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Opinion

First lady Trump learning on the job

Letters to the Editor

Let me begin by saying this is not a criticism of first lady, Melania Trump. Over the course of her time as first lady, I came to like, respect and pity Melania. She gets bashed for something every time she makes a public appearance. Most recently, it was the jacket she wore when she went ...

Addressing America’s conscience

Editorials

It’s safe to say that most Americans are deeply concerned about the ongoing plight of the children of illegal immigrants, regardless of their opinions about how the immigration issue in general should finally shake out. The mental and emotional terror — indeed, horror — that the ...

Summit with N.Korea can be building block

Letters to the Editor

This letter concerns the recent summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and some related issues. First of all, I disagree with a comment made in a Mirror editorial on this summit that North Korea might have some secret plan to invade South Korea and set up a ...

In time of need, kindness answers

Letters to the Editor

On Thursday, June 14, I was leaving Macy’s in the Logan Valley Mall when I tripped and fell on the sidewalk. Vehicles were approaching from opposite directions when two young women (unknown to each other) immediately exited their cars to come assist me. They helped me to my feet and ...

Lawsuit aimed at Big Pharma a welcome step

Other Commentaries

One disturbing aspect of the opioid addiction crisis is the legal and commercial avenues through which it was propagated. Long known and abused for their pleasing, analgesic effects, opioids gained force in this latest deadly resurgence amid the marketing of pain-killing opioid drugs. ...

Beware, Chinese big brother

Other Commentaries

Upset because Facebook and Google invade your privacy? Be glad you don’t live in China. Facebook and other Western apps are banned there. The government views their openness as a threat. So the Chinese use platforms like WeChat and Alibaba. Now the Chinese government takes data from ...

Politicos to hold gov’t accountable

Other Commentaries

Political leaders often talk as if the right to vote is our most powerful tool for holding government accountable. Voting is important, but its impact is limited by an electoral process that protects incumbents and offers voters few meaningful options. Fortunately, as the Seattle City ...

State’s fiscal picture shows ray of sunshine

Editorials

News from Harrisburg last week provided grounds for Pennsylvania residents to feel cautiously optimistic about the commonwealth’s financial prospects for the 2018-19 fiscal year that begins July 1. Unlike the budget exercise for the current fiscal year, which was haunted from the start by a ...

Case vs. Theranos troubling

Editorials

Of greatest importance now in the criminal case involving the Silicon Valley, Calif., blood-testing company Theranos is not whether the company’s two leaders will receive adequate punishment if convicted. Rather, the immediate concern must be whether any of the medical patients who were ...

Administration bias ‘distressing’

Letters to the Editor

I am an immigrant. In 1971, my husband, infant son and I arrived in the United States as immigrants. Like so many before and after us, we were seeking a future in our new home free from violence, corruption and lawlessness. We were fleeing a military dictatorship with thousands of ...

Bedford should protest deal with Higgins

Letters to the Editor

It’s time for the fine citizens of Bedford to take up arms and go to the courthouse. William Higgins, the former district attorney of Bedford County, pleads guilty to 31 misdemeanors and bargains his way out of any jail time. What is wrong with this picture? Higgins doesn’t want to go ...

Where dignity wins out

Letters to the Editor

The woman soon to be Rudolph Giuliani’s third ex-wife is not the most sympathetic of victims. Judith Nation cavorted openly with Giuliani while the New York mayor was still living with his second wife and their two children. The second Mrs. Giuliani learned she was being left while watching ...

State universities vital to Pennsylvania

Letters to the Editor

The Mirror’s recent editorial, “PASSHE faces tough decisions,” made a number of important points, including the fact that several of the universities within Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education are facing serious enrollment and fiscal challenges. It is important to note, ...

Block call part of new age

Editorials

When someone wins, someone loses. That’s not only true in the world of sports. There are myriad examples in people’s daily lives; there are myriad examples in the business world, one of which no doubt captured many taxpayers’ attention last week. H&R Block, Inc., whose name is at ...

AG Shapiro failed in Higgins’ case

Opinion

On April 4, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued a press release regarding criminal charges against Bedford County District Attorney William Higgins. In his press release, Shapiro told us all the sordid details of the alleged conduct, which shocked the conscience of ...

Politicians helped improve our area

Letters to the Editor

After reading the Sunday editorial in the June 10 Mirror about the positive things happening along the Ebensburg corridor on U.S. Route 22, I started to reflect upon what has happened over the years in the Altoona area. I would like the readers to know that I was in the retail business most ...

School security should be a must

Letters to the Editor

After reading the Mirror article about Pennsylvania lawmakers coming up with “anonymous” reporting as a method of stopping any potential violent acts in the schools, I can only state that this is living proof that we have too many representatives and they have no clue what they are ...

New world order follows Trump down wrong road

Letters to the Editor

So, as we move further along in a Trumpian world, I can see the world move in the same direction. Building walls, making deals suspiciously assuming everyone is out to take advantage of them, closing borders to anyone who does not look like them, or believe like them, with leaders sowing ...

Ohio State scandal surfaces

Editorials

College and university officials throughout the country ought to be asking themselves whether sexual abuse scandals such as those at Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State universities could occur at their institutions. Those answering in the negative may want to search their souls about ...

Theory of evolution cannot be denied

Letters to the Editor

On June 8, Mirror letter writer Thomas Harclerode made several misleading claims regarding Darwinian evolution. Harclerode raises the fact that the fossil record is incomplete, that there is a “missing link.” This tiresome argument is not sufficient to undermine evolution. The fossil ...