Letters to the Editor

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

Let’s not forget Food Donation Act

Recently on the bus, our work crew engaged in an interesting discussion about food donations. A man who is employed with a local school said, “It’s such a shame about the multitude of good food we just toss away into school dumpsters each day.” He added, “Between our school district ...

Home rule study remains important

I misplaced my copies of the Mirror articles regarding comments by Commissioner Terry Tomassetti and former Altoona Mayor Bill Schirf regarding the endorsement of a study commission for Blair County Home Rule Charter. I never considered that potential on a county basis. They surely peaked my ...

Gov’t must stop animal cruelty

Every state and every county allows these aberrations to hold, cage, mistreat, mate and sell these dogs and puppies. Almost as soon as they are born, the mother dogs are kept in cages continuously from the time they are bought for the main purpose of having puppies. Their lives are lived ...

Abortion becoming ‘American Holocaust’

I am writing this letter to state my opinion on the following issue: The American Holocaust. What it is about is the two governors who have approved the killing of babies that have been born. Basically it is equivalent to the final solution by Hitler and his henchmen. So if this is the new ...

UPMC, Highmark issue needs to be resolved

Pennsylvania state troopers accept the dangers of their job. So do our loved ones. It’s the price we pay for seeking to serve our communities. But what we cannot accept is when a so-called non-profit is trying to restrict the health care benefits for fellow troopers and their families. ...

Responsible gun owners shouldn’t be penalized

In a few weeks, Pittsburgh’s City Council will vote on a series of controversial gun control bills. The bills would, among several other reforms, make it illegal to own assault weapons within the city limits. The bill with the specific focus on assault weapons expands upon its previous ...

Altoona board making taxpayers say ‘uncle’

The Altoona Area School District “tax and spend five” are at it again, doing the only thing they know how to do: tax us and spend our money. The $88 million wasted on an un-needed new school wasn’t enougn. Neither was the money they poured down the drain when they admitted they overpaid ...

Fish, game need better management

Lately we have been reading about several changes proposed by special interest groups, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and others. Sunday hunting is back on the list of controversial issues, along with changing the first day of deer season to Saturday, but none can be more outrageous than ...

Pelosi not to blame for gov’t shutdown

In the Feb. 4 Mirror, there was a comic image placing blame for the recent federal government shutdown on Speaker Nancy Pelosi. President Donald Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell clearly own this as per the president’s own words. The POTUS consistently refuses to listen to the advice of ...