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Opinion

A day to recognize those in law enforcement

Letters to the Editor

The statistics are devastating: In 2019, more than 260 officers were shot in the line of duty, and more than 40 officers made the ultimate sacrifice — which is why today, the Fraternal Order of Police Pennsylvania State Lodge is encouraging you to take the time to say thank you in honor of ...

Treat vandals harshly

Editorials

What were they thinking? What was their motive? What prompted their decision to deface more than three dozen Altoona properties? Why were they out roaming city streets at 4:30 a.m.? If they live at home with their parents, aren’t there any rules about being out late, or otherwise any ...

Wolf needs to curtail borrowing, severance tax

Letters to the Editor

As we begin a new year, Gov. Tom Wolf will undoubtedly push once again for a severance tax. This time the governor will claim that a severance tax will help to fund the RestorePA program he spent so much time selling in recent months. When the governor was traveling across Pennsylvania ...

Opinions and facts must be separated

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in response to the Layne Thiele letter to the editor on Dec. 30. Thiele’s letter was the most biased letter — filled with speculation, half truths, words taken out of context, hate and outright lies about our president. It never should have been printed. Thiele’s ...

Traffic warning: Don’t narrow lanes

Letters to the Editor

Thank you for the Mirror editorial warning of possible plans to narrow traffic lanes to “trap” motorists bypassing downtown Altoona. We own a second residence in Jupiter, Florida, which abuts the town of Tequesta. US Highway 1 was six lanes going through Tequesta with turning lanes into ...

Diocese faces new decade to right itself

Editorials

Debate will continue about whether the decade of the 2020s really began on Jan. 1 of this year or whether that actually will occur on Jan. 1, 2021. Either way, the period of time has been traumatic for the Roman Catholic Church here, across Pennsylvania, across the nation and, indeed, around ...

Trump scoring win for non-politicians

Letters to the Editor

In response to Elizabeth Shade’s continuing anti-President Donald Trump tirade in the Dec. 18 Mirror, I was surprised to see she actually got one thing correct in her rant. The Democrats aren’t offering anything or anyone with any ideas, other than the tired old ones from the last 40 ...

Annually, Farm Show showcases

Editorials

For Blair County’s vast farming community, as well as many county residents who are not at all involved in agriculture, the passing of the year-end holidays does not mean settling in immediately for whatever the weatherman might have in store. For early January, at least, the people in ...

President’s progress should be acknowledged

Letters to the Editor

I understand that a well-known Christian magazine recently published an editorial in favor of the impeachment and removal from office of our president, Donald J. Trump. Other Christians have also called for his removal. I’m a Christian and a supporter of Trump. These calls for ...

Impeachment marks sad day

Letters to the Editor

I had a friend of mine ask me a couple weeks ago why I haven’t written any letters to the editor lately. Well, my response was that the last time I wrote a comment, I received a letter in the mail threatening myself and my family. So much for the party of tolerance. Wednesday, Dec. 18, was ...

Abuse of power dooming Trump

Letters to the Editor

In looking back years from now at the impeachment of President Donald Trump, historians likely will not consider the unemployment rate, the canceling of executive orders that inhibited business growth, the appointment of conservative judges and justices, the stock market, the tax cut, the ...

You shouldn’t be taxed on what you already own

Letters to the Editor

Can somebody please explain to me why I am paying taxes on property that I own free and clear? If someone owns a property that is not being used for profit, then they should not have to pay taxes on this property. Why can’t our politicians figure this out? Someone please give me a good, ...

McConnell, not Trump, is country’s real danger

Letters to the Editor

With all the rage on both sides, there is a simple answer: Vote them all out. From Trump on down, everyone must go. We need a whole new House and Senate. Each member fears the next election, so let’s make it a self-fulfilling prophecy. Vote everyone out so we can get a fresh start. I know ...

New year brings new hope, opportunity

Editorials

In these early hours of 2020, memories of the dismal 12 months of 2019 should be the basis for strong will and incentive by individuals and leaders alike to make this year much better than the one just completed. Whether that will be possible, with the divisive presidential election campaign ...

Let’s hope 2020 makes better year

Editorials

The year that is about to end will be recorded as one of disgust, frustration, sadness and madness — one justifying fear about how it might impact 2020 and beyond in a negative way, both domestically and internationally. Few need to be reminded of all the reasons. Even 10 editorials might be ...

Dems need to stop working vs. Trump

Letters to the Editor

You can’t open your newspaper or turn on the TV without seeing and hearing the far-left liberal socialist Democratic Party still kicking and screaming about the 2016 election. Leading up to Nov. 6, 2016, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party and all the far left, fake news media were ...

Trump more than earned impeachment

Letters to the Editor

America has entered another chapter of history that no real American would relish, but this one is necessary for the survival of our Republic/Democracy. It has become apparent that Donald Trump does not know what his limits are. He has said Article II of the constitution means that he can ...

Fire leaves important lessons

Editorials

The blaze that destroyed the residences of at least 12 families on Dec. 13 at Country Club Terrace Apartments on Brush Mountain Road — displacing initially 24 families — garnered the considerable news coverage that the tragic incident merited. True, the fire was a Blair County story. ...

Editorial sells short role of free press

Other Commentaries

By Andrew Leheny I have serious concerns regarding the Mirror’s Dec. 22 editorial “Impeachment doesn’t deter Trump support.” Our Founding Fathers demonstrated clearly the importance of a free press to our nation. Their incorporation of a free press within the First Amendment of the ...

Pope should stay out of political business

Letters to the Editor

Pope Francis will most certainly go down in history as the world’s first “Woke Pope.” When he’s not rambling on about climate change or threatening eternal punishment for “sins against the earth,” he’s railing for open borders and no walls. Most recently, he compared ...