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Opinion

Water break response shows commitment

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of our entire Tyrone Regional Health Network family, we want to thank all of our “hometown” professionals at the water authority, volunteer fire departments, public works, police, 911 dispatchers and local and county EMS officials for their rapid response in dealing with the ...

Veteran brightens woman’s day

Letters to the Editor

I was recently in Long John Silvers waiting in line along with everyone else. Standing in front of me were a man and his son. He was fumbling for his change in his pocket and apologizing to the cashier for holding up the line. “Sorry, but I just did 10 tours in Iraq and have to get back to ...

Survival of fittest hardly motherly trait

Letters to the Editor

The author of a July 4, 2017, letter to the editor, “Young reader is right about social media,” has a point that may backfire when he advises ”young writer” that ”spending time in nature” is a start in changing the world. Anyone who spends an hour alone in nature would see how ...

Blair funds dwindle, I say it’s a swindle

Letters to the Editor

Every year we get the same sob story about how much money the county needs to fund its underfunded pension plan. The only reason it is underfunded is because the commissioners just keep giving more for pensions. Everyone, except our commissioners, knows that you don’t spend money you ...

Terrorist deserves nothing

Editorials

Let us hope Omar Khadr never gets to enjoy a dime of the $8 million the Canadian government has awarded him or gets to send any of it to his terrorist chums in Afghanistan. Khadr, a native of Canada, was 15 when he was captured by U.S. troops battling Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan. Before ...

Collecting turnpike money vital

Editorials

Aug. 4 will be an important day for the Pennsylvania Turnpike and for the more than 10,600 people who owe the toll road a collective $17.1 million. That’s the day when the turnpike officially gains the power to pursue vehicle-registration suspensions for those guilty of overdue toll ...

NKorea must be curbed

Editorials

If there ever was a time when North Korea’s bullying militarism could be curbed without great loss of life, it probably passed decades ago. That should not blind world leaders to the reality that the regime’s lethality grows by the week — and cannot be ignored forever. A new North ...

Seek help from pros on flooding

Editorials

Engineers or other professionals with training and experience in stormwater management might be able to guide Ebensburg officials about how to correct — or at least minimize — a Beech Street flooding problem. A street resurfacing project several years ago, by which the street surface was ...

Colleges now islands of intolerance

Opinion

Is there no limit to the level of disgusting behavior on college campuses that parents, taxpayers, donors and legislators will accept? Colleges have become islands of intolerance. Let’s examine some recent episodes representative of a general trend and ask ourselves why we should tolerate ...

President attacks his own

Opinion

Dean Heller is a 57-year-old Mormon, husband and father of four who — because he is a U.S. senator from Nevada (having won in 2012 by a 46-45 percent margin), a state that Barack Obama carried twice and that Hillary Clinton carried — is commonly referred to as the most vulnerable Republican ...

Trump plays genuine tweeting fool

Opinion

As the nation was preparing to celebrate its storied independence from the British crown, the president secured his place as history’s greatest jester. Or America’s first toddler president. Take your pick. Donald Trump did so by tweeting a doctored video clip of himself from several ...

Animals deserve protection

Editorials

Finally, Pennsylvania has a tough animal-protection law. Praise is in order for the bipartisan legislative effort that achieved the measure’s passage and Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature. The measure is House Bill 1238, also known as Libre’s Law. It was signed by the governor on June 28, ...

Improving radio system important

Editorials

Pennsylvania is embarking on a positive step, having begun the process of implementing a new statewide emergency radio system — called P25 — that officials hope will not be infected with access “bugs” like those currently hindering emergency responders. The key word is “hope,” ...

Don’t penalize the 1-percenters

Opinion

We keep hearing about “tax cuts for the rich” from various politicians. This demagoguery conflates earning a large income on which income tax is due and accumulating a lot of wealth. Many high earners spend as fast as they earn. Income taxes are levied on income earned, not wealth. ...

Enjoy your July 4 for all right reasons

Editorials

The familiar painting depicting the signing of the Declaration of Independence portrays a tranquil setting full of confidence, self-assurance and self-fulfillment — a setting lacking doubts about the prospects for a bright future for the new nation. But now, 241 years to the day since ...

Young writer is right about social media

Letters to the Editor

After reading 14-year-old Mychenze Alberts’ letter to the editor on June 24 (“Social media leading youth on downhill spiral”), I was struck with the degree of her perception on a topic I had just published a book on. Part of my book introduction is apropos to her concerns with ...

Privatizing aviation merely about power

Letters to the Editor

The Mirror’s recent column from longtime Washington media figure John Stossel about privatizing air traffic control (“Fly better with private air control,” June 16) may play well in some Inside-the-Beltway circles, but it unfortunately left readers without some key information about ...

Too much hatred fueling our country

Letters to the Editor

Hatred breeds hatred. The recent shooting of a Republican politician, in my opinion, is caused by the hatred that has been brewing in our country. I listen to the current president crying like a baby — why is everyone always picking on me? He can’t understand the hatred toward ...

Status of mall worth keeping watchful eye

Editorials

Change often brings anxiety, and the announcement in May that the Logan Valley Mall is up for sale might be causing some concern in the community about the eventual impact of that transaction, if it comes to pass. As an article in the Mirror’s May 23 edition reported, Pennsylvania Real ...

Remember those who sacrificed

Opinion

Peggy Garner had a deeper and different understanding of liberty than Patrick Henry—he who famously shouted “Give me liberty or give me death.” Garner had no liberty. She was a slave. Henry detested taxation —without representation — by a distant British Parliament. Garner paid ...