Letters to the Editor

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

Trump won election; Dems must accept it

Why can’t the Democrats get over losing the election of three years ago? Hillary Clinton lost, and that was all there was to it. Why can’t the Democrats move on and make the best of it? All this fussing over Mueller’s investigation and now AG Barr’s determination over Russia ...

Do your homework before casting vote

Freedom isn’t free. Much has been sacrificed to give us the freedom we enjoy in our republic. Those freedoms are regularly tested and challenged as societal change ebbs and flows against our rules of law. There are important local and state elections this year, which begin with the ...

Kaneshiki upholds conservative values

Blair County needs steadfast conservatives to serve in elected offices at every level. Far too many people seek office to serve personal agendas rather than to serve their communities. Those who are willing to stand firmly for what is right, even in the face of opposition, are far too rare. ...

Kelley is smart, ‘man of people’

I am writing in support of Bruce Kelley for Blair County commissioner. Kelley has been involved in a number of community and civic organizations such as the Shriners and Kiwanis, as well as volunteering in youth sports, just a few in a long list. Professionally, I have had the opportunity ...

Weston represents ‘all walks of life’

Debra Weston is a positive vote for all of Blair County. She has worked with people from all walks of life. Weston will listen to your issues and concerns. She will try to find solutions and not just empty promises. She will bring a fresh new perspective with new and better ...

Erb helps county in fiscal responsibility

Four years ago, Bruce Erb was elected county commissioner on a platform pledging his fiscal responsibility and sound business practices. He used the experience gained from his 39 years in banking to restore the county finances. We are fortunate to have a hard working and proven leader that ...

Myers has qualities to be good coroner

Passion. Commitment. Dedication. These are the words that come to mind when I think of Erin Myers, and her run for Blair County coroner. Myers trained as a ballet dancer, here in Blair County with Allegheny Ballet Company, since she was a young girl. The skills she learned throughout her ...

Zang ‘best candidate’ for district judge

I am writing in support of Ed Zang for magisterial district judge. I have known Zang for many years. I first met him when I needed his legal services and experience. Since that time, I have come to know him on a professional and personal level. Zang has many years of legal experience and ...

Dodson ‘unfit’ to serve HASD

As a former member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, I understand the power of our local school boards. Therefore, I am compelled to explain why Kirk Dodson is unfit to be a director of the Hollidaysburg Area School District. Having an active member of the teacher’s union on ...

Ross demonstrates integrity, experience

I am endorsing Patty Ross for Blair County coroner. Although we are friends, I am supporting Ross for her professional abilities as current coroner. I have had the opportunity to work with Ross during my years as a law enforcement officer and found her to be well versed on her duties ...