Opinion

As this rate, America facing a scary future

Letters to the Editor

As we prepare for the future, what questions should we ask ourselves? There are so many. For example: Are you surprised at the percentage of Americans who have embraced the idea of having a single, all powerful leader? This question should scare us because there are apparently a good ...

Swamp can’t drown potential politicians

Letters to the Editor

The way the politicians are acting, that old promise we have all heard over the years — that your son or daughter could be the president of the United States — is not true today. If they are not first a career politician and are a sure candidate as a swamp member by thinking along the ...

A special legacy fit for ‘King’

Editorials

Even now, a half-century after his death, debate continues regarding the life and legacy of America’s civil rights giant, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. His goals, successes — and even his unwanted outcomes — will no doubt continue to be subjects of study by many generations, going ...

We must never stop defending our POWs

Letters to the Editor

Our independence from Britain started in 1775 — 244 years ago. Since then, tens of millions of Americans, have served in the military honorably and proudly. Many of my generation can trace family members who served in World War I or World War II, Korea or Vietnam. My father-in-law was a ...

Repeat DUI offenders need tougher penalty

Editorials

The penalties for driving repeatedly under the influence in Pennsylvania got significantly tougher on Dec. 23, thanks to a law passed by the General Assembly in October, then signed by Gov. Tom Wolf. Although the new law is a big step in the right direction, in reality, the new measure can be ...

50 years later, conflicted on Nixon

Opinion

By David Shribman Pittsburgh Post-Gazette YORBA LINDA, Calif. — He was, like Calvin Coolidge, an introvert. He was, like Theodore Roosevelt, a battler. He was, like Bill Clinton, a policy wonk. He was, like Donald Trump, a polarizing figure. He was, like Warren Harding, a scoundrel. He ...

Drug crisis is a national catastrophe

Opinion

By Harry M. Covert For years, illegal drug use has been invading every community of the nation. One of the world’s biggest purveyor of drugs is on trial. And the talk is how opioids are destroying young and old alike. Use of pot, officially called marijuana, has creeped into public ...

Don’t underestimate Trump’s achievements

Letters to the Editor

Let’s present some facts on a couple recent letters to the editor. We’ll start with Martin Baronner’s Jan. 8 letter (“Obama set table for Trump success”) in which he mentioned Benghazi. The state department is responsible for security. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turned ...

Statements about Benghazi incorrect

Letters to the Editor

Regarding Martin Baronner’s letter to the editor published Jan. 8: Is he lying or just “drinking the Kool-Aid?” He continues to follow the worn-out mantra of “It’s Bush’s fault,” and his statements about the failures in Benghazi are misinformed. First, “There was no ...

Joyce’s shutdown vote marks a contradiction

Letters to the Editor

Although it is nice gesture on Congressman John Joyce’s part to give up his pay during the shutdown, considering that he voted “nay” on the House bill to re-open the government and that he has the financial resources to tide him over until the shutdown ends, this gesture seems very empty. ...

Democrats driving dysfunction in DC

Letters to the Editor

Could you imagine how powerful the USA could be if the Democrats would just work with President Donald Trump? The Democrats have been upset since Hillary Clinton lost. I don’t have to ask why, the politicians’ paychecks have shrunk because there are no more payoffs from other countries ...

Future moms need to be accountable

Letters to the Editor

I often think what is wrong with people? Is there no common sense anymore? I reference the article in the Dec. 29 Mirror titled “Court rules moms-to-be using drugs is not abuse.” Really? You have a child that is at the mercy of his/her mother and she chooses — yes, chooses — to ...

Act of kindness shows generosity

Letters to the Editor

On the morning of Dec. 31, we and our special-needs son went for breakfast at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Altoona. Having finished our meal and preparing to leave, the waitress, instead of presenting us with the bill, informed us that our bill had been paid by an anonymous person. We ...

Judge proclaims: ‘Jurors are heroes’

Letters to the Editor

Jury duty is a high duty of citizenship. Jurors help maintain law and order and uphold the principles of justice. In a very real way, jurors protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Working together with the judge, jurors form a team to put into practice the principles of our ...

Teacher retention should become very real concern

Editorials

If people of area counties want a respite from thinking about the partial federal government shutdown, they have the option of focusing on two growing trends in education — four-day weeks and bans on homework — that, who knows, might someday take hold here, for better or worse. It’s ...

Consider consequences of building border wall

Letters to the Editor

The border wall will affect the natural environment. The national debate about border security doesn’t often focus on the natural environment. Hundreds of miles of public lands, including six national parks, sit along the U.S.-Mexico border. Barriers along the U.S.-Mexico frontier can ...

We must pay our $70B pension debt

Letters to the Editor

The Mirror’s call for a closer look at Pennsylvania’s pension systems and the many news stories published in reaction to the review commission’s recommendations are welcome developments on an issue that’s too often overlooked by Pennsylvanians. However, transparency and attention ...

Joyce already setting a good example

Letters to the Editor

Last week, Altoona’s own John Joyce was sworn in to the United States Congress. From my research, Joyce is the first member of Congress born in Altoona. Proudly, I read that Joyce is not accepting his pay until the government shutdown is resolved. If the rest of Congress follows his ...

Gas company must remain transparent

Editorials

Washington County, located in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania, is not a quick ride from Blair County. However, what is happening there should evoke notice and contemplation from people here and throughout the rest of the commonwealth. For the benefit of readers who might have missed ...

Non-presidential election still vital

Letters to the Editor

The article in the Dec. 29 Mirror showed the importance of voting in judicial elections. In recent years, many voters of our state have elected judges who were committed to denying that the unborn child has any legal status in our courts. According to this recent ruling, the mother has no ...