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Home rule would come with tax increase

September 27, 2014 In a recent article that appeared in the Mirror, members of the Government Study Commission appear to be in favor of the city of Altoona changing its form of government to that of “Home Rule... more »»

Streams, wetlands stuck in legal limbo

September 27, 2014 Clean water is fundamental for people and wildlife. more »»

Water Authority in need of independent audit

September 26, 2014 Let’s change the name of the Altoona Water Authority to: “My (Hometown) Water Authority.” The word hometown gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling of false securit. more »»

PSU should reconsider decision to pull Bibles

September 25, 2014 I would like to report my displeasure with the recent Associated Press announcement that Gideon Bibles have been pulled from rooms in The Nittany Lion Inn and the Penn Stater Conference Center. more »»

City must stop trying to manipulate services

September 25, 2014 There have been a number of articles discussing ways to manipulate the Altoona Water Authority to raise money for the cit. more »»

Leasing water system gambling with future

September 24, 2014 I have been trying hard to look at both sides of the debate over leasing the Altoona water systems to a private company. more »»

School property taxes remain best option

September 24, 2014 Pennsylvania’s Property Tax Independence Act (Bill 76) would replace Pennsylvania’s school property taxes by raising the state personal income tax from 3.07 to 4. more »»

Lack of discretion

September 24, 2014 The Mirror should be commended for printing the opinion on councilmen showing lack of discretion. You got it 100 percent right. more »»

Corbett has enhanced gas-drilling industry

September 23, 2014 Your recent editorial (“Kicking the can giving our state case of sore feet,” Sept. 14) paints an inaccurate picture of the steps Gov. Corbett has done to ensure that gas drillers pay their fair share. more »»

Council must listen to water lease concerns

September 23, 2014 I agree that the Altoona Water Authority should not be sold/leased, but I do not agree that we have good people running the Water Authority now and that change is not needed. more »»

Sovereign law usurps principles

September 22, 2014 A republic is a state in which the sovereignty resides in the people and the legislative and administrative powers are lodged in officers elected by them. We are all sovereign citizens. more »»

On next trip to PSU, bring your own Bible

September 20, 2014 As a Pennsylvania State University graduate, I was sad to read an Associated Press article printed in the Mirror on Sep. more »»

Cheerleaders’ outfits contradict rules

September 20, 2014 Two, four, six, eight: What don’t we appreciate? Why do cheerleaders and band fronts wear such little clothing when no one can wear such a thing at school? Their skirts don’t cover their back sid. more »»

Stop passing buck

September 19, 2014 I live in the east end of the city. The homes are all older and well taken care of except one. The city has lots of nice neighborhoods, but the older ones are being let go. more »»

Education’s big business

September 19, 2014 The Altoona Area School District’s 2014-15 budget had a huge increase in spending, about $11 million. more »»

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!

September 17, 2014 I was appalled by the actions of our elected Altoona councilmen after a presentation by Tom Martin on behalf of the AWA. more »»

Unions can’t count on our elected officials

September 16, 2014 I was recently asked by the Mirror what some of the detractors to the union movement would be, and I explained that I felt the state legislators in the Altoona area (state Rep. more »»

Congress has lost touch with average American

September 16, 2014 Have you ever watched a broadcast from Congress on C-SPAN when during an impassioned oration by one of our windbag representatives about some pet project, the camera pans across rows of empty seats?... more »»

City Council should keep water system

September 15, 2014 Keep our water as is. It seems like a no-brainer that if the City of Altoona can get out of financial trouble and keep the water authority as is, that would be what is best. more »»

America needs to mind its own business

September 15, 2014 I want people to know where ISIS came from. President Obama aided the rebels in Syria against President Assad, and they became ISIS. more »»

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