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Opinion

Defining a president

Letters to the Editor

A truly terrible president is concerned only with the next election. A truly great president is concerned with the next generation. Don Sheridan Cresson

Address juvenile system

Editorials

“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 ...

Impeachment process lacks reason, evidence

Letters to the Editor

Even though loud voices are insisting, is it in the best interests of any democracy to deny the rights of whistleblowers? If so, then it should be applied at all levels: All employers should be entitled to the names of anyone making complaints. And the press deserves strong criticism ...

Dems leaders stirring memories of ‘Popeye’

Letters to the Editor

Well, as we all know by now, the three stooges finally feel good having made fools of themselves. They just couldn’t handle President Trump beating Hillary Clinton. Well, he did, and he would definitely do it again. Those three stooges meaning Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler ...

Adding some facts to writer’s opinion

Letters to the Editor

I am responding to the recent letter by Earl Thomas regarding previous letters to the editor that were critical of President Donald Trump. Based on Thomas’ letter, facts are important to him. He touts one of the lowest unemployment rates in history. The fact is that the unemployment ...

Embrace faith, trust today and every day

Editorials

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’

Editorials

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 ...

Sir Skate still holds many fond memories

Letters to the Editor

As of next year, Altoona’s last roller skating rink, Sir Skate, will be closed for 20 years. Yes, you read that right — 20 years. Anyone under 30 at this point has probably never even heard the name, but those of us who have been around since the 1990s and back have very fond memories of ...

Trains chug with enduring appeal

Opinion

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 ...

Moving on from wrongs of the ACA

Editorials

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 ...

Congress should shift focus to aid education

Letters to the Editor

President Donald Trump claims that the economy is the “best ever.” This statement may be erroneous. A recent Gallop survey, based on job quality, states that less than half of American workers say they have good jobs. Others state that their credit is so bad that their only option is to ...

Trust in FAA still lacking

Editorials

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 ...

Vets have sacrificed to make country great

Letters to the Editor

Recently we celebrated Veteran’s Day, and I began to do some thinking about all of it. I have no problem with my current president or any other head of our country. However, the phrase “Make America Great Again,” in my opinion, should not just be something that the president should ...

County vets director deserved better fate

Letters to the Editor

I am shocked that the Blair County commissioners have fired Patrick Young from his position as the county’s veterans affairs director. Young is the best helper the veterans have ever had. He is a 30-year veteran and a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. Young should be reinstated. The ...

School bus safety must be priority

Editorials

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 ...

Left-wing bashers are unfair to Trump

Letters to the Editor

I read a recently posted letter to the editor that focused on excoriating my president with an attitude that displays ignorance and disdain. I have rated, criticized and graded many reports and documents in my past as required. For the latest letter regarding negative grading of President ...

Adequate networks needed for patients

Letters to the Editor

I read recently that some health insurance policy holders pay more for their medical coverage than they pay for their mortgage. Some policies cost families three or four times more than keeping a roof overhead, but they can still get socked with unexpected medical bills. This happens ...

Trump not the answer, but which Democrat is?

Letters to the Editor

After reading Richard Parker’s letter of Nov. 25 and Martin Baronner’s letter on Nov. 26, I have to say I agree 100% with every single word. There have been quite a few anti-Trump editorials in the past few weeks which I find surprising and encouraging. I don’t know if anyone ever did ...

Hollidaysburg concert deserves curtain call

Letters to the Editor

I just got home from a delightful Christmas concert by the Hollidaysburg Community Chorus and Hollidaysburg Community Children’s Chorus on Sunday, Dec. 8. Sandy Harteis, director, had another awesome concert. The first half of the concert is a lovely cantata by composer and arranger Joel ...

Never stop appreciating contribution of veterans

Letters to the Editor

In 1941, America came under attack, and the “Greatest American Generation” to ever live came to our defense with their unselfish heart to protect and defend their families and our way of life. Pilots flew missions knowing their plane did not have enough fuel to make the return flight. ...