Letters to the Editor

Socialist movement threat to society

Numerous letters have appeared in this column regarding the threat to our democracy and of the potential for disaster since the election of President Donald Trump. When, in reality, the threat may be far greater from the socialist/communist progressive movement. For example, the ...

Feeling the pain of Altoona neighbors

By Louise Burkholder Here in Altoona, a good neighbor is a special blessing. Those lucky enough to have one here or anywhere else knows the particular bond that a neighbor shares with you that your friends elsewhere do not. From the vantage point of your yard or your porch, you see all ...

Nation should strive for truth

My late great aunt Gunilla used to say between drags on her Chesterfield and belts of Old Overholt, “Where there’s smoke there’s fire.” How many coincidences are one too many? Ask a cop how he feels about coincidences. There are too many people, deserved or not, in the present ...

Public education is working well

I am fortunate to have held education related jobs, working with teachers and visiting schools throughout Blair County, the state of Pennsylvania and several other states. I have seen public education at its best. Teachers are working diligently to meet the needs of students in ...

Buildings don’t promote education progress

A 2013 report released by NPR indicates the U.S. lagging in global ranking of students in math, reading, and science. One local school board believes that erecting new architectural Taj Mahals is the answer to this troubling statistic. A building does not promote educational progress. ...

Eichelberger missing the big picture

So, Pennsylvania has a very serious structural budget deficit that hasn’t been addressed and a school funding formula that isn’t close to being fair, and Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, is focusing his efforts on sick days allotted to teachers. That isn’t going to stop the ...

For Catholics, let’s hope anniversary brings change

This letter is in response to the Feb. 24 Mirror article, “Reformation split narrows,” about Catholics celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with speaker and preacher retired Lutheran Bishop Donald McCoid at First Lutheran Church in Altoona. To truly celebrate ...

Give yourself time to beat tax deadline

As we reach the end of the first peak of tax filing season, I wanted to remind everyone of the difference between filing and paying. I appreciate the iconic caricature of someone who has to pay holding on to their money until the very last minute. However, paying is one thing: Filing is ...

Someday, we’ll see Trump as a legend

Someday, when America is great again, a fifth-grade student will bow her head and recite the Lord’s Prayer with great reverence. Someday, when America is great again, that student will place her hand upon her heart and with great pride, pledge allegiance to her flag. Someday, when ...

McClure has traits to be successful sheriff

I have known Sam McClure since he started with the sheriff’s department in February 2013. As the chief deputy, McClure became knowledgeable of every aspect in its operation very quickly and continues to maintain the consistency of the department. His honesty, integrity and credibility ...

‘We have to get past this turmoil’

These past few post-election months have been undeniably rough for all of us. We’ve seen everything from fights to large-scale riots in response to our 45th president, each one shoving the knife deeper into our divided nation. The grand majority of us only see each other as Democrat ...

Gesture appreciated

Yesterday, my husband and I were sitting at a Chinese restaurant and a young man came to our table and thanked Jim for his service and left. He must have been on a lunch break. He had on a blue uniform from UPMC. The waitress left our bill on the table. When he came back, he asked ...

Mirror, sadly, follows national media trend

The lead story in the Sunday, Feb. 26 edition of the Mirror read, “Gun enthusiasts embrace Trump.” Coincidentally, or not, the headline of the story just under that one read, “Teen who fired gun into car gets prison time.” On Page 2, where the rest of the Trump article appeared, ...

Dems need to stop temper tantrums

I am so sick and tired of all these cry-baby Democrats. They all need to grow up and stop with their temper tantrums. I don’t remember the Republicans out protesting and rioting when Barack Obama won. People are out destroying their own cities, then they will want taxpayers to ...

Trump and his top aide would welcome attack

If you consider the constant fear mongering of the president related to possible terrorist attacks, I can’t help but agree with those commentators who think nothing could be better for Donald Trump than a terrorist attack here at home. Consider: What better way is there to rally the ...

Fox viewers know what media thinks

The relationship between the public and the mainstream media is known to be at an all-time low. We know that relationships that lack mutual respect have little chance of surviving. Your columnist on Sunday, Feb. 26, Gene Lyons, started his column with: “(Fox News network’s) target ...

It’s difficult to show patience with Trump

I thought it would be a year or two before I wrote a letter to the editor concerning Donald Trump, but his contempt for our judicial system, unconstitutional executive orders and daily lies have prompted me. I didn’t vote for any presidential candidate last year because all were either ...

Single-hauler system is not free enterprise

As councilman for the 2nd Ward of Hollidaysburg Borough, I am appalled by the attitude of my colleagues toward our constituents as it relates to the issue of whether or not to mandate a single hauler for trash pick-up. I have personally received nearly 400 letters from borough residents from ...

Name calling inappropriate

As I am writing this, I have in front of me the letter by Jack Marquis dated Feb. 24 entitled “Absolutely shocked.” Well, I am absolutely shocked that I have been able to accomplish what I have in life while being a “deplorable,” and a “moron.” Webster defines each as ...

Election’s lesson: voter responsibility

As improbable as it may seem, there may be some benefit to the recent presidential election. If nothing else, it reminds us of the fragility of democracy, the need to be ever vigilant and to take our responsibilities as citizens very seriously. Because many of us didn’t participate in ...