Letters to the Editor

Libraries help prevent the ‘Summer Slide’

While the Summer Slide may sound like a ride at one of our local amusement parks, it refers to the loss of academic skills and knowledge while students are out of school for the summer. Researchers have shown that students’ progress in subjects like reading and math can be reduced by one to ...

Prosecution of cases doesn’t seem equal

William Higgins, former Bedford County District Attorney, charged with “unconscionable crimes” by Attorney General Josh Shapiro is allowed to plea bargain a deal with no jail time or felonies. He is released on $50,000 unsecured bond, and he may lose his license. I would hope this ...

US should send illegal immigrants back

A quick fix to the immigration problem at the border of Texas would be to give them all five days’ ration and water and send them back where they came from. Why are so many Hollywood celebrities ranting and raving about how we should take these people in and feed and clothe them and give ...

Where’s humanity in Trump’s actions?

Beginning in April, the Trump administration has forcibly separated over 2,300 immigrant children from their parents. They have no plan in place to reunite these children with their parents. The children were shipped, mostly under cover of darkness, to centers all over the country. For ...

Republicans will miss work of Kaneshiki

Let’s read a bit of information to help level the playing field, shall we? Who, upon accepting the office of chair of the Blair County Republican Party, discovered their rented office to be two months in arrears in rent and facing a $750 fine from the state party. Who, with frugal ...

New Altoona building ‘absolutely not needed’

This letter is being written in two parts in reference of the subject matter to accurately cover what is needed to be stated. First, to leave the taxpayers of the Altoona Area School District know they are getting a huge shafting in the building of a new high school that is absolutely not ...

America no longer as great as it once was

A popular political slogan is “Make America great again.” This slogan implies that America once was great but no longer is. So is America less great than it once was, and what caused our decline in greatness? Last February, I was shopping at the Walmart in Shippensburg, looking to ...

Immigrants need to get here legally

I cannot believe the support for illegal immigrants. It must be for political reasons. Other countries have not allowed immigrants to just flood them. It’s a good way to get bad apples with the good. My relatives came here legally, except my native American ...

Following Trump down a better road

This is in response to Stephen LoRusso’s letter of June 19 and all the other people who still don’t realize why President Donald Trump got elected. He is, no doubt, a flawed man. Show me one who isn’t, but he had a bravado that no existing politician had. I watched as he dismantled ...

U.S. abusing human rights

On June 15, President Donald Trump referred to his policy of separating families at the border as a negotiating tool. I want to be very clear about this: Separating children from their parents for the misdemeanor of crossing an invisible line is not a negotiating tool, nor is it a reasonable ...

Program keeps dads, kids connected

The June 17 article in the Mirror discussed a program offered to help incarcerated dads to have continued contact with their children in Blair County. In recent years, the amount of inmates has increased throughout the state and Blair County. It has led to an alarming number of children in ...

First lady Trump learning on the job

Let me begin by saying this is not a criticism of first lady, Melania Trump. Over the course of her time as first lady, I came to like, respect and pity Melania. She gets bashed for something every time she makes a public appearance. Most recently, it was the jacket she wore when she went ...

Summit with N.Korea can be building block

This letter concerns the recent summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and some related issues. First of all, I disagree with a comment made in a Mirror editorial on this summit that North Korea might have some secret plan to invade South Korea and set up a ...

In time of need, kindness answers

On Thursday, June 14, I was leaving Macy’s in the Logan Valley Mall when I tripped and fell on the sidewalk. Vehicles were approaching from opposite directions when two young women (unknown to each other) immediately exited their cars to come assist me. They helped me to my feet and ...

Administration bias ‘distressing’

I am an immigrant. In 1971, my husband, infant son and I arrived in the United States as immigrants. Like so many before and after us, we were seeking a future in our new home free from violence, corruption and lawlessness. We were fleeing a military dictatorship with thousands of ...

Bedford should protest deal with Higgins

It’s time for the fine citizens of Bedford to take up arms and go to the courthouse. William Higgins, the former district attorney of Bedford County, pleads guilty to 31 misdemeanors and bargains his way out of any jail time. What is wrong with this picture? Higgins doesn’t want to go ...

Where dignity wins out

The woman soon to be Rudolph Giuliani’s third ex-wife is not the most sympathetic of victims. Judith Nation cavorted openly with Giuliani while the New York mayor was still living with his second wife and their two children. The second Mrs. Giuliani learned she was being left while watching ...

State universities vital to Pennsylvania

The Mirror’s recent editorial, “PASSHE faces tough decisions,” made a number of important points, including the fact that several of the universities within Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education are facing serious enrollment and fiscal challenges. It is important to note, ...

Politicians helped improve our area

After reading the Sunday editorial in the June 10 Mirror about the positive things happening along the Ebensburg corridor on U.S. Route 22, I started to reflect upon what has happened over the years in the Altoona area. I would like the readers to know that I was in the retail business most ...

School security should be a must

After reading the Mirror article about Pennsylvania lawmakers coming up with “anonymous” reporting as a method of stopping any potential violent acts in the schools, I can only state that this is living proof that we have too many representatives and they have no clue what they are ...