Letters to the Editor

Joyce represents community’s ideals

We have a candidate who represents the ideals of our conservative community. John Joyce will work hard to protect our conservative values, including protection of innocent lives and our Second Amendment rights. In addition, he has pledged to protect and strengthen Social Security and ...

Joyce will make military a priority

John Joyce, candidate for Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District, believes that a strong military is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity. As a retiree of the United States Navy, I appreciate that Joyce stands for a strong national defense. He understands the threats of China and ...

Joyce is dedicated to helping all students

As a special education teacher, I realize the importance of a candidate who is dedicated to the needs of all of our students. I am writing in support of the candidacy of John Joyce for the United States Congress. Joyce has first-hand knowledge of the needs of our students from all levels. ...

Wolf should be sent packing

In 2016, the hard-working men and women of Pennsylvania rose against the establishment and elected Donald Trump to serve as president of the United States. Trump campaigned on tax reform, protection of our Second Amendment rights, religious liberty, life from conception and countless other ...

Columnist’s view is way out of line

It is astounding how a journalist would compare conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Democrats’ choice of Merrick Garland. Froma Harrop’s lead in her editorial “Kavanaugh’s little lies” is astounding because, if Kavanaugh were a liberal Democrat, even a felony conviction would ...

Weighing in on McCain fallout

This letter is written in response to an article carried in the Sept. 2 Mirror from the Associated Press titled “The passing of American greatness” by Laurie Kellman. In the article, a note was made “McCain tributes echo with criticism of Trump.” Those individuals who echoed ...

Election chance to protect values

As the election draws closer, we face pivotal issues. Extreme political division has worsened. We need politicians who will make a difference. As a constitutional democracy, we are one of the few countries throughout the history of mankind that has the ability to choose leadership that ...

Better health care is Best’s priority

Where do our state Senate candidates stand on Altoona’s health care ratings? Last November, 24/7 Wall Street designated Altoona as one of the 25 worst cities in the country to get sick. Pa. Health Care Quality Alliance verifies this in its report on UPMC Altoona statewide death averages. ...

Joyce understands health care issues

As a registered nurse, I’ve seen the problems with health care in our community. We, as voters in Pennsyl­vania’s 13th District, are presented with the opportunity to send an individual to Congress who has an understanding of the severe health care issues that everyone faces almost on a ...

Baughman choice for 78th District

A big election issue for me is gerrymandering, the creation of voting districts that artificially favor one party or the other. Our current representative for the 78th District, Jesse Topper, is not supportive of the effort to reform. His opponent in the Nov. 6 election, Deb Baughman, is ...

Joyce will support 13th District’s people

It is essential that we vote for our values and that is why I support John Joyce for Congress. Joyce has been a proud lifelong member of this community. He has actively served as a board member on many local nonprofit agencies. He advocates for protection of Social Security and Medicare, ...

Dodson’s ‘diatribe’ lacks tolerance

I read Kirk Dodson’s recent diatribe against Republicans, President Donald Trump and all things conservative. Clearly, he lacks any tolerance, to say nothing of acceptance, of any point of view other than his own. In fact, he categorizes them all as “deplor­ables” and casts shame on ...

Resistance tied to being pro-life

The recent debacle in Washington, D.C., under the guise of a hearing focusing on a Supreme Court nominee, revealed several things. First, we learned that some senators on the committee are perfect, as they examine the numerous faults of the nominee that allegedly took place over 30 years ...

Joyce will protect Second Amendment

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. This comes from the United States Constitution of America, Amendment II. God created men, but Sam Colt made them equal — Old West ...

Barletta brings some fresh ideas

Lou Barletta, running for U.S. Senate, can set us on the right path of progress and civility. He’s a contemplative, articulate and humble man. Barletta has proven that you can work hard and be successful without depriving others of doing the same. He understands the needs of people in all ...

Exactly what is Republicans’ rush?

Power is not justice. Nor is it the rule of law. When Mitch McConnell and the Republican members of the Senate denied President Obama’s nominee, Judge Garland, the advice and consent hearing demanded by the constitution, the rule of law in this country ended and the rule of dark power ...

Proposing need for third primary

I attended a Tea Party meeting last week to address the open primary issue. It was a well-run meeting. We should first address voter registration along with an appropriate voter ID. We need a properly determined voter eligibility that is verified on the voter ID such as citizenship, age ...

Gregory will help protect our borders

Jim Gregory’s opponent in this year’s 80th Representative District race practices law and is an advocate for victims of domestic abuse. So, logically, this advocacy should welcome prevention and deterrents against any initiative that would increase victimization. However, his opponent ...

Country needs to put aside hatred

Two recent letters to the editor prompted this response. How does that much hate accomplish anything? Really, the vitriol must stop. Calling all members of a political party names like “deplorable” only serves to further divide this country. Recommending that voters choose all ...

Best, Ottaway would represent

As we listen to the rants and review the actions of our representatives in Harrisburg and Washington, we can only conclude that neither of our major parties can lay claim to the moral high ground. Therefore, we must challenge ourselves to closely examine the qualifications of individual ...