Opinion

County owes $672 of tax relief

Letters to the Editor

When I received my reassessment letter this summer, I was pleased with my appraisal. I was also pleased with the fact that I'm one of the lucky third to receive a huge tax reduction - $21 a year.Finally, the long-promised tax relief I've been waiting for.It appears to me I've been overpaying my ...

Exactly what’s fair taxation?

Letters to the Editor

Why did a 58-year interval exist between assessments?The math on many property assessments is erroneous. Property owners are held financially hostage to a few officials of governing bodies both local, state and federal.If a third of property owners received a tax increase, that is one third too ...

Clinton’s hypocrisy apparent

Editorials

With a presidential election on the line, Hillary Clinton is beginning to take ethics regarding her family's Clinton Foundation seriously.If she is elected, the foundation will make changes, she and husband Bill Clinton have said.Blatant conflicts of interest have been reported widely.While ...

Parents can’t shirk their own responsibility

Letters to the Editor

Our K through 12 education system does need to be brought into the 21st century, I agree, but it needs to start at the state and federal levels.We need a modern system that consolidates small and underperforming districts. We need to have a voucher system where parents can choose where to send ...

Legislators can’t vote against constitution

Letters to the Editor

I thought we might be finished with people chastising legislators for not enacting legislation that would violate two constitutions.Backdating or eliminating current statutes of limitations for any crime would be an ex post facto law.The Pennsylvania constitution in Section 17 reads, "No ex ...

Dems covering their own guilt

Letters to the Editor

Donald Trump's goal to block fraud is not misguided as the Mirror wasted type on an article by Ryan Brown.How soon people forget. The Republican poll watchers were removed during a major presidential election in Philadelphia. While they were out getting a court order to return, all Democratic ...

Resisting flag sets Altoona back

Letters to the Editor

Hats off to Dan Stuckey, who should receive recognition for what he was trying to accomplish for the city of Altoona.To beautify and have the American flag fly with pride is to give merit to him.Dave Lutz should be commended for his letter of response. These are the sentiments of many people ...

Cambria Twp. disclosure took much too long

Editorials

Cambria Township Police Chief Gary Makosy's explanations of why his department withheld until Monday the identity of a driver in a June 15 fatal traffic accident remain feeble and troublesome.Equally troubling is the fact that the state police allowed themselves to be party to the more than two ...

More of same in Harrisburg

Editorials

"It is time clean up Harrisburg," said Gov. Tom Wolf when he first took office in January of 2014, adding that "Pennsylvanians need to trust that their government is doing the right things for the right reasons."To his credit upon taking office, Wolf immediately instituted a gift ban for his ...

Legislators ‘have no clue’

Letters to the Editor

To anyone: If you are bothered about your taxes, just stop and think about who you voted for. You deserve whatever you get.The main problem is we have people who have no clue about what they are doing. If they have a problem, they look for someone who says they know a lot about the problem and ...

Feathers deserved to lose his position

Letters to the Editor

Regarding Randy Feathers, who was forced to resign his position with the state: Excuse me?What right does this man have to feel sorry for himself? He sent sexually charged emails using the commonwealth email system.Shame on him and the others involved.What kind of morals do these people have? ...

Vandalism ‘lowest form’

Letters to the Editor

To whomever took the cross from my mother's grave at Logan Valley Cemetery in Bellwood: Why?Why would you take something that meant nothing to you? It meant a lot to our family and especially my brother. But to you it meant nothing.Was it in fun? Or spite? If you still have it, please return ...

Society needs laws to ‘protect itself’

Letters to the Editor

It is an apocalypse.The trumpet blasts, a seal is broken. The secret archives are opened.A plague? A coming chastisement? One 150,000 documents collected by our bishops and priests graphically detailing their sexual abuse of parishioners and the coverup of the crimes for 50 years.It makes me ...

Not ready for driverless risks

Other Commentaries

We love technology ... most of the time.We use it everyday.Sure, it can be a pain ... and it does become addicting.Look at all the people walking around staring only - and long and hard - at their cellphones.There's a limit ... or at least, there should be a limit that parents place on their ...

Keep focus on Clinton’s dishonesty

Other Commentaries

WASHINGTON - When my syndicate editor told me a few clients had been asking, "Don't you have anyone over there who can write something positive about Donald Trump?" I thought, well, that could be fun.But hard.Then, as if the Muses and Fates had conspired to help me in this Olympian task, ...

To ID voters or not to ID voters?

Other Commentaries

Every election cycle we must endure challenges and allegations about fraud (conservatives) and discrimination (liberals) when it comes to voter ID laws. This year is no different.A federal court ruled that the Texas Voter ID law passed in 2011, requiring voters to present official photo ...

Katrina lessons unheeded

Editorials

Pennsylvania residents aren't strangers to floodwaters' destructive force.Many people of this region recall vividly the widespread damage of 1972, when Tropical Storm Agnes pummeled a wide swath of the state. Although Blair County was on the fringe of that weather event, Altoona and a number of ...

Altoona neighbors save ‘our loving companion’

Letters to the Editor

Everyone hears the bad in people. I think it's time to hear the good.Our dog escaped the yard at 25th Avenue and 4th Street. People stopped and got out of their cars and tried to help catch our dog.People like these make up the majority - not the minority.People like Kim Etters and Tim Behe ...

Altoona streets ‘are a royal mess’

Letters to the Editor

Broad and Beale Avenues between 31st Street and 58th Street are heavily traveled roads along with other streets in the city of Altoona.When did the city become a rural area? With the bituminous resurfacing of the areas above, it sure looks like one.This stuff is a royal mess.Having a vehicle, ...

New Year’s should be ‘labor’ of love

Other Commentaries

As regular readers may remember, I have long insisted that Jan. 1 - smack in the middle of winter and completely overshadowed by Christmas, just a week earlier - makes no sense as to when to begin the year.Labor Day - the first Monday in September, when days grow shorter and weather cooler, ...