Opinion

Sheetz sets example for employee treatment

Letters to the Editor

I have no disagreement with the Mirror editorial (March 5, “Wolf wage plan too aggressive).” It was certainly pragmatic. There is, however, a much simpler and more viable solution without involving the government in telling us what to do and how to do it. The real problem with wages is ...

PA shouldn’t be worried about clock

Editorials

Pennsylvania lawmakers have many more important issues demanding their attention than considering whether Daylight Savings Time, which went into effect last weekend, should in the future be eliminated in the commonwealth. As long as the whole nation, or a region of the country like the Middle ...

Democrats abandon ‘least of our brethren’

Letters to the Editor

The Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act which would have required medical treatment for babies who by some miracle survived an abortion, was aborted by 44 Democrat senators who can’t seem to get enough of this gruesome procedure. All Republican senators voted for this bill, joined by three ...

Sanders can’t relate to the common man

Letters to the Editor

Bernie Sanders is a moron. For anyone or any party to embrace his philosophy would have the mindset of a child. I, and many my age, stood in line with my father to receive food commodities, like so many laid-off railroaders. That’s right — blocks of cheese, powdered eggs, powdered ...

Abortion is ‘war against a child’

Letters to the Editor

I agree with what Ellie Ryan said in her letter (“Think about adoption before abortion”) on the Mirror’s Opinion page March 2. Mother Teresa of Calcutta would say abortion is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child. John Pifko Loretto

Refugees not same as rogue immigrants

Letters to the Editor

I would like to respectfully respond to a recent letter to the editor by Sandra Nash regarding refugees. There is much misinformation and misunderstanding regarding refugees in this country, and they are frequently confused with immigrants, such as are in the news coming from Central ...

Our country needs ‘moral leadership’

Letters to the Editor

As a person in my 60s, I tend to look back at the way things used to be, often perplexed at how we got to where we are now. There has always been crime, sin, jealousy, greed and corruption since the beginning of time, but God’s laws were respected and honored, even by those who broke them. ...

Bridge project welcome

Editorials

The biggest problem with PennDOT’s proposed project to eliminate congestion in the area of Altoona’s Seventh Street Bridge is that construction isn’t slated until 2022. But based on a front-page article in the March 2 Mirror, the improvement will be worth the wait. Traffic flow, once the ...

Illegal migrants threatening safety

Letters to the Editor

The question of our national sovereignty has arisen regarding the porous nature of our southern border and the many Central and South Americans, and individuals from other nations, who come often in large groups, to cross into the United States without our review or acceptance of them. The ...

Building the wall won’t stop crime

Letters to the Editor

Not the Great Wall of China or the Berlin Wall, but President Donald Trump’s wall — the wall that will solve the illegal drug and crime problems in America. China’s wall was 1,500 miles long, up to 40-feet high and 25-feet wide with soldiers on top. It did not keep invaders out. The ...

Teacher salary debate needs bipartisanship

Editorials

There are reasonable arguments on both sides of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal to increase, to $45,000, the minimum salary for the state’s public school teachers. However, what also must be at the forefront of discussions, going forward, are the potential ramifications for ...

Altoona board must come together

Other Commentaries

I am writing this after seeing and hearing so much misinformation about the Altoona Area High School project. I served on the Altoona school board for 44 years. I have always had the best interests of the community in mind and wish to share some of the facts as I know them. In spring of ...

Building trust with your child

Editorials

The cover of the May 10, 1999, issue of Newsweek magazine asked the question, “How well do you know your kid?” The reason for that question was the nation’s shock over the Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colo., which had occurred nearly three weeks earlier. This editorial ...

Let Punxsy Phil hibernate in peace

Letters to the Editor

The Mirror printed a story about Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction on the front page on Feb. 21 about being a little off on his prediction. Well, don’t blame a groundhog that should have been hibernating but is awakened every year so Punxsutawney can make a small fortune by suckering ...

Spradling would represent Altoona

Letters to the Editor

Devin Spradling is an enthusiastic, hardworking and devoted guy seeking to become a member of the Altoona Area School Board, and he has my support. Spradling graduated from Altoona Area High School and will make a great board member because he believes public education is important. He has ...

Hollidaysburg needs new parking garage

Letters to the Editor

Hollidaysburg Borough Council has been reviewing parking permits given to residents of the borough. The weight of this review has fallen on eight residents. The committee of three council members propose restricting permit usage to 7 a.m. to 5 p. m. Monday to Friday. On the weekends, ...

Pope must take harder line on abuse

Editorials

Pope Francis said all the right things during the recent extraordinary conference to discuss sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests and coverups by their superiors. But what he did not say has some observers, both inside the church and out of it, upset. Francis summoned 190 Catholic bishops ...

Van Zandt care remains top notch

Letters to the Editor

This letter is to inform the veterans of the excellent care I receive at the Van Zandt Medical Center, commonly known as the VA Hospital. Although I’ve only been associated with the hospital for a couple of years, I would recommend this hospital as having the most outstanding service I ...

Wall won’t stop drug flow into US

Letters to the Editor

If you think that a wall will stop drugs from coming into the USA, think about this: Prisons have walls all around them. They are made of many materials like concrete, brick, stone, fencing and razor wire. They have guards at all main doors, and drugs of all kind got into our prisons. ...

Wolf wage plan is too aggressive

Editorials

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s renewed proposal for an increase in the state minimum wage, which seemed dead on arrival at the time of his 2019-20 budget address on Feb. 6, might actually still be breathing, as a result of limited “life support” being provided by legislative ...