Opinion

A political year that’s desperate for some humor

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Boy, do I miss Ronald Reagan's robust sense of self-confidence, which enabled him to use self-deprecating humor to confound his political adversaries.In 1987, after his presidency had hit a serious rough spot with the exposure of the Iran-Contra weapons-for-hostages deal and with a publicized ...

Trump follows Wallace’s lead

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George Wallace knew how to handle the hecklers who routinely disrupted his events."These are the folks," he declared at a rally in 1968, "that people like us are sick and tired of. You've been getting a good lesson in what we've been talking about. They talk about free speech but won't allow it ...

Trump follows Wallace’s lead

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George Wallace knew how to handle the hecklers who routinely disrupted his events."These are the folks," he declared at a rally in 1968, "that people like us are sick and tired of. You've been getting a good lesson in what we've been talking about. They talk about free speech but won't allow it ...

Phoenix playing with fire

Editorials

Firefighters, whether volunteer or paid, know the importance of communication at the scene of a blaze.Communication helps save lives; communication helps avoid injuries; communication improves speed and efficiency in extinguishing flames.Communication is a win-win.All that considered, ...

Blind faith led Catholics all the way to crisis

Letters to the Editor

The articles in the March 2 edition of the Mirror regarding 40 years of abuse still managed to infuriate me even though the cases are old.This entire situation is disgusting and unbelievable, mostly because of how it was covered up by the hierarchy of the Catholic church.I was shocked and ...

McGinnis’ priority are his constituents

Letters to the Editor

I met John McGinnis at a couple of his campaign events in 2012.I never listened to politicians in the past because I believed most of them to be dishonest and power-hungry elitists.McGinnis changed my mind.After hearing McGinnis speak at those events and not sounding or acting like a typical ...

McGinnis can fight out-of-control spending

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Gov. Tom Wolf is out of control.He's vetoed funding for social services and corrections, all so he can get more taxpayer money to his base supporters in the public sector unions.A recent report showed Wolf has received more money from unions ($6.6 million) than any other politician in ...

Vote for Shuster, not an outsider

Letters to the Editor

Several days ago, a person knocked on my door soliciting my vote for him to be congressman.After speaking with this individual for several minutes, I have to say he left quite a bitter taste in my mouth.This person, Art Halvorson, could not point out one thing positive about Congressman Bill ...

Convenient amnesia

Letters to the Editor

This a reply to the March 1 letter "Hypocritical GOP wants only its choice."I guess the writer forgets when President George W. Bush was in office the Democrats did the same thing.The only difference there was it was 16 months until a new president took office.This filibuster was led by Schumer ...

Having second thoughts about voting for Wolf

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I?have read the letters to the editor that are published, and it seems if the people writing them don't know the facts, they make up their own.I am a registered Democrat in Cambria County but have always voted for whom I believe is the best candidate. It is hard to do in the primary in ...

Nancy Reagan epitomized class as first lady

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Why does it take death to bring us together? Why not life?Watching Nancy Reagan's funeral on television, the front-row tableau was a picture of unity, in form, if not in substance.There was Gov. Jerry Brown of California, a Democrat, Michelle Obama (D), former President George Bush (R), Laura ...

Legislators must start working for the people

Letters to the Editor

Legislators must start working for the peopleI am more than fed up with the inability of the Pennsylvania state legislature to get anything done. I am tired of their lame excuses, stubbornness, and stupidity.We, the citizens of this commonwealth, pay these folks a very handsome salary of ...

Sestak has background to solve problems

Letters to the Editor

As Democrats in Pa., we have some very good candidates to choose to represent our state in Washington.I urge you to pick Joe Sestak, retired vice admiral, as the best choice.Sestak has spent the last few years traveling to all corners of our state to listen to our concerns and to share his ...

Feeling of gratitude helps ease the pain

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On Sunday evening, Feb. 21, I fell on the sidewalk beside Union Avenue.Several people immediately came to my rescue:1. A lady who used her cellphone to contact my family.2. A gentleman who held my hand the entire time.3. A lady on her way to church who prayed with me.These people are truly good ...

‘We need McGinnis in Harrisburg’

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As a school retiree, I take great comfort in being represented by John McGinnis in the 79th District.McGinnis knows that step one in solving our state's pension crisis is the proper funding of the benefits we public sector employees already earned.He's also right to point out the unsustainable ...

Cleaning up world’s oceans, one bin at a time

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Imagine jumping into a swimming pool and surfacing to find used plastic bags, fast food cups and food waste floating throughout. Why not keep the filter turned on and use the skimmer?That question intrigued long-time Australian surfers Peter Ceglinski and Andrew Turton about the ocean.They ...

Conspiracy engulfing Sea Island

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Over the long weekend before the Mississippi and Michigan primaries, the sky above Sea Island was black with corporate jets.Apple's Tim Cook, Google's Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, Napster's Sean Parker, Tesla Motors' Elon Musk, and other members of the super-rich were jetting in to the ...

Tax-bump confusion no surprise

Editorials

Despite all the publicity that Blair County's property-reassessment effort has gotten, it came as little surprise that some property owners would succumb to premature confusion over its impact on them.Too many people don't pay enough attention until something actually begins to affect their ...

Man’s patriotism shines in Hollidaysburg

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The spirit of giving and volunteering is alive and well in Hollidaysburg.The pavilion at "Patriot Park" is decorated in lights to commemorate special times or seasons.During the Christmas season, the lights were the colors of the spirit of Christmas.At New Year's, the lights were white to ...

McGinnis tenure living up to his word

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in support of John McGinnis for state representative.Often candidates make promises to their constituents but when they get elected those promises fall by the wayside - not with McGinnis.When he began his campaign in 2012 he made four promises: 1) No legislator pension; 2) no per ...