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Opinion

‘We can all serve our country’

Opinion

I see the face of war, the one who went for me; the soldier, sailor, airman, the one who served for me. The flash of exploding bombs, the crack of guns, the terrible screams of pain. Most of us experience military service only through the eyes, ears, and efforts of others — our father, ...

A poem for Veterans Day

Opinion

Before her stands a strong young man, courageous, showing no fear; The journey awaits him like no other, his loyalty abundantly clear; He glances back one last time, as he treads into the unknown; A choice he’s made against her wishes; my boy, he’s hardly grown; She will wait with ...

We the People, free to recycle or not

Editorials

“He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out of their substance.” — America’s Declaration of Independence. King George III had nothing on today’s America. I am reminded constantly of the line in the movie, ...

Enforcing radar will save lives

Letters to the Editor

A few comments about a recent letter sent by James Sikorski voicing his opposition to the proposed legislation to allow the use of radar by municipalities to enforce speed limits. Sikorski made several statements concerning that legislation that were very one-sided. It’s interesting that ...

Military weapons, civilians don’t mix

Letters to the Editor

How sad that on the same day the Mirror publishes James Wentz’s column recounting his military experience with weapons, a Texas civilian uses a military-style assult rifle to kill dozens of innocent church-goers. My experience concurs with Wentz’s. In 1967, I completed U.S. Army ...

We need to be less tolerant of addiction

Letters to the Editor

Is addiction a disease or not? Is it contagious? Can you catch it from someone else or did you decide to become a dope addict by yourself? Are you someone who cannot face life without a hit? This is just another story made up by the medical profession and many others who refuse to face the ...

Every election important

Editorials

“It’s just a local election. So what?” That will be the troubling thinking many registered voters will express today — either within their own minds or to others — as they try to justify not casting their ballots. But that thinking not only will be wrong from an attitude ...

Tyrone preaches safety

Editorials

No community should set speed limits abnormally low, with the main purpose being to increase the number of tickets to raise revenue. Creating a “cash cow” isn’t behind Tyrone Borough’s desire to lower the speed limit on three avenues — Lincoln, Blair and Cameron — to below 25 mph, ...

Roach’s advice column had key omissions

Letters to the Editor

Recently a reader with Barrett’s esophagus (pre-cancer changes) wrote to Dr. Keith Roach, a Mirror columnist, asking about the safety of long-term Omeprazole. I thought Roach’s advice was good with a few important omissions. Omeprazole and all proton pump inhibitors limit the ...

Eminent domain should be concern

Letters to the Editor

Gypsy moths and Penelec Forestry Department have a lot in common. Neither can tell the difference between maple trees, Rose of Sharon or raspberry bushes or the difference from 10 feet to 50 feet, and neither really care. One does it because it is hungry, the others because it is their ...

Upgrade needed on dog fees

Editorials

By now, even the Pennsylvania residents who tend to tune out happenings in the state Legislature might have heard about the proposal in Harrisburg to increase dog license fees — which haven’t been increased in 21 years. Along with that, those same residents might have heard that the ...

Trumpcare hurts millions

Letters to the Editor

During the campaign Donald Trump promised better, cheaper healthcare for all Americans. Every step he has taken since he took office flies in the face of that promise. Republican bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) allowed insurance companies to deny ...

Farrell passed on an admirable legacy

Letters to the Editor

Like many in Altoona, we purchased our original televisions from Al Farrell, with Farrell’s TV. We are fortunate that Farrell became a long-time friend of ours. Over time, we met his granddaughter, Meghan, and have known her and her family for many years. We have found that Meghan has ...

Enabling pipelines shows a disregard for future

Letters to the Editor

The complacency of the public and enabling behaviors of elected officials toward the building of the Mariner East II Pipelines, gas powered electricity generation stations with subsequent dependency and enhanced addiction on fossil fuels, is a continuation of violating creation. Justifying ...

Steelers’ protest turned this fan off

Letters to the Editor

America, enough is enough. Honoring our country, our military, our flag and our anthem has nothing to do with politics, “who shot John” rhetorics, or any mindless ravings by individuals who don’t have the slightest idea what they’re blabbing about. There’s only one single issue. ...

Langerholc’s leadership noteworthy

Editorials

A Pennsylvania state lawmaker’s first term in office — whether in the Senate or House of Representatives — is a learning experience. Having no governmental seniority, freshman lawmakers generally spend much of their time just adhering to the opinions and wishes of their party ...

Courthouse project, Valley View saved money

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to Joe Wiedemer’s recent criticism of the current courthouse rehab project and the sale of the Valley View Nursing Home and apparently my role as principal proponent and commissioner manager of both. The courthouse rehab project will save the county in excess of ...

Students’ trip was sponsored, worthwhile

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to a Letter to the Editor submitted by Joe Maschue of Altoona and printed by the Mirror on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. As the Community Relations Director at AASD, I would like to respond to Maschue’s letter regarding AASD student travel to State College to attend the ...

Local ‘Wizard of Oz’ goes over rainbow

Letters to the Editor

Recently, a full house at the Mishler was “off to see the Wizard.” The P&J production of “The Wizard of Oz” brought us from Kansas to the Emerald City in a heart-warming performance. Superb acting, singing and dancing by the Scarecrow (Tony Demi), Tinman (Will Jones) and ...

Missed opportunity at Fort Roberdeau

Letters to the Editor

Thumbs up to the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association for hosting one of the state’s largest rifle frolics right here at the Altoona Rifle and Pistol Club. Shooters from the local area and from many other states were here to shoot muzzle loaders as well as shoot long bow archery and ...