Opinion

Lawmakers should work through recess

Editorials

It would be refreshing to hear even one Pennsylvania state lawmaker announce that “I will show up for work at my Harrisburg office every day this summer to protest the lack of a 2017-18 state budget that’s responsible, realistic and in the commonwealth’s best interests for the future ...

Too much spent on courthouse

Letters to the Editor

Sitting here reading the Altoona Mirror, I came across an article about the Blair County courthouse needing another $1.5 million upgrade on its air circulating system. This courthouse is becoming a money pit, and believe me it won’t end with the latest wish list, which, of course, they will ...

Marcellus Shale gas needs to be taxed

Letters to the Editor

Facts: -- Pennsylvania has a structural deficit. -- Our deficit has increased a billion dollars since the last fiscal year. -- The pension crisis remains. Marcellus Shale gas facts: -- Pa. ranks second in production of Marcellus Shale gas. -- New York State has a rich Marcellus ...

Smile in the ‘Sky’

Letters to the Editor

Blair County lost someone beyond special with the passing of Phil Sky on June 16. He was forever a dreamer, always trying, always positive, always giving to others, always a smile, always your friend. If there is a Place of Dreams, Phil is riding his bike again. Fred Petrunak Altoona

Altoona police being marred by black eyes

Editorials

This has not been a good stretch for the Altoona Police Department. Last Sunday morning, Officer Erik Stirk, who was off-duty, was stopped at 11:19 a.m. on the 700 block of Sixth Avenue and arrested for driving under the influence. He is expected to be charged with DUI after tests ...

Focused on making Greek safer

Opinion

We’ve seen too many deaths related to dangerous drinking and hazing on campuses across the country. The horrific nature of Timothy Piazza’s death has further catalyzed a universal understanding that enough is enough. Many question whether these organizations are still sustainable. We ...

Free speech is not always tool of virtue

Opinion

There’s a tension so deep in how we think about free expression, it should rightly be called a paradox. On the one hand, regardless of ideology, artists and writers almost unanimously insist that they do what they do to change minds. But the same artistes, auteurs and opiners recoil in ...

Camp David shouldn’t get lost in shuffle

Editorials

President Donald Trump’s style is, well, different. In many ways he seems determined to redefine the presidency. In doing so he may give his successors new tools to deal with both domestic and foreign policy. Let us hope he recognizes the value of some of the old, well-worn tools, ...

Social media leading youth on downhill spiral

Letters to the Editor

I feel society is in a downward spiral, and if someone does not address this topic, the world will remain oblivious, and it could cause more chaos. I have high hopes to change minds and actions of a few people and, hopefully, create a domino effect. One of the main causes is social media. ...

New drug monster on horizon

Editorials

The Mirror’s March 19 editorial began with the message that “there’s a powerful new villain on the drug scene, and talking about it before it claims people here — warning how deadly it is — is preferable to waiting until coroners and other law enforcement officials are counting its ...

Balancing transportation, police needs

Opinion

State government faces many tough choices as it works very hard to strike a balance between meeting critical needs and keeping the burden on taxpayers as fair as possible. One such tough balancing act involves addressing law enforcement needs across the state and keeping our highway and ...

For Cuba, US message appropriate

Editorials

No doubt Cuban leaders counted on the United States not to look back after former President Barack Obama reversed longstanding policies toward the communist island in December 2014. But there is a new president in town, and he is right to insist Cuba keep its end of the bargain. For ...

Vacated spot ideal for inspection sticker

Letters to the Editor

Now that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has deleted the yearly registration sticker on your vehicle license plate, why not use this space for the safety inspection sticker? The inspection station could even put the sticker on your license plate for you. One look at your license plate ...

Senate should reclaim position

Letters to the Editor

Robust substantive debates are part of our political history, but the recent level of hyperbole, rhetoric and “otherizing” those with opposing positions is an affront to both civility and our democracy. Those engaging in political debate need to recognize that people with opposing ...

Candidates should clean up signage

Editorials

Robert Gordon of Altoona made a good point in the Mirror’s Letters to the Editor column on Saturday. “It has been nearly a month since the primary, and there are still some (candidate campaign) signs up,” he wrote, expressing the correct view that no signs should be littering the ...

Forefathers would hate current representation

Letters to the Editor

Let me begin with our distinguished senators on the panel and what hypocrites they truly are. Every last one of them complimented James Comey on his honesty and integrity. Here’s a man who every Republican wanted fired after listing all of Hillary Clinton’s improprieties and ...

Support needed for Penn Vet

Letters to the Editor

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and our 62,000 member families call on state lawmakers to support the restoration of funding in the state budget to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet). Penn Vet’s work on proper egg handling has nearly eradicated the ...

Altoona must consider its declining tax base

Letters to the Editor

Before a decision is made to spend $90 million to build a new high school, some things to consider: There’s a good likelihood a school voucher system is going to come that will cause many parents to place their children in private schools, thus less money will be available to public ...

US needs to defend its friends

Editorials

Our government should battle Islamic terrorists wherever they are, of course. But when they assault people with whom we Americans have had a long friendship, our obligation becomes especially binding. Most terrorist attacks involve individuals or small groups of murderers. But a small army of ...

POWs should be treated much better

Letters to the Editor

America’s involvement in World War II, Korea and Vietnam produced tens of thousands of POWs. Unless you were a POW, no one can know the pain, suffering, indignation and death they faced. After these wars ended, too many were left to die in Russia, China, North Korea, Cambodia, Laos and ...