Letters to the Editor

Show appreciation for those wearing blue

Every day, thousands of law enforcement officers across the country leave their families and loved ones at home while they faithfully protect the communities they serve. Every law enforcement officer throughout Pennsylvania says goodbye to their families, not knowing if, when or in what ...

Obama set table for Trump success

An editorial in September by Clifford Johnson was full of misleading statements. He started with Benghazi. The reason for Benghazi’s failure was the federal government’s passage of Sequestra­tion under Republican control. This bill cut government spending, including security for our ...

Trump doesn’t stand for conservatism

Recent letters to the Mirror, once again, have presented opinions as facts. That is merely an attempt to influence the uninformed populace with one’s political views. It’s true that the government borrows from the Social Security Fund, but they always pay it back with time honored ...

Contrary to column, capitalism is threat

This is in response to a Dec. 19 column in the Mirror by John Stossel titled “Some gifts to help keep your liberty.” In this column, Stossel, who is a fanatical libertarian, attempts to convince us that we should give certain books to friends, even socialists, as gifts this holiday ...

For disabled, winter brings problems

I’m a community member of Altoona, and I know firsthand how individuals who use mobility devices are affected by the poorly plowed roads. I use a wheelchair that I don’t often use for transportation outside of my home. PennDOT is required to plow side streets and main roads, but it does ...

Diocese not being fully transparent

The Mirror’s Dec. 22 editorial inaccurately refers to the Luddy case as a 1999 case. This error was obviously due to the fact that Bishop Mark Bartchak, in his published statement, incorrectly used this date. The Hutchison vs. Luddy, Bishop Hogan, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, case was ...

Shuster’s next step will be successful

What a great interview the Mirror published on Sunday with Bill Shuster. While I did not always agree with him, I always supported him. He’s done a great job in Congress, and I admire him for his decision to retire from politics to seek other interests. With his background, he should ...

American can take lesson from Israel

I have watched as illegal citizens of other countries attempt to invade ours at open boarders and the government does nothing but argue over it. Israel had the same problem. People flooded their country illegally. Many were not very good people and caused a lot of problems for the Israeli ...

Cellphone usage vital to refugees

Media attention on the southern border has re-ignited commentary on the usage of smartphones by refugees. It’s become a trend yet again to suggest that someone using an iPhone (for instance) cannot be a “genuine” refugee, as if biblical images of poverty and destitution are the only ...

Local concert leaves lasting impression

I attended “The Sunderman Memorial Concert Series” at Trinity Lutheran Church in Juniata on Sunday, Dec. 16, presented by Claude Fabinyi. What a talented young man from Altoona, and one day he will be the most talented organist in the world. We will be so proud that we had a part in his ...

Elder-care programs should be supported

Froma Harrop’s recent commentary prompted me to reflect on the elder care that is provided every day in local nursing homes after in-home volunteer and family resources have been exhausted. Because I volunteer at Garvey Manor, where my mother was a resident for two years, I recognize the ...

Important for parents to accept responsibility

The Mirror editorial Nov. 29 entitled “Vandals will regret their acts” was an excellently written column to the point and the emphasis on the parents of these three elementary juvenile boys being brought to the Altoona Police Depart­ment. This is honorable and shows parental ...

Commissioners overstep bounds

Blair County commissioners seem to be very selective in whom they provide pay raises to and to whom they apply the salary study. As a reminder, commissioners, as well as all elected officials, were not part of the salary study. They speak of equity and fairness, yet they do not apply the ...

Contact legislators about procedure

Procedural rules in our Pennsylvania Legislature matter. The first vote of the new session puts rules in place for the next two years. In many states, automatic calendar rules ensure bills are given a hearing and brought to a vote. But not in Pennsylvania. Here, just one leader can shut ...

Progressivism cannot get lost

Political correctness is a scourge to our country. It has pushed its way into every area of life from cartoons for children to even newspapers and selection for letters to the editor. Conservative values are demonized, stifled or muzzled by the left using PC rhetoric — racist, homophobic, ...

Culture of life must prevail

My letter is regarding the culture of life or pro-life, pro-family movement across America. We who are pro-life and pro-family stand up for and advocate the sanctity of life — the little ones in the womb. In contrast, is the culture of death and destruction of the unborn babies in the ...

Tomassetti leaves a positive legacy

I was very saddened earlier this year when Blair County Commissioner Terry Tomassetti announced he would not be running again. Tomassetti has been often criticized for doing what many criticized former commissioners for not doing. Although many decisions he made spelled potential political ...

Media still wearing ‘blinders’ on Trump

I’m not sure which “herd” Gene Lyons is referring to in his recent commentary. Is it the herd of elected officials who are so consumed with greed, themselves and hate or the herd who voted for President Donald Trump? I am one of the herd who voted for Trump and will vote again in ...

Diocese’s mission is to save itself

Pinocchio has nothing on Bishop Mark Bartchak, Tony DeGol and the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. The claim that they are interested in helping the victims they sexually abused is a PR stunt. They responded only after two damning Pennsylvania grand jury reports and threats from federal ...

Trump’s support hard to understand

We as Americans seem to find ourselves on a slippery slope in our democracy. Not in my lifetime have I ever thought that we would elect and support a man so lacking the ability to tell the truth or who has a modicum of humility, cons followers with hate speech/tweets, cannot and will not take ...