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Provision in Farm Bill undermines EPA safety

February 14, 2014 The federal Farm Bill recently signed into law by President Obama contains a provision that overrides a ruling by the EPA to phase out the toxic fumigant sulfuryl fluoride because it leaves unsafe... more »»

Suspected bomber case blown out of proportion

February 14, 2014 I believe that the recent news about the Penn State Altoona student who is suspected of making two small bombs has been taken way out of context and has been exaggerate. more »»

‘People make mistakes’

February 14, 2014 Reading the Altoona Mirror article, “Roommate: Bomb suspect a crazy kid,” I noticed that this article can be taken in a new direction. more »»

UPMC ‘dissing’ nurses

February 14, 2014 For weeks now, we have seen ads regarding UPMC taking over Altoona Regional Hospital. Well, in a blink of an eye, UPMC had its name everywhere and on the buildings. more »»

Judge disputes Mirror reporting

February 13, 2014 This is in response to your editorial dated Jan. 30, in which the Mirror criticized a statement made by me at the Prison Board meeting held Jan. 16. more »»

In support of RNs

February 13, 2014 As I read every post and article regarding the RN strike at UPMC Altoona, it saddens and angers me. more »»

Suspect belongs in jail

February 13, 2014 The Mirror published a news article about Vladislav Miftakhov, 18, being arrested after officers found marijuana and a suitcase of bombing content. more »»

Drugs threaten safety

February 13, 2014 Are we still safe? On Jan. 22, 24, and 28, the Mirror published articles based on the same topic of selling and possessing drugs. more »»

Tracing pension crisis

February 13, 2014 I am writing in response to the Duncansville man’s letter to the editor regarding the pension crisis. The crisis is caused by employers not paying into the plans. more »»

UPMC arrival in Altoona anything but grand

February 12, 2014 My partner is a nurse at UPMC Altoona, so I have been on the sidelines of countless conversations about this topic with his co-worker. more »»

Nurses deserve support

February 12, 2014 I am writing in support of the nurses of UPMC Altoona who are trying to hold onto the benefits that they have worked for over the years. more »»

McDonald’s caper stirring fear

February 12, 2014 How much worse can society get? I read an article in the Mirror about a 26-year-old woman charged with selling heroin in Happy Meals at a Pittsburgh McDonald’s. more »»

Series appreciated

February 12, 2014 The purpose of this letter is to express my deep appreciation to you for the weekly publication of Tom Sileo’s “The Unknown Soldier. more »»

Expand opportunities at McAuliffe Heights

February 11, 2014 I am the mother of two students at McAuliffe Heights at Irving Elementary School and an Irving alumni of the 1980s. more »»

Anonymous gesture for vets appreciated

February 11, 2014 I was recently at Kmart to purchase socks for the VFW Homeless Veterans Program. I talked to the lady at the customer service desk to receive the discount which they give for such non-profit group. more »»

Morale, not money, is root of nurses’ conflict

February 10, 2014 I am a registered nurse at UPMC Altoona; the news reports appear to be focused on our salaries, and that is not the biggest issue here. We are not asking for an increase in our salaries. more »»

Embarrassment in Atlanta

February 10, 2014 After reading the article “Stranded in the South snow, ice hinders Atlanta traffic,” I am in disbelief that there was this much trouble because of a storm that produced less than 3 inches of sno. more »»

Staffing level shouldn’t be compromised

February 8, 2014 I am a proud graduate of the Altoona Hospital School of Nursing and was fortunate enough to have worked in the Critical Care Department at Altoona Hospital from 1994 until 2005. more »»

UPMC brass gets rich at expense of nurses

February 8, 2014 I am writing to express my wholehearted support for the registered nurses of UPMC Altoona as they go on strike. more »»

Strike could affect PSU nursing students

February 8, 2014 I’m writing as a Penn State Altoona nursing student after the Mirror’s article “Nurses reject UPMC Altoona’s offer” was brought to my attention. more »»

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