Letters to the Editor

Concert includes act of heroism

On Dec. 16, I attended the Blair Concert Chorale Christmas concert at the Misciagna Theatre at Penn State Altoona. I was seated and noticed a flurry of activity in the aisle behind me. It appeared that a man had fainted. Someone shouted for medical assistance. My nephew, Andrew Williams, ...

Harrison Avenue needs attention

Harrison Avenue, which provides access to two homes, has never been paved and still remains a muddy, potholed road. I am a senior citizen who every winter must remove the snow from this city street. I am sorry about the nameless business person’s complaint about downtown paving, but he ...

UPMC should address parking

I am writing this to say that UPMC is a big bully. They are buying properties to make more parking. There’s a big article in the paper about them building another lot and saying how it would help them with parking. That is so far from the truth. Go on Fifth Street, and you can hardly get ...

Lower school taxes have some benefits

Can you imagine our local school system with a lower school tax? I know what you’re thinking: It’s hard to believe. But whether you care or not, lowering school tax has benefits. Here are a few: One problem is stress. A parent might worry about his or her financial state and become ...

Chorus concert ‘one big family’

I recently attended the Hollidaysburg Community Chorus and Children’s Community Chorus under the direction of Sandy Harteis, and what an enjoyable Sunday afternoon of Christmas music it was. The Children’s Community Chorus is directed by Bonnie Ebersole with guest soloist Julie Hanlon, ...

Dogs don’t belong in grocery carts

On a recent grocery shopping trip, my wife and I were checking out. We saw a man checking out in another lane with a dog sitting in the shopping cart on top and his groceries underneath. Don’t get me wrong: I like animals as much as everyone else, but they belong in their right place — ...

Hollidaysburg should monitor lunch closely

Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School has removed 12 minutes from student lunch time, but will not adequately monitor lunch for students who jump the lunch line. These students know when to jump line and receive no correction or discipline. I intend this as an alert to parents who may not ...

Drug court initiative is Kopriva’s legacy

In a recent Mirror article, I was reminded of a Blair County court program that touted and complimented a 17-year initiative and its innovator, retiring judge Jolene Kopriva. Remembering when she decided to run for the bench, I recall how excited I was that such an outstanding person was ...

Eichelberger overstepping

Senator John Eichelberger and Jessica Barnett with the Commonwealth Foundation apparently think they should be able to control the paychecks of state employees. I thought that once money was in a paycheck it belonged to the employee. Deductions from that paycheck such as income tax or ...

Harrisburg needs serious wish list

Dear Santa, It’s that time of year when young and old have dreams and hopes of what they would like to get for Christmas. Here’s my wish list of presents for all Pennsylvanians that I think they would like to receive from Harrisburg: First on the list would be an on time and balanced ...

Glendale response lacked urgency

Columbine, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Santana High School, Red Lake Senior High and 155 more school shootings since the year 2000 have occurred in the United States. The death toll stands at 486 human beings. It won’t stop there. There is a commonality about it all, a sad bonding, you ...

Net neutrality needs to be preserved

Last Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held on the repealing of net neutrality. This Obama-era regulation, put into practice in 2015, forced companies such as Comcast and Verizon to treat all websites equally and not purposely slow down user internet speeds for various ...

Commissioners are shortsighted

This is a copy of a letter I sent to the Blair County commissioners. I think it is outrageous to propose a 25 percent increase of the county tax on property. This is coming on the heels of the property reassessment which should have solved your deficit problem. My mother is 97 years old, ...

UPMC Bedford lets women down

As a UPMC Health Insurance subscriber, I receive an inordinate amount of expensive mail. At great expense, UPMC ships not one but two enormous medical plan books to my home every year. They seem to be unaware that my spouse with the same address and last name also lives here. Secondly, ...

Sunderman left musical legacy

I attended The Sunderman Memorial Concert Series on Dec. 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Juniata. Sunderman left a generous musical legacy to Trinity in establishing this concert series, which they are happy to share with the community. He wrote, “For me, there is nothing more stimulating ...

Altoona council will miss Haire

In a few days, the Altoona City Council will be sworn in minus the man that worked very hard to bring Altoona back to financial stability. Current Councilman Michael Haire will leave office after a loss in the general election last May. This is politics, granted. Haire is a married family ...

County handling of sex case ‘textbook’

Recent media coverage and commentary including perhaps mine regarding the 2011 juvenile probation office intern youth sex incident may lead the public to mischaracterize the overall performance of the juvenile probation office and its director, Nancy Williams, in response to this incident. A ...

Mishandling of case smells of a cover-up

The act of sexual abuse directed toward anyone is revolting and should not be tolerated by anyone. However, the revelations regarding the sexual escapade of a former Blair County intern, and the abysmal response of nearly every individual in a position of authority in the courthouse, leaves ...

Cyber schools different, but they’re not inferior

I would like to correct the record as stated in a recent letter to the editor titled, “Local schools are superior to cyber.” As a special education and social studies instructor at the Central PA Digital Learning Foundation (CPDLF), a cyber charter school in Duncansville, I have a ...

Longer vets’ program provides worthy tribute

In the wake of the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, I am reminded of the patriotism and respect shown by more than 500 children at the Charles W. Longer Elementary School on Veterans’ Day. Their assembly program was entitled “Women in the Military.” With my 91-year-old mother sitting ...