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Loves Franco’s column

April 1, 2014 I absolutely loved reading Scott Franco’s column last week. I laughed and cried because it was so much like my mom, who passed away almost two years ago at the young age of 67 from heart disease. more »»

Affordable Care Act criticism unfair

March 31, 2014 A recent editorial cartoon blasting the Affordable Care Act finally prompts me to tell a very personal tale. When I returned to the U.S. more »»

Setting record straight on parks editorial

March 29, 2014 The conclusion you reached in your March 12 editorial that national parks could have been kept open by using entry/other fee income is not supported by the facts. more »»

Turn over a new leaf as we head into spring

March 28, 2014 After several months of crippling snowstorms and flooding, I really look forward to spring weather, green grass, and flowers in bloom. more »»

Hepatitis C outbreak sweeping the globe

March 28, 2014 I am writing concerning a new FDA approved drug for the treatment of Hepatitis C. More than 150 million people are known to have the disease worldwide. more »»

On ‘Sanctity of Life,’ our behavior is questionable

March 27, 2014 Once again, a group of people who believe in the “Sanctity of Life” took the time to attend the March for Life rally in Washington, D.C., to protest Roe v. more »»

Amendment shows Eichelberger off base

March 26, 2014 There’s one thing for which we can always count on State Senator John H. Eichelberger Jr. — and that’s to make disgraceful proposals while still neglecting the wishes of his constituents. more »»

Support for nurses appreciated

March 25, 2014 On behalf of the UPMC Altoona nurses, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge every person who supported us during our lengthy contract negotiations with UPMC. more »»

Altoona VA closures leaves vets scrambling

March 25, 2014 What will veterans do when the Altoona VA closes the ER and ICU? Where are our congressmen on this issue, and why did they allow this to happen? There is no ER in Pittsburgh? We moved to Altoona... more »»

Obamacare lacks enough care

March 24, 2014 Due to Obamacare, my mother will lose her current health insurance in June 2014. On this plan, she pays $200 a month and no deductibl. more »»

Don’t underestimate dangers of marijuana

March 23, 2014 Marijuana: What’s the big deal? Thank you to those who have compassion for desperate families looking for any answer to help their loved ones who are being treated for cancer or any other major... more »»

Ethnic strife over top

March 22, 2014 I recently noted that an appeals court upheld a California school ban on American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday, because those who wore the patriotic shirts were harassed and... more »»

It’s too easy to get guns in central PA

March 20, 2014 I’ve heard of many incidents where a student brings a weapon onto school grounds and they get into trouble, but I never realized how easy it is for a teenager to get a gun (Mirror, Jan. more »»

Science lesson

March 20, 2014 For years now, scientists have been trying to find the elusive “dark matter,” which they claim comprises over 90 percent of the universe. more »»

Numbers don’t add up

March 20, 2014 Rep. Bill Shuster says he has voted to save $10 trillion in wasteful spending. more »»

Property taxes unfair burden on homeowners

March 20, 2014 Before the Blair County commissioners are fully committed to reassessment, could we consider another alternative? And possibly save the taxpayers $3 million? Why don’t we go to an income tax instead... more »»

Unity of labor force ‘wakening sleeping giant’

March 18, 2014 This letter is being written in response to a guest editorial submitted by Marty Marasco of ABCD Corp. and Joe Hurd of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce. more »»

Hoping culprits are nabbed

March 18, 2014 I appreciated the Mirror’s front-page article (March 13) making the public aware of the attack on the ducks at Spring Dam in Roaring Sprin. more »»

Corbett, GOP should leave pensions alone

March 18, 2014 Gov. Corbett and the Republican legislators continue to bully teachers and the public-sector employees. This time they are proposing changes to the public employees’ pension systems. more »»

Big oil power overflowing

March 17, 2014 The people of Philadelphia are correct in their opposition to the XL Oil pipeline proposed to cut America in half to transport Canadian crude oil and also the Russian proposal to have an oil pipelin... more »»

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