Opinion

Cop killer shows his cowardice

Editorials

Eric Frein exuded cowardice when he used the cover of darkness, trees and vegetation to mask his ambush of two Pennsylvania state troopers in September 2014 in Pike County. One of the troopers died at the attack scene — outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks — and another was ...

Boards looking out for Gaysport

Letters to the Editor

I and two other members of the Hollidaysburg Community Watch Dog Association attended the last meetings of the Hollidaysburg Planning Commission and the zoning board. On the agenda at both meetings was a request for zoning variances by the developer of the apartment complex to be built ...

Hollidaysburg deserves credit

Letters to the Editor

We hear a lot of negative stories about teenagers. As a grateful grandmother, I want to acknowledge the students of Hollidaysburg Area High School for helping my grandson with Down’s Syndrome have a very typical and inclusive experience in school. He graduates this year and has ...

Bedford increase should help tourism promotion

Letters to the Editor

How to increase tourism in Bedford County has come to the forefront in the issue of whether or not to increase the room tax from 2 to 5 percent. The last large increase in the tourism budget occurred in 2008 when revenues increased by more than a third. Why did this increase occur? The ...

Election proves voters are open to newcomers

Editorials

Tuesday didn’t produce the strong voter turnout that the primary election deserved, but people who did venture to the polls provided evidence that they were paying attention prior to the balloting. That was especially true in Blair County, which will elect two new state House members in ...

Skateboarders need restrictions

Letters to the Editor

I would like to address the problem on 11th Avenue, here in our city of Altoona, whereby teenagers and young children seem to think it is OK to just ignore the signs posted that state, “No skateboards, etc. on the property.” These are clearly posted in front of the post office and on ...

County jails housing wrong people

Opinion

It may shock you to learn that county jails have become the largest mental health facilities in America. County jails and taxpayers dollars are increasingly being used to detain pre-trial offenders and house inmates who suffer from serious mental illness and developmental disabilities; the ...

Reade’s troubles continue

Editorials

Officials of municipalities in this part of Pennsylvania should be interested in watching how Reade Township’s missing-equipment saga plays out but not for a reason some might expect. To those other municipalities, the identity or identities of anyone who might have had a hand in making the ...

County should listen to property owners

Letters to the Editor

Somebody really needs to ask more questions about Senate Bill 1006 because of the potential to cause problems for property owners in Blair County. Under this bill, counties would be permitted to enact an ordinance requiring notice of substantial property improvements. Currently they receive ...

Clinton was right about North Korea

Editorials

For once, Hillary Clinton is right on target. Her warning about negotiations over North Korea’s weapons buildup is absolutely correct. Clinton, during a visit to Australia last week, said U.S. officials should make no concessions to the North Korean regime without seeing concrete action ...

Trump pulls Buchanan out of presidential cellar

Letters to the Editor

Now that I’m retired, I find time to learn about different stories in the news. One interesting topic that I become aware of a few years back is the ranking of presidents. This ranking is conducted by members of the American Political Science Association. Respondents are current and ...

Coulter’s column too often fuels hate

Letters to the Editor

Ann Coulter’s May 3 column in the Mirror revealed more about Coulter than it did about the immigrants that she wrote about. According to her, the main contributions of recent immigrants were such things as raping elderly people and food stamp fraud. For these reasons, she, like her savior ...

City takes important first step

Editorials

The unflattering housing-condition information compiled by a survey launched by Altoona’s city planning office last summer doesn’t mean the Mountain City is a bad place to live. To the contrary, the survey’s optimistic side is that this community is being proactive in trying to ...

There’s nothing wrong with using whole milk

Letters to the Editor

Real milk is good. It’s good for you and me and most other people. The recent announcement from a fast-food chain that it’s dropping the whole milk in the kids meal to 2 percent got me to thinking. What are they trying to do? The one-twelfth of an ounce difference will not cause obese ...

Voting should be priority

Editorials

All of Blair County’s registered Republicans and Democrats should exercise their duty to vote in today’s primary election. With the national political situation so mired in uncertainty in this midterm election year, the eyes of the nation will be on Pennsylvania throughout today, ...

Without strong military, our freedom is at risk

Letters to the Editor

In response to George Christ’s letter (April 30) noting “U.S. should spend less on military.” I would suggest he reads William Inboden’s article on “The role of a strong national defense.” In this article, Inboden notes the following: “strong national defense is thus ...

Seeing both sides of Betsy DeVos

Opinion

People hate Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. When she spoke at the Kennedy School of Government, students held up signs calling her a “white supremacist.” When she tried to visit a school, activists physically blocked her way. The haters claim DeVos knows little about ...

Draining food stamp swamp

Opinion

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is high on the Republican list of programs targeted for reform — and justifiably so. The program has gone from 17 million enrollees in 2000 to about 43 million today, with outlays up from about $25 billion to more than $70 billion. The Trump ...

Tax collection should become standardized

Editorials

One of the many downfalls of Pennsylvania having too many units of local government is needlessly convoluted and redundant tax collection. Millions of dollars that could go to services or back to taxpayers go instead to the cost of collection. The state government partially resolved that ...

Decision may leave AASD cash-strapped

Letters to the Editor

Let me start by saying that I am not completely against the new school being built, but more thought needed to be put into the current economic condition the school district is in prior to committing to a project this big. Currently the Altoona Area School District is running an annual ...