Letters to the Editor

Holding out hope for America’s success

I am a 64-year-old Democrat, at least by name. The Democratic Party I knew is long gone. It is no longer as President John Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Our politicians, for the most part, have become a bunch ...

Obama’s legacy won’t be tough act to follow

I find it absolutely impossible to believe there are still people who are living in a dream world who believe that they will wake up to find Hillary Clinton is president of our country. Beginning today, the “Trumpster” will soon be running things, and as far as I’m concerned, thank ...

Chicago hate crime deserves prison time

The torture of a white mentally challenged teen held for hours and tortured by several black teens in Chicago, the murder capital of the country, is deplorable. These must be the “deplorables” Hillary Clinton spoke about. This is a hate crime and should be treated as such and is not a ...

‘Time for all Americans to come together’

I have been a registered Democrat for 60 years, and this is the first time I am ashamed to admit it. I have never seen a bunch of politicians bashing a future president as has happened since the election was over. Those are the magic words. It’s over now, and it’s time to move on. Give ...

Both sides of aisle lack common decency

This is in response to a story that was in the Jan. 12 edition of the Mirror, titled “Trump’s attitude alarming” by Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker. I found the story by Parker to indeed be alarming, only for different reasons than stated in her column. As Ms. Parker states, ...

Trump won’t be duped; have faith in him

Is anybody shocked that most Americans don’t trust Russia? More than 50 years ago and in the year 1958, the U.S. was quick to let the world know the U.S. didn’t trust Russia to live up to any promises. Did Russia really ever make any promises to the U.S.? Eleanor Roosevelt said that ...

Obama missed chance to postpone election

All hail Donald Trump. Everyone learn to speak Russian and put the red flag over Old Glory. Of course, election officials would say Russian influence was inconsequential. If President Barack Obama could have done what anyone else would have done, he could have declared an emergency, ...

Organ donation shouldn’t be automatic

I just read an article in the Mirror about people not donating blood or donating their organs after they die. This article seems to say basically that the people who donate just their “good” organs to someone that needs them to live are being unselfish. My organs, according to my ...

Trump’s tenure will leave long negative impact

A Donald Trump presidency terrifies me. He is not qualified for the position. I fear not only the damage he will cause the nation, but also, his deleterious impact on other nations. His past actions have demonstrated he cannot tolerate anyone who disagrees with him. What will he do when ...

Trump on right track with United Nations

Recently, President-elect Donald Trump said, to paraphrase, the U.N. is a social club where everybody has fun. He is exactly correct. Trump also wants to defund the United Nations. There are many, many more of us who would like to see this spy organization completely abolished or moved out ...

Kerry should brush up on his history

This letter is being written in reference to the Associated Press report in the Mirror Dec. 29 as an article entitled “Kerry tears into Israel.” The important factor that John Kerry, the Secretary of State, fails to recognize is the building of the settlements in the West Bank and in East ...

Insurance payments protect everyone

Betsy McCaughey’s recent opinion piece “Debunk pre-existing conditions myths” is misleading. Her conclusion is to make those who have pre-existing conditions get their insurance from a high-risk pool and don’t make us young, healthy people “overpay for insurance.” High-risk ...

Electoral College gives entire country a voice

This is in response to a letter to the editor published Jan. 5, by Elizabeth Shade. The Electoral College was not established to guarantee that a qualified person would be elected president. No, it was designed so the whole country had a say in a presidential election, not just heavily ...

In tragedy, county puts its best foot forward

The tragedy of the Trooper Landon Weaver shooting is something that hit every one of us in so many ways. We believe that everyone felt the pain and sorrow of this horrific event. We also believe that Blair County showed what this community is about in the aftermath of the tragic ...

Commissioners off mark

The Blair County commissioners fail to realize that it is not the need for reassessment that is the cause of citizen concern but instead the totally unfair and illogical way in which it was implemented. In addition, the treatment of the citizens who have entered the appeal process and have ...

State police appreciate support for fallen officer

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the citizens of Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon counties. I have been a member of the Pennsylvania State Police for more than 22 years and was humbly moved by the show of support by citizens, law enforcement and emergency responders at the recent ...

Organ donation ‘correct decision’

Reading Susan Stuart’s article (Dec. 30, “Willing to receive but not give”) was very interesting, educational and mind boggling. We are all entitled to our own feelings, decisions and actions. While being blessed to be alive on this beautiful earth, we must realize that when our ...

Trump following Reagan’s footsteps

Donald Trump promised jobs during the election. He plans on creating jobs by giving gigantic tax breaks to the richest Americans. The last person to do this was Ronald Reagan. He passed huge tax cuts for the super rich. Sure enough, thousands and thousands of jobs were created. Sadly, ...

Climate change letter misquotes statistics

It was stated in a letter to the editor on Dec. 29 that “Human-caused climate change is no longer a debate. … 98 percent of climate ‘experts’ agree that climate change is anthropogenic, resulting primarily from the burning of fossil fuels.” This is the most often misquoted statistic ...

Trump probably will be impeached in first year

It is my understanding that the Electoral College was established mainly to guarantee that a qualified person would become president and that the election would not be manipulated by outside sources. It does not necessarily reflect the will of the majority. To the first point, Donald Trump, ...