Letters to the Editor

AASD must remain vigilant vs. bullying

The Altoona Area School District claims to be addressing bullying, and the school board claims to be on board with the anti-bullying efforts. However, on April 9, when I asked the school board representatives to show by a raise of hands, how many of them were familiar with the district ...

Schmitt would be ‘watchdog’

I am writing in support of Lou Schmitt, candidate for state representative from the 79th District. Schmitt is a strong conservative who will be a great watchdog for our taxpayer dollars. He will go to Harrisburg to cut spending, end special interest giveaways and be the voice we need to ...

Wagner fits bill for governor

Pennsylvania needs people with courage and leadership skills to address our problems and stop “kicking the can down the road.” I recommend Scott Wagner for governor. When I heard that Wagner won a write-in vote in a special election for state senate in York County in 2014, I knew this ...

Creek understands agricultural needs

I strongly urge pro-life, pro-constitution Republicans in the 80th District to vote for Chris Creek on May 15. He understands that rights are granted by our creator, not by government. Creek seeks public office is to protect those rights, by reining in excessive spending and regulation while ...

Bream would be ‘taxpayers’ friend’

Nothing is more important for an elected official than to know why he or she is in office. Sharon Bream gets it. She has shown on the Altoona Area School Board that her responsibility is to all citizens, especially the taxpayers who get stuck with the tab on every spending project and ...

Gregory works to learn issues

Jim Gregory is by far the best choice in the race to replace outgoing representative Judy Ward in the 80th Legislative District. He clearly cares about the people here. He demonstrates that every day by going door to door more than any other candidate and physically going to municipal ...

Everyone must keep eye out for bullying

The recent articles about bullying struck an intimate chord with me, prompting me to share my own experience with bullying many decades ago. I was in junior high school and then senior high school in the 1970s, and almost every day I was tormented by two boys who made my school life a ...

Bream answer to many questions

Do you want tax relief? Two words: Sharon Bream. Do you want more jobs and a better business climate in our state? Two words: Sharon Bream. Do you want a tireless champion in Harrisburg of our values of life and liberty, including our Second Amendment rights? Two words: Sharon Bream. Do ...

Schmitt would represent new era

I live in 2nd Ward, 1st Precinct in Altoona. I’ve worked the polls in my area on multiple occasions. It is clear that few people turnout on election day. They no longer believe elected representatives understand where they’re coming from or care about their plight. They’ve been ...

Kiss, Schmitt are strong leaders

Dan Kiss and Lou Schmitt are two candidates who need to be elected to the House and Senate in Harrisburg this May. Vote for a big change from political corruption. The bad policies in Harrisburg need changed now. Dan Kiss and Lou Schmitt are aggressive and unafraid to confront the powerful ...

Bream values are ‘real Republican’

I am a Republican because I believe in the principles articulated in our party’s platform. It emphasizes the sanctity of human life. It endorses the free enterprise system as the best way to grow an economy. It supports choice in education so that our resources are always focused on ...

Address ‘unmistakable stigma of mental illness’

Despite the negative comments that I expect to occur from my letter, I felt motivated to write. I can understand both sides of the gun control issue. However, in my opinion, there is a common thread throughout the majority of the tragedies that have occurred over the past 20 years — mental ...

Hollidaysburg AASD board’s vote shows vision for future

I struggle to comprehend the negativity surrounding the right decision to build a school. I applaud the school board members who acted with courage to vote to approve building the new school and awarding the contract to a locally-owned contractor. I wonder how many of these naysayers to ...

Gregory will build relations, consensus

I have known Jim Gregory for about five years, and I believe he is a worthy candidate for the 80th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Gregory genuinely cares about people. This is reflected by the way that he listens to others and invests his time in getting to ...

Schmitt, with local roots, ‘man of people’

I have known Lou Schmitt, candidate for state representative from the 79th District, for over 40 years. Lou is homegrown, a lifelong resident. He grew up in Altoona on Dutch Hill, went through Altoona Area High School and Saint Francis University and has been living, raising his family, and ...

Bream would be ‘great’ state rep

I was born in Nazi Germany during World War II and emigrated to the United States as a child. While the worst of the Nazi regime is not happening in America today, a lot of the fascism and governmental abuse of citizens is going on. That’s why I joined the Blair County Tea Party in 2010 ...

Tyrone Auxiliary feels victimized

I am writing in regard to the person or persons who reported our Tyrone Hospital Auxiliary to the state for its soup and bake sale. I can’t believe there are people who are so cruel, mean, vindictive and so unChristianlike. These volunteers have raised thousands and thousands of dollars ...

Hollidaysburg should make peace, not keep it

The concern the Mirror expressed for the welfare of Hollidaysburg in April 8 editorial is admirable. Your editorial also serves as a perfect example of the real problem in this borough and in communities across central Pennsylvania. Hollidaysburg’s problem, as you see it, is ...

Creek’s servitude makes him unique

I recently spoke with two men running for the seat in the 80th House District. They appear to be men of faith and high moral character. Both supported Second Amendment rights, both agree with me on the severity of the opioid crisis and how steps need to be taken to help those in need. With ...

Bream track record speaks for itself

At a recent political event, I briefly met Lou Schmitt and heard him speak. He’s very impressive, smooth and polished. He is a very credible opponent for Sharon Bream. What I say will not detract from that. I have known Bream through involvement in mutual political activities for a good ...