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Letters to the Editor

Woods near cemetery should be preserved

I am 19 years old and have been a resident of Altoona all of my life. I live near Calvary Cemetery and run for exercise through there nearly every day. I have walked and run there countless times throughout my life, as have each member of my family, and I know many other people do as well, ...

Respect exceptions to mandate on masks

It astounds me how rude and ignorant the public is to those of us they assume are rude, selfish and ignorant. What about you ask? Disability. You mock us, give snide remarks and attack. You assume people don’t want to wear the masks, or are selfishly wanting to “kill everyone” (yes ...

November will bring turning point in history

Why is it that those seeking the opportunity to be free and make the most of themselves come from other countries to the United States when they get the chance? Why do the oppressed and downtrodden often risk their lives to come to our great country? Is it because we are a racist, homophobic ...

Local businesses should enforce masks

I am an area resident trying to support local businesses during this pandemic, but I’m finding this to be very difficult. During the past week, I visited a local hardware store, and none of the employees were wearing masks. I went to a local boutique and heard the manager tell customers to ...

Elected officials should focus on managing virus

In the July 20 Mirror, an article appeared titled “GOP mounts effort to curb Wolf.” Once again, three of our state lawmakers — Sen. Judy Ward, Rep. Lou Schmitt and Rep. Jim Gregory — attempt to draw attention away from the crisis, the pandemic and their unwillingness to address them. ...

Trump has shown us what he’s all about

Perhaps history can forgive those who voted for President Donald Trump in 2016. Trump made many grandiose promises of actions that would shake up the status quo and benefit the common man: steps that certainly have a populist appeal. And previously not having been in the political ...

Lewis set an example for all of us to admire

I would just like to add my voice to the many, many others in honor and praise of John Robert Lewis. I am not a brave person, so I stand in awe of those who literally put their lives on the line for what they believe in. I believe John Lewis was of the same caliber of such men as Nelson ...

Americans must unite for the greater good

This is to all Americans who believe in God and country — the hard-working patriotic men and women across the USA who believe in the constitution as it was written. When we look at the American flag, we just don’t see stars and stripes. We see the faces of millions of men and women, past ...

Good or bad, we need to learn from history

I know there’s a lot of controversy over the Confederate statues and flags, but we have to look at their history and their purpose. The vast majority of the statues were built between the 1890s and 1950s. That was the height of the Jim Crow Era. Jim Crow laws were a collection of state ...

Masking up in public shouldn’t be optional

Gail Nedimyer had an opinion in the July 17 edition of the Mirror regarding the wearing of face masks, and I agree with her l00%. As to those shoppers who say they have a medical condition that keeps them from wearing a mask, who knows if they are telling the truth? Maybe they’re telling a ...

Come November, ‘let’s end the chaos’

So when November comes around, remember that the buck must stop somewhere. Someone needs to take responsibility for the state of the country. As Nero plays golf, the country burns with a pandemic. What you see is under Nero’s watch. The chaos we see in the streets is occurring under his ...

America must work to omit slave labor

A political ad blames Joe Biden for jobs leaving America and factories closing. President Richard Nixon opened trade between the U.S. and China. China exported and imported little before this deal. Nixon said, “This will create millions of jobs,” it did — in China. Rich companies and ...

There’s nothing wrong with voting by mail

I strongly urge all residents/voters to ask your state and national representatives to support and vote to approve vote-by-mail for the November’s election. There is no validity to President Donald Trump’s and others’ claims that vote-by-mail would result in election fraud — not to ...

No special exemption for Catholic churches

A recent Associated Press article in the Mirror headlined an undocumented claim that there was a linking of coronavirus paycheck protection assistance to payouts for clergy sex abuse by Catholic dioceses. That our own local diocese did receive assistance from the Paycheck Protection Program ...

Dems responsible for this pandemic

Merriam Webster defines “pandemic” as a disease that affects a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally large proportion of population. The Spanish Flu of 1918 inflicted over 500,000 deaths in the U.S. and 20 to 40 million deaths worldwide. Now, the Centers for Disease Control ...

Maintenance crew goes the extra mile

Recently, I had maintenance performed on my car at the Ebensburg Walmart. The oil change was routine, but the service was far from routine. I was blown away by the extraordinary care given to protect both the employees and the customers from COVID-19. Every possible precaution was taken to ...

Neighborhood dogs adjusting to virus, too

This is in response to the recent letter, “Owners of Frankstown Twp. dogs turning deaf ears.” I have lived in the Brush Mountain/Church Lane area for over 13 years. During this time period, I have worked from home, thus I have a fairly good sense of the daily activities that occur in this ...

Resolve issue of surprise medical billing disputes

Every family has had someone face a medical emergency. At these critical times, we want to get ourselves, or our family member, to the closest and best doctor or hospital to be treated. In emergencies, you are only focused on getting the medical care you need as quickly as possible. The last ...

Unmasked shoppers endangering others

I have become more and more frustrated as I do any shopping these days. Lately, it doesn’t seem to matter what venue I go to. My goal, when I go to the store, is to go early (fewer people), go the correct direction in the aisle (marked on the floor) and avoid those that are not masked ...

Fireworks Law needs to be ‘fixed’

It is absurd that our PA Fireworks Law (Act 43 of 2017) is deficient in NOT setting fireworks launch distance restrictions from other property owner boundaries, or from streets and roads. This law is thus omitting consideration for the value of property owner landscaping (trees, shrubs, etc.), ...