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Letters to the Editor

Recommending five for Hollidaysburg board

As the parent of two Hollidaysburg Area School District students, I know how important it is to have a school board that understands the importance of a K-12 education that prepares our children for the future and that respects its students and faculty. The board members must operate without ...

Vote for candidate, not straight ticket

Pennsylvania is one of only eight states that allow straight ticket (party) voting. A total of 54 percent of Blair county voters choose this option. While it simplifies voting, it reinforces party affiliation as the driving force behind your vote. Elections such as judicial contests would ...

Ickes would serve city council well

I’m supporting Jesse Ickes for Altoona City Council. I’ve gotten to know him and have worked with him through our church and have witnessed him take on leadership roles within our church. Ickes is dedicated to his profession, his family and his faith. He’s exactly the leader that ...

Greenhouse gas emissions need cut

I am writing to express my concern about the imminent threat climate change poses to our world, our country and our children’s future. More than 2,000 scientists contributing to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) agree that climate change is occurring much faster than ...

Norfolk Southern shows its greed

It was disappointing to read the recent news about Norfolk Southern laying off 100 workers at the Juniata Locomotive Shop. I’m sure the Norfolk Southern PR people will call it “right sizing.” Got to keep Wall Street happy. It was enlightening, however, to read the 2018 Norfolk ...

Altoona needs to be more ‘business-friendly’

The population of Altoona in the 1930 census was 82,000. The 2017 population estimate was 44,000. The population has decreased since that 1930 census. What will the 2020 census reveal? Some have observed that Altoona is just not business-friendly. There are just too many hoops and too much ...

Ryan trying to take from PA seniors

State Rep. Frank Ryan, a Republican from Lebanon County, has proposed House Bill-13, which is a good number for its potential. He wants to replace our Pennsylvania school tax with revenue from a new tax on retirement income and local sales and personal income taxes. Ryan defines taxable ...

Honest communication is missing from politics

A couple of my children get agitated with me because they say I live in the past too much. But most of my generation is like that. There were a lot of simple, decent times then. Life really is simple; it is certain people who have made it more dramatic than is necessary. There really is ...

Only military should use assault weapons

It seems as though Sen. Rick Scott, President Donald Trump and others have the same solution to all the mass shootings in the U.S. They want to blame these shootings on people with mental health issues. My question is, has anyone, anywhere, done any investigative research into the lives of ...

Singing can help keep everyone stimulated

Has the enjoyment died? Is it just me, or has the joy of singing in a group died around Altoona? It used to be that just about anywhere you went people could be heard singing. There were singing groups everywhere. There were church choirs that were well attended and clubs that had their own ...

Ickes, Carper deserve seats on city council

I write to express my support for Jesse Ickes and Joe Carper for Altoona City Council. As a current member of council, I can attest to the time commitment that’s needed to be an active and engaged member of council. I’ve known Ickes for several years. His background in finance will ...

Just how far does Eldorado extend?

I was born, raised and have lived in Eldorado for 87 years. When I was a young fellow, I was told the boundary for Eldorado started at Sixth Avenue and 49th Street and extended south to the city line, across the branch railroad tracks. It started in the area now occupied by Electric Motor ...

America’s gun culture is what needs changing

Another weekend, another mass shooting. Once again a place that we normally think of as safe and ordinary has become the scene of death and injury. With every incident, the response is predictable. First we get “thoughts and prayers,” then talk about mental health and violent video ...

Climate change: We can all take action together

I’ve dedicated decades to my work as an environmental educator. My favorite program is planting trees with students in Altoona neighborhood FEMA buy-out sites and Tyrone’s rain garden. I was thrilled to see these young heroes take action against local flooding. Though retired, I still ...

Aging Altoona tree prepares for final day

Editor’s Note: Nancy Collins of Altoona wrote the following about a tree at her house that she must take down at her own expense to repair the sidewalks: “Hi, I am a maple tree that grows on a street in Altoona. I have seen a lot in my 50-some years. Neighbors come and go, cars and trucks ...

City Council can’t ignore ICE

A complaint during a recent City Council meeting brought renewed attention to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement armory in Altoona. Although public comment was intense, council members generally did not respond. The complaint follows ICE raids across four Mississippi poultry ...

Letter on firearms contradicts itself

The Aug. 26 letter by Mark Herbert Townsend requires a rebuttal. First, it is historically factual that firearms have undergone improvements from the day they were invented. Even the men who wrote our constitution saw significant changes while fighting for the freedom we now enjoy, which ...

State should keep care centers open

State should keep care centers open This is in response to the Mirror story last week, “State to close two care centers.” Right now we as taxpayers are doing the right thing for the care of the most fragile of our citizens — the profoundly mentally disabled. The main reason why ...

‘Team effort’ leaves lasting impression

For eight weeks this summer, the city of Altoona was blessed by young people from many different states. The program was called “Team Effort.” Every week, a different group of young people paid their own way to come here on a mission trip, to help folks in this area with needed projects ...

Good Samaritans come to the rescue

Earlier this month, my husband and I were shopping at Pleasant Valley Shopping Center. We were there to shop at two different stores. I had set my walker on the sidewalk, but when I went to step up to the walker, I lost my balance and fell flat on my back. The only injury was to my ...