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Letters to the Editor

‘When you live in a bubble, it bursts’

For those who consider the coronavirus to be the flu, and those who believe the media and or the Democrats are behind it all, can you please explain to me how the Democrats or the media were able to convince the Chinese to quarantine 40 million people and the Italian, French, German and Spanish ...

In praise of UPMC diabetes program

I have just completed a six-session diabetes management course presented at UPMC Altoona. It was delivered by three outstanding health professionals. The presenters were engaging, compassionate and informed. Pat, Monica and Tom are experts and committed to the art and science of diabetes ...

Bellwood shouldn’t rush to judgment

I believe that Bellwood-Antis residents should wait for all the findings by the proper agencies before any more hearsay regarding the current issue is offered. Various school boards and administrations have brought our school district into prominence, and we must wait until all factual ...

Fossil fuel subsidy not wise investment

Last month, the General Assembly passed a bill, HB1100, that approves massive subsidies to the fossil fuel, plastics, fertilizer and petrochemical industries. Neither the House nor the Senate held a single hearing to weigh the public’s concerns about this unbelievably expensive, ...

Missed school days should be made up

As of March 2, not a single child under the age of 10 died or became seriously ill from corona­­virus anywhere in the world. Of people between the ages of 10 and 19, for every 500 who have contracted the disease, 499 who have contracted the disease have survived for every one that has not. ...

Writer criticizing Trump can use history lesson

In response to the Michael Stubler letter to the editor (“Trump isn’t fit to lead the country,” March 5), first of all, public education is not a choice because of expense. All kids should have a choice where they want to be educated, private or public. For those students who choose ...

Coronavirus threat being fueled by media

OK media, enough fear mongering about this virus. Tell us the facts and put this whole situation in perspective. First, the perspective: Last year in the United States 42.9 million people got the flu, 647,000 people were hospitalized and 61,200 people died. These are numbers from the ...

‘Truth of God’s Word’ deserves more space

As a daily reader of the Mirror, I truly appreciate the meditation Bible verse. So many times, it is exactly what I need for my situation. My question concerns the amount of space you give the horoscope in comparison. A “Scientific Inquiry into the Validity of Astrology” in the Journal ...

Adding some facts on commissioners’ drama

I wish to address the inaccuracies of William Straesser’s recent letter about the ongoing drama surrounding the county board of commissioners. Voters of Blair County (not just Republicans) chose Amy Webster as one of their commissioners because they are furious with the reassessment debacle ...

‘Old establishment stranglehold over’

In a 500-word diatribe directed in part against critics of Blair County Commissioner Bruce Erb, former Bill Shuster campaign staffer William Straesser alleges that Amy Webster’s campaign was financed by an unnamed “outside organization.” That isn’t true, although we have little doubt ...

Sanctuary ordinances would bring legal issues

I am a supporter of the Second Amendment along with the other 26 amendments given to us in this great country. I am also for reasoning and understanding the implications of attempting local ordinances to support our rights — a middle-ground conservative who looks at all options and ...

Trump statements are threat to elderly

I was reading an article in “market.businessinsider.com,” and I could not believe what I was reading. There was an article about a Donald Trump’s gathering at Fox News Town Hall Forum. It stated, “Trump said he’ll cut entitlements like Social Security and Medicare if reelected in ...

Hollidaysburg roads in poor condition

The state of condition of the streets and roads of Hollidaysburg Borough is both unacceptable and embarrassing. Justin Beigle Hollidaysburg

Plug should be pulled on Lakemont drainage

The pond at Lakemont is nothing more than a large retainage area for runoff and drainage for the mall, the ballfield and all of eastern Pleasant Valley from First Street down. It never was anything but a drainage ditch to collect runoff from sewers and discharge drainage the whole way down ...

Gun-rights advocates need to be heard

I have attended several meetings in the last few weeks dealing with our Second Amendment rights. Some would say that in Blair County, the people who live here would support the right to bear arms. Well, I am here to tell you that the number of people showing up for these meetings would make ...

More police presence needed in Altoona

With the death of 15-year-old Devon Pfirsching, I have to wonder why we don’t see more police patrols on our Altoona streets. I respect all police very much, but it’s my opinion that, as a city, we could do more to ensure safety, public security and well-being. Traffic lights can’t ...

Dems must regain control of US Senate

Stopping by the post office, I came upon yellow caution tape blocking off the crumbling front steps of the federal building. That small example of neglect started me thinking this example was just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Trump administration and the Republican Senate’s ...

Drill down further on unfair criticism of Erb

This letter is in response to a recent letter from Mike Brown regarding the Blair County commissioners being led by Bruce Erb. Brown seems to play fast and loose with his facts for several reasons. The election of the two newest members of the body of commissioners was an exercise of picking ...

In honor of your grandmother, vote

To all of you saying, “If my candidate does not get the nomination, I’m just not going to vote,” let me tell you about an amazing lady that lived to be 102 years old and never missed voting in every election — my grandmother, Alma Leamer. She was born in 1909, when women did not have ...

Protecting our amendments vital

As a Blair County resident, I am ecstatic that we are finally ratifying one of the critical amendments in the Bill of Rights, but we should certainly not stop there. For the sake of consistency, I would ask that the following resolutions be presented at the next commissioners meeting: 1. ...