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Opinion

No special exemption for Catholic churches

Letters to the Editor

A recent Associated Press article in the Mirror headlined an undocumented claim that there was a linking of coronavirus paycheck protection assistance to payouts for clergy sex abuse by Catholic dioceses. That our own local diocese did receive assistance from the Paycheck Protection Program ...

Dems responsible for this pandemic

Letters to the Editor

Merriam Webster defines “pandemic” as a disease that affects a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally large proportion of population. The Spanish Flu of 1918 inflicted over 500,000 deaths in the U.S. and 20 to 40 million deaths worldwide. Now, the Centers for Disease Control ...

Maintenance crew goes the extra mile

Letters to the Editor

Recently, I had maintenance performed on my car at the Ebensburg Walmart. The oil change was routine, but the service was far from routine. I was blown away by the extraordinary care given to protect both the employees and the customers from COVID-19. Every possible precaution was taken to ...

Skill games seek PA regulation

Other Commentaries

As Blair County navigates the pandemic, we are facing a time when many businesses and social clubs are determining if they can stay alive. I know this because I hear everyone from restaurants, bars, social clubs, convenience stores, tobacco shops and many other small business owners worry as ...

Neighborhood dogs adjusting to virus, too

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to the recent letter, “Owners of Frankstown Twp. dogs turning deaf ears.” I have lived in the Brush Mountain/Church Lane area for over 13 years. During this time period, I have worked from home, thus I have a fairly good sense of the daily activities that occur in this ...

Boost aid for injured veterans

Editorials

Some of the men and women who serve us in uniform suffer wounds or other injuries that lead to a lifetime of sacrifice. In return, taxpayers help the most severely affected purchase specially adapted motor vehicles — once. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, want to ...

Resolve issue of surprise medical billing disputes

Letters to the Editor

Every family has had someone face a medical emergency. At these critical times, we want to get ourselves, or our family member, to the closest and best doctor or hospital to be treated. In emergencies, you are only focused on getting the medical care you need as quickly as possible. The last ...

Research on plasma promising

Editorials

Public attention in the COVID-19 pandemic emergency has focused mostly on the horrific case and death numbers and the challenges hospitals and health care workers are facing. Additionally, people keep hoping for promising news about a possible quick cure or effective vaccine. The issue of ...

Ferret out truth on murders

Editorials

Reta Mays’ spree as a serial killer ended in July 2018, but only after she got away with murdering military veterans for a year. Now that she has been unmasked, the question of how Mays got away with her evil for so long needs to be answered. On Tuesday in U.S. District Court at ...

Unmasked shoppers endangering others

Letters to the Editor

I have become more and more frustrated as I do any shopping these days. Lately, it doesn’t seem to matter what venue I go to. My goal, when I go to the store, is to go early (fewer people), go the correct direction in the aisle (marked on the floor) and avoid those that are not masked ...

Enablers should face penalties

Editorials

For months since the late Dr. Richard Strauss’ misdeeds at Ohio State University surfaced, people have wondered how he got away with it for so long. While serving as a doctor for OSU athletic teams during the 1990s, Strauss sexually abused hundreds of young men. Some of them complained at ...

Fireworks Law needs to be ‘fixed’

Letters to the Editor

It is absurd that our PA Fireworks Law (Act 43 of 2017) is deficient in NOT setting fireworks launch distance restrictions from other property owner boundaries, or from streets and roads. This law is thus omitting consideration for the value of property owner landscaping (trees, shrubs, etc.), ...

Writer’s ‘facts’ about wearing masks questioned

Letters to the Editor

Does wearing masks cause health issues? According to Patti Bagley’s recent letter, constantly wearing a mask will weaken the immune system and cause a plethora of health issues. The experience of people who must wear masks does not support this view. Doctors and nurses are good examples. ...

State parks deserve attention

Editorials

This is an excellent time for state lawmakers to be more proactive on behalf of state parks and their respective facilities. The parks provide numerous opportunities to enjoy sunshine and fresh air amid the necessity for social distancing that COVID-19 has wrought. It probably is safe to ...

Christian morality requires me to wear a mask

Letters to the Editor

Christ said, “Love one another as I have loved you.” He expressed that love by sacrificing himself for our salvation. Only once did he ask that “this cup” be taken from him, but that momentary weakness was understandable, since the Romans had designed crucifixion to be a horrendously ...

PA shouldn’t bet on casinos for fast tax fix

Editorials

While there is no such thing as a sure bet, it’s a fairly safe wager that the upcoming mini-casino auction will be a bust. State lawmakers in June, wishing for a tax boost, ordered the state Gaming Control Board to try to auction off a mini-casino license. But unlike in Disney’s ...

Pandemic made hospital better

Other Commentaries

In recent weeks, I have been reflecting on the unprecedented challenges that our community and our team at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center in Roaring Spring have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More specifically, I’ve been intentionally looking for every possible silver lining in ...

Improving election night process

Other Commentaries

Editor’s note: This commentary was written by Blair County commissioners Laura Burke, Bruce Erb and Amy Webster. As the Blair County Board of Elections, we always knew that the first election after the passage of Act 77, allowing no excuse mail-in voting, would be much different than the ...

Keeping close eye on Iran

Editorials

While the rest of the world was preoccupied with other things this spring and summer, Iranian leaders — despite a severe COVID-19 epidemic in their own country — were busy creating another threat. Iran has continued to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium, needed to build the ...

We need to stop looking at colors

Letters to the Editor

I hate the terms “black” and “white.” The very words themselves are divisive and in as stark a contrast as their opposite ends of the color spectrum suggest. I have never seen a truly black person. Nor have I ever seen a truly white person. I have, however seen a lot of pink and ...