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Opinion

Pennsylvania’s wildlife corridors help all species

Editorials

Pennsylvania, Penn’s Woods, still is among the most forested of all states. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 58% of the state’s land is wooded. That translates into an abundance of wildlife, as hunters, hikers, bird watchers, nature photographers and, unfortunately, ...

Democracy ‘sphere of influence’ eroding

Letters to the Editor

From presidents of the United States to Supreme Court justices to news media outlets, down to opinions in our local newspapers, I see the characterization that we are a democracy. When someone remarks we are a democracy, you can discount whatever else is said, because we are not a ...

Lead piping issue isn’t going away

Editorials

“Your tap water can hang out in some pretty seedy joints” is the message in close proximity to containers of one brand of bottled water sold by some area stores. Accompanying that message and, of course, the containers of water for sale is a picture depicting one example of the ...

City parking options need expressed

Editorials

A path of open communication averts misunderstandings and, generally, can be beneficial to all involved in, or affected by, a decision or new policy. Thus, the Altoona Parking Authority’s plan to meet with downtown businesses’ owners to gauge support for what has been described as a more ...

Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

The headline reads like something out of one of those satirical news sites, but it was in the Sept. 20 Mirror — “Experts say get tested if symptomatic.” The article goes on to interview our local “experts.” These are the same “experts” who disparaged the decision of the ...

Taxpayers deserve charter reform

Opinion

It’s hard to turn on the TV or radio these days and not see some sort of advertisement for a cyber charter school. The ads are all quick to point out that they are public schools and parents can have their child attend at no cost to them. While this is absolutely true, what the ads don’t ...