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Letters to the Editor

Legislative support for unborn important

A review of Martin Baronner’s letter to the editor printed on Jan. 20, 2021 on the infamous Roe v. Wade decision reveals a glaring error in Baronner’s understanding of the abortion laws. According to Baronner, abortion was settled by the Supreme Court in 1973 and all presidents since then ...

Biden’s rushed orders will not help America

What an exciting time to be an American. The new administration has been in control for only a few days, and I observe we are headed in a new direction. 1.Stopped building the wall and allowing open borders. This includes some of the worst criminals from all over the world entering. ...

Nation will end up with buyers’ remorse

I wanted to commend Alan Krier on his Jan. 27 letter entitled “Con men don’t deliver; President Trump did.” It amazes me how many people do not realize the accomplishments of President Donald Trump and were only focused on his personality and how much they disliked him. It is sad ...

Climate assessment can’t happen overnight

First of all, I am not a climate change denier. To the contrary, I absolutely know it exists, having taught earth science for over 40 years. But since our new president has been preaching, even before being elected, that he will “follow the science” to help him make decisions for the ...

Writer had it right: Trump got no credit

This is in response to the letter to the editor on Jan. 27 by Alan R. Krier. Congratulations and amen. Krier was able to put into words what millions of Trump supporters already know. Trump has received absolutely zero support from day one. As he was giving his State of the Union speech ...

Americans deserve their choice of schools

Last week was National School Choice Week. The majority of Americans believe it is immoral to force children into schools as a function of their street address. Sure, some families can afford to send their kids to private schools. These families have real options if they are willing to ...

‘Greatest president?’ That would be Trump

It never ceases to amaze me that two people can observe the same set of behavior and speech and come to two diametrically opposed conclusions. While the left and several recent letter writers seem to regard President Donald Trump as the spawn of Satan, I believe he is the greatest president ...

Writers are getting too loose with facts

This is in response to two letters in the Jan. 20 edition of the Mirror. Martin Baronner’s opinions regarding abortion and the Second Amendment were based mostly on facts, but Helen Brennan’s? When did Democrats say it was peaceful protesting when buildings were being burnt to the ...

Despite obstacles, marching on virtually

For the first time in 47 years, thousands of pro-life activists from around the county are forgoing the journey to the National Mall for the annual March for Life. A combination of the coronavirus pandemic and security concerns in Washington, D.C., has led to the decision to keep ...

Con men don’t deliver; President Trump did

I read with dismay the Jan. 19 letter by Richard Parker. In his letter, Parker refers to President Donald Trump as a “narcissistic con man.” Narcissistic he may be, but he got things done. He was an effective narcissist. He eliminated excessive regulation, which was stifling the ...

Capitol invaders should be jailed

It sickens me every time I still turn TV on and watch President Donald Trump’s supporters breaking into the Capitol. Every one of them who entered the building should get jail time. Like Trump said after the Black Lives Matter march, whoever broke into the stores should get 10 years in ...

Joyce helped sustain election falsehood

Regardless of one’s party affiliation or philosophical leaning, one thing we must all agree on is that seditious and treasonous acts cannot be allowed to inhabit any branch of government at any level. For the better part of two months, more than a dozen members of the U.S. Senate and 140 ...

Reject gerrymandering Pennsylvania courts

We Pennsylvanian’s are rightfully proud of our state’s role in birthing democracy. After all, the Declaration of Independence was written and adopted here. But have we become complacent? Have we assumed our democratic governance could be put on autopilot, placing too much trust in ...

Farm Show proves broadband need

As with many events, the Pennsylvania Farm Show was forced to go virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a bright spot. Online programs such as the PDA Listening Session, the Agriculture Law Forum, the Grange Broadband Panel and a host of farmer educationwebinars on best ...

There’s consequences to political decisions

My only requirements of those that represent me be it at the federal, state or local levels of government are evidence-based facts and truth. The Republican party, however, has a more than willing component that has supported, accepted or enabled the unfounded conspiracy theories, ...

Armed forces missing at Capitol uprising

Like many fellow Americans, I watched in horror as our nation’s capital was taken over by a mob of terrorists. I was scared that other nations would see how easy it was to do this and may try to do the same thing in the future. What I could not understand, was where were the armed forces? ...

Joyce should focus on important issues

In his opinion article published in the Altoona Mirror on Dec. 29, U.S. Rep. John Joyce argued for protecting U.S. Democracy. But is that what Joyce is really doing? Joyce and other Republican congressmen have been involved in lawsuits to overturn Pennsylvania’s presidential election. ...

Gov’t has succeeded in terrifying country

A wreath should be placed at the Statue of Liberty. In the United States of America, liberty has died. Are we really the “land of the free?” Oh, we do have some liberty, but for the most part, liberty is dead. How can we say we have freedom when the government tells us how much money ...

Capitol invaders need harsh sentences

It sickens me every time I turn TV on and watch the supporters of President Donald Trump breaking into the Capitol. Everyone that entered the building should get jail time. Like Trump said after the Black Lives Matter march, whoever broke into the stores should get 10 years in jail. ...

Jewish Federation condemns Jan. 6 acts

We know that we are not alone with feelings of horror, disgust, and sadness after witnessing the assault on democracy and human dignity on Jan. 6, 2021 at the Capitol building and in Washington, D.C. And we feel it is of the utmost importance that we acknowledge and condemn this outrageous ...