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Editorials

Abuse of elderly intolerable

Blair County First Assistant District Attorney Pete Weeks believes Pennsylvania should toughen its penalties for those convicted of abusing an elderly person. Some people who read the Aug. 31 Mirror article “Caregiver gets prison term for abuse” might have a similar opinion, even though ...

Parkview saddling Antis Twp.

The Antis Township supervisors are working to finalize how to pay for replacement of the 25-year-old township-owned stormwater collection system that serves Parkview Estates, a development off old Route 220 near the Northern Blair Recreation Center. But besides trying to deal with the ...

Ryan’s plan needs to be deep-sixed

State Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon, does not advocate taxing retirees’ Social Security benefits to help boost Pennsylvania’s coffers. However, he is wrong in advocating that those former workers, who paid taxes that helped keep the state government afloat throughout their employment years, ...

Lawmakers need new approach to Pa. road woes

It seems appropriate that the political division responsible for the Pennsylvania government’s inertia often is described relative to Interstate Route 80, which divides the state roughly in half from east to west. Political analysts often talk about issues regarding their impact “above or ...

State right to explore sticker shock

It has been about three years since Pennsylvania stopped requiring annual license plate stickers on vehicles as a means for confirming up-to-date registration. Evaluation of new policies or programs is important after they’ve been in effect for a while. Therefore, the scrutiny currently ...

Bedford vandals all wet

A judge should have no difficulty deciding on a course of punishment for the individual or individuals responsible for vandalism to four fire hydrants in the Bedford area that resulted in a loss of 150,000 gallons of water. Of course, that observation is built upon the premise that all ...

Bedford vandals all wet

A judge should have no difficulty deciding on a course of punishment for the individual or individuals responsible for vandalism to four fire hydrants in the Bedford area that resulted in a loss of 150,000 gallons of water. Of course, that observation is built upon the premise that all ...

Want a free country? Start with free press

America’s news media continue to be the target of a verbal beating by President Donald Trump, who has continued to call the reporting of many news outlets — print and electronic — “fake news.” The president also has voiced many other unflattering phrases directed at the media and ...

Bullying bill worth developing

Despite agreement across Pennsylvania that bullying in schools is a problem that needs much more preventive action, it is hard to imagine that proposals being prepared by state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Johnstown, will achieve passage without formidable challenges. It is reasonable to wonder how ...

Taliban can’t be trusted

Getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan would be quite a coup for President Donald Trump. It would give him a foreign policy advantage going into next year’s election — one no Democratic candidate could criticize. But would it also be setting the stage for a bloodbath? Would it mean a ...

In crisis, Philly cops set example

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies are accused regularly — and as a class — of being too eager to use violence, especially against African-Americans. Those who have that attitude ought to consider what happened last Wednesday night in Philadelphia. During the day there, police ...

Fireworks confounding Legislature

Pennsylvania lawmakers still are trying to think of ways to undo the Legislature’s shortsightedness and narrow-mindedness when they passed a law in October 2017 to abandon what was then the commonwealth’s archaic, overly restrictive fireworks rules. The effort to bring rules governing ...

Judges’ training questioned

The finding that a former northwestern Pennsylvania district judge misclassified more than 800 civil claims raises serious questions that need to be addressed. Probably the most basic one in many people’s minds is whether district judge training is all that it should be in terms of ...

Tourism impact is critical

The potential impact of a $1 million state grant targeted for a long-abandoned section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bedford and Fulton counties extends far beyond that former part of “America’s First Superhighway.” The grant will impact in a positive way, as well, these other ...

To heal, nation needs more than rhetoric

Soundbites won’t stop the horrific mass shootings that are plaguing America and killing or altering the lives of dozens of Americans. Yet that is all politicians seem willing to offer: Ban assault weapons, add more security, limit the capacity of ammunition magazines, reduce violence in ...

Complying with city important

Wise Guys Pizza might have to take a “slice” out of the way it tries to attract customers to its 11th Avenue entrance. The city’s Zoning Hearing Board will make a determination when it considers a Wise Guys application for a variance on Aug. 14. But for now, during this summer that has ...

Latest mass shooting hits home

Residents of this part of Pennsylvania have been watching and grieving, along with other people across the nation, as mass shootings have grown both in frequency and in the toll of death, injury, profound sadness and psychological wounds they have inflicted. However, unlike the tragedies that ...

Be specific in labeling of food products

Federal regulators should continue their current push for more consistent labeling to help consumers identify when food should no longer be kept for consumption. Those efforts by the federal government, discussed in a July 28 Mirror article, actually should be stepped up, considering the ...

Emphasis on safety important

Blair County Commissioner Ted Beam Jr. summed up the issue of safety at this county’s magisterial district courts correctly last week when he said, “I don’t think you can ever skimp on safety.” Beam’s comment came as the county commissioners were announcing that they would continue ...

Williamsburg setting example

During this time when compassion and aid toward fellow human beings is so much an issue on the national scene, due to the immigration crisis on America’s southern border, it is uplifting whenever anyone has the opportunity to witness how the spirit of love, compassion, understanding and human ...