Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Hollidaysburg council too self-serving During the last Hollidaysburg Borough Council meeting, the board voted 5-2 to allow the demolition of a 1905 building within the heart of the historic district. The Historical Architectural Review Board, given the responsibility of recommendations ...

Once again, Altoona must address bullying

My name is Levi Beers and I’m a father of three children in the Altoona Area School District. Last Friday, Jan. 12, a number of AASD students who attended the Hollidaysburg basketball game heartlessly and brazenly began mocking the tragic death of an opposing player’s mother. Many in ...

Hollidaysburg will lose more than a mill

The Borough of Hollidays­burg must eventually decide if a valuable piece of its residential district should be permitted to be paved over and built upon, in the best interests of the First United Methodist Church. Bell Street is a quiet, tranquil, secluded and picturesque residential ...

New school won’t guarantee success

New schools and new trends in education do not make students more intelligent. The evidence proves that. In the last 20 years, America has spent hundreds of billions of dollars on new schools, changed education methods, and the students are worse off. In the meantime, the students of ...

UPMC following trend vs. seniors

I am very disappointed at the news from UPMC telling us we can no longer choose what pharmacy we can use. It’s not fair. I have been with Thompson’s Pharmacy for over 50 years, and they have always treated me well. That family has done so much for our community, why is it not good enough ...

Crews, neighborhoods show community pride

This is such an awesome area to live in. I am again pleased with the way our local highway crews responded to our recent snowfall, With the limited resources we have, the crews did a terrific job of clearing the city streets as well as the area roads. Recently, in my local evening travels, ...

Hospital volunteer changed lives of many

This is being written on behalf of Charles Smith. A recent feature article was published Jan. 4 on the front page of the Altoona Mirror regarding his kindness toward others. Smith was the father of my dear friend, L’Wanda Smith Greenlaw from Altoona Area High School class of 1977. Smith ...

Parents must monitor kids and their phones

On Jan. 8, there was a report that certain entities in that “great” state of California have stated that they urge Apple, Inc. to do something to stop or reduce smart phone addiction in children. It has always been my way of thinking that it is not the manufacturer’s duty to keep ...

Political web traps state outdoorsmen

Hunters, sportsmen and wildlife enthusiasts should beware as there is a movement politically driven by negative House coalition to politicize our game lands. So now the jewels of our state are to be handed over to the politicians to dice up into golf courses, ski resorts, picnic/camping ...

Bruscoe sentence was far too light

I don’t often agree with the “our view” commentary in the Mirror, but I agree completely with the view in the Dec. 22 edition concerning Mark Bruscoe’s sentence. A few days after his sentence was in the paper, there was another article about a man who sucker-punched a man with a ...

Let’s make 2018 year of small business

The holidays have come and gone, but the tax cuts and jobs act is a gift that will keep on giving. The Republican tax bill slashed tax rates and increased deductions for small-business owners, who now have more money to spend on business expansion and job creation. As a small-business owner ...

Property rights at heart of dispute

The dispute over the proposed demolition of the old planing mill in Hollidaysburg is more than a preservation vs. development issue. What’s happening is a conflict of property rights — those of the First United Methodist Church, which plans a massive expansion in a small historic ...

Lincoln’s legacy needs implemented

For more than six years, members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars have been asking the National Park Service in Gettysburg to give full accounting to the buried soldiers entrusted to its care. Initially, the focus was on 14 unmarked gravesites. Through Freedom of Information Act ...

Show appreciation for law enforcement

For the 30,000 law enforcement officers in Pennsylvania, suiting up in the morning with a badge and gun represents far more than simply heading into work. It signifies a reaffirmation of the solemn oath they took to faithfully carry out their duty of protecting the communities they serve. ...

UPMC should reconsider plan

I just read in the Mirror about UPMC wanting to drop the local pharmacies for prescriptions for the Medicare Advantage pharmacy list. I think this is outrageous and pure greed on the part of UPMC. You would think they would want to support the local businesses. I have dealt with ...

Kind gesture greatly appreciated

My brothers and I wish to thank Mr. Kelleher and his son for the surprise gift during our breakfast at King’s Restaurant on Christmas Eve morning. They noticed that we were wearing our U.S. Air Force retired hats and wanted to thank us for our service. It is greatly appreciated. Also, ...

COLA adjustment ‘lose-lose situation’

I am compelled to write this message in support of older U.S. citizens that receive Social Security benefits and specifically those who have Social Security benefits as their sole/only source of income. It was recently reported (Oct. 3) by the Social Security Administration that there would ...

County promotes economic slavery

What do I mean by economic slavery? Economic slavery is when the people are enslaved to pay more and more taxes from their hard-earned money with no derived benefits. For example, let’s take a look at the Blair County commissioners. Recently they did a reassessment of taxpayers’ ...

Wolf, Shapiro lead us down wrong road

It is sad, at this time of the year when we are celebrating Christmas, to contemplate the actions of two of our leading government officials. Gov. Thomas Wolf vetoed a bill that would have prohibited the dismemberment of the bodies of unborn children over 20 weeks gestation. This bill ...

Commissioners have let down taxpayers

When you talk to me about a budget, it means I have a set amount of money to spend, and when it’s gone, it is gone. The Blair County commissioners don’t seem to know what that means. They borrowed $7 million last year, and this year they want $10 million — an extra $3 million. Did the ...