Letters to the Editor

Law goes too far when walking your dog

Most everybody knows that when walking your dog, it must be on a leash. But when I am walking my dog in a remote place, he’s walking beside me — not bothering anyone. I guess you people that knew the words very well — “it’s the law” — follow everybody and stop them and tell them ...

Sadly, local diocese claims another victim

Corey Joseph Leech of Johnstown, only 31 years of age, was the latest victim at the hands of the diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Leech was laid to rest last week. I ask your readers to look up his obit. He is the third victim I know of to die from our diocese in less than a year. We ...

Airlines must come up with better options

I have been watching the United Airlines’ issues with overbooking flights in the news the last couple of weeks, then I saw the article about the airlines raising the limits of payments to bump flyers to $10,000. I don’t agree with the airlines’ solution to the problem of overbooking ...

School uniforms would help AASD

Many schools have school uniforms to stop bullying throughout the school. I believe that Altoona Area School District should follow that rule. With uniforms, a lot less kids would be bullied because kids can’t pick on them depending on if they have money or are on welfare. The bullying ...

Students must take stand on drinking

Students at every campus need to step up to eradicate this behavior and drinking. This article about the death of a Penn State student cries out for action and reaction. People are dying to get into fraternities? There are so many other alternatives — helping the poor, projects, the ...

We must keep guns out of classrooms

As a retired teacher from Altoona Area School District secondary schools, words cannot express how horrified I am at Pa. Senate Bill 363, the guns in the classroom bill. That our Pa. legislators introduced such a bill, and that our Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. in this newspaper said he ...

Amendments aren’t easy to legislate

To make the changes to enact unconstitutional legislation regarding child abuse that Brenda Dick and followers desire would require amending two constitutions. The Pennsylvania Constitution would be simple compared to amending the U.S. Constitution as codified in Article V. An amendment ...

Amendment needed to stop flag burning

Since the first shots were fired in both Concord and Lexington, Massachusetts, in April 19, 1775, marking the start of the American Revolutionary war, many men, women and even children have died in all wars defending and preserving Old Glory, the United States Constitution and the American way ...

‘Leftist liberals’ continue to get way

America, we are on a slippery slope. We are now removing statues from the public view because a few people are offended. Right, wrong or indifferent, it is American history. If we are going to remove statues of Civil War generals because they offend and bring up memories of our past, then ...

Poorly-written bill hurt UC centers

Well that was fast (by Harrisburg standards). On April 24, Gov. Wolf signed SB250 (now known as Act 1 of 2017), that makes $15 million available to reopen the three unemployment compensation centers for the next nine months. It took just 36 days from the introduction of the bill until it ...

New Altoona building is not the answer

I, along with a lot of other people, am looking at the proposed new Altoona Area High School. This is not only going to affect the people in that school district but other districts and the state are looking at how this will transpire. I remember reading about one of the present school ...

Irwin Adams has strong qualifications for board

This letter is being written in support for Kelly Irwin Adams, a candidate for the Altoona Area School District School Board. I personally have known Adams for approximately 15 years and believe she possesses the qualifications and demeanor to work effectively in this important elected ...

Strangulation bill will help fight abuse

When I began my career as a Sarah Coventry jewelry consultant, I never anticipated that it would lead me to advocating for domestic violence victims and the creation of Blair County’s first and only women’s shelter. My first experiences with domestic violence were as a child as myself, ...

‘Sweeping changes’ at diocese incomplete

On March 1, the last sexual abuse survivor serving on the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors resigned from the commission, citing resistance from the Vatican. Marie Collins wrote in the National Catholic Register, “I find it impossible to listen to public statements about ...

Future, not past, should be primary focus

Whether you are a believer or denier of climate change, one consideration is what are the risks of action or inaction? As a believer, if I am wrong, the risks are none, but the benefits are new technology, new jobs, less pollution, etc. If I am a denier, the risks of of being wrong are ...

‘Sweeping changes’ at diocese incomplete

On March 1, the last sexual abuse survivor serving on the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors resigned from the commission, citing resistance from the Vatican. Marie Collins wrote in the National Catholic Register, “I find it impossible to listen to public statements about ...

Future, not past, should be primary focus

Whether you are a believer or denier of climate change, one consideration is what are the risks of action or inaction? As a believer, if I am wrong, the risks are none, but the benefits are new technology, new jobs, less pollution, etc. If I am a denier, the risks of of being wrong are ...

Toomey needs to start representing masses

No one should support a repeal of the ACA unless the replacement legislation is significantly better. The replacement law should provide insurance coverage for more people, not fewer than the existing law. The replacement’s insurance plans should cover all the essential services. The ...

World’s powers must unite against genocide

The U.N. reports that more than 400,000 have died over the past six years in Syria. The Syrian Network for Human Rights estimates the number of children dead at 24,000. In the recent sarin gas attack against its own people the Syrian government killed 87, including 21 children. President ...

Republicans have short memories

Prior to and since the November election, I have read/enjoyed many pro and con communications on the Mirror’s Opinion page. My opinion is “to each their own.” I am a Democrat and have voted a straight ticket for many years. As a person, now retired, I was employed from age 17 ...