Letters to the Editor

Courthouse needs tighter security

I voted today at the Blair County Courthouse. Going in, I began to remove items from my pockets for the scanner. The officer was very pleasant. He asked if I was there to vote. When I said yes, he said I could just go on in. I am concerned because in today’s craziness, anyone could ...

HASB board can’t deny climate change

The Hollidaysburg Area School Board recently voted on the use of an advanced placement environmental science book. The book was approved by a 6-2 vote. However, during the discussion about the book, two board members, Lois Kaneshiki and Ron Yoder, said that they do not agree with the ideas ...

Hold vets’ director to higher standard

I am writing in response to the front-page article in Sunday’s newspaper regarding Blair County’s Director of Veterans Affairs seeking an apology from the Blair County commissioners. I am confused as to who should be apologizing to whom after reading this article. Patrick Young was ...

Climate change not an agenda

I am writing in response to the May 18th article entitled “HAHS science book sparks contention.” In this article, it is reported that two members of the Hollidaysburg Area School Board object to the inclusion of anthropogenic climate change. This objection was not based on the scientific ...

Border control needs solutions

President Donald Trump has asked for $5 billion to build a wall to protect America and do what is right under our constitution and laws. The wall should last for 50 years. There are people who are against a legacy being left by this president. No one wants bigger or more government, but ...

Natural gas impact fee serving its purpose

A recent column from Secretary Davin ( “Setting record about severance tax,” May 14) omitted the funding solution that’s currently improving infrastructure in each of the 67 counties and driving broad economic and environmental benefits for all Pennsylvanians. The commonwealth’s unique ...

Local school district must accept competition

This is in regard to the recent article on the front page of Mirror on May 13 concerning the large amount of monies received from the state that must be forwarded to cyber schools, to which some of their resident students have chosen to use for their education. As I recall, the cyber school ...

Deeper dive needed on cyber students’ cost

As I read Russ O’Reilly’s article, “Schools strained by cyber options,” in the May 13 edition of the Mirror, several questions came to mind that were not addressed in that article. I realize that space limitations prevent you from doing a deep dive on things. But if there will be a ...

State needs to support those with disabilities

Reading an article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, my heart started to beat fast with the headline “Fate of state centers for people with intellectual disabilities debated in Harrisburg.” Reasons for the parents of the severely mentally disabled for not using the centers for their ...

Americans need to pay attention

We are the people — all Americans, all nationalities, all religions, Democrats, Republicans, Independents. Where are the American people, the hard-working men and women across the nation, the patriotic Americans who believe in God and country? We believe in standing and respecting the ...

Schirf is more than great former mayor

I feel the former Altoona Mayor William Schirf needs to be recognized for being perhaps one of the Altoona’s finest leaders. The purpose for this letter is much more that his being a great mayor; he is also a great neighbor. This past year, the former mayor received a call from a neighbor ...

Hollidaysburg should address parking problem

In Hollidaysburg, we have an issue dealing with parking. Parking spaces are being taken by those that work in the Blair County Courthouse or those that work for the prison. You’ll see them taking spots in front of homes or anywhere else but the parking garage that we, the taxpayers, ...

We need Congress to fight Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s affects everyone, including you. Alzheimer’s disease is the most expensive disease in America, costing an estimated $290 billion in 2019. It is the only leading cause of death without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. In 2019, there are an estimated 280,000 ...

By taking quick quiz, you can be a ‘Starr’

Just a quick easy quiz here. If you get it right, it means that you have common sense. Which of these two things don’t belong together. A) Puppy dogs/kittens and children B) Sunny summer days and picnics C) Snow and children building snowmen D) Summer and baseball E) Fall and ...

‘Mamma Mia’ show earns a curtain call

Every time I see a show at the Mishler Theatre — and I have seen quite a few — I come away thinking it was the best show yet. I don’t think I will be saying that anymore after seeing “Mamma Mia!” That show was spectacular from beginning to end. The talent was unbelievable. I ...

Joyce needs more global vision of border crisis

This is in response to Rep. John Joyce’s interview, “Joyce’s trip to border called ‘eye opening,’” published in the Mirror last week. I admire Joyce for going to the border and understand his desire to “meet with agents on the front lines.” However, I also went to the ...

Bedford County bureau should shift priorites

Two weeks ago, there appeared in the Bedford Gazette newspaper, an expensive week-long campaign of advocacy advertisements sponsored by the board of directors of the Bedford County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The ads were clearly directed at the elected county board of commissioners in ...

Deputy coroners supporting Ross

The deputy coroners of Blair County urge everyone to re-elect Coroner Patricia Ross for Blair County coroner. There are so many reasons — her compassion, integrity, involvement in the community and her involvement in legislation that has benefited the families of Blair County. The team ...

Kelley good choice for county commissioner

Bruce Kelley will do a great job as Blair County commissioner. His work on city council, his role to get Altoona out of financial distressed status and his career service in the government and private sector has given him the experience necessary for the job. I’m sure he will work more ...

Blair Street zoning questioned

The intersection of Blair Street and Penn Street is improving, but I feel sorry for the owners on the right-hand turn side of Blair Street. Why can’t that block be rezoned commercial? Or why doesn’t PennDOT offer fair market value for those few houses? Donna Hott Hollidaysburg