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Opinion

Joyce shows same attitude as Trump

Letters to the Editor

I disagree with Rep. John Joyce’s opinion piece on Dec. 29. Representative government does require faith in the electoral system. When one party plants seeds of doubt, it is a clear threat to that trust. President Donald Trump cast doubt on this election long before it took place, based ...

News for Joyce: America has spoken

Letters to the Editor

I read, with interest, Rep. John Joyce’s article on protecting American democracy. Like Joyce, I, too, have serious concerns about American elections. If I may, I would like to ask a few questions of Rep. Joyce. First, might I point out that Act 77 was passed, enthusiastically, by ...

Joyce, Thompson show their loyalty

Letters to the Editor

I must admit I am so pleasantly surprised by the Mirror’s Jan. 1 editorial. For you to take a stand against representatives whose only loyalty is to the party and not America or the people who put them there, is a strong stand that I commend you for. Let’s hope your stand is ...

Decker making mark as Altoona manager

Letters to the Editor

City Manager Ken Decker is turning the city of Altoona around, considering resistance from other elected officials. The upcoming year the voters have again the opportunity to replace or keep current council members. The list is going to be very long in 2021, with no less than eight to 10 ...

During troubled times, here’s act of kindness

Letters to the Editor

I recently chose to go through the McDonald’s drive-thru for lunch. My bill was $5.38. As I pulled up to pay, the clerk said the man in front of me paid my bill. I did not know these people and as I proceeded through the line, his car was gone. My heart hurt for moment as I could not ...

Wake-up call for national unity; answer it

Editorials

Divided government can be productive government if both sides of the political arena are committed to that end. Government controlled by one party can be productive in the view of both sides, if the party in control is open to considering the other side’s opinions and concerns. Regarding ...

Education boss faces a big test

Editorials

Miguel Cardona, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to become secretary of education, would have a full plate even without COVID-19. But the epidemic has been an education catastrophe, and dealing with the fallout from it simply must be Cardona’s top priority, assuming he is confirmed by ...

Joyce’s allegations lack substantiation

Letters to the Editor

I was disappointed to read Rep. John Joyce’s recent commentary. As a poll worker for 13 years in Blair County, I feel that he has insulted us poll workers by insinuating that we were somehow complicit in some kind of voter fraud. If Joyce truly believes that there was significant voter ...

Gerrymander courts can’t be tolerated

Letters to the Editor

The Pennsylvania Republican legislators are poised to pass a second vote to adopt a constitutional amendment that gives them total control over who can and cannot be on the state Supreme Court. By creating “judicial districts” to replace statewide elections, they propose a frightening new ...

Raising Donor Day awareness important

Letters to the Editor

Today, Jan. 8, Pennsylvania will host its second annual PA Donor Day, a chance to galvanize our friends and neighbors to rally behind the nearly 7,000 Pennsylvanians who are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Why Jan. 8? Because one registered donor has the power to save eight ...

Control emotions during pandemic

Letters to the Editor

The longer this pandemic continues, the more I see people losing control over their emotions. I’ve seen men and women both freaking out in response to someone challenging them for not wearing a mask, the violent verbal and physical calamity being caught on a store camera. I read today of ...

Reform the rules in Harrisburg

Letters to the Editor

The PA Legislature has started a new two-year session. The usual first order of business is to adopt rules of procedure. In the past, this has meant ramming through (on the very first day) rules that strip rank-and-file members of almost all power to actually represent their constituents. ...

Mob’s acts must be rebuked

Editorials

The appalling display of a frenzied mob storming the U.S. Capitol, overwhelming security, breaking into the building, the legislative chambers and some offices, and keeping Congress from completing its constitutional duty should be condemned by all Americans. Those who took such actions ...

Americans can’t be pawns in relief effort

Letters to the Editor

President Donald Trump has effectively fooled the media into thinking he actually sides with Democrats on $2,000 stimulus checks. Make no mistake, his theatrics are only granting David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler the opportunity to say they support larger checks for the American people when not ...

Joyce, Trump must accept election defeat

Letters to the Editor

From Rep. John Joyce’s article: U.S. democracy must be protected,” I quote the first paragraph: “For nearly 250 years, free and fair elections have been a hallmark of American democracy.” That might have been a good place for him to stop writing. It is precisely the kicking ...

Too often, God’s name is taken in vain

Letters to the Editor

Countless times, in any given day, it pains my heart to hear God’s name taken in vain. It has become part of our popular lexicon to carelessly use, as an exclamation, “Oh my ——,” without any thought whatsoever. Have we forgotten the second commandment — “Thou shalt not take ...

Americans deserve $2K without delay

Other Commentaries

It’s shameful that Republicans in the U.S. Senate have slowed to a tortoise-like pace when it comes to providing $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks to Americans, many of whom need help for the first — and perhaps only — time since they’ve been paying federal taxes. While Democrats, along ...

Congress gridlock must end

Editorials

For months, Americans’ pleas for Congress to give us more financial help in coping with COVID-19 fell on political ears — much worse than merely deaf ones — in Washington. Exactly why lawmakers took so long to agree on a second CARES Act is open to debate. Republican loyalists believe ...

It’s time for Joyce to accept election

Letters to the Editor

In his Dec 29 commentary in the Mirror, Rep. John Joyce suggested that President Donald Trump should be given “his day in court.” The president and Republicans have had many days in court. They filed cases in Arizona, D.C., Georgia, Minnesota, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, ...

Approaching 2021 with cautious optimism

Editorials

As America begins its trek through the “2021 Experience,” no one should be content with just shallow, general expressions of hope that the next 12 months will be better than the year just ended. If 2021 plays out as an anemic response to the many bad aspects of 2020, the citizens of this ...