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Opinion

State budget surrounded with anxiety

Editorials

The fiscal time bomb challenging the best budget instincts of the Pennsylvania General Assembly keeps getting closer to exploding. The important question that should be in the minds of state taxpayers is whether lawmakers really have enough time between now and Nov. 30 to fashion a realistic ...

Drawing the line on racism

Editorials

Overwhelmingly, we Americans are not bigots. It grates on us to be accused of tolerating “systemic” racism. Then we read or hear about situations such as one last year at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Here, in case you missed it, is part of The Associated Press report on the ...

Ginsburg’s legacy was overstated

Letters to the Editor

The Mirror’s editorial entitled “Ginsburg inspired a nation” did not inspire this writer, a Penn State alumnus in history and political science. Ginsburg only inspired a generation of women in liberal thought. Yes, she was a friend to Justice Antonin Scalia because he was challenged by ...

Too often, socialism is being confused

Letters to the Editor

Politicians banter about an “s-word” lately — socialism. Not understanding its meaning, one night I looked it up: “Economic and political theories advocating collective or government ownership and administration of goods and services.” Huh. I went to sleep, determined to ...

Skepticism following the science

Editorials

We’ve been urged to “follow the science” so many times during the past six months that we suspect many people are growing sick of the advice. Besides, what if the scientists aren’t following the science? Some of them are not. Americans became justifiably suspicious of the World ...

Speaking up for precious life

Letters to the Editor

I agree with Tony Conrad in his letter to the editor on Oct. 12. Donald Trump, our sitting president, has defended the right to life of the unborn through his many actions Conrad listed. Recently, I received a mailing with four photos of the pro-abortion “dream team” on the envelope. Two ...

During pandemic, exercise important

Letters to the Editor

Because of the pandemic, many people have gained weight and have become depressed. While attending classes at Penn State Altoona, I have noticed fewer people working out, and I think that is a shame. With the stress of the pandemic, it is so important to work out. Doing so can positively ...

Heidelbaugh will succeed as state AG

Letters to the Editor

As an aspiring law student, I find it egregious that our current attorney general touts his lack of experience in the courtroom as a benefit. Heather Heidelbaugh spent decades in the courtroom, advocating for the people of our commonwealth that she represented as her clients. I firmly ...

Mail-in system has too many flaws

Letters to the Editor

I have a few comments on mail-in ballots. My wife and I have received several applications for the ballots addressed to us or occupant. Upon opening and reading, it requested normal fill-in information, then a section that asked for a driver license number and Social Security number. ...

We can’t afford another Trump win

Letters to the Editor

When President Donald Trump asked us “what do you have to lose?” by voting for him, we finally learned the answer: Everything. Under Trump, central Pennsylvania has lost good jobs and innocent lives. Even after he was briefed on just how catastrophic COVID-19 could become, he still ...

Heidelbaugh won’t victimize charities

Letters to the Editor

Perhaps one of the lowest moments in Pennsylvania’s legal history came when our current attorney general took the Little Sisters of the Poor to court. The Little Sisters of the Poor are a community of nuns who devote their lives to poverty, chastity, obedience, humility and helping the ...

Democrats stand for wrong things

Letters to the Editor

Former things… We were Democrats. My aunt was the first woman elected to Altoona City Council. My grandfathers were veterans, blue collar patriots. What happened? The party of underdogs has aligned itself with anarchists, not ashamed to defund the police. They don’t believe in ...

Decker, Altoona facing challenges

Letters to the Editor

Ken Decker has made a great deal of progress with Altoona’s 2021 budget. One of his biggest hurdles is coming up in 2021. The union contracts negotiations begin, given Altoona has maybe the best police and firefighters and public works in the state. These city departments need to be team ...

Heidelbaugh has strong track record

Letters to the Editor

With all the excitement surrounding this year’s presidential race, we cannot forget the important statewide races we get to vote in. Heather Heidelbaugh, running for attorney general, represents a wonderful candidate. Her decades of experience in the field of law would absolutely benefit ...

Rowley to advocate for public education

Letters to the Editor

With the proposed $6.1 billion in education cuts proposed by the Trump administration and supported by Rep. Joyce combined, with the economic impacts of COVID-19, it is vitally important to elect a candidate for Congress who is dedicated to securing adequate funding for public education. ...

McConnell & Co. committed to power

Letters to the Editor

With the death of Justice Ginsburg, it appears the goal of the billionaire class will be achieved. For 40 years, they have been grooming a justice system under their will. Their goal is to conduct businesses without government oversight. They are adding to their control over wages and ...

Heidelbaugh needed for attorney general

Letters to the Editor

The voters of the commonwealth would miss a huge opportunity on Nov. 3 by not voting for Heather Heidelbaugh. Heidelbaugh worked for decades in the courtroom. Her opponent lacks that. In addition to that, her opponent admitted that he will run for governor in 2022, disservicing the people ...

Both parties have had hand in fueling hate

Editorials

The stage was set for the 2020 General Election Campaign to be ugly, long before it officially got underway. The seeds for this year’s ugliness actually were planted half a decade ago during the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign, and there has been little, if any, respite from that ...

Make your vote count by doing it in person

Letters to the Editor

My wife and I both decided to get mail-in ballots for the June 2 primary election because we weren’t sure how the COVID-19 pandemic would affect voting. However, as voting day approached, we decided we would vote in person. We ended up filing provisional ballots because we had received the ...

Shapiro bad choice for attorney general

Letters to the Editor

Pennsylvania’s AG Josh Shapiro evokes Niemoller’s quote: “First they came for the Jews, but I did nothing because I am not a Jew.” Shapiro came for the Little Sisters of the Poor, who serve indigent dying people. In 2016, the Sisters defended themselves against Obamacare’s mandate ...