Letters to the Editor

Cambria County needs transparency

Can anyone out there tell me why our elected Cambria County commissioners are fighting in court an order by the Office of Open Records to not release information from the pass-through grant they give the Child Development Corporation on salaries? Am I the only one — I doubt it — who ...

Paterno’s memory conveniently selective

The Joe Paterno family, through its spokesperson Jay Paterno, wants loyal PSU fans to believe that Joe Paterno knew nothing about his assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s proclivity for boys. Also, fans were asked to believe that Paterno never knew sexual abuse of boys existed. This ...

Eichelberger, Trump leading the right way

Kirk Dodson, a self-proclaimed “teacher,” recently wrote that he became “shocked and dismayed” at a town hall meeting hosted by Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. Dodson referenced “... an affront to all who believe in the foundation upon which our country was built.” I believe in ...

Eichelberger needs to support House Bill 1688

I feel the frustration directed at Washington politicians concerning the turmoil over health care. After all, why should the government feel obligated to provide Americans health care? Maybe some guys that risked their lives to sign a document in July 1776 would have something to say ...

Climate change ‘is not age-neutral matter’

I write this letter before our great and wonderful president has informed us if he will pull our country out of the Paris Climate Accord. It’s a heck of a situation we’re in when a comprehensively disturbed human can exercise power to vastly increase the dangerous, unwanted outcomes ...

Altoona policies need accountability

The more I read about the Altoona Area School District investigating its policies on bullying, the more anger it incites in me. Altoona’s policies mean nothing unless it gets to the root of the problem. Investigate the bullies themselves and make them responsible and accountable as ...

Gov’t shouldn’t touch our Social Security

I think we should repeal the tax hike that President Bill Clinton put on our Social Security back in 1993. Why do they have to dig into our Social Security with their long fingers every time they think they can and it’s okay? That money does not belong to them. We the taxpayers worked ...

Eichelberger runs by his own agenda

I attended a town hall meeting last week in Martinsburg hosted by Sen. John Eichelberger. What I witnessed shocked and dismayed me and was an affront to all who believe in the foundation upon which our country was built. Like the current occupant of the White House, Eichelberger is very thin ...

Getting back sight is a precious gift

According to the American Foundation for the Blind (2015), 23.7 million Americans are living with vision loss, and 35 percent of those individuals are considered poor or nearly poor. Prevent Blindness America (PBA) reports the annual economic burden of eye disease and vision loss is $139 ...

New school building? An expensive mistake

The proposal to build a new $88 million high school is a terrible idea. As many know, the school board’s budget still has yet to pay off loans owed for the construction of the new junior high school ($2 million a year, which led to hefty tax hikes across Altoona). So one must ask: How ...

Cancer screenings protected, for now

Despite the chaos that currently defines federal policy on health care, buried in the recently passed Congressional budget is an important if transient boost for women’s health. Specifically, insurance companies must continue to cover annual breast cancer screening for women ages 40 and ...

Hollidaysburg service benefits retirees

Recently, our retirement community had a very pleasant experience involving students from Hollidaysburg Area High School. The school district requires students to perform service hours in order to qualify for graduation. One of our residents works for the district and suggested we contact ...

Veterans appreciate community efforts

The Armed Forces Day Committee wishes to thank all who helped to make the May 20 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 Captain Jeff Dietze, local ...

Be mindful, please, of your postal carrier

In April, the United States Postal Service promoted National Dog Bite Prevention Week. I am writing to ask our customers to extend their efforts and help make this “National Dog Bite Prevention Year.” Pet owners’ efforts are critical when you consider the number of Postal Service ...

Trump, Congress need to focus on steel jobs

The emotional turmoil that is happening in Washington, D.C., is ridiculous. When the blue-collar workers who elected President Donald Trump heard the words “steel-mill jobs” they showed up to vote. I guess Rep. Bill Shuster and Sen. Pat Toomey didn’t hear the speech. On Jan. 20, ...

Mentally disabled centers are vital

In January, the state of Pennsylvania announced the closing of Hamburg State Center. This is one of the five remaining state centers for the intellectually disabled. This is done to save money. They will move the residents into homes in the community or the house next door. Centers for ...

Too often, big business shows world with greed

The article in Sunday’s Mirror about where to put the oil pipeline in Pennsylvania is the arrogance of big business. Big business has the attitude that they can go anywhere they want, and land property owners have no recourse because the rich people and greedy politicians pushed through ...

Repealing ACA would have devastating effect

With my husband battling cancer for the past two years, I have seen firsthand how quickly medical costs can skyrocket. The House Republicans’ repeal and replace bill would have a devastating effect on every family facing serious illness by repealing the essential benefits provisions in the ...

Here’s a vote against remodeling B building

I feel that rebuilding the B building of the Altoona Area High School is unnecessary. During the remodeling, the ninth graders would need to be moved to the high school. Putting ninth graders into the high school will just crowd the students and staff members. In order for the staff to ...

District should be cautious with spending

Imagine buying more than 100 houses in the city of Altoona. This is the equivalent of paying for the new expansion planned to be added to the Altoona Area High School. More than $88 million is planned on a new building in one of the busiest parts of town to allow students to get a ...