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Opinion

Damage exceeds assistance

Editorials

The front page of Monday’s Mirror highlighted the work of more than two dozen people who turned out Sunday for what’s become the annual Juniata River Cleanup. Sunday, which marked the fifth year of that worthy endeavor, while geared mostly toward removing large items from the river such ...

Congress should cut small business taxes

Letters to the Editor

Our members of Congress go back to Washington, D.C., in September. They should cut taxes for small businesses right away. In Pennsylvania, there are 1 million small businesses, employing 2.4 million people —roughly half of the state workforce. But these job creators are struggling with ...

Superior Court needs Kagarise

Letters to the Editor

I am writing this letter in support of Judge Wade A. Kagarise, a true constitutional conservative for Pennsylvania Superior Court. Kagarise is currently a judge of Blair County Court of Common Pleas, taking office in January 2014. Prior to that, Kagarise was an assistant district attorney for ...

Video gaming terminals would help state

Letters to the Editor

The good news is that Harrisburg passed a budget. The bad news is that they still have no way to pay for it. In fact, they are billions of dollars short. Some options to raise the necessary funds are to implement a tax on every drink purchased at bars and restaurants, increase the state ...

Discord offers teaching moment

Other Commentaries

By Tom Foley This has been a contentious couple of weeks in American political life, heck, in American history — from violent protests in Charlottesville and Phoenix, to national and local debates about statuary in public squares from Richmond to Philadelphia. We have witnessed ...

Strike up the band for Old Canal Inn

Letters to the Editor

I think Hollidaysburg’s Borough Council should reconsider its decision not to allow outdoor music at the Old Canal Inn. As an area parent and community member, this decision concerns me for a few reasons. First, there are very few regular (weekly) events held in this area that expose ...

Mirror should focus on academics, too

Letters to the Editor

It is Sunday morning, Aug. 20, and again the front page of the Altoona Mirror has the following preview “Coming Wednesday, High School Football.” There is nothing wrong with that. However, every year it is the same thing. There is nothing wrong with that, either. I was just wondering ...

Al Gore’s hype plain scaremongering

Opinion

I was surprised to discover that Al Gore’s new movie begins with words from me. While icebergs melt dramatically, Gore plays a clip of me saying, “‘An Inconvenient Truth’ won him an Oscar, yet much of the movie is nonsense. ‘Sea levels may rise 20 feet’ — absurd.” He used this ...

State leaders have budgeted a failing grade

Editorials

An important question hanging over Pennsylvania’s state government is whether the commonwealth’s credit rating, which already is one of the nation’s worst, is destined to deteriorate further. As the current stalemate continues over fully funding the nearly $32 billion 2017-18 budget ...

A letter to Trump about racism

Opinion

Dear Mr. President: After your initial remarks addressing the tragedy that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, I wrote that you were correct. I agreed with you, and honest scrutiny of the facts of what occurred there that day bear out, that bigotry and violence were on display on “many ...

Is Afghanistan a bottomless pit?

Opinion

President Donald Trump is not the first U.S. leader to pivot when it comes to foreign policy. His speech Monday night before American military personnel at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, was in stark contrast to his campaign pledge to put “America first” and his promise to avoid ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

You’re with us or against us Last week, I attended a vigil for the Charlottesville police officers and Heather Heyer. As I sat in the church sanctuary with a hundred or more others, I was struck by how reminiscent it was of a vigil that I attended after 9/11. In both cases, our nation ...

Meth trade a persistent problem

Editorials

The opioid addiction crisis figures as the most pressing drug problem plaguing Erie and the nation. Not that long ago, fears and resources focused on methamphetamine. Prominent in the 1960s and 1970s, the dangerous stimulant re-emerged here in the mid-1990s. Authorities blamed a ...

Time for new statues, remembrances

Opinion

If your precious “Southern heritage” includes swastikas, you may as well quit reading right here. But odds are astronomically high that it doesn’t. The vast majority of Southerners are as repelled by those goons as everybody else. Rebel flags, in comparison, strike me as merely ...

Laws that subvert the rule of law

Other Commentaries

WASHINGTON — When John Adams wrote into Massachusetts’ Constitution a commitment to a “government of laws and not of men,” he probably assumed that the rule of law meant the rule of laws, no matter how many laws there might be. He could not have imagined the modern proliferation and ...

Fight vs. blight is worth it

Editorials

The blight task force being established by the city of Altoona will elevate the community’s attack on that unwanted detriment to quality of life. However, besides getting the effort off the proverbial launching pad, all connected with the stepped-up anti-blight effort will need to ...

Build bridges of understanding

Letters to the Editor

All four of my grandparents came from Slovenia to a land which offered them an opportunity to better their lives. My ex-husband’s grandparents came from Russia and Hungary. He was Jewish, and I was Catholic, and we married in a Quaker ceremony. Our son is a blend of both these ...

Address Hyndman concerns

Editorials

The CSX railroad has been saddled with a substantial financial burden stemming from the Aug. 2 derailment in the southwestern Bedford County borough of Hyndman. The actual amount of the railroad’s loss might never be known because CSX has no obligation to report that loss. Regardless, ...

Nation on verge of being divided

Letters to the Editor

After returning from Gettysburg, the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, I had a few thoughts as we traveled those hallowed grounds. Our United States was on the verge of splitting based on differing opinions. Although slavery was the deciding factor, there were other ...

Letters to the Editor

Stop hate byspeaking out’ In Charlottesville, Virginia, neo-Nazis showed up with rifles and guns, wearing camouflage and pelted counterprotesters with water bottles, chemicals, tear gas and rocks. The counterprotesters prayed in a church, and the church was surrounded by neo-Nazis ...