Opinion

Joyce DC tenure is off to good start

Letters to the Editor

I’m incredibly impressed with the commitment Congressman John Joyce has shown to Altoona during his first few months on the job. Since he was sworn into office, he has been a consistent visitor to our area and, when he comes to town, he constantly makes himself available to his ...

Service invaluable for local seniors

Letters to the Editor

I wonder how many people are aware of the wonderful service we have in the Blair Senior Service van. For as low as a dollar each way, (sometimes a little more) they pick you up at the door and drop you off at the door. Every driver — male or female — is extremely nice, helpful and ...

Why do Democrats ignore abortion deaths?

Letters to the Editor

Recently, Americans were shown the terribly sad pictures of a father and child who died trying to enter the United States illegally. Based on past activity, it is estimated that this year over 700,000 American children will die at the border. The facts are shocking and something must be ...

Criticism, complaints flourish in America

Letters to the Editor

In the U.S. today, we hear vile criticism by many of our politicians, and from nameless individuals on the internet of those others who have different ideas. Yet, we hear little of their ideas or a logical argument to convince others of their opinions. They continue to criticize and call ...

Pa. delays restrictions on plastic

Editorials

Pennsylvania has kicked the proverbial can down the road on the issue of single-use plastics, unlike what has been happening in numerous other states. For example, Vermont and Maine have just imposed statewide bans on plastic bags while Palo Alto, Calif., and Orlando, Fla., last month passed ...

Larger fireworks should be outlawed

Letters to the Editor

When the new fireworks law was passed, were they being considerate of all the military personnel living in Pennsylvania with post-traumatic stress disorder? I would say a definite “No!” The veterans gave of themselves for this country so the lawmakers could be where they are in ...

Inmates’ assistance at cemetery appreciated

Letters to the Editor

Recently some of the members of our church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, helped in doing some upkeep at the Oakridge Cemetery. When we arrived, already working at the cemetery was a work crew of inmates from the Blair County Prison. We worked side by side with them. They ...

Shielding predators must end

Editorials

Trust that Roman Catholic Church officials will do the right thing about allegations of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy is in question in many countries, not just the United States. What Pope Francis and others in the Catholic hierarchy do about the matter is watched closely ...

Epstein belongs in prison

Editorials

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein may yet spend an appropriate amount of time in a federal prison. He should have been sent away years ago. Why that did not happen needs to be explained. Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in New York, on charges of sex trafficking involving ...

Party vote should be on ballot

Editorials

The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a bill eliminating straight-party voting. The measure was forwarded to Gov. Tom Wolf who on Friday vetoed the it. Unfortunately, the Legislature ignored what would have been a better way to deal with the question of whether to remove the Keystone State ...

Hospitalists provide valuable services

Letters to the Editor

How well Dr. Nancy Kenney’s in-depth article explained the invaluable role of hospitalists and this specialty (since 1996) to the patients and to the primary care physicians. The hospitalist is well-trained, on site, available, knowledgeable, responsive and comforting to the patient and ...

Sunday hunt may put target on lawmakers

Editorials

It’s easy to understand why opponents of Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania are wary regarding the apparent “compromise” legislation that passed the state Senate on June 26, sending it to the House of Representatives for consideration. The obvious basis for concern is that Sunday hunting, if ...

Libraries still need more funds

Editorials

The Altoona Area and Johnstown public libraries, as well as others in Blair and Cambria counties and beyond, apparently will be impacted in a positive way by the 2019-20 state budget passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. For the first time in a decade, libraries in ...

History: July 2 sold short

Editorials

John Adams, America’s first vice president, who eventually would become this nation’s second president, did not believe today’s date — July 4 — should be celebrated as Independence Day. On July 3, 1776, he wrote to his wife, Abigail, that “the second day of July, 1776, will be the ...

Celebrate July 4 with pride, safety

Editorials

This region finally is getting a break from the persistent wet and windy — some people would say “nasty” — weather conditions that dominated much of the spring. Fortunately, it’s just in time for the celebration of Independence Day. That doesn’t necessarily mean that all of this ...

Taxpayers deserve more for our resources

Letters to the Editor

Did you know that Pennsyl­vania is the second leading producer of natural gas in the U.S.? Or that Texans pay no state income tax? Oil rich Alaska issues its residents royalty checks each year. Our elected officials have a different approach. Although Pennsylvania ranks 38th in fiscal ...

Shortage of doctors is a real ‘trauma’

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to the three-part series by William Kibler concerning family care physicians. My husband and I recently moved to Hollidaysburg from Philadelphia. We are very happy in the area, with the exception of the availability of primary care physicians. We are fortunate to ...

Joyce needs to uphold the oath he took

Letters to the Editor

Representative John Joyce’s lack of response to the appalling conditions of migrant detention camps is unconscionable. It has recently come to light that children as young as 2 years old are being denied basic human needs — soap, toothpaste and diapers. They are being forced to sleep on ...

As fiscal year dawns, let’s wait and see

Editorials

Pennsylvania’s 2019-20 budget-preparation exercise will be remembered for the general silence that surrounded it. Even during most of the final days leading up to Monday’s start of the new fiscal year, budget negotiations remained unusually quiet and subdued, although more-detailed ...

Viewpoints don’t reflect poll results

Letters to the Editor

My wife and I are daily readers of the Mirror and we find it to be informative and generally well-written. That said, in the Sunday, June 2 edition, the “Sunday Viewpoints” feature in particular, the manner in which responses to the question were presented was quite disturbing and ...