Opinion

Sticking to facts helps argument

Letters to the Editor

After moving back to Central Pennsylvania a few years ago, I was somewhat dismayed by the number of opinions submitted to the Mirror by local citizens that were obviously based on something other than facts. I always thought that opinions were based on collecting facts, weeding out ...

Citizentry must embrace trust

Letters to the Editor

Obstructionist: A Republican Congress that declared anything Barack Obama is for we are against. Juvenile: Has there ever been a more juvenile behaving, bullying, spoiled brat behaving person than Donald Trump? Do you realize that a citizenry that is driven by love of a peaceful country ...

Women need to band together

Letters to the Editor

I’m responding to the Feb. 7 letter to the editor from Heather Wiser of Tyrone. If the Women’s March was for women’s rights as Wiser stated, then why were the pro-life marchers told they could not march? Wiser said that insurance needs to continue to cover birth control. It ...

‘Welcome to your new dark world’

Letters to the Editor

I have truly enjoyed reading letters to the editor in the Mirror the last three weeks. Isn’t it astonishing to see a president actually doing something constructive for a change instead of literally bowing down for foreign leaders and apologizing for America’s greatness? After ...

Strengthen our troops in Afghan

Editorials

When U.S. military helicopters were sent to Afghanistan to aid in the battle against terrorists there, many of their mechanics stayed behind in this country. Men and women accustomed to servicing the aircraft and with a very real stake in doing it well — their comrades in arms fly the ...

Clean up after mansion sledding

Letters to the Editor

Last Thursday, in the early hours of the morning, the city was blanketed in a heavy wet snow that eventually led to the Altoona schools deciding to close. Hooray for snow days. Yes, I, too, was once a kid who enjoyed no school on a snowy day to spend it sledding down the hill at a ...

Toomey abandons his constituents

Letters to the Editor

In the week leading up to Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as education secretary, Sen. Patrick Toomey was unreachable by phone due to the flood of constituents begging him to oppose her confirmation. Nevertheless, Toomey voted to confirm DeVos anyway. In doing so, he has placed party ...

Trump should slow down

Editorials

The first weeks of the Donald Trump administration have demonstrated shortsightedness in trying to do too much too quickly. No one, except perhaps the president himself, has expected the nation’s new chief executive to deliver on all of his campaign promises during his first 100 days in ...

Trump’s ego keeps getting in his way

Letters to the Editor

I normally adjust and accept all presidents in time, but I will have a hard time, if ever, accepting Donald Trump. Words matter to me, especially when it is consistently ignorant. One camera caught him degrading women in the most vulgar and hurtful ways. He’s also mocked a disabled ...

Obama deserves our nation’s thanks

Letters to the Editor

I would like to thank our former president, Barack Obama, for his steady and thoughtful leadership the past eight years. Despite unprecedented opposition, he accomplished much, and those things left undone cannot be blamed on him, but rather on those who stonewalled his agenda. I thank ...

Pakistan must be top priority

Editorials

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the Senate ...

Pakistan must be top priority

Editorials

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the Senate ...

Obama deserves his share of credit

Letters to the Editor

A few citizens last month wrote editorials about President Barack Obama and how terrible he was to our country. One said he was, is and always will be “the worst president in the history of the world.” That record actually belongs to George W. Bush. The other person said he “never ...

Kaneshiki is free to speak her mind

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to a letter dated 1-29-2017 titled “Kaneshiki post an embarrassment” by William J. Padamonsky Sr. His criticism of Lois Kaneshiki and her cartoonship of the Obamas with the” Beverly Hillbillies” is her business under the Constitution. Just because ...

McClure would follow in Cooper’s footsteps

Letters to the Editor

The primary season is near, Sam McClure has taken the reins of the Blair County Sheriff and will perform well. Former Sheriff Mitch Cooper has given his full support to McClure. The voters of Blair County can trust him to continue Mitch Cooper’s excellent stewardship of the Blair County ...

Toomey ignores future of our children

Letters to the Editor

Nothing is as important to parents as the well-being of their children and their children’s future. As an retired educator in the Altoona Area public school system, I know this fact well. Education is vital to the future of our nation, indeed, to the future of the world. We live in a ...

Enough, already, with the Trump cartoons

Letters to the Editor

The Mirror has been full of sick cartoons lately about President Donald Trump, but the one Thursday about Trump only wanting to save Americans was the worst. Give it a rest. I understand Trump’s dislike of the news media. Trump was not my preferred person to represent the Republican ...

Voting for Trump was vote for change

Letters to the Editor

A recent letter by Elizabeth Shade asked the question “What were you thinking?” with regard to the election of Donald Trump. I can’t speak for everyone who voted for Trump, but I would like to answer the question from my perspective. I was thinking that I couldn’t vote for a woman ...

Toomey didn’t listen to his constituents

Letters to the Editor

Sen. Pat Toomey seems to have forgotten whom he works for. Over the past few weeks, Toomey blatantly disregarded the thousands of emails, phone calls and letters pouring into his offices across the state and Washington, urging him to cast his vote against Betsy DeVos for Secretary of ...

Wolf’s idea to fund police makes sense

Editorials

Gov. Tom Wolf’s resurrection of a proposal to tax municipalities that rely solely on state police protection faces a virtually impossible journey, just like other efforts to implement the idea over the past two decades failed. It is a hot-potato issue from which most lawmakers prefer to ...