Letters to the Editor

Joyce is not credible on Medicare for all

Despite, as he reminds us endlessly, being a doctor, John Joyce is not a credible voice on health care reform. He refuses to acknowledge both the scale of the problem and those suffering in favor of perpetuating a broken system. The status quo is grim: The United States has, hands down, the ...

Sheetz sets example for employee treatment

I have no disagreement with the Mirror editorial (March 5, “Wolf wage plan too aggressive).” It was certainly pragmatic. There is, however, a much simpler and more viable solution without involving the government in telling us what to do and how to do it. The real problem with wages is ...

Democrats abandon ‘least of our brethren’

The Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act which would have required medical treatment for babies who by some miracle survived an abortion, was aborted by 44 Democrat senators who can’t seem to get enough of this gruesome procedure. All Republican senators voted for this bill, joined by three ...

Sanders can’t relate to the common man

Bernie Sanders is a moron. For anyone or any party to embrace his philosophy would have the mindset of a child. I, and many my age, stood in line with my father to receive food commodities, like so many laid-off railroaders. That’s right — blocks of cheese, powdered eggs, powdered ...

Abortion is ‘war against a child’

I agree with what Ellie Ryan said in her letter (“Think about adoption before abortion”) on the Mirror’s Opinion page March 2. Mother Teresa of Calcutta would say abortion is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child. John Pifko Loretto

Refugees not same as rogue immigrants

I would like to respectfully respond to a recent letter to the editor by Sandra Nash regarding refugees. There is much misinformation and misunderstanding regarding refugees in this country, and they are frequently confused with immigrants, such as are in the news coming from Central ...

Our country needs ‘moral leadership’

As a person in my 60s, I tend to look back at the way things used to be, often perplexed at how we got to where we are now. There has always been crime, sin, jealousy, greed and corruption since the beginning of time, but God’s laws were respected and honored, even by those who broke them. ...

Illegal migrants threatening safety

The question of our national sovereignty has arisen regarding the porous nature of our southern border and the many Central and South Americans, and individuals from other nations, who come often in large groups, to cross into the United States without our review or acceptance of them. The ...

Building the wall won’t stop crime

Not the Great Wall of China or the Berlin Wall, but President Donald Trump’s wall — the wall that will solve the illegal drug and crime problems in America. China’s wall was 1,500 miles long, up to 40-feet high and 25-feet wide with soldiers on top. It did not keep invaders out. The ...

Let Punxsy Phil hibernate in peace

The Mirror printed a story about Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction on the front page on Feb. 21 about being a little off on his prediction. Well, don’t blame a groundhog that should have been hibernating but is awakened every year so Punxsutawney can make a small fortune by suckering ...

Spradling would represent Altoona

Devin Spradling is an enthusiastic, hardworking and devoted guy seeking to become a member of the Altoona Area School Board, and he has my support. Spradling graduated from Altoona Area High School and will make a great board member because he believes public education is important. He has ...

Hollidaysburg needs new parking garage

Hollidaysburg Borough Council has been reviewing parking permits given to residents of the borough. The weight of this review has fallen on eight residents. The committee of three council members propose restricting permit usage to 7 a.m. to 5 p. m. Monday to Friday. On the weekends, ...

Van Zandt care remains top notch

This letter is to inform the veterans of the excellent care I receive at the Van Zandt Medical Center, commonly known as the VA Hospital. Although I’ve only been associated with the hospital for a couple of years, I would recommend this hospital as having the most outstanding service I ...

Wall won’t stop drug flow into US

If you think that a wall will stop drugs from coming into the USA, think about this: Prisons have walls all around them. They are made of many materials like concrete, brick, stone, fencing and razor wire. They have guards at all main doors, and drugs of all kind got into our prisons. ...

AASD board has shown transparency

I would like to take an opportunity to respond to the Mirror’s editorial, “AASD board needs more transparency” printed on Sunday, Feb. 24. It was stated that the proposed purchase of the Investment Savings Bank Building did not surface publicly until the school board’s Feb. 4 ...

State should repeal its inheritance tax

If you were one of six individuals out of 50 to “make the playoffs,” you’d probably be pretty pleased with yourself. But what if I told you that Pennsylvania was one of only six states that still has an inheritance tax. Pennsylvania imposes this tax on the value of your estate at the ...

Refugees must learn to pay for themselves

Refugee: One who flees his or her country for a better life in a richer country. To whomever this may concern — which should be every American citizen who works and pays taxes in these United States. Everyone of us is from somewhere else, brought here by our ancestors from other ...

Think about adoption before abortion

To those of you who are thinking of voting for the Democrats in 2020, please know you are voting to murder full-term babies. What an insane world we have become. Where have our morals and values gone to? There are thousands of childless couples out there that would love to give your baby ...

Deeply concerned over our country’s direction

How far has America moved away since 1776? We are on a downhill slide, and soon it will be too slippery to climb back up. Our elected leaders of today are rapidly changing our laws, and all that this great nation has been founded upon. The freedoms and rights of the common person are no ...

Facts got in the way of writer’s opinion

I am writing in response to the letter penned by Bill Marr in which he wrote three columns of false claims and half truths about Democrats. Marr mentions the “Obama Justice Department.” Jeff Sessions was a Republican appointed by Donald Trump as was Rod Rosenstein, Matthew Whitaker and ...