Letters to the Editor

Impressive tribute to Altoona heritage

Local Boy Scout Troop 49 and Cub Pack 49 were recently given a tour of the Railroaders Memorial Museum by Joe DeFrancesco, chief curator. It was a wonderful opportunity for the scouts, leaders and family members to explore the rich history of railroad in our fine community. What I was ...

Gas workers come to rescue

It’s heartwarming to know that there are some caring people in this world, and fortunately for me and my son, on Tuesday, Oct. 16, there happened to be a group of them working for Peoples Gas Co. just outside our house along Garber Street in Hollidays­burg. On that day, as we were heading ...

We lemmings must start working together

We are all lemmings. What kind are you? Are you the rebel, long-hair, ponytailed smoking Harley rider or the politically correct man who defers to everyone? Are you the tattooed beauty who got in line for one because it made you unique, or the nose-ringed tattooed teen who yearns to be ...

Embrace slogan: ‘Love for all, hatred for none’

The world head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, arrived in the U.S. for a three-week visit earlier this month. His first stop was the national headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Commu­nity, located in Silver Spring, ...

Kavanaugh hearings bring teaching moment

I watched the Kavanaugh hearings with an open mind, ready to hear an incredible he said/she said tale woven by the two. As I was watching Christine Blasey Ford — her demeanor, her body language — and hearing the timbre and tone of her voice, I realized I had seen the exact same mannerisms ...

Skateboarding issue needs call to action

As reported in the Mirror’s Oct. 17 article, “Skateboarders to face stiffer fines,” Hollidaysburg Borough leaders have increased the fines for those found violating the borough’s skateboarding laws. This decision provides an opportunity for community reflection and conversation about ...

Logan Township must police speeding better

After several years of calling the Logan Township Police Department to have something done about speeding and failures to stop at stop signs, I have come to the conclusion that the township just doesn’t care. I recently contacted the LTPD again and was told they would enforce traffic laws ...

Candidates’ absence is disappointing

On Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., Indivisible Blair County and the Blair County Tea Party co-sponsored a candidate forum. The forum was held for the 13th Congressional District, currently and 80th State Representative District. The two candidates for the 13th Congressional seat are Democrat Brent ...

Trump is winning; don’t fire Mueller

In many ways, President Donald J. Trump is the best thing to happen to the GOP in recent memory. He’s energized our base and brought new voters into the Republican fold. He’s advocated a bold agenda. Because of his policies, our economy is growing at a record pace. He has instituted ...

Wolf has obstructed state’s ‘real reform’

We need a Republican with solutions to take on Gov. Tom Wolf, and that is why I’m supporting Scott Wagner. In his first term in office, Gov. Wolf has done nothing but obstruct real reform in Pennsylvania. He failed to sign a budget in his first three years in office as Republicans, ...

Ward vote dismisses grand jury report

This letter is to advise all registered voters that Judy Ward has now part of the swamp. If you follow Bill 261 that Rep. Mark Rozzi had taken before the House, Ward did not vote in favor of it. This bill was to go after the pedophiles within the church eliminating the statutue of ...

Wagner’s energy shows clear choice

It’s been 22 months since Scott Wagner began his campaign for governor. He has shown more energy than I have ever seen in a candidate, and has been to all 67 counties listening to and speaking with voters. He has been ready to debate Tom Wolf across the state, but this Wolf hides. Wolf ...

Barletta takes stand vs. sanctuary cities

Republican Lou Barletta is challenging Democrat Sen. Bob Casey for the U.S. Senate seat on Nov. 6. Congressman Barletta has long opposed dangerous sanctuary cities. In contrast, Casey supports sanctuaries. He voted against Sen. Pat Toomey’s efforts to crack down on them, plus he has ...

Wagner checks right boxes for governor

Why should you give such serious consideration to voting for Republican Scott Wagner for governor of Pennsylvania? Here are some of the reasons: 1. He is 100 percent a pro-life candidate. 2. He is committed to the Second Amendment. 3. He voted to eliminate school taxes. 4. President Donald ...

Wagner would help state’s financial shape

The CATO Institute recently published the 2018 Fiscal Policy Report Card For Governors, and Gov. Tom Wolf received an “F.” This isn’t surprising to anyone following the yearly budget insanity. Recent federal tax cuts encouraged businesses to invest by allowing them to fully deduct new ...

Wagner appealing to working class

Pennsylvania needs a governor who understands the working class, which is why I’m voting for Scott Wagner in November. Growing up on a Pennsyl­vania farm, Wagner endured hard work and long hours that molded him into a successful businessman. He worked every job to make his business survive ...

Ottaway, Best, Burke provide us with choice

Our local candidates, Brent Ottaway for U.S. House, Emily Best for the Senate and Laura Burke for the House, all share a concern for improving our health care. They know that, compared to us, virtually every other advanced country in the world provides health care at a fraction of our costs ...

Joyce will represent farming community

The agriculture industry of Blair County needs the insight of John Joyce as our next member of Congress. We in Williamsburg know that farmers feed America. Joyce has visited our farms and farm show, and he truly respects what farmers do for our community. The dairy farmers are struggling, ...

Ottaway stands for education

As educators, we feel the need to respond to an editorial written by Cheryl L. Tyler in the Oct. 9 edition of the Altoona Mirror. The writer states that John Joyce has firsthand knowledge of the needs of students at all levels. We disagree. Joyce is a dermatologist — not an ...

Joyce will advocate for our patients

In the Oct. 7 Mirror was an excellent editorial regarding what voters want in health care. As a physician, I am aware that almost 40 percent of patients put off seeing their doctor due to the cost. One-third of patients avoid filling a prescription because of the expense. This is ...