The Mirror has been fortunate to have an engaged readership for many years - 140 to be exact, dating back to 1874.
Whether it's writing letters to our Opinion pages, suggesting stories, responding to an article or having a question or concern about delivery, our phones ring early, and they ring often.
Especially when we make a mistake.
That was the case in Wednesday's paper when our lead headline on Blair County reassessment read, "Iniquities higher than anticipated."
I did a double-take over my morning coffee, just like you, then tried a quick Google of the definition and found among the entries, "a violation of right" and "injustice."
While those descriptions could fit a reassessment that hasn't been done since 1958, there were more definitions that included the word "sin" and "morally objectionable."
Whether to reassess or not has long been a controversial topic in Blair County, and perhaps the biggest political issue in the commissioners' races over the years, but to support it or not cannot be classified as a "sin."
It turns out veteran reporter Kay Stephens, an authority on reassessment, had the word - "inequities" - spelled correctly, but in the inexact world of spellcheck, it popped up as a mistake, and she hit the replace button, changing the word to "iniquities."
Ditto our next wave of copy readers, who also ran spellcheck, which didn't flag the word "iniquities."
No, the Mirror has not turned into a "den of iniquity," which could help explain but not justify the error.
A few readers got a chuckle out of it, and while we don't laugh at our mistakes, we also know we make them because we're human, and we know it's important to be able to laugh at ourselves once in a while.
Kay had the best remedy.
"The next time," she said, "I'll say it's a lack of equity."
I had a nice conversation with reader Pat Threadgill, whose letter to the editor urging the city to do a better job clearing sidewalks and streets was misconstrued, and her position was criticized.
She understood that it's her responsibility to keep clear the sidewalk in front of her home. She was referring to steps near respective bridges - city property - that some children use to negotiate their way to school.
Suffice to say it's been a challenging winter for all.
The Mirror is in the process of soliciting nominations for both our 20 Under 20 program, honoring the top students in our region, and 20 Under 40, recognizing young(er) business and community leaders.
Please see our website and follow directions on 20 Under 20 and send written nominations for 20 Under 40 to me.
We are also accepting business profiles for our annual People & Progress edition being published March 25. Go to altoonamirror.com and click on Business Profiles under Quick Links on the left.
Fred Reading, who passed away last week at the age of 83, was a fixture in the Mirror composing room for many years, first as a linotype operator and then when the paper transitioned to "cold type."
When I came to the Mirror in 1978, Fred and the late Bill Foust double-teamed me on a daily basis, mixing (mostly) good-natured barbs that left me and many others in the newsroom with a lifetime of smiles.
Condolences to the Reading family.
Mirror Managing Editor Neil Rudel can be reached at 946-7527 or email@example.com.