Letters to the Editor

Ottaway stands for education

As educators, we feel the need to respond to an editorial written by Cheryl L. Tyler in the Oct. 9 edition of the Altoona Mirror. The writer states that John Joyce has firsthand knowledge of the needs of students at all levels. We disagree. Joyce is a dermatologist — not an ...

Joyce will advocate for our patients

In the Oct. 7 Mirror was an excellent editorial regarding what voters want in health care. As a physician, I am aware that almost 40 percent of patients put off seeing their doctor due to the cost. One-third of patients avoid filling a prescription because of the expense. This is ...

Wagner, Barletta support pro-growth

Scott Wagner and Lou Barletta support pro-growth policies. I urge every Blair County citizen to exercise their right to vote in the Nov. 6 election. The state-level races are particularly critical, as the people in these offices will determine whether we cling to policies of high taxes and ...

Wagner record supports NRA

There is only one crystal clear choice on Nov. 6 for which gubernatorial candidate will support Pennsylvania’s Second Amendment rights. The National Rifle Association has given Scott Wagner an “A” rating. Tom Wolf has received an abysmal “F” rating. The F rating is the very lowest ...

Best will exhibit empathy, compassion

As a registered nurse in our local hospital for 27 years, I implore you to please vote for Emily Best on Nov. 6. Best has taken the time to listen to nurses about the needs and concerns we have about the current state of healthcare. She is not a nurse, but she understands the concerns we have ...

Wagner’s values align with region

Scott Wagner will make an excellent governor. As state senator, he worked with our state and local representatives to help the City of Altoona get out of Act 47. He has shown many times that he is willing to work to improve central Pennsylvania communities. His business experience and work ...

Ward is better pro-life candidate

Emily Best is the Democrat candidate for the 30th District Senate seat. I checked Ms. Best’s website for her views about abortion but couldn’t find them. Planned Parenthood’s website indicates that she did not respond to their survey. The Pro-Life Voter’s Guide indicates the same lack ...

Joyce benefits from military experience

I know well the reputation of John Joyce and was thrilled when I realized that he was willing to take his experiences and background and make a career change to serve us as our U.S. Congressman. Joyce is not a veteran himself, but has worked as a civilian physician for the U.S. Navy while his ...

Wagner will grow Pennsylvania business

I support Scott Wagner for governor because he has real solutions for the problems facing the people of Pennsylvania. Wagner has shown he knows how to balanced Pennsyl­vania’s checkbook by introducing the concept of zero-based budgeting that would require the state to justify every ...

From young age, Joyce showed his leadership

As the former senior director of business operations at Penn State Altoona, I have known John Joyce since he was a work-study student at PSU-Altoona. His academic abilities were clear, and yet he was involved in many student activities throughout his undergraduate years. After finishing his ...

Wagner proven champion for life

There is one champion for life in the Pennsylvania governor race, Senator Scott Wagner. For his entire tenure in the Senate, he’s fought for pro-life values. He’s co-sponsored the 20-week abortion ban that would end the horrible practice of late term abortions. He co-sponsored the ...

Barletta will restore economic prosperity

Pennsylvania voters have an opportunity to elect an extraordinarily qualified individual to represent us in the U.S. Senate. As mayor of Hazelton, Lou Barletta worked to restore economic prosperity and community safety to that city. In Congress, Barletta has used his business experience to ...

Wagner will eliminate school property taxes

Count on Republican Scott Wagner to fulfill his campaign promises. In conversation with Tom Wolf at a luncheon in 2014, he assured us that, as governor, he would eliminate property taxes. To that end, later revealed, he proposed tampering with the personal income tax to render it progressive. ...

No poltical group will control Wagner

I’ve learned two sure things in my six years in the Pennsyl­vania House. First, no real improvement in our state government is ever going to happen unless we have a governor willing to take on the iron triangle of career politicians, special interest hacks and their bureaucratic ...

Writer missed that evidence was lacking

I write in rebuttal of the Oct. 9 letter entitled, “Ford’s testimony should be believed” by Jason Runk. The letter was in regard to the highly publicized Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and the accusations and testimony brought against Kavanaugh by Dr. Christine ...

Joyce can solve insurance issues

The new 13th congressional district for Pennsylvania has a choice to make. With insurance issues facing every individual in our area, there is one candidate who will work to address and solve the problems that we face. As a physician, I have worked with John Joyce and have personally ...

Joyce believes in Second Amendment

Look clearly at what candidate for Congress will protect your Second Amendment rights. John Joyce is a life member of the NRA, and he carries their endorsement. The Second Amendment is not about hunting or self-defense. Our founding fathers knew that it was the courage of well-trained ...

Best appreciates farm industry

Farm income has fallen sharply since 2013. Seventy percent of America’s farmers live below the poverty level. Large corporations dictate prices and practices for raising and selling crops and livestock. President Donald Trump rolled back rules President Barack Obama had put in place, ...

Joyce can address health care crisis

The composition of Congress is changing, and we from Blair County have the opportunity to impact that change. The health care crisis looms over every one of us, and we have a chance to send a thoughtful man to Washington. I have talked to John Joyce and listened to him present what our ...

Trump has country on the right track

Ask yourself a question: Are we, as a country, better off than just two years ago? I was a lifelong Democrat until 2017. In June 2016, on PBS, President Obama said you’d better get used to 2 percent GDP, and the only way President Trump would bring back industry was with a magic wand. I, ...