Opinion

Stressing importance of vaccines

Editorials

Hopefully, Pennsylvania residents will be hearing and reading much about hepatitis A in the days and weeks ahead, now that Pennsylvania has declared an outbreak of the liver infection — a declaration that has made the state eligible for federal money for the purchase of additional vaccine, if ...

Hold vets’ director to higher standard

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in response to the front-page article in Sunday’s newspaper regarding Blair County’s Director of Veterans Affairs seeking an apology from the Blair County commissioners. I am confused as to who should be apologizing to whom after reading this article. Patrick Young was ...

Police are always in harm’s way

Editorials

No one needs to be reminded that when a law enforcement officer leaves home for his or her shift, there’s no guarantee he or she will be alive at shift’s end. There are myriad dangers out there. No officer knows what he or she will have to confront, whether in terms of a person wielding ...

Climate change not an agenda

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in response to the May 18th article entitled “HAHS science book sparks contention.” In this article, it is reported that two members of the Hollidaysburg Area School Board object to the inclusion of anthropogenic climate change. This objection was not based on the scientific ...

Border control needs solutions

Letters to the Editor

President Donald Trump has asked for $5 billion to build a wall to protect America and do what is right under our constitution and laws. The wall should last for 50 years. There are people who are against a legacy being left by this president. No one wants bigger or more government, but ...

There’s no such thing as ‘off year’

Editorials

Although Blair County Republicans and Democrats will have the important responsibility of selecting two nominees each for seats on the Pennsylvania Superior Court, the main interest in today’s primary election balloting will be offices close to home that no registered voter should regard as ...

Natural gas impact fee serving its purpose

Letters to the Editor

A recent column from Secretary Davin ( “Setting record about severance tax,” May 14) omitted the funding solution that’s currently improving infrastructure in each of the 67 counties and driving broad economic and environmental benefits for all Pennsylvanians. The commonwealth’s unique ...

Local school district must accept competition

Letters to the Editor

This is in regard to the recent article on the front page of Mirror on May 13 concerning the large amount of monies received from the state that must be forwarded to cyber schools, to which some of their resident students have chosen to use for their education. As I recall, the cyber school ...

High-speed rail worthy of dreaming

Editorials

It’s impossible to predict whether a fully functional system of high-speed passenger rail service ever will come to this part of Pennsylvania. However, for the Keystone State as a whole and other states in close proximity to the eastern seaboard, it would be great if there were ...

Deeper dive needed on cyber students’ cost

Letters to the Editor

As I read Russ O’Reilly’s article, “Schools strained by cyber options,” in the May 13 edition of the Mirror, several questions came to mind that were not addressed in that article. I realize that space limitations prevent you from doing a deep dive on things. But if there will be a ...

State needs to support those with disabilities

Letters to the Editor

Reading an article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, my heart started to beat fast with the headline “Fate of state centers for people with intellectual disabilities debated in Harrisburg.” Reasons for the parents of the severely mentally disabled for not using the centers for their ...

Duncansville project needs some patience

Editorials

Some Duncansville residents might be troubled over the explanation they’ve been given about the bidding process connected to a $201,000 state Department of Environmental Protection grant. While it is not unheard of for a project to attract bids higher than anticipated, the fact that bids ...

Americans need to pay attention

Letters to the Editor

We are the people — all Americans, all nationalities, all religions, Democrats, Republicans, Independents. Where are the American people, the hard-working men and women across the nation, the patriotic Americans who believe in God and country? We believe in standing and respecting the ...

Schirf is more than great former mayor

Letters to the Editor

I feel the former Altoona Mayor William Schirf needs to be recognized for being perhaps one of the Altoona’s finest leaders. The purpose for this letter is much more that his being a great mayor; he is also a great neighbor. This past year, the former mayor received a call from a neighbor ...

Hollidaysburg should address parking problem

Letters to the Editor

In Hollidaysburg, we have an issue dealing with parking. Parking spaces are being taken by those that work in the Blair County Courthouse or those that work for the prison. You’ll see them taking spots in front of homes or anywhere else but the parking garage that we, the taxpayers, ...

Rainy Day Fund needs restocked

Editorials

Pennsylvania’s Rainy Day Fund still hasn’t recovered from having been caught in the “storms” of recession and otherwise worsening state finances over much of the past decade. Ten years ago, the fund had a positive balance of $755 million. However, now, due to recession-related ...

We need Congress to fight Alzheimer’s

Letters to the Editor

Alzheimer’s affects everyone, including you. Alzheimer’s disease is the most expensive disease in America, costing an estimated $290 billion in 2019. It is the only leading cause of death without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. In 2019, there are an estimated 280,000 ...

Setting record about severance tax

Other Commentaries

In March, the Altoona Mirror reported on the fact that both the state and federal government agree on the need for expanded broadband access in rural areas. That’s because anyone living or working in a rural area understands how lack of access to high-speed internet hurts our students’ ...

By taking quick quiz, you can be a ‘Starr’

Letters to the Editor

Just a quick easy quiz here. If you get it right, it means that you have common sense. Which of these two things don’t belong together. A) Puppy dogs/kittens and children B) Sunny summer days and picnics C) Snow and children building snowmen D) Summer and baseball E) Fall and ...

‘Mamma Mia’ show earns a curtain call

Letters to the Editor

Every time I see a show at the Mishler Theatre — and I have seen quite a few — I come away thinking it was the best show yet. I don’t think I will be saying that anymore after seeing “Mamma Mia!” That show was spectacular from beginning to end. The talent was unbelievable. I ...