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2018 budget hard on vets, seniors

The proposed 2018 United States budget passed by the House is going to be terribly hard on military families, not to mention 40 percent of the people of Altoona, because it will defund SNAP. SNAP is a program that most military families need to put food on the table, as well as most lower ...

Stop pretending guns will make us safer

Gun control opponents should stop pretending that guns make us safer. If this was true, the United States, which has more guns per capita than any other nation on earth, would be the safest nation in the world. This is clearly not the case. Plus, the overwhelming weight of scientific ...

Chief of staff should separate from Trump

There were four U.S. soldiers killed in Niger, but thanks to President Donald Trump, who has succeeded once again in muddying the waters, only one of the soldiers was in the news and for all the wrong reasons. This is an absolute disgrace. Four soldiers lost their lives in the service of ...

Veteran’s letter fuels love for US

I am writing in response to the beautiful letter of Van Scoyoc (Oct. 29). My husband, two of my children, three brothers, two-brothers-in-law and countless uncles and cousins have served in the U.S. military. To see our flag or the national anthem in disrespect is very hurtful. Van ...

More than NFL players disrespect the anthem

NFL players not standing for our national anthem is appalling. They have other ways to protest. It especially upsets present and former members of the military. The number one person showing disrespect is Donald Trump. He hid behind his father’s money and influence, to keep from serving ...

Local schools are superior to cyber

Are brick-and-mortar schools on the way out to be replaced by cyber schools? This was a theme in Sen. John Eichelberger’s recent town hall meeting. Some in attendance argued online learning is superior to the face-to-face learning in our local schools. Like many things in life, the ...

New Altoona leaders must embrace future

My hopes with the new batch of representatives for our Blair County area is they will focus on what best meets the needs of our children and future. If we do not build a new high school, we are guaranteeing that many people will not come to Altoona or will look to private schools for their ...

Students exhibit positive influence

Thumbs-up to each of the fourth-grade students from Holy Trinity Elementary School who planted native plants in the newly created rain garden at Fourth Street and 25th Avenue in Altoona on Nov. 3, under the direction of the school’s educators, the Blair County Conservation District and ...

Enforcing radar will save lives

A few comments about a recent letter sent by James Sikorski voicing his opposition to the proposed legislation to allow the use of radar by municipalities to enforce speed limits. Sikorski made several statements concerning that legislation that were very one-sided. It’s interesting that ...

Military weapons, civilians don’t mix

How sad that on the same day the Mirror publishes James Wentz’s column recounting his military experience with weapons, a Texas civilian uses a military-style assult rifle to kill dozens of innocent church-goers. My experience concurs with Wentz’s. In 1967, I completed U.S. Army ...

We need to be less tolerant of addiction

Is addiction a disease or not? Is it contagious? Can you catch it from someone else or did you decide to become a dope addict by yourself? Are you someone who cannot face life without a hit? This is just another story made up by the medical profession and many others who refuse to face the ...

Roach’s advice column had key omissions

Recently a reader with Barrett’s esophagus (pre-cancer changes) wrote to Dr. Keith Roach, a Mirror columnist, asking about the safety of long-term Omeprazole. I thought Roach’s advice was good with a few important omissions. Omeprazole and all proton pump inhibitors limit the ...

Eminent domain should be concern

Gypsy moths and Penelec Forestry Department have a lot in common. Neither can tell the difference between maple trees, Rose of Sharon or raspberry bushes or the difference from 10 feet to 50 feet, and neither really care. One does it because it is hungry, the others because it is their ...

Trumpcare hurts millions

During the campaign Donald Trump promised better, cheaper healthcare for all Americans. Every step he has taken since he took office flies in the face of that promise. Republican bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) allowed insurance companies to deny ...

Farrell passed on an admirable legacy

Like many in Altoona, we purchased our original televisions from Al Farrell, with Farrell’s TV. We are fortunate that Farrell became a long-time friend of ours. Over time, we met his granddaughter, Meghan, and have known her and her family for many years. We have found that Meghan has ...

Enabling pipelines shows a disregard for future

The complacency of the public and enabling behaviors of elected officials toward the building of the Mariner East II Pipelines, gas powered electricity generation stations with subsequent dependency and enhanced addiction on fossil fuels, is a continuation of violating creation. Justifying ...

Steelers’ protest turned this fan off

America, enough is enough. Honoring our country, our military, our flag and our anthem has nothing to do with politics, “who shot John” rhetorics, or any mindless ravings by individuals who don’t have the slightest idea what they’re blabbing about. There’s only one single issue. ...

Courthouse project, Valley View saved money

This letter is in response to Joe Wiedemer’s recent criticism of the current courthouse rehab project and the sale of the Valley View Nursing Home and apparently my role as principal proponent and commissioner manager of both. The courthouse rehab project will save the county in excess of ...

Students’ trip was sponsored, worthwhile

This letter is in response to a Letter to the Editor submitted by Joe Maschue of Altoona and printed by the Mirror on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. As the Community Relations Director at AASD, I would like to respond to Maschue’s letter regarding AASD student travel to State College to attend the ...

Local ‘Wizard of Oz’ goes over rainbow

Recently, a full house at the Mishler was “off to see the Wizard.” The P&J production of “The Wizard of Oz” brought us from Kansas to the Emerald City in a heart-warming performance. Superb acting, singing and dancing by the Scarecrow (Tony Demi), Tinman (Will Jones) and ...