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Letters to the Editor

Four years of Trump more than enough

The election is finally over and the winner is Joe Biden. There were some letter writers trying to undermine voters against Biden. One writer from Williamsburg wrote a scathing opinion against the Democrats and Biden that was full of misinformation and lies. I counted at least 20 lies. ...

Democrats share blame in happenings

I read many critical comments from Democrats about President Donald Trump in the Jan. 15 Mirror. Where were they when the Democrats were telling people to beat up and spit on Republicans, along with President Trump’s staff, this past summer? Where were you when Democrats said it was ...

Government urged to revamp expenses

The government does not design, produce or manufacture anything to make money. They spend money that they take from the citizens. The county commissioners want to tax us again for the lack of money coming from Harrisburg. The county must run like a business. If the money is not coming in, one ...

Truth needed for common good

What have our children learned from the presidential election of 2020? One of the first lessons we teach our children is not to lie, or there will be consequences. We witnessed the effects of those lies on Jan. 6, 2021, when our citizens, encouraged and motivated by these lies, attacked our ...

AAHS history class project lauded

Kudos to the 2019-20 American History students of the Altoona Area High School under the leadership of Project Directors James Lowe and Carolyn Kline who researched and published “The Last Full Measure.” This is a scholarly compendium of biographies of Altoona’s fallen from WWII. The ...

Country desperately needs unity

My friends, are we being fooled by our politicians, institutions and the media? Are we being pitted against one another? For united we stand, divided we fall. And if our backs should ever be against the wall, we’ll be together, you and I. Americans are some of the greatest people on ...

Delusional thinking with bad judgment

This letter is being written following live televised coverage and newspaper reports of the domestic terroristic riot that occurred Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Of grave concern is the judgment of the Cambria County Republican chairperson who, according to a voice message on the ...

United States losing its respect

Yesterday, I received an email from a friend in Scotland I’ve known, traveled and corresponded with and visited for 51 years. After graduating from Edinburgh University, she spent 25 years in Malawi, Central Africa, as a Church of Scotland sponsored missionary, teacher and head mistress of a ...

Doctor leaves mark on our community

I was saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Bill Kirsch. He was a pathology physician, with whom I worked closely over many years. He was an excellent physician who was always available and helpful and genuinely cared about his patients. Kirsch served this area for decades and ...

Joyce speaking for nation’s minority

Pennsylvania Congressman John Joyce, R-13th District, is promoting some extreme political positions. He claims that we must have faith in our government, but in both local columns and in positions proposed by his office he proceeds to undermine that faith. He emphatically opposes PA Act ...

Joyce should respect results

Really, Rep. Joyce? I and many other of Joyce’s constituents voted against Donald Trump. We do not appreciate his trying to invalidate our votes. In 2016, I was aghast that people voted a man of the caliber and character of Trump to be president. But majority rules, so I lived with it ...

‘World knows republic has fallen’

What made our republic function for over 200 years? Was it the liberty, justice and equality for all that the republic promised? Well, that promise has not been reached at present. The government found a way to balance power in a manner that ensured a peaceful change of that power within ...

Military sacrifices cannot be in vain

It has been well been established that socialism and communism are enemy idealogies to our American system and Constitution. We have fought wars (Korean War, Vietnam War and to a degree a somewhat bloodless Cold War and still at it) to preserve freedom and liberty. I had lost a cousin in ...

Wolf dragging feet on vaccine for Pa.

Where’s the vaccine? This pandemic has challenged the lives of everyone. President Donald Trump has delivered a vaccine with Operation Warp Speed. Regulations and red tape have been stripped away to make this possible. The large pharmaceutical companies have developed a vaccine in ...

Winter months bring fractured hips

Winter months are coming, along with this comes fractured hips from simple falls. As a nurse practitioner, bone health/osteoporosis liaison at University Orthopedics Center, I encounter osteoporosis fractures daily. Sadly, many of the breaks I see are preventable. It may not be a ...

Joyce shows same attitude as Trump

I disagree with Rep. John Joyce’s opinion piece on Dec. 29. Representative government does require faith in the electoral system. When one party plants seeds of doubt, it is a clear threat to that trust. President Donald Trump cast doubt on this election long before it took place, based ...

News for Joyce: America has spoken

I read, with interest, Rep. John Joyce’s article on protecting American democracy. Like Joyce, I, too, have serious concerns about American elections. If I may, I would like to ask a few questions of Rep. Joyce. First, might I point out that Act 77 was passed, enthusiastically, by ...

Joyce, Thompson show their loyalty

I must admit I am so pleasantly surprised by the Mirror’s Jan. 1 editorial. For you to take a stand against representatives whose only loyalty is to the party and not America or the people who put them there, is a strong stand that I commend you for. Let’s hope your stand is ...

Decker making mark as Altoona manager

City Manager Ken Decker is turning the city of Altoona around, considering resistance from other elected officials. The upcoming year the voters have again the opportunity to replace or keep current council members. The list is going to be very long in 2021, with no less than eight to 10 ...

During troubled times, here’s act of kindness

I recently chose to go through the McDonald’s drive-thru for lunch. My bill was $5.38. As I pulled up to pay, the clerk said the man in front of me paid my bill. I did not know these people and as I proceeded through the line, his car was gone. My heart hurt for moment as I could not ...