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Opinion

Dems expose Biden

Editorials

Clearly, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi smells blood in the water. Otherwise, she would not have launched an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The question now is whether House Democrats circling to take a political bite out of Trump will attempt to ignore a ...

Socialism is not what’s spreading hatred

Letters to the Editor

Everyone and their brother are now experts on socialism and warn us repeatedly that America is on the verge of a socialist takeover. Why? Well, it is due to the fact that a couple of people claiming to be socialists were elected to serve in the capitalist’s government. Do these people ...

Blame mental health, not Trump, for violence

Letters to the Editor

Reading the Sept. 10 rant by Elizabeth Shade deserves swift response. Once again Shade posts an opinion without facts and deems her rhetoric factual. So let me clear up her glaring misgivings: Mental health is the issue for these mass shootings. No one in their right mind would casually ...

Lawmakers put costs ahead of patients

Other Commentaries

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. ...

Ickes, Carper would be vote for Altoona future

Letters to the Editor

Nov. 5 is the general election in Blair County. I’m voting for Jesse Ickes and Joe Carper for Altoona City Council. I’ve known both gentlemen for several years and have worked with them on various projects, and I find their attention to detail and commitment to our community to be of ...

Folmer behavior troubling

Editorials

The “personal problems/issues” to which he alluded did not give 63-year-old Pennsylvania state Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon, the right or authority to access child pornography. Although Folmer must be judged innocent until proven guilty, the senator, elected to his fourth term last ...

Where are the moderate Republicans?

Letters to the Editor

In a popular song from the 1960s, Peter, Paul and Mary ask the listener,”Where have all the flowers gone?” For those of you who don’t remember (or who weren’t even born yet), it was a song challenging people to rise up against what was happening in society then and challenging ...

FAA oversight needs total reevaluation

Editorials

The worldwide grounding of Boeing Co.’s 737 MAX jets in March in the aftermath of two fatal crashes that claimed a total of 346 lives hasn’t garnered much visible attention and discussion in this part of Pennsylvania. Most flight- and airport-related public attention in recent months has ...

Heights board needs to hear constituents

Letters to the Editor

The majority of the Cambria Heights School Board are postponing the restoration of the high school pool; and time is money. Letting it sit empty costs the district transportation fees for swimmers. Keeping it closed to the students restricts a life saving curriculum from implementation. ...

New PSU parking much appreciated

Letters to the Editor

I have been a Penn State season ticket holder for 49 years, so I’ve experienced the good, the bad and the ugly, both on and off the field, while attending more than 300 games. Despite the tone of recent Altoona Mirror articles and social media postings, I would like to applaud the ...

Independent colleges aid economy

Opinion

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 ...

Fracking shouldn’t be banned

Editorials

Three Democratic candidates for president, and perhaps more, are hoping to gain votes by proposing all-out prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, used in the oil and natural gas industries. Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have all proposed the bans. Look ...

AASD board members setting bad example

Letters to the Editor

I felt compelled to write this letter concerning the actions of the three Altoona Area School members — Ed Kreuz, Ron Johnston and Sharon Bream — who walked out of a training presentation. Why did these three members leave? Because, in my view, their previous votes were in the minority ...

Recommending five for Hollidaysburg board

Letters to the Editor

As the parent of two Hollidaysburg Area School District students, I know how important it is to have a school board that understands the importance of a K-12 education that prepares our children for the future and that respects its students and faculty. The board members must operate without ...

Keeping wary eyes on China

Editorials

Let us hope and pray the world is not about to witness something like what happened 30 years ago in Beijing. If it happens again, this time in Hong Kong, there will be absolutely nothing the United States or anyone else can do to stop it. During late spring and early summer in 1989, an ...

Addressing local curbs important

Editorials

Altoona isn’t alone among the cities of America in being home to substandard curbs, including curbs that are in violation of the federal Americans With Disabilities Act. Some cities are engaged in the process of installing curb ramps that allow people in wheelchairs to get on and off ...

Vote for candidate, not straight ticket

Letters to the Editor

Pennsylvania is one of only eight states that allow straight ticket (party) voting. A total of 54 percent of Blair county voters choose this option. While it simplifies voting, it reinforces party affiliation as the driving force behind your vote. Elections such as judicial contests would ...

Ickes would serve city council well

Letters to the Editor

I’m supporting Jesse Ickes for Altoona City Council. I’ve gotten to know him and have worked with him through our church and have witnessed him take on leadership roles within our church. Ickes is dedicated to his profession, his family and his faith. He’s exactly the leader that ...

‘Hissy fit’ not becoming of AASD board

Editorials

The three Altoona Area School Board members who walked out of a meeting on Sept 9 rather than hear a presentation from a representative of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association did not enhance the board’s image. That should be the conclusion of both the district residents who oppose the ...

Greenhouse gas emissions need cut

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to express my concern about the imminent threat climate change poses to our world, our country and our children’s future. More than 2,000 scientists contributing to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) agree that climate change is occurring much faster than ...