Opinion

Kaneshiki must remember her mission

Letters to the Editor

The recent news article about the Hollidaysburg Area School District substitute teacher vote failing concerned me for several reasons.As a retired Altoona teacher/elementary school counselor and a taxpayer in Hollidaysburg, I was disappointed by the comments made by board member Lois ...

Kaneshiki deserves credit for her stance

Letters to the Editor

Lois Kaneshiki has taken a classically conservative stance since assuming her position on the Hollidaysburg Area School Board, and I applaud her for it.She is willing to make unpopular, politically incorrect observations when no one else is willing to do so.It would be wonderful to see ...

For state liquor system, more work remains

Letters to the Editor

Pennsylvania lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf took steps this year to modernize the commonwealth's liquor system, but work remains.State Rep. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland) recently introduced legislation, House Bill 2357, which will help expand consumer access and protect jobs.Reese would create a ...

Stealing Trump signs immature, won’t work

Letters to the Editor

To the individual(s) who stole the Trump presidential signs from the yards of the homes on Sycamore Street, I have only this to say:"Your obvious political party is known for stealing elections; I guess it only stands to reason that you would stoop so low as to steal political signs also."You ...

Sick mentality: Riot first, ask questions later

Other Commentaries

The Charlotte rioters didn't know whether the controversial police shooting of Keith Scott was justified or not, and didn't care.They worked their mayhem - trashing businesses and injuring cops, with one protester killed in the disorder - before anything meaningful could be ascertained about ...

VA shows gov’t lacks accountability

Editorials

Revelations of mismanagement, waste and outright criminal behavior at the Department of Veterans Affairs have become a regular thing.From veterans forced to wait weeks or months to see VA doctors to outrageous spending by the agency, the VA is an ongoing train wreck.Quickly, now: How many VA ...

Kaneshiki should ‘get out of the way’

Letters to the Editor

"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance."- ConfuciusI suggest Hollidaysburg Area School District School Board member Lois Kaneshiki seek some real knowledge about kindergarten classrooms.There are children with experiences different than her daughter's experiences and ...

Board member misses vital data

Letters to the Editor

The Sept. 15 edition of the Mirror featured an article titled "Substitute teacher vote fails."It states that Hollidaysburg School Board member Lois Kaneshiki cast the singular no vote for creating an entry-level, long-term substitute teaching position in order to keep kindergarten class ...

Could Calif. lower drug prices for all?

Letters to the Editor

California may soon drive a hole through Washington's tolerance for - and protection of - price gouging on drugs.A measure on the November ballot, Proposition 61, would bar state agencies from paying more for prescription drugs than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs does.Congress ...

Debates take time to digest

Letters to the Editor

Eight takeaways from Monday night's debate:- Don't put any stock in quickie post-debate polls. Even if they were methodologically sound, the bigger problem is that those polled don't really know what they think yet. People watch a debate, think about it, listen to commentators discuss it, and ...

Cresson: Keep open all options

Editorials

Time will tell whether the new, lower asking price for 328 acres at the former Cresson state prison will attract a buyer.The Pennsylvania Department of General Services has set the new price at $500,000, a figure $230,000 less than what had been sought.Meanwhile, state Rep. Frank Burns, ...

Teachers are most important resources

Letters to the Editor

I taught university mathematics for more than four decades.Some of my most memorable classes involved teaching elementary education students. They all had to meet the same rigid requirements, no matter what grade level they wanted to teach upon graduation (kindergarten-eighth grade).My ...

Downtown cruise made possible by cooperation

Letters to the Editor

On Sept. 2, with the cooperation of the City of Altoona, the Blair County Antique Auto Club had the 10th annual Downtown Cruise.More than 600 vehicles of all sizes and kind lined 11th and 12th avenues. Hundreds, if not thousands, of spectators were in attendance.For those people not aware, the ...

America’s ‘real’ October drama here

Other Commentaries

Ignore, if you can, the insult marathon that passes for a national election while we turn to America's real October drama: the final chapters of our baseball season.Why? Because we Americans, especially those in my adopted hometown of Washington, urgently need, in this unhappy year of 2016, to ...

We can we protect from lone wolves?

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Here we go again. We've just endured more terror attacks on American soil by radicalized Muslim young men. Their faith is not mentioned here to condemn the Muslim religion. It is a common denominator that should not be left unspoken for fear of finger wagging by the stewards of political ...

What can be done on guns?

Editorials

Thirteen-year-old children should not die of gunshot wounds. That is such a self-evident proposition that debating it would be absurd.Yet they and even younger children are killed by gunfire regularly in cities throughout the United States. Sometimes they are innocent bystanders mowed down by ...

County seeking funds for repairs

Letters to the Editor

The Blair County Courthouse restoration project is a monumental multi-year repair and improvement project to address numerous inter-related exterior and interior problems.The priorities of the work to date have been correcting dangerous conditions that threaten public safety and stopping ...

Kaepernick’s actions correct, patriotic

Letters to the Editor

On Aug. 29, Colin Kaepernick decided not to stand up for the playing of our national anthem. This was a very bold move, and although it is heavily criticized, Kaepernick has every right to do so. Kaepernick decided that the best way for him to fight bigotry and racism in this country was to ...

Third-party candidates deserve fair chance

Letters to the Editor

We're bountifully bamboozled by Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, "news" squawkers from cable, network and print, and maddening malfeasance by the RNC and DNC.Our rigged system ignores legitimate presidential contenders, keeping them out of debates and off major news outlets, ensuring that all ...

Mirror’s joke misses the mark

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Regarding your recent brimstone and vinegar editorial headline "Joke's on Philly lawyer."As the inheritors and trusted guardians of a free press, you should know better than most that the term "a good Philadelphia lawyer" originated as a compliment, inspired by gratitude and respect for Andrew ...