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Opinion

Taking stand vs. bigotry

Editorials

No one knows with certainty how many human beings — men, women and children — were forced to stand on the 800-pound stone that remained planted in the ground on a street corner in Fredericksburg, Virginia for 176 years. What we do know is that each and every one of them was treated like ...

Whom do our elected officials work for?

Letters to the Editor

I would like to express gratitude for President Donald Trump’s executive order designating ANTIFA as a terrorist organization. In the past three decades, I have often worried about my children’s freedom, safety and capability to achieve financial well being — now even more than ever. ...

Keirn’s letter hits nail right on head

Letters to the Editor

Command Sergeant Major Joe Keirn’s letter, “Church’s locked doors lets down parishioners” could not be more on point and distinctly relevant. Gov. Tom Wolf has abused his authority. No one — absolutely no one — possesses the right to shut down our churches and synagogues and take ...

Trump positioning himself for kingdom

Letters to the Editor

Most letters in the Mirror on socialism are negative, and none say what it really is. Some have gone into bizzaro world and blamed far-left socialists (Democrats) for things that happened decades ago. Two were in the Mirror in late March. One said the far left pulled us out of Vietnam, when ...

Hollidaysburg protests set an example

Letters to the Editor

It was a nice showing May 31 of community support coming together to protect businesses, friends and neighbors. For the most part, protesters did their thing, with the exception of a couple crossing into private property. I’ve seen some rather negative comments with regards to those who ...

Dairy farmers are ‘stronger together’

Other Commentaries

We are your dairy farmers, families just like you facing unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19. Like everyone, Pennsylvania’s dairy farmers have been tested in ways we could not have imagined months ago. We were positioned for a strong year at the start of 2020. But that drastically ...

Jobless numbers deceiving

Editorials

About 156.5 million Americans are categorized as members of the civilian labor force. At least 41 million people who can work and, by definition, want to, are unemployed. In other words, approximately one of every four people able to work is not employed — and is being supported by the ...

Upside of pandemic? It’s a laundry list

Letters to the Editor

The extremely brazen maneuver by China in causing a world-wide pandemic affecting over 130 countries is simply just “plain evil.” It’s now time for the United Nations to stand up for its mission statement and rein in this rouge regime. Meanwhile, back in the mountains of central ...

Examine real job of WHO

Editorials

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he is cutting U.S. funding for the World Health Organization has been condemned throughout the world. Critics insist that a healthy WHO is essential especially now, as the COVID-19 pandemic rages. But the question is whether the WHO, a United ...

Legislators helping area through crisis

Letters to the Editor

We not only flattened the curve but remained ahead of it. We prevented the hospitals and health-care systems from becoming overwhelmed. We united as Americans and citizens of Blair County to combat COVID-19, and though later than deserved, we reached the green phase. Thanks to the hard ...

Govt’s scare tactics take away our freedom

Letters to the Editor

I’m over 70 years old, and the government wants me to stay home, go nowhere and die. My wife has an auto-immune disease, and she also thinks like me. Millions of people are unemployed now because of all the jobs that were filled before the shutdown and employment was at its highest in ...

Vote-by-mail gets off to good start

Editorials

The debut of Pennsylvania’s new vote-by-mail law on Tuesday offered hope that the Nov. 3 general election will not be chaotic or have credible grounds for suspicions of voter fraud or other irregularities. Of course, likely for at least the next several election cycles, many people will ...

Credit businesses for practicing safety

Letters to the Editor

I would like to commend the businesses that did their best to keep their customers and employees safe and healthy during the recent pandemic. The few times I ventured out, I found Leighty’s Farm Market offering gloves and requesting that we wear masks. Holland Brothers Meats required ...

Church’s locked doors lets down parishioners

Letters to the Editor

I am directing this letter to all the priests and religious of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese: My wife and I have been members of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament for 50 years. Of those 50 years, we attended 6:45 a.m. weekday Mass and 11:45 a.m. Mass on Sundays. What puzzles me is I ...

Police must lead racial discussion

Editorials

Sometimes we wish we could rewind something we have just seen, because we can’t believe our eyes. What we thought we saw can’t be what really happened, we reason. Dozens of times during the past week or so, the media has permitted us to take another look at what occurred March 25 in ...

Be careful so history doesn’t repeat itself

Letters to the Editor

There are reasons you were required to take history in school. One is so that, in the case of negative things in history, you might make wise decisions and not help history repeat itself. There was a time when as a nation we did not pay much attention to what was going on in other countries. ...

All lives matter so let’s act like it

Letters to the Editor

While most Americans are at home trying to stay safe and praying that their family, friends and neighbors across our country don’t become ill with the coronavirus, other Americans are working overtime to make sure we have enough food and supplies to meet the needs of our families. We have ...

Kindness can help take us through virus

Letters to the Editor

As we go through this challenging time of COVID-19, it is imperative that we keep our connection as people. It is easy to notice in stores and other public places that the requirements of social distancing, masks, plastic shields at registers, etc. have really tested this important part of ...

Wearing masks will remain important

Letters to the Editor

If one simple act could reduce the number of corona­virus deaths in the U.S., would you be willing to take action? That is what a new study by a team of international researchers suggests. All you need to do is wear a mask — and even a cloth mask will do. But there is one catch, to be ...

UPMC feeling community support

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of everyone at UPMC Altoona, we thank every single member of the community for their kindness to our employees. The amount of support shown to our facility means the world to us. Whether it’s chocolates, dinners, cards, kind signs outside our windows – it was all so ...