Opinion

Organ donation ‘truly the gift of life’

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to recent letters by Betsy Chilcote and Ronald Norris. They are both very special people in my eyes. Chilcote literally supported organ donation through the death of her young daughter and subsequent donation of her daughter’s organs. Norris, while wanting to ...

Focusing on Tyrone practices

Editorials

Tyrone Borough Councilman Charles Mills wasn’t unreasonable when he voiced the opinion last month that the council should decide employee hirings and firings, not the borough manager. Although the municipality’s home rule charter grants that authority to the manager, it can’t be ...

74 years later, heroic chaplains remembered

Letters to the Editor

On Feb. 3, 1943 — 74 years ago — the USS Dorchester, with 902 men aboard, was making its way in the cold water of the North Atlantic heading toward Greenland. The ship was crowded and living conditions unbearably hot. Most of the men removed their life jackets contrary to orders. A ...

Challenges face new ag boss

Opinion

At one of the inaugural balls, Sonny Perdue, Donald Trump’s choice to run the Department of Agriculture wore a peanut-theme bow tie. Former Georgia governor Perdue wore a tractor theme tie weeks ago when he boarded the elevator at Trump Tower for the first of several job ...

Good sign: Trump for pipelines

Editorials

Among the headlines President Donald Trump made last week was one citing his executive order to clear obstacles standing in the way of the proposed Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. That is a good start. Now, let’s move on to accelerating federal action on natural gas pipelines ...

Planetariums inspire future generations

Letters to the Editor

Amazed over the herculean efforts of Hollidaysburg Area High School teachers, students, and alumni in raising $50,000 to rebuild their storied planetarium. I was far less surprised with school board member Lois Kaneshiki’s response to it. At a recent meeting, Kaneshiki dismissed the ...

Challenge still facing Cresson

Editorials

A company’s decision to drop plans for a natural gas power plant on part of the former Cresson State Prison property is a setback for Cambria County and adjacent Blair County, as well. That can’t be disputed. However, in the wake of that negative development, which ended the prospect ...

Obama would have freed ‘El Chapo’

Letters to the Editor

Drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Mexico’s most notorious cartel kingpin who twice escaped from Mexican prison, was extradited to the United States on Jan. 19 to face drug trafficking. Thank God that Barack Obama is no longer the president. If El Chapo had been extradited to the ...

Don’t underestimate value of EPA services

Letters to the Editor

Reading the recent headlines from the Trump administration attacking the EPA appalled me. Not only is it unacceptable for the new administration to curtail years of climate change research, but censoring media broadcasts from this agency is disgraceful. Rep. Bill Shuster has described the ...

Some facts about organ donation

Letters to the Editor

Twenty-two people die every day while waiting for a transplant. One organ donor can save eight lives and change the lives of more than 50 people. Almost anyone can be an organ donor, regardless of age or medical history. All major religions in the United States support organ donation. ...

Move reduction of legislature to forefront

Editorials

The Pennsylvania Legislature has too many members and costs too much to operate. That observation isn’t new; it’s been repeated over and over during the decades that lawmakers have been making feeble, unsuccessful attempts to reduce the General Assembly’s size as well as the expense ...

Kaneshiki should show restraint

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in regard to Lois Kaneshiki’s continued irresponsible use of social media, as reported in the Mirror on Jan. 24. I have some advice for Kaneshiki from New York Times writer David Gelles in his Sept. 28, 2016, article, “How to be mindful with Facebook.” Before you post ...

Kaneshiki post an embarrassment

Letters to the Editor

Once again Lois Kaneshiki, Blair County GOP Chairperson and Hollidaysburg Area School District Board member, has embarrassed Republicans and school district citizens with her Facebook post in which the Obama family and others’ faces were superimposed on a picture of “The Beverly ...

Magnitude of job eluding Trump

Letters to the Editor

For a long time I have felt that Donald Trump was not the leader with dignity and clear thinking that we needed for our country. However, after his election, I took the attitude of “let’s give him a chance.” That chance was recently thrown away when he attacked the very foundations of ...

Prayers are with local company

Letters to the Editor

We were saddened to hear of the incident at Metzler’s Trucking, where two employees were injured. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. We are a customer of Metzler Brothers trucking company. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the staff and ...

Balance lacking in Electoral College

Opinion

In the recent presidential election, a candidate who did not win the popular vote won the Electoral College and the presidency. This has happened more than I thought. In the 56 presidential elections since 1788, five (1824, 1876, 1888, 2000, and 2016) — or almost 9 percent — had this ...

Replacing school tax complicated

Editorials

Anyone excited about the prospect of the Pennsylvania Legislature eliminating the school property tax this year needs to acknowledge the possibility of a big letdown. Replacing that tax is an issue much more complicated than most state residents realize. Meanwhile, taxpayers, rather than ...

Logan Twp. has misplaced priorities

Letters to the Editor

I read with interest a recent public notice ad concerning a new sewer line in Logan Township to service 12 families and thereby “improve the health, welfare and safety of the citizens of Logan Township” at a cost of $160,000. This winter, the road that I and 11 other families live on was ...

Change in benefits ‘shocking betrayal’

Letters to the Editor

Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump consistently promised that he would not touch Social Security or Medicare in any way, which marked a significant break from his party’s leaders. Now that he is the president, however, his Republican followers in the House of Representatives have already ...

Pardoning Manning wrong call

Editorials

Classified documents released by then-Army Pvt. Bradley Manning were found in Osama bin Laden’s hideout after a U.S. Navy SEAL team killed him. That alone is evidence of how badly Manning’s betrayal hurt our country. While working as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq during 2010, ...