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Wolf, DEP must police Mariner East

In December 2017, Sunoco Pipeline reported that 25 gallons of drilling fluid had leaked into Raystown Lake during construction of its controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline. Flash forward to January 2020. Earlier this month, regulators announced that the spill was actually much, much larger ...

Region important to Amtrak, too

By Dennis Newman A Mirror editorial published Jan 10 was titled “Amtrak important to region.” We completely agree. And the region is important to Amtrak, too. For Amtrak, Pennsylvania is truly the Keystone State, with more than 120 daily trains, and nearly 6.7 million people boarding or ...

Volunteer fire services on life support

When I joined the fire service in 1969, the last thing on any department’s agenda was recruitment and retention. In fact, a few years after I joined, my department closed its charter because we had so many members. Times were different then. The local economy was booming. You could ...

Program makes insulin affordable

April 19,1775 at the Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts was the “shot heard around the world,” which is the beginning of the American Revolution. This first bold statement by the American colonists was the initial phase of what most believe to be the greatest overthrow of ...

Editorial sells short role of free press

By Andrew Leheny I have serious concerns regarding the Mirror’s Dec. 22 editorial “Impeachment doesn’t deter Trump support.” Our Founding Fathers demonstrated clearly the importance of a free press to our nation. Their incorporation of a free press within the First Amendment of the ...

Trains chug with enduring appeal

There’s an excursion line operated by the Everett Railroad that makes regular runs out of Hollidaysburg. You ride in restored vintage passenger cars pulled by No.11, a coal-fired steam locomotive built in the 1920s. Chugging along on an old track through narrow ravines and deeply wooded ...

Airlines discriminate against science

On your right, you see a miniature horse. Straight ahead, a pig. To your left, a monkey. No, you’re not at the zoo. You’re at the airport, where airlines allow all sorts of untrained “emotional support” animals to fly alongside owners. Yet these same airlines often refuse to ...

Lozinak achievement award fit for a ‘king’

(Editor’s note: Bob Jubelirer represented Blair County as state senator from 1975 to 2006 and was the Senate’s president pro tempore from 1984-2006). When news broke recently that Altoona Curve owner and my good friend Bob Lozinak would be receiving minor league’s baseball’s highest ...

Change has been a part of Pennsylvania hunting

Saturday’s sunrise will open the deer season, ending a long custom in Pennsylvania’s outdoors. Since at least the early 1960s, the season has begun on the Monday after Thanksgiving. The board of Pennsylvania game commissioners, responsible for establishing hunting seasons and limits, ...

Senate drug plan brings death, taxes

The Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act would stall future drug development and deprive Americans of lifesaving cures — all without reducing patients’ out-of-pocket costs. The bill would alter Medicare Part D, the federal prescription drug benefit for seniors and people with ...

Protecting emergency care system

The Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering how to address the issue of balance billing. Emergency physicians applaud them for doing so as no Pennsylvanian should worry about insurance at a time of crisis. However, the most recent attempt to address balance billing, HB 1862, would ...

Four tips to help manage flu season

You know the signs. The thunderous cough. The pounding headache. The full-body fatigue. It’s the flu. Last fall and winter, influenza sickened roughly 40 million Americans and killed 60,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This year’s flu season is nearly upon ...

Joyce needs to stop his ‘whining’

Rep. John Joyce’s Oct. 15 article (“Time to move on from ’16 election) is one exercise in gaslighting after another. He fails to mention key facts, distorts others and misdirects on the rest. He states that Democrats have been “tirelessly scheming to remove (President Donald Trump) ...

Time to move on from ’16 election

Nearly three years ago, more than 6 million Pennsylvanians went to the polls to exercise their right to have a voice in our American government. The people of our commonwealth, for the first time since 1988, duly elected a Republican to serve as president of the United States. ...

Lawmakers put costs ahead of patients

The Senate Finance Committee just advanced a sweeping Medicare overhaul. Unfortunately, the bill does little to help America’s sickest patients; it jeopardizes physicians’ ability to provide timely, quality care to tens of millions of Americans. Congress would be wise to reject it. ...

Independent colleges aid economy

Pennsylvania has a rich history of higher education, including some of the best independent nonprofit colleges and universities in the nation. Apart from their mission as centers of learning — preparing students for their careers and for the world — these institutions are economic ...

Dems need smarter nominating process

Is anything really wrong with Jay Inslee? Was John Hickenlooper not qualified to be president? And is Steve Bullock a weak candidate? The answers are no, no, no and for all three, “on the contrary.” Any of them could be a remarkably attractive Democratic nominee for president. In a ...

They’ve lost their minds in San Fran

San Francisco, a city described in song for its natural beauty, is descending into an abyss of homelessness, the use of sidewalks as toilets and a place you might not want to visit, much less live. The latest, but surely not the last demonstration of insanity, is San Francisco’s Board of ...

Keystone XL construction long overdue

The decade-long fight over Keystone XL, a 1,179-mile underground oil pipeline that would carry crude from Canada to Nebraska, just took another surprising turn. In June, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted an injunction and allowed the long-delayed construction project to move forward. ...

Trump: Vote me, or else

During a December 2015 debate among Republican presidential candidates in Las Vegas, former Florida governor Jeb Bush said to Donald Trump: “You can’t insult your way to the presidency.” Never mind. The question for next year’s election is whether the insulter-in-chief can use the ...