Letters to the Editor

Only one president apologized for mocking

An Altoona writer in his Feb. 11 letter to the Mirror titled “Judge presidency with objectivity” committed a false equivalence fallacy saying that President Barack Obama mocked the bowling abilities of Special Olympic children. He certainly did not mock them, but Donald Trump’s mockery ...

Trump falling short on coal promises

Among other untruths, President Donald Trump’s promise to bring back “King Coal,” thereby saving coal companies from bankruptcy and increasing coal-related jobs, is patently false. The coal industry is battered due to competitive power generation using natural gas, wind and solar. ...

Amid political fights, military overlooked

I speculate what an outside, non-congressional, investigative panel might uncover with regard to our holier than thou Congress members with particular attention to those who are yelling the most and the loudest and constantly finding fault with our elected president. It always holds true ...

Seniors would lose in Medicare overhaul

I have found the debate on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, rather interesting. In the discussion about repeal of Obamacare, you hear about keeping provisions for pre-existing conditions and young adults able to stay on their parent’s insurance up to the age of 26. ...

Columnist ill informed on subject of pit bulls

I was irate after reading Gene Lyons unfair article on pit bulls on the March 10 Opinion page, and I felt compelled to respond. After one bad experience with one unleashed pit bull, Lyons is calling pit bull owners anti-social and stupid, while calling for the dogs to be illegal. Did ...

Trump’s bully tactics versus press unfair

I’m tired of hearing President Trump claim that the press is the enemy of the American people. I believe he hates the free press because it fact-checks his statements, which are frequently found to be fabrications or outright lies. Trump is a bully. Like all bullies, he cannot tolerate ...

Left has a tough time reconciling losses

I would like to go a little further with this issue than Regis Lynch’s very well-written letter to the editor on March 2. The left has very little remaining in its playbook (Rules for Radicals) but to call others names. Throughout the country, the left has lost many seats in the state and ...

Country no longer example to youth

I watch the news daily and I don’t know if I want to call it “fake,” but I do think it is more depressing with each passing day. The other evening, I tuned into a TV show with Steve Harvey, the one with children who are quite remarkable. It was a glimpse of tomorrow’s adults. They ...

McClure would serve Blair County well

I am writing to support Sheriff Sam McClure in the upcoming election for Blair County sheriff. I have known McClure for a long time and have really had the opportunity to get to know him as a friend. McClure has dedicated himself to serving and protecting the citizens of Altoona and ...

Eichelberger failing to represent us

Here in Pennsylvania’s 30th District, the need for change is more apparent than ever. Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. and his views do not represent the people of central Pennsylvania. Instead of focusing on the real-life issues facing members of our community, and the state as a whole, ...

Americans must stand together

The division in our country is heartbreaking. This isn’t about our political differences. This defines who we are and what we believe in as Americans. What are we willing to accept? Lying, bullying, disrespect for women, the disabled, entire religions and anyone that disagrees with ...

Funding necessary for better schools

Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. has been under fire for his comments about the inner-city students in Philadelphia. As a retired teacher from Altoona Area School District, his comments did not sit well with me, so I called his office. His aides there told me that his quotes had been taken ...

‘Give peace a chance’

When it comes to keeping America safe, educating our youth and having an affordable health care, everyone should be on the same page. That’s the American dream. Give peace a chance. Terry Wilkes Sr. Roaring Spring

DRP condemns House changes to Medicaid

Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP) condemns the repeal of the Affordable Care Act released by the United States House Energy and Commerce Committee because the legislation will harm persons with disabilities. The committee’s proposal would fundamentally alter Pennsylvania’s Medicaid ...

America in no danger of losing its democracy

I suppose it was no surprise that President Donald Trump has evoked a squeal from our local liberal nest at Juniata College in the form of Professor Philip Dunwoody’s recent op-ed in the Mirror. It was all but guaranteed. So the professor has studied authoritarianism for some 15 years. ...

Trump on his way to fulfilling promises

On March 3, the Mirror stated that ex-President Barack Obama was ready to roll to help get a Democrat elected for president next election. Obama should keep his nose out of politics. Had he stayed out of politics in the first place, the United States would be way better off than we are ...

Tragedy shows Trump is on right track

An alarming incident in our own area within the past week truly illustrates President Donald Trump’s position on illegal aliens with criminal backgrounds. With an amber alert being issued for a 6-year-old girl, and a great job by state and local police to rescue her, it came to light the ...

Socialist movement threat to society

Numerous letters have appeared in this column regarding the threat to our democracy and of the potential for disaster since the election of President Donald Trump. When, in reality, the threat may be far greater from the socialist/communist progressive movement. For example, the ...

Feeling the pain of Altoona neighbors

By Louise Burkholder Here in Altoona, a good neighbor is a special blessing. Those lucky enough to have one here or anywhere else knows the particular bond that a neighbor shares with you that your friends elsewhere do not. From the vantage point of your yard or your porch, you see all ...

Nation should strive for truth

My late great aunt Gunilla used to say between drags on her Chesterfield and belts of Old Overholt, “Where there’s smoke there’s fire.” How many coincidences are one too many? Ask a cop how he feels about coincidences. There are too many people, deserved or not, in the present ...