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Feeling the magic, and the peace, of the season

December 21, 2014 Shhhhhhh … Close your eyes, take a deep breath and let it out slowl. more »»

Hotel works to guard against crime

December 20, 2014 I would like to address this letter to the people of Altoona regarding the recent drug and sex busts at the Econo Lodge. We never knowingly rent our rooms for illegal purposes. more »»

Presentation of story needlessly spreads fear

December 20, 2014 I am writing in regards to the article chosen for the front page of the Altoona Mirror on Monday, Dec. 1. more »»

Pennsylvania should adopt severance tax

December 20, 2014 The Marcellus Shale Coalition obscured the real issue about a severance tax versus an impact fee on drillers when it noted in a Dec. more »»

Gas prices here too high

December 20, 2014 I recently moved to Altoona and subscribe to the Mirror. I notice the Mirror “gasoline price comparison” only shows the Altoona area. more »»

Repairs too costly

December 20, 2014 Three and a half million dollars to patch and repair the Blair County Courthouse exterior and another $2 million to repair the second floor is astounding. more »»

Welcome signage

December 20, 2014 It is always refreshing and comforting each year to drive past Wendy’s on Plank Road and see their sign “Happy Birthday, Jesus. more »»

Suicidal hashtags of the West

December 20, 2014 On Monday, Australian police stormed the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, where an Islamist terrorist named Man Haron Monis had taken dozens of hostages and held them for 17 hours. more »»

What is board hiding?

December 19, 2014 Once the consent decree is declared to be invalid and all of the sanctions thereunder terminated, after the Freeh Report is exposed as the slanderous, unsubstantiated piece of propaganda that it is,... more »»

Greening our region

December 18, 2014 We begin to wonder what can take us out of poverty. more »»

Faith in humanity

December 18, 2014 I am writing to say that my faith in human nature remains strong. Recently while shopping at Walmart in Altoona, I realized I had lost my clutch purse. more »»

Attitude troubling

December 18, 2014 I read Sunday’s Opinion page with interest. more »»

Holiday taxi service can help save lives

December 17, 2014 Thanksgiving Eve is considered to be one of the most popular drinking nights of the year. In an effort to prevent DUIs and save lives this holiday season, Blair County Drug and Alcohol Program Inc. more »»

Act 9 drained pensions

December 11, 2014 Pennsylvania has a $47 billion plus pension deficit, and here is how it came about: In 2000, there wasn’t a deficit in either the Public School Employees’ Retirement System or the State Employees’... more »»

Leave guns at home

December 10, 2014 I read the sad story of Hugo Baez. I have a suggestion for him and all young men like him: Leave the guns at home. Then, if a scuffle arises, they should have an old-fashioned fist fight. more »»

Honesty appreciated

December 10, 2014 The Saturday after Thanksgiving was going to be special, and it was in many ways. My husband and I were driving up to DuBois to visit and celebrate Thanksgiving with our sons and family. more »»

Story on cat lover warms the heart

December 9, 2014 I wish to respond to the Dec. 2 letter to the editor entitled “Waste of space.” I always check out the latest fashion on the stone cat on Pine Street as I enter Hollidaysbur. more »»

Book enlightening

December 9, 2014 Dick Morris and Eileen McGinn, co-authors of the book titled, “Power Grab: Obama’s Dangerous Plan for a One Party Nation,” carefully and thoughtfully document the effects of how President Barack... more »»

We need more products that are ‘made in USA’

December 8, 2014 I live in central Pennsylvania, and I am a deer hunter. This season I wanted to get myself a brand new ladder stand to put on my property so I went shopping locally. more »»

Lack of training apparent in Ferguson tragedy

December 6, 2014 There were no winners in Ferguson. Everyone lost. Michael Brown, thug-like, strong-armed a convenience store clerk in stealing two handfuls of cigarillos. more »»

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