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Letters to the Editor

Recreational pot is dangerous, too

I agree with the commentary last Friday criticizing the use of recreational marijuana. The writer’s concerns are employer related. Mine are everyday concerns. Politicians are usually disconnected from the real world when they pass legislation. On the same Feb. 7 Opinion page, the ...

Remember, gov’t belongs to the people

The United States is a republic. In fact, the United States is not a Democratic republic, but a representative republic. The United States is not a democracy. We hear this all the time, that we are a democracy. But a democracy means one person, one vote. That is virtually impossible in ...

Result of trial shows Trump’s power

Over the past few weeks we have watched Senate Republicans defy our founding fathers to defend the indefensible. We have seen those who refuse to protect us from gun violence based on their interpretation of an amendment to the constitution ignore that very document to protect the president. ...

County better off with Erb in charge

I am a Democrat who voted for Bruce Erb, who deserves to be the chairman of the Blair County commissioners. Erb has vast knowledge on county affairs, proven leadership experience and is fiscally conservative yet demonstrates a balanced approach to meeting the challenging needs of our county. ...

Webster deserves to be county chair

Like most voters in Blair County, we voted for Amy Webster to become a county commissioner. Seeing that she got far and away the most votes, we expected that she would be named the chairman of the commissioners. We were shocked to hear that holdover Bruce Erb, and newly elected Democrat ...

GOP needs to take its lead from Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is Feb. 12 but it will be celebrated on Feb. 17 as part of Presidents Day. Lincoln, whose nickname is “Honest Abe,” can claim the title of “Father of the Republican Party.” Lincoln was celebrated for his political skills and personal qualities of ...

Colonial property tax no different than ours

Going on this year, my wife and I will have paid a property tax on the same home for 46 years. After securing our mortgage from the bank, we obtained clear deed and title. However, if we failed to pay the property taxes, the county could sell it out from under us, regardless of clear deed and ...

Understand, accept growing climate change

The debate over climate change and global warming is growing more heated every day. Is there global warming? Is there a climate crisis? Is there a climate apocalypse? Is there a climate emergency? Is there a climate catastrophe? Is climate change a hoax? If there is global warming, is it ...

Greek engagement or estrangement?

By Kelly Lewis Surrounding the nearly $2 trillion university industrial complex is the $250 billion alcohol industry with alcohol marketing budgets in the billions openly celebrating the consumption of alcohol across college football, March Madness, spring breaks and in movies and ...

Most Republicans are afraid of Trump

After listening almost all day to the Republicans defending President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial, it would seem that these people think Joe and Hunter Biden are the ones on trial. They went on and on about their corrupt dealings in Ukraine — and I mean on and on. What they are ...

These dump Trump efforts are shameful

Since the beginning of this impeachment trial, I have both watched a lot and learned a lot. I now know just how dumb the House managers really are, especially Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler and even Nancy Pelosi. Even though she is not one of the managers, she fits right in with stupidity. A ...

Game Commission gutted deer season

I have been a licensed Pennsylvania hunter for 38 years. I feel that makes me a stockholder in the Pennsylvania Game Commission organization, and it definitely makes me a customer. I have been a small business owner for 17 years and a member of a Pennsylvania hunting camp for 30 years. ...

Now, unfortunately, we stand divided

The free press plays a vital role in our country: Fact-checking political statements, presenting both sides of issues, in-depth coverage and making this information readily available to everyone. It could be compared to a fourth branch of government, equally important to the other three ...

Political volunteerism starts on local level

In this critical election year, the most important work is done at the local level by your political party. This grassroots organization will determine how well the ground game is organized, preparation and recruitment of volunteers and other functions. You will be barraged with political ...

Here’s another vote for Amy Webster

I agree with Mike Brown’s letter to the Mirror. Amy Webster did get the most votes. She should be the chairman of the Blair County commissioners, not Bruce Erb. Mary Melville Hollidaysburg

Pelosi to blame for impeachment scam

Adam Schiff is a total disgrace to the Congress that his constituents elected him to. The streets of his district overflow with garbage, drugs, human waste and disease while he pursues myths and fabricated lies. He’s just another sold-out swamp prostitute. Schiff and cohorts Jerry ...

Don’t blame Trump on Social Security

The Jan. 14 letter written by William Harber about Social Security, not an entitlement, was very interesting at best. Snopes.com and many other sites have concluded the statement President Donald Trump saying he would gut Social Security, cut benefits, calling them entitlements, was false. ...

Bellwood board ‘could not have known’ about Lynn

I am coming to the support of the Bellwood-Antis School Board. There was no way anyone could have known all this about Jason Lynn. I could have easily voted for him had I been on the current school board. A few years back, Lynn called me for support for an open election that he was in. I ...

Altoona should tap Schirf’s expertise

I believe that for Altoona city councilman Joe Carper and Jesse Ickes to make a really large improvement to Altoona, they will need to seek advice from former Mayor William Schirf, who was solely responsible for Altoona’s return to financial stability. The issues that face Altoona residents ...

Appalling behavior shouldn’t be tolerated

One of the most powerful movie scenes that has remained with me long after I have watched the movie is the closing argument in the movie “A Time to Kill.” Matthew McConaughey’s character describes a brutal attack on a young black girl that is particularly graphic and violent. At the end ...