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Physician responds to UPMC accusations

March 1, 2015 I was invited to offer a physician perspective of the UPMC-Highmark dispute by the Altoona Mirror. The article was published Feb. 1, 2015. more »»

Tragic story leaves blood-stained hands

February 28, 2015 Your Jan. 22 lead story, “Teen’s death recalled as a sad story,” along with Thursday’s update, was a tragedy worthy of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. more »»

Highway crews are unsung heroes

February 28, 2015 Please thank a city highway worker for keeping the streets plowed and cleared of ice. more »»

Formula doesn’t add up

February 27, 2015 I am writing about a column I read in the Mirror that stated that the Blair County residents are getting off cheap because they pay only a small amount of taxes per person on average. more »»

Amtrak story hits home

February 27, 2015 The front-page article concerning Amtrak upgrade proposals in the Feb. 17 Mirror brought out the rail history buff in me. more »»

Tired of being overtaxed

February 26, 2015 I am writing about the article in the Altoona Mirror (Feb. 11) “Report shows local tax burde. more »»

Women shouldn’t be excused in PFA cases

February 25, 2015 This is my opinion on PFA laws: I don’t know a lot of women’s stories on why the PFA is placed on their ex-spouse. But I don’t agree with the PFA laws being one-sided or unfair in Blair County. more »»

Shady judgment

February 25, 2015 Your front-page article on the movie, “50 Shades of Gray,” showed excitement on the part of the writer. more »»

Kudos to snow removers

February 25, 2015 In light of the very heavy snowfall and the hard work involved in keeping our streets accessible for travel, we believe the highway department deserves a big thank. more »»

Marcellus Shale operates under cloud

February 24, 2015 Walt Frank’s article, “Marcellus Shale expert neutral on Wolf’s plan,” was a report of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club held Feb. 12. more »»

Spirit of cooperation needed over ‘parking’

February 24, 2015 I had to give a little chuckle when reading the article, “Musical parking chairs cause rifts (Feb. 1).” Living in a complex for senior citizens, we have a somewhat similar proble. more »»

It shouldn’t be difficult to embrace tolerance

February 23, 2015 There was an editorial in the Jan. 29 Mirror concerning gay rights’ groups. This letter was somewhat ambiguous except for the rather strong message of dislike for gay people. more »»

Be sure to check tires

February 23, 2015 I wanted to write to warn everyone to check your car tires. I couldn’t believe the ice and snow on my tires. I don’t know how the front tires were even moving. more »»

Daughter asks to be relieved from visiting father

February 23, 2015 Dear Abby: I am a divorced woman with a teenaged daughter. I maintain a good relationship with my ex-husband and his family, and still consider them my family. more »»

Rate of absorption for calcium is about 20 to 40 percent

February 23, 2015 Dear Dr. Roach: What is the body’s rate of absorption for calcium? — A. more »»


February 23, 2015 Today’s birthday: Feb. 23 You’ll step up the self-care and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Let’s say your emotions are a kind of bank accoun. more »»

Ross deserving

February 21, 2015 Congratulations to Lanny Ross, the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center’s Director. more »»

Special disinterest

February 21, 2015 All of the people elected to Harrisburg or Washington from this area are tools of special interest groups with their big money backer. more »»

Shuster wrong for war stance

February 20, 2015 Off to war again? Hi, ho, hi, ho, it’s off to war we go. (Sung to the tune by Disney’s seven dwarfs.) That was what came to mind after I saw U.S. Rep. more »»

Shuster did not error

February 19, 2015 The letters to the editor by Joe Wiedemer and Lenny Metz about the increase in the gas tax aren’t relevant to Rep. Bill Shuster’s comment that “there were no plans for a gas tax hike. more »»

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