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Letters to the Editor

Joyce needs to be part of solutions

This administration is utilizing the drug problem to vilify populations of Latin Americans. These populations are desperate to escape violence and abject poverty in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. They risk dying of dehydration and other dangers to present themselves for asylum in the ...

AASB members reversed course

Altoona Area School Board member Ed Kreuz stated that he “had” to vote for the “tax raise.” He did not have to vote for the raise. He chose to vote for the raise, and he could have instead looked inside at what could/should be eliminated. Because of today’s technology, office ...

‘Apparently, our gov’t is for sale’

Anyone who paid attention in school should be aware that our government –– created by far greater minds than those currently occupy the Oval Office or work in the White House –– consists of three co-equal branches. Each has a specific set of duties, responsibilities, and powers. Each ...

Americans need to exercise control

Is socialism, or even communism, inevitable in the United States? How else do you control a society that is in moral chaos, no foundation of right and wrong, and does not take responsibility for their actions? The backbone of what made our country the greatest power in the world, with ...

Blair County prisoners create Oak Ridge miracle

An amazing miracle is in progress at Altoona’s Oak Ridge Cemetery thanks to the efforts of those you might never expect to be involved. Unless you’ve driven north on Tenth Street from Pleasant Valley Boulevard toward downtown Altoona, you’re probably not aware that the graves of more ...

Jaffa would be better Altoona graduation site

I attended the Altoona Area High School graduation at the Altoona Fieldhouse to see my granddaughter graduate and to see all these young people step into the real world. The doors opened at 5 p.m. People started lining up at 3:45 p.m. About 4:35 p.m., it started to sprinkle. People were ...

Local doctors deserves community support

Rather than a headline of “Altoona doctor faces charge” on June 4, let us see, “Pray for Altoona doctor.” What a shock when I read the article about Dr. Mark Tilyou. I say this is a witch hunt for many reasons, and there are two sides to every issue. When I moved to Altoona in 2006 ...

Veterans appreciate community efforts

The Armed Forces Day Committee wishes to thank all who helped to make the May 18 event a great success. We appreciate the efforts of all who volunteered, made donations of time, food and money and those who attended the event. These include our guest speaker Tammy Wholaver, local ...

Cresson Legion puts its best foot forward

I would like to say thank you to the members of the Cresson American Legion Post. They hosted a day of fishing for veterans on June 8 at the freshwater pond in Dysart. They stocked the pond with trout. The day was free to all veterans. They provided food, fishing rods and bait. They had vets ...

Solution offered to combat robocalls

Among the things I find aggravating are robocalls, which are as welcome as a rap band at a golden age dance, and the endless succession of writers yapping about the scourge of robocalls. The yapping I could deal with if any of the reporters made any sense. Instead, all we get are repetitious ...

Altoona graduation ‘was a total disgrace’

I would like to address the Altoona Area School District administration and school board. The way graduation was handled for the class of 2019 was a total disgrace, not only to the parents and family of the graduates, but also the entire school district. Times have changed. Not all of the ...

Be safe when driving in highway work zones

You hurt, maim and kill us by the thousands every — who are we? We are your municipal, city, state and federal highway workers. You drive through our works zones without obeying speed limits, road closed signs and traffic control devices. Why? Because you are late for work, your kids ...

Burke was unpatriotic at Memorial Day parade

As an Army veteran, on Memorial Day, my wife and I went up to the former Gables building on 12th Avenue to watch the parade. As we were watching the different units in the parade come past, I saw something that really disturbed me. There were three people walking past. One was Laura Burke, ...

Lettermen, Mishler teamed for great event

On behalf of JD Promotions LLC, I would like to thank Russell Barton for his recent comments in the Mirror regarding The Lettermen concert on May 21 at the Mishler Theatre and also clarify a few points so that all have a better understanding of the situations mentioned. The Altoona audience ...

Constitution includes no ‘right to abortion’

In recent weeks a number of states have passed new restrictions on abortion. Georgia, Alabama, Ohio and Kentucky to name a few have passed new restrictions ranging from outright bans to those prohibited after eight weeks. The actions of these states have led to the pro-choice (code for ...

Prince Gallitzin roads need to be addressed

Prince Gallitzin State Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the state. However, the roads around it are a disgrace with potholes, berms broken off and patches on top of patches. I don’t really think it has been resurfaced since the park was built. Where is Cambria County’s ...

Like Trump, we need to put America first

I support our president, Donald Trump. Better yet, I support America and our ideals. I did not support Barack Obama and most of his ideas, but, like most Americans, I remained quiet out of respect for our country and most of our ideals. We are, and have always been, a troubled country, ...

‘We are no longer safe in America’

I always read with interest when there is a suicide bomb attack, or some other act of terrorism in places like Afganastan, Pakistan, Africa or Iraq and wonder what it must feel like to know if you go to the market, or to church or just out for stroll, your life is in jeopardy. You never know ...

‘Joy in the City’ helps bring us hope

The city of Altoona was blessed last Sunday evening at the Mishler Theatre with the presentation of an ecumenical extravaganza called “Joy in the City.” The Mishler was packed with seats for 900, and most every seat was filled. This two-hour event was the dream of several pastors and ...

Memorial Day parade no place for politics

I was very angry as I watched the Memorial Day parade in Duncansville. There was a Trump 2020 float in the parade followed by several riders on horses, carrying Trump flags. Before you think it, yes, I do not support this president nor his administration. However, I would not be happy to see ...