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Jones has qualities to be district judge

This letter is in support of Benjamin (Ben) Jones for magisterial district judge. I have known Jones since he began his law enforcement career with the Altoona Police Department. Although I worked for a neighboring police department, I watched as Jones gained experience and rose through the ...

Pipeline represents progress for our area

I could or should be expressing an opinion about the deplorable condition that our country is in as a result of the presidency of Donald Trump or even the statewide situation that exists with our credit rating as a result of the lack of foresight of legislators to raise taxes to balance the ...

Jones fits the bill to be district judge

We have known Ben Jones for the past 12 years and have had a chance to observe his commitment to our community, both professionally and personally. Jones is an honest and genuine family man with a sincere passion for helping others and protecting our community. He is fair, competent and has ...

Water Authority deserves credit

At 7:15 a.m. sharp on Sept. 25, five angels from heaven arrived at 854 37th St., Altoona, to fix the better part of a 100-year-old water line from the city main on 37th Street to the curb. From the time they arrived, they worked non-stop, all in unison, like a well-oiled machine. They were ...

Small businesses need a tax cut

The negative impact of Philadelphia’s soda tax has taught our state a valuable lesson: High taxes are bad for business and bad for the economy. Congress should provide Pennsylvania small businesses with a tax cut. Roughly 98 percent of companies in our state are small businesses, but they ...

Steelers succeed in showing disrespect

I found what the Steelers did Sunday appalling to the state and the country as well as to football. It stands to reason tackle Alejandro Villanueva would honor the flag and the anthem. It, too, is understandable a captain in the Army Special Forces would take the heat for the entire team. ...

Bad message sent to young Americans

Shame on the Steelers and shame on the NFL. I’m so disappointed that the team did not come to the sideline for the national anthem last week in Chicago. Although not perfect, this is a great nation that many Americans have given their lives to keep free or have suffered life-changing ...

‘Bad karma’ caught up with Steelers

Usually I keep my comments to myself. However, in this case I just can’t. You don’t go into a stadium called “Soldier Field” and disrespect our country by staying in the locker room so as to not have to participate in the pre-game national anthem ceremony. Bad karma. Frederick ...

‘So-called role models’ have let us all down

Last Sunday, we witnessed firsthand the disrespectfulness of our role models and mentors. The duality of man was displayed all over our great nation. The thug players disrespected our flag in forms of kneeling, sitting, locking arms and not even coming out of their locker room. These ...

NFL’s disrespect marks ‘last straw’

Thank you NFL and, at last, the Pittsburgh Steelers for an excuse — the final straw — to be done with you. For the past decade or more I’ve grown bothered by professional football. It’s surely not the football I grew up with. Actually, professional football may not even be a sport ...

McGinnis adding ‘insult to injury’

I was dismayed and disappointed after reading “McGinnis trashes recycling mandate” in the Altoona Mirror on Sept. 19. As an educator who spent much of his career working to foster respect for the earth and caring for the environment, I find it very counterproductive when a role model for ...

Robert E. Lee holds special place

This is in response to the Robert E. Lee statue possibly being torn down. I myself considered the Civil War a very painful time in our American history. Yet, history hasn’t been told — only what we have learned from our school. Let me inform the mass Americans as well as immigrants the ...

Kind gesture helps start day

I would like to personally acknowledge and thank the three men and the wife of one of the men for their help last Sunday when I was having trouble getting my vehicle to start. I was at the intersection of Lloyd Street and East 22nd Avenue when my van stalled out. They put their heads ...

NFL players are what’s wrong in US

NFL players should trade their cleats for a pair of boots. Trade their gold chain for some dog tags. Trade their million dollar paycheck for $70,000. Trade their broken finger and sprained ankles for amputated limbs and prosthetic legs. Trade their luxurious lifestyle for one year away ...

McGinnis in dark about recycling

State Rep. John McGinnis is terribly ill-informed about our need to recycle. It is not a hippie plot, or a partisan issue. This planet does not belong to us, or the United States. There is only so much lithium, oil and bauxite in the earth. We need to recycle everything we can to protect ...

Be ‘smarter, wiser’ about recycling

I could not believe what I was reading in the Mirror on Tuesday, Sept. 19, regarding state Rep. John McGinnis’s statements on recycling. I was envisioning Altoona and other local communities as a future “Rio de Janeiro” with trash polluting our streets, yards and waters with materials ...

Steelers’ stance crosses the line

I’m done with the Steelers. Thanks for a great 50 years, but I’m done. As a kid growing up in Juniata in the 1970s, we were taught to honor our vets, our flag, our anthem and our country. Now it appears that dissent and selfish displays of personal contempt are the only honorable things. ...

Clean communities aid economic climate

I’m writing in reference to a story from Sept. 19 about Act 101, Pennsylvania’s recycling law. These are hard financial times for our state, communities, and families. The budget negotiations in Harrisburg have been painful. It is likely the final compromise will leave many stakeholders ...

Event shows pride in our veterans

I wish to acknowledge total gratitude to the Blair County Historical Society for an event called “Born To Be Wild.” This was a 1960s and ’70s dinner dance party especially honoring our Vietnam veterans who served in our armed forces, past and present. The event was held on Sept. 1, ...

Breakfast group appreciates gesture

On a Saturday in August, a group of us were having breakfast at Denny’s. In a booth close to us, there was a young man and a small boy with a missing tooth. They were enjoying their breakfast and each other. They left, and the boy smiled and said goodbye. When it was time for us to ...