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Bills put imperiled species at greater risk

January 13, 2014 Last month marked the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), one of the world’s strongest and most effective wildlife protection laws. more »»

Tired of Obama reign

January 13, 2014 Ah, what a wonderful picture in the Altoona Mirror on Jan. 6 of the president and his daughters returning from their much deserved vacation in Hawaii. more »»

Help save the world:?Please stop smoking

January 11, 2014 I am really worried about the problem of smoking. I am hoping that with this letter, some people will realize that smoking might give them lung cancer. more »»

Practice driving safety

January 10, 2014 Driving to the drug store on a rainy, foggy day, I was amazed at the number of vehicles being driven without headlights. more »»

Be wary of drones

January 10, 2014 The FAA has granted permission for drones to fly in six states across the United States for an all-weather test of their capabilities. more »»

Criticism unfounded

January 9, 2014 I’m writing in response to Robert Leonard’s ridiculous letter from Jan. 3 about the prisoner article in the Mirro. more »»

Rich too often rewarded

January 9, 2014 Now that the corporations have been pardoned from paying for the damage that their heavy vehicles did to Pennsylvania highways, how will the wealthy be compensated by the legislature and the... more »»

‘What would it be like if women wrote Bible?’

January 8, 2014 When Christians show their disdain for gays, I think of the old song: “The Bible Told Me So.” Christians believe everything in the Bible is true and should be obeyed. more »»

Taken out of context

January 8, 2014 Rev. Robert A. Boyar’s letter (Dec. 12) states that the Bible does specify about gay marriage, then cites Matthew 19:4-6. What Re. more »»

‘Protect speech that you do not agree with’

January 7, 2014 Does the first amendment matter any more today in America? Are we turning into a fascist nation? Today the media is buzzing about the suspension of Phil Robertson and many are celebrating it. more »»

Nursing force at risk

January 7, 2014 On Dec. 19, I attended the candlelight vigil held by Altoona registered nurses. The nurses are negotiating a contract with the new owners, UPMC, and are worried about the futur. more »»

Nurses, not management, suffering burnout

January 6, 2014 I am writing in response to a recent article “UPMC Nurses Rally for Support. more »»

Traffic violation costs on the rise — beware

January 4, 2014 Section 3111 of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code is “Obedience to Traffic-Control Devices.” Up until Dec. 31, 2013, the penalty for violating this law was a $25 fine plus costs. more »»

Supporting nurses, ‘praying for fairness’

January 4, 2014 As a pastor in this community and as someone who loves this community, I feel as though it is my responsibility to weigh in on the struggle of the registered nurses at UPMC Altoona. more »»

Poor choice

January 3, 2014 On Dec. 26, the Altoona Mirror, on its front page no less, had an article on prisoners. more »»

‘Thumbs-up not enough’

January 3, 2014 Sometimes blowing our car horn or giving a “thumbs-up” just doesn’t seem to be enough to show our support. more »»

Penelec employees care about families

January 2, 2014 By rejecting a labor contract that amounts to corporate extortion, Penelec’s unionized workers have taken a stand. more »»

Christmas wish

January 2, 2014 My name is Jadie. I am 10 years old, and our Christmas was not the same this year. All I wanted for Christmas was for my dad and his friends to go back to work. more »»

Refreshing change

January 2, 2014 Kudos to whoever came up with the idea to change the Altoona Mirror’s calendar this year. The beautiful pictures were a refreshing change. more »»

‘Go out of your way to make someone’s day’

December 31, 2013 Raised as a Christian by Christians, I realize the importance of the holiday season as a time of coming together, peace on Earth, and malice toward none. more »»

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