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Opinion

More ‘regular’ reassessment makes sense

Editorials

Most Blair property owners who haven’t yet gotten over their indigestion over the first countywide reassessment in 58 years, carried out in 2016, obviously weren’t elated to learn that the county commissioners already are talking about another reassessment. But the reality is that the ...

Reopening of school will fall to taxpayers

Letters to the Editor

Our illustrious Altoona Area School Board is mulling a decision to reopen a school that should have never been closed in the first place. Washington - Jefferson Elementary was closed by the school board in a move that was protested by parents, and the school board members being who they are ...

Voters need confidence in system

Editorials

With the integrity of the United States voting system so much a topic both before and after the 2016 presidential election, the incentive should be in place for all of the 50 states to examine their individual systems, identify those systems’ strengths and problems, and fix whatever might be ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Hollidaysburg council too self-serving During the last Hollidaysburg Borough Council meeting, the board voted 5-2 to allow the demolition of a 1905 building within the heart of the historic district. The Historical Architectural Review Board, given the responsibility of recommendations ...

‘Proud he was my president’

Opinion

Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, who created the international scholarship program that bears his name and that has produced 59 Nobel Prize winners among its estimated 360,000 alumni, was not, for entirely legitimate reasons, a humble man. Admitted to the University of Arkansas at 15, ...

Pa. hurts small business for casinos

Opinion

In the spring of this past year, the Pennsylvania House passed a bill allowing liquor license holders in the state of Pennsylvania the opportunity to install up to five video gaming terminals (VGTS) in their place of business. Our lawmakers had the chance to gain substantial, recurring ...

Once again, Altoona must address bullying

Letters to the Editor

My name is Levi Beers and I’m a father of three children in the Altoona Area School District. Last Friday, Jan. 12, a number of AASD students who attended the Hollidaysburg basketball game heartlessly and brazenly began mocking the tragic death of an opposing player’s mother. Many in ...

Hollidaysburg will lose more than a mill

Letters to the Editor

The Borough of Hollidays­burg must eventually decide if a valuable piece of its residential district should be permitted to be paved over and built upon, in the best interests of the First United Methodist Church. Bell Street is a quiet, tranquil, secluded and picturesque residential ...

Papers should be exempt from tariff

Opinion

The viability of local newspapers, including the Mirror, is being challenged by the proposed newspaper tariff on the import of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada — the type that is used to print this newspaper and others across Pennsylvania. Simply put, newspapers in the commonwealth ...

New school won’t guarantee success

Letters to the Editor

New schools and new trends in education do not make students more intelligent. The evidence proves that. In the last 20 years, America has spent hundreds of billions of dollars on new schools, changed education methods, and the students are worse off. In the meantime, the students of ...

Immigration reform plan still critical

Editorials

Some members of the national press corps made much of a meeting at the White House last Tuesday to discuss immigration legislation. President Donald Trump and lawmakers from both parties spent a substantial amount of time talking about the issue — with reporters present. Normally in such ...

Voucher plan bad for public schools

Opinion

Someone once said that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” When I think about some legislators’ latest tuition voucher scheme, that sentiment comes immediately to mind. For the third or fourth time in the last quarter ...

Help keep MLK dream at forefront

Editorials

The cover of this year’s January-February issue of Smithsonian magazine delivers the message “1968: The Year That Shattered America.” Like Time Books’ 2008 publication “1968: The Year That Changed the World,” Smithsonian examines the 12-month period a half-century ago that many ...

UPMC following trend vs. seniors

Letters to the Editor

I am very disappointed at the news from UPMC telling us we can no longer choose what pharmacy we can use. It’s not fair. I have been with Thompson’s Pharmacy for over 50 years, and they have always treated me well. That family has done so much for our community, why is it not good enough ...

Crews, neighborhoods show community pride

Letters to the Editor

This is such an awesome area to live in. I am again pleased with the way our local highway crews responded to our recent snowfall, With the limited resources we have, the crews did a terrific job of clearing the city streets as well as the area roads. Recently, in my local evening travels, ...

Candidates should address sexual payouts

Editorials

This legislative and gubernatorial election year will be dominated by campaigning dealing with the annual state-budget-preparation fiasco, cutting the size of government, saving money by other means, candidate qualifications and continued debate over issues such as whether Pennsylvania should ...

Hospital volunteer changed lives of many

Letters to the Editor

This is being written on behalf of Charles Smith. A recent feature article was published Jan. 4 on the front page of the Altoona Mirror regarding his kindness toward others. Smith was the father of my dear friend, L’Wanda Smith Greenlaw from Altoona Area High School class of 1977. Smith ...

Parents must monitor kids and their phones

Letters to the Editor

On Jan. 8, there was a report that certain entities in that “great” state of California have stated that they urge Apple, Inc. to do something to stop or reduce smart phone addiction in children. It has always been my way of thinking that it is not the manufacturer’s duty to keep ...

Police shooting probes: Report favors rethinking

Opinion

Pennsylvania State Police, who deserve praise and support for the work they do every day, have good cause to take another look at their approach to investigating troopers’ use of deadly force. A Northampton County grand jury that looked into the agency’s investigation of the May 20 death ...

Borough gets off on wrong foot

Editorials

Cambria County’s Reade Township seems poised for less municipal controversy in the months ahead, if two meetings held this month are an accurate barometer. But the jury’s still out on whether the same will be true in Duncansville, based on the less-than-harmonious mood of Monday’s ...