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Opinion

As summer dawns, let’s stay positive

COVID-19

This is the weekend every year that most Americans regard as the Gateway to Summer, even though summer won’t begin officially until June 20. This “beginning of summer” weekend is much too often met by damp, colder-than-normal weather conditions that throw the proverbial monkey wrench ...

Watch Fox News, judge for yourself

Letters to the Editor

I grew up in the area watching WFBG/WTAJ/CBS (Channel 10). Back then, if Walter Cronkite said it, you could take that to the bank. CBS is still the network that I watch for most of my regular viewing. During the 2016 election, I started noticing some peculiarities by the CBS news ...

Refocusing on schools paramount

COVID-19

How the 2020-21 school year will greet Pennsylvania’s 500 public school districts is destined to remain a matter of deep concern in the weeks ahead, considering the many uncertainties of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as new evidence suggesting that children aren’t immune to ...

State needs to help strapped residents

Letters to the Editor

In light of the health and economic burden the pandemic places on Blair County, it is the right time to consider a call for the reinstatement of state-level general assistance. We would all like to see the economy get back on its feet. However, even if our county was able to open up ...

Trump ought to stop casting blame on Obama

Letters to the Editor

Every day U.S. citizens are being lied to by our unworthy president and those inept people, Fauci and Birx excluded, with whom he surrounds himself. One could fill a book with the numerous untruths and excuses they spew to the public. What is pathetic and unbelievable is that about a ...

Rural broadband investment is a must

Other Commentaries

The size of the investment necessary to bridge the urban/rural divide in Pennsylvania is in the billions of dollars, telecommunications experts and government officials tell us. The trouble is that some of those potential investment dollars are currently locked up into costs that landline ...

It’s time to treat us like adults

Editorials

Now that the “donkey” in the governor’s office has vetoed a pair of measures to open up — with limitations — more segments of the state’s economy, state senators and representatives of both parties should immediately vote overwhelmingly to override the vetoes. Gov. Tom Wolf has, ...

Let’s forge ahead, make our predecessors proud

Letters to the Editor

Prior to March 13 I did not use these words on a daily basis — contactless, unprecedented, COVID-19, essential business and virtual meeting. As a lifelong resident of Blair County, a person the CDC deems high risk for COVID-19 and as an employee who works at a health care provider and has ...

Responsible dog owners keep their pets on leash

Letters to the Editor

I read the Mirror story on Dr. Jessica Shepherd (April 27) and I appreciate all of her hard work with finding homes for abused dogs. The best part of the picture was the responsible owners of the dogs, having them on a leash. Numerous times coming by Fairview Ballpark, dog owners let their ...

This isn’t the time to stop mitigation

Letters to the Editor

A few things struck me as I opened the May 11 issue of the Mirror. First was the headline “Region records more virus deaths.” The second was a photo of two maintenance workers at Canoe Creek State Park with their masks down around their neck, while they worked closely together. The ...

Wolf just doesn’t see (green) light

Editorials

On a day that Gov. Tom Wolf called counties, including Huntingdon, “cowardly” for planning to defy his lockdown orders, his administration demonstrated exactly why Pennsylvanians have doubts about his administration’s leadership. In her regular briefing on Monday, Health Secretary Dr. ...

We must work together to fight climate crisis

Letters to the Editor

Addressing the COVID-19 crisis is priority No. 1 right now as we work to protect the health and well-being of family, friends and communities. When considering the resiliency needed to fight the virus, we are compelled to face the reality that many of our communities in Pennsylvania are ...

Socialism on display in the Trump era

Letters to the Editor

The last couple of months, writers have been demonizing the word socialism like it was very dangerous and would end our country as we know it today. What they don’t realize is that this country is a democratic/ socialistic country. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, plus President ...

Pelosi has proven she’s out of touch

Letters to the Editor

Kudos to Maggie Dodson’s letter of April 21 on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s luxurious trips abroad, including her entire family on U.S. Air Force planes fully stocked with the most expensive liquors and food, funded entirely by American taxpayers. Upon arrival in such cities as Paris, ...

Local legislators need to push testing

Letters to the Editor

Our three masters of complaint, petition and posturing have not yet attempted to make Blair safe for reopening. State Sen. Judy Ward, R-Blair, Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Hollidays­burg, and Rep. Lou Schmitt, R-Blair, have not mentioned the need for expanded testing and contact tracing. ...

Media doing heroic work in keeping us informed

Letters to the Editor

I can see showing thanks to first responders — doctors and nurses, etc. — and calling them heroes. But I have yet to hear anyone thanking or calling our local news team (WTAJ) and our local newspaper (Altoona Mirror) heroes. The anchors, reporters, press room, mailroom workers and ...

Masking challenge important

Editorials

Area residents must continue to take steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 especially as more counties move to yellow status Friday morning. Blair, Bedford and Cambria will join Centre and Clearfield in seeing the opportunity for more businesses to open later this week. While it is a welcome ...

Americans need to get their priorities straight

Letters to the Editor

We still have Americans refusing to wear a face covering because they won’t concede we are right smack dab in the midst of the worst global crisis in a century. Now these same people are chastising President Donald Trump for focusing on the issue of immigration. People are exiting where the ...

Lesson from connoisseur of economics

Opinion

John Maynard Keynes, celebrated economist of the 1930s, was a fierce debater. In one, he abruptly changed his position on a certain important issue. Understandably, his opponent immediately questioned his “flip flop” on the issue. Keynes caustically responded: “When the facts ...

Year has been bad for coal

Editorials

Coal industry observers were experiencing “bad vibes” as this year began. However, at the beginning of January, even the most pessimistic observers didn’t envision how bad 2020 might be for this once-vibrant economic mainstay. The most important question now is whether even the most ...