Letters to the Editor

Handouts to rich are discouraging

I find it interesting that Lenny Metz wants to stop the handouts.Welfare, SNAP, WIC and other programs for the poor cost a taxpayer about $36 a year total. Welfare to corporations cost hundreds of dollars a year.For example, why do we pay billions of dollars in subsidies each year to Koch ...

Random searches need probable cause

Recently, I read a letter in the opinion section of the Mirror.The author believes we need random searches of buildings in the Altoona area and claims to routinely drive behind motorists that are under the influence and mentioned that 200 people could have died in the recent fire downtown.Let's ...

Trump really cares only about himself

People seem to appreciate Donald Trump for being boastful about his money and bold about his lack of respect for political correctness.Ask Trump how he feels about the single mother who relies on the government's assistance to raise her children. I doubt he really cares.Ask Trump how he feels ...

‘Expressive’ obituary tugs at heart strings

I am writing to express my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Philemon Richard Davis, whose obituary appeared in the Aug. 25 edition of the Mirror.The beautiful and expressive tribute to his short and precious life was heartwarming as well as heartrending.As a parent who shares ...

Altoona corner needs attention

I wonder what seems to be the problem with people living below KFC on the corner of 6th and Union Avenues.They have trees that, when blooming, are beautiful. Some have new sidewalks that are handicap-accessible. Now they have nice streets to add to the value of their homes. Still, no one can ...

Diocese failing to compromise

In a recent article, Tony DeGol states, "This is a time for everyone to work together," in reference to parents' opposition to the decision by the Altoona Interim Board to consolidate the area's Catholic schools.The parents of children affected by this decision have been very willing to work ...

Mayoral debate should be a must

In a recent article, the Mirror endeavored to shed some light on the mayoral debate, or should I say lack of.Although the Pacifico campaign manager attempted to justify their refusal by saying they stand on his past two years in office, only to do an about-face and stipulate terms and ...

Dependence goes too far

Poor men of all origins are being drawn together into a common agenda against capitalism in order to elevate themselves into a higher level of existence without personal effort.They are already achieving this from welfare. No one should be denied the basic needs of living comfortably; however, ...

Good news about teacher refreshing

This letter is a response to the article "Hollidaysburg teacher finds joy in work with orphans" very well written by Russ O'Reilly, in the Aug. 24 Mirror.It is always refreshing to read some "good news," and this article about a Hollidaysburg teacher, Jen Barry, traveling to Tanzania to teach ...

Diocese ‘has truly let down the people’

I would like to express my disappointment and disgust in how the school consolidation was handled by the diocese.I understand that changes had to be made, but it was terribly mishandled.The principal of Hollidaysburg Catholic School was allowed to be on the board that made the decisions of ...

State CPAs: Accept recommendations

Even after the Pennsylvania General Assembly's summer recess, bridging the political divide in the state budget battle will not be easy.It is not, however, insurmountable, given that both sides have several policy initiatives they want to see enacted into law.Taxes continue to be a sticking ...

‘The time for peace’

After more than 13 years at war, I'm glad Congress is turning toward diplomacy and peace.The Iran deal looks like it will move forward through Congress, and I support the 34-plus senators who have spoken out in favor of the deal.I was particularly pleased to learn that Sen. Bob Casey stated his ...

Bishop needs to see ‘treasure’ in St. John’s

In 1975, my husband and I joined St. John's Catholic Church in Lakemont. It was one of our best decisions.At that time we had a wonderful priest, Monsignor Philip Saylor, as our pastor.Monsignor believed the church was the people, not the buildings. We had four classrooms in our school, ranging ...

Sanders supports open, honest dialogue

"Are we ready for Hillary?" should not be the question at the nucleus of our political, social, environmental and economic need.Instead, we should be asking which candidates will stand against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Accord? Who stands for a $15 minimum wage and the right of workers to ...

Stranded motorist feels warmth of Altoona

Two weeks ago, I found myself facing one of my worst nightmares: car broken down while out of state.While taking my elderly mother to a doctor's appointment at the VA, I received a call from my sister telling me my car would not start or engage. Fortunately, my car was stranded in the Sears ...

Rosehill Cemetery deserves attention

Once the flower of the city, with its tower overlooking the city and its picnic tables beneath has turned into a deplorable, despicable, disrespected part of the city.Like other cemeteries, it is no longer profitable for the cemetery to cut the grass as there are no funds to do so. It appears ...

High-rise apartments need tighter regulations

Are we in Altoona never going to learn? I suggest random drug searches at all the high-rise apartment buildings in the city.It has become pretty clear to me that a lot of senior citizens are smoking dope.Does anyone realize that 200-plus people could have lost their lives in that recent fire? ...

Let’s hope Biden runs

After watching the Republican debate, it was obvious one person rose above the rest, and that person was Donald Trump.There was an article in the Aug. 17 Mirror portraying Trump as a bully. A bully he may be, but he doesn't even come close to Chris Christie.Christie actually yells at people in ...

Missing train whistles

The other night I woke up around 3 a.m. from a sound sleep.The night was silent, and I wondered what was missing. I realized the absence of train whistles which we were all accustomed to hearing.This brought to my memory a song about a train which we used to sing. It was about a train that ...

Stop the handouts

Recently we have been hearing a lot about Planned Parenthood.It really doesn't work in the good old USA because people think more about all the handouts they can get for having kids.Some parents can work and have a couple kids and still qualify for food stamps, health care, medical cards, ...