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Wolf’s right: Death penalty is bad policy

March 12, 2015 There has been a lot of emotional debate surrounding Gov. Tom Wolf’s moratorium on the death penalty, but what is missing from some of these debates are the facts. more »»

Frankstown Township crews deserve kudos

March 12, 2015 As the relentless winter of 2014-15 finally draws to an end, it is time for some kudos to be given to the Frankstown Township road crews. Once again, the men did a great job. more »»

Visits to VA center ‘inspiring, memorable’

March 11, 2015 Just recently, I received my semi-annual physical examination at the Van Zandt Medical Center in Altoona. These visits have become the most inspiring and memorable periods in my lifetime. more »»

Politicians should admit their motives

March 10, 2015 The Mirror’s lead story on “Politics pays off” gets to the bottom line, which is salary and fringe benefits. There’s nothing wrong with the desire to be a public servant and yet wanting to live good. more »»

Promote tolerance for all Pennsylvanians

March 9, 2015 In response to a recent letter titled “Pennsylvania law needs to bar discrimination against LGBT people” I would like to respon. more »»

Important data missing in taxation comments

March 8, 2015 This letter is written in response to recent letters to the editor criticizing the Blair County report on local taxation and our comments. more »»

911 needs more funding

March 7, 2015 In response to the opinion article titled “Our 911 system needs help,” I would like to provide a more practical point of view. more »»

Get pets out of weather

March 7, 2015 So far this winter, in this part of Pennsylvania we have had cold weather, freezing rain, ice and are headed for near zero temperatures. more »»

Consiglio doesn’t care how many he offends

March 6, 2015 Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio has made it perfectly clear that if you object to the state-sanctioned homicide of a defendant in a murder trial, even if you are a member of the... more »»

Mirror phone system working

March 5, 2015 Telephone service to the Mirror generally has been restored, although there remain some brief temporary periods where calls cannot get throug. more »»

Let’s work to end country’s division

March 4, 2015 Whether you watch Fox News or MSNBC, you are subscribing to hatred and fear. Both channels preach hatred toward the opposition to the point of falsehoods and deception. more »»

Icy conditions delay Mirror delivery

March 4, 2015 This morning's icy conditions that has canceled schools in our region has also delayed delivery of the Mirror, particularly in rural areas. We ask for our customers' patience. more »»

Take ‘R-word’ pledge

March 4, 2015 March is Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Month, and we at Skills of Central Pennsylvania are committed to ensuring inclusion and dignity for individuals with an intellectual disability diagnosi. more »»

West story refreshing

March 4, 2015 I very much appreciated the article (Monday Spotlight, Feb. 23) on Doug West. It was so refreshing to hear and see one of Altoona’s greatest athletes come back home and really give back. more »»

Staying up to date on keeping kids safe

March 3, 2015 My office has been receiving questions from those who work with children on a volunteer basis about the state’s new child abuse clearance requirements. more »»

Take a hard line on dogfighting

March 3, 2015 It’s time to put an end to this very vile and evil “sport.” Any individual caught participating in this cruel and inhumane treatment of dogs should be locked up for a very long tim. more »»

Physician responds to UPMC accusations

March 1, 2015 I was invited to offer a physician perspective of the UPMC-Highmark dispute by the Altoona Mirror. The article was published Feb. 1, 2015. more »»

Tragic story leaves blood-stained hands

February 28, 2015 Your Jan. 22 lead story, “Teen’s death recalled as a sad story,” along with Thursday’s update, was a tragedy worthy of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. more »»

Highway crews are unsung heroes

February 28, 2015 Please thank a city highway worker for keeping the streets plowed and cleared of ice. more »»

Formula doesn’t add up

February 27, 2015 I am writing about a column I read in the Mirror that stated that the Blair County residents are getting off cheap because they pay only a small amount of taxes per person on average. more »»

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