Letters to the Editor

Missing train whistles

The other night I woke up around 3 a.m. from a sound sleep.The night was silent, and I wondered what was missing. I realized the absence of train whistles which we were all accustomed to hearing.This brought to my memory a song about a train which we used to sing. It was about a train that ...

Stop the handouts

Recently we have been hearing a lot about Planned Parenthood.It really doesn't work in the good old USA because people think more about all the handouts they can get for having kids.Some parents can work and have a couple kids and still qualify for food stamps, health care, medical cards, ...

Trump best candidate

I disagree with the article on Aug. 17. Donald Trump is not a bully.He is trying to bring our country back to what it once was. What other country can you go into illegally and get free housing, free food, food stamps?The U.S. must stop giving millions to other countries and start taking care ...

Taxing dilemma

Why do we pay school tax if the kids have to bring in all the supplies?Altoona is so over-taxed, and we pay school tax and supply the schools. Where is the money going?My guess is it's being used for more than the kids.Carl ConleyAltoona

Eichelberger should be more accessible

In the Thursday, June 18, edition of the Morrison's Cove Herald, I read that state Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. sponsored a new bill called "Cordelia's Law," which was unanimously passed in the Senate of Pennsylvania.Senate Bill 294 is based on a very sad, true story about a neglected, abused ...

Deal with Iran threatens safety throughout world

In the Aug. 15 Mirror, a letter was written in support of the Iran nuclear deal.I vehemently disagree and believe that this agreement, if ratified by Congress, will have disastrous consequences.Last year, Sen. Robert Casey, the former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee, ...

A plea to keep local parishes open

The support, compassion and understanding shown for the St. Patrick's and St. John the Evangelist's parishes about the pain we share is appreciated.One comment made, "it's just mortar and bricks," was so wrong and hurtful, but I owed it up to not knowing how our Catholic schools work.Our church ...

String music camp great experience

We would like to publicly acknowledge the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, Maestra Teresa Cheung, ASO Executive Director Pamela Etters, the ASO Board of Directors, the Hollidaysburg Area and Altoona Area school districts, the Hollidaysburg Arts and Music Parents Association, the Altoona Area High ...

New Iran deal fuels lack of trust in Obama

Watching this foreign policy debacle unfold is unsettling at best.Who really believes that Iran will follow any treaty that is signed? And are we supposed to take the word of a president that told us ISIS was a jayvee team? Drew a red line in the sand that Assad walked right across in Syria? ...

Diocese announcement ‘just a clever spin’

We've received the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese governing board's final decision regarding the closing of St. John the Evangelist school, Lakemont and St. Patrick school, Newry, as well the plans to restructure and consolidate the remaining schools to three.Throughout this process, spokesman Tony ...

Untreated depression can become lethal

Depression is a serious public mental health challenge for our nation. Depression goes unrecognized in half of the general population.The lack of detection, diagnosis and treatment of depression in Americans of all ages is unacceptable, since depressive disorders are treatable.Depression, ...

America’s foundation broken beyond repair

Family is the foundation of society. Marriage is inherently part of the family. Changing marriage shakes society.Many of us are still numb in disbelief following the Supreme Court's ruling on the redefinition of marriage.Despite the fact, when given the opportunity to democratically decide on ...

America, sleeping giant, must be awakened

America is falling faster than a 100-pound weight dropped from the top of the Empire State Building.Our politicians in Washington for the past six and a half years have done nothing but destroy and downgrade this country (healthcare, debt, foreign policy, military and our economy are just a few ...

Siding with Dodson over Eichelberger

As I have been following the situation between John Eichelberger and Kirk Dodson, I was filled with mixed emotions.I have known the Dodson family for years. Although I have considered Dodson a quality individual, I have not seen him in a while.I kept saying to my wife, "This does not sound like ...

Diocese decision squeezes Portage

I am writing to voice my opinion concerning the Catholic church merger in Portage.I am a life-long resident of Portage and its Catholic community. The diocese and our current priest have chosen St. Joseph's church site in the merger.St. Joseph's is a large and lovely church building. However, ...

Pennsylvania Energy flexing muscles unfairly

This is about the Grant case of Aug. 8, 2014. It concerns a small township in Indiana County that decided a lawsuit was not as threatening as an injection well situated between two tributaries of the Little Mahoning Creek and part of the Little Mahoning Watershed, a Special Protection High ...

Our military forces need to be bolstered

I would like to take this time to explain why I believe that our military is so low on manpower.As you will read, I am not blaming my fellow Democrats, the military or anyone in particular. The whole country is to blame.I was born in 1964. Our military was much stronger back then. This ...

Editorial on mark

Thanks for the July 25 editorial "Review housing ordinance," which was well-balanced and thoughtful.Our purchase in 1965 on Ivyside Drive in Altoona for $16,000 has appreciated considerably with time, money and effort.But our property value is deteriorating with four student rentals with a ...

Americans don’t support Iran deal

People who write letters to the editor are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.In a letter in Saturday's Mirror, Suhail Shafi states a majority of Americans support the Iran nuclear deal.A current Quinnipiac poll reports 57 percent of Americans against the deal, 28 percent ...

Supreme Court has too much power

This country is being ruled by nine people who were not elected.Our elected politicians have allowed the so-called, Supreme Court to make laws under the guise of interpreting the Constitution, while doing nothing other than solidifying their own political standing.This court has taken away our ...