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911 needs more funding

March 7, 2015 In response to the opinion article titled “Our 911 system needs help,” I would like to provide a more practical point of view. more »»

Get pets out of weather

March 7, 2015 So far this winter, in this part of Pennsylvania we have had cold weather, freezing rain, ice and are headed for near zero temperatures. more »»

Consiglio doesn’t care how many he offends

March 6, 2015 Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio has made it perfectly clear that if you object to the state-sanctioned homicide of a defendant in a murder trial, even if you are a member of the... more »»

Mirror phone system working

March 5, 2015 Telephone service to the Mirror generally has been restored, although there remain some brief temporary periods where calls cannot get throug. more »»

Let’s work to end country’s division

March 4, 2015 Whether you watch Fox News or MSNBC, you are subscribing to hatred and fear. Both channels preach hatred toward the opposition to the point of falsehoods and deception. more »»

Icy conditions delay Mirror delivery

March 4, 2015 This morning's icy conditions that has canceled schools in our region has also delayed delivery of the Mirror, particularly in rural areas. We ask for our customers' patience. more »»

Take ‘R-word’ pledge

March 4, 2015 March is Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Month, and we at Skills of Central Pennsylvania are committed to ensuring inclusion and dignity for individuals with an intellectual disability diagnosi. more »»

West story refreshing

March 4, 2015 I very much appreciated the article (Monday Spotlight, Feb. 23) on Doug West. It was so refreshing to hear and see one of Altoona’s greatest athletes come back home and really give back. more »»

Staying up to date on keeping kids safe

March 3, 2015 My office has been receiving questions from those who work with children on a volunteer basis about the state’s new child abuse clearance requirements. more »»

Take a hard line on dogfighting

March 3, 2015 It’s time to put an end to this very vile and evil “sport.” Any individual caught participating in this cruel and inhumane treatment of dogs should be locked up for a very long tim. more »»

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 »»

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