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Opinion

Approaching state finances with caution

Editorials

Pennsylvania’s revenue situation can be likened to what every day can be seen on the Weather Channel. One financial report sees storm clouds bearing down on the commonwealth; then, out of the fiscal atmosphere, rays of sunshine break through the clouds and portend calmer, pleasant ...

Ellis best choice for City Council

Letters to the Editor

The City of Altoona is fortunate to have Dave Ellis willing to serve on City Council. Ellis has an extensive background in law enforcement, including working as an Altoona police officer and as an investigator for the State Attorney General’s Office. He has a history of providing ...

GOP doesn’t help everyday workers

Letters to the Editor

Help is here -— stimulus check, COVID-19 vaccine distribution, small business assistance, extended unemployment benefits, mortgage foreclosure delays, financial support to municipal authorities, schools, hospitals, etc. All this has been made possible with not one GOP vote. Not Sen. Pat ...

Gables’ history about to write another chapter

Editorials

From a retail perspective, downtown Altoona never will be the place it was a half-century ago, before businesses’ exodus to the corridor consisting of Plank Road, Pleasant Valley Boulevard and Valley View Boulevard. However, the downtown has maintained a service character that, while not as ...

Handling of PA nursing homes merits probe

Editorials

One year ago, the COVID-19 pandemic was taking direct aim and we were scrambling to avoid being struck. Almost immediately, it seemed, many nursing homes were under siege with not only cases of the coronavirus but soon also deaths. Trying to get information for any specific nursing home in ...

With union help, Biden will create jobs

Letters to the Editor

In a recent political notebook in the Altoona Mirror, the writer almost got enough courage to say that President Biden’s infrastructure plan would create jobs locally , but instead suggested we would only see change locally. The hard fact is real manufacturing jobs have left Blair County ...

Ellis has background to serve city council

Letters to the Editor

Altoona City Council speaks for the city residents. With the advent of change, a mandate exists ensuring the best interests of its people are held to a high level of performance by its members. I want a candidate who has devoted his life’s work to the betterment of the people of the ...

Gun users are being unfairly targeted

Letters to the Editor

In response to Stephen LoRusso letter to the editor (“GOP priorities need adjusted”) on April 1, I sincerely hope this was an April Fool’s joke. He stated it was easier to purchase a gun than to vote. First of all, you need an ID to purchase a gun. Then a background check before you ...

In support of train station tourism plan

Opinion

For more years than we want to remember, it has seemed as if salvation for the historic downtown Wilkes-Barre train station was always just out of reach. After interminable legal delays over development of surrounding parcels, and then a stalemate with the previous mayor over reprogramming an ...

As our world churns, what do we believe?

Letters to the Editor

Wow, what a year it’s been. In early 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he didn’t believe this virus would be a serious problem, and face masks should not be worn and could be dangerous. The government agreed and said to follow the “science.” Well, the “science” turned on a dime ...

A ‘Swift’ approach to pandemic

Other Commentaries

Nearly three centuries ago, the Anglo-Irish satirist Jonathan Swift wrote an essay, “A Modest Proposal,” in which he advocated that Ireland’s poor families sell their infants to the rich as food. The point of his straight-faced advocacy for infanticide and cannibalism was inequality, ...

Joyce commentary hypocritical, insincere

Letters to the Editor

I find Rep. John Joyce’s commentary in the Mirror’s March 27-28 edition of being on the same team as President Joe Biden for Pennsylvania jobs hypocritical and insincere. I suppose Joyce conceded that Biden is actually president of the United States when he said he went to “Biden’s ...

Especially this year, use Easter to restore hope

COVID-19

Especially this year, use Easter to restore hope A slow evolution toward the way Easter was celebrated around the world pre-pandemic is occurring this weekend as Christians here and beyond commemorate Jesus Christ’s victory over death but also try to abide by recommended COVID-19 safety ...

On solemn day, pay tribute to Jesus

Editorials

Today, Good Friday, people around the world engage in prayerful remembrance of the death of Jesus Christ on the cross on Mount Calvary. For Christians, it is the most solemn day of the year. Unfortunately, like during most of last year, there is much additional suffering and death upon ...

Resorts can be used to spur economy

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to Stan Kotala’s recent letter, “Credit Army Corps of Engineers article.” I, too, have been a hunter for many years and understand the whole concept of preserving habitat for the flora and fauna and future generations. I think here in Pennsylvania we have ...

Opposing ‘Vaccine Passports’

Editorials

For our society to fully return to normal, it’s going to take wide distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. But a condition of returning to normal cannot be forcing people to have so-called “vaccine passports” to attend gatherings, fly on airplanes or do many other things. Thankfully ...

Republicans share blame for spending

Letters to the Editor

In Bill Beck’s letter to the Mirror he cited wasted taxpayer money in the Democrats’ COVID-19 relief bill. Such as: * Sect 3036 — $50 million to Family Planning, which Beck said was for abortions. Check out everything Family Planning does for women and families. * Sect 1005 — $1 ...

Monitoring legislators’ per-diems

Opinion

Angela Couloumbis of Spotlight PA reported two stories recently that detailed how Pennsylvania state lawmakers, led by House Democrats, “banked hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional taxpayer money for meals and lodging while on official business” in 2020 by availing themselves of a ...

Users should pay for state bridge tolling

Editorials

Those who use something should pay for it. Doesn’t that makes sense? So who can blame Gov. Tom Wolf for proposing that motorists pay a toll when driving over a group of bridges in Pennsyvlania? Pennsylvania motorists already pay a gasoline tax to maintain and develop roads and bridges in ...

Credit Army Corps for hearing feedback

Letters to the Editor

In a win for wild places, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied plans for a proposed private resort on Hawn’s Peninsula at Raystown Lake. The final Raystown Lake Master Plan revision released on March 18 classifies Hawn’s Peninsula as an Environmentally Sensitive Area, thus leaving ...