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Opinion

County’s renewable resources are vital

Letters to the Editor

Blair County is blessed with a variety of trash hauling and recycling companies, but it is imperative that residents respect these services so their benefits continue. Carelessness, coupled with the tendency of some to use these sites as free garbage disposals, drives up costs and endangers ...

State parks should remain free of charge

Editorials

State parks usually begin taking the proverbial back seat at this time of the year as daytime temperatures inch downward and, for many people, the leisure time available during the summer months gives way to what people refer to as the everyday grind. But this weekend, which people often refer ...

Nutrition programs still vital

Editorials

Behind the unemployment statistics — between 16 million and 18 million Americans without jobs, many as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic — are the children. Millions of them are in homes where the coronavirus continues to make it difficult to put bread on the table. Now is not the time to ...

Hybrid life needs local institutions

Letters to the Editor

Last summer, I took an educational methodology class. The instructor opened the class by asking the following question: “Why aren’t there dinosaurs roaming the earth today?” He received the typical answers: A meteor hit the earth, there was a great ice age, climate change and ...

On Fed front, some good news

Editorials

At this point in the economy’s recovery from COVID-19, the concern needs to be stagnation, not inflation. Good for Federal Reserve officials for recognizing that. Central banks are looked to for help in situations such as that facing the economy today. By holding down interest rates, ...

‘Capitalism tends to be heartless’

Letters to the Editor

As a former Republican (50 years), I was disappointed to read in the Aug. 25 Mirror of Rep. John Joyce’s assessment of socialism. Echoing comments from official GOP spokespeople, our congressman shed ignorance and rancor in an effort to derogate Joe Biden. With the help of Google, I ...

Joyce, Thompson should back mail-ins

Letters to the Editor

I enjoyed reading Helen M. Sheehy’s letter in which she stated that our local representatives should protect the Postal Service. I did not enjoy reading that Glenn Thompson and John Joyce joined the lawsuit to restrict our options for mail in voting. I was shocked when I saw Joyce’s ...

On V-J Day, honoring our heroes

Editorials

One wonders how many Americans know the significance of today. It is the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan, or V-J Day — and the end of the most horrific conflict the world has ever seen. Though Japan’s surrender was announced on Aug. 14, 1945, the official observance in this ...

No substitute for family structure

Letters to the Editor

The following quote is from the Black Lives Matter website, under “What We Believe.” “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, ...

Bill Clinton is not ‘star of the night’

Letters to the Editor

The Democratic National Convention should have aired on the Cartoon Network. One night was an infomercial for the corruption and moral degeneracy that permeates the D.C. swamp and former President Bill Clinton being the Democratic party’s “Star of the Night.” It was only a few weeks ...

Finding comfort in difficult times

Letters to the Editor

In 1863, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln; “To ease the burden of a suffering nation,” asked that “the last Thursday of November be observed and set aside as a day of thanks-giving, and praise to our beneficent father, who dwells in heaven.” (Lincoln’s Words). ...

Punish Bannon severely

Editorials

The power to profit greatly from their misdeeds and to be shielded from punishment is something of which all criminals dream. Occasionally, often through politics, some think they have achieved that. If federal authorities are correct, former White House aide Steve Bannon is among ...

‘Unconscionable’ for Senate to adjourn

Letters to the Editor

As our country faces historic challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent economic meltdown, and now a threat to the November elections due to the Trump administration’s attack on the U.S. Postal Service, we desperately need our elected officials to step up and ...

Legalizing pot would harm state

Other Commentaries

As executive director of The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association and as a former member of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Medical Marijuana Advisory Board, I would like to express my concerns, and those of many of our membership, about the legalization of marijuana and the ...

Trump being blamed for way too much

Letters to the Editor

To be clear, I will be voting for President Donald Trump. Also, I am sick of listening to Trump being blamed for everything. During the past month, the only two occurrences that he escaped blame were Hurricane Esaias and the magnitude 5.1 earthquake in North Carolina. I may be clueless, ...

After damage done, Wolf (finally) gets it

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to allow school openings to be a local decision. For what appears to be a first for this administration, he has decided those closest to the situation may be able to decide the best course of action. Local school boards and directors ...

Deaths from coronavirus need disclosed

COVID-19

People of Iowa were not delivered a favor by their state leaderships’ two-week delay in reporting that a child “who was under the age of 5” had succumbed to COVID-19. Actually, the delay was much longer — thus, unconscionable. Within the parameters of the 2003 federal law that ...

Housing market on rise

Editorials

Among the brightest bits of news linked to the COVID-19 epidemic was the report last week that home sales are booming in the United States. The pace of home purchases jumped by a record-high 24.7% last month, according to the National Association of Realtors. Analysts credited low mortgage ...

Keeping priorities straight during virus

Letters to the Editor

Somewhere or some time in conversation the words, “They want to push for the activity, but won’t be around when it’s over” surfaced. Those words came to mind while reading the Aug. 22-23 Mirror, “PIAA OKs start of fall sports season.” Like all things involving the selling of ...

Heidelbaugh right for Pennsylvania AG

Letters to the Editor

With the 2020 election approaching, it’s important to look not only at the national level, but also at the state level candidates. Attorney General candidate Heather Heidelbaugh has a plan to turn the office back around. She will aggressively prosecute crime to keep Pennsylvanians safe. ...