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Opinion

Senate should reclaim position

Letters to the Editor

Robust substantive debates are part of our political history, but the recent level of hyperbole, rhetoric and “otherizing” those with opposing positions is an affront to both civility and our democracy. Those engaging in political debate need to recognize that people with opposing ...

Candidates should clean up signage

Editorials

Robert Gordon of Altoona made a good point in the Mirror’s Letters to the Editor column on Saturday. “It has been nearly a month since the primary, and there are still some (candidate campaign) signs up,” he wrote, expressing the correct view that no signs should be littering the ...

Forefathers would hate current representation

Letters to the Editor

Let me begin with our distinguished senators on the panel and what hypocrites they truly are. Every last one of them complimented James Comey on his honesty and integrity. Here’s a man who every Republican wanted fired after listing all of Hillary Clinton’s improprieties and ...

Support needed for Penn Vet

Letters to the Editor

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and our 62,000 member families call on state lawmakers to support the restoration of funding in the state budget to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet). Penn Vet’s work on proper egg handling has nearly eradicated the ...

Altoona must consider its declining tax base

Letters to the Editor

Before a decision is made to spend $90 million to build a new high school, some things to consider: There’s a good likelihood a school voucher system is going to come that will cause many parents to place their children in private schools, thus less money will be available to public ...

US needs to defend its friends

Editorials

Our government should battle Islamic terrorists wherever they are, of course. But when they assault people with whom we Americans have had a long friendship, our obligation becomes especially binding. Most terrorist attacks involve individuals or small groups of murderers. But a small army of ...

POWs should be treated much better

Letters to the Editor

America’s involvement in World War II, Korea and Vietnam produced tens of thousands of POWs. Unless you were a POW, no one can know the pain, suffering, indignation and death they faced. After these wars ended, too many were left to die in Russia, China, North Korea, Cambodia, Laos and ...

Americans need to be on same side

Letters to the Editor

In American politics today, there are two sides, and our country can only survive if the right side prevails. No, I do not mean the left and the right. For in fact, all too many cases, those on the right and left are really on the same side, the side of those who believe that our country ...

Our state gov’t could use lesson from Kansas

Editorials

People of Pennsylvania don’t pay attention to financial challenges affecting the state of Kansas. After all, this commonwealth has more than enough financial headaches of its own. But it’s a good time for Keystone State residents — and their state lawmakers — to look westward, in ...

Paying visit to cemetery leaves much to wonder

Letters to the Editor

Late last month, I visited my parents in Altoona. The old folks live in an even older farmhouse, which dates back to the 1840s and some of the earliest days of this all-but-forgotten railroad city in southern Pennsylvania. Between my parents’ home and Brush Mountain, and stretching ...

Altoona’s math doesn’t add up

Letters to the Editor

What kind of math is this? A quote from the front page of today’s Mirror (June 13) really has me scratching my head and wondering what kind of smoke and mirror show is being presented to the Altoona Area School District taxpayers to justify the new high school project. The quote I refer ...

Arrange to collect campaign signs

Letters to the Editor

It has been nearly a month since the primary, and there are stills some signs up. Many years ago when I was training in Oklahoma City, a radio station offered 10 cents for each political sign collected. Perhaps one of our TV or radio stations could do this. Robert Gordon Altoona

Islam in need of reformation

Letters to the Editor

The recent wave of terrorist attacks in London have been nothing short of barbaric, and these attacks will be visited upon the United States at a greater pace if a travel ban on several countries is not instituted. The myth that radical Islam is just a tiny minority of the entire Muslim ...

Flag Day marred by fear

Editorials

Americans will be watching closely as more information emerges about Wednesday’s shooting at an Alexandria, Va., baseball field at which a reported 22 Republican members of Congress were practicing for a charity event. However, citizens of this country will be doing more than waiting for ...

Remove burden from our veterans

Opinion

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in the United States as of December 2016 is at 4.7 percent. The unemployment rate for Gulf War-era II veterans (since September 2001) is 5.1 percent and 4.3 percent for all veterans (Bureau of Labor Statistics). After ...

New voting machines welcome

Editorials

The announcement that Blair County residents might have access to new voting machines a year or two from now is indicative of county officials’ proactive attitude. But sound advice for those county leaders would seem to be that, if there are new machines, they should be put in service for ...

Nuclear plant bailouts will hurt PA

Opinion

Pennsylvania lawmakers will soon decide if a bailout or subsidy is awarded to the state’s nuclear power plants. A bailout will cost Pennsylvania consumers and businesses billions in surcharges over a long period of time and an untold cost for an unwarranted interference in the competitive ...

We’re in an age of unilateral rule

Opinion

The Trump administration has been exhaustingly eventful, but almost none of the events have involved Congress. The beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency has been an extension of the last six years of the Obama reign, when Capitol Hill was largely a sideshow to the main event in the ...

Late-night gambling (bill) is bad

Editorials

The public firestorm that erupted after Pennsylvania lawmakers granted themselves a big middle-of-the-night pay raise in July 2005 seemed to ensure that, thereafter, important votes would be conducted only during the light of day. But now, just shy of the 12th anniversary of that infamous ...

Virginia shows us the future

Opinion

Without Virginia, we probably never would have become the United States. It was Virginian leadership and talent that created the nation. Think first of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe, and don’t forget Chief Justice John Marshall, Patrick ...