Opinion

Israel masters brain stimulation

Letters to the Editor

I read Perry Conrad’s article in the Feb. 20 Mirror and found it to be quite informative about brain stimulation treatments that are not well known to most of us. I pay attention to these matters because I have a number of friends dealing with the ravages of Parkinson’s Disease. I was ...

It’s important to hold Shuster accountable

Letters to the Editor

As a member of the non-partisan group Indivisible Blair County, I would like to acknowledge all of those who participated in the rally outside Congressman Bill Shuster’s office. I also would like to thank the Mirror and local news agencies for objective reporting. I believe it is our ...

Toying with police force isn’t funny

Editorials

The perpetrators of the rogue transmission on a Logan Township emergency radio channel late Feb. 11 and early Feb. 12 no doubt got great fun and satisfaction from their actions. After all, they were responsible for police officers spending hours responding to several areas to check out what ...

‘Absolutely shocked’ by Trump’s arrogance

Letters to the Editor

As I am writing this, I am watching Donald Trump’s news conference (Feb. 16). I am absolutely shocked at this man’s arrogance, arbitrary, capricious leadership and lack of tact. I cannot believe he is the leader of this country. He tells lies like a machine gun fires bullets. He ...

President should learn to control his mouth

Letters to the Editor

In response to a letter written by Guy Landofi concerning the media: Come on. Trump is an embarrassment. Other nations are looking at things like this and shaking their heads. Trump’s problem is that he can’t keep his mouth shut. A prayer breakfast is no place to show how jealous ...

Reader needs to be more thick-skinned

Letters to the Editor

I am responding to the letter from Linda Hileman about the political cartoons representing Donald Trump. Over the past eight years, President Barack Obama has been parodied often (and still is at times) — sometimes very unfairly by the Republican leaning Mirror. So now it is Donald ...

Gov’t must not ‘forfeit consent of governed’

Letters to the Editor

Nations just don’t happen. They are put together by groups who are convinced that the people who live within a certain area will be better off as one political entity. This thing is called a nation. Nations are fragile. Homogeneous nations seem to have done best through written ...

Senator can’t run from his constituents

Letters to the Editor

“Hello. I’d like to speak to Sen. Toomey.” Thank you, Sen. Pat Toomey, for inviting us to participate in your teletown hall today. I was able to upload a question prior to your cast and was pleasantly surprised to find that you chose to answer a similar query from another ...

PSU sees emotional swings

Editorials

February has been a month of two extremes for Penn State University. On the positive side, last weekend’s 46-hour dance marathon known as THON raised more than $10 million to benefit pediatric cancer patients and their families. Last year’s event raised $9.7 million. The ...

Assistance sought to restore memorial

Letters to the Editor

This is to current and former residents of 12th Ward and all who would like to help the Central Pennsylvania National Guard Veteran’s Association honor the 1,000 residents whose names had been inscribed on the memorial at Pine Avenue and 28th Street. We need your financial support to ...

Protests vs. Trump won’t stop soon

Letters to the Editor

There was a quote in the Jan. 26 edition of the Mirror from President Donald Trump, who said, “There are millions of (fraudulent) votes, in my opinion. Of those votes cast, none of them come to me. None of them come to me.” How, exactly, he knows this is quite the mystery. Trump cannot ...

Trump must keep it real with Pence

Editorials

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

Women’s March uplifting experience

Letters to the Editor

I did not read Star Parker’s Jan. 27 commentary on the Women’s March so I was stunned and mildly amused at the irony of the fact that she depicted me as representing a “me culture” (per letter to editor Feb. 2). From my perspective, President Donald Trump’s “America First” ...

GOP moves on climate change

Letters to the Editor

For the first time, consensus may be building among Republicans for a common-sense approach to climate change: a carbon fee and dividend program. On Feb. 8, former Secretaries of State James Baker and George Shultz met at the White House to advocate for this. Their proposal calls for a ...

Protecting my house

Opinion

Not taking in Syrian refugees and closing the borders isn’t “mean” or “heartless.” I lock the doors to my house every night. I don’t do it because I hate the people outside my house. I lock them because I love the people inside my house. Charles Thomas Ebensburg

Reade has chance for new start

Editorials

“Bury the past,” “avoid new distractions” and “concentrate on the work at hand” are three good recommendations for the Reade Township Municipal Authority, going forward. The authority has been unfortunate in having had to deal with a number of persistent controversies. However, ...

Taxpayers should push back vs. AASD board

Letters to the Editor

I have read so many articles in the Mirror lately about the desires of the AASD school board to build a new senior high building and the proposed building of a new elementary school. When will the taxpayers of Altoona stand up and say enough is enough? It is time to take the pens away ...

‘Anti-abortionists’ victory would be hollow

Letters to the Editor

My Mirror letter of Jan. 23 gave anti-abortionists a way to stop many abortions, which they quickly discarded. Put your names on a national list and have it picked at random, to raise a child that was to be aborted. In past years, large statements have been in the Mirror against abortions ...

Immigration order counterproductive

Letters to the Editor

I disagree with the immigration executive order recently issued dealing with a 90- and 120-day hold on any visa and passport for individuals coming from seven Muslim countries, including Iraq, Iran and Syria. Individuals who have come and are scheduled to come from Iraq are those individuals ...

Resolution needed for patients

Opinion

By Perry Conrad On June 10 of 2000, I was a 41-year-old triage nurse at Altoona Hospital when I felt my first Parkinson’s tremor. Now, nearly 17 years later, I’m happy to tell you that I am still living the dream right here in central Pennsylvania. The road hasn’t always been ...