Letters to the Editor

Helicopter crash was in dangerous zone

Maybe the helicopter crash on March 10, 2015, in the panhandle of Florida, taking the lives of 11 people (seven Marines and four Louisiana Air National Guard soldiers) could have been prevented.Without knowing the details, I think this accident may have been prevented if the pilot and crew ...

A cooperative effort

On Saturday, March 7, I attended the Altoona Symphony Orchestra performance "Homage to Heritage."It was outstanding.On the way home, I realized I had left my purse at the Mishler Theatre.After an unsuccessful attempt to reach anyone at the Mishler, I called the Altoona Police Department.The ...

Editorial right on

The editorial ("Reckless spending must stop")?on March 26 was absolutely right.The reckless spending by Congress must stop.The average cost to taxpayers per year for food stamps is $36. The average cost per year for corporate subsidies is $870. Before the government harms people like Wal-Mart ...

Plight of Jewish Americans

"I don't understand how Jews in America can be Democrats first and Jewish second and support Israel along the line of just following their president," vented Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, on Boston Herald Radio last week.It was a small controversy in the grand scheme of things, easily overlooked ...

Hollidaysburg board focused on safety

A small group of parents and their friends (whose children were disciplined) are attacking the Hollidaysburg Area School District on our zero tolerance stance.This small group feels their children should be given special treatment. They feel privileged and are self serving. We cannot jeopardize ...

Cove program shines

Once again, the Cove Community Chorus under Tom Kunkle outdid themselves in their concert "Come to the Music."The program, held March 21 and 22, was tremendous.The special guests "New Journey" outdid themselves in the trio selections they chose and the audience reacted in kind. The other ...

Pension system doesn’t need legislators’ input

Pennsylvania's pension problem wasn't created overnight.It is the result of more than a decade of state agency employers' failing to make the required payments into pension funds, while public employees faithfully paid into the system year after year.In 2010, Act 120, which reduced retirement ...

Local legislators eye PSEA apology

A recent letter to the Mirror by the leaders of the PSEA in Blair County indulged either delusion or willful deceit.We would love to be getting money from the Koch brothers, but that hasn't happened, nor is it likely. And the governor's plan they support is not good for taxpayers.In fact, in ...

Letter unfairly depicted Shuster; he’s pro-vet

Shuster continues to be strong voice for veterans.I am a veteran of the Iraq war and, after reading a letter ("Shuster wrong for war stance,") which recently appeared in the Altoona Mirror, I felt compelled to respond.While the author of a Feb. 20 letter criticizing our Cong. Bill Shuster seems ...

Trust subjected to law

Your recent article on trusts in the Blair Living magazine, left out an important piece of information.If you have a trust, and you need long-term care in a nursing facility, the trust is subject to Medicaid laws and could make you ineligible for Medicaid.Beth HiteHollidaysburg

In covering Obama, Fox shows its colors

Russia and China want to take over America. How could any American praise the leader of another country who wants to do this?People at Fox News and Sarah Palin have done just that. Fox thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin is a he-man - a man of action. Palin says he wrestles bears and drills ...

Climate change debate makes no sense

This is in response to "Debate on Climate has it All Wrong" by Walter E. Williams on March 11: "Climate change is no longer debated."Walter E. Williams is the one who has it all wrong.The debate over climate change has been settled: 98 percent of climate experts agree that climate change is ...

Circus should retire all of the animals

Ringling Brothers circus has finally decided to take elephants out of performance - a great decision, although one made for the wrong reasons.Instead of admitting to the pain and suffering - both physical and emotional - all wild creatures live with in captivity, Ringling ends its tradition ...

Witnessing dog’s death leaves haunting feeling

Never had a chance.At 8:15 p.m. last Wednesday, I was traveling south between Duncansville and Newry when I noticed a large dog in the opposite lane.Even though it wasn't in my lane, I had no problem seeing him and started to slow down.The car in the oncoming lane had the dog directly in his ...

Social workers deserve this month’s recognition

Since 1965, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has named March as the annual month to recognize the profession of social work, which is accepted as the foundation for building involvement with residents, patients, family members and staff.By acting as active advocates for these ...

BG’s ‘Music Man’ a hit

I recently returned from the Mishler Theatre after watching Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School's production of "The Music Man."It was absolutely marvelous.Everyone connected with that show should be very proud. I can't believe there is that much talent in one school.I watched that movie many ...

Insurance companies need federal oversight

After watching a "60 Minutes" interview about how the insurance companies are treating Katrina and Sandy hurricane victims, I was shocked beyond belief.As if these victims of the damage weren't hurting enough, the insurance companies twisted the knife already in their backs. Insurance companies ...

Law enforcement should police church

In the Feb. 28 Mirror, there was a front-page article about Robert Kelly, a Catholic priest accused of child abuse decades ago.It stated that the priest was being kept away from children and forbidden to serve as a priest until the diocese completes an internal investigation.Tony DeGol, ...

Hold local legislators accountable

When we read John H. Eichelberger Jr.'s blog regarding Gov. Tom Wolf's budget address, we were left wondering, who does he work for?We thought legislators were supposed to be the voice of the taxpayers who vote for them and pay for their $84,000 annual salary and their benefits and retirement - ...

Harrisburg should look in mirror — its own

We have heard the Pennsylvania politicians talk for years about school and real estate taxes.Their claim is that they cannot find the money for this. All Harrisburg has to do is look in the mirror.I have some suggestions where Harrisburg can help with the funding. Sell the governor's mansion. ...