Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

You’re with us or against us Last week, I attended a vigil for the Charlottesville police officers and Heather Heyer. As I sat in the church sanctuary with a hundred or more others, I was struck by how reminiscent it was of a vigil that I attended after 9/11. In both cases, our nation ...

Build bridges of understanding

All four of my grandparents came from Slovenia to a land which offered them an opportunity to better their lives. My ex-husband’s grandparents came from Russia and Hungary. He was Jewish, and I was Catholic, and we married in a Quaker ceremony. Our son is a blend of both these ...

Nation on verge of being divided

After returning from Gettysburg, the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, I had a few thoughts as we traveled those hallowed grounds. Our United States was on the verge of splitting based on differing opinions. Although slavery was the deciding factor, there were other ...

Stop hate byspeaking out’ In Charlottesville, Virginia, neo-Nazis showed up with rifles and guns, wearing camouflage and pelted counterprotesters with water bottles, chemicals, tear gas and rocks. The counterprotesters prayed in a church, and the church was surrounded by neo-Nazis ...

Hollidaysburg decision unfair

I am writing in regard to the recent denial for the Old Canal Inn to hold outdoor summer concerts. I attended an event this summer, and it was a very nice, family-oriented evening. My daughter and her friends were able to play outdoor games while the rest of my family enjoyed outdoor music ...

Altoona kindness brings out sunshine

I’ve been a licensed driver in New York from 1947 until 1985 when I moved to Bedford and have had a Pennsylvania driver’s license since. This past Friday, I was shopping in Altoona with my wife when we ran into a rain storm of up to 2¢ inches within one hour. In my 70 years of driving ...

Wopsy could use cleanup crew

After reading Sunday’s article in the Life section about Wopsononock Mountain that quoted Elaine Conrad, I can appreciate her relentless work on collecting articles/pictures on Wopsy. But it must have been quite awhile since she has been to the “lookout” as many call it. Anyone over the ...

Disabled centers need commitment

I am urging the members of the Legislature to vote no on HB 1650. This bill wants to close all the mentally disabled centers in the state of Pennsylvania by the year 2023. I am an advocate for the care and safety that the centers provide for the profoundly mentally disable and autistic ...

Try ‘love for all, hatred for none’

There are no words to describe the senseless and barbaric act of violence committed in Charlottesville, Virginia. Such loss of innocent life is always tragic. On this day, I am reminded of a quote coined by the 3rd Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, “Love for all, hatred for ...

Proposal for new school needs adequate parking

I see that the City of Altoona is ready to exit Act 47. I only hope that city leaders conduct their business in a wise manner. I mean, just because the county commissioners got property values raised, I hope they don’t go on a spending spree with money collected from taxes. I also ...

Altoona block needs stricter enforcement

Forty years ago, the 300 block of Fifth Avenue in Altoona was a much different place. Most homes were owned by people who lived in them. When people passed away or moved, homes became rentals. In recent years, neighbors have dealt with drug dealers, foul-mouthed jerks and people who live ...

Town hall to air insurance concerns

Last year, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department approved insurance corporations to raise people’s marketplace health insurance premiums by an average of 33 percent across the state and by 22 percent right here in Blair County. They’re raising our deductibles and copays, too. Everyday ...

Letters to the editor

Wing Off needs recycling bins Recently we went to the Wing Off at Legion Park in Hollidaysburg. It was a warm and sunny evening. Upon arrival, the courteous parking attendants found us a place so we older people didn’t have to walk so far. The food servers were great and so was the ...

Mirror coverage not responsible

After reading the Friday, Aug. 4 edition of the Mirror, I had to just shake my head in disbelief. In the article about the drug bust as part of the story, the Mirror listed all the ingredients and containers needed to make meth. What were you thinking? I understand in this Internet ...

Mental health care cannot be optional

Any health care plan that does not include mental health coverage is unacceptable. Recently, a health care plan known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act was attempted to be passed that made mental health care coverage optional, including health-sustaining treatments such as ...

Ott’s success story gets deserving coverage

How refreshing, for once, to see on the front page the story of our own Dan Ott and his accomplishment. I had the pleasure of knowing Dan, his twin Dillon and sister Ceara, while they were students at Logan Elementary. What a fine family they are. I am sure his mom, who is a sweetheart, ...

Insurance provider shouldn’t jeopardize health

Although my wife and I moved from Altoona to Virginia several years ago, we both still have our Altoona-area cellphone numbers. Because of this, this past weekend I was called by a pollster seeking opinions on the UPMC Health System. The gist of the poll was: If I could only go to a UPMC ...

Before teen leaves, talk about alcohol

In the coming weeks, millions of college-bound freshmen will be leaving home for the campus for the first time. As parents prepare their teens for college, it’s important to set aside time to talk about alcohol. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, ...

Stop placing hope in our political parties

Concerning health care for all Americans, the nation has witnessed the spurious, corporate concerns of both Trump and the Republican majority of Congress. Both branches of government want to impose a system that would deny health care to countless Americans, including millions of Trump ...

Trump lacking ‘spiritual center’

Although President Donald Trump later changed his position, he revealed his true heart when he declared that instead of repealing Obamacare, he would let it fail. He was saying that he is willing to let people struggle again for decent health care; he was saying that he is willing to let ...