Letters to the Editor

Gov’t needs to focus more on FDA safety

Our government needs to get after the FDA to be a safe place when it comes to our drugs and foods. Some of the generic and so-called “brand name” meds should not be on the market because of all the terrible side effects. I hear about a lot of bad side effects because I live in an ...

Hoping Roe v Wade will be reversed

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s selection of Brett Cavanaugh to sit on the Supreme Court, there has been vigorous debate about the fate of Roe v Wade. I am a life-long Republican and consider myself to be a social conservative. I do agree that a woman has the constitutional ...

Moderate Democrats are a dying breed

Decades ago, President Bill Clinton stated that abortions should be “safe, legal, and rare.” Democrats, like Sen. Barack Obama, advocated for stronger border control with Sen. Hillary Clinton in 2006 advocating for a wall on the border with Mexico. (Sound familiar?) The Democratic ...

AASD ‘railroading’ its taxpayers

The Altoona Area school board has really outdone itself with its spending. They have taken the notion that this is a railroad town to heart because they think that we the taxpayers are the money train, and they have all jumped on board. No sooner did the Mirror report that they were seeking ...

Clapper letter ‘hits nail on head’

This is in regard to David Clapper’s July 3 letter entitled “New Altoona building absolutely not needed.” I must say that this was a very well written letter addressing the issue at hand. Clapper hit the nail on the head on the issue regarding the Altoona Area School District’s ...

Letters to the Editor

Trump not to blame for kids’ separation This is in response to Elizabeth Shade’s recent letter. If I had small children and committed a crime, I would be incarcerated and separated from my children. I have empathy for the children in this case, but let’s lay the blame where it ...

Theory of evolution can be denied

In a recent letter to the editor, it was claimed that the theory of evolution cannot be denied. A big problem for evolution is that it has never been observed, which is quite devastating since observations are vital for science. No one has ever witnessed one kind of animal in the process of ...

Democrats don’t want opposite viewpoints

For about the past 10 years or so, American politics have grown increasingly divisive. Violent protests, speech censorship and overall close-mindedness plague the modern political landscape. And all we have to blame is the left. Protesters proudly stop public speakers from voicing their ...

Playgrounds must strive for inclusion

Recently, there was an article concerning Blair Park and Recreation Commission receiving funds to upgrade parks throughout Blair County. I would like to appeal on behalf of families of loved ones that have children with learning disabilities ranging from autism (varying levels on the ...

Trump is the one guilty of treason

Here we have a president of the United States having declared many times how he doesn’t need any advice because he knows more than his generals and our intelligence community. The president declares to the world, in front of our allies, that there is no need for NATO, the European Union is ...

Hollywood celebs need to set example

I appreciated Bruce “Pete” Williams’ letter on his calling out the Hollywood celebs’ behavior. They’re standing on stage accepting awards and using profanity and bashing every decent thing about our country instead of helping mend it. Williams is right: Hollywood never pays for ...

Tips to assist Service Paws

Service Paws of Central PA collects aluminum can tabs as one of its signature fundraising efforts. First and foremost, we want to thank everyone for their continuing support by saving these tabs. To date, we have recycled over 4,500 pounds. As a reminder, when saving your tabs, please ...

With Trump, careful what you wish for

As most government data reports, the tax cuts have dramatically increased the deficit and the growth in the economy is being driven by government borrowing, rather than the tax cuts alone. Additionally, the average tax cut I can donate to the National Education Association averages $17 a ...

‘Shenanigans’ prompted committee’s bylaws

Having no ambitions for elected office, I do not wish to get bogged down in the swamp of nasty politics, but I feel compelled to respond to Sen. John Eichelberger Jr.’s June 14 letter accusing me of “manufacturing a lie.” The facts are that Eichelberger was defeated in court when ...

Love of country is part of faith

I would like to congratulate the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, more than 120 years ago, on a successful three-day annual convention (Jalsa Salana). It was the 70th convention and indeed an extraordinary event where ...

Congress needs more who served country

There was plenty of drama during the lengthy congressional hearing with disgraced FBI agent Peter Strok. Sadly, the congressional inquiry into bias and abuse of power by anti-Trump Strok was more of a partisan circus than an inquiry into the truth. I was appalled by the behavior of the ...

Letter to the editor

TV has progressed, not for the better When we first married in 1953, we obtained a new black-and-white television with a 9-inch screen. We had a television antenna on our roof, and we did get several stations, and, if you tried for it, long-range stations. It had what they would call a ...

Letters to the editor

Another day, Altoona asks for another dollar Another day in Altoona, another headline stating the Altoona Area School Board is looking to spend more of our money. We are now being asked to foot the bill for a new sign, an unwanted and unnecessary expense. The current sign works. No one ...

Left too often relies on using scare tactics

Well, here we go again. President Donald Trump has been afforded the opportunity of another Supreme Court pick, and the left is apoplectic. All the minions have been summoned and have obediently reported. First order of business, develop false and/or misleading talking points and ...

70-plus years on earth have wrought lessons

I didn’t vote for the president, and I’m not happy with the way that things are going in the country. But my 70-plus years have taught me the joys and sorrows of partisan politics. What I do know for sure is what I’m really missing in the White House. I know for certain because ...