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Editorials

Flu shots should be automatic

Haven’t gotten around to getting that flu shot yet? Figure you’re young and strong and wouldn’t have any trouble fighting off a bout of influenza? Well, if you come in contact with older people, children or anyone else for whom flu is serious business — perhaps deadly — shame on ...

Treat vandals harshly

What were they thinking? What was their motive? What prompted their decision to deface more than three dozen Altoona properties? Why were they out roaming city streets at 4:30 a.m.? If they live at home with their parents, aren’t there any rules about being out late, or otherwise any ...

Diocese faces new decade to right itself

Debate will continue about whether the decade of the 2020s really began on Jan. 1 of this year or whether that actually will occur on Jan. 1, 2021. Either way, the period of time has been traumatic for the Roman Catholic Church here, across Pennsylvania, across the nation and, indeed, around ...

Annually, Farm Show showcases

For Blair County’s vast farming community, as well as many county residents who are not at all involved in agriculture, the passing of the year-end holidays does not mean settling in immediately for whatever the weatherman might have in store. For early January, at least, the people in ...

New year brings new hope, opportunity

In these early hours of 2020, memories of the dismal 12 months of 2019 should be the basis for strong will and incentive by individuals and leaders alike to make this year much better than the one just completed. Whether that will be possible, with the divisive presidential election campaign ...

Let’s hope 2020 makes better year

The year that is about to end will be recorded as one of disgust, frustration, sadness and madness — one justifying fear about how it might impact 2020 and beyond in a negative way, both domestically and internationally. Few need to be reminded of all the reasons. Even 10 editorials might be ...

Fire leaves important lessons

The blaze that destroyed the residences of at least 12 families on Dec. 13 at Country Club Terrace Apartments on Brush Mountain Road — displacing initially 24 families — garnered the considerable news coverage that the tragic incident merited. True, the fire was a Blair County story. ...

Address juvenile system

“Revamp” might be too strong of a word for describing the mission of a soon-to-be-formed three-branch task force that will be examining Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system over the next approximately 11 months. One definition that Webster’s dictionary provides for that word is ...

Embrace faith, trust today and every day

Last evening, while many children were awaiting the news from NORAD that radar and satellites had observed a sleigh-like object leaving the North Pole, their parents or guardians were making final preparations for the most important aspect of today’s Christmas celebration — the ...

‘Open your life, home to goodness’

On this Christmas Eve, it is important to remember that the political controversy in which this country is mired should not be permitted to ruin the holiday season that is upon us. During the coming days, be sure that any agitation, bitterness or divisiveness you might harbor, stemming from ...

Moving on from wrongs of the ACA

Little by little, the bright, appealing shell that is Obamacare is being stripped away to reveal a thoroughly rotten core. More of it was being exposed this week. Former President Barack Obama’s administration went to great pains to shield the truth about Obamacare from the American ...

Trust in FAA still lacking

Over the nearly three months since the Mirror’s Sept. 22 editorial “FAA oversight needs total reevaluation,” there have been a number of significant developments in the deeply troubling saga of Boeing Co.’s 737 MAX jet, which has remained grounded since shortly after the second of two ...

School bus safety must be priority

State and local police and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation should not have to remind motorists — or spend time and money posting special signs in specific areas — about the commonwealth’s law dealing with school buses stopped for the purpose of picking up or dropping off ...

Rosa Parks deserving of tribute

We Americans have torn down a lot of statues during the past few years. You know the type: Memorials to military and civil leaders of the Confederate States of America. Perhaps it’s time to switch gears and erect a few new statues. Give credit to the people and public officials of ...

Well being of less fortunate should be focus

Current opposition in Pennsylvania regarding the proposed closing of two centers for individuals with intellectual disabilities — Polk in Venango County and White Haven in Luzerne County — is not unique. The announcements in 2017 about the closings of the state centers in Norristown, ...

Answers needed in Florida

Until they have answers, the top priority for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies needs to be determining whether Mohammed Alshamrani was a lone-wolf terrorist or part of a larger plot. Alshamrani, an officer in the Royal Saudi Air Force, was being trained at a U.S. naval base at ...

Improved DUI laws necessary

The Southern Alleghenies region is no stranger to repeat drunken-driver arrests, and that doesn’t mean a single repeat offense. There have been drivers here who have compiled even five or more DUI arrests, convictions and/or guilty pleas, but have continued to drive, whether alcohol- or ...

Weighing Fetterman initiative

It is obvious why many people might strongly oppose Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s initiative aimed at reforming the sentence-commutations process in Pennsylvania — at least to the degree he has proposed. Those people’s opinion is no doubt rooted in the premise that any individual, having ...

State can’t hide its deficit as ‘structural’

A couple of months from now, when Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his 2020-21 budget address to the Legislature, as the General Assembly is beginning preparations to launch its annual budget-preparation exercise, Pennsylvania residents again will be hearing terms such as “incoming revenues, ...

Lessons of attack still valid

Seventy-eight years have passed since Japan made its biggest mistake ever as a nation, its attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. While Dec. 7 is commonly associated with that grave error, it is important to remember that what happened on that terrible day was not the product ...