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Opinion

Trump’s track record makes him hard to trust

Letters to the Editor

As I scan all the letters to the editor and the replies posted on the Mirror’s website, I often get distressed. The divisions that exist are so clearly on display that it is at times troubling. Regardless, one of the things I see are individuals arguing about policy issues — taxes, jobs, ...

Organization’s ‘skills’ provide vital mission

Editorials

Back when Skills of Central Pennsylvania began as a small day program in Bellefonte in 1960, even its talented, determined, dedicated founders could not have envisioned how big of a role it would come to play for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, behavioral health ...

CWD clouds opening of deer season

Editorials

If it weren’t for the existence and spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in Pennsylvania’s deer population, especially in this part of the commonwealth, today’s opening of the firearms deer season would have virtually no major concern besides the always important issue of safety. But CWD ...

Grant will help save water supply

Letters to the Editor

Congratulations to the Altoona Water Authority on its success in obtaining a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant to acquire 2,000-plus acres to protect our water supply. This will preserve a large area of watershed land around Kittanning Run, which is now a non-useable, ...

Kindness shows ‘generous heart’

Letters to the Editor

Recently I shopped at Ollie’s in Hollidaysburg. As I placed my items on the counter to check out, the woman beside me placed her credit card on the counter while telling the cashier to put my items on her card. I tried to protest, but she insisted. She then put her arms around me as I ...

Change has been a part of Pennsylvania hunting

Other Commentaries

Saturday’s sunrise will open the deer season, ending a long custom in Pennsylvania’s outdoors. Since at least the early 1960s, the season has begun on the Monday after Thanksgiving. The board of Pennsylvania game commissioners, responsible for establishing hunting seasons and limits, ...

Big day for local retailers

Editorials

With the passage of each year, Black Friday takes on new meaning for many people. Online shopping and increased reliance on home shopping channels have removed some of the frenzy and outright chaos that characterized this day after Thanksgiving — the official start of the Christmas shopping ...

A call for lower cost prescription drugs

Letters to the Editor

It’s time to lower prescription drug costs in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program is paying billions more than it should for prescription drugs, due to the growing influence of pharmacy benefit managers. Designed to save Medicaid dollars, PBMs have seen their payments from the ...

Raystown Lake needs better access

Letters to the Editor

Huntingdon County residents are about to lose an investment of $89 million for a new resort on Terrace Mountain. For the resort to be built, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs to add a small recreational access site on parcel #5303 in the Raystown Lake Master Plan. It is a travesty that ...

Logan’s proposal sensible

Editorials

Logan Township’s desire for a seat on the Altoona Water Authority is a reasonable request, although the city can be excused for wanting to maintain total control, as it has throughout the authority’s existence. But now, with a proposal in the works for the authority to purchase the ...

Republicans ignoring real truth on our gov’t

Letters to the Editor

(This letter was updated on Dec. 5 to correct an editing mistake.) Some recent editorials are back on the fabrication track. Benghazi, Fast and Furious and millions of dollars going overseas, Hillary Clinton went before Congress numerous times, and Congress found no fault or wrongdoing on ...

Food bank exercises caution

Editorials

Some hunters and other people no doubt disagree with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s decision not to accept venison donations this year. They have a right to that opinion. But “with the jury still out” over whether eating meat of deer infected with chronic wasting disease, or ...

UPMC nurses fighting for jobs, quality care

Letters to the Editor

As a registered nurse at UPMC Altoona with 40 years of experience, I have dedicated my career to providing my patients with the highest quality of care possible. When UPMC first purchased Altoona Regional Hospital, it promised our community world-class health care, investment and civic ...

Senate drug plan brings death, taxes

Opinion

The Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act would stall future drug development and deprive Americans of lifesaving cures — all without reducing patients’ out-of-pocket costs. The bill would alter Medicare Part D, the federal prescription drug benefit for seniors and people with ...

Cannot find reasons to support Trump

Letters to the Editor

I do not understand how my Republican Party can support Donald Trump as our president. I cannot support a person who routinely breaks the third, seventh, ninth and tenth commandments. I cannot support a person who exhibits no sense of decency. I cannot support a person bent on destroying ...

More info needed on e-cigarettes

Editorials

For decades, tobacco companies insisted their product was not hazardous to health. When scientific proof countered that, they maintained their advertising strategies were not calculated to get as many new smokers hooked on nicotine as possible. We know now that all of those protestations ...

Legalizing marijuana leads to bigger issues

Letters to the Editor

It seems that it was just yesterday that buying marijuana was a legal offense. Drunk driving is still punishable. Buying and selling drugs is illegal. All of these things cause judgment impairment, and users have become dependent on the effects that these things bring to them. Here we are ...

Council right on (no) tree tax

Editorials

Altoona City Council mustered the right judgment in turning thumbs-down to a proposed 0.15-mill tax increase for tree care. There was no logical basis for imposing such a tax increase, with the city sitting on what essentially is $11 million of surplus money. There can be no denying that ...

Trump leading USA down the wrong path

Letters to the Editor

Let us all Americans keep our democracy alive. The United States Constitution has served us well for 230 years and will continue to do so only if we remove President Donald Trump. Otherwise, Trump will make this country a monarchy. Trump’s actions on a daily basis make him unsuitable ...

Educational experience can’t be underestimated

Letters to the Editor

We are in the midst of celebrating American Education Week, a great opportunity to appreciate the amazing public-school educators and support professionals who work hard every day to prepare our students for future success. Our educators introduce students to the wonders of reading. They ...