Letters to the Editor

One-hauler system will hurt ‘a lot of people’

Well, here we go again — trying to take jobs away from the local trash haulers. Not only is this wrong, I think it is a disgrace. Why put so many men out of work and give it to one company? I have had the same trash hauler for years, and he is wonderful, but if he wasn’t, I would have ...

Politics driving anti-Muslim terror

Saturday, Jan. 28, about 2 a.m., a mosque in a Muslim community in Victoria, Texas, was destroyed by fire. The mosque also was burglarized earlier this month. At a Mosque in Quebec City, Canada, a gunman fired indiscriminately into the crowd of worshipers, killing six. There is a growing ...

Home ownership should be tax free

Kudos to Melissa Shaffer for her recent letter to the editor on real estate tax. She is totally correct in stating home ownership should not be taxed. The politicians rammed a proposed bill down our throats with no consideration for the good people who worked to own a home, raised children ...

Friendly Altoona officers make birthday special

I would like to take the time to acknowledge the Altoona Police Department for making a child smile. My son turned 7 years old on Jan. 26. I told him it was his day to do whatever he wanted. His response was “Mom, can we go visit the cop house, and see the good guys?” So off we went ...

Mission of march was to show example

I am writing to educate the many people who do not understand what men, women and children are trying to accomplish by protesting and marching. We are marching for a variety of reasons. We are not marching solely because Donald Trump won. We are marching because we want to be heard by Trump ...

Women’s March wasn’t about ‘me’

Why did people march the day after Donald Trump became president? Why, indeed? In the Mirror on Jan. 27, columnist Star Parker’s editorial in the Mirror complained that the press is giving all the attention to the Women’s March and not to the pro-life’s March for Life. She writes ...

Organ donation ‘truly the gift of life’

This letter is in response to recent letters by Betsy Chilcote and Ronald Norris. They are both very special people in my eyes. Chilcote literally supported organ donation through the death of her young daughter and subsequent donation of her daughter’s organs. Norris, while wanting to ...

74 years later, heroic chaplains remembered

On Feb. 3, 1943 — 74 years ago — the USS Dorchester, with 902 men aboard, was making its way in the cold water of the North Atlantic heading toward Greenland. The ship was crowded and living conditions unbearably hot. Most of the men removed their life jackets contrary to orders. A ...

Planetariums inspire future generations

Amazed over the herculean efforts of Hollidaysburg Area High School teachers, students, and alumni in raising $50,000 to rebuild their storied planetarium. I was far less surprised with school board member Lois Kaneshiki’s response to it. At a recent meeting, Kaneshiki dismissed the ...

Obama would have freed ‘El Chapo’

Drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Mexico’s most notorious cartel kingpin who twice escaped from Mexican prison, was extradited to the United States on Jan. 19 to face drug trafficking. Thank God that Barack Obama is no longer the president. If El Chapo had been extradited to the ...

Don’t underestimate value of EPA services

Reading the recent headlines from the Trump administration attacking the EPA appalled me. Not only is it unacceptable for the new administration to curtail years of climate change research, but censoring media broadcasts from this agency is disgraceful. Rep. Bill Shuster has described the ...

Some facts about organ donation

Twenty-two people die every day while waiting for a transplant. One organ donor can save eight lives and change the lives of more than 50 people. Almost anyone can be an organ donor, regardless of age or medical history. All major religions in the United States support organ donation. ...

Kaneshiki should show restraint

I am writing in regard to Lois Kaneshiki’s continued irresponsible use of social media, as reported in the Mirror on Jan. 24. I have some advice for Kaneshiki from New York Times writer David Gelles in his Sept. 28, 2016, article, “How to be mindful with Facebook.” Before you post ...

Kaneshiki post an embarrassment

Once again Lois Kaneshiki, Blair County GOP Chairperson and Hollidaysburg Area School District Board member, has embarrassed Republicans and school district citizens with her Facebook post in which the Obama family and others’ faces were superimposed on a picture of “The Beverly ...

Magnitude of job eluding Trump

For a long time I have felt that Donald Trump was not the leader with dignity and clear thinking that we needed for our country. However, after his election, I took the attitude of “let’s give him a chance.” That chance was recently thrown away when he attacked the very foundations of ...

Prayers are with local company

We were saddened to hear of the incident at Metzler’s Trucking, where two employees were injured. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. We are a customer of Metzler Brothers trucking company. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the staff and ...

Logan Twp. has misplaced priorities

I read with interest a recent public notice ad concerning a new sewer line in Logan Township to service 12 families and thereby “improve the health, welfare and safety of the citizens of Logan Township” at a cost of $160,000. This winter, the road that I and 11 other families live on was ...

Change in benefits ‘shocking betrayal’

Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump consistently promised that he would not touch Social Security or Medicare in any way, which marked a significant break from his party’s leaders. Now that he is the president, however, his Republican followers in the House of Representatives have already ...

Already, Trump going against his promises

One of Donald Trump’s campaign promises was that he would not in any way change or reduce the level of benefits of either Social Security or Medicare. He made that statement on numerous occasions. But like so many of his other promises, this one is a lie. Trump was just sworn in, but ...

Trump’s actions won’t be forgiven

My mind’s been quite open for some time now regarding our new president: He’s not fit to fill our highest office. His character rating is lower than abysmal. Anyone who objectively studied him had to see his egregiously flawed character, yet millions elected to fall in lock-step to a tune ...