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Editorials

Addressing prison issues important

Mirror readers who have been following news about the Blair County commissioners’ current, challenging budget preparations are aware of the county prison’s projected “bite” out of proposed 2020 spending. An article on Oct. 17 reported that a budget draft for 2020 indicated that the ...

Celebrate Halloween but safely

During today’s observance of Halloween, you won’t be able to look out a window of your home and see a witch riding across the night sky on a broomstick. Or will you? Most likely, your yard won’t be beset with a host of black cats trying to give you bad luck if you cross their paths. Or ...

New corporate tax will benefit state coffers

For years, many states have been collecting corporate income taxes from companies that do not have offices, employees or property in them. Pennsylvania finally will be doing the same, beginning Jan. 1, thanks to the lifting of constraints imposed by courts of this commonwealth on how the ...

AASD can follow lead by AMED

Criticism and second-guessing of the decision-making process leading up to the controversial construction-renovation project currently underway in the Altoona Area School District seems destined to continue for years after the project’s completion. The total cost, which exceeds $80 million, ...

COLA not cutting it for seniors

Most Social Security recipients are rightly disappointed in the 1.6 percent cost-of-living increase that they will be receiving in 2020. As in most years of the recent past, they will complain that the “yardstick” for determining if they will receive an increase — and if so, how much ...

Siren sounds message for more talks

Fire sirens again are a hot topic in Hollidaysburg, as they were in 2017 when the borough’s Phoenix Volunteer Fire Department announced plans to replace its two sirens that had been out of service for — at that time — about eight years. Noise is the issue — and whether new technology ...

State needs to consider its women

With a male-dominated Pennsylvania General Assembly, it will be interesting to watch how the following legislative proposal is greeted, discussed and, finally, plays out. Most women will agree that it is a measure that should not be tabled. By way of an Oct. 7 press release published by the ...

Syria left Trump no real choice

Members of Congress who want to “overturn” President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria are engaging in an absurd performance of political theater. Many lawmakers, both Republican and Democrat, have been critical of Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish separatists in ...

Black boxes in cars must be priority

Most Pennsylvania motorists, at least the owners or leasers of many newer models, probably are unaware that their personal vehicles might be equipped with a data-collection “black box.” Most people generally think of such devices only regarding large commercial aircraft. Whenever ...

Legislature’s Act 67 fumble hurts Altoona

The Pennsylvania General Assembly’s error in late June, in which lawmakers stripped arrest powers from Altoona Area School District police — as well as police of other school districts — is not the first time the Legislature brought about unintended consequences from actions during the ...

Info vital to access state parks

Pennsylvania residents who are outdoor-recreation oriented — and even those who aren’t — can find plenty of informative reading by accessing the preliminary “Penn’s Parks For All Plan” on the website of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources ...

Fireworks revisions a slow go

The main point emerging from the Sept. 24 hearing by the Pennsylvania House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee regarding the state’s current fireworks rules was that significant modification of those rules isn’t likely to be a quick, easy exercise. It’s reasonable to speculate ...

SFU walk sends vital messages

The powerful messages emanating from the two-hour walk by Saint Francis University students and faculty on Sept. 25 extend beyond trying to prevent suicides. Heeding the messages that the student-faculty walk delivered could have the additional effect of saving lives under different ...

Cleanup efforts important

Cleanup efforts, whether like the one held in Altoona on Sept. 21 or the spring cleanups held annually in Blair County and throughout the region, usually result in news coverage focusing on the volunteers who devote their time to improving the appearance of the landscape. As part of that ...

PA ‘restore’ effort needs bipartisanship

In June, as Pennsylvania lawmakers were working to put the finishing touches on the current 2019-20 state budget, legislative Republican leaders indicated that consideration of Gov. Tom Wolf’s “Restore Pennsylvania” proposal would be put on hold until the fall, at the earliest. Judging ...

Dear PSU Altoona: Congrats

Penn State Altoona says its mission is “to cultivate a vibrant learning environment through excellence in teaching, research, creative activities, outreach and the advancement of personal, social and intellectual growth.” The campus further states that it seeks “to empower a diverse ...

Dems expose Biden

Clearly, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi smells blood in the water. Otherwise, she would not have launched an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The question now is whether House Democrats circling to take a political bite out of Trump will attempt to ignore a ...

Folmer behavior troubling

The “personal problems/issues” to which he alluded did not give 63-year-old Pennsylvania state Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon, the right or authority to access child pornography. Although Folmer must be judged innocent until proven guilty, the senator, elected to his fourth term last ...

FAA oversight needs total reevaluation

The worldwide grounding of Boeing Co.’s 737 MAX jets in March in the aftermath of two fatal crashes that claimed a total of 346 lives hasn’t garnered much visible attention and discussion in this part of Pennsylvania. Most flight- and airport-related public attention in recent months has ...

Fracking shouldn’t be banned

Three Democratic candidates for president, and perhaps more, are hoping to gain votes by proposing all-out prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, used in the oil and natural gas industries. Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have all proposed the bans. Look ...