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Letters to the Editor

Polling guidelines need an overhaul

I was delighted to vote in person because it felt good to see our sacred right as Americans put into action. However, I was horrified to see how poorly the flow of voters was managed, particularly with social distancing and a careless breach of my privacy. I had driven to my Blair County ...

Idea to help struggles of bars, restaurants

We’re often asked what the public can do to help Pennsylvania’s taverns and restaurants in light of the financial struggles being caused by COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Since the holiday shopping season has started early this year, here’s an idea: For those interested in helping ...

Individualism helps drive Americanism

Pope Saint John Paul II said that the biggest question before a democratic society is how we live together. In seeking an answer to this question you have to ask, “Can a society survive without a basic moral reasoning?” When you dissect this further, you have to realize that it is ...

Socialism shouldn’t be misinterpreted

In a letter on Oct. 23, Jody Wallace claims to have committed several acts of socialism in one day. She did not. Socialism requires total government control of goods or services. Wallace can read because of public education, with electricity provided by a co-op, in a house with an FDIC ...

Halloween is better in Saturday daylight

The idea of a daylight Saturday Halloween, I think, was a great one. Kids and parents seemed happy and calm. Also, I think it’s much safer for children and parents. Everyone I talked to Saturday seemed to agree with me. I vote we keep this as a permanent way of celebrating the ...

PA sags in ranking of COVID-19 tests

PA ranks 51st out of 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico in its COVID-19 testing efforts, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. Our state is second to Puerto Rico for the last-place ranking. This is a public health failure of our health care systems, federal, ...

Monitor your child’s use of social media

Many of you know about a popular new app called TikTok. Even if you don’t use TikTok, you might have seen a cranberry juice drinking skateboarder or cute dance videos on the news. The drinking cranberry juice while skateboarding was recreated by Mick Flatwood himself, causing other ...

School in session but boards meet remotely?

The hypocrisy that has gripped our nation’s capital now seems to have taken root in our local school boards as well. I find it ironic, and downright irresponsible, that local school district boards are bound and determined on reopening buildings and then cramming hundreds of students, ...

Wearing a mask shouldn’t be optional

To mask or not to mask? That shouldn’t even be a question. I was raised by the golden rule — do unto others as you want them to do to you. I wear a mask to protect others, and I expect them to do likewise. I’m so tired of hearing that the government doesn’t have the right to tell ...

There’s no substitute for public education

Public education has gotten a very bad reputation over the years primarily because of its constant politicization. Too many people have a political agenda regarding public education. We know that public education is a critical government service because an educated public is knowledgeable ...

Ginsburg’s legacy was overstated

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

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 ...

Speaking up for precious life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...