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Opinion

MLK words very much still relevant

Editorials

On this national holiday honoring his birth, Americans are reflecting anew on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s indelible mark on this nation’s civil rights movement. There will be many references today to his “I Have a Dream” speech given in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 ...

Medicaid fraud must be moved to PA forefront

Editorials

The laudable anti-Medicaid-fraud initiative announced Monday by Pennsylvania lawmakers would, if enacted, establish a strong framework for ensuring that the money in question is used to benefit people who truly need it and punish those who receive such funds illegally. However, an appropriate ...

Volunteer fire services on life support

Opinion

When I joined the fire service in 1969, the last thing on any department’s agenda was recruitment and retention. In fact, a few years after I joined, my department closed its charter because we had so many members. Times were different then. The local economy was booming. You could ...

Good deed: Donating your blood

Editorials

Among the good reasons for getting a flu shot is to keep yourself healthy enough to be there for the folks who need you this time of year. That is true in a larger sense when it comes to those in need of donated blood — and there are many more than we may think. According to blood banks, ...

Bellwood board ‘could not have known’ about Lynn

Letters to the Editor

I am coming to the support of the Bellwood-Antis School Board. There was no way anyone could have known all this about Jason Lynn. I could have easily voted for him had I been on the current school board. A few years back, Lynn called me for support for an open election that he was in. I ...

Altoona should tap Schirf’s expertise

Letters to the Editor

I believe that for Altoona city councilman Joe Carper and Jesse Ickes to make a really large improvement to Altoona, they will need to seek advice from former Mayor William Schirf, who was solely responsible for Altoona’s return to financial stability. The issues that face Altoona residents ...

Tyrone showing its vision

Editorials

Tyrone Borough Council resolved a minor, albeit nagging, issue by deciding to reinstall five parking meters on Logan Avenue, next to the municipal parking lot just south of the borough building, that the borough removed a few months ago as a convenience to customers of businesses across the ...

Appalling behavior shouldn’t be tolerated

Letters to the Editor

One of the most powerful movie scenes that has remained with me long after I have watched the movie is the closing argument in the movie “A Time to Kill.” Matthew McConaughey’s character describes a brutal attack on a young black girl that is particularly graphic and violent. At the end ...

Program makes insulin affordable

Other Commentaries

April 19,1775 at the Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts was the “shot heard around the world,” which is the beginning of the American Revolution. This first bold statement by the American colonists was the initial phase of what most believe to be the greatest overthrow of ...

County right to proceed with caution

Editorials

Many Blair County taxpayers probably are not happy about the Jan. 7 decision not to reopen the county’s 2020 budget to cut expenses and possibly pare down or eliminate this year’s 3.7 percent real estate tax increase. New Commissioner Amy Webster sought those moves, but her motion failed ...

Stiff penalties should await area vandals

Letters to the Editor

After reading an article in the Altoona Mirror on Jan. 3, here is what I think should be done to the people responsible for the vandalism and graffiti and their belongings when and if they are caught. These graffiti spewers should each be given a large can of spray paint and made to spray ...

Criminal justice system sorts out facts, opinions

Letters to the Editor

Folks keep telling me that all presidents lie and are corrupt. There really isn’t any credible way to determine how often each president has lied to make any meaningful determination since tracking of lies via that “Pinocchio” review only started within the last decade or so. There ...

Social Security not an entitlement

Letters to the Editor

It has recently been reported that President Donald Trump was said to have stated that, if he wins a second term, that he would gut Social Security and cut benefits, calling them entitlements. Now, I worked and paid into the Social Security fund for over 40 years, and I take offense at ...

Dumping of oil, gas drilling hazardous

Letters to the Editor

I would like to let people know about two bills that would legalize dumping of oil and gas drilling wastewater on dirt roads. This practice contaminates roads and washes pollutants into streams, as well as posing a human health risk. A link in the article allows you to see where dirt roads ...

Planned Parenthood funding important

Letters to the Editor

Currently, the people of the United States are debating whether or not the government should continue to fund Planned Parenthood. When the facts are evaluated, the answer becomes quite obvious. This is not simply a matter of whether or not abortion should be legal. People tend to believe ...

Take wait, see approach on state budget

Editorials

For the past two fiscal years, Pennsylvania taxpayers have had cause for cautious optimism about the Keystone State’s financial condition for the short and longer terms, going forward. During numerous months of those fiscal years, which run from July 1 through June 30, incoming revenue ...

‘Lynch-mob trial’ last thing we need

Letters to the Editor

There are two ways the Senate trial could go. The first: Our honorable Republican representatives will act as responsible jurors, weighing both sides of the issue, calling for new witnesses and other evidence. This is what I expect will happen. This is the American way. The second is to ...

Wolf stance forms ‘cover over his heart’

Letters to the Editor

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced that he will veto any pro-life legislation that reaches his desk. Wolf is a very intelligent man. He knows that a baby suffers horrible pain while the doctor is aborting it. But he has been able to form a cover over his heart, enabling him to ignore it —the ...

Amtrak important to region

Editorials

The saying “you have to spend money to make money” is not new, but it deserves considerable thought by officials of Amtrak going forward, especially regarding places such as Altoona and Johnstown — and other communities like them in Pennsylvania, west and east. A report in the Jan. 2 ...

Flu shots should be automatic

Editorials

Haven’t gotten around to getting that flu shot yet? Figure you’re young and strong and wouldn’t have any trouble fighting off a bout of influenza? Well, if you come in contact with older people, children or anyone else for whom flu is serious business — perhaps deadly — shame on ...