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Letters to the Editor

Joyce needs to uphold the oath he took

Representative John Joyce’s lack of response to the appalling conditions of migrant detention camps is unconscionable. It has recently come to light that children as young as 2 years old are being denied basic human needs — soap, toothpaste and diapers. They are being forced to sleep on ...

Viewpoints don’t reflect poll results

My wife and I are daily readers of the Mirror and we find it to be informative and generally well-written. That said, in the Sunday, June 2 edition, the “Sunday Viewpoints” feature in particular, the manner in which responses to the question were presented was quite disturbing and ...

Schools need to plan ahead for graduation

As I read the sad, sad stories of Altoona Area High School’s recent graduation, I’m thinking none of the writers were part of Hollidaysburg Area High School’s graduation, class of 2001. It has been an age-old practice of school districts to move graduation ceremonies indoors with the ...

Targeting coyotes won’t reduce them

If the representatives proposing this hunting legislation actually understood the science related to coyotes, they would understand that the population of coyotes is self- limiting related to availability of habitat and prey. No amount of hunting will reduce the population because birth rates ...

Don’t treat illegals with kid gloves

We have learned that California is spending $98 million of taxpayer’s money to supply illegal immigrants with health care. More is done for aliens than is done to help United States citizens. Who wouldn’t want to come here if everything is handed out at no cost? Give the immigrants ...

Joyce needs to be part of solutions

This administration is utilizing the drug problem to vilify populations of Latin Americans. These populations are desperate to escape violence and abject poverty in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. They risk dying of dehydration and other dangers to present themselves for asylum in the ...

AASB members reversed course

Altoona Area School Board member Ed Kreuz stated that he “had” to vote for the “tax raise.” He did not have to vote for the raise. He chose to vote for the raise, and he could have instead looked inside at what could/should be eliminated. Because of today’s technology, office ...

‘Apparently, our gov’t is for sale’

Anyone who paid attention in school should be aware that our government –– created by far greater minds than those currently occupy the Oval Office or work in the White House –– consists of three co-equal branches. Each has a specific set of duties, responsibilities, and powers. Each ...

Americans need to exercise control

Is socialism, or even communism, inevitable in the United States? How else do you control a society that is in moral chaos, no foundation of right and wrong, and does not take responsibility for their actions? The backbone of what made our country the greatest power in the world, with ...

Blair County prisoners create Oak Ridge miracle

An amazing miracle is in progress at Altoona’s Oak Ridge Cemetery thanks to the efforts of those you might never expect to be involved. Unless you’ve driven north on Tenth Street from Pleasant Valley Boulevard toward downtown Altoona, you’re probably not aware that the graves of more ...

Jaffa would be better Altoona graduation site

I attended the Altoona Area High School graduation at the Altoona Fieldhouse to see my granddaughter graduate and to see all these young people step into the real world. The doors opened at 5 p.m. People started lining up at 3:45 p.m. About 4:35 p.m., it started to sprinkle. People were ...

Local doctors deserves community support

Rather than a headline of “Altoona doctor faces charge” on June 4, let us see, “Pray for Altoona doctor.” What a shock when I read the article about Dr. Mark Tilyou. I say this is a witch hunt for many reasons, and there are two sides to every issue. When I moved to Altoona in 2006 ...

Veterans appreciate community efforts

The Armed Forces Day Committee wishes to thank all who helped to make the May 18 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 Tammy Wholaver, local ...

Cresson Legion puts its best foot forward

I would like to say thank you to the members of the Cresson American Legion Post. They hosted a day of fishing for veterans on June 8 at the freshwater pond in Dysart. They stocked the pond with trout. The day was free to all veterans. They provided food, fishing rods and bait. They had vets ...

Solution offered to combat robocalls

Among the things I find aggravating are robocalls, which are as welcome as a rap band at a golden age dance, and the endless succession of writers yapping about the scourge of robocalls. The yapping I could deal with if any of the reporters made any sense. Instead, all we get are repetitious ...

Altoona graduation ‘was a total disgrace’

I would like to address the Altoona Area School District administration and school board. The way graduation was handled for the class of 2019 was a total disgrace, not only to the parents and family of the graduates, but also the entire school district. Times have changed. Not all of the ...

Be safe when driving in highway work zones

You hurt, maim and kill us by the thousands every — who are we? We are your municipal, city, state and federal highway workers. You drive through our works zones without obeying speed limits, road closed signs and traffic control devices. Why? Because you are late for work, your kids ...

Burke was unpatriotic at Memorial Day parade

As an Army veteran, on Memorial Day, my wife and I went up to the former Gables building on 12th Avenue to watch the parade. As we were watching the different units in the parade come past, I saw something that really disturbed me. There were three people walking past. One was Laura Burke, ...

Lettermen, Mishler teamed for great event

On behalf of JD Promotions LLC, I would like to thank Russell Barton for his recent comments in the Mirror regarding The Lettermen concert on May 21 at the Mishler Theatre and also clarify a few points so that all have a better understanding of the situations mentioned. The Altoona audience ...

Constitution includes no ‘right to abortion’

In recent weeks a number of states have passed new restrictions on abortion. Georgia, Alabama, Ohio and Kentucky to name a few have passed new restrictions ranging from outright bans to those prohibited after eight weeks. The actions of these states have led to the pro-choice (code for ...