Letters to the Editor

Commissioners have lost their way

Did you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, after reading the Mirror, happy to see Blair County Commissioner Terry Tomassetti and his crew are raising your taxes again? Or did you have a large bottle of Malox on hand? Tomassetti cares about a building, the courthouse, which does not eat, ...

Downtown streets need improvement

Every time I visit downtown Altoona, I am amazed at the improvements being made — on all but the main street. The stores and Penn State buildings have added new life to the downtown, but the streets remain rough and in need of improvement also. I mentioned this to my husband many times, ...

Tax increases have got to stop

We the taxpayers have paid to fix the courthouse windows, paid to repair the roof and now we are told we are in for a major tax increase. What is next: Do the county commissioners want us to buy them a home and a new car? I benefitted from reassessment, and now they are going to take that ...

Tomassetti has lost touch with taxpayers

Terry Tomassetti is the worst commissioner in the history of Blair County and a far cry from the self-proclaimed conservative who, when he hosted a local television talk show, had nothing but wretched things to say about anyone who so much as thought about raising taxes. Since his election ...

Blair County ‘robs Peter to pay Paul’

The Blair County commissioners are now proposing a 25 percent increase in real estate taxes. Do you suppose they gave even one second of thought to the many senior citizens who live on a fixed income? They really cannot afford to pay any more because their budget is already stretched beyond ...

Helpful officer goes extra mile

I was getting my car inspected when I received a phone call that my brother had just taken a nice whitetail on Huntingdon mountain. I told him I was on the way to help. I started the 2¢-mile trip back to where he was. After the long trek back, I realized I wasn’t in that good of shape. In ...

Disney needs to recognize princess

During the Second World War, animators such as Warner Bros. and Disney created multiple propaganda cartoons for the Allied war effort. One of Disney’s animations “Der Fuehrer’s Face,” produced in 1943, showcased Donald Duck dreaming about living in Nazi Germany and the bad quality of ...

Goal for 2018: Find out way back

Can anyone doubt that Putin has won? It is so clear that all that he could have wanted is what he has gotten. We are completely mired in our own spiral of chaos led by our president who continues to deliver to Putin all that he could ask for — chaos in the west and an America absent from ...

America’s gun laws lack common sense

Another day in America, another mass shooting which takes the lives of our fellow innocent citizens. Republican leaders shout “thoughts and prayers,” even though praying is exactly what the congregation of Sutherland Springs, Texas, was doing when they were horrifically massacred by ...

No reason to give AASD super a raise

I read in the Mirror (Oct. 12) that the Altoona Area School Board voted to give its superintendent a raise. Not only was he given a raise but a $3,340 raise in one year. Really? It was also reported in the Mirror that every taxpayer is going to see an extra $70 added to their taxes. ...

Trump betrays people he swore to protect

It is amazing that Trump claims corporate America has the highest tax rate in the world. While that is true on paper, the effective tax rate for corporate America is about 14.5 percent (the actual rate of tax paid). Additionally, one in five of America’s largest corporations pay no tax ...

Market’s ‘growing bubble of false hope’

I’m looking at the tax overhaul bill, and this is what I see: This overhaul is based on a numerical hope and a fantasy of 3 percent growth or more per year for 10 years. This smokescreen is presented to us as a reality at a time when the market is in the middle of a growing bubble of ...

Shuster looking out for US consumers

Congressman Bill Shuster is a hero for constituents in Pennsylvania’s 9th District and for consumers across the county. The vongressman is a stalwart opponent of the nation’s beet and cane sugar cartels. Shuster continually votes to reform the vastly outdated U.S. sugar program and ...

Blair County, Altoona outpricing themselves

Well, here we go again. The county doubles your property taxes. The city raises income taxes. The water authority raises rates. The Altoona Area School District wants to build a new school and raise taxes. Now the county wants to raise property taxes again. I guess we don’t want anybody ...

Casino would help recover lost revenue

It’s time to get rid of Blair County commissioners Terry Tomassetti and Bruce Erb, reassessment, new school and water rates. Now Blair County wants to raise taxes $100 more per year for homeowners. Have they looked at the median income for the residents in Altoona? We need the casino in ...

PSU spending out of control

Here we go again on Penn State tuition, as Penn State is the most expensive non-private university in the nation. The PSU Board of Trustees and administration is asleep at the wheel. During the last 15 years, inflation drove educational costs up by 50 percent. But PSU has increased ...

Nation’s morality continues to slip

I have been watching the news on politicians, and I am anything but encouraged. They are liars, corrupt and unprosecuted. We had a president who stayed close to Washington for one reason: to cause trouble for the Republicans. It’s like letting the fox control the hen house. Congress ...

PSU wasn’t duped, the victims were

I am writing in response to your op-ed, “Sandusky nightmare never ends,” republished in my local newspaper, the St. Marys Daily Press. I take exception to the article’s contribution to the propaganda machine that media and corporate supporters of the university have built to deflect ...

On molestation, the broken break again

There was a time not too long ago when I was much younger than I am to today, when, if young women were sexually molested, it was said that sexual molestation must have happened because of short red skirts or because blouses weren’t buttoned up to their necks or makeup was too dark and too ...

Single-payer care much better option

Often, when you hear Republicans talk about single-payer health care, you will hear them talk about a forced government program that takes away freedom from patients. This is false for several reasons, but alternatively, we can all vouch for what little freedom we actually have when dealing ...