Letters to the Editor

Respectful of office, but not of Trump

During my 20-plus years in the military, I learned that you respected the uniform and the rank it carried even if you didn’t respect the individual wearing the uniform. That is the way I feel about the office of the President of the United States. I respect the office of the ...

Writer needs to accept that Trump is president

After reading, or trying to read John Hunter Orr’s rambling diatribe in the March 23 edition of the Mirror, I feel the strong need to reply. The content of this opinion seems to be once again rehashing a bit of fake news taken out of context concerning President Donald Trump. Referring ...

Bernard represents a judge’s character

I am pleased to provide a professional endorsement for Jackie Bernard to serve as judge in the Blair County Court of Common Pleas. I have known Bernard in a professional capacity for many years, and I can attest to the depth of skill, knowledge, compassion and integrity that she has brought ...

Kaneshiki emerges from hibernation

It’s that time of year again: We are seeing the return of sunshine and warmer weather, and it is welcome after a few rough weeks of winter. This is also the time of the year when Lois Kaneshiki comes out of hibernation and sticks her head out of the Blair County Republican headquarters to ...

Recycling takes cooperative effort

John Frederick’s article on recycling as a lifestyle, in my opinion, should be a way of life for all of us. When are we going to realize it takes more than a few of us to stop the landfills from filling up? It takes an effort and working together to make recycling a larger priority for ...

‘We need to leave our egos at the door’

Democrat or Republican we, as Americans, need to stand united. We need to stop bickering amongst ourselves. We need to hold the elected officials, regardless of party denomination, responsible for the welfare of the residents of the United States. Division is what politicians want and ...

Blair County enduring unfair taxation

Want to see people who take from you and are punished by the law? Go to the Blair County Prison. Want to see people who take from you and are protected by the law? Go to the Blair County commissioners and the Altoona Area School Board. When King George III was ruler of England, his ...

Trump, politicians letting us all down

This letter is in response to Bryce Dunio’s letter in the March 6 edition of the Mirror. In case Dunio missed it, all through the campaign Donald Trump exhibited behavior that does not reflect what we expect from our president. He called Mexicans rapists and murderers; he made fun of a ...

Endorsements built on trust

As the May 16 primary election is soon upon us, I wanted to take this opportunity to publicly endorse several candidates on the ballot. As a retired police officer, having served in Blair County for 36 years, I have not only worked alongside these individuals but I have developed personal ...

Current politicians need to be replaced

There are two perspectives on Donald Trump’s “drain the swamp.” One group looks at it as a return to the days of good, livable wages and a feeling in their minds of what America is. In Trump’s mind, “drain the swamp” means “lower my taxes” and “get rid of all those rules ...

Catholic church has misplaced priorities

The Catholic organization is at it again — trying to improve its image. A “memorandum of understanding” isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. It is just another smoke screen. The memorandum simply is a piece of paper that says “I might do something if I choose to do so.” It ...

Trump not interested in clean air, water

When I read the Mirror’s Feb. 1 editorial headlined, “Good sign: Trump for pipelines,” I thought you must be joking. After reading the article, I realized you were serious. Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt are not interested in clean air and water and those pipelines that you like are ...

Candidate still seeking office

On March 22, the Mirror notified me that Judge Elizabeth Doyle canceled my bid to be on the May 16 ballot for one of the four openings. The reason given: Of the 133 signatures collected by people who said they were the person I­ was requesting from the election office listing of ...

Rec commission makes right call

As a former NCAA basketball player, local coach and PIAA official, I totally applaud the Central Blair Recreation & Park Commission for attempting to suppress inappropriate behavior from those attending sporting events. While that behavior is likely perpetrated by the minority, it ...

Ward’s comment on wage misses mark

I would like to give your readers my thoughts regarding last Sunday’s Mirror political notebook, written by Ryan Brown. Regarding Rep. John D McGinnis decision to not seek another term, we are losing (statewide) a man of great intellect who tried, tirelessly, to alert his colleagues of both ...

Unsung heroes run Meals on Wheels

Heroes do not always have 18-inch arms, and they have not always killed the dragon. They give their time and effort to help others. They live among us, and they do not always talk to us. They cook and package and are usually on time. They are Meals on Wheels. They bring it right to your ...

Mother knows best: Lift ban on refugees

President Trump says most people in America agree with his refugee ban. I, for one, do not. Why? It’s because of my mother. Trump says that most people in America agree with his refugee ban. I, for one, do not. Why? It’s because of my mother. In summer 2015, 80 refugees — all ...

Diligent road crews deserve lots of credit

We have had a relatively mild winter in spite of these recent days. Annually, Altoona does not get nearly as much snow as most nearby area communities such as Cresson, Gallitzin, State College, Bedford, etc. But we have had a number of noteworthy snowfalls that demanded the attention of ...

Candidate Varney still wants to serve

I’m Nikki Varney, and you may have read about me withdrawing my petition to be on the Republican primary ballot for Hollidaysburg Area School Director. Despite my withdrawal, I’m still interested in representing you. Let me explain: Lois Kaneshiki filed a petition against my ...

Like the ’60 Pirates, Trump won by rules

Being a lifelong fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates, my favorite World Series was in 1960. That moment when Bill Mazeroski hit that momentous home run was one of those sentinel moments where you always remember where you were and what you were doing at the time. I was in Mr. Mitchell’s ...