Letters to the Editor

Trump has caused division in our nation

President Trump is a misogynistic, xenophobic, pathological liar and a bully who is such an incompetent president that he terrifies me. He is a liar who continually distorts reality to make himself look good. His administration is a disaster. The number of personnel who were fired or who ...

Contents in trucks can be dangerous

Why is it that trucks (including township trucks) can have loose items in their beds? Is there no law that can stop this? How easy it is for a bag of leaves or other items to fly off and cause an accident. I see this from small pick-up trucks to large township trucks. It is time the ...

AASD board lacking fiscal responsibility

I read with interest the article appearing in the Mirror on Nov. 18 concerning the division on the current Altoona Area School District Board. It describes the division between the “tax and spend five” members who freely approve excessive spending contrary to the public’s wishes, and ...

McGinnis’ standard should be applauded

I hope residents of the 79th Legislative District and all across the commonwealth will join me in a grateful, enthusiastic salute to the truly honorable Rep. John D McGinnis. Next week, McGinnis will officially keep the last of several promises he made (and kept) almost seven years ago — to ...

Veterans Day parade shows off Altoona pride

What a parade we saw on Veterans Day in Altoona. The neighboring communities, along with the city groups, made me so proud to be from this area. I was “First on Station,” April 23, 1965, in Vietnam. When President Johnson declared the Vietnam conflict in 1965, our ship was first to arrive ...

Foreman restores Republican unity

Although he was not on the Nov. 6 ballot, I would like to congratulate Blair County Republican chairperson Jim Foreman for his stellar performance. Foreman’s positive brand of leadership, along with his ceaseless work, has noticeably strengthened our party. He envisioned the ...

Enjoy Thanksgiving that’s free of cruelty

While President Donald Trump is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a non-violent Thanksgiving observance. And here are some other good reasons: - You can brag about pardoning a turkey — like Trump (or not). - You ...

Trump’s harsh words fuel hatred, violence

Cesar Sayoc, who mailed pipe bombs to President Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, CNN and others, is a huge fan of President Donald Trump. When Trump gets behind his bully pulpit and belittles these people and these organizations, blaming everything on “fake news,” his most avid ...

Shouldn’t schools have enough money?

I recently heard a reporter on TV state that the Mega Ball and Power Ball make millions of dollars on their sales. He stated that the money goes to education. Please, someone tell the public as to what part of education. I have also heard where many schools are so poor that many teachers ...

Joyce’s courage following footsteps

Seventy-four years ago last week, our father suffered severe wounds on the front line while serving his country during World War II. On the anniversary of his injury, my sister happened to come across a letter among family papers that he wrote home from a hospital, just four months after this ...

Public schools are making a difference

America’s public school educators and school support professionals prepare our students to tackle the challenges of tomorrow and succeed. They teach students to read great books and become math wizards. They introduce children to the wonders of history and science. They stay after ...

Sadly, country lacks mental health education

It seems like every time I turn on the news or open the paper, there’s another horrendous story about murder, mass shootings, bomb threats, or other violent acts. For whatever reason, people think violence is OK and the most appropriate way to end disputes. Our culture has less and less ...

Newspapers ‘tent pole’ of community

According to a recent online article in Editor and Publisher, a Nielsen Scarborough study suggested “that in an average month, 169 million adults read a U.S. newspaper. They may be reading it in one or more iterations — in print, on the web, via a mobile app, courtesy of an e-newsletter or ...

Health care plans can solve problems

There has been extensive press coverage regarding financing of our health care. The current system, including Obamacare, is not working and continues to become more expensive. Because of the high cost, many employers and individuals find it difficult to afford and may drop health insurance ...

Legislation will protect prisons

Flying under the radar at the close of the recent state legislative session was a new law that will create a formal process to consider the closure of a state prison facility. In the last five years, three state prisons have closed with little or no warning, affecting thousands of corrections ...

Socialism is no real threat

This is in response to an Oct. 13 column in the Mirror, “Socialism will tank economy,” by Betsy McCaughey. McCaughey’s column was filled with Trumpism, irrationalism and outright lies. She claimed that many Democrats view capitalism in a negative light and want to replace that system ...

Tamburitzans put on show to remember

On Sunday, Oct. 28, we attended the 4 p.m. performance of the Pittsburgh-based Tamburitzans at the Mishler Theatre. To my surprise, when I called the theater the Wednesday before the performance, there were still tickets available, so I hurriedly rushed to the box office. Again, to my ...

Hollidaysburg parade should be at night

The Hollidaysburg Hallo­ween parade is fast becoming a parody of itself. For years, the parade started at 6 p.m., and it lasted no less than two full hours. To get a good spot for viewing the parade, you had to get there two hours or so before it started. People would be lined up three- and ...

Parties must work together to ‘calm storm’

We are under attack in a way my father, a World War II veteran, would not have understood. He was a very intelligent man and would be so sad to see our country so divided and angry. He was no fool and would have believed the U.S. Intelligence agencies’ charge that Russia interfered with ...

City needs more manufacturing jobs

The city of Altoona, being flush with cash, now needs to focus on jobs. Former Mayor Bill Schirf set up a business-like plan for Altoona. This plan has produced excellent results; going forward will need his leadership. Altoona will need to stop increasing retail spaces and make time for ...