Letters to the Editor

Term limits needed

The budget is stuffed with more pork than a Jimmy Dean sausage.With millions of dollars in a proposed budget deficit, politicians are still funding state agencies that are obsolete.Any honest politician would grow numb in the day-to-day dealings in the state capitol.Many politicians check their ...

Unjustified expense

Federal bureaucracies continue to request additional funding with many requests being denied because of the lack of funds.Yet the House and Senate approve of the expenditure of our tax dollars to be spent by teams in NASCAR, Indy Car and the NHRA.The total amount runs into many millions.The ...

Help vets get fair share

As a veteran of the United States of America's military, I have concern for the veterans' affairs and the ones who oversee this institution.Many who receive a livelihood from this fund and their families sit in judgment as to what a veteran is worthy to receive for his/her part in keeping this ...

Be wary of waste

The drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was recently fouled by animal waste.With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen again in our own state.The problem has become pervasive.Waste from chicken farms has rendered the ocean off the ...

‘Better left unsaid’

On Sunday, Aug. 3, the Mirror ran a story "Native accused of killing girl, self."This happened July 25 in Virginia. I am a firm believer in the public's right to know, but some things are better left unsaid.I did not know the family or their friends, but their pain has to be ...

Separating facts from fiction on AWA

In response to an opinion printed Saturday, July 12, "Leasing Altoona water could solve money woes," I can no longer sit idly by and accept some of the untruths and misconceptions written about the Altoona Water Authority (AWA).To set the record straight: The city of Altoona is not bankrupt. It ...

Toomey’s votes not helping seniors

I am dismayed by Sen. Pat Toomey's recent effort to defund Operation Choke Point, a program which is cracking down on banks and third-party payment processors that are committing financial crimes against senior citizens.One in four seniors is a victim of fraud.That's why I'm really surprised ...

Bed bug concerns

I am a private concerned citizen who has seen a recent epidemic of bed-bug infestation, and landlords are ignoring this issue.This is outrageous.When this is brought to their attention, you would expect these landlords to take action but no, they expect their tenants to move into this mess.I ...

‘Our country needs help, and I mean fast’

I woke up this morning with a overwhelming feeling of dread.As I sat there thinking about the state of our country and the direction it's headed, I sank deeper and deeper into a depressed state.Why are we allowing our country that so many have fought and died to protect and keep free, fall ...

History lesson needed

In 2010, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia and the four other corporate plutocratic-minded justices forced the lawyers presenting a suit directed at a portion of the McCain Feingold Campaign Law into a wider question of campaign finance law.This new case as directed by Scalia and the four ...

Collusion on gas prices

I read your article about the gas prices in Bedford, where gas prices were 40 cents per gallon less than here, and in Lamar, they are 30 cents a gallon less.How come all the service stations around Altoona are all within 3 or 4 cents of each other but always higher than the surrounding areas ...

Decision to publish article insensitive

It is with a broken heart that I write this letter.Can someone, please, tell me the purpose of this article (Aug. 3): "Native accused of killing girl, self."What was the writer thinking? What was the purpose of the article? Did they think of the families involved? Did this belong on the front ...

Congress should rid itself of partisanship

Once again I was sickened by the partisan moves that are taking place in our Congress.The House of Representatives, on a 225 to 201 vote, recently took an unprecedented move by the extremist tea-party faction of the Republican party against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the ...

Adoption is solution to immigration problem

One possible solution for the situation with unaccompanied children flooding our southern border would be to permit the adoption of these children by responsible families.That way they would be housed, clothed, fed and educated. That would prevent them from becoming a drain on society in ...

Neighborhood hits low

I read with interest Denny Shore's letter (July 26) about the neighborhood with the mess. Next door, we have trash and garbage and filth.We have lived here for 46 years and have never experienced anything like this. We have some very nice neighbors, and then we have this.City codes notified ...

Clearing the air on Ramey tax increase

With regard to the letter from Carla Mullen of Smithmill regarding the recent ordinance for the 1-mill tax increase to assist in funding the Ramey Fire Company, a few points were misconstrued and need clarification.Mullen reported that of the 120 calls in 2013, no one was billed for the fire ...

Human rights are a belief, not a science

The current conflict in the Middle East once again has the militant atheists up in arms about how "destructive" all religious belief is and has been to humanity.But it's cute how these supposed intellectuals always seem to miss the obvious.While it's true lots of wrong has been done in the name ...

PSU Altoona crew shows its kindness

Thumbs up to the PSU Altoona maintenance crew that rescued a baby killdeer that had fallen into a drain in the campus parking lot.My wife and I were at the weekly farmers market that takes place on campus when we witnessed the killdeer family walking along a curb.One of the baby birds lost his ...

Follow France’s lead

I'd rather be a good man than a king. I don't want anyone to follow me or be like me. I am my own person and independent, but I find a lot of people want me to believe like them, and they spend millions of dollars to convince me.Elections are coming up this fall, and the political commercials ...

Full of ‘half truths’

Suhail Shafi's letter of July 25 calling for an end to Israel's "assaults" in Gaza and accusing Israel of war crimes is probably one of the most blatant attempts at misleading the public I've ever read.He offers a very lopsided account of the situation, presenting only his own strongly held ...