Letters to the Editor

Shuster should spend more time on the job

Has anyone seen Bill Shuster? After just 28 days in session, Congress has been on a week-long recess. This prompted me to call Rep. Bill Shuster’s office to inquire about any planned events to meet with his constituents. I had assumed, incorrectly, that this “break” was intended ...

Trump won election, deserves a chance

I vote every election. I very often don’t get the candidate I prefer. As I get older, my ideals have changed so at this point in my life I am more pro-life, believe we shouldn’t be letting the government take more of our rights (gun ownership, etc.) and should let people into this ...

Eichelberger miscast

It seems to me that putting Sen. John Eichelberger in the position of chairman of Pennsylvania’s Senate Education Committee is equivalent to putting the fox in charge of guarding the hen house. Mary Jane Bickle, Tyrone

Ideas to spawn a new generation

These are ideas from discussing, listening, reading and watching for my 60-some years on earth: We, as a country could reduce divisiveness, racism, poverty and naivete by enhancing patriotism, understanding and camaraderie among countless other good attributes. n Without family, or a great ...

Victims still seeking justice from diocese

March marks the anniversary of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s report detailing 50 years of sexual abuse of children by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. In well-orchestrated PR events, bishops and popes apologize. Behind the scenes, Bishop Mark Bartchak and the Pa. ...

Leftist liberalism must accept facts

Congratulations to Adele for winning “Album of the Year,” “Record of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” “Best Pop Solo Performance of the Year” and “Best Pop Vocal Album of the Year” at the 59th annual Grammy Awards. Adele is a class act who doesn’t have to perform ...

Ott worthy to be sheriff

Having served as district attorney for almost 20 years, I am aware of the responsibilities the Sheriff of Blair County has. The duties of the sheriff entail more than simply serving papers, and requires an individual who is able to supervise. Chief Jim Ott has supervised a department since ...

Israel masters brain stimulation

I read Perry Conrad’s article in the Feb. 20 Mirror and found it to be quite informative about brain stimulation treatments that are not well known to most of us. I pay attention to these matters because I have a number of friends dealing with the ravages of Parkinson’s Disease. I was ...

It’s important to hold Shuster accountable

As a member of the non-partisan group Indivisible Blair County, I would like to acknowledge all of those who participated in the rally outside Congressman Bill Shuster’s office. I also would like to thank the Mirror and local news agencies for objective reporting. I believe it is our ...

‘Absolutely shocked’ by Trump’s arrogance

As I am writing this, I am watching Donald Trump’s news conference (Feb. 16). I am absolutely shocked at this man’s arrogance, arbitrary, capricious leadership and lack of tact. I cannot believe he is the leader of this country. He tells lies like a machine gun fires bullets. He ...

President should learn to control his mouth

In response to a letter written by Guy Landofi concerning the media: Come on. Trump is an embarrassment. Other nations are looking at things like this and shaking their heads. Trump’s problem is that he can’t keep his mouth shut. A prayer breakfast is no place to show how jealous ...

Reader needs to be more thick-skinned

I am responding to the letter from Linda Hileman about the political cartoons representing Donald Trump. Over the past eight years, President Barack Obama has been parodied often (and still is at times) — sometimes very unfairly by the Republican leaning Mirror. So now it is Donald ...

Gov’t must not ‘forfeit consent of governed’

Nations just don’t happen. They are put together by groups who are convinced that the people who live within a certain area will be better off as one political entity. This thing is called a nation. Nations are fragile. Homogeneous nations seem to have done best through written ...

Senator can’t run from his constituents

“Hello. I’d like to speak to Sen. Toomey.” Thank you, Sen. Pat Toomey, for inviting us to participate in your teletown hall today. I was able to upload a question prior to your cast and was pleasantly surprised to find that you chose to answer a similar query from another ...

Assistance sought to restore memorial

This is to current and former residents of 12th Ward and all who would like to help the Central Pennsylvania National Guard Veteran’s Association honor the 1,000 residents whose names had been inscribed on the memorial at Pine Avenue and 28th Street. We need your financial support to ...

Protests vs. Trump won’t stop soon

There was a quote in the Jan. 26 edition of the Mirror from President Donald Trump, who said, “There are millions of (fraudulent) votes, in my opinion. Of those votes cast, none of them come to me. None of them come to me.” How, exactly, he knows this is quite the mystery. Trump cannot ...

Women’s March uplifting experience

I did not read Star Parker’s Jan. 27 commentary on the Women’s March so I was stunned and mildly amused at the irony of the fact that she depicted me as representing a “me culture” (per letter to editor Feb. 2). From my perspective, President Donald Trump’s “America First” ...

GOP moves on climate change

For the first time, consensus may be building among Republicans for a common-sense approach to climate change: a carbon fee and dividend program. On Feb. 8, former Secretaries of State James Baker and George Shultz met at the White House to advocate for this. Their proposal calls for a ...

Taxpayers should push back vs. AASD board

I have read so many articles in the Mirror lately about the desires of the AASD school board to build a new senior high building and the proposed building of a new elementary school. When will the taxpayers of Altoona stand up and say enough is enough? It is time to take the pens away ...

‘Anti-abortionists’ victory would be hollow

My Mirror letter of Jan. 23 gave anti-abortionists a way to stop many abortions, which they quickly discarded. Put your names on a national list and have it picked at random, to raise a child that was to be aborted. In past years, large statements have been in the Mirror against abortions ...