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Opinion

Let’s brace for long road to recovery

COVID-19

A front-page Mirror article on July 29 provided a lengthy account of fears being harbored by owners of bars and eateries stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the restrictions imposed by the state in an effort to get the coronavirus situation under control. Many of those business ...

One-size-fits-all rules are not suiting state

Letters to the Editor

As I read the headline in the July 30 Mirror pertaining to the PIAA decision to not allow spectators at high school football games this fall, I was forced to think hard about what is going on in our society. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 issue in March, we have been told by our ...

Ignoring mask mandate doesn’t make you patriot

Letters to the Editor

As Americans, we grow up believing that everyone is entitled to their opinion. That isn’t always true. Sure, it’s fine to have any opinion in your head, or your home or among friends. But when your beliefs in some way threaten public health, it turns out that you might have to follow ...

Trump has shown us what he’s all about

Letters to the Editor

Perhaps history can forgive those who voted for President Donald Trump in 2016. Trump made many grandiose promises of actions that would shake up the status quo and benefit the common man: steps that certainly have a populist appeal. And previously not having been in the political ...

COVID-19 danger to kids exaggerated

Letters to the Editor

We have been relying on data from the Center for Disease Control for our information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s look at it closely. In Pennsylvania, as of Aug. 1, there have been 7,204 deaths attributed to COVID-19. The number of deaths of children from COVID-19 from Feb. 1 through ...

Gesture of kindness deserves thank you

Letters to the Editor

I recently came back to Altoona to look after my father. Sadly, he passed away, and now I am dealing with all his apartment belongings. Being disabled and close to 80 years old, it is difficult to get around. I went to We Sell Your Furniture Store to see if they could help. I was also ...

GOP giving Democrats advantage

Editorials

Republican Party leaders have one obvious step to take this week: Fire the party personnel who came up with the crazy idea of holding the party convention behind closed doors. It was a blatantly bad idea — almost a gift to Democrats. GOP leaders from throughout the nation will gather ...

Are ‘progressives’ really progressive?

Letters to the Editor

No matter your political persuasion, you must be saddened by the recent events in many cities around our country. If you are not, but are instead encouraged by the wanton destruction, then you must be a true anarchist and will not like what I am about to say. We are witnessing many acts of ...

Schools can’t be blamed for opening

Opinion

With just weeks to the start of a new school year, Pennsylvania’s public school districts find themselves under siege, facing extreme public pressure and scrutiny, as they furiously plan for how to safely reopen schools. It’s a fight they shouldn’t have to wage alone. They’re ...

Ward bill step toward blight fight

Editorials

Now that her legislation has been signed into law, state Sen. Judy Ward, her legislative colleagues and other state officials need to ensure that communities across the commonwealth understand it and the window of opportunities that it provides. Actually, that might be a more laborious task ...

New Pennsland: Idea whose time has come

Letters to the Editor

Times are changing in America, and the original borders of states often no longer make sense. Frequently large rural regions are compelled to accept laws, policies and directives designed for smaller and more densely populated urban areas. What makes sense for one often does not make sense ...

Representatives should reverse whitewash of political corruption

Editorials

Area representatives should push their new House speaker to quickly reverse a quiet whitewash of corruption made by Mike Turzai on his way out the door. Turzai resigned as speaker and his seat in June to take a job in the private sector. Prior to his departure, he ordered plaques placed on ...

PA ignoring state’s Supreme Court

Other Commentaries

By Ron Evans Reportedly, when Andrew Jackson disagreed with a decision of the Supreme Court’s chief justice, he said, “John Marshall has made his decision. Now let him enforce it.” All three branches of commonwealth government are saying the equivalent regarding a ruling the ...

Woods near cemetery should be preserved

Letters to the Editor

I am 19 years old and have been a resident of Altoona all of my life. I live near Calvary Cemetery and run for exercise through there nearly every day. I have walked and run there countless times throughout my life, as have each member of my family, and I know many other people do as well, ...

Police help students feel safer

Editorials

Calls for change in law enforcement range from those demanding that police departments be virtually disbanded to others insisting on better training for officers and more accountability for the few rogues among them. Common to most reform proposals is that law enforcement personnel be more ...

Respect exceptions to mandate on masks

Letters to the Editor

It astounds me how rude and ignorant the public is to those of us they assume are rude, selfish and ignorant. What about you ask? Disability. You mock us, give snide remarks and attack. You assume people don’t want to wear the masks, or are selfishly wanting to “kill everyone” (yes ...

November will bring turning point in history

Letters to the Editor

Why is it that those seeking the opportunity to be free and make the most of themselves come from other countries to the United States when they get the chance? Why do the oppressed and downtrodden often risk their lives to come to our great country? Is it because we are a racist, homophobic ...

Local businesses should enforce masks

Letters to the Editor

I am an area resident trying to support local businesses during this pandemic, but I’m finding this to be very difficult. During the past week, I visited a local hardware store, and none of the employees were wearing masks. I went to a local boutique and heard the manager tell customers to ...

Elected officials should focus on managing virus

Letters to the Editor

In the July 20 Mirror, an article appeared titled “GOP mounts effort to curb Wolf.” Once again, three of our state lawmakers — Sen. Judy Ward, Rep. Lou Schmitt and Rep. Jim Gregory — attempt to draw attention away from the crisis, the pandemic and their unwillingness to address them. ...

Trump has shown us what he’s all about

Letters to the Editor

Perhaps history can forgive those who voted for President Donald Trump in 2016. Trump made many grandiose promises of actions that would shake up the status quo and benefit the common man: steps that certainly have a populist appeal. And previously not having been in the political ...