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Letters to the Editor

Democratic leadership much too ‘draconian’

Once again, the Democrats are true to form of never let a good crisis go to waste. Along with their propaganda arm, the mainstream media, they are using every aspect of this virus to attack President Donald Trump. Even though the president shut down travel from China on Jan. 31, before the ...

How about a half day of school for safety?

We need to get our kids back in school by first and always abiding by the guidelines to fight the coronavirus. Why not go to school a half day for everyone? Half the kids go in the morning, the other half go in the afternoon. That presents the opportunity to establish social ...

Are we really all in this together?

“We’re all in this together.” I see this slogan on TV, in the newspaper, on peoples’ lawns, on billboards, etc. Unfortunately, I don’t believe this is an altogether true statement. If it were true, I wouldn’t see empty shelves in grocery stores. It seems that every item ...

America drifts away from important values

People of America: When big companies started taking their factories out of our country, that is when America started to forget about God. We don’t want to believe he is in control. We want our government to give us everything on a silver platter. What happened to the American people who ...

Sadly, our nation has arrived at a crossroads

As I sit at my sewing machine, I have been thinking about what this pandemic reveals about the American people and the American system. I am a tiny cog in an incredible machine of volunteers. We are making masks, running porch pantries, checking on neighbors and working for food banks. I ...

Time to reflect and be thankful

I sit here thinking of all the service people we have to thank — doctors, nurses, paramedics, police, firemen, military — and I could go on and on. Every time we sit down at our dinner table, every time we put food in our mouths-it comes from a farmer. How often do we thank a farmer? ...

‘Your rights end where my right to life begins’

Since the Great Recession, there has been a rising tide of right-wing populism in the United States, especially around this area. Yes, there has also been left-wing populism, a la Bernie Sanders, but that vein does not concern my letter today. The newest display of right-wing populism is ...

Republicans have shown impatience through crisis

Dr. Anthony Fauci and other experts are indicating that social isolation is working, and that the number of new COVID-19 cases has leveled off. But new hotspots are still breaking out, and it is important for the current restrictions to stay in place in order to avoid the resurgence that ...

Shutting down states will lead to more deaths

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety” — Benjamin Franklin. Viruses have no cure. However, there are effective antibiotics, over-the-counter symptom relievers and for the more advanced stage supportive care for ...

Cutting WHO funds is a big mistake

On April 14, President Donald Trump announced a hold on U.S. funding for the World Health Organization pending a review of actions related to the pandemic. Such a move endangers lives at home and around the world. We have already seen COVID-19 overwhelm nations large and small, rich and ...

One thing’s for certain: It’s not Trump’s fault

It’s not my responsibility. For anything. Ever. That seems to be President Donald Trump’s go-to position on the pandemic. It’s not his fault because no one told him it was going to be a pandemic. Except there were memos from senior advisors and the intelligence community that warned ...

Biden doesn’t stand chance vs. Trump

It doesn’t matter how much President Donald Trump does, the Democrats think they could do better. Just suppose Joe Biden was president. The Democrats would think he was great even though half the time he has no idea what is going on. He called coronavirus “COVID-9” instead of 19. ...

Government needs coordinated resources

The federal government’s ongoing response to the corona­virus has created a state of confusion. It should be obvious to all that this virus is the nastiest since 1918. It cares nothing about state or national lines. There was a time, very recently, when the CDC was the point guard for ...

Adding perspective to Gallitzin burn ban

I would like to give the notion of “needless burning,” as discussed in the Mirror’s April 2 editorial, some perspective and clarity, from a 22-year DEP employee in the solid waste program. I also worked closely with the air quality program on both legal and unpermitted burning ...

Trump acting presidential would be a real headline

One day I would like to open my Altoona Mirror and read the headline, “President Donald Trump spoke and tweeted only the truth yesterday.” The article would go on to say that he did not claim credit for the achievements of others nor did he grossly exaggerate any of his own modest ...

Trump, not Pelosi, is the free spender

On April 21, a letter was published in the Mirror that accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of having luxurious parties on a private plane at taxpayers’ expense. Is there proof of this or just another wild claim, like so many of President Donald Trump’s statements? If you’re writing ...

President, all must take virus seriously

Totally irresponsible: Gathering in groups to demand the end of restrictions. Two faced: Insisting that governors are in charge and then sabotaging their efforts. And we call him president. This virus, unchecked, will clean out all our nursing homes, kill the elderly, those with ...

There’s no such thing as non-essential business

If you think Covid-19 is a threat, then you have no idea what is about to hit. Our economy is about to collapse. It will be all those “non-essential” businesses that will take down everything with it. Keep in mind that 996 people out of 1,000 will survive Covid-19 (based on recent ...

At all gov’t levels, lack of preparation

Unprecedented, that is a word you hear a lot lately. The virus is unprecedented. The demands on the health-care system are unprecedented. Layoffs and school closures are unprecedented. What’s also unprecedented, is the lack of government response and preparedness at all levels — ...

Prison leadership puts best foot forward

I would like to take a moment to show appreciation to our warden, Abbie Tate, for standing strong, staying at the prison during her shift and after. She has been arming us with sprays, soaps and masks to stay safe. No one could ever be prepared for this situation. But our fearless leader is ...