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Letters to the Editor

There’s consequences to political decisions

My only requirements of those that represent me be it at the federal, state or local levels of government are evidence-based facts and truth. The Republican party, however, has a more than willing component that has supported, accepted or enabled the unfounded conspiracy theories, ...

Armed forces missing at Capitol uprising

Like many fellow Americans, I watched in horror as our nation’s capital was taken over by a mob of terrorists. I was scared that other nations would see how easy it was to do this and may try to do the same thing in the future. What I could not understand, was where were the armed forces? ...

Joyce should focus on important issues

In his opinion article published in the Altoona Mirror on Dec. 29, U.S. Rep. John Joyce argued for protecting U.S. Democracy. But is that what Joyce is really doing? Joyce and other Republican congressmen have been involved in lawsuits to overturn Pennsylvania’s presidential election. ...

Gov’t has succeeded in terrifying country

A wreath should be placed at the Statue of Liberty. In the United States of America, liberty has died. Are we really the “land of the free?” Oh, we do have some liberty, but for the most part, liberty is dead. How can we say we have freedom when the government tells us how much money ...

Capitol invaders need harsh sentences

It sickens me every time I turn TV on and watch the supporters of President Donald Trump breaking into the Capitol. Everyone that entered the building should get jail time. Like Trump said after the Black Lives Matter march, whoever broke into the stores should get 10 years in jail. ...

Jewish Federation condemns Jan. 6 acts

We know that we are not alone with feelings of horror, disgust, and sadness after witnessing the assault on democracy and human dignity on Jan. 6, 2021 at the Capitol building and in Washington, D.C. And we feel it is of the utmost importance that we acknowledge and condemn this outrageous ...

Four years of Trump more than enough

The election is finally over and the winner is Joe Biden. There were some letter writers trying to undermine voters against Biden. One writer from Williamsburg wrote a scathing opinion against the Democrats and Biden that was full of misinformation and lies. I counted at least 20 lies. ...

Democrats share blame in happenings

I read many critical comments from Democrats about President Donald Trump in the Jan. 15 Mirror. Where were they when the Democrats were telling people to beat up and spit on Republicans, along with President Trump’s staff, this past summer? Where were you when Democrats said it was ...

Government urged to revamp expenses

The government does not design, produce or manufacture anything to make money. They spend money that they take from the citizens. The county commissioners want to tax us again for the lack of money coming from Harrisburg. The county must run like a business. If the money is not coming in, one ...

Truth needed for common good

What have our children learned from the presidential election of 2020? One of the first lessons we teach our children is not to lie, or there will be consequences. We witnessed the effects of those lies on Jan. 6, 2021, when our citizens, encouraged and motivated by these lies, attacked our ...

AAHS history class project lauded

Kudos to the 2019-20 American History students of the Altoona Area High School under the leadership of Project Directors James Lowe and Carolyn Kline who researched and published “The Last Full Measure.” This is a scholarly compendium of biographies of Altoona’s fallen from WWII. The ...

Country desperately needs unity

My friends, are we being fooled by our politicians, institutions and the media? Are we being pitted against one another? For united we stand, divided we fall. And if our backs should ever be against the wall, we’ll be together, you and I. Americans are some of the greatest people on ...

Delusional thinking with bad judgment

This letter is being written following live televised coverage and newspaper reports of the domestic terroristic riot that occurred Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Of grave concern is the judgment of the Cambria County Republican chairperson who, according to a voice message on the ...

United States losing its respect

Yesterday, I received an email from a friend in Scotland I’ve known, traveled and corresponded with and visited for 51 years. After graduating from Edinburgh University, she spent 25 years in Malawi, Central Africa, as a Church of Scotland sponsored missionary, teacher and head mistress of a ...

Doctor leaves mark on our community

I was saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Bill Kirsch. He was a pathology physician, with whom I worked closely over many years. He was an excellent physician who was always available and helpful and genuinely cared about his patients. Kirsch served this area for decades and ...

Joyce speaking for nation’s minority

Pennsylvania Congressman John Joyce, R-13th District, is promoting some extreme political positions. He claims that we must have faith in our government, but in both local columns and in positions proposed by his office he proceeds to undermine that faith. He emphatically opposes PA Act ...

Joyce should respect results

Really, Rep. Joyce? I and many other of Joyce’s constituents voted against Donald Trump. We do not appreciate his trying to invalidate our votes. In 2016, I was aghast that people voted a man of the caliber and character of Trump to be president. But majority rules, so I lived with it ...

‘World knows republic has fallen’

What made our republic function for over 200 years? Was it the liberty, justice and equality for all that the republic promised? Well, that promise has not been reached at present. The government found a way to balance power in a manner that ensured a peaceful change of that power within ...

Military sacrifices cannot be in vain

It has been well been established that socialism and communism are enemy idealogies to our American system and Constitution. We have fought wars (Korean War, Vietnam War and to a degree a somewhat bloodless Cold War and still at it) to preserve freedom and liberty. I had lost a cousin in ...

Wolf dragging feet on vaccine for Pa.

Where’s the vaccine? This pandemic has challenged the lives of everyone. President Donald Trump has delivered a vaccine with Operation Warp Speed. Regulations and red tape have been stripped away to make this possible. The large pharmaceutical companies have developed a vaccine in ...