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Letters to the Editor

We’re in desperate need of term limits

This election season I have followed with interest and amusement the highly polarized, emotionally charged letters to the editor. I am a registered Independent voter with no affinity for either major political party. In fact, I say, “A pox on both their houses!” Apologists on each ...

Trump ‘not suited’ to lead country

Let’s make America great again. Dump Trump during the upcoming election. His presidency has been a disaster. It will take years to undo the damage. Pennsylvania is a battleground state. Its voters must help get rid of grossly incompetent President Donald Trump, so the state and nation ...

Recreational pot is a proven hazard

For decades, the medical profession has preached, “Smoking is hazardous to your health.” I’d like to know why they aren’t speaking out about the hazards of recreational marijuana, outside of the financial end of it. It’s already been proven auto accidents have gone up in states ...

Trump focused on low-middle incomes

Political fog obscures the economic accomplishments of the Trump administration. Consider the positive impact of the following on low-middle income families. Illegal immigration increases low-skill labor supply and decreases the market clearing wage — as illegals fill available jobs. ...

Politics don’t decide ticket to heaven

With no disrespect to the person who placed the one-page political ad citing scripture, my question is, “When, in America, did one’s political beliefs become a determinant of their spirituality or ability to enter the gates of heaven?” As Americans — the beautiful kaleidoscope of ...

Follow mail-in directions closely

I just want to remind people who vote by mail to make sure you read all directions. Use both envelopes that come with your ballot. First, put your ballot in the privacy envelope and then into the mailing envelope. If you don’t use both envelopes and don’t follow directions, your vote ...

Hypocrisy seems to follow Trump

I am perplexed by the fawning over Donald Trump by those who identify with the evangelical Christian community. Should Christians give their support to misogyny? Should they support someone who claims not to have had to ask God’s forgiveness for anything? Should a Christian support a ...

Here’s how present can affect the future

In 20 years your children will ask, “what were you thinking?” Left to pick up the pieces of an American Experiment on the brink of extinction, while Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham relax on their island homes. The West Coast is barren from climate fires; Florida and New ...

Democrats leading US down wrong road

I have to agree entirely with David Greenwood’s letter to the editor “Early voting seems unconstitutional.” Every voter should be required to produce an ID to vote for the most important office of the United States of America, voting in person. No illegal immigrant should be allowed this ...

True leaders aren’t always nicest people

In response to Mark Shields’ comments on remembering how a person makes you feel, and the reports of women not voting for Donald Trump because he is not a nice guy, I say, “Phoey.” I have worked for people ruder and more opinionated than Trump, but they made decisions and got things ...

Biden shouldn’t have support of Catholics

This election, both candidates are going after the Catholic vote. As Catholics, we know that faith alone is not enough. It is faith plus works. So, lets look at some of Joe Biden’s works. If elected, Biden would be the most liberal president ever elected. His position on abortion is ...

Heidelbaugh right for attorney general

Even though the presidential race is very important, we must remember the significance of the attorney general race. I urge all my fellow Pennsylvanians to pray for Heather Heidelbaugh as she seeks this office. Practicing law out of Pittsburgh, Heidelbaugh developed a reputation for her ...

Toomey must remain consistent on pick

In 2016, Senate Republicans blocked President Barack Obama from replacing Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court on the principle that the president should not fill Supreme Court vacancies during presidential election years. Senator Pat Toomey approved of that effort, saying, “With ...

Dems leading nation to socialism, chaos

The present Democratic Party is unrecognizable today because socialist and left-wing radicals have infiltrated their ranks. A vote for Joe Biden risks gun registration and confiscation, end of private health insurance, increased taxes, taxpayer-paid abortions, open borders and sanctuary ...

Americans should show common sense

We, the American people, gave him the right to lead America. He is responsible for the deaths of 200,000 Americans. He is responsible for the chaos. He is responsible for corporate tax breaks. He is responsible for the failed wall. He is responsible for tax credits for the wealthy. He is ...

Trump’s virus delay underestimated US

President Donald Trump downplayed the dangers of COVID-19 for months because he was afraid U.S. citizens would panic? Does he know any American history? When have we ever panicked? When our soldiers brought the Spanish flu home? When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor? When USSR threatened ...

Enable all citizens to cast votes safely

Having access to voting is one of the tenets of a viable and robust democracy. The government and its elected representatives should do all it can to encourage and enable as many of its citizens to vote. I was appalled to read in the Mirror that our two local state representatives, Jim ...

Trump has broken many of his promises

Which alternate universe does Gary Lascoli reside? In his letter last week, he describes how President Donald Trump has delivered on his promises. Trump promised the coronavirus would go away without a vaccine. He said if elected president, he would not have time to play golf. He ...

Advertisement full of false statements

As I scrolled through my online version of the Altoona Mirror last Saturday morning, enjoying the local football highlights and catching up on local and national news, I came across a very disturbing full page ad. It stopped me in my tracks. This full-page ad by Dean Esper Jr. was ...

No masking our ‘sad commentary’

I have tried to resist putting into words my disgust with those who have made COVID-19 a political issue. I can longer resist doing so. These people refuse to wear masks because it is an affront to their “liberty.” They dismissed the worldwide pandemic as a “hoax” or nothing more ...