Letters to the Editor

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 ...

New world order follows Trump down wrong road

So, as we move further along in a Trumpian world, I can see the world move in the same direction. Building walls, making deals suspiciously assuming everyone is out to take advantage of them, closing borders to anyone who does not look like them, or believe like them, with leaders sowing ...

Theory of evolution cannot be denied

On June 8, Mirror letter writer Thomas Harclerode made several misleading claims regarding Darwinian evolution. Harclerode raises the fact that the fossil record is incomplete, that there is a “missing link.” This tiresome argument is not sufficient to undermine evolution. The fossil ...

Snatching children from parents must end

What is going on now with U.S. immigration at the borders or within this country is an affront to Christian and to all religious beliefs and to moral decency. For anyone who cannot imagine what it is like for the parents and children, go to YouTube, type in “The Choice from Sophie’s ...

Conservatives should respect constitution

I have been waiting for someone to point out that the authority of President Donald Trump is not his personal property. He did not acquire property rights to/over it because of the grant of authority of the Electoral College. The authority of the U.S. president, however, is a public trust, ...

Veterans appreciate community efforts

The Armed Forces Day Committee wishes to acknowledge all who helped to make the May 19 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 Major Harold Stitt, local ...

Old Glory symbolizes our nation’s freedom

Today — June 14 — is Flag Day, and we commemorate the adoption of the American flag. For more than 200 years, Old Glory has served as a symbol of our nation’s freedom and as a source of pride for our citizens. In patriotic parades and musical salutes, we support our local military and ...

McAuliffe program should be expanded

I want to share concerns that I have regarding the potential movement of the McAuliffe Heights at Irving (MHI) magnet program to the Penn Lincoln school building. It is understandable with the coming years, there will be significant change within the district. When considering the movement ...

Shuster deserves credit for actions on Farm Bill

Rep. Bill Shuster deserves credit for standing up for taxpayers and trying to improve the Farm Bill that recently failed in the House of Representatives. He demonstrated leadership by attempting to inject common sense free market reforms to sugar program price supports and supply controls ...

Grandparents forced to play vital role

A 60 Minutes piece on television last week talked about how the opioid epidemic across the United States is resulting in an increased number of grandparents responsible for raising their grandchildren. The show highlighted the work of the “GrandFamilies” program in Salt Lake City, Utah, ...

Higgins’ guilty pleas ‘sickening example’

Rape is the act of imposing oneself on a victim either by physical or coerced compulsion. By virtue of the fact that former Bedford District Attorney Bill Higgins entered guilty pleas to numerous counts of coerced predatory sexual attacks, he essentially admitted to being a serial rapist. ...

Senate Bill 22 should be passed

A recent poll found that 70 percent of Pennsylvanians are in favor of creating an independent citizens redistricting commission as a means of preventing partisan gerrymandering in the state. In response to this overwhelming support for redistricting reform from citizens across ...

Don’t be quick to buy theory on evolution

In the Mirror on March 10, letter writer J. Mark Snyder criticized an earlier article on evolution. This is exactly why teachers like him need to be brought up to date on the current science in this field. He started out that even the Pope says evolution should be accepted. The great ...

Ottaway, Joyce need to debate

On Nov. 6, 2018, the citizens of the newly formed 13th Congressional District will have a once in a generational chance to choose whom they want to represent their values in the U.S. House of Representatives. It is essential that the citizens are informed of who the candidates are and what ...

Roberts should find real truth

I am responding to Cokie Roberts’ May 31 column: “Where are the truth-tellers?” If she means Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Eric Holder, Rahm Emanuel, and former President Barack Obama, we the people voted that past administration out in 2016. I think Roberts needs a refresher course ...

Ailing pets deserve more compassion

I recently adopted a senior dog from the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society. The last dog I had lived 17 years, and when he passed, I waited for a while before adopting again. I am so happy I decided to do so again. Buddy, 15, is a wonderful pet. He is always there for me, and everyone in ...

Blair County needs mental health court

The Blair County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Prison Visiting Society credits commissioner Bruce Erb for his superb essay in the Sunday, May 19, edition of the Mirror. County jails across the country have become default placements for an increasing percentage of the chronically mentally ill ...