The Altoona Mirror Commentariesen-usThu, 25 Aug 2016 07:15:25 EDTThu, 25 Aug 2016 07:15:25 EDT Year's should be 'labor' of love 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.Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDTManafort: 'To Russia, with love' much for the old accusation that the Republican Party has a "Cold War mentality." Or if it still does, it has switched sides.Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDTState cops' exodus raises flags Pennsylvania State Troopers Association has posted bright flags warning of a potentially devastating trooper retirement tsunami looming just over the horizon.Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDTBetter days are here already annual cicadas have barely begun their end-of-summer evensong in the trees behind our house, but children in the neighborhood are already headed back to school.Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDTBlack vote needs more attention would have thought that Donald Trump, of all people, would be addressing the fact that the black community suffers the most from a breakdown of law and order? But sanity on racial issues is sufficiently rare that it must be welcomed, from...Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDT