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Editorials

Lessons in vandalism important

No newspaper or other news outlet should attempt to tell parents how to raise their children, or what values to try to instill in them. That’s a personal decision and responsibility that comes with being a parent. However, there is nothing wrong with news reporting that, in addition to ...

Some upbeat railroad news, or so we hope

There only can be speculation about whether Precision Scheduled Railroading, while positive financially for railroad companies but already disastrous for many rank-and-file workers, both here and elsewhere, has concluded its “remaking” of the industry. While Altoona’s Juniata Locomotive ...

US smart to be wary of Taliban

Prospects for an agreement that could lead to withdrawl of all American troops from Afghanistan are “very promising,” U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said last Saturday. U.S. emissaries have been talking with leaders of the Taliban organization, which once ruled Afghanistan, for ...

New Census: Here’s hoping it’s accurate

The once-a-decade collection of information about Americans may well go down in history as the first digital census. Let us hope it also is not recorded as an electronic fiasco. Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau will be utilizing tons of state-of-the-art technology in gathering ...

Altoona’s finances concerning

Altoona taxpayers, as well as taxpayers throughout the rest of Blair County, have good reason to be edgy these days. Since Jan. 31, the financial news emanating from Altoona’s city council chambers and from the county commissioners’ meeting room has been unsettling, not only for the short ...

Moving primary logical

Pennsylvania is one-third of the way to becoming a more prominent player in the presidential primary nominating process, albeit not until 2024 at the earliest. The Keystone State must not allow this opportunity to fail. With the state Senate having voted unanimously last month to approve a ...

Prioritize protection of police

Within just a few days, four police officers — two in New York City and two in Forrest City, Arkansas — were shot by gunmen. A grim fact of life for law enforcement personnel is that, by the time you read this, it may be outdated. Attacks on police officers and sheriff’s deputies have ...

Progress noted, but church still lacks master list

People who have followed developments in the Roman Catholic Church’s clergy sexual abuse scandal over the past several years —many of whom having had their trust, confidence and loyalty tested and shaken by it — have reason now for increased confidence that such a widespread situation ...

Our gov’t lacks ‘adult in the room’

Much food for thought — and debate — was offered by President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address last Tuesday evening. Among other things, Trump discussed the strong economy, including achievements such as the lowest unemployment rate for African-Americans on record. ...

State budget questions to be answered soon

There is no need for concern over Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to increase spending by roughly $2 billion — to $36.6 billion — in the 2020-21 fiscal year that begins July 1. The budget plan the governor introduced Tuesday is nothing more than a financial foundation on which the Legislature ...

More talk necessary on NEPA

Americans frown on excessive regulations that impose years-long — even decades-long — delays in starting and completing badly needed infrastructure-improvement projects. According to a Jan. 10 Wall Street Journal report, business groups say lengthy mandatory reviews under the National ...

Guarding against viruses

We are told frequently that we ought to be worried about the seas rising because of climate change. But another type of sea — of viruses and bacteria — also is rising. Ought we to be as complacent as we clearly are about it? At this writing, Chinese officials had said the death toll ...

Further study necessary on county pension

Some Mirror subscribers read articles containing references to the pension plan covering Blair County government workers without giving much thought to the significance of what they have read. However, a Jan. 21 article headlined “Blair seeking pension plan study” contained fodder for ...

Politicians targeting gun rights

Had 22,000 people showed up in Richmond, Virginia, to demand stronger gun control laws, it is a safe bet that proponents of them would have pronounced the crowd to be conclusive proof that most Americans want such restrictions. But when a group estimated at that size demonstrated earlier this ...

AMED faces key decisions

In asking AMED to consider adding all or part of their municipality to the ambulance service’s official full-time coverage area, the Reade Township supervisors have made it clear that they recognize the value of having a service of AMED’s caliber ready to respond to their residents’ ...

Talk cheap on property tax reform

As surely as Pennsylvania General Assembly legislative sessions come and go, so does the issue of property tax reform. Property tax reform jumped out of its state capital slumber again on Jan. 7 as Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati, R-Jefferson, was speaking with ...

MLK words very much still relevant

On this national holiday honoring his birth, Americans are reflecting anew on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s indelible mark on this nation’s civil rights movement. There will be many references today to his “I Have a Dream” speech given in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 ...

Medicaid fraud must be moved to PA forefront

The laudable anti-Medicaid-fraud initiative announced Monday by Pennsylvania lawmakers would, if enacted, establish a strong framework for ensuring that the money in question is used to benefit people who truly need it and punish those who receive such funds illegally. However, an appropriate ...

Good deed: Donating your blood

Among the good reasons for getting a flu shot is to keep yourself healthy enough to be there for the folks who need you this time of year. That is true in a larger sense when it comes to those in need of donated blood — and there are many more than we may think. According to blood banks, ...

Tyrone showing its vision

Tyrone Borough Council resolved a minor, albeit nagging, issue by deciding to reinstall five parking meters on Logan Avenue, next to the municipal parking lot just south of the borough building, that the borough removed a few months ago as a convenience to customers of businesses across the ...