Letters to the Editor

Rate of absorption for calcium is about 20 to 40 percent

Dear Dr. Roach: What is the body's rate of absorption for calcium? - A.Answer: The textbook answer is 20 percent to 40 percent, but in reality, the answer is very complicated, as it depends on total body and intracellular calcium, vitamin D levels, presence of phosphates in food and other ...

Horoscope

Today's birthday: Feb. 23You'll step up the self-care and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Let's say your emotions are a kind of bank account. Someone close to you is making a withdrawal that's much larger than is fair, agreed upon or allowed. There needs to be a deposit to ...

Ross deserving

Congratulations to Lanny Ross, the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center's Director.Ross, in his 20 years as director, has put many young people on the right path in life and helped them to become educated in the intricacies of joining society with the basics of a trade, that is better ...

Special disinterest

All of the people elected to Harrisburg or Washington from this area are tools of special interest groups with their big money backers.I bet even the two new people to Harrisburg are also tools for groups with special interests.Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr.'s agenda is the Commonwealth ...

Shuster wrong for war stance

Off to war again?Hi, ho, hi, ho, it's off to war we go. (Sung to the tune by Disney's seven dwarfs.)That was what came to mind after I saw U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster on TV saying, "We should go after ISIL."He, most Republicans, and some Democrats want to put boots on the ground where ever ISIL ...

Shuster did not error

The letters to the editor by Joe Wiedemer and Lenny Metz about the increase in the gas tax aren't relevant to Rep. Bill Shuster's comment that "there were no plans for a gas tax hike."They do realize he is our representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, don't they, and not our ...

Practice safety during whiteouts

During a snow whiteout in the state of Michigan on Friday, Jan. 9, 193 vehicles crashed into one another.This included cars and trucks, with one fatality reported. The cleanup took more than two days to free all traffic lanes.Using our experiences in Pennsylvania, I believe that during unsafe ...

Keeping taxes down important to seniors

Since I was accused in a recent letter to the editor of not caring about children ("School board hurting Hollidaysburg's future," Feb. 7), I would like to explain why I did not vote to raise the property taxes when I had the privilege to serve on the HASD School Board from 2009-13.While ...

Surrendering to the Joneses

A new report on consumer spending shows that consumers are not spending. Economists thought that the savings from cheaper gasoline - hundreds of dollars a year for most - would be hauled to the stores.But non-gasoline retail spending didn't budge last month, flat after falling a bit in ...

Proud to carry name of local Navy casualty

On Feb. 18, 1942 - 73 years ago tomorrow - three U.S. ships left the coast of Portland, Maine, bound for Argentina, Newfoundland.The weather was bad, and the seas were very high when they left port.Two ships were Navy destroyers, the U.S.S. Truxtun and the U.S.S. Wilkes. They were escorting the ...

Manslaughter in order

I am highly upset that two brothers in a drunk canoe accident that killed one of their fiances are not getting a manslaughter charge.What kind of reputation does this show for the Elk County court?Driving or controlling any vehicle or off-road vehicle while intoxicated severely impairs your ...

Kane targeted unfairly

This is my response to Michael Straw's letter ("Obama has bettered his life, not ours") printed Jan. 15:I hope Attorney General Kathleen Kane keeps her job and fights against these charges. She is being targeted because she broke up the good, old boys club.Everyone got caught for doing things ...

Mayoral field thin

Where is the plethora of quality, capable mayoral candidates promised to us by way of the recently passed Home Rule Charter?Heather EckelsFormer Government Study Commission MemberAltoona

BG shows vision in snow

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School has recently implemented the use of technology during times of inclement weather to continue the students' learning at home.I believe both students and teachers would benefit from using technology during unexpected weather conditions, and all school ...

Pennsylvanians being shortchanged

In 2013, the majority of our elected legislators in Harrisburg legislated, passed and enacted a law for a three-year plan that ends in 2017 that raised the gas tax about 10 cents each year, the diesel tax about 13 cents each year for every gallon of fuel that is sold in Pennsylvania and also ...

Altoona must consider all of its students

I'd like to commend the Altoona Area School District's constant efforts to improve the quality of education in our area.The elementary and secondary schools are already offering a superior education through classroom and extracurricular opportunities, yet administrators are often in search of ...

Shuster speaks with forked tongue

A letter to the editor by Joe Wiedemer said that Bill Shuster stated that "There were no plans for a gas tax hike," and he was going to put a bill in to cover cost of fixing roads and bridges.Lo and behold, the very next day the Mirror had an article that stated "Gas taxes to go in effect ...

Murder suspects should face death

I read the recent story about the killing of a young girl, Stephanie Waters of Roaring Spring.I want you to think of all the things she will never experience and enjoy - life and all it has to offer.I say both suspects are equally guilty and should face the same punishment - death.But being a ...

Doctor left legacy as ‘gentleman, scholar’

I was saddened to learn of the passing of my friend and colleague, Dr. Frank Sangiorgio.When I moved to this area 20 years ago, Sangiorgio was immediately welcoming and helpful.I quickly learned he'd led a varied and fascinating life. Growing up in New York City, like myself, he had a manner ...

Gov’t officials need same rules

While Washington burned, President Barack Obama was golfing.After reading the Jan. 26 letter by Layne Thiele ("Republicans never gave Obama chance"), I am inclined to think golfing is more important to this president than governing.During the first two years of the Obama administration, both ...