Letters to the Editor

Illegal migrants threatening safety

The question of our national sovereignty has arisen regarding the porous nature of our southern border and the many Central and South Americans, and individuals from other nations, who come often in large groups, to cross into the United States without our review or acceptance of them. The ...

Building the wall won’t stop crime

Not the Great Wall of China or the Berlin Wall, but President Donald Trump’s wall — the wall that will solve the illegal drug and crime problems in America. China’s wall was 1,500 miles long, up to 40-feet high and 25-feet wide with soldiers on top. It did not keep invaders out. The ...

Let Punxsy Phil hibernate in peace

The Mirror printed a story about Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction on the front page on Feb. 21 about being a little off on his prediction. Well, don’t blame a groundhog that should have been hibernating but is awakened every year so Punxsutawney can make a small fortune by suckering ...

Spradling would represent Altoona

Devin Spradling is an enthusiastic, hardworking and devoted guy seeking to become a member of the Altoona Area School Board, and he has my support. Spradling graduated from Altoona Area High School and will make a great board member because he believes public education is important. He has ...

Hollidaysburg needs new parking garage

Hollidaysburg Borough Council has been reviewing parking permits given to residents of the borough. The weight of this review has fallen on eight residents. The committee of three council members propose restricting permit usage to 7 a.m. to 5 p. m. Monday to Friday. On the weekends, ...

Van Zandt care remains top notch

This letter is to inform the veterans of the excellent care I receive at the Van Zandt Medical Center, commonly known as the VA Hospital. Although I’ve only been associated with the hospital for a couple of years, I would recommend this hospital as having the most outstanding service I ...

Wall won’t stop drug flow into US

If you think that a wall will stop drugs from coming into the USA, think about this: Prisons have walls all around them. They are made of many materials like concrete, brick, stone, fencing and razor wire. They have guards at all main doors, and drugs of all kind got into our prisons. ...

AASD board has shown transparency

I would like to take an opportunity to respond to the Mirror’s editorial, “AASD board needs more transparency” printed on Sunday, Feb. 24. It was stated that the proposed purchase of the Investment Savings Bank Building did not surface publicly until the school board’s Feb. 4 ...

State should repeal its inheritance tax

If you were one of six individuals out of 50 to “make the playoffs,” you’d probably be pretty pleased with yourself. But what if I told you that Pennsylvania was one of only six states that still has an inheritance tax. Pennsylvania imposes this tax on the value of your estate at the ...

Refugees must learn to pay for themselves

Refugee: One who flees his or her country for a better life in a richer country. To whomever this may concern — which should be every American citizen who works and pays taxes in these United States. Everyone of us is from somewhere else, brought here by our ancestors from other ...

Think about adoption before abortion

To those of you who are thinking of voting for the Democrats in 2020, please know you are voting to murder full-term babies. What an insane world we have become. Where have our morals and values gone to? There are thousands of childless couples out there that would love to give your baby ...

Deeply concerned over our country’s direction

How far has America moved away since 1776? We are on a downhill slide, and soon it will be too slippery to climb back up. Our elected leaders of today are rapidly changing our laws, and all that this great nation has been founded upon. The freedoms and rights of the common person are no ...

Facts got in the way of writer’s opinion

I am writing in response to the letter penned by Bill Marr in which he wrote three columns of false claims and half truths about Democrats. Marr mentions the “Obama Justice Department.” Jeff Sessions was a Republican appointed by Donald Trump as was Rod Rosenstein, Matthew Whitaker and ...

Trump trying to help our nation’s truckers

Walking slowly, with a cup of coffee in one hand and the other stuffed into his pocket, a tired just-got-up look over his face, describes the morning of our nation’s truck driver. They’re everywhere, from as far east to west as you can imagine. Some of the trucks are as nice as can be, ...

Issue of term limits should be on ballot

When the Mueller investigation proves that Russian interference in our 2016 election put Donald Trump in the White House, then what? If his presidency is deemed to be illegitimate, then what? Is everyone in the White House evicted? If they don’t right the wrong, why bother to investigate? ...

Accept fact of life: Deer herd decreasing

With the recent outbreak of chronic wasting disease in our resident deer populations, barroom biology and political meddling is running rampant. This diatribe of unrelenting criticisms directed at our professional wildlife agencies is both unfair and counterproductive. Plant and animal ...

‘Emergency’ sets dangerous precedent

President Donald Trump is treading dangerous ground by calling for a “national emergency” at the border for his border wall. One, it sets a dangerous precedent for the country when we move to the future and have different presidents. If a future president decides that climate change is a ...

Dems should direct criticism internally

Anyone who takes a critical look at the political situation in America today realizes that everything the Democrats, the media and the Obama Justice Department have been accusing and investigating President Donald Trump for they are guilty of themselves — times 10. First, collusion with ...

New legislators can dictate change

Over $300 million. That is what it costs Pennsylvania taxpayers to support the largest, most expensive, most inept and self-serving legislature in the country. In the last year, our legislators have enacted the following somewhat major bills: They relaxed the state liquor laws, and they ...

Surprise appreciated

To the lady who paid for our lunch at Cracker Barrel on Sunday, Feb. 10: It was a very nice surprise for us, reminding us there are good people in the world. Thank you again. Darlene Detwiler Tyrone