Letters to the Editor

Enabling pipelines shows a disregard for future

The complacency of the public and enabling behaviors of elected officials toward the building of the Mariner East II Pipelines, gas powered electricity generation stations with subsequent dependency and enhanced addiction on fossil fuels, is a continuation of violating creation. Justifying ...

Steelers’ protest turned this fan off

America, enough is enough. Honoring our country, our military, our flag and our anthem has nothing to do with politics, “who shot John” rhetorics, or any mindless ravings by individuals who don’t have the slightest idea what they’re blabbing about. There’s only one single issue. ...

Courthouse project, Valley View saved money

This letter is in response to Joe Wiedemer’s recent criticism of the current courthouse rehab project and the sale of the Valley View Nursing Home and apparently my role as principal proponent and commissioner manager of both. The courthouse rehab project will save the county in excess of ...

Students’ trip was sponsored, worthwhile

This letter is in response to a Letter to the Editor submitted by Joe Maschue of Altoona and printed by the Mirror on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. As the Community Relations Director at AASD, I would like to respond to Maschue’s letter regarding AASD student travel to State College to attend the ...

Local ‘Wizard of Oz’ goes over rainbow

Recently, a full house at the Mishler was “off to see the Wizard.” The P&J production of “The Wizard of Oz” brought us from Kansas to the Emerald City in a heart-warming performance. Superb acting, singing and dancing by the Scarecrow (Tony Demi), Tinman (Will Jones) and ...

Missed opportunity at Fort Roberdeau

Thumbs up to the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association for hosting one of the state’s largest rifle frolics right here at the Altoona Rifle and Pistol Club. Shooters from the local area and from many other states were here to shoot muzzle loaders as well as shoot long bow archery and ...

Police radar results in many more errors

Calling for municipal police radar is a pure cash cow. Speed limits are already underposted, and some bills allow tickets at 6 mph over the limit. Radar makes many errors, and if multiple vehicles are present, it cannot tell which one generated the reading, if any. Radar fails the Daubert ...

Youngster’s message spoke volumes

Anyone who didn’t see the Altoona Mirror’s Community section on Oct. 15, (specifically Mirror Images), missed a message for all of us. Two-year old Pacey Brown was photographed during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Her dear face is shown with such solemnity, and her ...

Kreuz AASD’s ‘most sensible candidate’

Think, think, think on Nov. 7. Vote, vote, vote for Edward Charles Kreuz Jr. He’s the most sensible candidate that the Altoona Area School District has had in decades. He will be a mastermind when it comes to spending our tax dollars. He’ll have the utmost respect for the ...

PLCB should expand its number of outlets

Frustrated with the budget impasse, Gov. Tom Wolf recently offered several proposals as a way forward with the Pennsylvania legislature. Among those plans, the governor announced that the state would securitize profits from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Baord (PLCB) to raise $1.25 billion ...

Irwin has balanced her family, career

This letter is in support of Meghan Irwin for magisterial district judge. I have known Irwin since she was a student in my third-grade class in Altoona. At that time, she was an inquisitive, spunky girl with a love for learning. Our paths have intertwined several times over the years. ...

There’s no such thing as government money

All money received from any government entity originates from the taxpayer. Every subsidy, allocation or budgetary line item comes directly or indirectly from taxes levied on tax-paying individuals and businesses. The federal government is trillions of dollars in debt. The state of ...

Jones mixes hard work with compassion

Over my career, as Blair County coroner, I have had the opportunity to work with Ben Jones on a variety of different investigations, and I have always been impressed with his work ethic and sympathy for the victims and their families. He has always been fair and open minded when investigating ...

UPMC Bedford lets community down

In the early 20th century, shortly after Bell Telephone and AT&T decided to provide telephone service, the Pennsylvania Legislature through its Public Utility Commission, made a bargain with the phone company. In return for what would essentially would be a telephone monopoly in most ...

Irwin background suits her for MDJ

Meghan Farrell Irwin is our best choice for Altoona’s magisterial district judge. A lifelong resident of Altoona, Irwin understands the needs of the community and is actively involved in helping others. A board member of The Arc of Blair County, for example, Irwin works to bring ...

Jones has spent life training for MDJ

In my opinion, Ben Jones has been preparing to take the reins as a magisterial district justice his entire adult life. As a lifelong family friend, I watched Jones grow up in a law enforcement family whose main concerns were the health and well-being of Altoona’s citizens. Jones ...

Irwin emerges from competitive field

Magisterial district judge should be awarded to the most qualified candidate. Before the spring primary, I expressed that candidate is a Notre Dame educated full-time attorney, Meghan Irwin. Three attorneys and two law enforcement officials ran in a very competitive field. The primary ...

Jones has served community well

I write in support of Ben Jones for magisterial district judge. Ben has 20 years of exemplary law enforcement experience. He understands the vital role this office holds for our community. He has the fortitude to enforce the teeth of the law and the compassion to understand its limitations, ...

Kagarise would serve community

We have an opportunity to elect one of our own from Blair County to the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Judge Wade Kagarise is an honest man of integrity with a great work ethic. His pro-life, pro-second amendment central Pennsylvania values will serve us well at the commonwealth level. ...

Jones experience suited for MDJ role

I have had the opportunity to work with Ben Jones on several different occasions and have always found him to be professional and diligent. Jones is highly qualified for the position of district justice based on my personal experience with him as well as his record of service with the ...