Letters to the Editor

Convenient amnesia

This a reply to the March 1 letter "Hypocritical GOP wants only its choice."I guess the writer forgets when President George W. Bush was in office the Democrats did the same thing.The only difference there was it was 16 months until a new president took office.This filibuster was led by Schumer ...

Legislators must start working for the people

Legislators must start working for the peopleI am more than fed up with the inability of the Pennsylvania state legislature to get anything done. I am tired of their lame excuses, stubbornness, and stupidity.We, the citizens of this commonwealth, pay these folks a very handsome salary of ...

Sestak has background to solve problems

As Democrats in Pa., we have some very good candidates to choose to represent our state in Washington.I urge you to pick Joe Sestak, retired vice admiral, as the best choice.Sestak has spent the last few years traveling to all corners of our state to listen to our concerns and to share his ...

Feeling of gratitude helps ease the pain

On Sunday evening, Feb. 21, I fell on the sidewalk beside Union Avenue.Several people immediately came to my rescue:1. A lady who used her cellphone to contact my family.2. A gentleman who held my hand the entire time.3. A lady on her way to church who prayed with me.These people are truly good ...

‘We need McGinnis in Harrisburg’

As a school retiree, I take great comfort in being represented by John McGinnis in the 79th District.McGinnis knows that step one in solving our state's pension crisis is the proper funding of the benefits we public sector employees already earned.He's also right to point out the unsustainable ...

Man’s patriotism shines in Hollidaysburg

The spirit of giving and volunteering is alive and well in Hollidaysburg.The pavilion at "Patriot Park" is decorated in lights to commemorate special times or seasons.During the Christmas season, the lights were the colors of the spirit of Christmas.At New Year's, the lights were white to ...

McGinnis tenure living up to his word

I am writing in support of John McGinnis for state representative.Often candidates make promises to their constituents but when they get elected those promises fall by the wayside - not with McGinnis.When he began his campaign in 2012 he made four promises: 1) No legislator pension; 2) no per ...

As election approaches, many questions loom

I am disheartened to read editorials in newspapers and posts on Facebook that call conservatives heartless.No one from either party wants our children to starve, water to be polluted, trees destroyed, family members blown up by terrorists, people mistreated, bridges to crumble, inadequate ...

Blinded by the light

This Republican Congress would veto Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi or Jesus Christ if they'd come back for President Barack Obama to appoint any one of them to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.Daniel MeckesAltoona

Kindness appreciated

I would like to thank the young man who took the time to attend to my need at the Wendy's restaurant in the Cricket Field Plaza.Please know that your kindness and blessing brightened my day and reminded me that it is the kindness of others that gives hope in a sometimes hopeless world.May you ...

GOP, not Trump, is root of problem

I am a registered Republican and support Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for president.I'm also ashamed of the tactics the GOP (the Good Old Boys Establishment) is now using to eliminate Trump as the Republican candidate in favor of Marco Rubio, who is one of them they feel they can ...

Sadly, church scandal is not something new

People are aghast that priests in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese have been molesting children for 50 years.Really?Molesting children has been going on for hundreds and thousands of years in the Catholic church.Let's be fair: Every religion on earth has clergy members who molest children. Why? ...

Parties beware: Trip Sanders, Trump at peril

So much for the party elites. So much for the super PACs. So much for the pollsters. So much for (many in) the media.Donald Trump's and Bernie Sanders' victories on Tuesday demonstrate dramatically how angry many voters are, and how dangerous it would be to try to thwart their candidates in the ...

Libertarians need to be realistic

In this year's Republican presidential primaries, Sen. Rand Paul got little traction. In 2012, his father failed.That year, the Libertarian Party candidate, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, got just 1 percent of the vote.We libertarians must be doing something wrong. Maybe our ...

Letters to the editor

Like Sandusky case, storyline 'sickening'It's taken me two weeks to write this short letter, and it has been gut wrenching to say the least.I've been following the Mirror's news articles, online, related to child sexual abuse by Catholic bishops and priests.It's a story, as documented in the ...

Accelerate bill

I am writing to request support for Pa. House Bill No. 1041, an act providing legal protections from abusive work environments and for remedies.If you have been a target of workplace bullying or know someone who has been, contact your state representative asking for sponsorship of this bill.The ...

Trust in Halvorson too much of a risk

Rep. Bill Shuster has earned my respect because he takes action, instead of giving lip service to important issues.Not only has he delivered for our district by creating jobs, fighting Obama on executive overreach, opposing additional spending and advocating for conservative values, he's been a ...

Statute of limitations should be lifted for all

I agree that the statute of limitations needs to be abolished, but not just for victims of priests.As bad and horrific as this crime is, there should be no specialized treatment for one group of victims over others - none.If no one else will speak up, I will.As a victim who was re-victimized by ...

Shuster going to bat on health care reform

All of us have been impacted one way or another from the devastating impact of Obamacare.Fortunately for us, Congressman Bill Shuster has spent countless hours trying to roll back the broken law and put all Pennsylvania families in a better place.We all know someone who has lost their doctor, ...

Shuster doesn’t act like true conservative

Congressman Bill Shuster's plan to "privatize" air traffic control by handing it over to the four remaining airlines was a horrid idea even before it was tainted by his dalliances and pleasure jaunts with airline industry lobbyists.While it is true that the sector needs a strong dose of ...