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Opinion

State budget still lacking responsibility

Editorials

The most daunting question hanging over Pennsylvania’s 2017-18 state budget deliberations is whether, at this time next year, the commonwealth’s fiscal shortfall will be close to or exceeding $4 billion. The shortfall estimate was $3 billion in early February when Gov. Tom Wolf ...

Heart never stops yearning for Altoona

Other Commentaries

Random thoughts on a Sunday morning: I’ve traveled those mountains many times in my life. It seems like I know every bump and passing zone on routes 422 and 22 from Butler to Altoona. I departed my hometown Jan. 19, 1967, and headed east for three months and in April was permanently ...

Trump, Congress need to focus on steel jobs

Letters to the Editor

The emotional turmoil that is happening in Washington, D.C., is ridiculous. When the blue-collar workers who elected President Donald Trump heard the words “steel-mill jobs” they showed up to vote. I guess Rep. Bill Shuster and Sen. Pat Toomey didn’t hear the speech. On Jan. 20, ...

Remembering a radio legend

Opinion

To those of us working in AM radio in Altoona during the 1960s and ’70s and to a generation of listeners, he was Bill Robbins. A pulsating personality with a soothing delivery, Robbins came to Altoona as disc jockey and program director. He rapidly transformed an ordinary WVAM into a ...

Archway recovery impressive

Editorials

Archway Ministries tries to help people in need, as demonstrated by its food bank, counseling, activities for seniors, tutoring for children and Thanksgiving dinner, as well as other programs and initiatives. But while acknowledging at this time its commitment to betterment of the community ...

Mentally disabled centers are vital

Editorials

In January, the state of Pennsylvania announced the closing of Hamburg State Center. This is one of the five remaining state centers for the intellectually disabled. This is done to save money. They will move the residents into homes in the community or the house next door. Centers for ...

Are farmers spilling the milk?

Other Commentaries

BY JOEL SOLKOFF Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY- 21) reports farmers in her district are spilling milk because the price is too low. When I was 19, I worked on a dairy farm. The work is hard. After milking twice a day (sometimes more), I cannot imagine spilling it. I have a mental picture of ...

Don’t use tax money for bonuses

Editorials

Even if there now weren’t questions regarding leftover funds from last year’s Democratic National Convention held in Philadelphia, an audit like the one being initiated by the Pennsylvania Auditor General’s Office would have been a logical exercise. The fact that a grant of $10 million ...

Too often, big business shows world with greed

Letters to the Editor

The article in Sunday’s Mirror about where to put the oil pipeline in Pennsylvania is the arrogance of big business. Big business has the attitude that they can go anywhere they want, and land property owners have no recourse because the rich people and greedy politicians pushed through ...

Hard lines need to be drawn to combat bullying

Opinion

I am getting tired of, according to media reports, the act of bullying in schools, and in the workplace getting swept under the rug — yes, swept under the rug. This is done by both the local school districts and various employers in the area. I personally know of children in the ...

Home for Lt. Gov. is a luxury

Editorials

The question of whether financially strapped Pennsylvania should continue to provide an official taxpayer-funded residence for its lieutenant governor is relevant now, but it should have been addressed a long time ago, considering the savings that could have been realized. With state ...

Repealing ACA would have devastating effect

Editorials

With my husband battling cancer for the past two years, I have seen firsthand how quickly medical costs can skyrocket. The House Republicans’ repeal and replace bill would have a devastating effect on every family facing serious illness by repealing the essential benefits provisions in the ...

Here’s a vote against remodeling B building

Letters to the Editor

I feel that rebuilding the B building of the Altoona Area High School is unnecessary. During the remodeling, the ninth graders would need to be moved to the high school. Putting ninth graders into the high school will just crowd the students and staff members. In order for the staff to ...

We must stand up to hackers

Editorials

Which of government’s protective functions is more important: safeguarding us against computer hackers or detecting and stopping the next terrorist plot or, perhaps, slowing down a rogue nation’s missile or nuclear program? As more and more global extortionists demand money in exchange ...

District should be cautious with spending

Letters to the Editor

Imagine buying more than 100 houses in the city of Altoona. This is the equivalent of paying for the new expansion planned to be added to the Altoona Area High School. More than $88 million is planned on a new building in one of the busiest parts of town to allow students to get a ...

Owning an animal is privilege, not a right

Letters to the Editor

More than 50 percent of fur that is from clothing comes from China, where millions of dogs and cats are skinned and left to bleed to death. Animal cruelty or animal neglect can be intentional or unintentional. If someone wants an animal, I believe he or she should give it what it needs. ...

AASD board shows its irresponsibility

Letters to the Editor

After reading the story about the AASD board meeting on May 15, I have to wonder what kind of fiscally irresponsible people we have on the board. The story highlights the fact that the budget for this coming year has a $9 million deficit, which the proposed 5-mill tax increase will only ...

Trump must think before he acts

Letters to the Editor

The following paragraph was taken from an article written by Justice William O. Douglas: “History shows that the main architect of regressive laws were often men of good intentions. Their reasons sometimes had the ring of patriotism to them, the protection of the safety of the state against ...

Editorials

Expanded AG power needs more scrutiny The Pennsylvania General Assembly has plenty of 2017-18 budget work remaining as the June 30 deadline for completing a spending plan hangs less than a month and a half away. However, two legislative proposals — one involving pension forfeiture and ...

Editorial position ‘blatantly prejudicial’

Letters to the Editor

The Mirror’s “our view” in the May 8 edition is so blatantly prejudicial from what should be an unbiased newspaper that it requires a response. In case whoever wrote that missed it, Hillary Clinton took absolute and complete responsibility for losing the election. James Comey’s ...