Letters to the Editor

Tyrone proves single-hauler best

Kudos to Tyrone for being the only Blair municipality to figure out how to take out the trash. Here in Altoona, property owners are on their own to contract a hauler, but there is no ordinance requiring them to do so. If they do, they will pay a significantly higher rate than Tyrone’s ...

Tolling limited-access roads a funding option

After reading Our View in the July 8 Mirror, I recalled writing you as well as a number of our elected officials with a simple solution to this ridiculous scenario of the debt being incurred by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. It is not with the feds where the problem lies, but rather ...

Eichelberger: Facts don’t match story

I must set the record straight after reading the Altoona Mirror’s front-page story on June 22 about a Blair County Republican Committee meeting where a change was proposed to its rules concerning the election of the party’s chair. I am not on the committee and didn’t attend the ...

Iran got $2 billion; US received nothing

According to senior cleric in the Iranian Parliament, President Barack Obama and his administration traded U.S. citizenship for at least 2,500 Iranians in the middle of the negotiations over the nuclear agreement. According to Iran’s Etemad Newspaper, Obama offered this as a favor to ...

School board shows fiscal irresponsibility

I have seen numerous letters in the Mirror over the past few years complaining about the fiscal irresponsibility of certain members of the Altoona Area School Board. Despite their numbers being reduced in the last election and being replaced by more fiscally responsible individuals, the “tax ...

Americans must stop divisive rhetoric

We, the American people from all nationalities and religions, Democrats, Republicans and independents, need to stop, open our eyes and take a good look at what’s going on around us. We need to listen closely at what’s being said. Let’s make it perfectly clear; one of two things in this ...

Only creation explains abundance of species

I want to respond to a letter that argued the undeniable existence of evolution. My point is not to argue against the existence of evolution. An organism adapting to its environment over time makes some sense to me. However, mutations typically do not result in a more complex and more ...

Spotlight on Garver offered new insights

My sincerest thanks to Sean Sauro for his Monday Spotlight feature on Hugh Garver, one of my favorite professors at Penn State Altoona. What a pleasure it was to study under Garver, as he was always kind and respectful and always had time to assist and work with his students. He is a true ...

Mirror should remove its Opinion page

After reading the Mirror’s view, “Sad day for the free press,” I was unable to follow how you somehow connected the tragedy at the Capital Gazette with attacks on the free press. The perpetrator was an evil deranged man with a personal vendetta. It was a scene that could have, and has, ...

Libraries help prevent the ‘Summer Slide’

While the Summer Slide may sound like a ride at one of our local amusement parks, it refers to the loss of academic skills and knowledge while students are out of school for the summer. Researchers have shown that students’ progress in subjects like reading and math can be reduced by one to ...

Prosecution of cases doesn’t seem equal

William Higgins, former Bedford County District Attorney, charged with “unconscionable crimes” by Attorney General Josh Shapiro is allowed to plea bargain a deal with no jail time or felonies. He is released on $50,000 unsecured bond, and he may lose his license. I would hope this ...

US should send illegal immigrants back

A quick fix to the immigration problem at the border of Texas would be to give them all five days’ ration and water and send them back where they came from. Why are so many Hollywood celebrities ranting and raving about how we should take these people in and feed and clothe them and give ...

Where’s humanity in Trump’s actions?

Beginning in April, the Trump administration has forcibly separated over 2,300 immigrant children from their parents. They have no plan in place to reunite these children with their parents. The children were shipped, mostly under cover of darkness, to centers all over the country. For ...

Republicans will miss work of Kaneshiki

Let’s read a bit of information to help level the playing field, shall we? Who, upon accepting the office of chair of the Blair County Republican Party, discovered their rented office to be two months in arrears in rent and facing a $750 fine from the state party. Who, with frugal ...

New Altoona building ‘absolutely not needed’

This letter is being written in two parts in reference of the subject matter to accurately cover what is needed to be stated. First, to leave the taxpayers of the Altoona Area School District know they are getting a huge shafting in the building of a new high school that is absolutely not ...

America no longer as great as it once was

A popular political slogan is “Make America great again.” This slogan implies that America once was great but no longer is. So is America less great than it once was, and what caused our decline in greatness? Last February, I was shopping at the Walmart in Shippensburg, looking to ...

Immigrants need to get here legally

I cannot believe the support for illegal immigrants. It must be for political reasons. Other countries have not allowed immigrants to just flood them. It’s a good way to get bad apples with the good. My relatives came here legally, except my native American ...

Following Trump down a better road

This is in response to Stephen LoRusso’s letter of June 19 and all the other people who still don’t realize why President Donald Trump got elected. He is, no doubt, a flawed man. Show me one who isn’t, but he had a bravado that no existing politician had. I watched as he dismantled ...

U.S. abusing human rights

On June 15, President Donald Trump referred to his policy of separating families at the border as a negotiating tool. I want to be very clear about this: Separating children from their parents for the misdemeanor of crossing an invisible line is not a negotiating tool, nor is it a reasonable ...

Program keeps dads, kids connected

The June 17 article in the Mirror discussed a program offered to help incarcerated dads to have continued contact with their children in Blair County. In recent years, the amount of inmates has increased throughout the state and Blair County. It has led to an alarming number of children in ...