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Opinion

Testing America’s patience

COVID-19

Prudence, not panic, needs to be the order of the day among Americans. Unfortunately, not everyone seems to have gotten the memo. During a press conference Sunday, President Donald Trump noted that heads of major retail companies had told him something he never expected to hear: Don’t buy ...

Fossil fuel subsidy not wise investment

Letters to the Editor

Last month, the General Assembly passed a bill, HB1100, that approves massive subsidies to the fossil fuel, plastics, fertilizer and petrochemical industries. Neither the House nor the Senate held a single hearing to weigh the public’s concerns about this unbelievably expensive, ...

Sun should shine this, every week

Editorials

Most of us prefer sunshine. It’s rare to hear someone say, “That was a nice, cloudy day.” We’re invigorated by a glorious sunrise and spend hours outdoors on brilliantly sunny days. As John Denver so succinctly sang, “Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy.” In journalism, the ...

Missed school days should be made up

Letters to the Editor

As of March 2, not a single child under the age of 10 died or became seriously ill from corona­­virus anywhere in the world. Of people between the ages of 10 and 19, for every 500 who have contracted the disease, 499 who have contracted the disease have survived for every one that has not. ...

Writer criticizing Trump can use history lesson

Letters to the Editor

In response to the Michael Stubler letter to the editor (“Trump isn’t fit to lead the country,” March 5), first of all, public education is not a choice because of expense. All kids should have a choice where they want to be educated, private or public. For those students who choose ...

Coronavirus threat being fueled by media

Letters to the Editor

OK media, enough fear mongering about this virus. Tell us the facts and put this whole situation in perspective. First, the perspective: Last year in the United States 42.9 million people got the flu, 647,000 people were hospitalized and 61,200 people died. These are numbers from the ...

‘Truth of God’s Word’ deserves more space

Letters to the Editor

As a daily reader of the Mirror, I truly appreciate the meditation Bible verse. So many times, it is exactly what I need for my situation. My question concerns the amount of space you give the horoscope in comparison. A “Scientific Inquiry into the Validity of Astrology” in the Journal ...

Adding some facts on commissioners’ drama

Letters to the Editor

I wish to address the inaccuracies of William Straesser’s recent letter about the ongoing drama surrounding the county board of commissioners. Voters of Blair County (not just Republicans) chose Amy Webster as one of their commissioners because they are furious with the reassessment debacle ...

Prioritize importance of census

Editorials

The U.S. Census Bureau acknowledged its numerous serious challenges last week prior to launching the 2020 decennial head count on Thursday, when 112 million households were scheduled to begin receiving a letter asking them to respond online. As reported in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, ...

‘Old establishment stranglehold over’

Letters to the Editor

In a 500-word diatribe directed in part against critics of Blair County Commissioner Bruce Erb, former Bill Shuster campaign staffer William Straesser alleges that Amy Webster’s campaign was financed by an unnamed “outside organization.” That isn’t true, although we have little doubt ...

Financial approach: Stay calm

COVID-19

If the booming stock market during the past couple of years has prompted you to consider whether your 401K will permit early retirement, forget it. Stocks, and thus pension funds on which many Americans rely, have taken a beating during the past month. How bad is it? During the month that ...

Sanctuary ordinances would bring legal issues

Letters to the Editor

I am a supporter of the Second Amendment along with the other 26 amendments given to us in this great country. I am also for reasoning and understanding the implications of attempting local ordinances to support our rights — a middle-ground conservative who looks at all options and ...

Trump statements are threat to elderly

Letters to the Editor

I was reading an article in “market.businessinsider.com,” and I could not believe what I was reading. There was an article about a Donald Trump’s gathering at Fox News Town Hall Forum. It stated, “Trump said he’ll cut entitlements like Social Security and Medicare if reelected in ...

Plug should be pulled on Lakemont drainage

Letters to the Editor

The pond at Lakemont is nothing more than a large retainage area for runoff and drainage for the mall, the ballfield and all of eastern Pleasant Valley from First Street down. It never was anything but a drainage ditch to collect runoff from sewers and discharge drainage the whole way down ...

Gun-rights advocates need to be heard

Letters to the Editor

I have attended several meetings in the last few weeks dealing with our Second Amendment rights. Some would say that in Blair County, the people who live here would support the right to bear arms. Well, I am here to tell you that the number of people showing up for these meetings would make ...

More police presence needed in Altoona

Letters to the Editor

With the death of 15-year-old Devon Pfirsching, I have to wonder why we don’t see more police patrols on our Altoona streets. I respect all police very much, but it’s my opinion that, as a city, we could do more to ensure safety, public security and well-being. Traffic lights can’t ...

Dems must regain control of US Senate

Letters to the Editor

Stopping by the post office, I came upon yellow caution tape blocking off the crumbling front steps of the federal building. That small example of neglect started me thinking this example was just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Trump administration and the Republican Senate’s ...

Drill down further on unfair criticism of Erb

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to a recent letter from Mike Brown regarding the Blair County commissioners being led by Bruce Erb. Brown seems to play fast and loose with his facts for several reasons. The election of the two newest members of the body of commissioners was an exercise of picking ...

For coal, pessimism is new reality

Editorials

Revitalization of America’s coal industry was a notable topic in the 2016 presidential election campaign — certainly for the Southern Alleghenies area and Pennsylvania’s other coal-producing regions - and it also might be an issue during this year’s campaign. If so, the industry will ...