Opinion

Ottaway, Casey will bring balance

Letters to the Editor

The U.S. president, historically, has usually been the country’s moral leader, setting an example that others follow. In the Republican party, Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan filled that role. President Donald Trump does not. The present Republican-led Congress protects him, refusing to ...

Military ‘backbone’ separates Joyce

Letters to the Editor

As a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, I am writing to endorse John Joyce for the United States Congress. Joyce worked for the U.S. Navy during Desert Storm and realizes the importance of a strong military. We, as Americans, cannot allow our military to take a back seat. My ...

Ford’s testimony should be believed

Letters to the Editor

While I listened to the live audio feed of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing, I was asked if I believed Ford’s story. I quickly admitted that I did and explained how very sincere, forthcoming, educated and extremely credible I believed she was. The person ...

Best, Ottaway will embrace change

Letters to the Editor

Emily Best, candidate for the 30th District state senate seat, has a background in agriculture. She is young, fresh and enthusiastic. Her passions are farming, preventing abuses of eminent domain, responsible taxes and health care for rural areas. She will be a voice of the people, not a ...

Joyce represents community’s ideals

Letters to the Editor

We have a candidate who represents the ideals of our conservative community. John Joyce will work hard to protect our conservative values, including protection of innocent lives and our Second Amendment rights. In addition, he has pledged to protect and strengthen Social Security and ...

Joyce will make military a priority

Letters to the Editor

John Joyce, candidate for Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District, believes that a strong military is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity. As a retiree of the United States Navy, I appreciate that Joyce stands for a strong national defense. He understands the threats of China and ...

Joyce is dedicated to helping all students

Letters to the Editor

As a special education teacher, I realize the importance of a candidate who is dedicated to the needs of all of our students. I am writing in support of the candidacy of John Joyce for the United States Congress. Joyce has first-hand knowledge of the needs of our students from all levels. ...

Wolf should be sent packing

Letters to the Editor

In 2016, the hard-working men and women of Pennsylvania rose against the establishment and elected Donald Trump to serve as president of the United States. Trump campaigned on tax reform, protection of our Second Amendment rights, religious liberty, life from conception and countless other ...

Columnist’s view is way out of line

Letters to the Editor

It is astounding how a journalist would compare conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Democrats’ choice of Merrick Garland. Froma Harrop’s lead in her editorial “Kavanaugh’s little lies” is astounding because, if Kavanaugh were a liberal Democrat, even a felony conviction would ...

Telemedicine bill will be positive

Other Commentaries

Anytime a family member gets sick, it’s only natural that we want to find the best options to figure out what’s wrong and help them get the care they need. As technology advances, families have more options to receive care — not just in the office of a physician or other provider. ...

Celebrate your local newspaper

Editorials

Newspapers explore many of the topics that affect your senses. The stories we report may get your blood rushing, wrinkle your brow, inspire you to call a friend about an event or simply entice you to relax and read about your favorite team that pulled out a victory that was destined to be a ...

Weighing in on McCain fallout

Letters to the Editor

This letter is written in response to an article carried in the Sept. 2 Mirror from the Associated Press titled “The passing of American greatness” by Laurie Kellman. In the article, a note was made “McCain tributes echo with criticism of Trump.” Those individuals who echoed ...

Election chance to protect values

Letters to the Editor

As the election draws closer, we face pivotal issues. Extreme political division has worsened. We need politicians who will make a difference. As a constitutional democracy, we are one of the few countries throughout the history of mankind that has the ability to choose leadership that ...

Better health care is Best’s priority

Letters to the Editor

Where do our state Senate candidates stand on Altoona’s health care ratings? Last November, 24/7 Wall Street designated Altoona as one of the 25 worst cities in the country to get sick. Pa. Health Care Quality Alliance verifies this in its report on UPMC Altoona statewide death averages. ...

Joyce understands health care issues

Letters to the Editor

As a registered nurse, I’ve seen the problems with health care in our community. We, as voters in Pennsyl­vania’s 13th District, are presented with the opportunity to send an individual to Congress who has an understanding of the severe health care issues that everyone faces almost on a ...

Baughman choice for 78th District

Letters to the Editor

A big election issue for me is gerrymandering, the creation of voting districts that artificially favor one party or the other. Our current representative for the 78th District, Jesse Topper, is not supportive of the effort to reform. His opponent in the Nov. 6 election, Deb Baughman, is ...

Joyce will support 13th District’s people

Letters to the Editor

It is essential that we vote for our values and that is why I support John Joyce for Congress. Joyce has been a proud lifelong member of this community. He has actively served as a board member on many local nonprofit agencies. He advocates for protection of Social Security and Medicare, ...

Upcoming traffic study will help Altoona

Editorials

It’s best for Altoona residents to be open-minded about the downtown traffic study that will begin in about a month. The Mountain City’s vehicular traffic still is being governed by decisions made a half-century ago or longer. Times, needs and conditions change, and Altoona, like other ...

Mirror carries torch for coverage

Other Commentaries

Eleven years ago, when I first came into office, there was a vibrant and engaged local media regularly attending our county commissioners meetings. They reported on a myriad of important issues for our citizens after listening to their presentation and debate. The media members in attendance ...

Dodson’s ‘diatribe’ lacks tolerance

Letters to the Editor

I read Kirk Dodson’s recent diatribe against Republicans, President Donald Trump and all things conservative. Clearly, he lacks any tolerance, to say nothing of acceptance, of any point of view other than his own. In fact, he categorizes them all as “deplor­ables” and casts shame on ...