Letters to the Editor

Misplaced priorities

Pennsylvania ranks number five in the nation in the corruption sweepstakes.Our legislators have been receiving jail time one after the other, and Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. is worried about teachers sending emails?The "good old boys" stick together and don't say a bad word about one another. ...

Protect drinking water

Canoe Creek is a great spot for fishing year-round.The nearby lake, wetlands, mature forests and fields provide the preferred landscape for migrating birds and other wildlife.With trails winding through the many habitats, Canoe Creek's shores also provide much enjoyment for hikers.It's great ...

Eichelberger proving he has vendetta

Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, has launched a personal crusade to discipline public school teachers, through their school districts' superintendents, for wasting taxpayer funds by using school equipment and time to send personal emails to their elected legislators.Maybe someone should ...

Eichelberger lives in glass house

In the interest of full disclosure, I wish to begin this letter by stating that I am a teacher.It is a well-known fact that our local senator, John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, despises the teaching profession in general and teachers in particular.He has made his feelings well known on many ...

Senator bullies those who disagree with him

State Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, is using his position and taxpayer dollars to intimidate and bully voters who disagree with him.Recently, Eichelberger printed out emails he received from teachers who oppose him. He mailed copies to the superintendents and board members of said ...

Seniors appreciate more park benches

As a senior citizen with limited mobility, I would find it nice to see more benches close to stores.Waiting on a bus, senior citizen van or other transportation for any length of time can be painful.This limits me to where I can shop, and I would like to be able to try other stores, if more ...

Educational experience soured Eichelberger

I honestly feel sorry for Senator John H. Eichelberger Jr. for a number of reasons.First and foremost is the fact that he doesn't get it. How can an elected member of the legislative body not understand that it was his colleagues and constituents that voted on and passed the pension regulations ...

Three area cemeteries need major attention

I am responding to the article on Fairview Cemetery.This has been a growing subject for many years. There are three cemeteries here in our area that one day will be in total disrepair in years to come.It was just in the news with Oak Ridge. We then go back to Fairview, and now we need to add ...

Christian lacking in Catholic schools

I have recently been involved in the meeting giving the results for consolidation of local Catholic elementary schools.The analytical "dollars only approach" is a poor example of an approach.The middle school model loses the sense of community, and the parent involvement and volunteerism will ...

City code enforcement lagging in its duties

I went to the City of Altoona's website to search for the disposition of an abandoned house in my neighborhood.I opened the link for code and inspections, and further opened the "Unresolved property maintenance with summary citations issued" link.Here is what I found: All listings were from ...

Mirror deserving

The Altoona Mirror news and sports staff award winners deserve congratulations.The Mirror is unique in that it thoroughly covers local news and keeps readers up to date on important Pennsylvania, United States and world news.It is a worthy newspaper.Nancy BehrendtAltoona

Fix the real problem

Why are we spending all that money on that guard rail (I call them death spikes) on I-99 when all of our bridges need work?Benjamin J. JohnstonAltoona

America’s freedoms very much at risk

How sound are our freedoms here in the United States of America?We the people are under great stress and being tested with regard to our core values.The foundation of this great nation was formed by great men of integrity, and yet today, these values and laws are being questioned as being ...

‘Don’t shoot first and think later’

Why is everybody so afraid of the NRA? It seems they run this country, not the people.Altoona is bringing itself into compliance with preemption law, carrying and discharging firearms in city parks and recreational facilities.Remember this when you take your children to a park to play: If a gun ...

Ban all animals, not just elephants, at circus

With regard to the circus elephants being abused, kudos to the local news on this matter, making the public aware that it is not only the elephants, but all the animals that are trained by the circus with such unethical treatment.If a baby elephant is born under these circumstances, it is taken ...

After divorce, share parenting

More than one-third of our nation's states are taking steps toward allowing more children to grow up with both parents in their lives when parents split, and now is the time for Pennsylvania to join this crucial movement.At a time when nearly 20 states are considering shared parenting ...

Gov., Legislature must accept pension reality

It's that time of year when public schools and also the state finalize their budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. As usual, many schools come up short of money.What to do or where to cut?Enter Tom Wolf and his "tax the heck out of everything and everybody" plan, promising pie in the sky, ...

Theater long overdue

What's wrong with the new theater?I am writing this letter in response to Elizabeth K. Shade's May 28 letter, "Why another theater?"My question: Why not? Has she been to the two Carmike Theaters lately? Both are severely outdated and are not in good condition.It is a shame that people go out of ...

Mental help available

I'd like to add support to the May 31 (Life) article "Lovato the face of mental health campaign."The National Alliance on Mental Illness has several outreach programs people can find out about at www.nami.org and 800-950-NAMI.Ok2Talk is a good place to start talking with other young adults ...

Santorum? Please

Look up the word arrogance in the dictionary. One of the definitions you will find should be a picture of Rick Santorum.He was handily voted out of the Senate because of his arrogance and incompetence. Now, once again, he is running for president. Are you kidding me?That's like being fired from ...