Letters to the Editor

Shuster isn’t conservative enough

Endorsements are not always what they appear to be.I recently received a political mailing from Rep. Bill Shuster stating that he is supported by Congressman Mark Meadows from North Carolina.Heritage Action for America, the political advocacy arm of the Heritage Foundation, has as its purpose ...

More businesses should offer student discounts

More businesses in Altoona should consider giving discounts to Penn State Altoona students with the presence of their student ID because it will boost their sales.Penn State Altoona students help the city of Altoona grow economically, and, therefore, they deserve student discounts.Most college ...

Statistics support raising legal smoking age

I agree with the Washington Observer-Reporter's piece, published in the Mirror, on pushing for the increase of the legal smoking age to 21.The Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee of experts concluded that raising the minimum age of legal access for tobacco products to 21 would significantly ...

Financial consideration shouldn’t guide divorce

I believe it is time for a change to the severely outdated laws regarding divorce and spousal support/alimony pendente lite.When a couple divorces for mutual reasons, then there should be an equal split of the marital assets period.When a couple divorces due to the proven infidelity of one of ...

FAIRtax program needs implemented

We've heard it all before. Most of the presidential candidates promise us, "We're going to reform taxes."Some flat-tax enthusiasts even promise us, "I'm going to get rid of the IRS."Both promises will never happen. If you "reform" the current income tax plan with a flat tax plan, you end up ...

Keeping an eye on Obama’s future

President Obama has sold out Israel in the past, and especially with the Iranian so-called nuclear deal, and has otherwise ignored Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.I should imagine Obama continues to "think ahead," and by pushing the Jewish state aside he has begun campaigning for the ...

Canoe Creek project a community asset

Rails to Trails of Central PA would like to thank PennDOT District 9, Blair County commissioners and Frankstown Township supervisors for their recent financial commitments to make the Canoe Creek Connector project a reality.This project will connect two great community assets with a safe and ...

‘Proactive policing’ being taken too far

In the article written by Lauren Handley regarding underage drinking off-campus at Penn State Altoona, police claim that since the beginning of the semester, parties have restarted and the drug and alcohol culture is in full swing.As an active member of the party community, I find this article ...

President’s clout limited by law

American Democracy works as dictated by the constitution of the United States.The president cannot make laws. He cannot create any protective action or attacks for or against anything and that includes science and industry. He can influence, agree with, or disagree, sign or not sign legislation ...

Guns’ role in violence cannot be sold short

This is in response to Shirley Grenoble's article commenting on the letter submitted by Matthew Stachmus that the government is out to take guns away from individuals.To suggest that there should be no regulations regarding gun ownership is to ignore the evidence which links gun ownership with ...

‘Honor all servicemen’

God bless Frank Benfatta for his letter that remembered the heroic chaplains on the USS Dorchester, Feb. 3, 1943, and for remembering Al Mannochio, also.It is through our veterans that we can give tribute and honor to those who have gone before us, for their service to our country.Reading this ...

Low gas prices have a downside

I think that gas dropping below $2 per gallon is not a good thing for the following reasons:First, people are going to want to go out and buy cars because they are thinking, "The price of gas is so low and now I don't have to worry about that expense anymore," which is then going to increase ...

Fatal crash brought heart-breaking lesson

The terrible crash that claimed the life of a young local boy should serve as a reminder to all parents.The front seat should never be used for young children. I believe safety sites state that children should be over a certain height and 100 pounds.The biggest mistake made that day may have ...

Hillary’s candidacy is an embarrassment

Being a longtime subscriber of the Mirror, I have read many of Elizabeth Shade's babblings. Her latest rendering (Jan. 25) is ludicrous drivel.The true embarrassment for our country is the Democrats' anointed candidate - Hillary Clinton.Do we want a candidate or president that:1. While ...

Shuster governs on behalf of unborn

Talk is cheap, especially when it comes from Congressman Bill Shuster's opponent, who seems to spend his every waking moment in the mud, slinging personal attacks and making abortion political.Thankfully Shuster, our conservative voice in Congress, is doing more than talking about pro-life ...

Thought of Trump at helm frightening

It's frightening to think that a bombastic former reality show celebrity could now be on the precipice of becoming the next leader of the free world.Every day the news media proclaims Donald Trump's latest rantings and his unbelievable hold on high poll numbers.I am no longer amused and have ...

Halvorson, not Shuster, is friend of the farmers

A recent letter supporting Bill Shuster for Congress expressed Shuster's support for agriculture.I supported Shuster when he first ran for office.Recently, he voted to repeal the requirement that beef, pork and chicken sold in the United States be labeled to identify the country of origin. This ...

Clinton not the answer

Hillary Clinton should drop out of the race for president.After all, she has a lot of things against her from the start.For example, all those top-secret emails that she thought were good to go on her home cellphone doesn't show too much in the way of smarts on her part.To top it off, she said ...

Lack of enforcement worse than cats’ meow

I'm writing to personally thank three separate entities that have made my life and my neighbors' lives somewhat of an ongoing major hassle.First, I would like to thank a woman, who instead of saving the wild cat or two that made 1811 Eighth Ave. their home due to its abandonment for three ...

Sharing the blame

While I concur with Representative McGinnis' assessment of the pension crisis that looms, I don't see how he only blames the Rendell administration for fiscal recklessness in his recent letter that appeared in the Altoona Mirror.Please correct me if I'm wrong, but it was the Ridge ...