Letters to the Editor

Eichelberger runs by his own agenda

I attended a town hall meeting last week in Martinsburg hosted by Sen. John Eichelberger. What I witnessed shocked and dismayed me and was an affront to all who believe in the foundation upon which our country was built. Like the current occupant of the White House, Eichelberger is very thin ...

Getting back sight is a precious gift

According to the American Foundation for the Blind (2015), 23.7 million Americans are living with vision loss, and 35 percent of those individuals are considered poor or nearly poor. Prevent Blindness America (PBA) reports the annual economic burden of eye disease and vision loss is $139 ...

New school building? An expensive mistake

The proposal to build a new $88 million high school is a terrible idea. As many know, the school board’s budget still has yet to pay off loans owed for the construction of the new junior high school ($2 million a year, which led to hefty tax hikes across Altoona). So one must ask: How ...

Cancer screenings protected, for now

Despite the chaos that currently defines federal policy on health care, buried in the recently passed Congressional budget is an important if transient boost for women’s health. Specifically, insurance companies must continue to cover annual breast cancer screening for women ages 40 and ...

Hollidaysburg service benefits retirees

Recently, our retirement community had a very pleasant experience involving students from Hollidaysburg Area High School. The school district requires students to perform service hours in order to qualify for graduation. One of our residents works for the district and suggested we contact ...

Veterans appreciate community efforts

The Armed Forces Day Committee wishes to thank all who helped to make the May 20 event a great success. We appreciate the efforts of all who volunteered, made donations of time, food and money and those who attended the event. These include our guest speaker Captain Jeff Dietze, local ...

Be mindful, please, of your postal carrier

In April, the United States Postal Service promoted National Dog Bite Prevention Week. I am writing to ask our customers to extend their efforts and help make this “National Dog Bite Prevention Year.” Pet owners’ efforts are critical when you consider the number of Postal Service ...

Trump, Congress need to focus on steel jobs

The emotional turmoil that is happening in Washington, D.C., is ridiculous. When the blue-collar workers who elected President Donald Trump heard the words “steel-mill jobs” they showed up to vote. I guess Rep. Bill Shuster and Sen. Pat Toomey didn’t hear the speech. On Jan. 20, ...

Mentally disabled centers are vital

In January, the state of Pennsylvania announced the closing of Hamburg State Center. This is one of the five remaining state centers for the intellectually disabled. This is done to save money. They will move the residents into homes in the community or the house next door. Centers for ...

Too often, big business shows world with greed

The article in Sunday’s Mirror about where to put the oil pipeline in Pennsylvania is the arrogance of big business. Big business has the attitude that they can go anywhere they want, and land property owners have no recourse because the rich people and greedy politicians pushed through ...

Repealing ACA would have devastating effect

With my husband battling cancer for the past two years, I have seen firsthand how quickly medical costs can skyrocket. The House Republicans’ repeal and replace bill would have a devastating effect on every family facing serious illness by repealing the essential benefits provisions in the ...

Here’s a vote against remodeling B building

I feel that rebuilding the B building of the Altoona Area High School is unnecessary. During the remodeling, the ninth graders would need to be moved to the high school. Putting ninth graders into the high school will just crowd the students and staff members. In order for the staff to ...

District should be cautious with spending

Imagine buying more than 100 houses in the city of Altoona. This is the equivalent of paying for the new expansion planned to be added to the Altoona Area High School. More than $88 million is planned on a new building in one of the busiest parts of town to allow students to get a ...

Owning an animal is privilege, not a right

More than 50 percent of fur that is from clothing comes from China, where millions of dogs and cats are skinned and left to bleed to death. Animal cruelty or animal neglect can be intentional or unintentional. If someone wants an animal, I believe he or she should give it what it needs. ...

AASD board shows its irresponsibility

After reading the story about the AASD board meeting on May 15, I have to wonder what kind of fiscally irresponsible people we have on the board. The story highlights the fact that the budget for this coming year has a $9 million deficit, which the proposed 5-mill tax increase will only ...

Trump must think before he acts

The following paragraph was taken from an article written by Justice William O. Douglas: “History shows that the main architect of regressive laws were often men of good intentions. Their reasons sometimes had the ring of patriotism to them, the protection of the safety of the state against ...

Editorial position ‘blatantly prejudicial’

The Mirror’s “our view” in the May 8 edition is so blatantly prejudicial from what should be an unbiased newspaper that it requires a response. In case whoever wrote that missed it, Hillary Clinton took absolute and complete responsibility for losing the election. James Comey’s ...

Keystone exams shouldn’t be required

As of 2017, students are required to pass the Keystone exams in order to graduate. These tests are designed to challenge students academically and ensure students have learned throughout their schooling for these grades. In my opinion, though, I think that students should not be ...

Arming teachers worth consideration

Last Saturday’s Mirror featured an opinion by retired teacher Frances Hugg on guns in the classroom. This opinion is classic uninformed rhetoric. One reason why mass shootings in schools is a hot topic is simply because you have large groups of kids with no security and a majority of ...

Congressmen must support Trump probe

With the firing of James Comey, Donald Trump’s recent admission that he was thinking about Russia when he fired Comey and the reports that Trump demanded personal loyalty from Comey, it is now more pressing than ever that an independent investigative commission be formed to investigate ...