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Letters to the Editor

Mail-in voting is step backward

In response to the June 6 editorial “Vote-by-mail gets off to good start,” I strongly disagree that there is any hope against chaos for the November election. Let me first say, that I have complete faith in the Blair County director of elections, her dedicated staff and the board of ...

COVID-19, connectivity should go hand-in-hand

COVID-19 has tested our health care systems, academic calendar, election process and personal resolve. Moreover, it has highlighted the role that technology plays in our daily lives. For some of us, technology, via our smartphones and devices, has allowed us to remain connected to ...

Police officers have earned public support

I can no longer remain silent on this subject. My late father, Frank, spent more than half of his adult life in the selfless, loyal service of law enforcement. First, he was an MP in the Army (with several months of military police training) with a deployment to Korea, followed by police ...

Damage to WWII memorial rubs salt in open wound

I recently saw the pictures of the damage done to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., by the protesters. Years ago, my father and other members of the Southern Alleghenies Chapter of American Ex-Prisoners of War worked tirelessly one weekend at a local retailer to promote the ...

In George Floyd’s death, plenty of guilt to go around

The person providing a lethal weapon used in a crime shares guilt with the trigger-puller. When this individual knows the trigger-man is a hot-head, his guilt is increased. The lethal weapon in the killing of George Floyd was a police officer with a record of at least 16 misconduct ...

Whom do our elected officials work for?

I would like to express gratitude for President Donald Trump’s executive order designating ANTIFA as a terrorist organization. In the past three decades, I have often worried about my children’s freedom, safety and capability to achieve financial well being — now even more than ever. ...

Keirn’s letter hits nail right on head

Command Sergeant Major Joe Keirn’s letter, “Church’s locked doors lets down parishioners” could not be more on point and distinctly relevant. Gov. Tom Wolf has abused his authority. No one — absolutely no one — possesses the right to shut down our churches and synagogues and take ...

Trump positioning himself for kingdom

Most letters in the Mirror on socialism are negative, and none say what it really is. Some have gone into bizzaro world and blamed far-left socialists (Democrats) for things that happened decades ago. Two were in the Mirror in late March. One said the far left pulled us out of Vietnam, when ...

Hollidaysburg protests set an example

It was a nice showing May 31 of community support coming together to protect businesses, friends and neighbors. For the most part, protesters did their thing, with the exception of a couple crossing into private property. I’ve seen some rather negative comments with regards to those who ...

Upside of pandemic? It’s a laundry list

The extremely brazen maneuver by China in causing a world-wide pandemic affecting over 130 countries is simply just “plain evil.” It’s now time for the United Nations to stand up for its mission statement and rein in this rouge regime. Meanwhile, back in the mountains of central ...

Legislators helping area through crisis

We not only flattened the curve but remained ahead of it. We prevented the hospitals and health-care systems from becoming overwhelmed. We united as Americans and citizens of Blair County to combat COVID-19, and though later than deserved, we reached the green phase. Thanks to the hard ...

Govt’s scare tactics take away our freedom

I’m over 70 years old, and the government wants me to stay home, go nowhere and die. My wife has an auto-immune disease, and she also thinks like me. Millions of people are unemployed now because of all the jobs that were filled before the shutdown and employment was at its highest in ...

Credit businesses for practicing safety

I would like to commend the businesses that did their best to keep their customers and employees safe and healthy during the recent pandemic. The few times I ventured out, I found Leighty’s Farm Market offering gloves and requesting that we wear masks. Holland Brothers Meats required ...

Church’s locked doors lets down parishioners

I am directing this letter to all the priests and religious of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese: My wife and I have been members of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament for 50 years. Of those 50 years, we attended 6:45 a.m. weekday Mass and 11:45 a.m. Mass on Sundays. What puzzles me is I ...

Be careful so history doesn’t repeat itself

There are reasons you were required to take history in school. One is so that, in the case of negative things in history, you might make wise decisions and not help history repeat itself. There was a time when as a nation we did not pay much attention to what was going on in other countries. ...

All lives matter so let’s act like it

While most Americans are at home trying to stay safe and praying that their family, friends and neighbors across our country don’t become ill with the coronavirus, other Americans are working overtime to make sure we have enough food and supplies to meet the needs of our families. We have ...

Kindness can help take us through virus

As we go through this challenging time of COVID-19, it is imperative that we keep our connection as people. It is easy to notice in stores and other public places that the requirements of social distancing, masks, plastic shields at registers, etc. have really tested this important part of ...

Wearing masks will remain important

If one simple act could reduce the number of corona­virus deaths in the U.S., would you be willing to take action? That is what a new study by a team of international researchers suggests. All you need to do is wear a mask — and even a cloth mask will do. But there is one catch, to be ...

UPMC feeling community support

On behalf of everyone at UPMC Altoona, we thank every single member of the community for their kindness to our employees. The amount of support shown to our facility means the world to us. Whether it’s chocolates, dinners, cards, kind signs outside our windows – it was all so ...

Ebensburg parade spoiled by flag

Ebensburg Borough leaders and organizers of the annual Memorial Day parade owe its residents an apology. As we saluted local veterans and waved at fire trucks rolling through town, the parade was spoiled by a man riding in his tractor, proudly displaying the Confederate flag. Perhaps even ...