Opinion

Bathroom great debate: Why the fear?

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This, too, shall pass from the headlines in time, but while the issue of who can legally use what public bathroom is still red-hot, here are some thoughts.We are a nation of almost 320 million people. Statistics are not plentiful. There are no national figures kept, but it's estimated the ...

Arrogance of elitists shows

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White teenage unemployment is about 14 percent.That for black teenagers is about 30 percent. The labor force participation rate for white teens is 37 percent, and that for black teens is 25 percent.Many years ago, in 1948, the figures were exactly the opposite. The unemployment rate of black ...

Dialogue in Patton important

Editorials

Patton-area residents can imagine the horror of residents of Butler County's Petroleum Valley about a decade ago when they learned they had been drinking contaminated water apparently for many years, as well as, of course, using it for their other household needs.The Butler County contamination ...

Penn Lincoln working ‘to change the label’

Letters to the Editor

Overcrowded, low-performing, poor - Penn Lincoln.Know-it-alls, close-minded, do whatever they want - city of Altoona leaders.These are not kind words or labels that people want to have put upon them.I personally don't like labels. I also don't believe these labels fit either the school or our ...

A different recovery road is necessary

Editorials

For two years, Naloxone, known by the trade name Narcan, has been in the spotlight for its ability to save opioid overdose victims' lives.Now, a new weapon against opioid addiction, Probuphine, approved on Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has the potential for taking over the ...

In eight years, Obama ‘accomplished nothing’

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President Barack Obama was on television on May 6 telling everybody that Donald Trump's record needs examined.It certainly wouldn't take long to examine Obama's record. Everything Obama has done has failed, and he put the United States in the worst financial dilemma we've ever seen.Obama said ...

Voters should weigh choices better this time

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Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas is correct in his opinion that President Barack Obama is undermining the rule of law in this country.The Obama administration has had no use for the constitution laws and has done everything with its progressive agenda to destroy it.What does it tell the citizens of ...

Crack down on Hillary’s email scheme

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"Rules are made to be broken" is a saying that has many variations, but perhaps no one has summed up Hillary Clinton's attitude (and Bill's, too) about rules more than the late science-fiction writer, Robert A. Heinlein, who said: "I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them ...

Airport services continue decline

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I was about to share my own sob story, when I read that hundreds of passengers missed their flights at Chicago O'Hare International Airport because of hourslong security lines.Many had to sleep on cots overnight, awaiting a morning escape. American Airlines says that in March, about 6,800 ...

Heroin arrest numbers do not add up

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to the news on May 23, which was dominated by yet another drug bust in the Altoona area.The Blair County DA's office, the attorney general and the rest of the system are only fooling the sheep.Every few months, the news goes on and on about a large drug bust and how the DA's ...

A holiday to reflect patriotism

Editorials

It's impossible to fathom the full range of great things that could have been accomplished on the home front if those who gave their lives in defense of this country would have had the opportunity to return home safely from war.Only those who have had a family member, loved one or friend serve ...

Don’t lose sight of Memorial Day meaning

Letters to the Editor

1. It's a three-day weekend.2. Get the hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, beer, pop, chips, etc.3. Don't forget the charcoal.4. Mom wants to go to all the sales.5. Make sure the family knows what time the picnic starts.6. All the car dealers, furniture stores and others having big sales - got to make ...

Fort Roberdeau proves it’s anything but boring

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As the director of Fort Roberdeau, I am obliged to defend our Blair County Revolutionary War Fort.I do not want the Mirror readership to think the bored Tinkerson cartoon character is reality compared to the more than 2,500 students from 30 schools in our seven-county region who participate ...

Privacy rights must be sacred

Editorials

It has been all over the national news for the past month or so, and now it is an issue being introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.Both the state House and Senate have introduced bills that could allow people to use the bathroom, dressing room and locker room of the gender he or she ...

Congrats to local graduates

Editorials

Editor's note: The Mirror published this editorial on high school graduation a couple of years ago and has been repeating it at the start of graduation season.Another year has quickly passed, and we've arrived at the beginning of high school graduation season.It began in Blair County at ...

Vietnam relations important

Editorials

Considering growing concerns over China's assertion of territorial claims in the South China Sea, the decision by President Barack Obama to lift this country's arms embargo against Vietnam makes sense.Beyond that, it makes sense not to continue harboring animosities and ongoing punishments that ...

Kaneshiki comments didn’t offend

Letters to the Editor

I wish to add to the letter written by Maria Brandt (May 24, "School director wording offensive.")Lois Kaneshiki did not in any way use the word retarded to describe a human being.The standards for politically correct language change from month to month, and I find it difficult to keep up with ...

‘Boring’ cartoon shot at history

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As a small business owner interested in taking my children to sites such as Fort Roberdeau, I found the "Take it From the Tinkersons" Fort Boring cartoon insulting.It takes a cheap swipe at the hard work of the dedicated historical interpreters. It also suggests a lack of dedication by hard ...

Let club play music outside

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The headline on the May 19 Cesare Battisti article should have read "People with vendetta against club not OK with changes."I think the only people not in favor of the outdoor shows are people with axes to grind with the club.We need to stop wasting taxpayer money and tell these people to ...

You are what you say you are

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Last year, I declared myself a springbok trapped in a human body.A springbok is a highly agile individual who is among the "least concern" species and resides in the southeastern part of the African continent.With such a declaration, some people will suggest that I am suffering from a condition ...