Letters to the Editor

‘Hallelujah’ hits all the right notes

In “Hallelujah,” we were privileged to see another excellent performance at the Mishler Theatre. The orchestra was fabulous, as always. The performers were all outstanding. I swear some of them could be on Broadway, and Dave and Paula were just as good as ever. I remember seeing them at ...

Kindness appreciated

I would like to thank the nurse and son who called AMED and stayed with me until the ambulance arrived. Thank you to the lady with the ivory scarf who held me up and supported me and my shaky knees. And a thank you to the gentleman who helped look for my lost keys. Also a thank you to AMED ...

More misdemeanors should be expunged

Several years ago, Pennsylvania passed a law expanding the allowances on what criminal offenses could be expunged. While this helped some, it still left many single-time offenders with a record that cannot be erased, except through a pardon. Felonies are still excluded, as are first- and ...

Wildlife population shouldn’t be isolated

The fragmentation of wildlife habitat threatens the geographic spread of wildlife, limiting their potential gene flow and population growth. Protecting wildlife habitat is important, but it can be futile if protected areas are isolated from each other. Wildlife cannot utilize these ...

Endorsing idea of traffic study

This is in response to your column of Oct. 7 entitled, “Upcoming traffic study will help Altoona.” I agree with your headline. However, I feel obliged to share some concerns especially regarding one-way streets. During my 47 years in Altoona, I served more than 30 years on various ...

Vet’s act of kindness makes Thanksgiving

On Monday, Nov. 19 while shopping at Walmart for a turkey, a gentleman (a veteran) in a wheelchair/scooter came up to me and said, “ma’am, I would like to pay for your turkey.” I told him I should be buying him a turkey. He said he lives at the Veteran’s Home, and they will get lots ...

Stressing importance of self-defense

Forty-four years ago today, I made one of the best decisions of my life: I began training in the martial arts. Having been punched in the mouth the day before, I knew I had no idea how to defend myself, and the thought of fighting back was as foreign to me as college calculus. Throughout ...

Gesture appreciated

On Nov. 8, I had a heart catheterization. On Nov. 15, the snowstorm hit. I looked out and saw a neighbor clearing our driveway. I thanked our neighbor. Then, the township piled a foot of snow at the end of our drive and someone cleared that away also. I don’t know who, but to my ...

Trump has caused division in our nation

President Trump is a misogynistic, xenophobic, pathological liar and a bully who is such an incompetent president that he terrifies me. He is a liar who continually distorts reality to make himself look good. His administration is a disaster. The number of personnel who were fired or who ...

Contents in trucks can be dangerous

Why is it that trucks (including township trucks) can have loose items in their beds? Is there no law that can stop this? How easy it is for a bag of leaves or other items to fly off and cause an accident. I see this from small pick-up trucks to large township trucks. It is time the ...

AASD board lacking fiscal responsibility

I read with interest the article appearing in the Mirror on Nov. 18 concerning the division on the current Altoona Area School District Board. It describes the division between the “tax and spend five” members who freely approve excessive spending contrary to the public’s wishes, and ...

McGinnis’ standard should be applauded

I hope residents of the 79th Legislative District and all across the commonwealth will join me in a grateful, enthusiastic salute to the truly honorable Rep. John D McGinnis. Next week, McGinnis will officially keep the last of several promises he made (and kept) almost seven years ago — to ...

Veterans Day parade shows off Altoona pride

What a parade we saw on Veterans Day in Altoona. The neighboring communities, along with the city groups, made me so proud to be from this area. I was “First on Station,” April 23, 1965, in Vietnam. When President Johnson declared the Vietnam conflict in 1965, our ship was first to arrive ...

Foreman restores Republican unity

Although he was not on the Nov. 6 ballot, I would like to congratulate Blair County Republican chairperson Jim Foreman for his stellar performance. Foreman’s positive brand of leadership, along with his ceaseless work, has noticeably strengthened our party. He envisioned the ...

Enjoy Thanksgiving that’s free of cruelty

While President Donald Trump is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a non-violent Thanksgiving observance. And here are some other good reasons: - You can brag about pardoning a turkey — like Trump (or not). - You ...

Trump’s harsh words fuel hatred, violence

Cesar Sayoc, who mailed pipe bombs to President Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, CNN and others, is a huge fan of President Donald Trump. When Trump gets behind his bully pulpit and belittles these people and these organizations, blaming everything on “fake news,” his most avid ...

Shouldn’t schools have enough money?

I recently heard a reporter on TV state that the Mega Ball and Power Ball make millions of dollars on their sales. He stated that the money goes to education. Please, someone tell the public as to what part of education. I have also heard where many schools are so poor that many teachers ...

Joyce’s courage following footsteps

Seventy-four years ago last week, our father suffered severe wounds on the front line while serving his country during World War II. On the anniversary of his injury, my sister happened to come across a letter among family papers that he wrote home from a hospital, just four months after this ...

Public schools are making a difference

America’s public school educators and school support professionals prepare our students to tackle the challenges of tomorrow and succeed. They teach students to read great books and become math wizards. They introduce children to the wonders of history and science. They stay after ...

Sadly, country lacks mental health education

It seems like every time I turn on the news or open the paper, there’s another horrendous story about murder, mass shootings, bomb threats, or other violent acts. For whatever reason, people think violence is OK and the most appropriate way to end disputes. Our culture has less and less ...