Letters to the Editor

Push clean energy

With all eyes looking to Harrisburg and Washington, D.C., to create more jobs, there are few better options than clean energy jobs. These are a triple win: they protect our health and our environment, create locally grown jobs and help control electricity bills for consumers.Luckily this ...

Police, vets thanked

As I get ready to leave for work every morning, I am grateful for all that our veterans and those in law enforcement give us: our freedoms and this great country in which we were raised. You taught us the value of God, family and patriotism. Some of you gave the ultimate sacrifice of your lives ...

Who is represented?

State Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, does not represent the people of his district. He is a special interest group representative.Eichelberger always has a Commonwealth Foundation person at his side. That group is funded by the Koch brothers, and they support elected officials or ...

Proactive policing is best way to fight crime

Recently I read a comment by the Altoona police chief in which she stated that she believed placing more officers on the street resulted in a reduction on crime.Altoona has deployed a reactive police force for years; they are not interacting with the citizens unless called to do so. The ...

Reconsider voting for Sen. Eichelberger

Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, is an elected official, placed in office to represent Blair County and its taxpayers, which he obviously is not doing very well.Our tax dollars pay part, if not all, of his salary. So, in light of his latest remarks toward our teachers, I think, and I am ...

Congressman’s trade comment misleading

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster's comments on Trade Promotion Authority are completely misleading.Just a few weeks ago, Congress, including Shuster, voted to give President Barack Obama exactly what he asked for: Trade Promotion Authority.Often this legislation is referred to by its previous name, Fast ...

Policies wrong

What is wrong with our federal government? Why are we trying to engage Russia in a war? We are aiding the illegal government installed in the Ukraine by George Soros after he overthrew the duly elected government.Also, if we were serious about defeating ISIS, we wouldn't be aiding the Syrian ...

Allow differing views

I agree that it is not as important as other things going on around us, but I understand where those whose families fought for the Confederate flag are coming from.Think of it. We fought for ours, or we wouldn't be the United States of America. We would be flying a different flag and be ...

Court was dead wrong

The U.S. Supreme Court and many more people have condemned themselves to the "Lake of Fire" forever by their stand on gay marriage.The Bible that I read tells me that marriage is between a man and a woman. If your pastor tells you it is all right, he or she is wrong. It is time for all the ...

Heat a distraction

I attended the Dance Academy recital on June 20 at the Jaffa Shrine Center. It was a beautiful show of talent and lots of hard work. The dancers did a fantastic job despite the lack of air conditioning. As a patron, I would have enjoyed the show that much more had it not been so hot.I will ...

Distinction between civil, religious marriage

In the wake of the Supreme Court allowing gays and lesbians marriage to each other, I have no problem with this.However, to separate a matter between church and civil legal rights of a marriage, I think it would be correct for the gay and lesbian community to refer to their marriage as a civil ...

Uniformed officer has greater responsibility

As a response to a recent editorial, the uniformed police officer is unique as a public servant.I say uniformed police officer because detectives or plain-clothes police, in most cases, have time to plan arrest and apprehensions in order to avoid what the uniformed officer too often faces.The ...

Education can help solve myths of mental illness

There are numerous myths about mental illness.People think that those who have a mental health diagnosis are a burden to society, are violent, need to be institutionalized, and need to be controlled.Nothing could be further from the truth. People affected by mental illness come from all walks ...

Eich vs. the teachers: Who is real bully?

I agree with the teachers and union who have been writing in against Senator John Eichelberger bullying the poor teachers.The senator must believe the teachers and union representatives when they say that some of these teachers have a lot of free time during the day.He forgets that unlike so ...

Ward needs to prove she supports education

I read with great interest in Sunday's Mirror about the Republican-crafted budget bill passing the House and currently heading to the Senate.I was especially interested to see how education would fare, given that our local representative Judy Ward recently told the Mirror that she was "a huge ...

‘Malicious’ letter sorely lacking facts

While I may agree with the point Francy Eckels of Altoona was attempting to make in a letter to the editor on June 13, I was disappointed in the malicious statement of facts obviously created in the writer's imagination.It calls for me to wonder why people feel it necessary to make untrue ...

Shuster can’t be trusted, either

In response to Rep. Bill Shuster's TPA column, I am impressed by his comments regarding not trusting the president, but one must also comment if anyone trusts Shuster.I do not trust Shuster to do anything that is not in the best interest of lobbyists.In his column, Shuster fails to mention that ...

Save St. Patrick’s

The song, "The House That Built Me," could easily be turned into "The School That Built Me."Friendships and values are a part of the fabric woven into each child in the early years of education.Who you will become and what you will contribute to society is formed and nurtured for the future ...

Website creating political sham

This may seem like a trivial matter, but nothing is too trivial for the progressive, politically correct mind to create, especially with a website.Of course, they are counting on an ignorant, apathetic and biased citizenry to get this approved by an equally ignorant, apathetic and biased ...

Local political leadership lacking

As a lifelong member of the Altoona area, as well as being 65 years of age, I've seen and heard a lot of local politicians come and go.By nature and logic, being from such a Republican area, I should also support the Republican Party.I don't and cannot because the three representatives we ...