Letters to the Editor

‘Weaponized’ invocation has no place in House

A couple of weeks ago, I attended an Altoona City Council meeting and Mayor Matt Pacifico opened the session by asking those present to observe a moment of silent prayer and reflection. How respectful that action was to everyone, to those who may believe as the mayor and city council members ...

Altoona VA staff helps combat vet persevere

I am a 72-year-old combat veteran of the Vietnam War. I am a 100 percent disabled sergeant of the Marines, combat wounded and decorated for valor by the U.S. Marine Corp. There has been a lot of discussion in the news recently about veteran suicide in Pennsylvania, approximately 304 per ...

On home rule, Erb, Beam overstepping

I read with keen interest your March 20 article entitled, “Erb won’t back home rule referendum.” I know both commissioners Bruce Erb and Ted Beam. I admire and respect them both and am pleased with their work as commissioners. I am taken back with their arrogance in telling us ...

Trump not coming through for miners

Quite possibly the biggest lie told by President Donald Trump is his claim that he supports the rights of Amer­i­can workers. Unfortu­nate­ly, many fell for this fabrication. When West Virginia teachers went out on strike not long ago, where was Trump’s show of support? When teachers ...

PA shouldn’t allow recreational marijuana

Pennsylvania should just say no to recreational marijuana legalization. I recently met with a group of very concerned Blair County residents. We discussed the legislative situation in Pennsylvania with the proposed legalization of recreational marijuana products. The gist of that ...

Country needs better-paying jobs

After listening to several presidential candidates say they want to make college more affordable for everyone, I think the more pressing problem is the availability of jobs once these students graduate. Many college graduates are still living at home with their parents because they cannot ...

Judgment on Mazur shouldn’t be rushed

I write this letter with ambivalence as I know how readers will respond, but I felt compelled to as being raised Catholic by parents that taught me to do the right thing not the popular thing. That being said, we live in a country where you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. I find ...

Bad sign: New York can’t manage money

A mental health program in New York City called “Thrive NYC” was given hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, and the program’s champion, Chirlane McCray, wife of NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio, can’t account for it. Where has $850 million gone? They have failed to keep records and the ...

Remote sales tax needs to be reported

Now that it’s tax season, I’m sure everyone in Pennsylvania knows that they are to report and pay the sales tax on those taxable purchases made over the internet, toll-free numbers, mail order catalogs, etc., from out of state businesses that did not collect the PA sales tax in ...

Joyce is not credible on Medicare for all

Despite, as he reminds us endlessly, being a doctor, John Joyce is not a credible voice on health care reform. He refuses to acknowledge both the scale of the problem and those suffering in favor of perpetuating a broken system. The status quo is grim: The United States has, hands down, the ...

Sheetz sets example for employee treatment

I have no disagreement with the Mirror editorial (March 5, “Wolf wage plan too aggressive).” It was certainly pragmatic. There is, however, a much simpler and more viable solution without involving the government in telling us what to do and how to do it. The real problem with wages is ...

Democrats abandon ‘least of our brethren’

The Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act which would have required medical treatment for babies who by some miracle survived an abortion, was aborted by 44 Democrat senators who can’t seem to get enough of this gruesome procedure. All Republican senators voted for this bill, joined by three ...

Sanders can’t relate to the common man

Bernie Sanders is a moron. For anyone or any party to embrace his philosophy would have the mindset of a child. I, and many my age, stood in line with my father to receive food commodities, like so many laid-off railroaders. That’s right — blocks of cheese, powdered eggs, powdered ...

Abortion is ‘war against a child’

I agree with what Ellie Ryan said in her letter (“Think about adoption before abortion”) on the Mirror’s Opinion page March 2. Mother Teresa of Calcutta would say abortion is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child. John Pifko Loretto

Refugees not same as rogue immigrants

I would like to respectfully respond to a recent letter to the editor by Sandra Nash regarding refugees. There is much misinformation and misunderstanding regarding refugees in this country, and they are frequently confused with immigrants, such as are in the news coming from Central ...

Our country needs ‘moral leadership’

As a person in my 60s, I tend to look back at the way things used to be, often perplexed at how we got to where we are now. There has always been crime, sin, jealousy, greed and corruption since the beginning of time, but God’s laws were respected and honored, even by those who broke them. ...

Illegal migrants threatening safety

The question of our national sovereignty has arisen regarding the porous nature of our southern border and the many Central and South Americans, and individuals from other nations, who come often in large groups, to cross into the United States without our review or acceptance of them. The ...

Building the wall won’t stop crime

Not the Great Wall of China or the Berlin Wall, but President Donald Trump’s wall — the wall that will solve the illegal drug and crime problems in America. China’s wall was 1,500 miles long, up to 40-feet high and 25-feet wide with soldiers on top. It did not keep invaders out. The ...

Let Punxsy Phil hibernate in peace

The Mirror printed a story about Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction on the front page on Feb. 21 about being a little off on his prediction. Well, don’t blame a groundhog that should have been hibernating but is awakened every year so Punxsutawney can make a small fortune by suckering ...

Spradling would represent Altoona

Devin Spradling is an enthusiastic, hardworking and devoted guy seeking to become a member of the Altoona Area School Board, and he has my support. Spradling graduated from Altoona Area High School and will make a great board member because he believes public education is important. He has ...