Letters to the Editor

Ronald E. Smith

Ronald E. Smith, 89, Summerville, died Sunday.He married Florence Shilling on Feb. 4, 1948. Surviving are his wife; a son, Robert "Smitty" and wife, Doris, of DuBois; a granddaughter, Lori Stevens and husband, Eric, of Altoona; and two great-granddaughters: Jessica and Morgan of Altoona.Friends ...

Audrey Louise (Glass) Pyo

Audrey Louise (Glass) Pyo, 80, Lilly, left the world on Tuesday in her home surrounded by her loving family.She was born in Cresson, daughter of the late Francis Leo and Ruth Marie (Eckenrode) Glass.Audrey's legacy will live on through her surviving husband, George Pyo Jr., their children and ...

Charles J. ‘Chuck’ Wilk

Charles J. "Chuck" Wilk, 87, Cresson, died Sunday at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.He was born in Cresson, son of the late Stanley T. and Helen M. (Goral) Wilk.Surviving are five children: Alison Williams (Chuck) of Millsboro, Del., Christopher (Lisa) of Cresson, Kathy Wilk in Florida, ...

Penn State Altoona neighborhoods ‘overrun’

Concerning student housing: We live in close proximity to Penn State Altoona campus.From June through August, it is one of the nicest neighborhoods in town - no wild parties breaking up at 4 a.m., no muffler-free cars, no racing on Wehnwood Road.But when the students return, the scene changes ...

Fort Roberdeau not place for playground

An urban-style playground at Fort Roberdeau? That's an anachronism. It just flat out does not belong there.Ipso facto, the fort complex already has a playground: To wit, all the many acres of natural fields and woodlands where anyone - kids and adults - can have great outdoor experiences. The ...

‘Student slums’ haven’t become problem here

The Pennsylvania House Local Government Committee is conducting hearings regarding the student housing regulations that municipalities have enacted.Representative Sue Helm of Dauphin County claims the housing regulations are a form of discrimination against students.Student housing presents ...

Tea party thrives on intimidation

Late last month, I had the opportunity to attend a Meet the Candidates night sponsored by the Blair County Tea Party.While I find many of the BCTP's ideas consistent with the liberties we used to enjoy in this country, their approach in presenting their ideas leaves quite a foul taste in the ...

Officer got raw deal for doing his job

I'm confused. On Feb. 11, 2015, Allen Mowery admitted to acting belligerently when he was arrested by Mark Sprouse and two other Altoona police officers.Mowery admitted to being drunk, and he admitted to trying to headbutt officer Sprouse.Mowery admitted to becoming aggressive when he got ...

Flip side of development

I was surprised to read Dr. Dr. Mohammad Dowlut wanted to build a cabinet manufacturing shop in this nice area. What a shame.Businesses seem to forget about the good people of Altoona. When a gas station is built, your property value goes down. When a hotel is built, houses get displaced. When ...

Closing St. Patrick would be injustice

The impact of a school closing may seem minute and little cause for people to react. Think it over carefully.In the case of St. Patrick School, Newry, the time, commitment and involvement that families have invested is part of a faith that goes to a very deep level. That faith needs to be ...

America must stand up, and not lose its voice

America needs to wake up.We, the people, need to stand up to our government and let it know that we are supposed to control it, and not it controlling us.Many Americans are just sitting on their behinds, not doing anything. The reason why our government is controlling us, is because we let ...

Better alternative to fixing Frankstown Bridge

The bridges of Blair County - it may sound like the title of a wildly popular book of about a decade or so ago - is very important to the taxpayers of this county and the residents of the East Loop and Locke Mountain Road areas.For those of us living in this area, the Frankstown Bridge is our ...

Act getting old

I'm getting a little tired of reading about the teachers and state Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr.In the first place, today's teachers, or most of them, weren't even around when changes should have been made to the pension plan.Originally, self-employed people, teachers, state employees, doctors ...

Save St. Pat’s School

How often have each of us felt defeated or that we've sort of lost our way?During those times, somehow someone is sent to guide or help us with our problems or concerns. If we have faith and are patient, circumstances seem to turn toward the better course.Nothing is truly impossible if we have ...

Closing St. Patrick would be mistake

Take my hand. Let's walk through the facilities and grounds of St. Patrick GradeSchool, Newry.The building enclosed with brick is warm, cozy, and hallways are usually filled with artifacts of children in varieties of colors. Inside are classrooms from preschool to eighth grade that contain ...

Cemetery condition poor

Every time I go to Oak Ridge Cemetery to pay my respects, my first reaction is shock, then disgust, then sadness.A place where you go to visit your deceased loved ones is supposed to be peaceful and serene, not one that looks like a jungle and is so neglected.When I go to other cemeteries, I ...

Chief should be graduate

This letter is about the article in the June 4 Mirror regarding the confirmation hearings regarding the "outsider" Marcus Brown as our state police commissioner.I urge all who read this letter to write to both of our local legislators to introduce a simply worded bill to read: "The state police ...

SSI, welfare overused

I made one mistake when I was young - I went to work. Today, of all the people I know and come in contact with, there are more people on Supplemental Security Income and welfare than there are working. There are young people on SSI who have never put a dime into the system.There are many things ...

Drivers beware

I walk my dog on Brush Mountain Road almost every day. To those of you who think it is "good fun" to travel up and down Brush Mountain Road well over the speed limit - beware. To those of you who travel up and down Brush Mountain Road and refuse to move over just a foot or two to give us ...

Primaries healthy

It is time for Democrats to get their heads out of the sand. I am referring to the predetermined notion that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee for president.The Democratic Party has alternatives; candidates such as Bernie Sanders and Lincoln Chafee provide credible resumes to be ...