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Attitude in Reade ridiculous

Editorials

Reade Township in northeastern Cambria County remains a municipality in need of soul-searching. That suggestion isn’t directed at the township’s residents, who must watch while unrest encompassing the township’s municipal authority and board of supervisors prevents smooth operation of ...

Only one president apologized for mocking

Letters to the Editor

An Altoona writer in his Feb. 11 letter to the Mirror titled “Judge presidency with objectivity” committed a false equivalence fallacy saying that President Barack Obama mocked the bowling abilities of Special Olympic children. He certainly did not mock them, but Donald Trump’s mockery ...

Trump falling short on coal promises

Letters to the Editor

Among other untruths, President Donald Trump’s promise to bring back “King Coal,” thereby saving coal companies from bankruptcy and increasing coal-related jobs, is patently false. The coal industry is battered due to competitive power generation using natural gas, wind and solar. ...

Amid political fights, military overlooked

Letters to the Editor

I speculate what an outside, non-congressional, investigative panel might uncover with regard to our holier than thou Congress members with particular attention to those who are yelling the most and the loudest and constantly finding fault with our elected president. It always holds true ...

Seniors would lose in Medicare overhaul

Letters to the Editor

I have found the debate on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, rather interesting. In the discussion about repeal of Obamacare, you hear about keeping provisions for pre-existing conditions and young adults able to stay on their parent’s insurance up to the age of 26. ...

Choking law good for state

Editorials

It’s been about 11 weeks since a new law addressing specifically the violent act of strangulation — choking — went into effect in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, the commonwealth has been slow in disseminating information about it. It’s likely that many people in the Mirror’s ...

Columnist ill informed on subject of pit bulls

Letters to the Editor

I was irate after reading Gene Lyons unfair article on pit bulls on the March 10 Opinion page, and I felt compelled to respond. After one bad experience with one unleashed pit bull, Lyons is calling pit bull owners anti-social and stupid, while calling for the dogs to be illegal. Did ...

Trump’s bully tactics versus press unfair

Letters to the Editor

I’m tired of hearing President Trump claim that the press is the enemy of the American people. I believe he hates the free press because it fact-checks his statements, which are frequently found to be fabrications or outright lies. Trump is a bully. Like all bullies, he cannot tolerate ...

Left has a tough time reconciling losses

Letters to the Editor

I would like to go a little further with this issue than Regis Lynch’s very well-written letter to the editor on March 2. The left has very little remaining in its playbook (Rules for Radicals) but to call others names. Throughout the country, the left has lost many seats in the state and ...

Country no longer example to youth

Letters to the Editor

I watch the news daily and I don’t know if I want to call it “fake,” but I do think it is more depressing with each passing day. The other evening, I tuned into a TV show with Steve Harvey, the one with children who are quite remarkable. It was a glimpse of tomorrow’s adults. They ...

Raise awareness of carfentanil, before too late

Editorials

There’s a powerful new villain on the drug scene, and talking about it before it claims people here — warning how deadly it is — is preferable to waiting until coroners and other law enforcement officials are counting its victims. Last month, coroners of Blair and Cambria counties ...

McClure would serve Blair County well

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to support Sheriff Sam McClure in the upcoming election for Blair County sheriff. I have known McClure for a long time and have really had the opportunity to get to know him as a friend. McClure has dedicated himself to serving and protecting the citizens of Altoona and ...

Eichelberger failing to represent us

Letters to the Editor

Here in Pennsylvania’s 30th District, the need for change is more apparent than ever. Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. and his views do not represent the people of central Pennsylvania. Instead of focusing on the real-life issues facing members of our community, and the state as a whole, ...

Americans must stand together

Letters to the Editor

The division in our country is heartbreaking. This isn’t about our political differences. This defines who we are and what we believe in as Americans. What are we willing to accept? Lying, bullying, disrespect for women, the disabled, entire religions and anyone that disagrees with ...

Vets’ home in need of intervention

Editorials

For nearly 40 years, the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home has been a source of great pride for Blair County. It garners respect not only here, but from well beyond this county’s borders. Some people might recall that during the home’s early days — it opened on June 30, 1977, with just ...

Funding necessary for better schools

Letters to the Editor

Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. has been under fire for his comments about the inner-city students in Philadelphia. As a retired teacher from Altoona Area School District, his comments did not sit well with me, so I called his office. His aides there told me that his quotes had been taken ...

Lesson in past PSU priorities

Editorials

Had two former Penn State University officials done the right thing, some children might have been spared the ongoing pain of having been sexually abused. Apparently, the university’s football program was more important to the two. Former Penn State Vice President Gary Schultz, 67, and ...

‘Give peace a chance’

Letters to the Editor

When it comes to keeping America safe, educating our youth and having an affordable health care, everyone should be on the same page. That’s the American dream. Give peace a chance. Terry Wilkes Sr. Roaring Spring

DRP condemns House changes to Medicaid

Letters to the Editor

Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP) condemns the repeal of the Affordable Care Act released by the United States House Energy and Commerce Committee because the legislation will harm persons with disabilities. The committee’s proposal would fundamentally alter Pennsylvania’s Medicaid ...

America in no danger of losing its democracy

Letters to the Editor

I suppose it was no surprise that President Donald Trump has evoked a squeal from our local liberal nest at Juniata College in the form of Professor Philip Dunwoody’s recent op-ed in the Mirror. It was all but guaranteed. So the professor has studied authoritarianism for some 15 years. ...