Letters to the Editor

Exactly what is Republicans’ rush?

Power is not justice. Nor is it the rule of law. When Mitch McConnell and the Republican members of the Senate denied President Obama’s nominee, Judge Garland, the advice and consent hearing demanded by the constitution, the rule of law in this country ended and the rule of dark power ...

Proposing need for third primary

I attended a Tea Party meeting last week to address the open primary issue. It was a well-run meeting. We should first address voter registration along with an appropriate voter ID. We need a properly determined voter eligibility that is verified on the voter ID such as citizenship, age ...

Gregory will help protect our borders

Jim Gregory’s opponent in this year’s 80th Representative District race practices law and is an advocate for victims of domestic abuse. So, logically, this advocacy should welcome prevention and deterrents against any initiative that would increase victimization. However, his opponent ...

Country needs to put aside hatred

Two recent letters to the editor prompted this response. How does that much hate accomplish anything? Really, the vitriol must stop. Calling all members of a political party names like “deplorable” only serves to further divide this country. Recommending that voters choose all ...

Best, Ottaway would represent

As we listen to the rants and review the actions of our representatives in Harrisburg and Washington, we can only conclude that neither of our major parties can lay claim to the moral high ground. Therefore, we must challenge ourselves to closely examine the qualifications of individual ...

Vote for candidates who offer a change

Vote for a change. Vote for Emily Best, Laura Burke and Brent Ottaway. Vote for three candidates who are not beholding to money and special interests. Vote for candidates who support the interests of you: the retired and working people of our district. Vote for these three ...

Vote for Scott Wagner for governor on Nov. 6

I first met Scott Wagner shortly after he won a historic special election for state Senate in York County in 2014 as a write-in candidate, and I can say with certainty that he is not just “another politician.” Wagner is running for governor for all the right reasons — to stand up to ...

Emily Best top choice for state Senate seat

Emily Best is running for state Senate as an experienced agriculture professional with the interests of farmers at heart. Best has provided advocacy for farmers by linking them to markets, and as state senator, she will continue to ensure that our local farmers have access to buyers. ...

Hearing shows Congress needs more women

There was a great opinion letter in the Sept. 20 Mirror by Paulette Jo Frederick about Judge Brent Kavanaugh’s bid for the Supreme Court. It was thought-provoking, and I agree 100 percent with it. And to know Chairman Grassley expected Kavanaugh’s accuser to sit before a panel of all ...

Wolf’s priorities aren’t Pennsylvania’s priorities

It is reasonable to expect our elected officials to represent the needs and values of their constituents. Pennsylvania has been in an economic rut for the past four years, and that is largely due to the fact that our governor, Tom Wolf, is totally out of step with his constituents’ needs ...

Republicans knew what they were getting

I am the rare Blair County native in that I am and have always been a Democrat; proudly so, I might add, and never more proud than now. I loathe the GOP and its hateful, spiteful, hypocritical, fearful, myopic views on everything from abortion to same-sex marriage and civil rights to gun ...

Trump leading country down the wrong road

It is appalling and reprehensible what is happening at the White House with President Donald Trump. He is acting like a dictator. Trump surrounds himself with yes people, and everyone is afraid to oppose him in anything. He intimidates everyone who opposes him on any issue and is therefore ...

Pennsylvania needs Barletta, Wagner

The midterm election is approaching. In the 2016 presidential election, it was the voters of Blair/Bedford and the other counties in the middle of the state that provided the margin of victory for President Donald Trump, thus carrying Pa. and giving him the electoral votes needed to defeat ...

Politics shouldn’t be a life-long career

Before anyone runs for president, before they even announce they are running, no matter whom or whatever party, they should have a psychological exam by a team or panel of professionals. Also, if the president and governor have term limits, everyone should have them — Senate, House etc. ...

Burke would be ‘great asset’ to 80th District

I met Laura Burke this summer. I was very impressed with her positions to help our community. She would like to raise the minimum wage, restore funding for public education and help our state and local government to be transparent. She is also interested in approaching the opioid crisis ...

Best is best to fix ‘our broken system’

Our broken system has a better chance of repairing itself if we reject the status quo politician. As a Baby Boomer, I am energized by the new generation of leaders like Emily Best who are connected to the reality of their fellow citizens, not to the influence of corporate dollars. Best is ...

Assessment appeals set up to be affordable

This letter is in response to the letter of Dennis Dombrosky about the expense of pursuing an assessment appeal and the ability to recoup expenses. He claimed an appeal costs $3,000 to $5,000. This might only be incurred in a full blown trial with a lawyer before one of our judges on a ...

Vote for Burke for your health

Laura Burke is the right choice for state representative. She believes that patient safety and the quality of care provided suffers when insurance companies (whether they be health insurance, car insurance, or workers compensation insurance companies) are allowed to dictate types of care, ...

Best would fight for environment

We need Emily Best in our state senate. She would fight the abuses of eminent domain. Many of us have seen the devastation the Mariner 2 East Pipeline has caused in our area and across our state. Waterways have been polluted, wells contaminated, land ruined and properties devalued. To ...

Kavanaugh bid will be regretted

Recently, while sacrilegiously dangling invisible crucifixes around their necks, 100 percent of America’s Christian Republican Congress seemed to be willingly complicit in misrepresenting the record and actions of their Supreme Court nominee. Many far-right conservatives are ...