parades. We were real ...

We should show our gratitude for volunteers

Letters to the Editor

You see them everywhere.They're in the hospitals, nursing homes, schools, day care centers and in church basements doing fundraisers - anywhere there is a need.They are volunteers.And more often than not, they are senior citizens. But to put it more clearly, they are old folks. That's telling ...

Patton deserves answers

Editorials

The Patton water issue took on an extremely disturbing new dimension last week that water customers should regard as anything but insignificant.The irresponsibility that was disclosed can be categorized as downright scary, and customers of the Patton Municipal Authority, which oversees the ...

Misappropriation of funds troubling

Letters to the Editor

A few weeks ago, news reports exposed a situation involving $750 million that was misdirected to the Pennsylvania State Police.In 2013, with voter approval, a law was passed increasing taxes on gasoline purchases and toll road fees.The generated funds were specified in no uncertain terms to be ...

Global Food Act worth supporting

Letters to the Editor

Recently an overwhelming majority of Congress voted to support a bill known as the Global Food Security Act (GFSA).This bill is important for a number of reasons, but most importantly, it would ensure that we effectively tie our international food assistance and disaster relief programs to our ...

At AASD, ‘mediocrity has become standard’

Letters to the Editor

At one time, the citizens of the Altoona Area School District had an educational system that they could be proud of.Exceptional students were identified by dedicated elementary teachers and guidance staff, and were encouraged to enter programs that were designed for their special needs.Students ...

New guidelines will help treat Type 2 diabetes

Other Commentaries

The American Diabetes Association and 43 other health groups endorsed new guidelines last week calling for far greater use of gastric bypass surgery to treat Type 2 diabetes, a disease already afflicting 26 million Americans that is likely to be the greatest health care challenge of the ...

Campaigns ignore Middle East

Other Commentaries

WASHINGTON - So the latest battle for Fallujah has begun.It was, in fact, in its 10th day last weekend.This time, it looked considerably better for America's "interests" in the region, as Iraqi counterterrorism troops paired with Shiite militias (some Iranian), advised by U.S. special ...

Snoop’s right: Focus on black success stories

Other Commentaries

My musical tastes do not include rap and hip-hop, but when Snoop Dogg comments on the "Roots" remake, saying he is tired of movies about slavery and would prefer a series "about the success that black folks are having," he is singing my song.The original "Roots" drew a phenomenal 130 million ...

School funding issue anything but ‘harmless’

Editorials

The only way Pennsylvania's troubling school-funding issue is going to be resolved to everyone's satisfaction is for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow to dump unlimited riches on school systems across the commonwealth.Of course, that's not going to happen, just like there's virtually no ...

Parenting, police and gorilla in the room

Editorials

Only bad parents lose track of their kids.Only the negligent, the unqualified, the suspect arrive at the emergency room - or funeral home - with toddlers in tow. When something inexplicable and terrible happens to a child, it must be Mom and Dad's fault.That would never happen to our kids ...

Touched by fan’s act of kindness

Letters to the Editor

On Friday, May 20, my husband and I took our grandson to celebrate his fourth birthday at the Curve game.I thought it would be nice for him to receive a Andrew McCutchen bobblehead for a remembrance of the game. Unfortunately, all the bobbleheads were given away before we arrived even though we ...

Area benefits from Shuster’s experience

Letters to the Editor

Regarding the cartoon in the Feb. 28 edition of the Mirror depicting Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, as favoring the airline industry, I don't believe that's the case.I believe that the majority of congressmen in Washington are close to some industry or another - coal, gas, oil, etc.Shuster ...

Seniors enjoy evening at AAHS

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of all the senior citizens who attended the dance at Altoona Area High School, we would like to thank everyone who was involved in making it such a wonderful evening.We enjoyed dancing to the music of the school band, the delicious food and especially the students who joined in the ...

Transparency gets deserved win

Other Commentaries

The Public Utility Commission owes the people of Pennsylvania even greater transparency than is demanded by the Right-to-Know Law.That's what the Office of Open Records said after the PUC reached a $60,000 settlement with PPL over allegations that the company broke its own rules in restoring ...

British can make EU statement

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LONDON - Leaders of the campaign to end Britain's membership in the European Union hope that this month's referendum will make June 23, 2016, a date as luminous in modern British history as May 3, 1979, when voters made Margaret Thatcher prime minister.Michael Gove, secretary of justice and ...

Trump wiping out America’s morals

Other Commentaries

Donald Trump is on his way to being an authority figure. Some feel he's already there. When nominated, he will have the mantle of authority that comes from being the standard-bearer of one of America's two major political parties.Ironically, Trump will have captured the Republican nomination by ...

Recently signed act sets Mississippi back

Letters to the Editor

Gov. Phil Bryant recently signed Mississippi's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.Mississippi's governing bodies state that the legality of this law comes from the Federal RFR Act of 1993.The Federal RFRA of 1993 came about after two members of the Native American Church in Oregon were fired ...

Beer sales show how our state often lags behind

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In a move hailed by many, including Gov. Tom Wolf, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board this past week permitted nine gas stations to sell six packs of beer."Freeing the six pack will make the commonwealth more inviting for customers and businesses," said the governor in a written statement ...