Opinion

Church action won’t alleviate ongoing concern

Editorials

The Roman Catholic Church, so much at the center of bad news over the past couple of years due to the child sex-abuse scandal involving hundreds of priests over much of the past half-century, experienced a happy, proud and prayerful day last Sunday as Pope Francis elevated to sainthood a former ...

Wagner’s energy shows clear choice

Letters to the Editor

It’s been 22 months since Scott Wagner began his campaign for governor. He has shown more energy than I have ever seen in a candidate, and has been to all 67 counties listening to and speaking with voters. He has been ready to debate Tom Wolf across the state, but this Wolf hides. Wolf ...

Barletta takes stand vs. sanctuary cities

Letters to the Editor

Republican Lou Barletta is challenging Democrat Sen. Bob Casey for the U.S. Senate seat on Nov. 6. Congressman Barletta has long opposed dangerous sanctuary cities. In contrast, Casey supports sanctuaries. He voted against Sen. Pat Toomey’s efforts to crack down on them, plus he has ...

Wagner appealing to working class

Letters to the Editor

Pennsylvania needs a governor who understands the working class, which is why I’m voting for Scott Wagner in November. Growing up on a Pennsyl­vania farm, Wagner endured hard work and long hours that molded him into a successful businessman. He worked every job to make his business survive ...

Ottaway, Best, Burke provide us with choice

Letters to the Editor

Our local candidates, Brent Ottaway for U.S. House, Emily Best for the Senate and Laura Burke for the House, all share a concern for improving our health care. They know that, compared to us, virtually every other advanced country in the world provides health care at a fraction of our costs ...

Joyce will represent farming community

Letters to the Editor

The agriculture industry of Blair County needs the insight of John Joyce as our next member of Congress. We in Williamsburg know that farmers feed America. Joyce has visited our farms and farm show, and he truly respects what farmers do for our community. The dairy farmers are struggling, ...

Tree issue up to city, Amtran

Editorials

There’s nothing wrong with Altoona’s ordinance placing the responsibility for tree maintenance on property owners, even if the city planted the trees. Many other places have such a requirement. However, if certain trees have not been a problem but something new comes along suddenly ...

Ottaway stands for education

Letters to the Editor

As educators, we feel the need to respond to an editorial written by Cheryl L. Tyler in the Oct. 9 edition of the Altoona Mirror. The writer states that John Joyce has firsthand knowledge of the needs of students at all levels. We disagree. Joyce is a dermatologist — not an ...

Joyce will advocate for our patients

Letters to the Editor

In the Oct. 7 Mirror was an excellent editorial regarding what voters want in health care. As a physician, I am aware that almost 40 percent of patients put off seeing their doctor due to the cost. One-third of patients avoid filling a prescription because of the expense. This is ...

Wagner, Barletta support pro-growth

Letters to the Editor

Scott Wagner and Lou Barletta support pro-growth policies. I urge every Blair County citizen to exercise their right to vote in the Nov. 6 election. The state-level races are particularly critical, as the people in these offices will determine whether we cling to policies of high taxes and ...

Wagner record supports NRA

Letters to the Editor

There is only one crystal clear choice on Nov. 6 for which gubernatorial candidate will support Pennsylvania’s Second Amendment rights. The National Rifle Association has given Scott Wagner an “A” rating. Tom Wolf has received an abysmal “F” rating. The F rating is the very lowest ...

Best will exhibit empathy, compassion

Letters to the Editor

As a registered nurse in our local hospital for 27 years, I implore you to please vote for Emily Best on Nov. 6. Best has taken the time to listen to nurses about the needs and concerns we have about the current state of healthcare. She is not a nurse, but she understands the concerns we have ...

Wagner’s values align with region

Letters to the Editor

Scott Wagner will make an excellent governor. As state senator, he worked with our state and local representatives to help the City of Altoona get out of Act 47. He has shown many times that he is willing to work to improve central Pennsylvania communities. His business experience and work ...

DJs don’t deserve advantage

Editorials

Pennsylvania lawmakers were wrong in approving a bill giving incumbent district judges an unfair advantage when seeking re-election. As with challengers, an incumbent should be required to collect voter signatures on petitions for the right to have his or her name appear on ballots. When the ...

Ward is better pro-life candidate

Letters to the Editor

Emily Best is the Democrat candidate for the 30th District Senate seat. I checked Ms. Best’s website for her views about abortion but couldn’t find them. Planned Parenthood’s website indicates that she did not respond to their survey. The Pro-Life Voter’s Guide indicates the same lack ...

Joyce benefits from military experience

Letters to the Editor

I know well the reputation of John Joyce and was thrilled when I realized that he was willing to take his experiences and background and make a career change to serve us as our U.S. Congressman. Joyce is not a veteran himself, but has worked as a civilian physician for the U.S. Navy while his ...

Wagner will grow Pennsylvania business

Letters to the Editor

I support Scott Wagner for governor because he has real solutions for the problems facing the people of Pennsylvania. Wagner has shown he knows how to balanced Pennsyl­vania’s checkbook by introducing the concept of zero-based budgeting that would require the state to justify every ...

From young age, Joyce showed his leadership

Letters to the Editor

As the former senior director of business operations at Penn State Altoona, I have known John Joyce since he was a work-study student at PSU-Altoona. His academic abilities were clear, and yet he was involved in many student activities throughout his undergraduate years. After finishing his ...

Wagner proven champion for life

Letters to the Editor

There is one champion for life in the Pennsylvania governor race, Senator Scott Wagner. For his entire tenure in the Senate, he’s fought for pro-life values. He’s co-sponsored the 20-week abortion ban that would end the horrible practice of late term abortions. He co-sponsored the ...

Barletta will restore economic prosperity

Letters to the Editor

Pennsylvania voters have an opportunity to elect an extraordinarily qualified individual to represent us in the U.S. Senate. As mayor of Hazelton, Lou Barletta worked to restore economic prosperity and community safety to that city. In Congress, Barletta has used his business experience to ...